Wayne State University

Alumni Accomplishments

Ryan Berman
Ryan Berman '04, was named a finalist for the Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer award from the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section. Berman operates his own law firm in Bloomfield Hills. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

May 23, 2017
Matthew Robb
Matthew Robb '16, was the subject of the Detroit Legal News' "Friday Feature." Read the full report here. Robb earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

May 23, 2017
Steven Fishman
Steven Fishman '73, was awarded the Leonard R. Gilman Award from the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter. The Gilman Award is presented annually to an outstanding criminal law practitioner. Fishman earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

May 18, 2017
Hon. Henry Saad '74, is retiring from the Michigan Court of Appeals, where he has served as a judge since 1994. He earned his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business.

May 16, 2017
Ellie Schneider
Ellie Schneider '12, was named to the 2017 Crain's Detroit Twenty in Their 20s list. She earned her bachelor's degree from DePaul University.

May 16, 2017
John Walus
John Walus '04, received the Homer D. Strong Award from Wayne State University's Alumni Association. Walus, an attorney at Alpert & Alpert and retired lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Army, won the award for his distinguished leadership and service to the Alumni Association and the university as a whole. He earned his bachelor's degree from Florida International University.

May 5, 2017
Andrew Sharples
Andrew Sharples '12, joined Las Vegas law firm Naylor & Braster as an associate attorney. He earned his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University.

May 5, 2017
Jill Ferrari
Jill Ferrari '01, was selected by the Wayne State President's Commission on the Status of Women to receive its 2017 Woman of Distinction Alumna Award. This honor recognizes her commitment to women and leadership with regard to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Ferrari, who earned her bachelor's degree from Wayne State University, is the CEO of Michigan Community Resources.

May 5, 2017
Kathy Browne '87, has relocated her landscape design firm, Divine Redesigns LLC, to Plymouth, Michigan. Browne is a patented inventor, multiple conservation awards recipient, Keep Michigan Beautiful President's Plaque recipient, and first Wayne County Master Gardener of the Year. She and patented inventor/pioneering conservationist Dean Jabara beautify and educate on conservation matters. Browne and Jabara are celebrating the twelfth year of partnership with the award-winning Plymouth Downtown Development Authority's Adopt-A-Planter program.

May 5, 2017
Eric M. Dobrusin
Eric M. Dobrusin '88, has been accepted as a new member of the American Law Society Board of Directors with ‘America's Top Lawyers' distinction. The America's Top Lawyers list is comprised of well-rounded individuals representing a diverse cross-section of U.S. legal advocates. Dobrusin earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

May 5, 2017
Bart O'Neill
Bart O'Neill '01, joined Goodman Acker in Southfield where he will practice personal injury law, with an emphasis on medical malpractice and birth injury lawsuits. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

May 5, 2017
Carol Parker
Carol Parker '96, has been appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas at El Paso. She earned her master's degree from the University of Michigan and her bachelor's degree from the Michigan State University Honors College.

May 5, 2017
Floyd E. Gates Jr.
Floyd E. Gates Jr. '98, has joined Bodman as a member and will lead the firm's new Grand Rapids office. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

May 5, 2017
Mariam Bazzi
Mariam Bazzi '05, was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Wayne County Circuit Court. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

May 5, 2017
Ashley Heidemann
Ashley Heidemann '11, founder of JD Advising in Birmingham, wrote, "How to avoid the 3 biggest mistakes first-time bar exam takers make," for The National Jurist. Read the full column here. Heidemann earned her bachelor's degree from Wayne State University.

May 5, 2017
Lauren Saad
Lauren Saad '14, has joined Resnick Law in Bloomfield Hills as an associate. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Wayne State University.

April 21, 2017
Alexander R. Baum
Alexander R. Baum '12, has joined Plunkett Cooney's Transportation Law Practice Group in Bloomfield Hills. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

April 21, 2017
Matthew P. Breuer '12, joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he will concentrate his practice in the area of business transactions and corporate matters. Breuer earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

April 21, 2017
Jermaine A. Wyrick
Jermaine A. Wyrick '96, was a panelist at the University of Detroit Law School for the American Constitution Society. The panel discussed, "The Constitutional Right to Education." Wyrick earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

April 21, 2017
Scott Mandel
Scott Mandel '81, received the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel's "Excellence in Defense Award." Mandel is a shareholder with Foster Swift in Lansing. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

April 13, 2017

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