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Alumni Accomplishments

  • Lawrence MurphyLawrence Murphy, '79, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Commercial Litigation. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • I. W. WinstenI. W. Winsten, '79, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • I. W. WinstenI. W. Winsten, '79, of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 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

  • Wayne MillerWayne Miller, '79, was named one of 30 "Leaders in the Law" for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is with Miller & Tischler PC.
    February 10, 2015

  • Alan KanterAlan Kanter, '79, a complex commercial litigator with  Vestevich Mallender DuBois & Dritsas PC, was inducted into Worldwide Registry. To be a part of the Worldwide Registry, candidates must be selected by a research committee based on their past accomplishments and awards received. Candidates must complete a phone interview before being extended an invitation to become a member.
    February 25, 2015

  • Michael LeibMichael Leib, '79, launched LeibADR in Bloomfield Hills to provide metro Detroit law firms and the courts with mediation and arbitration services. Leib, who retired from trial law in 2014, has almost 35 years of practice during which he tried cases in federal courts, including the bankruptcy court, and state courts, and appeared before arbitration panels involving a wide range of complex commercial, insolvency, contract, real estate, probate and employment matters. Leib's experience also includes roles as an arbitrator, case evaluator and mediator.
    June 30, 2015

  • Steven Sonenberg, '79, was appointed as public defender in Pima County, Arizona.
    August 20, 2015

  • Marilyn Mullane, '79, will receive the Michigan State Bar Foundation's 2015 Access to Justice Award which honors persons who have significantly advanced access to justice for the poor in Michigan.
    October 5, 2015

  • Thaddeus J. KedzierskiThaddeus J. Kedzierski, '79, was re-elected for a second four-year term as mayor of Grosse Pointe Shores. Kedzierski, CPA, JD, is currently of counsel to Charfoos and Christensen PC, and practices in Royal Oak, MI.
    November 30, 2015

  • Anthony GuerrieroAnthony Guerriero, '79, has been appointed chief of legislation, grants and community relations for the Wayne County prosecutor. Guerriero, who is general counsel for Westwood Community Schools in Dearborn Heights and maintains a private practice, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan - Dearborn.
    April 27, 2016

  • Jerome Crawford, '79, was appointed chief assistant to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. He earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1976.
    May 13, 2016

  • Hon. James Brady, '79, of the 47th District Court received the 2016 Distinguished Public Servant award from the Oakland County Bar Association. Brady earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
    June 27, 2016

  • Adrianne MazuraAdrianne Mazura, '78, was named by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine as among the top attorneys in Illinois for 2014.  a Chicago-based partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, Mazura  also was named in the Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers list and in the Top 50 Women Illinois Super Lawyers list. Her field of recognition is Employment Litigation: Defense.
    January 23, 2014

  • Timothy BuschTimothy Busch, '78, founded The Busch Firm in Irvine, California, 35 years ago. The Busch Firm now has joined forces with Michael Caspino, previously with Brady Vorwerck,Ryder and Caspino, to form Busch & Caspino - a new full-service law firm concentrating on business, estate and tax planning and corporate real estate and business litigation as well as religious organizations and canon law. Busch also is the founder of Pacific Hospitality Group, a hotel development and management firm; Trinitas Cellars, Napa Institute; and he co-founded JSerra Catholic High School and St. Anne School. He also is is a certified professional accountant and real estate broker.
    March 14, 2014

  • Nancy DiehlNancy Diehl, '78, was named by Gov. Rick Snyder as one of 15 appointments to the newly created Indigent Defense Commission, which aims to improve legal representation for low-income criminal defendants. The board collects data necessary for the review of indigent defense services in Michigan, and creates standards and requirements. She is retired as trial division chief of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, and will represent members submitted by the State Bar of Michigan.
    June 24, 2014

  • Ashley LipsonAshley Lipson, '78, (LL.M.), is the author of a new book, Courtroom Use and Misuse of Mathematics, Physics and Finance: Cases, Lessons and Materials, released by Carolina Academic Press. Lipson is a professor of law at the University of La Verne College of Law in California.
    July 18, 2014

  • Robert KaplowRobert Kaplow, '78, of Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates.
    August 19, 2014

  • Mark GranzottoMark Granzotto, '78, of Mark Granzotto PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Monika Holzer SacksMonika Holzer Sacks, '78, of the law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg celebrated the firm's 20th anniversary. She was named president of the Michigan chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for 2013-14 and is a founding member of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan.
    October 24, 2014

  • Gary RogersGary Rogers, '78, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Rogers was recognized in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency, Reorganization Law, and Litigation - Insurance. He is with Fraser Trebilcock.
    October 28, 2014

  • Steven HowellSteven Howell, '78, of Dickinson Wright PLLC was awarded the Barbara J. Rom Award for Bankruptcy Excellence from the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter. Howell is a member in the firm's Detroit office. He also serves as the practice department manager for the firm's Banking & Finance, Creditors' Rights, Municipal Finance and International Law Practices.
    November 4, 2014

  • Steven HowellSteven Howell, '78, was named one of 30 "Leaders in the Law" for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is with Dickinson Wright PLLC.
    February 10, 2015

  • Jules OlsmanJules Olsman, '78, was named one of 30 "Leaders in the Law" for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is with Olsman Mueller Wallace & MacKenzie.
    February 10, 2015

  • Brad RayleBrad Rayle, '78, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Rayle was recognized in the practice area of Labor Law-Management. He is with Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC.
    August 21, 2015

  • Brad RayleBrad Rayle, '78, of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.
    September 16, 2015

  • Stephen SchultzStephen Schultz, '78, co-wrote "Public-Sector Collective Bargaining" for the September Michigan Bar Journal. He is a founding member of Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC.
    November 11, 2015

  • Steven GonzalesSteven Gonzales, '78, co-edited a book entitled, Alternative Dispute Resolution in State and Local Governments, Analysis & Case Studies. It was recently published by the American Bar Association Press, on behalf of the Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section. Gonzales is associate professor of law at Arizona Summit Law School.
    January 6, 2016

  • Tim BuschTim Busch, '78, donated $15 million to Catholic University of America - the largest donation in the school's history. He is the founder of the Busch Firm, which specializes in high net-worth estate planning and real estate and business transactions. Busch also founded and is CEO of Pacific Hospitality Group, a hotel development and management company that owns and manages eight hotels in California. He earned his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University.
    May 23, 2016

  • W. Patrick DreisigW. Patrick Dreisig, '77, was named a 2012 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager by DBusiness magazine. This is the fourth 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.
    July 23, 2013

  • Chad SchmuckerChad Schmucker, '77, was selected by the Michigan State Bar Foundation trustees for its 2013 Access to Justice Award. The award, which will be presented Sept. 18 during the State Bar's annual meeting in Lansing, honors an individual who has significantly advanced access to justice for the poor in Michigan. Schmucker was named state court administrator by the Michigan Supreme Court in 2011. He oversees administration of all the state's trial courts, four regional SCAO offices and all SCAO divisions, including the Michigan Judicial Institute, Judicial Information Systems, Child Welfare Services, Friend of the Court Bureau, Office of Dispute Resolution, Statistical Research, and Trial Court Services. The foundation's award acknowledges Schmucker's long public service as a judge and now as state court administrator in helping those with barriers to access to courts.   
    July 26, 2013

  • Chad SchmuckerChad Schmucker, '77, was selected to be the eighth president of the National Judicial College. After 20 years as a Jackson County Circuit Court Judge, Schmucker became the Michigan state court administrator in 2011. In that post, he oversaw management of the state's 246 trial courts, implemented a Michigan version of trial court performance measures, and developed a plan for court governance to promote cooperation and efficiency among courts. The NJC was founded in 1963 and is one of the nation's leading providers of judicial education and justice improvement initiatives. It is housed at the University of Nevada, Reno. The NJC is a Nevada not-for-profit educational entity affiliated with the American Bar Association, governed by an 18-member Board of Trustees.  
    September 18, 2013

  • Lawrence JordanLawrence Jordan, '77, was selected by Best Lawyers as "2014 Lawyer of the Year" in his practice area. With more than 35 years of experience, Jordan received the 2014 recognition for his work in copyright law. He has previously been named the Ann Arbor "Lawyer of the Year" for trademark law and intellectual property law. Currently, he is managing partner at the Ann Arbor office of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC, and leads the Jaffe Intellectual Property Practice Group as practice group coordinator. Jordan represents companies, foundations and creative individuals on strategies to protect and commercialize inventions, creations and ideas. Jordan has also been recognized multiple times by Super Lawyers, DBusiness and Martindale Hubbell (highest rating for skills and ethics). He has also received the "John Hensel Award" from the Arts Communications, Entertainment and Sports Section of the State Bar of Michigan and an honorary resolution from the Michigan Senate.
    September 19, 2013

  • Wendy Lynn PottsWendy Lynn Potts, '77, 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. Potts is an Oakland County Circuit Court judge.
    February 10, 2014

  • Linda HallmarkLinda Hallmark, '77, served as the chairperson and moderator for the Governor's Task Force on Children's Justice Summit held May 21-23, 2014, at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City. The focus of the summit was Medication and Mental Health Concerns for Children in Care. Hallmark is chief judge pro tem of the Oakland County Probate Court and also serves in the Circuit Court Family Division. She is one of 18 members of the multidisciplinary task force appointed by Gov. Snyder to focus on setting policies and protocols for victims of child abuse and neglect.
    May 30, 2014

  • Lawrence McLaughlinLawrence McLaughlin, '77, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Alan ValadeAlan Valade, '77, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Tax Law, Trusts and Estates. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Lawrence McLaughlinLawrence McLaughlin, '77, of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Lawrence McLaughlinLawrence McLaughlin, '77, of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, chair of the firm's Real Estate Department, was named co-chair of the International Council of Shopping Centers 2015 U.S. Law Conference and will serve as chair of the conference in 2016. He has served on the conference Program Planning Committee since 2004.    
    September 30, 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

  • Margo NicholsMargo Nichols, '77, of the law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg celebrated the firm's 20th anniversary. She was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's distinguished Women in the Law for 2014, and has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer since 2006.
    October 24, 2014

  • Barbara Levin, '77, christened the nation's seventh littoral combat ship, Detroit, by smashing a bottle of champagne over its hull before it was launched Oct. 18, 2014, into the Menominee River at Marinette Marine Corp. in Marinette, Wis. Engineered by a Lockheed Martin-led industry team, the ship will continue to undergo outfitting and testing before delivery to the U.S. Navy in 2015.
    October 18, 2014

  • Lawrence McLaughlinLawrence McLaughlin, '77, partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP and chair of its real estate department, has been named to the 2014 Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame by Midwest Real Estate News. Hall of Fame members are chosen from hundreds of Midwest commercial real estate professionals, who are nominated each year for the depth of their experience and their contributions to the profession. McLaughlin is one of only three attorneys among the 70 professionals named this year.
    January 28, 2015

  • Richard KaufmanRichard Kaufman, '77, a former Wayne County Circuit Court chief judge, has been named deputy county executive, the second-in-command to Wayne County Executive Warren Evans. Kaufman is a partner in the Farmington Hills-based law firm of Zausmer Kaufman August and Caldwell. He previously served as general manager and general counsel of metro Detroit's SMART transportation system.  
    March 20, 2015

  • Garey Lindsay, '77, was named regional director of the National Labor Relations Board Regional Office in Cincinnati.
    June 2, 2015

  • Linda HallmarkLinda Hallmark, '77, chief judge pro tem of the Oakland County Probate Court, served as chairperson for the 18th annual Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect Summit held in Traverse City. Hallmark is one of 18 members of the task force, which focuses on setting policies and protocols for victims of child abuse and neglect.  
    June 10, 2015

  • William PerroneWilliam Perrone, '77, of Dykema was appointed to the Michigan Board of Dentistry for a four-year term. Perrone, office managing member of the firm's Lansing office, focuses his practice in the area of state regulations, real estate and mortgage financing for clients in the manufactured housing, energy and insurance sectors. He is a former state assistant attorney general.
    June 9, 2015

  • Linda HallmarkLinda Hallmark, '77, Oakland County probate judge, was honored for 35 years of service to the county.
    June 25, 2015

  • Wendy PottsWendy Potts, '77, judge of the Oakland County Circuit Court, has been named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 30 Women in the Law for 2015.
    July 28, 2015

  • Lawrence JordanLawrence Jordan, '77, was elected to the council of the State Bar of Michigan's Arts, Communication, Entertainment and Sports Section. He is managing partner of the Ann Arbor office of Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss PC. 
    November 30, 2015

  • Linda HallmarkLinda Hallmark, '77, was nominated for the 2015 Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award. She is chief judge of the Oakland County Probate Court.
    January 4, 2016

  • Robert MartinezRobert Martinez, '77, was appointed to the Parkland Health & Hospital System Board of Managers in Dallas. He is a partner with Cotten Schmidt & Abbott, LLP in Fort Worth, Texas.
    February 12, 2016

  • Hon. Wendy PottsHon. Wendy Potts, '77, received a "WONder Woman Award" from the Women Officials Network Foundation. She is an Oakland County Circuit Court judge who earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
    May 13, 2016

  • Ronald BretzRonald Bretz, '76, is writing a legal textbook on criminal law with two colleagues. The book is due to be published in the summer of 2014. He served as an assistant defender with the State Appellate Defender Office for two decades before joining the Cooley Law School faculty. An expert in the field of serology and DNA scientific evidence, Bretz frequently lectures on the topics, and has successfully argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
    November 19, 2013

  • David MarvinDavid Marvin, '76, was recently honored with the Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award at the Ingham County Bar Association's 119th annual dinner. Marvin has practiced law in the Lansing office of Fraser Trebilcock for more than 37 years. His reputation as a skilled attorney and efficient problem-solver has helped him to develop an impressive national client base and has earned him many honors. Throughout much of his career, he has devoted time and energy to bar association activities, serving as president of the Ingham County Bar Association, president of the Young Lawyers Section of the ICBA, president of the Pro Bono Lawyers Service, chairman of the State Bar's Administrative Law Section, chairman of the ICBA's Administrative Law Section, delegate to the State Bar's Representative Assembly, chairman of four State Bar committees and chairman of at least 10 ICBA committees. In addition, Marvin has devoted his energy and resources to numerous community service organizations, including terms on the boards of directors of the East Lansing Educational Foundation, the Impression Five Science Center, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Audubon Society, the Rotary Club of Lansing, the Boy Scouts of America, the Downtown Coaches Club, Friends of Michigan History and the MSU Alumni Association, among others.
    November 25, 2013

  • James FisherJames Fisher, '76, was named by Gov. Rick Snyder as one of 15 appointments to the newly created Indigent Defense Commission, which aims to improve legal representation for low-income criminal defendants. The board collects data necessary for the review of indigent defense services in Michigan, and creates standards and requirements. Fisher, previously chief judge of Barry County Circuit Court, will chair the commission. He is an attorney with Law Weathers where his primary practice areas are arbitration and mediation. He will represent members submitted by the Michigan Judges Association.
    June 24, 2014

  • Susan ReedSusan Reed, '76, was awarded the Unsung Hero Award by the State Bar of Michigan. Reed, a Detroit resident, is a veteran criminal defense attorney and president of the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association.
    September 19, 2014

  • Dawn Van HoekDawn Van Hoek, '76, has been awarded as a Champion of Justice by the Michigan State Bar. Van Hoek of Ann Arbor is director of the State Appellate Defender Office and past president of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan.
    September 19, 2014

  • Dawn Van HoekDawn Van Hoek, '76, was named one of 30 "Leaders in the Law" for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She is director of the State Appellate Defender Office.
    February 10, 2015

  • Freddie BurtonFreddie Burton, '76, was named as the new chief justice for the Wayne County Probate Court to serve the rest of 2015 in the role. New chief justices for several courts in the state will be selected in 2016.  
    August 6, 2015

  • Richard MarekRichard Marek, '76, was elected president of the Vermont State Historical Society. He ended 12 years of service in the Vermont House of Representatives earlier this year, after retiring from practicing corporate law.
    September 1, 2015

  • Adam ShakoorAdam Shakoor, '76, of Adam Shakoor & Associates PC was chosen by the State Bar of Michigan to be honored with the Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award. Shakoor served as Detroit deputy mayor and as chief judge of 33rd District Court in Detroit.
    September 18, 2015

  • James “Jim” Fisher, '76, has joined Dickinson Wright's Grand Rapids office as of counsel.
    January 25, 2016

  • Bruce VandegriftBruce Vandegrift, '76, has been named personal trust business development officer for Chemical Bank Wealth Management's west Michigan region.
    March 15, 2016

  • Hon. Isidore TorresHon. Isidore Torres, '76, was appointed director of the Wayne County Fraud and Corruption Investigation Unit. Torres, who earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, is of counsel with Williams Acosta in Detroit.
    May 13, 2016

  • Julius GiarmarcoJulius Giarmarco, '75, was named as a U.S. News Best Lawyer. He is also recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer, DBusiness Top Lawyer, Top Attorney in Michigan by the New York Times, and received an "AV" Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability. Giarmarco is chair of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group at Giarmarco Mullins & Horton P.C. He is licensed to practice law in both Michigan and New York. Julius' primary practice areas include estate planning, business succession planning, wealth transfer planning, and life insurance applications. Giarmarco also lectures frequently on a national basis, including speeches before the American Law Institute – American Bar Association, the International Forum, the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting, the Million Dollar Round Table, the American Institute of CPAs, the Life Insurance and Market Research Association, the Financial Planning Association and numerous life insurance companies, brokerage firms and trade associations
    August 22, 2013

  • David DuMouchelDavid DuMouchel, '75, has been appointed by the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan as a member of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel. He is one of 13 metro Detroit lawyers and community leaders to receive this appointment. A Butzel Long attorney and shareholder based in the firm's Detroit office, DuMouchel chairs the firm's Corporate Compliance, Internal Investigations and Criminal Defense practice. DuMouchel's practice is limited to white collar criminal defense, professional licensure and criminal health care, criminal IRS investigations of both taxpayers and professionals, SEC enforcement of corporate executives, public corruption, as well as grand jury investigations, internal corporate investigations and compliance. Earlier this year, DuMouchel was appointed to serve as a voting member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission Practitioners Advisory Group. One person from each of the 11 federal circuits is appointed to this group. He is a recipient of the prestigious Leonard Gilman Award from the Federal Bar Association as the outstanding criminal law practitioner in the Eastern District of Michigan. He has been named by Best Lawyers as the "2010 Detroit Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year." Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." DuMouchel has been listed in each Best Lawyers edition for the last 30 years, up to and including the most recent. He also is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, and in Michigan Super Lawyers. He is a frequent speaker on internal corporate investigations and federal criminal procedure matters. DuMouchel is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization limited to 1 percent of the trial lawyers in a state by invitation; serves as a member of the Criminal Procedure Committee; and is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. DuMouchel served as the first chairman of the State of Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.  
    December 18, 2013

  • David DuMouchelDavid 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 SinasGeorge 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

  • George MercerGeorge Mercer, '74, was named as a U.S. News Best Lawyer. He also is recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer, dbusiness Top Lawyer, Top Attorney in Michigan by the New York Times, and received an "AV" Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability. Mercer concentrates his practice with Giamarco Mullins & Horton P.C. in the areas of real estate, banking and finance, construction, condominium development, environmental and energy law and mortgage lending.
    August 14, 2013

  • Daniel KellyDaniel Kelly, '74, is among the 20 circuit judges appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve as a business court judge. This assignment continues through April 1, 2019. He recently participated in the Great Lakes States Complex Commercial/Business Court Litigation course provided by the National Judicial College in conjunction with the Michigan Judicial Institute. He also has been admitted to the American College of Business Court Judges and attended the annual meeting of the college at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Additionally, Kelly has been re-appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve as chief judge of all trial courts in St. Clair County for an additional two year term ending January 1, 2016.  
    November 1, 2013

  • Joan YoungJoan Young, '74, 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. Young is an Oakland County Circuit Court judge.
    February 10, 2014

  • Timothy Pickard, '74, retired after 20 years as judge as Lenawee County Circuit Court. He also has signed an agreement with the Michigan Court Administrative Office to serve on special assignments in Lenawee County and the northern Michigan counties of Mackinac, Emmet, Charlevoix and Muskegon, as well as on state appeals court panels.  
    April 25, 2014

  • Roger CookRoger 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 EsshakiGene Esshaki, '74, of Abbott Nicholson PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

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

  • Michael PittMichael 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 PittMichael 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 GuyerThomas 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 EsshakiGene Esshaki, '74, wrote an article, "Judicial Intervention in Arbitration Proceedings Pre-Award," published in the June Michigan Bar Journal.
    June 17, 2015

  • Daniel KellyDaniel 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 BaughmanTimothy 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 YoungJoan 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

  • Stephen GlazerStephen Glazer, '73, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of Appellate Practice and Corporate Law. He is a member with Barris Sott Denn & Driker, PLLC.
    August 23, 2013

  • 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

  • William W. SworWilliam W. Swor, '72, was elected as president of the board of directors at ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services). He's served on the group's board since 1999. Swor is of Lebanese descent and is founder of the Detroit law firm William W. Swor & Associates. He is a member of the board of directors of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and served two terms as chair of the General Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan. In 2005, he received the Defender of Justice award from the Detroit and Michigan Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. He's earned many other honors for his work, as well.
    January 30, 2014

  • Robert LenihanRobert Lenihan, '72, was named general counsel of Harness Dickey, where he is a partner in the firm's litigation practice group. In addition to his litigation practice, he is responsible for advising the Executive Committee on selected legal issues.
    March 17, 2014

  • Robert HudsonRobert Hudson, '72, has been instrumental in planning the May 23 annual gala and awards ceremony of the French American Chamber of Commerce Michigan Chapter. Hudson is president emeritus of the chapter and a shareholder with the Detroit office of Butzel Long. The FACC is a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States.
    April 3, 2014

  • Lawrence KatzLawrence Katz, '72, was presented with the 2013 "Barbara R. Levine Award in Recognition of Excellence in Appellate Advocacy" by the Appellate Defender Commission in March 2014. The annual award honors a Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System roster member whose appellate advocacy achieves outstanding results or who demonstrates extraordinary commitment on behalf of appellate assigned clients. His article, "Preserving Issues for Appeal in Criminal Cases," appeared in the October 2013 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal. His article, "Amanda Knox: An American's Journey through the Italian Justice System," appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of the National Italian American Bar Association News.
    April 8, 2014

  • William SworWilliam Swor, '72, was named by Gov. Rick Snyder as one of 15 appointments to the newly created Indigent Defense Commission, which aims to improve legal representation for low-income criminal defendants. The board collects data necessary for the review of indigent defense services in Michigan, and creates standards and requirements. Swor, an attorney with William W. Swor, will represent members submitted by the Criminal Defense Attorney Association of Michigan.
    June 24, 2014

  • Michael HluchaniukMichael 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. RunyanJohn 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

  • William SankbeilWilliam Sankbeil, '71, of Kerr Russell and Weber PLC  was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Robert BerlowRobert Berlow, '71, was listed in the 2013 Business Edition of Michigan Super Lawyers for his expertise in the Real Estate practice area. Attorneys are chosen for the honor based on peer recognition and professional achievements in their practice area. Berlow 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

  • Jon MuthJon Muth, '71, was recognized by the Grand Rapids Bar Association with the Donald R. Worsfold Distinguished Service Award. Muth has been honored numerous times over the course of his career. He served as the president of the State Bar of Michigan for two terms, and was given the Robert P. Hudson Award for his impact on influencing the direction of the profession. Muth has supported and served many community organizations including the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Grand Rapids Ballet. However, the group his name is most connected with is the Legal Assistance Center. He was instrumental to LAC's early success, and has dedicated more than 10 years to this initiative which now serves more than 17,000 persons annually. He is with law firm Miller Johnson of Grand Rapids.
    April 30, 2014

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

  • Dan DozierDan 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 KellyThe 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 KellyThe 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

  • Peter SugarPeter Sugar, '70, was selected by Best Lawyers as a "2014 Lawyer of the Year" in the practice areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisition law, securities/capital markets law and securities regulation. Sugar represents both private and public companies in securities regulation, financing transactions, acquisitions and divestitures, e-commerce and corporate law. Sugar also counsels emerging companies in formation, financing and governance of business, including equity, debt and hybrid capitalization transactions. Sugar has been honored in The Best Lawyers in America for at least 10 years and has received multiple Super Lawyer awards, in addition to a DBusiness Top Rated Lawyer, Donald H. Gordon Award for Teaching Excellence and the Richard J. Barber Wayne Law Review Alumni Achievement Award. He is a partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC.
    September 19, 2013

  • William B. MurphyWilliam B. Murphy, '70, was reappointed as chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals. He was appointed to the court in 1988 and has served as chief judge since November 2009. Under Murphy's guidance, the Court of Appeals was recently named a leader in automation of court business practices by the National Center for State Courts. Murphy has served and continues to serve on numerous civic and bar-related organizations; he is a former chair of the Judicial Tenure Commission. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal and is a member of the Judicial Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee for the Michigan Justice Project.
    November 7, 2013

  • Pat M. DonofrioPat M. Donofrio, '70, was appointed to serve on the state's Court of Claims. He was a Macomb County Circuit judge, and served as presiding judge of the court's civil/criminal division, before his appointment to the Court of Appeals in 2002 by Gov. John Engler. He was elected to the Court of Appeals in 2004 and 2010. 
    November 21, 2013

  • William MurphyWilliam Murphy, '70, was recently elected to serve as the treasurer of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal throughout the United States. This leadership position is the first on Murphy's path to being elected as the council's president within the next few years. The Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal was formed in 1980 when judicial leaders of state appellate courts around the nation recognized the need to have "a body for consultation" and education "concerning the improvement of the administration of justice, rules and methods of procedure, and the organization and operation of state intermediate appellate courts." In addition to his recent election, Murphy was also asked to continue serving on the Council's Executive Board Committee. He was reappointed as chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals in November. He was appointed to the court in 1988 and has served as chief judge since November 2009.
    December 19, 2013

  • Thomas LewandThomas Lewand, '70, was named to the cabinet of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to serve as group exeuctive, jobs and economic growth. Lewand is a business, health care and municipal law and finance lawyer at Bodman in Detroit. He has worked in a number of high-profile capacities, including facilitating the building of Ford Field, serving as Gov. Jennifer Granholm's facilitator in a deal for $50 million in state help for the Detroit Medical Center and as a special master appointed by U.S. District Judge John Feikens during the Detroit Water and Sewer Department's federal oversight.
    December 20, 2013

  • Clark JohnsonClark Johnson, '70, was elected by the students of the Michigan State University College of Law as the Distinguished Doctrinal Faculty Member of the Year for 2014. He served as assistant attorney general of Michigan and was a partner in the law firm of Schmidt Nahas Coburn and Johnson. He joined the law college faculty in 1973. He teaches Contracts, Equity, Insurance Law, Medical-Legal Problems, Mortgages, Property and Secured Transactions.
    May 6, 2014

  • Martin ReisigMartin 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 MurphyWilliam 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 MurphyWilliam 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