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Alumni Accomplishments

  • 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

  • Pauline DoohanPauline Doohan, '89, has joined concentrated solar power developer SolarReserve as the company's vice president and general counsel. 
    October 7, 2014

  • Mark Sadoff, '86, founded MJS Legal of Paris, France, a law firm concentrating on assisting companies in their international operations. Formerly, he was general counsel of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution and Saint Gobain Isover. 
    October 2, 2014

  • Patrick KarbowskiPatrick Karbowski, '87, was elected to membership of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm.
    October 2, 2014

  • Marcy Ford, '96, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law. She is with Trott & Trott PC.
    October 1, 2014

  • Rebecca DaviesRebecca Davies, '95, of Butzel Long is co-instructing a nine-week Human Resources Certification and Exam Prep Program at Walsh College's Novi campus. She concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation.
    October 1, 2014

  • Wendy PottsWendy Potts, '77, was selected as one of 27 Esteemed Women of Michigan 2014. The Esteemed Women of Michigan program recognizes women who have excelled in their professions, risen above intolerable circumstances, developed the means to help others or have become inspirational figures for the younger generation, according to the program. Potts is an Oakland County Circuit Court judge.
    October 1, 2014

  • Shirley KaiglerShirley Kaigler, '93, of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss was selected as one of 27 Esteemed Women of Michigan 2014. The Esteemed Women of Michigan program recognizes women who have excelled in their professions, risen above intolerable circumstances, developed the means to help others or have become inspirational figures for the younger generation, according to the program.
    October 1, 2014

  • Nanci GrantNanci Grant, '89, was selected as one of 27 Esteemed Women of Michigan 2014. The Esteemed Women of Michigan program recognizes women who have excelled in their professions, risen above intolerable circumstances, developed the means to help others or have become inspirational figures for the younger generation, according to the program. Grant is Oakland County Circuit Court chief judge.
    October 1, 2014

  • Rasul RaheemRasul Raheem, '84, LL. M. '03, hosted the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section Executive Committee's Fall Planning Retreat on Sept. 28-29 in Detroit. He is  senior vice president and assistant general counsel for Bank of America, and president of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Foundation. Raheem serves on the National Bar Association president's Corporate Advisory Board, and is serving his second year on the Commercial Law Section's Executive Committee. He is a hearing panelist for the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board, as well.
    September 30, 2014

  • Elise IafrateElise Iafrate, '03, has joined Rain BDM in Bloomfield Hills, a business development and marketing consultancy for law firms and professional services.   
    September 30, 2014

  • Megan BonanniMegan Bonanni, '93, of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers has been named to the Michigan Association of Justice Executive Board for the 2014-15 term. Bonanni, a partner with the firm, specializes in employment, civil rights and wage and hour law.  
    September 30, 2014

  • Susan PattonSusan Patton, '79, of Butzel Long has been named a Fellow, Health Care Law Section, State Bar of Michigan. The Fellows Program recognizes those individuals who have made sustained, outstanding contributions to the section, and who are regarded as top health care attorneys in Michigan. 
    September 30, 2014