Sandra D. Glazier, '82, was named a partner with Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer & Garin, PC. Glazier is an estate planning, family and probate lawyer working in the Estate Planning Group and Center for Estate Planning with Lipson Neilson.
February 25, 2010
Peter M. Kellett, '82, of Dykema, was ranked by his peers as a leader in alternative dispute resolution, commercial litigation and product liability litigation in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
June 25, 2010
Lee Hornberger, LL.M, '82, of the Arbitration and Mediation Office of Lee Hornberger was recently elected to the Representative Assembly of the State Bar of Michigan. The Assembly is the final policy-making body of the State Bar.
July 1, 2010
Lee Hornberger, '82, LL.M., with the Arbitration and Mediation Office of Lee Hornberger, was the featured speaker at the Oct. 20 Community Mediation Services Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Gaylord, Mich. His presentation focused on ethics in mediation. While serving in South Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medals. The unit he was in was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm. He is a past president of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association. Lee is a member of the Traverse City Human Rights Commission, a Michigan Civil Rights Commission hearing referee, a Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians hearing officer; and on the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians hearing officer list.
October 26, 2010
Lee Hornberger, '82, LL.M., recently had two articles published. "Leave Provisions of the Labor Code of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam" was published in the Winter 2011 edition of the State Bar of Michigan's Labor and Employment Lawnotes. "Back in Indochina, Things Are a Bit Different" was published in the Feb. 13, 2011, Traverse City Record-Eagle.
February 18, 2011
Kenneth L. Gross, '82, managing shareholder and co-founding shareholder with Thav Gross Steinway and Bennett PC, has been named one of 25 "Leaders in the Law" for 2011 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
February 28, 2011
Robert W. Stevenson , '82, a partner with Caesar Rivise Bernstein Cohen and Pokotilow, was a featured speaker at the Sixth International Pharmaceutical R&D Summit in Shanghai, China, in April 2011.
May 19, 2011
Lee Hornberger, '82, LL.M., of the Arbitration and Mediation Office of Lee Hornberger has been appointed chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association. Lee is a former president of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association.
February 16, 2012
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, '81, was featured in the Traverse City Record Eagle in an article titled "Chester: DEQ accomplished much." More information here.
January 11, 2010
Stanley Pitts, '81, a partner in Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn, LLP's Labor and Employment Department, has been appointed to the State Bar of Michigan's District H (Wayne, Monroe and Lenawee Counties) Character and Fitness Committee for a two-year renewable term. The Committee is charged with investigating and determining whether applicants for admission to the Bar meet its character and fitness qualifications.
February 19, 2010
Stanley H. Pitts, '81, a partner in Honigman's labor and employment department, has been appointed chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Professional Ethics Committee beginning on Oct. 1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2011. The Committee prepares written opinions regarding professional ethical conduct by request, recommends amendments to the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct and other standards of professional conduct, as well as reviews proposed amendments. Pitts has served as a member of the Professional Ethics Committee since 2009.
July 16, 2010
Pamela C. Enslen, '81, Miller Canfield principal in the Kalamazoo, Mich. office, has been appointed by American Bar Association (ABA) president Stephen N. Zack to serve on the ABA's Center for Human Rights Advisory Council.
October 15, 2010
Martin D. Sommerness, '81, is senior professor of journalism in Northern Arizona University's School of Communication. His collection, Communication Writing: Some Beginnings, has just been published by Kendall-Hunt of Dubuque, Iowa.
November 2, 2010
Scott L. Mandel, '81, has been named "Lansing Best Lawyers Insurance Lawyer of the Year" for 2011 by Best Lawyers. Mandel, a shareholder at Foster Swift Collins and Smith PC, is the co-leader of the General Litigation Practice Group. Mandel has experience in a number of areas, including: business litigation, civil rights defense, personal injury litigation, insurance company insolvency proceedings; and licensing and regulation of health care professionals. Much of Mandel's practice concerns complex litigation, including representation of governmental entities as large corporations.
November 8, 2010
William McCandless , '81, joined the law firm of Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge in its Ann Arbor office as an of counsel attorney practicing in the areas of medical malpractice defense and product liability defense.
March 17, 2011
Michael A. Robbins, '81, a sole practitioner in Bloomfield Hills who practices exclusively in divorce and family law, was recently included in the 2012 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" in the area of family law. Robbins was also named in 2011 by the New York Times and Super Lawyers as one of the top 100 attorney's in Michigan. He is also past president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and past chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.
September 27, 2011
Pamela C. Enslen, '81, a principal in the Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, Mich. offices of the law firm of Miller Canfield, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of trustees of the Michigan Women's Foundation (MWF).
February 14, 2012
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
Deborah Brouwer, '80, has been named a partner at Nemeth Burwell, P.C. Brouwer joined Nemeth Burwell in 2005. Prior to joining the firm, she served as in-house counsel for the UAW Legal Services Plans, an employee benefit plan funded by the automobile companies in order to provide prepaid legal services to eligible auto workers.
February 11, 2010
Deborah Brouwer, '80, was named a partner in the firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C. Brouwer joined Nemeth Burwell in 2005 and has extensive experience in employment litigation and arbitration as well as ERISA compliance and litigation.
February 21, 2010
Robert E. L. Wright, '80, of Miller Canfield, has been appointed to the State Court Administrative Office's (SCAO) Case Evaluation and Meditation Study Advisory Committee. The committee will deliberate on proposed amendments and oversee the design and methodology of a study that will provide important conclusions for Michigan's legal policies and practices.
June 25, 2010
Craig S. Schoenherr , '80, served on the planning committee for the American Bankruptcy Institute's 2010 Detroit Consumer Bankruptcy Conference. Topics of the conference include Supreme Court and lower court case law updates, good faith in bankruptcy, exemptions, tax laws, means testing, debtor remedies, claims, legal writing and oral argument and mortgage loan modification. Schoenherr specializes in creditors' rights, bankruptcy law, collections and commercial litigation.
July 20, 2010
Noreen L. Slank, '80, of Collins, Einhorn, Farrell and Ulanoff PC in Southfield, Mich., was among 20 attorneys recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly for its inaugural Women in the Law honors. 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 and trial courts (particularly during post-verdict proceedings).
August 5, 2010
Kevin S. Macaddino, '80, a partner with Williams, Williams, Rattner and Plunkett, PC, participated in the 2010 Summer Conference of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He was the discussion leader on the topic of "Michigan Law and Boundary Disputes."
August 9, 2010
David Liner, '80, vice president, general counsel and secretary of Roper Industries, Inc., in Sarasota, Fla., was profiled in the In-House Counsel section of the National Law Journal on November 22. http://www.law.wayne.edu/liner_in_natl_law_journal.pdf
December 6, 2010
Teresa Stanek Rea, '80, a longtime intellectual property law professional, was named deputy director of the U.S. Patent Office. Rea is currently a partner at Crowell and Moring and was president of the AIPLA from 2008-2009 and previously with Burns Doane. Rea has been practicing patent law for more than 25 years. Before that, she practiced as a pharmacist. Her technology focus has primarily been biotechnology. According to the release, her leadership in that area will be a welcome addition to the USPTO management team. In her role as AIPLA director, Rea has been involved in many of the recent major patent cases, including Tafas v. Kappos, Ariad v. Eli Lilly, Prometheus v. Mayo, and Cardiac v. St. Jude.
February 18, 2011
Deborah Brouwer , '80, of Nemeth Burwell PC, spoke on the topic of "Privacy, Social Media and Employment Law" at a January 25th presentation for Sterling Educational Services (SES) in Detroit.
March 23, 2011
Ronald Baylor, '80, a principal in the Kalamazoo office of Miller Canfield, has been elected to the board of directors of the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce. At Miller Canfield, Baylor counsels individuals, businesses and local governments on a broad range of environmental issues, including compliance and permitting, waste and wastewater disposal, clean-ups and environmental issues arising in the purchase, sale and redevelopment of real property. In addition he handles injury, commercial and environmental litigation, disputes about cost recovery and insurance coverage, and defends against regulatory enforcement actions before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
June 13, 2011
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
Michael Lieb, '79, shareholder with Southfield-based Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth and Heller PC, has been selected for inclusion in the first annual Top Lawyers, published by Corporate Counsel.
February 21, 2012
Nicholas Wittner, '79, has joined Hewitt Wolensky, a Califonia boutique law firm specializing in product liability and commercial litigation, regulatory compliance and product recall counseling, mass tort litigation and risk management, and media and government relations. He served as assistant general counsel at Nissan North America Inc. for more than 20 years. He teaches as a law professor at the Michigan State University College of Law, as well.
July 11, 2012
Maureen Aughton, '78, was recently certified as a circuit mediator by the Supreme Court of the State of Florida. Additionally, she recently received a certificate in residential mortgage foreclosure mediation from the University of South Florida. Aughton is a founding member of the Collier County Foreclosure Task Force that was organized in February 2008 to assist with the large number of foreclosures facing members of the southwest Florida area. Aughton has a solo practice in Naples, Fla., where she practices in the areas of mediation, real estate transactional law and litigation, estate administration and planning, guardianship and corporate law.
April 14, 2010
Mark R. Granzotto, '78, is a recipient of the 2010 Respected Advocate Award. He practices in the area of civil appellate work. He is a member of the committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions. Granzotto is also a member of the Appellate Practice and Negligence Law sections of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a frequent speaker on civil appellate issues, particularly those related to personal injury. He is a former Wayne Law adjunct professor and is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
July 16, 2010
Charles E. Turnbull, '78, who also earned his LL.M. from Wayne Law in 1986, was recently sworn in as president of the Macomb County Bar Association (MCBA). Turnbull will serve as the 82nd president of MCBA.
July 20, 2010
Stanley H. Pitts, '78, a partner in Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn's Labor and Employment Department, has been appointed chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Professional Ethics Committee beginning Oct. 1 through September 30, 2011.
July 21, 2010
Judith Greenstone Miller, '78, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Heidelberg Project, a Detroit-based community organization designed to improve lives and neighborhoods through the use of art.
August 9, 2010
Andrew B. Wachler, '78, of Wachler and Associates, PC, presented a special closing session to the 2010 Physician Advisor Congress in Boston titled "How to Defend, Repay, or Self Disclose Issues that may be Identified in the Expanding Recovery Audit Contractor Program."
August 16, 2010
Barbara Kraft, '78, has been appointed regional director of the Office of General Counsel (OGC) of the Federal Labor Relations Authority's (FLRA) Washington Region. Kraft has practiced labor, employment and employee benefits law as a principal in a private law firm, as in-house union counsel and as a government attorney. Since September 2005, she has been a member of Kraft Alden PLLC (previously Kraft Eisenmann Alden PLLC) in Washington, D.C., representing federal and private sector unions, employees and benefit funds. Prior to September 2005, she was a shareholder in Beins Axelrod Kraft Gleason and Gibson PC. After graduating from Wayne Law, she worked first for the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, and then relocated to Washington to begin work as an attorney in the Division of Enforcement Litigation, Appellate Court Branch, at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). She left the NLRB to work for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL- CIO, and thereafter entered private practice.
October 15, 2010
Ashley S. Lipson, '78, LL.M., will release a second first-of-its-kind casebook in February 2011 via Carolina Academic Press. Computer & Video Game Law was released in 2010. Mathematics, Physics and Finance For The Legal Profession will be released in February 2011. Lipson, a professor, has published eight books and more than 70 articles and earned an M.A. in mathematics from Wayne State University.
November 12, 2010
Brad A. Rayle, '78, of Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC, was named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2011. Attorneys were selected through a process that included a peer review survey that polled more than 15,000 private attorneys in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
November 16, 2010
Monika Holzer Sacks, '78, a family law attorney/shareholder with Nichols Sacks Slank Sendelbach and Buiteweg PC, of Ann Arbor and Brighton, was elected president of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan for 2011. Sacks has been an attorney for more than 31 years and focuses her practice on family law, collaborative practice, mediation and arbitration.
January 25, 2011
Steven G. Howell, '78, an attorney with Dickinson Wright, was named a "Leader in his Field" by Chambers USA. Howell, Practice Department manager for Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, and Municipal Finance Groups, is recognized for his work with the country's leading financial institutions.
August 3, 2011
Adrianne C. Mazura, '78, of the national law firm of Quarles and Brady LLP was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 in the practice areas of Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, Litigation-Labor and Employment.
October 31, 2011
Adrianne C. Mazura, '78, partner in the Chicago office of Quarles and Brady LLP, was selected for inclusion in the 2012 Illinois Super Lawyers magazine. She was recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Illinois Super Lawyers.
February 16, 2012
Robert Kaplow, '78, received a 40-year Honoree Award at the Oakland County Bar Association's 78th annual meeting. He is a shareholder with Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller P.C., and concentrates his practice in estate planning and personal and corporate income tax planning. He also is a frequent lecturer before professional groups pertaining to tax and corporate matters.
July 3, 2012
Adrianne Mazura, '78, was selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America 2013" in the fields of employment law - management and labor Law - management. She is an attorney in the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady LLP.
October 3, 2012
Steven Howell, '78, was listed in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. He also was selected by Best Lawyers in America as "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation-Bankruptcy. He is a member and practice department manager for Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy & Insolvency, and Municipal Finance in Dickinson Wright PLLC's Detroit office.
October 22, 2012
Thomas Hammerschmidt Jr., '78, was listed in Best Lawyers in America for Tax Law. Hammmerschmidt is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Detroit. He focuses his practice in the areas of corporate, corporate governance, estate planning and administration, international, and taxation.
October 22, 2012
Gary Rogers, '78, was named 2013 Lawyer of the Year by "Best Lawyers" in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights /Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Only one lawyer, in each practice area, in each community is honored as the Lawyer of the Year by "Best Lawyers." Rogers' statewide bankruptcy practice consists primarily of assisting creditors faced with attempting to recover monies owed by debtors in bankruptcy or defending actions brought by debtors. He has been handling bankruptcy matters for Fraser Trebilcock clients for nearly 30 years. Rogers also has an extensive experience as a personal injury trial lawyer. In 2011, Rogers was also named Top Lawyer by American Registry's Corporate Counsel.
October 31, 2012
Gregory Reed, '78, is the author of 16 books, including "Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue with America's Young Leaders," which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Best Literary Work - Youth/Teens for 2012. Reed earned his JD from Wayne Law in 1974 and an LL.M. degree from Wayne Law in 1978.
December 17, 2012
Adrianne Mazura, '78, has been invited to join the board of directors of Changing Worlds. Mazura is a partner with national law firm Quarles & Brady LLP, and a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group. She has represented employers in every area of employment law, including union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations and defense of numerous individual and multiparty cases throughout the country. She is consistently listed in Illinois Super Lawyers, Chambers USA, and The Best Lawyers in America for her labor and employment work and was named one of the Top 50 and Top 100 Women Lawyers in Illinois by Super Lawyers in 2013. For 16 years, Changing Worlds has partnered with more than 50 public schools, community-based and civic organizations in Chicago and beyond to foster inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding.
April 6, 2013
Gregory Reed, '78, (LL.M.) is the author of 16 books, including "Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue with America's Young Leaders," which was awarded the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. Reed earned his J.D. from Wayne Law in 1974 and an LL.M. degree from Wayne Law in 1978. President Obama and Michelle Obama personally honored Reed with a private inscribed commendation for sharing their commitment in supporting our youth as they "engage in a meaningful dialogue." Reed's specialties in the legal profession include intellectual property, entertainment law, corporate and tax laws. His clients are preeminent in their fields; his professional and civic contributions carry national and global significance. Reed has worked with Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X's and Alex Haley's Legacy, Dr. Betty Shabazz, Coretta Scott King, Aretha Franklin and six world boxing champions. Reed chairs and founded the proposal to establish the Detroit Entertainment Commission, established by Detroit City Council in 2009, to employ how arts and entertainment can be used as tools for economic, social and cultural development. Reed has received numerous awards including the International Humanitarian Award from Canada. He is a preservationist of American culture who has launched the first major exhibit between America and South Africa's history entitled, "Dear Mr. Mandela...Dear Mrs. Parks- Children's Letters: Global Lessons". Reed was Nelson Mandela's personal escort at the exhibit premier for Mandela's 90th birthday.
April 19, 2013
Bennet S. Koren, '77, of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC, was named as a 2010 leading lawyer by Chambers USA. Koren was recognized for excellence in "National Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance Compliance."
May 18, 2010
Edward M. Zelenak, '77, was selected by the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners as the recipient of the 2010 State Bar Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Servant Award. The award will be presented to Zelenak on Sept. 29, 2010, at the State Bar of Michigan Annual Meeting Awards Banquet.
June 28, 2010
Lisa DeMoss, '77, attorney and health-care consultant, has been hired by Cooley Law School to lead its new Master of Laws in Insurance Law program at the school's Lansing, Mich., campus. The program, which begins in January 2011, is part of a partnership program with Olivet College. DeMoss will serve as director of the Graduate Insurance Program and as a visiting professor. She is looking forward to getting the new program in motion.
August 6, 2010
Lawrence D. McLaughlin, '77, chair of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP's (Honigman) Real Estate Department, has been elected to the Board of Governors of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL). McLaughlin has been a member of ACREL for 10 years. He also is a member of its Program Planning Committee and most recently served the organization as Chair of its Member Selection Committee.
October 27, 2010
Lawrence D. McLaughlin, '77, chair of the Real Estate Department of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named one of 25 "Leaders in the Law" for 2011 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
February 28, 2011
W. Patrick Dreisig , '77, an attorney with Butzel Long, was recognized as a Detroit 2011 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager as a result of a survey completed by HOUR Detroit magazine, DBusiness magazine and FIVE STAR Professional.
June 15, 2011
Craig Mutch, '77, was elected to the board for the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. His practice is focused on representing a wide range of public and private businesses and organizations in labor and employment law matters. He has a significant practice in the area of school law and has been involved in many high profile cases.
July 27, 2011
W. Patrick Dreisig, '77, was named a 2012 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager by DBusiness magazine. This is the third year he's been named. Dreisig is a vice president at Butzel Long and serves on the firm's Board of Directors. He is co-chair of the firm's Global Automotive Industry Group and a member of the firm's Business Law Practice.
August 20, 2012
Lawrence McLaughlin, '77, was named in the International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers for 2012. McLaughlin, who was also named in the International Who's Who in 2011, is the chair of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP's Real Estate Department. He has been recognized by Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business for the past nine years and as a "star" in Michigan real estate for six consecutive years. He also has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for more than 20 years and by Michigan Super Lawyers for eight years. In addition, McLaughlin was named one of 25 "Leaders in the Law" for 2011 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. McLaughlin is also a member of the prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers and serves on its board of governors and program committee.
October 23, 2012
Patrick King, '77, was recognized as a 2013 Top Lawyer by DBusiness magazine as the only attorney representing policyholders in the practice area of Insurance Law. With more than 35 years experience, King has litigated hundreds of cases involving insurance matters, including potential arson and fraud defenses. One notable achievement in his career is obtaining one of the largest multi-million dollar judgments against an insurance agent in Michigan's legal history. In addition, King is a certified fire and explosion investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators and has lectured extensively on a variety of topics relating to the origin and cause of fires and explosions. He has also been appointed to the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committee on Fire Investigations as an alternate member and co-authored the chapter on property insurance in Michigan Insurance Law and Practice published by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. His professional memberships include the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Association for Justice, National Fire Protection Association, and International Association of Arson Investigators. He is a shareholder with Farmington Hills-based law firm Fabian, Sklar, & King PC.
November 20, 2012
W. Patrick Dreisig, '77, was elected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors at Butzel Long. Dreisig is a shareholder and vice president practicing in Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills office. He is co-chair of the firm's Finance Committee and Global Automotive Industry Group and a member of the firm's Business Law Practice. He focuses his practice in general business law and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, recapitalizations, debt and equity finance transactions, venture capital transactions, supply agreements, intellectual property development and licensing transactions, customer and supplier workouts, entity selection and formation, corporate governance and business succession. He practices extensively within the automotive supplier industry. He is highly experienced in representing automotive suppliers in structuring and negotiating long term supply and other commercial arrangements with automotive manufacturers and other suppliers. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
March 29, 2013
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
Angelo A. Paparelli, '76, of Seyfath Shaw LLP in Irvine, CA, received the 2010 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association for the advancing the practice of law. He will receive the award during AILA's Annual Conference held in National Harbor, MD.
June 30, 2010
Dawn Van Hoek, '76, has been named director of the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) by the Appellate Defender Commission. Van Hoek succeeds James R. Neuhard, who retired on January 3, 2011. Van Hoek has practiced law at the SADO since 1976, serving in numerous capacities including, most recently, chief deputy director. Her accomplishments at SADO include creation of online resources for the criminal defense bar, management of statewide training projects and publications, and management of SADO's Lansing office and government relations.
March 25, 2011
Hon. Nancy Edmunds, '76, is being honored by the Women's Bar Association for her commitment to judicial efficiency and integrity. The award will be presented at the WLAM Annual Dinner on May 18 at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Mich.
April 26, 2011
David E. S. Marvin, '76, a shareholder of Fraser Trebilcock where he chairs the firm’s Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Law Department, has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in administrative and corporate law.
December 19, 2011
Nancy Edmunds, '76, was a recipient of the Guardian of Justice Award, given by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) Michigan Advisory Board to local judges whose work in upholding civil rights has been exemplary. Edmunds was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan bench on Feb. 10, 1992, by President George Bush. From 1978 until the time she took the bench, Edmunds practiced law in the Detroit law firm of Dykema Gossett. A partner since 1984, she was a member of the firm's commercial litigation section and had acquired extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts.
October 24, 2012
Nancy Edmunds, '76, was featured in a Detroit Free Press article about her presiding over the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption case and other high profile cases. Edmunds is a U.S. district judge appointed to the bench in 1992. The article is titled "Kwame Kilpatrick trial judge Nancy Edmunds helped jurors carry out their duty."
March 12, 2013
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