David Masson, '84, has been appointed associate vice president and deputy general counsel in the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President and General Counsel, pending approval by the Board of Regents.
March 16, 2010
Patricia Nemeth, '84, founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C., has been named to the 2011 edition of the Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty area of labor and employment law.
August 26, 2010
Kenneth R. Marcus, '84, a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP's Health Care Department, recently moderated a webinar panel entitled "Graduate Medical Education Payment Implications of the Healthcare Reform Law Part II: CMS Issues Final Regulations." The webinar was sponsored nationally by the American Health Lawyers Association and drew an audience from law firms and teaching hospitals located throughout the country.
December 16, 2010
Jonathan R. Borenstein, '84, a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been appointed to serve as an executive board vice president for the Apartment Association of Michigan.
March 2, 2011
Kenneth R. Marcus, '84, a partner in Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP's Health Care Department, recently addressed attendees at the Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues program sponsored by the American Health Lawyers Association.
April 14, 2011
Patricia Nemeth, '84, LL.M. '90, founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell PC, has received the Outstanding Board Leadership Award from Dearborn Heights-based Vista Maria, the oldest and largest private, not-for-profit child welfare agency in Michigan for girls and young women. She will be honored at Vista Maria's annual meeting and special recognition breakfast on Tuesday, June 28 at the Dearborn Inn.
June 23, 2011
Patricia Nemeth, '84, LL.M. '90, founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell PC, is included in a recently published book by the American Bar Association (ABA) titled, The Road to Independence: 101 Women's Journeys to Starting their Own Law Firms.
July 26, 2011
Patricia Nemeth, '84, LL.M. '90, founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell PC, addressed social networking issues affecting employers in a presentation entitled, Emerging Issues of Liability Arising from the Use of Social Networking in the Workplace. The presentation was held in Connecticut before a large industry group.
August 2, 2011
William A. Beluzo Jr., '84, a Plunkett Cooney estate planning attorney, was recently named a "Detroit Five Star Wealth Manager" for 2011 by FIVE STAR Professional, an independent client satisfaction research firm. Beluzo, who works in Plunkett Cooney's Bloomfield Hills office, has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of probate and estate planning, trusts, wills, estate and trust administration, probate and trust litigation, tax law, wealth strategy planning, asset protection planning, and family and elder law. In 2010, the Institute of Business and Finance honored him with the prestigious estate planning designation of Board Certified in Estate Planning.
August 9, 2011
Patricia Nemeth, '84, LL.M. '90, founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell PC, was interviewed by R. J. King, editor of DBusiness magazine, for the video series View from the Top. View from the Top features the Southeast Michigan region's leading business owners, CEOs and thought leaders discussing a variety of business issues affecting the Detroit Metropolitan region.
September 7, 2011
Patricia Nemeth, '84, LL.M. '90, a founding partner of Nemeth Burwell PC, co-wrote an article with Terry Bonnette, '04, entitled, "Don't be Blind-Sided by GINA: The Surprisingly Wide Reach of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act," which was published in the October/November issue of Executive Counsel Magazine.
November 3, 2011
Randall Adams, '84, was named to "The Best Lawyers in America 2013," a peer-review publication. He focuses his practice on tort liability with an emphasis in transportation, health care and product liability. He is with Poyner & Spruill in North Carolina.
September 10, 2012
Bernadette Dennehy, '84, was listed in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. Dennehy is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Detroit. She focuses her practice in the areas of corporate, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and real estate finance.
October 22, 2012
Kevin Cox, '84, was elected in November to the Wayne County Third Circuit Court bench. Previously, as an assistant attorney general in the labor division of the office of Attorney General Bill Schuette since 2010, Cox represented the state of Michigan in state courts and administrative hearings.
November 26, 2012
Michael Fishman, '84, was named Best Lawyer 2013 in the area of trademark law. Moreover, he was named Lawyer of the Year in the area of trademark law for his geographic location, one of the most prestigious awards granted by Best Lawyers in America. Fishman has filed, prosecuted and maintained thousands of trademark applications and registrations in more than 200 jurisdictions worldwide. He is a founding member of Rader Fishman and Grauer PLLC.
December 4, 2012
Patricia Nemeth, '84, LL.M., was recognized as a leading lawyer in her field by The Best Lawyers in America for 2014. She was recognized in Management Side Labor Law, Employment Law, and Labor and Employment Litigation. She is a founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell PC.
August 23, 2013
Patricia Nemeth, '84, is the founding partner of Detroit-based Nemeth Burwell PC, which has been named one of metropolitan Detroit's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business and Professional Association. This is the 12th time Nemeth Burwell has received the award. Nemeth Burwell specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest women-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.
October 8, 2013
Annette Flood, '84, was named as director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services. As deputy director, she was responsible for the insurance agency's offices of general counsel, insurance evaluation, rates and forms, budget, information technology and human resources. She also is a former insurance company executive.
October 17, 2013
Patricia Nemeth, '84, announced the name change of the firm she founded to Nemeth Law PC. The Detroit-based firm, formerly known as Nemeth Burwell PC, specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. With 30 staff members, including 13 attorneys, the firm is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.
October 25, 2013
James Kamp, '84, has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Department's IP Litigation Practice Group. He will work out of Honigman's office in Bloomfield Hills. Kamp joins Honigman from Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC. His areas of focus include IP litigation, patent prosecution, patent opinions and licensing, and strategic counseling, particularly in the biotechnology and life sciences fields. His patent applications and opinions relate to bioinformatics; genomics; proteomics; biochemistry; imaging; microbiology; immunology; hematology; medical devices; biomaterials; and research, diagnostic and clinical tools.
October 30, 2013
Crispin Birnbaum, '84, was appointed as the new deputy commissioner for legal services in the Office of the Commissioner of Probation. In her capacity, Birnbaum will act as the general counsel to the commissioner and the Massachusetts Probation Service. Birnbaum, formerly the general counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, brings three decades of government and legal experience to her new position. Birnbaum began her legal career in state government in 1984 as a Middlesex County assistant district attorney. In the district attorney's office, she prosecuted cases including homicide, sexual assault and white collar crimes. In 1995, she was named chief prosecutor in the Public Protection Bureau of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. As chief prosecutor, Birnbaum both prosecuted and supervised the prosecution of a variety of crimes involving the protection of consumer rights, civil rights, elderly and health care fraud, patient abuse, investment scams and telemarketing fraud. After two years as chief prosecutor, Birnbaum became a member of the Trial Division in the Government Bureau of the Attorney General's Office where her focus switched to civil litigation. Throughout her career, Birnbaum has served as a faculty member on both criminal and civil panels with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association and the Flaschner Institute. She also has served as an instructor at the Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshop and has spoken at conferences on juvenile justice issues in Washington, D.C.
November 25, 2013
Kent Siegel, '83, has been appointed as chief financial officer and senior vice-president of Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. Siegel has been a member of the board of directors of Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. since November 2003 and served, until very recently, as lead independent director, chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of both the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.
July 12, 2010
Anne Widlak , '83, partner in the Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C., have been included in the November/December issue of DBusiness magazine's exclusive 2011 list of metro Detroit's Top Lawyers in the specialty areas of labor and employment.
November 4, 2010
Charles "Chip" Berschback, '83, was recently named as one of Metro Detroit's "Top Lawyers" for 2011 by DBusiness magazine. Berschback was honored in the municipal law category. He is a city attorney and prosecutor for Grosse Pointe Woods.
November 23, 2010
Patricia Stamler, '83, a partner at Hertz Schram, PC, was profiled in the December 6 issue of Crain's Detroit Business "Focus: Best Lawyers" section. Crain's worked with industry publication Best Lawyers to create a report on outstanding metro-Detroit area attorneys as identified by peer review surveys.
December 9, 2010
Patricia Stamler, '83, a partner at Hertz Schram PC, will receive the 2nd annual Women's Bar Association Award at the WBA's annual dinner on May 18, 2011, at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Mich.
April 26, 2011
Dirk Beckwith, '83, a shareholder at the law firm of Foster Swift Collins and Smith PC, was named as the first vice president of the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA). TLA is an independent international organization of attorneys, serving the transportation industry since 1937. The new officers of the TLA were elected at its annual meeting on May 12, 2011.
June 6, 2011
Candyce Abbatt, '83, was appointed by Attorney General Bill Schuette to the Board of Trustees of Legacy DMC, formerly the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). Abbatt joins 18 other trustees of Legacy DMC and will serve an indefinite term at the will of the current Attorney General. Born and educated in Michigan, Abbatt has extensive experience as a nonprofit director and advisor, including serving for many years as a member of the Henry Ford Health System's West Region Board. She was the first woman president of the Wayne Law Alumni Board and remains active as a member of the Wayne Law Board of Visitors (trustee). She is a member of the Southfield firm of Fried Saperstein Abbatt PC, specializing in family and business law.
August 23, 2011
James S. Fontichiaro, '83, of Barris Sott Denn and Driker PLLC, was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012. Fontichiaro was honored for his excellence in real estate law.
September 22, 2011
Joel D. Applebaum, '83, an attorney with Clark Hill, was appointed chairman of the board of directors of Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD), effective January 1, 2012. Applebaum is a member in Clark Hill’s Birmingham office where he practices in the firm’s Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group. He previously served as Secretary of LAD, and has served on the Board of Directors for more than a decade, beginning in 2000.
January 10, 2012
John Trentacosta, '83, was recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America 2013." The listings are based on peer review. Trentacosta is a partner with the Detroit office of Foley & Lardner LLP.
September 4, 2012
Deborah Grace, '83, was listed in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. Grace is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Troy. She focuses her practice in the areas of employee benefits, estate planning and administration, mergers and acquisitions, schools and education, and taxation.
October 22, 2012
Joseph Richert, '83, was selected to participate in the Detroit Regional Chamber's Leadership Detroit program to bring about positive change in the region. Richert is CEO of Special Tree Rehabilitation System, a leader in brain injury and spinal cord injury rehabilitation with over 25 locations throughout Michigan.
October 31, 2012
Eric Flessland, '83, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 in the practice areas of Construction Law and Construction Litigation by DBusiness magazine. He is with Butzel Long.
December 6, 2012
Anne Widlak, '83, has been named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment by American Lawyer Media, a provider of news and information to the legal industry, and Martindale-Hubbell, a legal peer review organization. American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell joined forces on this rating effort to highlight the "Top Rated Lawyers" in the February issue of The National Law Journal. Widlak is included in the listing as a result of achieving the AV Preeminent peer review rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. She is a partner at Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell PC. As a litigator and counselor, Widlak defends cases in state and federal courts involving a comprehensive array of claims, including workplace harassment; discrimination based on age, disability, sex, race, national origin and other protected categories; retaliation; violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act; wrongful discharge; and intentional interference with an at-will employment relationship. Active in the legal community, Widlak has been a volunteer hearing panel member of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board since 1998 and was appointed a panel chairperson in 2006, a position she continues to hold. Additionally, Widlak was the first female chair of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Michigan, serving from 2002 to 2003. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a trial lawyer honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of lawyers in the United States. Widlak is the fourth generation of lawyers in her family to have been members of the legal community in the City of Detroit and is the first female in her family to have practiced law in the city as part of that long tradition. She was named one of Michigan's 25 Leaders in the Law in 2012, Michigan Lawyers Weekly and has also been named a Michigan Super Lawyer each year since 2008. She serves as a volunteer attorney at a Detroit warming center for the homeless as part of Project H.E.L.P. (Homeless Experience Legal Protection), which partners with local homeless service programs to offer clinics that provide free legal advice and assistance to homeless individuals.
February 5, 2013
Stephen Gross, '83, was awarded a Crain's Detroit Business M&A Award for guiding client Kazi Foods through several bankruptcies, restructuring the business and selling it to save more than 2,000 jobs. He is co-chairman of business-restructuring services for Bloomfield Hills-based McDonald Hopkins.
April 16, 2013
Alyssa Martina, '83, was appointed to a three-year term on the Michigan Women's Commission. The 15-member board works to improve the quality of life for Michigan women. Martina is the CEO and publisher of Metro Parent Magazine, and an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School, Gabelli Business School at Fordham University and the School of Business Administration at Wayne State University.
August 15, 2013
Joel Applebaum, '83, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy on March 14, 2014, in Washington, D.C. There are 33 nominees being honored and recognized for their professional excellence and exceptional contributions to the fields of bankruptcy and insolvency. The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary professional and educational association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. Applebaum is a member of Clark Hill's Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group, concentrating his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, bankruptcy-related litigation, creditors' rights and general commercial law.
November 25, 2013
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
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