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Alumni Accomplishments

  • Richard BursteinRichard Burstein, '69, was named in the International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers for 2012. Burstein, a partner in the Real Estate Department of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for the past nine years.  Burstein also has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for the past 17 years and by Michigan Super Lawyers for the past five years. He also is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
    October 23, 2012

  • Richard BursteinRichard Burstein, '69, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Tyrone FahnerTyrone Fahner, '68, was named chairman of the Shedd Aquarium's Board of Trustees in Chicago. He is a partner and former chairman at Mayer Brown LLP and president of the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago. His daughter, Maggie, a member of the marine mammal team at the aquarium, sparked his interest, and he was elected to the institution's Board of Trustees in 2004. He also serves on Wayne Law's Board of Visitors and as a member of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad. He is a former attorney general of Illinois, former director of the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement and former assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
    July 17, 2012

  • Donald WagnerDonald Wagner, '68, was listed in the 2013 Business Edition of Michigan Super Lawyers for his expertise in the Banking practice area. Attorneys are chosen for the honor based on peer recognition and professional achievements in their practice area. Wagner is with the Farmington Hills office of Couzens Lansky Fealk Ellis Roeder & Lazar PC. He also was recognized in the Super Lawyers Business Edition 2013, a separate national publication.
    January 13, 2014

  • John SeleskoJohn Selesko, '68, joined Butzel Long in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office. He concentrates his practice in estate planning, in the design and implementation of profit sharing, 401(k) pension plans, other employee benefit arrangements and tax planning.
    February 24, 2014

  • Stanley ProkopStanley Prokop, '68, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Insurance Law. He is with Plunkett Cooney.
    September 8, 2014

  • Thomas KienbaumThomas Kienbaum, '68, of Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton PLC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 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

  • Wayne BuddWayne Budd, '67, was hired by Roxbury Community College in Massachusetts to investigate allegations of mismanagement at the college and make recommendations on improving the school's financial oversight procedures. He is a litigator with Goodwin Proctor and a former associate attorney general of the United States as well as a former U.S. attorney for Massachusetts. Budd offered his services to the college on a pro bono basis.
    August 27, 2012

  • Brian EinhornBrian Einhorn, '67, was chosen president-elect for the State Bar of Michigan for 2012-13. He practices with Collins Einhorn Farrell & Ulanoff PC in Southfield, and concentrates on professional liability litigation, products liability litigation, construction defect defense and insurance coverage dispute litigation.
    September 6, 2012

  • Mark HauserMark Hauser, '67, was awarded the 2012 Fred M. Butzel Memorial Award for Distinguished Community Service by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. It is the organization's highest honor, given for leadership and devotion to the community. Hauser concentrates his law practice at Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller PC in real estate, partnerships, finance, corporate and business law, taxation and estate planning.
    September 14, 2012

  • Brian EinhornBrian Einhorn, '67, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2013. An attorney with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell & Ulanoff, he was named for his work in Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants. He also was recognized for his work in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants.
    October 23, 2012

  • Wayne BuddWayne Budd, '67, is being awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Boston College during its May commencement. The legal career of Budd, a graduate of Boston College, has run the gamut from corporate counsel to associate U.S. attorney general, from business executive to Massachusetts' chief federal prosecutor. Along the way, Budd has served as a mentor, advocate and advisor in support of education, civil rights, and the development of the next generation of business and civic leaders. Currently senior counsel at the Boston law firm of Goodwin Procter, LLP, Budd has lent his expertise to federal and state agencies on sentencing guidelines, civil service regulation and public health. He is a board member for the New England Innocence Project and the pre-collegiate program Squash Busters Inc., and a former chairman and board member of The Partnership, a leadership development initiative for African-American men.
    April 26, 2013

  • Mark HauserMark Hauser, '67, was selected again for inclusion in "Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business." He is managing director and founder of Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller PC, and represents the firm's Real Estate Group.  
    May 14, 2013

  • Brian EinhornBrian Einhorn, '67, was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Einhorn was honored for his work in Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. He also was recognized for his work in Product Injury Litigation-Defendants and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants. He is with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell.
    August 23, 2013

  • Jack CouzensJack Couzens, '67, was listed in the 2013 Business Edition of Michigan Super Lawyers for his expertise in the Estate Planning and Probate practice area. Attorneys are chosen for the honor based on peer recognition and professional achievements in their practice area. Couzens is with the Farmington Hills office of Couzens Lansky Fealk Ellis Roeder & Lazar PC.
    January 13, 2014

  • Wayne BuddWayne Budd, '67, was named as an independent member of the Board of Directors for PBF Energy Inc. Budd has over 40 years of legal experience in the public and private sectors, and since 2004 is a senior counsel of Goodwin Procter LLP. Prior to that, he served as a senior executive vice president and general counsel and a director of John Hancock Financial Services Inc. from 2000 to 2004. Budd also served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission from 1994 to 1997, which he was appointed to by President Bill Clinton. From 1989 to 1992, he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. Budd previously served as a director of Tosco Corp. and Premcor Inc. and currently serves as a director at McKesson Corp. He is the past chairman of the National Board of the American Automobile Association and currently serves as a director of the American Automobile Association of Southern New England.  
    February 12, 2014

  • Robert ZackRobert Zack, '67, joined Butzel Long in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office. He concentrates his practice in business matters with an emphasis on commercial litigation, family law and probate litigation.
    February 24, 2014

  • Brian EinhornBrian Einhorn, '67, was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court bar. He is president of the State Bar of Michigan and practices with Collins Einhorn Farrell.
    June 9, 2014

  • Fred MesterFred Mester, '67, addressed the Inter-American Committee, the judicial arm of the Organization of American States, in Washington, D.C., on March 25, 2014, on the issue of mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles in light of the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama. Mester, with several other Michigan judges and attorneys, was involved with a petition drive advocating for the court's decision to be retroactive for minors sentenced to life without parole in Michigan. Mester, a retired Oakland County Circuit judge, works with various city administrations on community issues today.
    June 12, 2014

  • Mark HauserMark Hauser, '67, of Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law.
    August 19, 2014

  • Brian EinhornBrian Einhorn, '67, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. He was recognized in the practice areas of Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants. He is with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.
    August 19, 2014

  • Jack Wheatley, '67, was reappointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission, which reviews appeals decisions in cases involving unemployment insurance benefits and workers' compensation.  Wheatley served as a labor law attorney with Lacey & Jones LLP, and also worked as a special assistant to the attorney general representing the state in workers' compensation second injury fund cases and served as director of the Michigan Unemployment Agency and director of the Bureau of Workers' Disability Compensation.
    August 19, 2014

  • Gerald ThurswellGerald Thurswell, '67, of Thurswell Law was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Sanford MallSanford Mall, '66, was awarded the Advocacy Award by Elder Law of Michigan honoring his work as an advocate for laws, regulations and protections for older adults and people with disabilities, as well as his work as an attorney in private practice and generous pro bono service. Mall is founder and senior partner of Mall Malisow & Cooney P.C., a Holistic elder care special needs and estate planning law firm in Farmington Hills.
    April 30, 2013

  • Michael MaddinMichael Maddin, '65, was selected again for inclusion in "Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business." He is president emeritus and founder of Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller PC, and represents the firm's Real Estate Group.
    May 14, 2013

  • Peter MaceroniPeter Maceroni, '65, was named as one of the metropolitan area's top circuit court judges by DBusiness magazine in its January/February 2014 edition. The top judges were selected via a poll of 18,200 attorneys. Maceroni is a circuit court judge in Macomb County.
    February 10, 2014

  • Michael MaddinMichael Maddin, '65, of Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law.  
    August 19, 2014

  • Paul RosenPaul Rosen, '64, was selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America 2013" as the Detroit Lawyer of the Year in the field of personal injury law. He is with Mindell Malin Kutinsky Stone and Blatnikoff in Southfield. He has served as president of the Michigan Trial Lawyer's Association and president of the American Board of Trial Attorneys and is a member of Wayne Law's Board of Visitors. Rosen has taught at various law schools including Wayne State University, University of Michigan, University of Detroit and New York University.    
    April 28, 2014

  • Shelden WinkelmanShelden Winkelman, '63, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman and has been named for the honor since the inception of Best Lawyers 30 years ago.
    September 5, 2014

  • Eugene DrikerEugene Driker, '61, was selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America 2013" in the field of commercial litigation, ethics and professional responsibility law, antitrust litigation and "bet-the-company" litigation. He has been recognized for more than 20 years. He is a member with Barris Sott Denn & Driker PLLC.
    October 8, 2012

  • Eugene DrikerEugene Driker, '61, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a member with Barris Sott Denn & Driker PLLC.
    November 30, 2012

  • Eugene DrikerEugene Driker, '61, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.  Driker, who has been included in the publication for more than 20 years, was named 2014 Detroit Litigation - Antitrust Lawyer of the Year. He was recognized for excellence in "Bet-the-Company" Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. Driker also was recognized for excellence in Antitrust Litigation. He is a member with Barris Sott Denn & Driker PLLC.
    August 23, 2013

  • Frank VivianoFrank Viviano, '61, and his family were named the 2013 Columbus Day honorees of the year in Macomb County. An attorney since 1962, Viviano has served as the assistant Macomb County prosecuting attorney, director of the Organized Crime Division, Macomb County Probate judge, and as the Macomb County Circuit Court judge since 2003. He and his wife Alice Marie have seven children.  
    September 19, 2013

  • Eugene DrikerEugene Driker, '61, was named as Detroit Antitrust Litigation Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. He is a founding member of Barris Sott Denn & Driker PLLC, was recently appointed as a special mediator in the city of Detroit bankruptcy, and is a member of the Board of Governors at Wayne State University.
    March 3, 2014

  • Eugene DrikerEugene Driker, '61, of Barris Sott Denn & Driker PLLC was awarded the Julian Abele Cook Jr. - Bernard A. Friedman FBA Civility Award for 2014 by the Federal Bar Association's Eastern District of Michigan Chapter. The annual award recognizes a civil practitioner who is an outstanding example of professional excellence and civility. Driker is a founding member of BSD&D who specializes in complex business and antitrust litigation and in corporate and business counseling. He was appointed as a special mediator in the city of Detroit bankruptcy and is also a member of the Wayne State University Board of Governors.
    June 25, 2014

  • Eugene DrikerEugene Driker, '61, of Barris Sott Denn & Driker PLLC was named to the Top 10 and the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 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