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Alumni Accomplishments

  • Robert W. Stevenson 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 HornbergerLee Hornberger, '82, LL.M., of the Arbitration and Mediation Office of Lee Hornberger has been admitted to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service's Roster of Arbitrators.
    January 3, 2012

  • Lee HornbergerLee 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 RogersDavid 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 HornbergerLee 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 WelfordJay 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 KhouryMichael 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 WelfordJay 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 SuttonSusan 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

  • Michael A. RobbinsMichael 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 AckerGerald 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

  • G. Frank GlabachG. Frank Glabach, '81, joined Freedman Weisz in Los Angeles as a partner. He focuses his practice on taxation law and estate planning.
    August 27, 2012

  • Pamela EnslenPamela 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 EnslenPamela 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 DerianJames 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 AckerGerald 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 EnslenPamela 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 EnslenPamela 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 MeagherThomas 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.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 PittsStanley 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 DerianJames 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 KelleyConnie 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 AckerGerald 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

  • Ronald BaylorRonald 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

  • Deborah Brouwer, '80, made a presentation titled Strategies for Dealing with the Problem Employee at Nemeth Burwell PC's Raising the Bar seminar in May 2011.
    August 2, 2011

  • Noreen L. SlankNoreen L. Slank, '80, has been selected for inclusion in the 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) for her work in the area of Appellate Practice.
    September 21, 2011

  • Daniel R. Kubiak, '80, an attorney with Mika Meyers Beckett and Jones PLC, was included in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
    December 22, 2011

  • George W. Gregory, '80, of George W. Gregory PLLC, was named one of the top 100 lawyers in the specialty of trusts and estates by Super Lawyers of America for the sixth year in a row.
    January 18, 2012

  • George W. Gregory, '80, of George W. Gregory PLLC, was elected chairperson of the State Bar of Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Committee.
    January 18, 2012

  • Carol RosatiCarol Rosati, '80, of Johnson Rosati Schultz & Joppich PC was named one of 20 awardees of Michigan Lawyer Weekly's Women in the Law 2012.
    July 30, 2012

  • Robert WrightRobert 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 McGiffertLaurel 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 CrowleyCandace 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 SlankNoreen 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 HammondUlysses 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 SlankNoreen 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 MannLawrence 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 SlankNoreen 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 ReaTeresa 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 MiziolekAleksandra 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 ConnorsTimothy 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 PalmerRobert 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

  • Michael LiebMichael 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

  • Wayne MillerWayne Miller, '79, was featured in a Legal News article titled "Difference Maker: WSU adjunct professor knows 'No-Fault Auto' world."
    January 3, 2013

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

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

  • 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 MutchCraig 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 DreisigW. 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 McLaughlinLawrence 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 KingPatrick 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 DreisigW. 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 DreisigW. Patrick Dreisig, '77, was named a 2012 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager by DBusiness magazine. This is the fourth year he's been named. Dreisig is a vice president at Butzel Long and serves on the firm's Board of Directors. He is co-chair of the firm's Global Automotive Industry Group and a member of the firm's Business Law Practice.
    July 23, 2013

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

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

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

  • Wendy Lynn PottsWendy Lynn Potts, '77, was named as one of the metropolitan area's top circuit court judges by DBusiness magazine in its January/February 2014 edition. The top judges were selected via a poll of 18,200 attorneys. Potts is an Oakland County Circuit Court judge.
    February 10, 2014

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

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

  • David R. Fernstrum, '75, an attorney with Mika Meyers Beckett and Jones PLC, was included in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
    December 22, 2011

  • Chris RossmanChris Rossman, '75, was recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America 2013." The listings are based on peer review. Rossman is a partner with the Detroit office of Foley & Lardner LLP.
    September 4, 2012

  • Margaret CoughlinMargaret 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 DuMouchelDavid 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 SinasGeorge 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.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

  • Chokwe LumumbaChokwe Lumumba, '75, was elected mayor of Jackson, Miss. A former member of the Jackson City Council, Lumumba is an outspoken civil rights attorney.
    June 6, 2013

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

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

  • Hon. Joan E. Young, '74, Oakland County Circuit Judge-Family Division, received the Oakland County Bar Association's Distinguished Public Servant Award on June 2, 2011.
    July 21, 2011

  • Leonard C. SuchytaLeonard 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 ForesmanJames Foresman, '74, joined Dickinson Wright PLLC as a member in the firm's Saginaw office. He is one of five leading practitioners in the health care industry to join the firm's healthcare practice. He focuses his practice on providing regulatory and transaction services for healthcare providers.
    August 23, 2012

  • John Cameron Jr.John Cameron Jr., '74, was listed in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. Cameron is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Grand Rapids. He focuses his practice in the areas of construction and real estate.
    October 22, 2012

  • James ForesmanJames Foresman, '74, was listed in Best Lawyers in America for Health Care Law. Foresman is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Saginaw. He focuses his practice in the areas of healthcare and commercial and business litigation.
    October 22, 2012

  • Michael PittMichael Pitt, '74, was the subject of a feature story in the Oakland County Legal News titled "Juvenile justice: Area attorneys come to aid of imprisoned." He is a co-founder of the Royal Oak law firm of Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Rivers, & Golden PC.
    November 12, 2012

  • Thomas RadomThomas Radom, '74, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 in the practice area of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law by DBusiness magazine. He is with Butzel Long.
    December 6, 2012

  • Timothy BaughmanTimothy Baughman, '74, was selected by the Federal Bar Association as this year's recipient of the prestigious Leonard Gillman Award. The Gilman Award is given annually to an outstanding practitioner of criminal law who exemplifies excellence, professionalism, and commitment to public service. Baughman is the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office chief of research, training and appeals. Baughman began his employment with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in 1975. He has appeared seven times in the U.S. Supreme Court. He has argued successfully on all but one occasion. He also has supervised the briefing and argument of four other cases in that court, as well as appearing over 70 times in the Michigan Supreme Court. He is the author of two books, and various articles on criminal law and criminal procedure. He served for eight years as an adjunct professor of law at Wayne State University Law School, teaching Criminal Procedure. Baughman was appointed as Reporter by the Michigan Supreme Court for its Committee to Revise the Rules of Criminal Procedure. He lectures for the National College of District Attorneys, the Michigan Judicial Institute, the Michigan State Bar, the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, and various state prosecutors offices around the country. In recent years he has been recognized as a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the Year and as a Leader in the Law
    April 10, 2013

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

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

  • Joan YoungJoan Young, '74, was named as one of the metropolitan area's top circuit court judges by DBusiness magazine in its January/February 2014 edition. The top judges were selected via a poll of 18,200 attorneys. Young is an Oakland County Circuit Court judge.
    February 10, 2014

  • George G. KemsleyGeorge G. Kemsley, '73, an attorney at Bodman PLC, was recognized in the just-released 2012 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys for his commercial litigation work. Benchmark honors law firms and individual attorneys who received particularly strong endorsements from clients and peers in an exhaustive annual research survey.
    December 13, 2011

  • Alan GilchristAlan Gilchrist, '73, was recognized by his industry peers as one of the best lawyers in the nation, receiving the AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell for the 30th year in a row. Gillchrist, a partner in the Southfield-based The Health Law Partners PC, chairs the civil false claims and white-collar criminal practice group, and he represents health care providers, suppliers and professional organizations. A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Gilchrist established the Michigan Bar Association Institute of Continuing Education. Gilchrist has received numerous accolades, and was selected as an inaugural member of the Fellows of the State Bar of Michigan's Health Care Law Section.

    January 23, 2013

  • Bruce BiglerBruce Bigler, '73, has joined the firm of Giarmarco Mullins & Horton PC. Bigler was senior partner and president of Bigler Barker PLLC. Over the past three decades, Bigler has concentrated his practice in the area of medical malpractice defense. He is knowledgeable in all fields of alleged medical malpractice, with special concentration in obstetrics. Bigler is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates with an Advocate rating. His outstanding peer ratings have made him an AV attorney in Martindale Hubbell and a Michigan Super Lawyer in 2006 through 2013. He also received the Michigan Association of Justice Respected Advocate Award in 2008. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, as a mediator for the Oakland County Circuit Court, and served on the Medical/Legal Committee of the Oakland County Bar. He is also a member of the Michigan Bar Association and Oakland County Bar Association.        
    March 11, 2013

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