I. W. (Bill) Winsten, '79, was recently named chair of the Wayne State University Law School Board of Visitors. A partner in the litigation department of Honigman Miller, Schwartz, and Cohn LLP, Winsten has served the community with his leadership and expertise for more than 30 years.
February 9, 2009
Steven Grob, '79, a leader of Dykema’s Taxation and Estate Practice Group, was recently ranked the “Best Lawyers in America” guide. Grob focuses on federal and state tax planning for corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and individuals, and federal and state tax litigation.
November 13, 2008
Michael Lieb, '79, shareholder with Southfield-based Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth and Heller PC, has been selected for inclusion in the first annual Top Lawyers, published by Corporate Counsel.
February 21, 2012
Nicholas Wittner, '79, has joined Hewitt Wolensky, a Califonia boutique law firm specializing in product liability and commercial litigation, regulatory compliance and product recall counseling, mass tort litigation and risk management, and media and government relations. He served as assistant general counsel at Nissan North America Inc. for more than 20 years. He teaches as a law professor at the Michigan State University College of Law, as well.
July 11, 2012
Maureen Aughton, '78, was recently honored as Legal Aid Attorney of the Month for her work as a steering committee member of the Collier County Foreclosure Task Force. Aughton is in solo practice in Naples, Florida and practices in the areas of real estate transactional law, estate administration and planning, guardianship and corporate law.
February 9, 2009
Nancy J. Diehl, '78, retires this month after serving 25 years as a prosecutor. Diehl serves on the executive committee of the Governor's Task Force on Children's Justice, is a member of the Judicial Tenure Commission, chairs the Wayne County Council Against Family Violence, and is past president of the State Bar of Michigan.
April 21, 2009
Adrienne Southgate, '78, was appointed by Providence, Rhode Island Mayor David N. Cicilline to lead the City's Law Department. Southgate spent the last seven years as deputy city solicitor.
November 17, 2009
Nancy J. Diehl, '78, is the recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Alumni Association of Western Michigan University, where she received her bachelor's degree. She began her career as a staff attorney for the Michigan Misdemeanor Defender's Office and then went to serve a year as assistant corporation counsel for the city of Detroit. Diehl went on to join the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office as a trial prosecutor in Recorder Court. She has also been the deputy chief of the Child and Family Abuse Bureau and Chief of the Projects and Training Division. After serving in that capacity until 2004, she was appointed head of the Felony Trial Division. During her career in the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Diehl also headed the first Child Abuse Unit and co-authored several books to help children deal with abuse and the legal system. She retired in April after serving as a prosecutor for 28 years.
October 22, 2009
Maureen Aughton, '78, was recently honored by the Collier County Women's Bar Association as a Co-Attorney of the Year along with other founding and working group members of the Collier County Foreclosure Task Force. Aughton was a founding member of the Task Force organized in February of 2008 to assist with the large number of foreclosures facing members of the southwest Florida area. Aughton has a solo practice in Naples, Florida where she practices in the areas of real estate transactional law and litigation, estate administration and planning, guardianship and corporate law.
December 18, 2009
Maureen Aughton, '78, was recently certified as a circuit mediator by the Supreme Court of the State of Florida. Additionally, she recently received a certificate in residential mortgage foreclosure mediation from the University of South Florida. Aughton is a founding member of the Collier County Foreclosure Task Force that was organized in February 2008 to assist with the large number of foreclosures facing members of the southwest Florida area. Aughton has a solo practice in Naples, Fla., where she practices in the areas of mediation, real estate transactional law and litigation, estate administration and planning, guardianship and corporate law.
April 14, 2010
Mark R. Granzotto, '78, is a recipient of the 2010 Respected Advocate Award. He practices in the area of civil appellate work. He is a member of the committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions. Granzotto is also a member of the Appellate Practice and Negligence Law sections of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a frequent speaker on civil appellate issues, particularly those related to personal injury. He is a former Wayne Law adjunct professor and is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
July 16, 2010
Charles E. Turnbull, '78, who also earned his LL.M. from Wayne Law in 1986, was recently sworn in as president of the Macomb County Bar Association (MCBA). Turnbull will serve as the 82nd president of MCBA.
July 20, 2010
Stanley H. Pitts, '78, a partner in Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn's Labor and Employment Department, has been appointed chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Professional Ethics Committee beginning Oct. 1 through September 30, 2011.
July 21, 2010
Judith Greenstone Miller, '78, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Heidelberg Project, a Detroit-based community organization designed to improve lives and neighborhoods through the use of art.
August 9, 2010
Andrew B. Wachler, '78, of Wachler and Associates, PC, presented a special closing session to the 2010 Physician Advisor Congress in Boston titled "How to Defend, Repay, or Self Disclose Issues that may be Identified in the Expanding Recovery Audit Contractor Program."
August 16, 2010
Barbara Kraft, '78, has been appointed regional director of the Office of General Counsel (OGC) of the Federal Labor Relations Authority's (FLRA) Washington Region. Kraft has practiced labor, employment and employee benefits law as a principal in a private law firm, as in-house union counsel and as a government attorney. Since September 2005, she has been a member of Kraft Alden PLLC (previously Kraft Eisenmann Alden PLLC) in Washington, D.C., representing federal and private sector unions, employees and benefit funds. Prior to September 2005, she was a shareholder in Beins Axelrod Kraft Gleason and Gibson PC. After graduating from Wayne Law, she worked first for the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, and then relocated to Washington to begin work as an attorney in the Division of Enforcement Litigation, Appellate Court Branch, at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). She left the NLRB to work for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL- CIO, and thereafter entered private practice.
October 15, 2010
Ashley S. Lipson, '78, LL.M., will release a second first-of-its-kind casebook in February 2011 via Carolina Academic Press. Computer & Video Game Law was released in 2010. Mathematics, Physics and Finance For The Legal Profession will be released in February 2011. Lipson, a professor, has published eight books and more than 70 articles and earned an M.A. in mathematics from Wayne State University.
November 12, 2010
Brad A. Rayle, '78, of Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC, was named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2011. Attorneys were selected through a process that included a peer review survey that polled more than 15,000 private attorneys in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
November 16, 2010
Monika Holzer Sacks, '78, a family law attorney/shareholder with Nichols Sacks Slank Sendelbach and Buiteweg PC, of Ann Arbor and Brighton, was elected president of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan for 2011. Sacks has been an attorney for more than 31 years and focuses her practice on family law, collaborative practice, mediation and arbitration.
January 25, 2011
Steven G. Howell, '78, an attorney with Dickinson Wright, was named a "Leader in his Field" by Chambers USA. Howell, Practice Department manager for Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, and Municipal Finance Groups, is recognized for his work with the country's leading financial institutions.
August 3, 2011
Adrianne C. Mazura, '78, of the national law firm of Quarles and Brady LLP was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 in the practice areas of Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, Litigation-Labor and Employment.
October 31, 2011
Adrianne C. Mazura, '78, partner in the Chicago office of Quarles and Brady LLP, was selected for inclusion in the 2012 Illinois Super Lawyers magazine. She was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Illinois Super Lawyers.
February 16, 2012
Robert Kaplow, '78, received a 40-year Honoree Award at the Oakland County Bar Association's 78th annual meeting. He is a shareholder with Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller P.C., and concentrates his practice in estate planning and personal and corporate income tax planning. He also is a frequent lecturer before professional groups pertaining to tax and corporate matters.
July 3, 2012
Adrianne Mazura, '78, was selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America 2013" in the fields of employment law - management and labor Law - management. She is an attorney in the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady LLP.
October 3, 2012
Steven Howell, '78, was listed in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. He also was selected by Best Lawyers in America as "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation-Bankruptcy. He is a member and practice department manager for Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy & Insolvency, and Municipal Finance in Dickinson Wright PLLC's Detroit office.
October 22, 2012
Thomas Hammerschmidt Jr., '78, was listed in Best Lawyers in America for Tax Law. Hammmerschmidt is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Detroit. He focuses his practice in the areas of corporate, corporate governance, estate planning and administration, international, and taxation.
October 22, 2012
Gary Rogers, '78, was named 2013 Lawyer of the Year by "Best Lawyers" in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights /Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Only one lawyer, in each practice area, in each community is honored as the Lawyer of the Year by "Best Lawyers." Rogers' statewide bankruptcy practice consists primarily of assisting creditors faced with attempting to recover monies owed by debtors in bankruptcy or defending actions brought by debtors. He has been handling bankruptcy matters for Fraser Trebilcock clients for nearly 30 years. Rogers also has an extensive experience as a personal injury trial lawyer. In 2011, Rogers was also named Top Lawyer by American Registry's Corporate Counsel.
October 31, 2012
Gregory Reed, '78, is the author of 16 books, including "Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue with America's Young Leaders," which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Best Literary Work - Youth/Teens for 2012. Reed earned his JD from Wayne Law in 1974 and an LL.M. degree from Wayne Law in 1978.
December 17, 2012
Adrianne Mazura, '78, has been invited to join the board of directors of Changing Worlds. Mazura is a partner with national law firm Quarles & Brady LLP, and a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group. She has represented employers in every area of employment law, including union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations and defense of numerous individual and multiparty cases throughout the country. She is consistently listed in Illinois Super Lawyers, Chambers USA, and The Best Lawyers in America for her labor and employment work and was named one of the Top 50 and Top 100 Women Lawyers in Illinois by Super Lawyers in 2013. For 16 years, Changing Worlds has partnered with more than 50 public schools, community-based and civic organizations in Chicago and beyond to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding.
April 6, 2013
Gregory Reed, '78, (LL.M.) is the author of 16 books, including "Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue with America's Young Leaders," which was awarded the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. Reed earned his J.D. from Wayne Law in 1974 and an LL.M. degree from Wayne Law in 1978. President Obama and Michelle Obama personally honored Reed with a private inscribed commendation for sharing their commitment in supporting our youth as they "engage in a meaningful dialogue." Reed's specialties in the legal profession include intellectual property, entertainment law, corporate and tax laws. His clients are preeminent in their fields; his professional and civic contributions carry national and global significance. Reed has worked with Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X's and Alex Haley's Legacy, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Coretta Scott King, Aretha Franklin and six world boxing champions. Reed chairs and founded the proposal to establish the Detroit Entertainment Commission, established by Detroit City Council in 2009, to employ how arts and entertainment can be used as tools for economic, social and cultural development. Reed has received numerous awards including the International Humanitarian Award from Canada. He is a preservationist of American culture who has launched the first major exhibit between America and South Africa's history entitled, "Dear Mr. Mandela...Dear Mrs. Parks- Children's Letters: Global Lessons". Reed was Nelson Mandela's personal escort at the exhibit premier for Mandela's 90th birthday.
April 19, 2013
The Hon. Linda Hallmark, '77, Oakland County Probate Judge, was the recipient of the 25th Wonder Woman of 2009 award presented by the Women Officials' Network Foundation on April 30 at The Reserve in Birmingham. The award is given to those women who significantly contribute civically or professionally to their communities. The focus of the event is to support and acknowledge these women for their accomplishments and to recognize them as role models for other women.
May 4, 2009
William J. Perrone, '77, of Dykema, has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America guide. He is the managing member of the firm's Lansing Office. His practice is focused in the area of state regulations, real estate and mortgage financing for clients in the manufactured housing, energy and insurance sectors. He also provides counsel to clients in all sectors on commercial transactions, commercial lending, consumer credit, consumer protection, professional licensing and regulatory issues, administrative law, corporate law and civil litigation matters. A former assistant attorney general with the state of Michigan, he has a broad range of legal experience related to state government and Michigan administrative law, including government policy, election law and campaign finance.
August 31, 2009
The Hon. Linda S. Hallmark, '77, served as chairperson of the Governor's Task Force for Children's Justice 14th annual Summit Conference. The summit focused on the impact of child abuse and neglect on brain development in infants and children.
November 17, 2009
Bennet S. Koren, '77, of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC, was named as a 2010 leading lawyer by Chambers USA. Koren was recognized for excellence in "National Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance Compliance."
May 18, 2010
Edward M. Zelenak, '77, was selected by the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners as the recipient of the 2010 State Bar Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Servant Award. The award will be presented to Zelenak on Sept. 29, 2010, at the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting Awards Banquet.
June 28, 2010
Lisa DeMoss, '77, attorney and health-care consultant, has been hired by Cooley Law School to lead its new Master of Laws in Insurance Law program at the school's Lansing, Mich., campus. The program, which begins in January 2011, is part of a partnership program with Olivet College. DeMoss will serve as director of the Graduate Insurance Program and as a visiting professor. She is looking forward to getting the new program in motion.
August 6, 2010
Lawrence D. McLaughlin, '77, chair of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP's (Honigman) Real Estate Department, has been elected to the Board of Governors of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL). McLaughlin has been a member of ACREL for 10 years. He also is a member of its Program Planning Committee and most recently served the organization as Chair of its Member Selection Committee.
October 27, 2010
Lawrence D. McLaughlin, '77, chair of the Real Estate Department of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named one of 25 "Leaders in the Law" for 2011 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
February 28, 2011
W. Patrick Dreisig , '77, an attorney with Butzel Long, was recognized as a Detroit 2011 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager as a result of a survey completed by HOUR Detroit magazine, DBusiness magazine and FIVE STAR Professional.
June 15, 2011
Craig Mutch, '77, was elected to the board for the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. His practice is focused on representing a wide range of public and private businesses and organizations in labor and employment law matters. He has a significant practice in the area of school law and has been involved in many high profile cases.
July 27, 2011
W. Patrick Dreisig, '77, was named a 2012 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager by DBusiness magazine. This is the third year he's been named. Dreisig is a vice president at Butzel Long and serves on the firm's Board of Directors. He is co-chair of the firm's Global Automotive Industry Group and a member of the firm's Business Law Practice.
August 20, 2012
Lawrence McLaughlin, '77, was named in the International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers for 2012. McLaughlin, who was also named in the International Who's Who in 2011, is the chair of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP's Real Estate Department. He has been recognized by Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business for the past nine years and as a "star" in Michigan real estate for six consecutive years. He also has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for more than 20 years and by Michigan Super Lawyers for eight years. In addition, McLaughlin was named one of 25 "Leaders in the Law" for 2011 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. McLaughlin is also a member of the prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers and serves on its board of governors and program committee.
October 23, 2012
Patrick King, '77, was recognized as a 2013 Top Lawyer by DBusiness magazine as the only attorney representing policyholders in the practice area of Insurance Law. With more than 35 years experience, King has litigated hundreds of cases involving insurance matters, including potential arson and fraud defenses. One notable achievement in his career is obtaining one of the largest multi-million dollar judgments against an insurance agent in Michigan's legal history. In addition, King is a certified fire and explosion investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators and has lectured extensively on a variety of topics relating to the origin and cause of fires and explosions. He has also been appointed to the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committee on Fire Investigations as an alternate member and co-authored the chapter on property insurance in Michigan Insurance Law and Practice published by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. His professional memberships include the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Association for Justice, National Fire Protection Association, and International Association of Arson Investigators. He is a shareholder with Farmington Hills-based law firm Fabian, Sklar, & King PC.
November 20, 2012
W. Patrick Dreisig, '77, was elected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors at Butzel Long. Dreisig is a shareholder and vice president practicing in Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills office. He is co-chair of the firm's Finance Committee and Global Automotive Industry Group and a member of the firm's Business Law Practice. He focuses his practice in general business law and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, recapitalizations, debt and equity finance transactions, venture capital transactions, supply agreements, intellectual property development and licensing transactions, customer and supplier workouts, entity selection and formation, corporate governance and business succession. He practices extensively within the automotive supplier industry. He is highly experienced in representing automotive suppliers in structuring and negotiating long term supply and other commercial arrangements with automotive manufacturers and other suppliers. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
March 29, 2013
David Marvin, '76, an energy law attorney and chairman of the Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Department for the Fraser Trebilcock law firm, commended the Governor Granholm for her recent Executive Order to create the Great Lakes Wind Council. In numerous articles and interviews, Marvin has been calling for the creation of a council like the one that the Governor created. He says such a council is "necessary in order to clear the path for future development."
February 9, 2009
David E. S. Marvin, '76, was included in the 2010 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Lawyers are selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers solely on the basis of a nationally-conducted peer-review survey in which more than 25,000 leading lawyers vote on the legal abilities and professional achievements of other lawyers in their specialties. Marvin has been recognized in Best Lawyers for more than 10 years consecutively.
August 10, 2009
Gary P. Gordon, '76, of Dykema, has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America guide. He was Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Michigan prior to joining Dykema. He had responsibility for all operations of the office including human resources, budget, legislative liaison, communications, and oversight of all law divisions, consisting of approximately 300 attorneys. Before his appointment as Chief Deputy, Gordon was Governmental Affairs Bureau Chief, responsible for overseeing the Public Employment, Elections, and Tort Division, Transportation Division, Highway Negligence Division, Corrections Division, Labor Division, and Civil Rights Division.
August 31, 2009
Angelo A. Paparelli, '76, of Seyfath Shaw LLP in Irvine, CA, received the 2010 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association for the advancing the practice of law. He will receive the award during AILA's Annual Conference held in National Harbor, MD.
June 30, 2010
Dawn Van Hoek, '76, has been named director of the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) by the Appellate Defender Commission. Van Hoek succeeds James R. Neuhard, who retired on January 3, 2011. Van Hoek has practiced law at the SADO since 1976, serving in numerous capacities including, most recently, chief deputy director. Her accomplishments at SADO include creation of online resources for the criminal defense bar, management of statewide training projects and publications, and management of SADO's Lansing office and government relations.
March 25, 2011
Hon. Nancy Edmunds, '76, is being honored by the Women's Bar Association for her commitment to judicial efficiency and integrity. The award will be presented at the WLAM Annual Dinner on May 18 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Mich.
April 26, 2011
David E. S. Marvin, '76, a shareholder of Fraser Trebilcock where he chairs the firm’s Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Law Department, has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in administrative and corporate law.
December 19, 2011
Nancy Edmunds, '76, was a recipient of the Guardian of Justice Award, given by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) Michigan Advisory Board to local judges whose work in upholding civil rights has been exemplary. Edmunds was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan bench on Feb. 10, 1992, by President George Bush. From 1978 until the time she took the bench, Edmunds practiced law in the Detroit law firm of Dykema Gossett. A partner since 1984, she was a member of the firm's commercial litigation section and had acquired extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts.
October 24, 2012
Nancy Edmunds, '76, was featured in a Detroit Free Press article about her presiding over the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption case and other high profile cases. Edmunds is a U.S. district judge appointed to the bench in 1992. The article is titled "Kwame Kilpatrick trial judge Nancy Edmunds helped jurors carry out their duty."
March 12, 2013
Samuel C. Damren, '75, of Dykema’s Detroit office, was ranked as a leader in Commercial Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the “Best Lawyers in America” guide. Damren is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.
November 13, 2008
David F. DuMouchel, '75, was honored by "Best Lawyers" during its 25th Anniversary Event held in Atlanta, Ga. DuMouchel is based in Butzel Long's Detroit office and chairs the firm's Corporate Compliance, Internal Investigations and Criminal Defense practice.
April 21, 2009
David R. Fernstrum, '75, of Mika, Meyers, Beckett and Jones, PLC, was included in the 2010 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Lawyers are selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers solely on the basis of a nationally-conducted peer-review survey in which more than 25,000 leading lawyers vote on the legal abilities and professional achievements of other lawyers in their specialties.
August 4, 2009
David F. DuMouchel, '75, has been named as the "Detroit Best Lawyers Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year"
for 2010. DuMouchel is an attorney and shareholder with the Butzel Long law firm.
December 1, 2009
Alex DeYonker, '75, the current executive vice president and general counsel at Spartan Stores, Inc., and a former partner and managing partner with Warner, Norcross and Judd, LLP, has been named as recipient of the 2010 Stephen H. Schulman Award by the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section.
September 13, 2010
Alex DeYonker, '75, has been named the recipient of the 2010 Stephen H. Schulman Award by the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section. It marks the fifth year that the award has been given. Legal News feature story is online at http://www.legalnews.com/detroit/697934
September 24, 2010
Milton L. Mack Jr., '75, Wayne County Probate Court chief judge, is the 2010 recipient of the National College of Probate Judges' Treat Award for Excellence. The award was presented Nov. 9 at the National College of Probate Judges' annual meeting. Mack is the first Michiganian to receive the award.
November 15, 2010
Margaret Coughlin, '75, was listed in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. Coughlin is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Troy. She focuses her practice in the areas of energy and sustainability and environmental.
October 22, 2012
David DuMouchel, '75, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 in the practice areas of Professional Malpractice Law and White-Collar Criminal Defense by DBusiness magazine. He is with Butzel Long.
December 6, 2012
George Sinas, '75, was chosen as Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Lawyer of the Year 2013. Sinas has been at the forefront of fighting the efforts to minimize lifetime comprehensive medical coverage under Michigan no-fault law. Sinas, a senior partner at Sinas Dramis Brake Boughton & McIntyre PC in Lansing, is a board member of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan and past president of the Michigan Association for Justice (formerly the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association). He has been representing accident victims for more than 35 years and is a past chairman of the State Bar Negligence Law Section. As general counsel for Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault, in collaboration with the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, he led a team of lawyers last year in a lawsuit against the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association to obtain financial information under the Freedom of information act. Sinas was one of those who was instrumental in creating CPAN in 2003. It is a bipartisan collection of 26 major medical and consumer groups dedicated to protecting the legal rights and medical benefits of auto accident victims. He has helped guide legislative efforts, not only informing legislators but coming up with strategies and ideas that are making an impact on the debate. Sinas has written and filed amicus briefs for CPAN in numerous no-fault cases in front of the Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court. As CPAN's general counsel, he filed a friend of the court brief in the 2010 watershed case of McCormick v. Carrier. The Michigan Supreme Court, in McCormick, reshaped the analysis for determining whether auto accident victims can collect tort damages. He also is a co-creator of the Michigan "No-Fault RedBook Online," a resource website operated by the Michigan Association for Justice. He teaches no-fault law at the Michigan State University College of Law
March 29, 2013
Milton Mack Jr., '75,
is this year's winner of the Judicial Award for Contributions in Law and Aging given by Elder Law of Michigan. Mack is Wayne County Probate Court chief judge. He earned the award for "his unyielding work protecting vulnerable adults, especially those with mental illnesses, that has contributed to improved treatment for those who need it most."
April 30, 2013
Richard G. Himelrick, '74, published an article in the Arizona State Law Journal titled "The Importance of Statutory Text: From Scienter to Nonstatutory Defenses under Arizona Securities Law." He was also listed in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
July 21, 2009
Richard Himelrick, '74, was included in the 2010 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Lawyers are selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers solely on the basis of a nationally-conducted peer-review survey in which more than 25,000 leading lawyers vote on the legal abilities and professional achievements of other lawyers in their specialties.
August 14, 2009
Albert Ernst, '74, of Dykema, has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America guide. He is a member of the government policy practice group, focuses on a broad variety of entities in regulatory and corporate matters, including all of the state's rural electric cooperatives and rural electric cooperatives throughout the country, International Transmission Company, Aquila Networks, Edison Sault Electric Company, SEMCO, Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts, Verizon and Michigan Technological University, among others.
August 31, 2009
Hon. Daniel J. Kelly, '74, has been reappointed by the Michigan Supreme Court as Chief Judge of the 31st Circuit Court. Judge Kelly has served as a judge in St. Clair County for 27 years; the first 12 years as a District Judge and the past 15 years as a Circuit Judge.
December 1, 2009
Earle Erman, '74, of Southfield-based Erman, Teicher, Miller, Zucker & Freedman, PC, was selected for inclusion in the 15th edition of The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. His practice area focuses on insolvency-related matters, representation of debtors, creditors' committees, secured and unsecured creditors, and other parties in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy matters. Erman is board certified in business bankruptcy by the American Bankruptcy Board of Certification.
December 7, 2009
Dennis Hertel, '74, is president of the International Election Monitoring Institute, which is made up of former European Union parliamentarians, Canadian parliamentarians and members of the United States Congress. The institute, headquartered in Brussels and Washington D.C., trains people in Ottawa to monitor elections and the democracy process. The institute's most recent mission was in Iraq in March. Hertel is also a partner in the government relations firm, The Livingston Group.
June 4, 2010
Judge Phillip E. Harter, '74, will retire from the Calhoun County Probate Court at the end of 2010 after 26 years on the bench. Following his retirement he will join Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices in Battle Creek as of counsel. Judge Harter speaks annually at the State Bar probate institutes about developments in Michigan Law and is a member of both the Bar of the United State Supreme Court and Calhoun County Bar Association. He is also a contributing writer of the Michigan Family Law Benchbook, and the Michigan Guardianship and Conservatorship Handbook, both published by ICLE.
December 13, 2010
Timothy A. Baughman, '74, chief of research, training and appeals with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, has been named one of 25 "Leaders in the Law" for 2011 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
February 28, 2011
Leonard C. Suchyta, '74, has accepted a position with Hunton and Williams LLP as counsel in its Washington office. Suchyta joins the firm from Verizon, where he was vice president and associate general counsel of its intellectual property department.
March 13, 2012
James Foresman, '74, joined Dickinson Wright PLLC as a member in the firm's Saginaw office. He is one of five leading practitioners in the health care industry to join the firm's healthcare practice. He focuses his practice on providing regulatory and transaction services for healthcare providers.
August 23, 2012
John Cameron Jr., '74, was listed in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. Cameron is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Grand Rapids. He focuses his practice in the areas of construction and real estate.
October 22, 2012
James Foresman, '74, was listed in Best Lawyers in America for Health Care Law. Foresman is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Saginaw. He focuses his practice in the areas of healthcare and commercial and business litigation.
October 22, 2012
Michael Pitt, '74, was the subject of a feature story in the Oakland County Legal News titled "Juvenile justice: Area attorneys come to aid of imprisoned." He is a co-founder of the Royal Oak law firm of Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Rivers, & Golden PC.
November 12, 2012
Thomas Radom, '74, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law by DBusiness magazine. He is with Butzel Long.
December 6, 2012
Timothy Baughman, '74, was selected by the Federal Bar Association as this year's recipient of the prestigious Leonard Gillman Award. The Gilman Award is given annually to an outstanding practitioner of criminal law who exemplifies excellence, professionalism, and commitment to public service. Baughman is the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office chief of research, training and appeals. Baughman began his employment with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in 1975. He has appeared seven times in the U.S. Supreme Court. He has argued successfully on all but one occasion. He also has supervised the briefing and argument of four other cases in that court, as well as appearing over 70 times in the Michigan Supreme Court. He is the author of two books, and various articles on criminal law and criminal procedure. He served for eight years as an adjunct professor of law at Wayne State University Law School, teaching Criminal Procedure. Baughman was appointed as Reporter by the Michigan Supreme Court for its Committee to Revise the Rules of Criminal Procedure. He lectures for the National College of District Attorneys, the Michigan Judicial Institute, the Michigan State Bar, the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, and various state prosecutors offices around the country. In recent years he has been recognized as a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the Year and as a Leader in the Law
April 10, 2013
George G. Kemsley, '73, an attorney at Bodman PLC, was recognized in the just-released 2012 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys for his commercial litigation work. Benchmark honors law firms and individual attorneys who received particularly strong endorsements from clients and peers in an exhaustive annual research survey.
December 13, 2011
Alan Gilchrist, '73, was recognized by his industry peers as one of the best lawyers in the nation, receiving the AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell for the 30th year in a row. Gillchrist, a partner in the Southfield-based The Health Law Partners PC, chairs the civil false claims and white-collar criminal practice group, and he represents health care providers, suppliers and professional organizations. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Gilchrist established the Michigan Bar Association Institute of Continuing Education. Gilchrist has received numerous accolades, and was selected as an inaugural member of the Fellows of the State Bar of Michigan's Health Care Law Section.
January 23, 2013
Bruce Bigler, '73, has joined the firm of Giarmarco Mullins & Horton PC. Bigler was senior partner and president of Bigler Barker PLLC. Over the past three decades, Bigler has concentrated his practice in the area of medical malpractice defense. He is knowledgeable in all fields of alleged medical malpractice, with special concentration in obstetrics. Bigler is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates with an Advocate rating. His outstanding peer ratings have made him an AV attorney in Martindale Hubbell and a Michigan Super Lawyer in 2006 through 2013. He also received the Michigan Association of Justice Respected Advocate Award in 2008. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, as a mediator for the Oakland County Circuit Court, and served on the Medical/Legal Committee of the Oakland County Bar. He is also a member of the Michigan Bar Association and Oakland County Bar Association.
March 11, 2013
Arthur Y. Liss, '72, founder of Bloomfield Hills-based Liss, Seder, & Andrews PC, has been named in the 15th edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” 2009. He specializes in the area of no-fault insurance litigation and is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Michigan Association for Justice and the Wayne and Oakland County Bar Associations. He has also served as the chair of the Oakland County Circuit Court Committee.
November 18, 2008
William O. Lynch, '72, of Fryhoff & Lynch PLLC, was included in the 2009 edition of “Best Lawyers in America” as one of only 28 family law practitioners in Michigan. Lynch practices family law and provides legal counsel and assistance to individuals seeking divorces or annulments. He also assists in negotiating prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, or litigating changes in child custody, parenting time and support. He is a frequent speaker on prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and on separate property claims in divorce actions.
November 18, 2008
Lawrence Katz, '72, presented a paper with his wife, Karen Tintori, titled "Reclaiming Italian/European Citizenship - Why Italian Americans Should and Must," at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, as part of the Conference on The Land of Our Return: Diasporic Encounters with Italy on April 24, 2009.
May 13, 2009
Derrick A. Humphries, '72, a Washington, D.C. attorney, was honored by The Washington Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians on Feb. 21, 2010 for his service to the Diocese of Washington and his local parish in the American Episcopal Church.
April 9, 2010
Jim Graves, '72, a partner with the Sinas Dramis Law Firm, was named the "Lansing Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers of America for the second year in a row. Graves has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the field of personal injury litigation since 2006.
February 29, 2012
Lawrence S. Katz, '72, was the featured speaker at a Macomb County Bar Association Criminal Law Committee Seminar titled "You Can't Win 'Em All: 25 Ways to Preserve Issues on Appeal" held in January.
March 26, 2012
Richard Wendt, '72, was listed in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers. Wendt is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Grand Rapids. He focuses his practice in the areas of banking and financial services, corporate finance, municipal law and finance, and real estate.
October 22, 2012
Robert Hudson, '72, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 in the practice areas of Business Law, International Trade and Finance Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Securities Law by DBusiness magazine. He is with Butzel Long.
December 6, 2012
Robert A. Berlow, '71, will be included in the 2009 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" and was re-elected to the board of directors of the Michigan Parkinson Foundation. Berlow, of Taubman, Nadis, & Neuman PC, concentrates his practice in the areas of business and commercial real estate law.
February 9, 2009
William Beach, '71, was appointed to a one-year term as chair of Public Corporations Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Beach is a senior attorney in the Public Law Group at Miller Canfield.
January 27, 2009
William B. Beach, '71, senior attorney in the Public Law Group at Miller Canfield, was appointed to a one-year term as chair of Public Corporations Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. His practice comprises all aspects of real estate, intergovernmental agreements, state and federal financing incentives and tax credits. He also specializes in general governmental corporate law covering development and redevelopment of land through public and private partnerships, municipal boundary changes, and international government trade and business.
January 8, 2009
Robert A. Berlow, '71, of counsel to Taubman, Nadis & Neuman, PC, a Farmington Hills, Mich., law firm, has been selected to be included in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Berlow also received this honor in 2008. Berlow concentrates his practice in the areas of business and commercial real estate transactions. He has significant experience in negotiating commercial real estate leases on behalf of both real estate developers and tenants, including national and local retailers, tier one automotive suppliers, hospitals and medical clinics. Berlow was general counsel of Perry Drug Stores, Inc., a publicly traded retail drugstore chain, for more than 18 years. He also served as the company’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. Berlow is a former chairperson of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.
November 25, 2008
Robert Nix, '71, was appointed as the Michigan State Chair for the American College of Mortgage Attorneys ("AMCA"). In addition to being a Fellow of ACMA, he is also a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He is a past Chairperson of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and a member of the Michigan Land Title Standards Committee. He is a Member of the Detroit law firm of Kerr, Russell and Weber, PLC. His practice includes real estate law, commercial law and commercial litigation, with a concentration in real estate development, financing and leasing.
March 24, 2009
Robert A. Berlow, '71, was presented with the C. Robert Wartell Distinguished Service Award by the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan at the Section's Annual Summer Conference held at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich., July 15-18, 2009. Berlow, of counsel to the Farmington Hills, Michigan law firm of Taubman, Nadis & Neuman, PC, is a past chairperson of the Real Property Law Section and also chaired the Section's Commercial Leasing Committee. Berlow concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate law and commercial law and has extensive experience negotiating commercial leases on behalf of developers and tenants, including local, regional and national retailers, automotive suppliers, warehouse operators and medical providers.
July 20, 2009
Robert A. Berlow, '71, of counsel to Taubman, Nadis & Neuman, P.C., a Farmington Hills, Michigan law firm, has been selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He has also been selected for inclusion in the 2009 Michigan Super Lawyers. He is a past Chairperson of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial law and commercial real estate law and has extensive experience negotiating commercial leases on behalf of both developers and tenants, including local, regional and national retailers, automotive suppliers, warehouse operators and health care providers.
September 15, 2009
Joseph F. Galvin, '71, a principal of Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, has been named the "Detroit Best Lawyers Municipal Lawyer of the Year" for 2011. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." Galvin focuses his practice on litigation related to real estate, zoning and land use, environmental, and municipal issues.
October 29, 2010