David Rogers, '82, was named a 2013 DBusiness Top Lawyer in the Health Care Law category. A shareholder with Rogers Mantese & Associates PC, Rogers focuses his practice primarily on representing Michigan health care organizations, professionals and businesses in matters including contracts, third party payer audits and reimbursement, and legislative issues. He is the former chair of the State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section, of which he was named a Fellow in 2011. In addition, Rogers is a former faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, chair of the University's Irvin D. Reid Honors College Board of Visitors, and member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Health Lawyers Association, and Federal, Detroit Metropolitan and Oakland County Bar Associations.
November 27, 2012
Lee Hornberger, '82, of the Arbitration and Mediation Office of Lee Hornberger, moderated the Conflict Resolution Services' in-service on "How Judges Treat Mediated Settlement Agreements" in Traverse City on Oct. 25, 2012. Hornberger, an arbitrator and mediator in Traverse City, is a member of the Representative Assembly of the State Bar of Michigan, Chair of the ADR Committee of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association, and a former President of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association. He is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, National Arbitration Forum, and National Futures Association.
December 7, 2012
Jay Welford, '82, was named the practice group coordinator for the insolvency and reorganization group at Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC, where he is a partner. Welford has more than 30 years of experience in corporate representation and restructuring. His practice encompasses multiple industry sectors, including banking, construction, manufacturing, logistics, servicing and leasing. In addition to this new role, Welford is also co-practice group coordinator for the franchise law practice group with a specific expertise in developing franchise systems. Throughout the years, Welford has received multiple legal honors and awards from Michigan Super Lawyer, Best Lawyers and DBusiness magazine. He is an active member in multiple business and legal associations, including the American Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Commercial Law League of America Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section and the International Franchise Association. He also serves as president of the nonprofit organization ALS of Michigan.
March 22, 2013
Michael Khoury, '82, was named co-practice group coordinator for Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC's Emerging and Growth Business Practice Group. He is a partner with the firm. Khoury is also a member of the Corporate and Intellectual Property and Information Technology Practice Groups, specializing his practice in commercial, business and technology matters including start-ups and emerging businesses. He is a former chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Business Law Section and Information Technology Law Section, as well as a member of advisory boards for several entrepreneurial organizations.
May 17, 2013
Jay Welford, '82, was awarded the distinguished President's Cup from the Commercial Law League of America. He is practice group coordinator for the insolvency and reorganization group at Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC, where he is a partner. Welford has more than 30 years of experience in corporate representation and restructuring. His practice encompasses multiple industry sectors, including banking, construction, manufacturing, logistics, servicing and leasing. Welford is also co-practice group coordinator for the franchise law practice group with a specific expertise in developing franchise systems. Throughout the years, Welford has received multiple legal honors and awards from Michigan Super Lawyer, Best Lawyers and DBusiness magazine. He is an active member in multiple business and legal associations, including the American Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Commercial Law League of America Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section and the International Franchise Association. He also serves as president of the nonprofit organization ALS of Michigan.
June 13, 2013
Susan Sutton, '82, was re-elected to serve an additional one-year term on the Board of Directors at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C., where she has served on the board for the past six years. She is a member of the firm's Estate Planning and Probate practice group, where she specializes in estate planning, wealth transfer, business succession planning and trust administration. A recognized attorney in this particular area of law, Sutton has been honored by DBusiness magazine as a Top Lawyer in 2012 and 2013.
July 31, 2013
Steven Chester, '82, rejoined Miller Canfield as senior counsel in the Energy, Environmental and Regulatory Group after a distinguished career in the public sector. He most recently served as deputy assistant administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in Washington, D.C. Prior to that service, he was director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
July 1, 2014
Sandra Glazier, '82, received an Award of Appreciation from the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan for her presentation on "The Intersection of Probate and Family Law - Postmortem" at the 2014 Mid-Summer Seminar.
August 1, 2014
Thomas Wilczak, '82, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Environmental and Litigation-Environmental. He is with Pepper Hamilton LLP.
August 21, 2014
Lee Hornberger, '82, LL.M., an arbitrator and mediator, was honored with the George N. Bashara, Jr. Award by the State Bar of Michigan's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section at its annual meeting and conference in Ann Arbor. The award is given annually to an individual, program, or entity in recognition of exemplary service to the ADR Section and its members.
October 24, 2014
Gerald Acker, '81, was voted president-elect of the Michigan Association of Justice's 2012-13 leadership team. He is senior partner at Southfield-based Goodman Acker PC, and specializes in personal injury litigation. The Michigan Association of Justice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering civil justice and access to the courts for the people of Michigan. He also serves on the National Finance Committee for President Barack Obama.
August 20, 2012
Pamela Enslen, '81, has been named resident director of the Kalamazoo office of Miller Canfield, overseeing the overall operations of the 34 lawyer and 25 staff member-office. Enslen is a principal at Miller Canfield and a member of the firm's Litigation and Trial Group. She originally joined the firm in 1985. In 2001, she left to be a public defender in federal courts before returning to Miller Canfield in 2003. She now represents companies and executives in various commercial disputes, including employment cases and white collar criminal defense.
May 7, 2013
Pamela Enslen, '81, was elected to a one-year term as chair of the board of directors of the Kalamazoo-based nonprofit, Gryphon Place, which provides a free 211 helpline, suicide prevention services, and free or low cost dispute resolution services for southwest Michigan. Enslen has served on the 12-member volunteer board since 2007. She is a lawyer in Miller Canfield's Litigation and Trial Group. She originally joined the firm in 1985. In 2001, she left to be a public defender in federal courts before returning to Miller Canfield in 2003. She now represents companies and executives in various commercial disputes, including employment cases and white collar criminal defense.
June 17, 2013
James Derian, '81, is the incoming president of the Oakland County Bar Association. He is a litigation attorney with Delphi Automotive Systems. After practicing as a partner for a mid-sized Southfield firm for a number of years, Derian joined Butzel Long, spending six years there before being recruited in 2006 to his current in-house position with Delphi.
June 24, 2013
Gerald Acker, '81, was elected president of the Michigan Association for Justice. He is co-founder and senior partner of Southfield-based Goodman Acker PC. Acker specializes in personal injury litigation, including catastrophic automobile negligence cliams, no-fault claims, medical malpractice, premises liability and nursing home negligence. He was recognized as one of the 2013 Michigan Super Lawyers, an honor he has received for six consecutive years.
June 26, 2013
Pamela Enslen, '81, resident director of the Kalamazoo office of Miller Canfield, was one of only eight non-governmental organization observers allowed to attend the closed trial proceedings for Khalid Sheik Muhammad, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and four others accused of being involved with planning the attacks. The proceedings were held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, earlier this year. Enslen attended the trials on behalf of the American Bar Association. The ABA was one of eight non-governmental organizations allowed to attend the hearings for transparency purposes. Among the other groups were Amnesty International, Judicial Watch and Human Rights Watch. Enslen is on the ABA's Board of Governors and once served as a federal public defender with the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Michigan. She hopes to return to Guantanamo Bay as the trial proceedings for accused terrorists continue. Enslen is a member of Miller Canfield's Litigation and Trial Group. She originally joined the firm in 1985. In 2001, she left to be a public defender in federal courts before returning to Miller Canfield in 2003. She now represents companies and executives in various commercial disputes, including employment cases and white collar criminal defense.
July 2, 2013
Pamela Enslen, '81, was selected by her peers to the American Bar Association Board of Governors. Her three-year term will expire in August 2016. Enslen was selected as the representative of the dispute resolution section. She is a member of Miller Canfield's Litigation and Trial Group. She originally joined the firm in 1985. In 2001, she left to be a public defender in federal courts before returning to Miller Canfield in 2003. She now represents companies and executives in various commercial disputes, including employment cases and white collar criminal defense, and is resident director of the firm's Kalamazoo office.
August 9, 2013
Thomas Meagher, '81, of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of Commercial Litigation. Meagher also was selected to be included in Super Lawyers for his work in Employment Litigation: Defense.
October 8, 2013
John Hohman Jr., '81, a 16-year veteran of the Monroe County Probate and Family Court, has been named state court administrator. He will head the State Court Administrative Office, the administrative agency of the Michigan Supreme Court. Hohman, who has been a judge since 1997, is noted for his work in juvenile justice and child welfare. Soon after taking the bench, he and Monroe County Probate Court Judge Pamela A. Moskwa, now retired, co-founded Monroe County's Court Appointed Special Advocates program to improve representation for children in abuse and neglect cases. His efforts included a redesign of Monroe County's juvenile programs and family court, and the creation of a juvenile drug court. He helped found "Project Second Chance," in which young offenders train and care for dogs from the Monroe Humane Society. The program teaches juveniles empathy and responsibility, while bettering dogs' chances for adoption. Hohman has served as a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute, is an editorial advisory committee member for a number of journals and periodicals, and has authored articles on juvenile and family court practice. In 2013, he was named "Michigan Jurist of the Year" by the Michigan Foster Care Review Board. He was chosen "Michigan Judge of the Year" in 2008 by the Michigan Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates.
October 17, 2013
Stanley Pitts, '81, was reappointed to the State Bar of Michigan Professional Ethics Committee for a term through September 2015. He joined the committee in 2009, and has served as its chairman. He is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, and also serves the state bar as a member of a hearing panel for the Attorney Disciplinary Board and as a member of the Labor and Employment section.
November 7, 2013
James Derian, '81, was installed as president of the Oakland County Bar Association. He is a litigation attorney with Delphi Automotive Systems in Troy. After practicing as a partner for a mid-sized Southfield firm for a number of years, Derian joined Butzel Long, spending six years there before being recruited in 2006 to his current in-house position with Delphi.
January 30, 2014
Connie Marie Kelley, '81, 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. Kelley is a Wayne County Circuit Court judge.
February 10, 2014
Gerald Acker, '81, was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2014 "Leaders in the Law." Acker is co-founder and senior partner of Goodman Acker PC. Acker, a personal injury attorney, founded his Southfield-based firm more than 20 years ago. Currently he is president of the Michigan Association for Justice, a nonprofit organization of approximately 1,600 members dedicated to furthering civil justice and access to the courts for the people of Michigan.
March 26, 2014
Susan Burkhart, '81, was named Best Lawyers 2014 Raleigh Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year." Burkhart is the chair of the Insurance Law and Coverage practice in the Raleigh, N.C., office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP and has been with the firm since its founding in 1992.
April 30, 2014
Stanley Pitts, '81, a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in the firm's Labor and Employment Department, has been recognized as a Man of Excellence for 2014 by the Michigan Chronicle. The award is designed to celebrate African-American men in Southeast Michigan who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievement and participation in community service. Pitts focuses his practice on the defense of employers facing labor and employment challenges. He is a member and previous chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Professional Ethics Committee and a member of its Attorney Discipline Board Hearing Panel. In addition, he is a case evaluator for the Wayne County Mediation Tribunal Labor Panel.
June 27, 2014
David Marmon, '81, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Tax Tribunal, an administrative court that hears appeals on several categories of Michigan taxes. Marmon is an attorney at Hoffert & Associates, and received the Deloitte & Touche Award for the best paper in the area of taxation.
July 1, 2014
Scott Mandel, '81, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, and Litigation - Antitrust. He is with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.
September 3, 2014
Gregory DeMars, '81, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.
September 5, 2014
Stuart Sherr, '81, was appointed mayor pro tem of Bloomfield Hills. Sherr is vice president of Sherr Development Corp. and has been a Bloomfield Hills city commissioner since December 2012.
November 17, 2014
Robert Wright, '80, spoke to the business law classes at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, on alternate dispute resolution, arbitration and mediation. He is the incoming chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and has presented numerous seminars on mediation and related topics. He is founder of The Peace Talks Mediation Services PLC.
September 24, 2012
Laurel McGiffert, '80, was chosen by the Michigan Association of Justice as winner of its 2012 Respected Advocate Award. She is a partner at Plunkett Cooney, concentrating in medical malpractice, employment law and municipal law. She serves on the firm's Board of Directors and is involved in many charitable activities.
October 1, 2012
Candace Crowley, '80, received the Michigan State Bar Foundation's Access to Justice Award, honoring individuals who have significantly advanced access to justice for the poor in Michigan. Crowley is director of external development at the State Bar, and served as liaison to the Access to Justice Committee of the State Bar's Judicial Crossroads Task Force. Her long history of legal advocacy includes serving as executive director of Lakeshore Legal Aid. She also served as a volunteer on the State Bar's Access to Justice Task Force and as chair of the Michigan Integration and Merger Committee, which helped produce the seminal 1995 Michigan Plan to guide statewide delivery of legal services to the poor. She also is a member of the Michigan Poverty Law Program Advisory Board.
October 1, 2012
Noreen Slank, '80, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2013 for the seventh consecutive year. An attorney with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell & Ulanoff, she was honored for her work in appellate practice and insurance law.
October 23, 2012
Ulysses Hammond, '80, received the 2012 William Crawford Distinguished Service award, which is given annually by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. Hammond is vice president for administration at Connecticut College, president of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund and chairman of the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. He also tutors at a middle school and mentors young men at his church. In the past, he served as associate state court administrator for the Michigan Supreme Court and as court executive for the Third Judicial Circuit Court in Detroit.
November 5, 2012
Noreen Slank, '80, was selected as the 2013 Best Lawyers in America Detroit Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year." Slank has practiced in the state and federal appellate courts since 1980 with an emphasis on the defense of medical and legal malpractice actions, insurance coverage disputes, and the defense of catastrophic personal injury cases. She practices both in appellate courts and in the trial courts (particularly during post-verdict proceedings). Slank is a past chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan and frequent author, editor and lecturer on a variety of procedural and substantive legal issues.
November 7, 2012
Lawrence Mann, '80, was honored by the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association with its annual Trailblazer Award. Mann is a trial attorney and partner at Bowman & Brooke in Bloomfield Hills and has a national practice in complex commercial and product liability defense.
May 31, 2013
Noreen Slank, '80, was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2014 for the eighth consecutive year. Slank was honored for her work in Appellate Practice and Insurance Law. She is with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell.
August 23, 2013
Teresa Stanek Rea, '80, has rejoined Crowell & Moring as a partner in the intellectual property group, leaving from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where she has worked for nearly three years, most recently serving as the acting director. In addition to being a partner in Crowell & Moring, Rea also joins as a director at
C&M International Ltd., the international trade and investment consulting firm affiliated with Crowell & Moring. Rea said she developed contacts in those areas during her roles as deputy director and, later, acting director of the USPTO. At the USPTO, Rea was the senior official responsible for the administration's formulation and implementation of U.S. intellectual property policies, including patent, copyright, and trade secret issues. She met with the heads of patent offices with other countries throughout the world. Rea, who is a licensed pharmacist, originally joined Crowell & Moring as a partner in January 2008 from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. She left to join the USPTO in February 2011.
December 5, 2013
Aleksandra Miziolek, '80, has been appointed as vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective Feb. 3, 2014, of Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc., a leading global supplier of automotive sealing, fuel and brake, and fluid transfer systems. With more than 30 years of experience advising automotive companies, Miziolek will join Cooper Standard from Dykema Gossett PLLC. As a Dykema Gossett member, she held a variety of key management positions, including service on the firm's Executive Board and as director of its Automotive Industry Group. Her law practice has focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and SEC disclosure matters. She has counseled a broad range of automotive companies on cross-border transactions and strategic alliances involving North American, European and Asian businesses.
December 13, 2013
Timothy Connors, '80, 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. Connors is a Washtenaw County Circuit Court judge.
February 10, 2014
Robert Palmer, '80, was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its 2014 "Leaders in the Law." A partner at Pitt McGehee Palmer and Rivers in Royal Oak, Palmer specializes in labor and employment law, but also handles personal injury, medical malpractice, police misconduct, criminal defense and civil rights violations matters. In addition, he has served as appointed Special Independent Counsel to the Detroit City Council since 1981, advising the council on numerous legal issues involving the separation of powers.
April 1, 2014
Deborah Brouwer, '80, presented, with partner Terry Bonnette, '04, "Managing Religion in the Workplace" at the June 5, 2014, Nemeth Law Raising the Bar series. Brouwer is a partner with Nemeth Law PC. Also with Bonnette, she presented "Workplace Violence, Safety and Security: Risk Assessment and Prevention" at Michigan HR Day in Lansing on April 23, 2014.
June 16, 2014
Robert Seibert, '80, co-wrote (with 2011 alumna Kimberly Seibert) an article titled Social Networking Sites and the Requirement of Authentication published in the July 2014 Michigan Bar Journal.
August 1, 2014
Noreen Slank, '80, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Nemeth was recognized in the practice area of Appellate Practice, Insurance Law. She is with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.
August 19, 2014
John Willems, '80, of Miller Canfield has been awarded the 2014 John Hensel Award by the State Bar of Michigan's Arts, Communication, Entertainment and Sports Section. Willems is a long-time member and supporter of ArtServe Michigan (which will soon be re-named Creative Many Michigan), currently serving as the chair-elect for the organization's board of directors. He was also a long-time member and past chair of the Downriver Council for the Arts in Wyandotte and an advisory board member for Lawyers for the Creative Economy and was a member of its predecessor organization, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. He also actively supports Detroit's PuppetART puppet theater, providing pro bono legal services, developmental guidance and advice. Willems also is an active recording and performing musician, a poet, sound designer, producer, photographer, audio engineer and a videographer.
September 9, 2014
Larry Burdick, '80, was appointed executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council, an autonomous division within the office of the Michigan Attorney General, charged with providing training, legal assistance and technical support to Michigan prosecutors. Burdick previous served as a prosecutor in Isabella County for 30 years, the last 24 as its elected prosecutor.
February 22, 2015
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
I. 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
Susan 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
Alan 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
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
Adrianne 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 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 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 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
Monika 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 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 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
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
W. 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Lawrence 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 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 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 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
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
Ronald 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 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 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 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 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
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
Julius 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 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
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