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Lawrence G. Almeda


3101 E Eisenhower Pkwy.

Office: 734-418-3142

Fax: 734-418-3320

Practice Areas

Patentability opinions

Patent preparation and prosecution

Patent non-infringement and invalidity opinions

Patent landscaping

IP portfolio management

Patent strategic planning

Licensing and agreements


Technology Sectors

Automotive systems and components

Medical devices

Fuel cells and advanced batteries

Wind turbines

Adhesives and sealants

Combustion systems

Oil & gas systems

Chemical processes


Alternative Energy

Composite materials

Lithium ion batteries

Refrigeration systems

Honors and Awards

Managing IP Patent Stars, 2014 – 2019

Michigan Leading Lawyers, 2012 – 2019

Super Lawyers, 2009 – 2011

Michigan Leader in the Law, 2011


LL.M. in Intellectual Property, The John Marshall Law School (1999)

J.D., University of Detroit Mercy Law School (Law Review, 1997)

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, (1991)


State of Michigan (1997)

United States Patent and Trademark Office (1999)


With over 20 years of experience in intellectual property law, Lawrence G. (“L.G.”) Almeda has helped secure and protect the innovations of the world’s largest corporations and the newest technology-based startups. L.G. focuses his practice on patent opinions and prosecution in the automotive, medical, chemical, nanotechnology, oil, alternative energy, and mechanical arts. He also counsels clients on patent infringement investigations, patent invalidity opinions, patent landscape investigations, and licensing agreements.

Having a background in chemical engineering, L.G. held technical positions in the petroleum and plastics sectors prior to his legal career. This direct industry experience has proven to be extremely valuable, especially in managing his teams charged with maintaining and leveraging his clients’ patent portfolios. L.G. understands both the technical and business challenges his clients face as they strive to succeed in competitive markets. As such, he always thinks forward, anticipating his clients’ needs and assessing the impact of the patent solutions he develops for them today on their future operations.

Clients have voiced their appreciation to L.G.’s A+ quality work product, high responsiveness, and full attention to detail. For L.G., it is imperative that he knows a client’s business thoroughly in order to provide tailored counsel that meets their unique business goals. He puts the same effort into developing and leading his client teams, choosing members who provide the best mix of legal talent and experience. In this way, L.G. serves his clients as a true partner, making their goals and challenges his own.

Prior to joining Vivacqua Law, L.G. was a partner at one of the nation’s largest intellectual property law firms. There, he prepared and prosecuted patent applications, counseled clients on patent infringement investigations, drafted invalidity opinions, conducted patent landscape investigations, trained several patent practitioners, chaired a number of firm committees, and led numerous client teams to provide outstanding client service.

Additionally, Mr. Almeda continues to serve the community in a number ways. Over the years, L.G. has served as President of the Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Board Member for the Washtenaw County Bar Association (WCBA), and Chair of the State Advisory Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights, to name a few. Currently, L.G. serves as Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the WCBA.

Residing in Plymouth with his kids, L.G. is a novice chef and holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.