Wayne State University

Alumni Accomplishments

David DuMouchel
David DuMouchel '75, of Butzel Long was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Chokwe Lumumba '75, who died in 2014, was honored by the Detroit City Council, which is adding a second street sign to Warren Avenue, naming it for him. Lumumba, a longtime civil rights activist, was mayor of Jackson, Miss., at the time of his death. 

March 24, 2015
George Sinas
George Sinas '75, a senior partner at Sinas Dramis Brake Boughton & McIntyre PC in Lansing, gave a presentation on the state's auto no-fault law during a People's Law School session in East Lansing. People's Law School, sponsored by the Sinas Dramis law firm, Wayne Law and Michigan Association for Justice, is open to the community.

September 22, 2015
Brian Mackie '75, was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Crime Victim Services Commission. Mackie is the prosecuting attorney of Washtenaw County.  

November 18, 2015
Roger Cook
Roger Cook '74, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Tax Law. He is with Honigman.

September 5, 2014
Gene Esshaki
Gene Esshaki '74, of Abbott Nicholson PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Michael Pitt
Michael Pitt '74, of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Michael Pitt
Michael Pitt '74, has been awarded as a Champion of Justice by the State Bar of Michigan. Pitt of Huntington Woods is a founding member of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC and specializes in employment law and civil rights litigation.

September 19, 2014
Michael Pitt
Michael Pitt '74, was interviewed about tort reform for an Asked and Answered column in the Detroit Legal News.

November 13, 2014
M. Richard Knoblock '74, is retiring as judge of 52nd Circuit Court in Huron County. He has held the seat for 36 years.

December 5, 2014
Donald Sanderson '74, is retiring from the 2B District Court bench. The judge has held the seat since 1978.

December 28, 2014
Thomas Guyer
Thomas Guyer '74, was honored by the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit during its annual Attorney Appreciation Awards. Guyer is a partner with Guyer Rose PLLC and a volunteer attorney with Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc. who has prevented many evictions.

April 23, 2015
Gene Esshaki
Gene Esshaki '74, wrote an article, "Judicial Intervention in Arbitration Proceedings Pre-Award," published in the June Michigan Bar Journal.

June 17, 2015
Daniel Kelly
Daniel Kelly '74, a St. Clair County Circuit Court judge, was the subject of a feature story, "Judge Dan and Mary Kelly together in law," in The Times Herald.

September 1, 2015
Timothy Baughman
Timothy Baughman '74, was chosen by the State Bar of Michigan to be honored with the Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award. Baughman retired from his position as chief of research, training and appeals with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in April, although he remains on staff part time offering legal advice and work on appellate briefs

September 18, 2015
Janet Cooper '74, will be posthumously inducted into the 32nd class of the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. She was a civil rights advocate. 

September 21, 2015
Dennis Hertel '74, was appointed professor by the National Defense University for the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. The former congressman has addressed defense officials from 28 nations, and he remains of-counsel to the Franklin Partnership in Washington, D.C.

November 3, 2015
Joan Young
Joan Young '74, was presented with the first Justice Marilyn J. Kelly Award for Outstanding Service. This award was named after retired Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn J. Kelly. Young is currently chief judge pro tempore of the circuit court and serves in the family division. She is also the presiding judge of the men's section of the Oakland County Adult Treatment Court.

December 9, 2015
Michael Pitt
Michael Pitt '74, was selected vice president of the board of Public Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based national public interest firm. Pitt is a founding member of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC in Royal Oak. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1971.

August 24, 2016
Michael Pitt
Michael Pitt '74, was selected for the 2017 Distinguished Service Award by the State Bar of Michigan's Labor & Employment Section. Pitt is co-founding partner of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers in Royal Oak. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1971.

January 25, 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
Louis Ognisanti '73, was reappointed by the governor to Michigan's Workers' Compensation Board of Magistrates. He was first appointed to the board in 2011. He previously worked the Braun Kendrick Finkbeiner PLC law firm where he specialized in workers' compensation issues.

January 27, 2015
Roy Gotham '73, announced his retirement after 25 years as Gogebic and Ontonagon County circuit court judge. The retirement also marks his 42 years in the legal profession in both Ontonagon and Gogebic counties.

December 9, 2015
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
Michael Hluchaniuk
Michael Hluchaniuk '72, will retire as a Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, a position he's held since 2007.

October 5, 2015
John R. Runyan
John R. Runyan '72, wrote a book review of "A Good Killing," written by Allison Leotta, who grew up in Michigan. His review appears in the May issue of the Michigan Bar Journal. Read it here. Runyan is managing director of Sachs Waldman in Detroit.

May 6, 2016
Graham Ward
Graham Ward '72, was named director of the Western Michigan University-Cooley Center for the Study and Resolution of Conflict in Grand Rapids. He earned his bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University.

August 9, 2016
James F. Graves
James F. Graves '72, was named a 2017 "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is a partner at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm in Lansing. Graves earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

February 9, 2017
William W. Swor
William W. Swor '72, received the Right to Counsel Award from the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. According to the organization, the award recognizes the amazing contributions of a group or individual in the form of legal representation or other extraordinary service. The founder of William W. Swor & Associates earned his bachelor's degree from Oakland University.

March 27, 2017
William Sankbeil
William Sankbeil '71, of Kerr Russell and Weber PLC  was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Jon Muth
Jon Muth '71, of Miller Johnson was named to the Top 10 and the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
John McSorley
John McSorley '71, a shareholder with Garan Lucow Miller PC, received the Respected Advocate Award from the Michigan Association for Justice.

September 19, 2014
Dan Dozier
Dan Dozier '71, wrote a chapter in the recently published book titled, Alternative Dispute Resolution in State and Local Governments, Analysis & Case Studies. Dozier's chapter is "Evaluating Scope of Services and Provider Qualifications in State ADR Programs." He is of counsel with Press and Dozier, LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.

January 6, 2016
The Honorable Marilyn Kelly
The Honorable Marilyn Kelly '71, presented "Has America Fulfilled Its Promise of Equal Justice for All?" as part of the Escalating Inequality Task Force's 2016 Winter Speaker Series.

February 24, 2016
The Honorable Marilyn Kelly
The Honorable Marilyn Kelly '71, presented "Has America Fulfilled Its Promise of Equal Justice for All?" at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Petoskey. Kelly earned her master's degree from Middlebury College and her bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University.

April 3, 2016
Martin Reisig
Martin Reisig '70, was named the Best Lawyers' 2015 Detroit Mediation "Lawyer of the Year." Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."

August 19, 2014
William Murphy
William Murphy '70, chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, was honored with the Judicial Excellence Award by the Michigan Association for Justice at its annual banquet.

June 15, 2015
William Murphy
William Murphy '70, is the recipient of the National Center for State Courts' 2015 Distinguished Service Award. It is one of the highest awards the organization presents. 

October 5, 2015
John Loeks
John Loeks '70, was elected chair of the National Assocation of Theater Owners. He is CEO of Celebration Cinemas which owns and operates movie theaters throughout Michigan. 

October 19, 2015
William B. Murphy
William B. Murphy '70, was elected president of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal, a national association dedicated to improving the administration of justice in state appellate courts. Murphy, who has served as judge for the Michigan Court of Appeals since 1988, earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

November 23, 2016
Mark Cousens '70, was recognized by Labor@Wayne for a lifetime of dedicated service to the labor movement. He earned his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University.

June 12, 2017
Richard Burstein
Richard 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
William Dornbos
William Dornbos '69, of Varnum LLP was selected for Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the practice areas of banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/ insolvency and reorganization law, Native American law and real estate law.

February 20, 2015
Donald Lansky
Donald Lansky '69, (LL.M., '72) of Couzens Lansky was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

September 11, 2015
Richard J. Burstein
Richard J. Burstein '69, a real estate partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, was named to the 2015 Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame by Midwest Real Estate News.

February 18, 2016
Richard J. Burstein
Richard J. Burstein '69, a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, was ranked a senior statesman in real estate by Chambers USA, the directory of leading U.S. business law firms and lawyers. Burstein earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

July 6, 2016
Donald M. Lansky
Donald M. Lansky '69, LL.M. '72, a shareholder Couzens Lansky in Farmington Hills, was named a Michigan Super Lawyer in mergers and acquisitions. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

October 4, 2016
Stanley Prokop
Stanley 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 Kienbaum
Thomas Kienbaum '68, of Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton PLC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Charles Filice '68, who at 70 is the longest-serving district judge in the state among those currently on the bench, will officially step down Jan. 1 when his term ends. He is judge of Lansing's 54A District Court. 

December 8, 2014
Stanley Prokop
Stanley Prokop '68, was nominated by his peers to the inaugural list of "Leading Lawyers" in Michigan for Leading Lawyers magazine. He is with Plunkett Cooney.

December 16, 2014
Edward Haroutunian
Edward Haroutunian '68, was inducted into the Heritage Foundation's Hall of Fame Gallery. The purpose of the Heritage Hall of Fame celebration is to recognize exceptional leaders from various ethnic backgrounds that have made outstanding contributions to the American way of life. Haroutunian has been a member of the Heritage Foundation for 25 years.

December 22, 2014
Daniel Matson
Daniel Matson '68, retired after 45 years as city attorney for DeWitt. In private practice, Matson also has served as president of the Clinton County Bar Association, president of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, and president of the Michigan Municipal League Legal Defense Fund. He also has served as chairman on the public corporations law section and the arts, communications, entertainment and sports law section for the State Bar of Michigan.

August 27, 2015
Joel Serlin
Joel Serlin '68, received the Oakland County Bar Association's Professionalism Award. He is the first and only Oakland County Circuit Court Ombudsman and a senior partner with Seyburn Kahn in Southfield. 

September 2, 2015
Stanley Prokop
Stanley Prokop '68, a partner with Plunkett Cooney, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He was recognized in the practice area of Insurance Law.

September 11, 2015
Donald Wagner
Donald Wagner '68, of Couzens Lansky was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

September 11, 2015
Stanley Prokop
Stanley Prokop '68, of counsel with Plunkett Cooney, was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

November 11, 2015
Stanley Prokop
Stanley Prokop '68, of counsel with Plunkett Cooney, was named by DBusiness magazine to its 2016 list of Top Lawyers. 

December 2, 2015
Arnold Weintraub '68, was appointed as a director of AfterMaster Audio. He is the company's patent and intellectual property attorney and a member of The Weintraub Group, P.L.C.

December 9, 2015
Donald A. Wagner
Donald A. Wagner '68, a shareholder of Couzens Lansky in Farmington Hills, was named a Michigan Super Lawyer in banking. He earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University.

October 4, 2016
Stanley Prokop
Stanley Prokop '68, of counsel with Plunkett Cooney in Detroit, was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2017 for insurance law. He also was named a 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer in insurance coverage. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

October 17, 2016
Stanley Prokop
Stanley Prokop '68, of counsel with Plunkett Cooney in Detroit, was named by DBusiness magazine to its list of 2017 Top Lawyers in Insurance Law. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

December 13, 2016
Mark Hauser
Mark 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 Einhorn
Brian 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 Thurswell
Gerald Thurswell '67, of Thurswell Law was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Brian Einhorn
Brian Einhorn '67, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Einhorn was named Metro Detroit Lawyer of the Year for his work in Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. He is with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell.

August 18, 2015
Jack Couzens II
Jack Couzens II '67, of Couzens Lansky was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

September 11, 2015
Brian Einhorn
Brian Einhorn '67, is celebrating the 45th anniversary of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC, the Southfield law firm he joined in 1971. Einhorn earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University.

April 25, 2016
Brian Einhorn
Brian Einhorn '67, of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in Southfield, has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in metro Detroit. Einhorn earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1963.

August 15, 2016
Gerald Thurswell
Gerald Thurswell '67, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017. He was recognized in the practice areas of medical malpractice law - plaintiffs and personal injury litigation - plaintiffs. Thurswell founded The Thurswell Law Firm in Southfield. He earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Wayne State University.

August 24, 2016
Brian D. Einhorn
Brian D. Einhorn '67, of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in Southfield was named a Michigan Super Lawyer. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Eastern Michigan University.

October 3, 2016
Jack S. Couzens
Jack S. Couzens '67, a shareholder of Couzens Lansky in Farmington Hills, was named a Michigan Super Lawyer in estate planning and probate. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

October 4, 2016

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