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  • Hon. Nancy Meyer-Swink SaittaHon. Nancy Meyer-Swink Saitta, '86, has become Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court. She was elected to the Supreme Court in 2006, a decade after she began her judicial career with her appointment as a Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge in October 1996. Two years later, she was elected as a District Court judge presiding over felony criminal cases and complex civil cases.
    October 3, 2011

  • Eric S. Richards, '86, an attorney with Mika Meyers Beckett and Jones PLC, was included in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
    December 22, 2011

  • Gregory NowakGregory Nowak, '86, received two distinguished awards for his public service.  Nowak received the Cowger Leadership Award from the American Cancer Society for his outstanding contribution to the ACS' fundraising effort, serving as finance chair for the past two years. He also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants for his contributions to the accounting profession in Michigan. He is the past chair of the board of the MACPA. A principal at Miller Canfield, Nowak is one of Michigan's leading experts on state and local tax issues.  With over 20 years' experience, he focuses his practice on both structural tax planning and state tax controversy matters. He has served as a tax policy advisor to the Michigan legislature and Snyder administration. He is a longtime member of the MACPA and received their Hoatlin Award in 2008 and Special Recognition Award in 2009. He is chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber Tax Committee and a member of the council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member of the boards of the Detroit Historical Society and the Accounting Aid Society, and treasurer of the Detroit Yacht Club.
    October 21, 2012

  • Ken NeumanKen Neuman, '86, was named one of The Best Lawyers in America 2013 in the practice area of real estate litigation for the second consecutive year. He is a managing partner of  Neuman Anderson P.C., a Birmingham-based business law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation. Neuman concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and business consulting, with a focus on corporate, real estate/construction, accounting and forensic issues, and contract disputes. Neuman is a registered certified public accountant and spent several years with one of the "big eight" accounting firms prior to beginning his legal career. He has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer since 2007 and a DBusiness magazine Top Lawyer.
    November 17, 2012

  • Elizabeth PezzettiElizabeth Pezzetti, '86, was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions, which drafts standard instructions for juries in civil cases. Pezzetti is a judge with the Oakland County Probate Court.
    December 10, 2012

  • Lynn GandhiLynn Gandhi, '86, was named chair of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Tax Policy Committee for a two-year term.  The committee works closely with the legislature, industry and state agencies on a variety of tax related issues, particularly those related to state and local tax. She is a partner in the Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP's Tax Practice Group.  Gandhi advises clients on a national basis regarding multistate tax strategies, tax disputes and litigates state tax cases.  Her areas of concentration are state income and gross receipts taxes, sales and use taxes, Michigan business taxes and other excise taxes.  She is also experienced in unclaimed property processes and audits, from both the preventive and defensive postures, and is deeply engaged in investment incentive opportunities.  She is a certified public accountant recognized in Michigan and Illinois. Gandhi also serves as secretary of the State Bar of Michigan's Tax Council and Chair of the American Bar Association's Gross Receipts Tax subcommittee.  She has been named in "Best Lawyers in America "from 2010 to 2013, Michigan Super Lawyers in 2011 and 2012 and as a DBusiness "Top Lawyers" in 2013.  
    February 26, 2013

  • Joyce DraganchukJoyce Draganchuk, '86, will preside over Ingham County's new business court.  She was elected in November 2004 as an Ingham County Circuit Court judge.
    May 23, 2013

  • R. Christopher CataldoR. Christopher Cataldo, '86, was selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. He is a partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC. Cataldo specializes in commercial litigation for the firm's Litigation Practice Group. He was recognized as a DBusiness Top Lawyer in 2012.
    May 31, 2013

  • Lisa S. Lane, '86, wrote and published Firm Conviction: A Case Against Private Law Practice (Strategic Book Publishing, 2009). She is a certified employment and labor law arbitrator.
    October 2, 2013

  • Michael BlumMichael Blum, '86, of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC recently was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of Employment Law-Management and Labor Law-Management. Blum was also selected to be included in Super Lawyers for his work in Employment and Labor law.  
    October 8, 2013

  • Michael SchwartzMichael Schwartz, '86, was recently named Great Lakes Partner/Principal of the Year as well as National Real Estate Consulting Lead at the accounting firm McGladrey LLP in Chicago.  Schwartz, a principal in the firm's National Real Estate Group heads up the 35+ member Lease Consulting Practice that serves as an outsourced partner to national and multi-national owners, lenders, and corporate and retail entities in connection with their real estate acquisition, disposition, refinancing and operational needs.
    October 21, 2013

  • Elizabeth PezzettiElizabeth Pezzetti, '86, has been appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court as chief judge of the Oakland County Probate Court. Pezzetti's term as chief judge will begin on January 1, 2014. Pezzetti joined the Oakland County Probate Court in 2001. In addition to handling probate cases, Pezzetti serves in the Family Division. Prior to joining the court, she was in private practice specializing in employment law, media law, school law and commercial litigation. She is currently a board member of the Michigan Inter Professional Association and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society and the Model Civil Jury Instructions Committee. She is a fellow of the Michigan Bar Foundation and the Oakland County Bar Foundation. This will be Pezzetti's second term as chief judge of the Probate Court as she previously served as chief judge in the 2008-09 term.
    October 23, 2013

  • Kenneth NeumanKenneth Neuman, '86, was named as a Top Rated Lawyer by DBusiness magazine for the third consecutive year. He is with Neuman Anderson PC a Birmingham-based business law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation.
    February 10, 2014

  • Kenneth NeumanKenneth Neuman, '86, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan. He is managing partner at Neuman Anderson PC, based in Birmingham.
    May 2, 2014

  • Jerry Dorsey IVJerry Dorsey IV, '86, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the 15-member Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. Dorsey is chief of trials and litigation for the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, where he works in the child abuse unit and is deputy chief of the special victims unit. He is chairman of the Wayne County Council Against Family Violence and a board member of the Guidance Center.
    June 24, 2014

  • Nancy NawrockiNancy Nawrocki, '86, one of fewer than 100 attorneys in the United States with an advanced master of laws degree in elder law, has changed the name of her Brighton-based firm to Nawrocki Center for Elder Law, Special Needs & Disability Planning PLLC.
    July 11, 2014

  • Anne YantusAnne Yantus, '86, wrote an article, "Sentence Creep: Increasing Penalties in Michigan and the Need for Sentencing Reform," that was published in the spring issue of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. She serves as managing attorney of the plea unit of the State Appellate Defender Office and also teaches Appellate Advocacy and Criminal Sentencing as an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law.
    August 19, 2014

  • Holli TarganHolli Targan, '85, a partner in the Southfield office of Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss PC, was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2012 in the field of information technology.
    October 31, 2011

  • Richard M. MiettinenRichard M. Miettinen, '85, of the law firm Howard and Howard, has been named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2012.
    November 3, 2011

  • Dennis J. LevasseurDennis J. Levasseur, '85, 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

  • Derek S. WhitefieldDerek S. Whitefield, '85, of Dykema's Los Angeles office, has been elected by the membership of the firm to the firm's 7-member executive board. In his new role, Mr. Whitefield will help guide the long-range strategic planning, policy and direction of the firm, and help oversee the firm's economic performance.
    January 6, 2012

  • John Roth, '85, is leaving his job as the Justice Department's special counsel for money-laundering policy on the Financial Action Task Force in Paris, France, to become director of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations. He'll supervise a staff of 280. Roth served on the 9/11 Commission in 2003-04.
    July 2, 2012

  • Mindy HitchcockMindy Hitchcock, '85, was the focus of a feature story in the Grand Rapids Legal News. Her Bingham Farms legal firm is called Lady4 Justice.
    November 9, 2012

  • Anthony Saulino Jr.Anthony Saulino Jr., '85, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 in the practice area of Real Estate Law by DBusiness magazine. He is with Butzel Long.
    December 6, 2012

  • Rick BergRick Berg, '85, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 in the practice areas of Business Litigation and Commercial Litigation by DBusiness magazine. He is with Butzel Long.
    December 6, 2012

  • Holli TarganHolli Targan, '85, has been elected to a one-year term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Washington, D.C.-based Electronic Transactions Association. Targan served as president of the ETA in 2010 and as a member of its Board of Directors for more than 10 years.  She concentrates her law practice on card processing, mobile payments and electronic payments law. She is a frequent lecturer and has published dozens of articles on industry-related topics. She is a partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC.
    January 28, 2013

  • Linda BurwellLinda Burwell, '85, testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., on March 20, as part of a round table public meeting to provide input on the agency's Quality Control Plan for investigations and conciliations. A nationally recognized speaker and author on employment law, discrimination prevention and risk management, Burwell often serves as the legal expert on panels involving employment laws and workplace trends. At Nemeth Burwell, where she is a founding partner, she serves as a litigator, arbitrator and consultant, representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law and EEOC matters. Burwell's areas of expertise include wrongful discharge, discrimination, non-competition, harassment, interference with contract, equal pay, retaliation, whistleblowers, wage and hours, unfair labor practices, breach of contract, libel and slander, and invasion of privacy. She also counsels management on collective bargaining agreements, pre-employment, discipline, and pre-termination and post-termination matters. Burwell is a board member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms and an ABA Foundation Fellow.  She is a member of the Michigan, Ohio, Federal, and the United States Supreme Court Bar.  She has received numerous honors throughout her legal career and in 2010 was named one of Michigan's 25 Leaders in the Law by the legal trade publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
    March 24, 2013

  • Byron KonschuhByron Konschuh, '85, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the 40th Circuit Court covering Lapeer County. Konschuh has served as the Lapeer County prosecuting attorney since 2000.
    March 26, 2013

  • Jay KaplanJay Kaplan, '85, is speaking at the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center from noon to 3 p.m. May 6 about the arguments on the same-sex marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the different possible outcomes, and their impact. Kaplan is the LGBT Legal Project staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan. Kaplan has worked on cases including challenging undercover sting operations targeting gay men, fighting Michigan's constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying, defending the validity of second parent adoptions granted in Michigan, and recently advocating for a transgender high school student to be able to run for prom court. Kaplan was honored with the 2006 Unsung Hero Award from the Michigan State Bar and the 2010 Virginia Uribe Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association.        
    April 15, 2013

  • Linda BurwellLinda Burwell, '85, presented "Sex and Gender in the Workplace in Light of the EEOC's 2013-2016 Strategic Enforcement Plan: Developments and Trends in EEO Law" on May 10. She is a partner with Nemeth Burwell PC in Detroit.    
    May 30, 2013

  • Nazli SaterNazli Sater, '85, was named chair of the Family Law/Divorce Practice Group at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. A partner who practices in the firm's Southfield office, Sater brings more than 25 years of experience in family law litigation and dispute resolution to her new role. A graduate of Leadership Detroit, Sater serves on the board of the Karmanos Cancer Institute and on the Family Law Advisory Board of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. She has been named a top lawyer in family law by DBusiness and to Michigan Super Lawyers. She is also the author of the child custody chapter in the "Michigan Family Law Reference Book."
    June 6, 2013

  • Linda BurwellLinda Burwell, '85, 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

  • Daniel MinkusDaniel Minkus, '85, was named the recipient of the 8th annual Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award by the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section. Minkus, a Farmington Hills resident, is a member with Clark Hill PLC in Birmingham. Minkus practices in the Corporate Practice Group at Clark Hill and concentrates in the areas of business and real estate, advising and counseling clients with respect to a wide range of matters.A long-time member of the state Bar's Business Section, Minkus is a past chairman and served on the Council from 1994-2001. He has been the chairman of the Section's Unincorporated Enterprises Committee since 1991 and has been active in the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He has served as the director of training for the Section's Business Boot Camp. Minkus also has been recognized regularly as one of a handful of top Tier One M&A lawyers by Chambers USA, as a top lawyer by The Best Lawyers in Michigan and has been interviewed by the media as an expert in Michigan business law throughout his career. Minkus has authored several articles, and lectures frequently on a variety of business topics and is a contributing author to the book Michigan Contract Law and Michigan Business Formbook.    
    September 13, 2013

  • Thomas EinemanThomas Eineman, '85, was appointed to the bench of the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. He has been a sole practitioner since 1990. For the last 20 years, Eineman has volunteered as a judge in the Hernando County Teen Court program.
    February 10, 2014

  • Holli TarganHolli Targan, '85, was honored by PaymentsSource, a leading information resource for news, trends and analysis in the payments industry, as one of the year's Most Influential Women in the Payments Industry. Selected for her achievements in a traditionally male-dominated industry, Targan is one of only 20 women recognized for helping redefine the way people and businesses handle money. Targan serves as chairperson of the Electronic Payments practice group at Jaffee Raitt Hewitt & Weiss PC, where she is a partner.  
    April 25, 2014

  • Linda BurwellLinda Burwell, '85, formed National Employment Counsel PLLC, a firm focusing on workplace investigations, mediation, consulting and monitoring services. Burwell is an employment law expert and frequent speaker and author on employment law and risk-management issues.    
    June 12, 2014

  • Diane AkersDiane Akers, '85, a longtime associate and partner with the Detroit office of Bodman PLC, has been named the recipient of the ninth annual Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award by the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section. Akers, a WestBloomfield resident, is currently of counsel to Bodman. She retired from full-time practice in 2010 but is still involved in business courts and other business law issues.
    August 11, 2014

  • John GustafsonJohn Gustafson, '85, was appointed as a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division. He was sworn in by the Hon. Vernelis K. Armstrong, U.S. magistrate judge for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division, and a 1960 Wayne Law alumnus.
    August 20, 2014

  • Patricia NemethPatricia 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 NemethPatricia 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 AdamsRandall 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 DennehyBernadette 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 CoxKevin 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 FishmanMichael 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 NemethPatricia 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 NemethPatricia 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 FloodAnnette 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 NemethPatricia 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 KampJames 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 BirnbaumCrispin 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

  • Roland HwangRoland Hwang, '84, (LL.M.) has been reappointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the state's Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission. The 21-member commission advances the full and equal participation of Asian Pacific Americans in Michigan. Hwang is an assistant attorney general with the Department of Attorney General, where he has worked for 25 years. He currently handles tax liability cases, restitution and collection cases, and bankruptcy cases on behalf of the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Hwang was previously an attorney and product engineer for Ford Motor Co.
    December 6, 2013

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '84, presented "Sex and Gender in the Workplace" with attorney Erin Behler to industry trade groups in Connecticut on Nov. 6, 2013, and Jan. 14, 2014. She is the founder of Nemeth Law PC.
    January 27, 2014

  • James KampJames Kamp, '84, was recognized in the 2014 IP Stars directory published by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. He is a partner in Honigman's IP Department and the IP Litigation and Patent practice groups.
    May 27, 2014

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '84, LL.M. '90, presented a continuing legal education class, "Employer Liability Arising from Workplace Violence" on May 13 in Cleveland, Ohio. Nemeth is founder of Nemeth Law PC. Terry Bonnette, '04, was a co-presenter.
    June 16, 2014

  • Kenneth MarcusKenneth Marcus, '84, a partner in the Health Care Practice Group of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, was named to this year's class of Fellows for the State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section. The Fellows program recognizes individuals who have made continual and outstanding contributions to the section and are generally considered as top health care attorneys in Michigan. Marcus was recognized for his contribution to the training of attorneys through his extensive speaking and writing on a variety of health law topics. He is nationally recognized for his work on hospital Medicare and Medicaid payment appeal issues for numerous hospitals in individual and group appeals before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board, the federal district courts and federal courts of appeals.
    July 11, 2014

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '84, LL.M., '90, founder of Nemeth Law PC, a Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Nemeth was recognized in the practice areas of Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management; and Litigation- Labor and Employment.
    August 19, 2014

  • Robert LabeRobert Labe, '84, has been selected to become a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Selection confirms recognition of a lawyer whose career has demonstrated leadership, service and commitment to the ideals and objectives of the American Bar Association. Only 1 percent of lawyers nationwide are selected. Labe is a partner with Williams Williams Rattner and Plunkett PC of Birmingham.
    August 19, 2014

  • Candyce AbbattCandyce 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. FontichiaroJames 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

  • Henry J. Brennan III , '83, of the law firm Howard and Howard, has been named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2012.
    November 2, 2011

  • Joel D. ApplebaumJoel 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 TrentacostaJohn 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

  • James FontichiaroJames Fontichiaro, '83, was selected for "Best Lawyers in America 2013" for excellence in real estate law. He is a member with Barris Sott Denn & Driker PLLC.
    October 8, 2012

  • Deborah GraceDeborah 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 RichertJoseph 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 FlesslandEric 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 WidlakAnne 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 GrossStephen 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 MartinaAlyssa 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

  • James FonticharoJames Fonticharo, '83, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of Real Estate Law. He is a member with Barris Sott Denn & Driker, PLLC.
    August 23, 2013

  • Joel ApplebaumJoel 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

  • Thomas AllenThomas Allen, '83, was added as partner in the Atlanta office of Burr & Forman LLP. Allen joins the firm's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in complex litigation, representing manufacturers and other clients in matters related to product liability, toxic exposure, environmental contamination, and construction accident and defect.
    June 20, 2014

  • 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

  • Steven ChesterSteven Chester, '82, rejoined Miller Canfield as senior counsel in the Energy, Environmental and Regulatory Group after a distinguished career in the public sector. He most recently served as deputy assistant administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in Washington, D.C. Prior to that service, he was director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
    July 1, 2014

  • Peter KellettPeter Kellett, '82, was re-elected chairman and chief executive officer of Dykema for a second three-year term starting Jan. 1, 2015. 
    July 11, 2014

  • Sandra GlazierSandra Glazier, '82, received an Award of Appreciation from the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan for her presentation on "The Intersection of Probate and Family Law - Postmortem" at the 2014 Mid-Summer Seminar.
    August 1, 2014

  • 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

  • Susan BurkhartSusan Burkhart, '81, was named Best Lawyers 2014 Raleigh Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year." Burkhart is the chair of the Insurance Law and Coverage practice in the Raleigh, N.C., office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP and has been with the firm since its founding in 1992.  
    April 30, 2014

  • David MarmonDavid Marmon, '81, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Tax Tribunal, an administrative court that hears appeals on several categories of Michigan taxes. Marmon is an attorney at Hoffert & Associates, and received the Deloitte & Touche Award for the best paper in the area of taxation.
    July 1, 2014

  • 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

  • Larry MannLarry Mann, '80, announced his retirement from his partnership position with Bowman and Brooke in Bloomfield Hills. Mann is a former Wayne Law professor as well as an alumnus.
    May 27, 2014

  • Deborah BrouwerDeborah Brouwer, '80, presented, with partner Terry Bonnette, '04, "Managing Religion in the Workplace" at the June 5, 2014, Nemeth Law Raising the Bar series. Brouwer is a partner with Nemeth Law PC. Also with Bonnette, she presented "Workplace Violence, Safety and Security: Risk Assessment and Prevention" at Michigan HR Day in Lansing on April 23, 2014.
    June 16, 2014

  • Robert Seibert, '80, co-wrote (with 2011 alumna Kimberly Seibert) an article titled Social Networking Sites and the Requirement of Authentication published in the July 2014 Michigan Bar Journal.
    August 1, 2014

  • Noreen SlankNoreen Slank, '80, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Nemeth was recognized in the practice area of Appellate Practice, Insurance Law. She is with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.
    August 19, 2014

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

  • 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

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