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Alumni Accomplishments

  • Mary MansfieldMary Mansfield, '03, of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP was recognized for the pro bono service she provided to Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc.'s clients in 2014. Mansfield is a partner in Honigman's Trusts and Estates Practice Group. Her practice is focused on the administration of complex probate estates and trusts.  
    October 28, 2014

  • Gary RogersGary Rogers, '78, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Rogers was recognized in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency, Reorganization Law, and Litigation - Insurance. He is with Fraser Trebilcock.
    October 28, 2014

  • Michelle HarrellMichelle Harrell, '93, of Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Living Arts, a nonprofit organization with the purpose of strengthening the urban neighborhood of southwest Detroit through the arts and community development initiatives. She manages Maddin Hauser's Complex and General Litigation Practice Group.
    October 28, 2014

  • Thomas KabelThomas Kabel, '99, of Butzel Long has been admitted as a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He is chairman of the firm's corporate and real estate departments.
    October 28, 2014

  • Eugene DrikerEugene Driker, '61, and his wife, Elaine, have been honored with the George W. Romney Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteerism. He a founding partner at Detroit-based Barris Sott Denn & Driker PLLC, and has served on the Board of Governors for Wayne State University for 12 years.
    October 27, 2014

  • Neil RockindNeil Rockind, '93, founder of criminal defense law firm Neil Rockind PC, participated in a scientific forensics course held by the American Chemical Society in Chicago from Oct. 14 through Oct 17. The hands-on class educated attending attorneys on the use of blood testing instruments and the science behind forensics chromatography, a method used to separate organic and inorganic compounds in both liquid and gas. After separating the compounds, police, FBI and other authorities can then analyze the chemicals, such as drugs or alcohol, that are present in breath, blood and urine. Only 200 attorneys in the nation have completed this coursework and are qualified to explain the science of gas chromatography in DUI ethanol-based cases. 
    October 24, 2014

  • Benjamin GlazebrookBenjamin Glazebrook, '06, has joined Plunkett Cooney's Transportation Law Practice Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of first- and third-party motor vehicle liability claims.    
    October 24, 2014

  • Lee HornbergerLee Hornberger, '82, LL.M., an arbitrator and mediator, was honored with the George N. Bashara, Jr. Award by the State Bar of Michigan's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section at its annual meeting and conference in Ann Arbor. The award is given annually to an individual, program, or entity in recognition of exemplary service to the ADR Section and its members.
    October 24, 2014

  • Margo NicholsMargo Nichols, '77, of the law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg celebrated the firm's 20th anniversary. She was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's distinguished Women in the Law for 2014, and has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer since 2006.
    October 24, 2014

  • Monika Holzer SacksMonika Holzer Sacks, '78, of the law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg celebrated the firm's 20th anniversary. She was named president of the Michigan chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for 2013-14 and is a founding member of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan.
    October 24, 2014

  • Eileen SlankEileen Slank, '87, of the law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg celebrated the firm's 20th anniversary. She is a past chair of the Michigan Family Mediation Council, and served as a member of the Washtenaw County Bar Association's Liaison Committee and Family Law Section.
    October 24, 2014

  • Lori BuitewegLori Buiteweg, '90, of the law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg celebrated the firm's 20th anniversary. She is president-elect of the State Bar of Michigan for 2014-15 and has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer for the past four years.
    October 24, 2014

  • Gerald Gleeson IIGerald Gleeson II, '95, a principal in Miller Canfield's Litigation and Dispute Resolution, has been elected as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The college is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy, and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for fellowship. Membership in the College cannot exceed 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.
    October 21, 2014

  • Jordan BoltonJordan Bolton, '03, a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Clark Hill PLC, was honored as the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Legal Aid and Defender Association.
    October 21, 2014

  • Anthony ParisAnthony Paris, '07, and the band Blue Pontiac performed songs written by attorney-activist Maurice Sugar in the 1930s and other songs as well as telling some stories at Lefty's Lounge in Detroit on Oct. 17 in conjunction with the North American Labor History Conference at WSU. Paris is lead attorney with Detroit's nonprofit Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice.
    October 20, 2014

  • Daniel MatsonDaniel Matson, '68, was honored with the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys' James H. Epps III Longevity of Service to a Community Award.  Matson has served as DeWitt's city attorney since 1970 and as assistant prosecutor for Clinton County since 1968. He is a solo practitioner in DeWitt.
    October 20, 2014

  • Derek MeineckeDerek Meinecke, '01, was appointed chief judge of the 44th District Court. Meinecke won election to the court in 2012, after serving for more than 10 years in the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office in the special victims unit, focusing on domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse and sexual assault. In 2011, he won the Courage to Lead Award from Oakland County S.A.V.E. (Serving Adults who are Vulnerable and/or Elderly) for his efforts to prevent elder abuse, and in 2009 he awarded the Domestic Violence Prevention Award from Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence for his work to end domestic violence, prosecute abusers, empower victims and educate police officers and members of the community about the dynamics of abuse.  
    October 14, 2014

  • Matt SzalachMatt Szalach, '04, has joined the Intellectual Property Department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner. He is a member of the firm's Patent Practice Group and is located in its Bloomfield Hills office.  
    October 10, 2014

  • Judy CaltonJudy Calton, '86, a partner in the Litigation Department and the Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditor Rights Practice Group of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been elected treasurer of the Business Law Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan.  
    October 7, 2014

  • Stephen DunnStephen Dunn, '05, of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC was named by Crain's Detroit Business to its 2014 Class of "40 Under 40."  
    October 7, 2014