Gregory 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 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 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 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
R. 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
Michael 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 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 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 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
Jerry 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 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 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
Kay Standridge Kress, '86, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization and Litigation-Bankruptcy. She is with Pepper Hamilton LLP.
August 21, 2014
Michael Blum, '86, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Employment Law - Management and Labor Law - Management. He is with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.
September 3, 2014
Judy Calton, '86, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. She is with Honigman.
September 5, 2014
Lynn Gandhi, '86, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Corporate Law, Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Tax Law. She is with Honigman.
September 5, 2014
Mark Sadoff, '86, founded MJS Legal of Paris, France, a law firm concentrating on assisting companies in their international operations. Formerly, he was general counsel of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution and Saint Gobain Isover.
October 2, 2014
Judy Calton, '86, a partner in the Litigation Department and the Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditor Rights Practice Group of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been elected treasurer of the Business Law Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan.
October 7, 2014
Lynn A. Gandhi, '86, was recognized as one of the best in the tax profession by State Tax Notes. She was the only private practice attorney chosen from a pool of practitioners, scholars and government officials. She was also lauded in the publication for her key role in creating a better business tax policy environment for Michigan taxpayers.
January 5, 2015
Kelly Ann Ramsey, '86, was appointed to the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. The 11-person board promotes the health, safety and welfare of Michigan's children and families by funding local programs and services that prevent child abuse and neglect.
January 6, 2015
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
Rick 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 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 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
Jay 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Michael Indenbaum, '85, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Tax Law. He is with Honigman.
September 5, 2014
Linda Burwell, '85, reported that her firm, National Employment Counsel PLLC, was recognized as a tier-one law firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in its 2015 list of "Best Law Firms" in the category of employment law. She was selected individually for inclusion in the 21st edition of the Best Lawyers in America 2015 for the areas of employment law - management, labor law - management, and litigation - labor and employment in late August. She also was recognized by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in employment law: management and labor law: management and named a 2015 DBusiness Top Lawyer in September.
November 5, 2014
Edward Ewell, '85, Wayne County Circuit Court judge, will receive the Purple Sport Coat Award at the sixth annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner in March. The award is given to those who exemplify Judge Kaye Tertzag's motto: "Be prompt. Be prepared. Be polite."
January 6, 2015
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
Roland 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Mark Stern, '84, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation. He is with Honigman.
September 5, 2014
Rasul Raheem, '84, LL. M. '03, hosted the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section Executive Committee's Fall Planning Retreat on Sept. 28-29 in Detroit. He is senior vice president and assistant general counsel for Bank of America, and president of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Foundation. Raheem serves on the National Bar Association president's Corporate Advisory Board, and is serving his second year on the Commercial Law Section's Executive Committee. He is a hearing panelist for the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board, as well.
September 30, 2014
Patricia Nemeth, '84, reported that her firm, Nemeth Law PC, was recognized as a tier-one law firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in its 2015 list of "Best Law Firms" in the category of employment law - management. The metropolitan rankings encompass 182 major U.S. markets in eight states.
November 5, 2014
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
Thomas 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
Raymond Henney, '83, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Litigation - Securities. He is with Honigman.
September 5, 2014
Patricia Stamler, '83, is the author of "Unique Aspects of Litigating Federal False Claims Act Cases," in the December issue of the Michigan Bar Journal. She is a partner with Hertz Schram PC.
January 5, 2015
David Rogers, '82, was named a 2013 DBusiness Top Lawyer in the Health Care Law category. A shareholder with Rogers Mantese & Associates PC, Rogers focuses his practice primarily on representing Michigan health care organizations, professionals and businesses in matters including contracts, third party payer audits and reimbursement, and legislative issues. He is the former chair of the State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section, of which he was named a Fellow in 2011. In addition, Rogers is a former faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, chair of the University's Irvin D. Reid Honors College Board of Visitors, and member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, American Health Lawyers Association, and Federal, Detroit Metropolitan and Oakland County Bar Associations.
November 27, 2012
Lee Hornberger, '82, of the Arbitration and Mediation Office of Lee Hornberger, moderated the Conflict Resolution Services' in-service on "How Judges Treat Mediated Settlement Agreements" in Traverse City on Oct. 25, 2012. Hornberger, an arbitrator and mediator in Traverse City, is a member of the Representative Assembly of the State Bar of Michigan, Chair of the ADR Committee of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association, and a former President of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association. He is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, National Arbitration Forum, and National Futures Association.
December 7, 2012
Jay Welford, '82, was named the practice group coordinator for the insolvency and reorganization group at Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC, where he is a partner. Welford has more than 30 years of experience in corporate representation and restructuring. His practice encompasses multiple industry sectors, including banking, construction, manufacturing, logistics, servicing and leasing. In addition to this new role, Welford is also co-practice group coordinator for the franchise law practice group with a specific expertise in developing franchise systems. Throughout the years, Welford has received multiple legal honors and awards from Michigan Super Lawyer, Best Lawyers and DBusiness magazine. He is an active member in multiple business and legal associations, including the American Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Commercial Law League of America Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section and the International Franchise Association. He also serves as president of the nonprofit organization ALS of Michigan.
March 22, 2013
Michael Khoury, '82, was named co-practice group coordinator for Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC's Emerging and Growth Business Practice Group. He is a partner with the firm. Khoury is also a member of the Corporate and Intellectual Property and Information Technology Practice Groups, specializing his practice in commercial, business and technology matters including start-ups and emerging businesses. He is a former chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Business Law Section and Information Technology Law Section, as well as a member of advisory boards for several entrepreneurial organizations.
May 17, 2013
Jay Welford, '82, was awarded the distinguished President's Cup from the Commercial Law League of America. He is practice group coordinator for the insolvency and reorganization group at Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC, where he is a partner. Welford has more than 30 years of experience in corporate representation and restructuring. His practice encompasses multiple industry sectors, including banking, construction, manufacturing, logistics, servicing and leasing. Welford is also co-practice group coordinator for the franchise law practice group with a specific expertise in developing franchise systems. Throughout the years, Welford has received multiple legal honors and awards from Michigan Super Lawyer, Best Lawyers and DBusiness magazine. He is an active member in multiple business and legal associations, including the American Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, Commercial Law League of America Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section and the International Franchise Association. He also serves as president of the nonprofit organization ALS of Michigan.
June 13, 2013
Susan Sutton, '82, was re-elected to serve an additional one-year term on the Board of Directors at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C., where she has served on the board for the past six years. She is a member of the firm's Estate Planning and Probate practice group, where she specializes in estate planning, wealth transfer, business succession planning and trust administration. A recognized attorney in this particular area of law, Sutton has been honored by DBusiness magazine as a Top Lawyer in 2012 and 2013.
July 31, 2013
Steven Chester, '82, rejoined Miller Canfield as senior counsel in the Energy, Environmental and Regulatory Group after a distinguished career in the public sector. He most recently served as deputy assistant administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance in Washington, D.C. Prior to that service, he was director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
July 1, 2014
Sandra Glazier, '82, received an Award of Appreciation from the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan for her presentation on "The Intersection of Probate and Family Law - Postmortem" at the 2014 Mid-Summer Seminar.
August 1, 2014
Thomas Wilczak, '82, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Environmental and Litigation-Environmental. He is with Pepper Hamilton LLP.
August 21, 2014
Lee Hornberger, '82, LL.M., an arbitrator and mediator, was honored with the George N. Bashara, Jr. Award by the State Bar of Michigan's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section at its annual meeting and conference in Ann Arbor. The award is given annually to an individual, program, or entity in recognition of exemplary service to the ADR Section and its members.
October 24, 2014
Gerald Acker, '81, was voted president-elect of the Michigan Association of Justice's 2012-13 leadership team. He is senior partner at Southfield-based Goodman Acker PC, and specializes in personal injury litigation. The Michigan Association of Justice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering civil justice and access to the courts for the people of Michigan. He also serves on the National Finance Committee for President Barack Obama.
August 20, 2012
Pamela Enslen, '81, has been named resident director of the Kalamazoo office of Miller Canfield, overseeing the overall operations of the 34 lawyer and 25 staff member-office. Enslen is a principal at Miller Canfield and a member of the firm's Litigation and Trial Group. She originally joined the firm in 1985. In 2001, she left to be a public defender in federal courts before returning to Miller Canfield in 2003. She now represents companies and executives in various commercial disputes, including employment cases and white collar criminal defense.
May 7, 2013
Pamela Enslen, '81, was elected to a one-year term as chair of the board of directors of the Kalamazoo-based nonprofit, Gryphon Place, which provides a free 211 helpline, suicide prevention services, and free or low cost dispute resolution services for southwest Michigan. Enslen has served on the 12-member volunteer board since 2007. She is a lawyer in Miller Canfield's Litigation and Trial Group. She originally joined the firm in 1985. In 2001, she left to be a public defender in federal courts before returning to Miller Canfield in 2003. She now represents companies and executives in various commercial disputes, including employment cases and white collar criminal defense.
June 17, 2013
James Derian, '81, is the incoming president of the Oakland County Bar Association. He is a litigation attorney with Delphi Automotive Systems. After practicing as a partner for a mid-sized Southfield firm for a number of years, Derian joined Butzel Long, spending six years there before being recruited in 2006 to his current in-house position with Delphi.
June 24, 2013
Gerald Acker, '81, was elected president of the Michigan Association for Justice. He is co-founder and senior partner of Southfield-based Goodman Acker PC. Acker specializes in personal injury litigation, including catastrophic automobile negligence cliams, no-fault claims, medical malpractice, premises liability and nursing home negligence. He was recognized as one of the 2013 Michigan Super Lawyers, an honor he has received for six consecutive years.
June 26, 2013
Pamela Enslen, '81, resident director of the Kalamazoo office of Miller Canfield, was one of only eight non-governmental organization observers allowed to attend the closed trial proceedings for Khalid Sheik Muhammad, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and four others accused of being involved with planning the attacks. The proceedings were held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, earlier this year. Enslen attended the trials on behalf of the American Bar Association. The ABA was one of eight non-governmental organizations allowed to attend the hearings for transparency purposes. Among the other groups were Amnesty International, Judicial Watch and Human Rights Watch. Enslen is on the ABA's Board of Governors and once served as a federal public defender with the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Michigan. She hopes to return to Guantanamo Bay as the trial proceedings for accused terrorists continue. Enslen is a member of Miller Canfield's Litigation and Trial Group. She originally joined the firm in 1985. In 2001, she left to be a public defender in federal courts before returning to Miller Canfield in 2003. She now represents companies and executives in various commercial disputes, including employment cases and white collar criminal defense.
July 2, 2013
Pamela Enslen, '81, was selected by her peers to the American Bar Association Board of Governors. Her three-year term will expire in August 2016. Enslen was selected as the representative of the dispute resolution section. She is a member of Miller Canfield's Litigation and Trial Group. She originally joined the firm in 1985. In 2001, she left to be a public defender in federal courts before returning to Miller Canfield in 2003. She now represents companies and executives in various commercial disputes, including employment cases and white collar criminal defense, and is resident director of the firm's Kalamazoo office.
August 9, 2013
Thomas Meagher, '81, of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of Commercial Litigation. Meagher also was selected to be included in Super Lawyers for his work in Employment Litigation: Defense.
October 8, 2013
John Hohman Jr., '81, a 16-year veteran of the Monroe County Probate and Family Court, has been named state court administrator. He will head the State Court Administrative Office, the administrative agency of the Michigan Supreme Court. Hohman, who has been a judge since 1997, is noted for his work in juvenile justice and child welfare. Soon after taking the bench, he and Monroe County Probate Court Judge Pamela A. Moskwa, now retired, co-founded Monroe County's Court Appointed Special Advocates program to improve representation for children in abuse and neglect cases. His efforts included a redesign of Monroe County's juvenile programs and family court, and the creation of a juvenile drug court. He helped found "Project Second Chance," in which young offenders train and care for dogs from the Monroe Humane Society. The program teaches juveniles empathy and responsibility, while bettering dogs' chances for adoption. Hohman has served as a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute, is an editorial advisory committee member for a number of journals and periodicals, and has authored articles on juvenile and family court practice. In 2013, he was named "Michigan Jurist of the Year" by the Michigan Foster Care Review Board. He was chosen "Michigan Judge of the Year" in 2008 by the Michigan Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates.
October 17, 2013
Stanley Pitts, '81, was reappointed to the State Bar of Michigan Professional Ethics Committee for a term through September 2015. He joined the committee in 2009, and has served as its chairman. He is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, and also serves the state bar as a member of a hearing panel for the Attorney Disciplinary Board and as a member of the Labor and Employment section.
November 7, 2013
James Derian, '81, was installed as president of the Oakland County Bar Association. He is a litigation attorney with Delphi Automotive Systems in Troy. After practicing as a partner for a mid-sized Southfield firm for a number of years, Derian joined Butzel Long, spending six years there before being recruited in 2006 to his current in-house position with Delphi.
January 30, 2014
Connie Marie Kelley, '81, was named as one of the metropolitan area's top circuit court judges by DBusiness magazine in its January/February 2014 edition. The top judges were selected via a poll of 18,200 attorneys. Kelley is a Wayne County Circuit Court judge.
February 10, 2014
Gerald Acker, '81, was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2014 "Leaders in the Law." Acker is co-founder and senior partner of Goodman Acker PC. Acker, a personal injury attorney, founded his Southfield-based firm more than 20 years ago. Currently he is president of the Michigan Association for Justice, a nonprofit organization of approximately 1,600 members dedicated to furthering civil justice and access to the courts for the people of Michigan.
March 26, 2014
Susan Burkhart, '81, was named Best Lawyers 2014 Raleigh Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year." Burkhart is the chair of the Insurance Law and Coverage practice in the Raleigh, N.C., office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP and has been with the firm since its founding in 1992.
April 30, 2014
Stanley Pitts, '81, a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in the firm's Labor and Employment Department, has been recognized as a Man of Excellence for 2014 by the Michigan Chronicle. The award is designed to celebrate African-American men in Southeast Michigan who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievement and participation in community service. Pitts focuses his practice on the defense of employers facing labor and employment challenges. He is a member and previous chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Professional Ethics Committee and a member of its Attorney Discipline Board Hearing Panel. In addition, he is a case evaluator for the Wayne County Mediation Tribunal Labor Panel.
June 27, 2014
David Marmon, '81, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Tax Tribunal, an administrative court that hears appeals on several categories of Michigan taxes. Marmon is an attorney at Hoffert & Associates, and received the Deloitte & Touche Award for the best paper in the area of taxation.
July 1, 2014