Nanci Grant, '89, was unanimously elected as chairperson of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission during its February meeting. Grant is the chief judge of Oakland County Circuit Court and was elected to the bench in 1996. She was elected in 2007 to the JTC by the state's circuit court judges as their representative. Grant is a past president of the Michigan Judges Association, a past recipient of the Oakland County Bar Association's Professionalism Award, and was named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" for 2012.
February 6, 2013
Dawn Schluter, '89, has been appointed to The American Cancer Society's Nationwide Gift Planning Advisor Council for the Great Lakes Region. The Council consists of 16 volunteer leaders throughout the U.S. She is a principal with Miller Canfield. Schluter has experience in estate planning, trusts, taxes and family law when drafting estate and wealth transfer plans. Schluter has been a lawyer with Miller Canfield since 1989.
March 4, 2013
Gary Peters, '89, will receive an honorary degree and give the commencement address when Lawrence Technological University holds its 81st commencement May 11. Peters represents the 14th congressional district that includes Pontiac, West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills, Southfield, Oak Park, half of Detroit, and the Grosse Pointes. Shortly after arriving in Congress in 2009, he worked with the Obama Administration to ensure the survival of Michigan's auto industry, making sure that manufacturers received loans they needed. He is running for a Senate seat. For 22 years, Peters was an investment advisor, helping families save for retirement and provide for their children's college education. He was elected to the Rochester Hills City Council in 1991 and to the Michigan State Senate in 1994. He later served as the Michigan State Lottery commissioner. Peters served as a Seabee combat warfare specialist and rose to the rank of lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. After the September 11 terrorist attacks, he signed up to again serve in the Reserve.
May 7, 2013
Donald Campbell, '89, was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2014 for the sixth consecutive year. Campbell was honored for his work in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. He is with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell.
August 23, 2013
Theresa Asoklis, '89, was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2014 for the sixth consecutive year. She was honored for her work in Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. She is with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell.
August 23, 2013
Dawn Schluter, '89, was appointed chair of Women of Miller Canfield, the firm's internal standing committee of women lawyers. Women of Miller Canfield is committed to helping the firm attract, retain, develop and advance women lawyers, through strengthened internal professional relationships, education, strategic business networking and practice development initiatives and leadership development. Schluter is a principal in the firm's Troy office and leader of the Personal Services Group. Schluter, who has been with Miller Canfield for 25 years, has extensive experience in estate planning, wealth transfer planning, taxes and family law matters.
September 13, 2013
Melissa Jackson, '89, of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC recently was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 as Lawyer of the Year in the field of Employment Law-Management. Jackson also was selected to be included in Super Lawyers for her work in Employment and Labor law.
October 8, 2013
Nanci Grant, '89, has been appointed to a third consecutive two-year term as chief judge of the Oakland County Circuit Court beginning January 1, 2014. Grant began serving the Circuit Court in 1996 after having previously worked as a private practice attorney specializing in commercial litigation. Grant was appointed as presiding judge of the General Jurisdiction Division in 2000. Grant is the current chairperson of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission and a past president of the Michigan Judges Association (MJA). Grant is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Michigan Judicial Institute. She has held many offices in various organizations. Grant initially was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court as chief judge of the Oakland County Circuit Court in 2009 and was reappointed for a successive term in 2011.
October 23, 2013
Lawrence Buckfire, '89, has been named as a 2013 Top Attorney in Michigan by The New York Times. Buckfire, a partner in Buckfire & Buckfire PC in Southfield, specializes in wrongful death, dog bite injury, car accidents and all other types of motor vehicle crashes, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, and all other type of personal injury accident matters. He also serves as a mediator with the Wayne County Mediation Tribunal.
November 14, 2013
Nanci Grant, '89, 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. Grant is a judge with Oakland County Circuit Court.
February 10, 2014
Donald Campbell, '89, was invited to speak at the International Association of Defense Counsel's Professional Liability Roundtable on May 8 at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Campbell will be among the speakers for a session focusing on "Hot Topics in Attorney-Client Privilege." Campbell, a partner at Collins Einhorn, focuses his practice on attorney grievance defense, representation in judicial tenure matters and legal malpractice defense.
March 20, 2014
Donald Campbell, '89, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. He was recognized in the practice area of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. He is with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.
August 19, 2014
Theresa Asoklis, '89, of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC has been named the Best Lawyers' 2015 Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in Metro Detroit. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."
August 19, 2014
Melissa Jackson, '89, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Employment Law - Management. She is with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.
September 3, 2014
Miriam Blanks-Smart, '89, was appointed to the Executive Committee of The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the education provider of the State Bar of Michigan. Blanks-Smart was appointed by the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar and will serve a four-year term. She is the manager of administrative hearings at the city of Detroit's Department of Administrative Hearings, or "blight court."
September 16, 2014
Nanci Grant, '89, was selected as one of 27 Esteemed Women of Michigan 2014. The Esteemed Women of Michigan program recognizes women who have excelled in their professions, risen above intolerable circumstances, developed the means to help others or have become inspirational figures for the younger generation, according to the program. Grant is Oakland County Circuit Court chief judge.
October 1, 2014
Nanci Grant, '89, was profiled in the Detroit Legal News for founding the Oakland County Combat Veterans Treatment Court, the first of its kind in Michigan. The program, which is designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration, provides intense supervision, substance abuse treatment, readjustment counseling and mentoring with military veterans who can relate to combat experiences.
January 8, 2015
Nanci Grant, '89, chief judge of the Oakland County Circuit Court, was presented with the 2015 WONder Woman Award at the Women Officials Network Award Ceremony held in Troy. The WONder Woman award recognizes women who have improved the quality of life in Southeast Michigan through their civic, philanthropic, and professional accomplishments. In recognition of the award, Grant also received a special tribute from Gov. Rick Snyder and the Ninety-Eighth Congress. The Women's Official Network's mission is to celebrate women who have contributed in meaningful ways and have forged paths of leadership and to inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential.
May 20, 2015
Pamela Zarkowski, '89, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy, will be the keynote speaker at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine commencement. Zarkowski is the former executive associate dean of the UDM School of Dentistry. She holds a bachelor's degree and a master of public health degree in dental public health.
May 21, 2015
Theresa Asoklis, '89, was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Asoklis was recognized in the practice area of Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. She is with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.
August 18, 2015
Donald Campbell, '89, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Campbell was recognized in the practice area of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. He is with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.
August 18, 2015
Diane Fears, '89, wrote "Tipping the Scales: Courting Diverse Judicial Clerkship Applicants," published in the September edition of the NALP Bulletin. Fears is director of Career Services and the Student Voluntary Pro Bono Program at Wayne Law.
September 1, 2015
Julie Secontine, '88, drafted the Interstate Mutual Emergency Aid Act, which recently was approved by the state House of Representatives and Senate and enables first responders to cross state lines to respond to incidents on a day-to-day basis without a declaration of emergency. The act will allow first responders' credentials and licenses to automatically transfer to other Midwestern states when responding to a request for mutual aid. Secontine is Oakland County risk manager and Michigan's representative on the Mid-American Mutual Aid Consortium (MAMAC), the organization tasked with removing barriers to multi-state emergency response. Secontine is certified by the Michigan State Police in emergency management. She is the legal advisor to Michigan Task Force 1 and Oakland County Fire Mutual Aid Organization. Plus she is a member of eight emergency management organizations.
December 18, 2012
Margaret Scott, '88, has joined the Motor Vehicle Litigation Practice Group at Secrest Wardle's Troy office. In addition to practicing Motor Vehicle Law, Scott also specializes in Municipal Law and Property, Fire and Casualty. Scott served as an Oakland County assistant prosecuting attorney from 1988 to 2008. The majority of her career was spent as a special prosecutor of the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office where she was elevated to the office of chief of the Auto Theft Unit in 1996. As a felony trial prosecutor Scott prosecuted crimes involving insurance fraud, identity theft, embezzlement, and arson of insured property. During her time with the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office she successfully prosecuted nearly 100 percent of the cases assigned to the Auto Theft Unit. Scott is presently an instructor and presenter for various programs for the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Chapter-International Association of Arson Investigators, International Association of Special Investigative Units, the North Central Regional Chapter-International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, and the Michigan Association of Vehicle Theft Investigators. She has also instructed for the National College of District Attorneys, Prosecutor's Association of Michigan, the International Association of Arson Investigators, Oakland County Community College Police Academy, and numerous police departments in southeastern Michigan, as well as a number of area high schools. She completed the National District Attorney's Association's Career Prosecutor Course in 1990 and the Experienced Prosecutor Course in 1996.
March 4, 2013
Margaret Scott, '88, was appointed prosecutor in Waterford Township. She is a partner with Secrest Wardle law firm in Troy. She was chief of the auto theft unit with the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office between 1996-2008. From 1988-1990, she worked as a district court prosecutor in several communities including Royal Oak, Oak Park, Walled Lake, Novi and Farmington Hills.
March 27, 2013
David Thoms, '88, (LL.M.) has been elected to a three-year term on the board of trustees of Madonna University. Thoms, a principal at Miller Canfield, has been active in the educational community for many years. His service includes being a longtime board member and current president of the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe. He's a trustee and executive committee member of the Michigan Colleges Foundation and a trustee of Kalamazoo College. He's also a planned giving technical advisor at Greenhills School, a private high school in Ann Arbor. He was previously involved in leadership and fundraising for the University of Michigan's Kellogg Eye Center and the University of Detroit-Mercy. He was honored with the Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government for his contributions to French culture and education. At Miller Canfield, Thoms assists clients with their business, estate and succession planning matters as well as assisting nonprofit and charitable organizations with policy, tax, compliance, governance and fundraising.
May 30, 2013
Michael Nader, '88, was re-appointed as adjunct professor by the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches an employee benefits course. He also continues to serve on the Strategic Policy Board of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
August 3, 2013
David Thoms, '88, (LL.M) was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the French-American Foundation of New York City. He is a principal with Miller Canfield. Thoms has been a leader in the French-American community for years. His service includes being a longtime board member and current president of the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe and a past president of the French Festival of Detroit. He is a former board member and past president of the Federation of Alliances Françaises-USA and a current board member of the American Society of the French Academic Palms. He was awarded the Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government for his contributions to French culture and education.
November 13, 2013
David Thoms, '88, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Federation of Alliances Françaises -USA Inc. His term will expire in 2016. He was also elected as the board's vice president for a one-year term. The Federation of Alliances Françaises-USA is a cooperative organization dedicated to "the promotion of understanding the French language, literature, history and culture to the francophone and Francophile" This national organization supports more than 100 local chapters in the United States. Thoms is a principal with Miller Canfield, and has been a leader in the French-American community for years. His service includes being a longtime board member and current president of the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe and a past president of the French Festival of Detroit. He is a former board member and past president of the Federation of Alliances Françaises-USA and a current board member of the American Society of the French Academic Palms. He was awarded the Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government for his contributions to French culture and education.
December 19, 2013
Bruce Haffey, '88, (LL.M.), presented "Tips and Take-Aways re. Business Succession Planning: A Survey of Recent Cases" at the annual meeting of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel on May 16. He concentrates his practice with Giarmarco Mullins & Horton PC in the areas of business planning, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, franchise law and taxation.
June 9, 2014
Timothy Wittebort, '88, was interviewed about emergency manager law for an Asked and Answered column in the Detroit Legal News.
November 20, 2014
Margaret Scott, '88, was named chair of the Michigan Arson Prevention's government resources committee. She is executive partner at Secrest Wardle, and a former Oakland County assistant prosecuting attorney. She has received several awards, including the Bob Sattler Award from the North Central Regional Chapter/International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, an award for professional excellence for service to the Michigan State Police and the William Liddane Award from the Help Eliminate Auto Theft Organization.
August 9, 2015
Margaret Scott, '88, was presented with a "Challenge Coin" for her service to the North Oakland County Veteran's Treatment Court. She is an executive partner at Secrest Wardle and a former prosecuting attorney.
September 2, 2015
Linda Ross, '88, has been reappointed to the Quality and Accountability Committee of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. This committee assists in the development of the MHA's assessment of healthcare quality management and patient safety issues, including performance improvement and accreditation/regulatory compliance. She is a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit and leader of the firm's healthcare practice group.
October 7, 2015
Patrick Karbowski, '87, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 in the practice areas of Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law by DBusiness magazine. He is with Butzel Long.
December 6, 2012
Phillip Korovesis, '87, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 in the practice areas of Insurance Law and Business Litigation by DBusiness magazine. He is with Butzel Long.
December 6, 2012
Kris Dighe, '87, coauthored a chapter titled "The Use of Satellite Imagery in Environmental Crimes Prosecutions in the United States: A Developing Area," in the book "Evidence from Earth Observation Satellites: Emerging Legal Issues," published in December 2012 by Brill. The book analyzes whether data from satellite technologies can be a legally reliable, effective evidential tool in contemporary legal systems. Dighe is assistant chief of the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.
December 7, 2012
Sarah Deson-Fried, '87, was hired by the Ann Arbor office of Schiff Hardin LLP. Deson-Fried has extensive experience practicing transactional real estate law on a national basis. She has represented a wide variety of clients, including buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, borrowers, lenders, developers, franchisors and franchisees in connection with office, industrial, retail, residential and multi-family real estate matters. Deson-Fried also is an experienced business consultant who advises with respect to major business operations and strategy. She is a former board member of the Michigan Economic Growth Authority and former treasurer of the Michigan Humanities Council.
May 7, 2013
Kathy Browne, '87, has received a third honor from the Daughters of the American Revolution, a state award for "recognition for efforts in conservation and protection of our Michigan resources" through her Green!USA nonprofit organization. She also is a national conservation medal recipient, was awarded the Keep Michigan Beautiful president's plaque and was the first Wayne County Master Gardener of the Year.
June 25, 2013
Dan Gilbert, '87, has been selected by The Harvard Business School Club of Michigan as its annual Business Leader of the Year. Gilbert is the founder and chairman of Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc.. A dinner to honor Gilbert will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Qzine at the Chase Building in Detroit. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships for Michigan nonprofit leaders to attend the 2014 Strategic Perspectives for Non-Profit Management program, an intensive six-day course presented each July at the Harvard Business School in Boston. SPNM scholarships are offered through a nomination/application process for candidates who exemplify dedication, commitment and pursuit of excellence within the nonprofit sector. The announcement was made by Harvard Business School Club of Michigan board chair, Richard Shapack. "The Harvard Business School Club of Michigan supports the Harvard Business School mission to train business leaders to make a difference in their communities. Dan Gilbert is the standout recipient for this year's award. His business success is internationally recognized as is his unwavering commitment to support Detroit in its comeback efforts," said Shapack. "Mr. Gilbert is harnessing the energy and potential of Detroit and the region, particularly among young adults, and reflects the benefits of private/public partnerships and the good that can be accomplished in business and the community when outstanding leaders are in charge."
September 18, 2013
Jean Schtokal, '87, of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC recently was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of International Trade and Finance Law. Schtokal also was selected to be included in Michigan Lawyer's Weekly's "Women in the Law" for 2013.
October 8, 2013
Patrick Karbowski, '87, has joined the Detroit office of McDonald Hopkins in the firm's Business Department. Karbowski was previously with the law firm Butzel Long. Karbowski has more than 25 years of experience practicing business and real estate law. Karbowski, a past chairperson of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, was recently awarded the C. Robert Wartell Distinguished Service Award for exemplary contributions to the section over an extended period of time. Karbowski is an ex officio member of the section’s governing council and serves on many of its committees, including as chair of the Pro Bono Committee. A Leadership Oakland alumnus, Karbowski has served on the boards of several community organizations. Moreover, he is on the real estate advisory board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
November 14, 2013
Phillip Korovesis, '87, was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Council. Based in Butzel Long's Detroit office, shareholder Korovesis is a Litigation Practice Group leader and also serves as the chair of Butzel Long's Trade Secret and Non-Compete Specialty Team, which focuses on trade secret, non-compete and business tort litigation. His practice is focused on commercial disputes, with trial, litigation and consultation expertise in non-compete/trade secret disputes, product liability defense, life insurance claims and business and financial services industry disputes. Korovesis has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts in various parts of the country and represented clients in state and federal appellate courts. He has arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association, the National Association of Securities Dealers, and the New York Stock Exchange (now The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). He is a regular presenter on trade secret and non-compete issues to lawyers and other professionals. Korovesis also serves on the Board of Directors of Leadership Oakland. He is the past president of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. Korovesis is an active member of the Defense Research Institute on its Commercial Litigation Committee.
December 13, 2013
Stacey Washington, '87, was elected to the Board of Directors of Growing Hope, a nonprofit organization that organizes the Ypsilanti and Wayne farmers markets and educates people about gardening and healthy food. She serves on the Membership and Marketing Committee for the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce. She also teaches DUI Defense and Advanced DUI courses for Solo Practice University. Washington is a sole practitioner in Ann Arbor, concentrating on drunk driving defense.
March 6, 2014
Edward Joseph, '87, was appointed to the Third Circuit Court in Detroit by Gov. Rick Snyder. Joseph has been an attorney in private practice since 1991, where he focuses on civil, probate, juvenile and criminal litigation. He also is currently serving as a special assistant attorney general. Joseph previously served as secretary and general consul at Mercom, Inc. in Bloomfield Hills. Joseph fills the vacancy created by the removal of Judge Wade McCree.
April 11, 2014
Joycelyn Ward, '87, was hired as a staff attorney in the Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc.'s Civil Law Group. She received the organization's Pro Bono Spirit Oakland County Award in 2013.
August 19, 2014
Jean Schtokal, '87, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of International Trade and Finance Law.. She is with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.
September 3, 2014
John Forrest, '87, (LL.M.) has joined Butzel Long. He focuses his practice in the areas of franchise and distribution law, commercial contracts and business planning and corporate law.
September 16, 2014
Eileen Slank, '87, of the law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg celebrated the firm's 20th anniversary. She is a past chair of the Michigan Family Mediation Council, and served as a member of the Washtenaw County Bar Association's Liaison Committee and Family Law Section.
October 24, 2014
Kathy Browne, '87, is expanding her conservation education and beautification efforts for 2015 in the downtown Plymouth area through her landscape design firm, Divine Redesigns LLC. Her demonstration planter can be seen on Forest Avenue in front of the Open Dohr shop from May through October.
December 1, 2014
Robin Axelrod, '87, was appointed director of education for the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills. She is president of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor. In 2013, she coordinated the Holocaust Memorial Center's Anne Frank Legacy Project.
February 15, 2015
Timothy Melton, '87, is partner-in-charge of the new Detroit office of Jones Day. Formerly based in Chicago, Melton joined Jones Day in 1989 and has been involved in many high profile capital raising and M&A transactions, including a number of transactions in Michigan and for Michigan-based clients.
March 12, 2015
Kathy Browne, '87, received a fourth honor from the Daughters of the American Revolution, a state award for "recognition for efforts in conservation and protection of our Michigan resources."
May 28, 2015
Kris Dighe, '87, presented at the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Conference in Chicago. He was on a panel entitled: "Behind the Scenes: An Insider's View on Environmental Enforcement Priorities, Results, and Strategies." Dighe is senior counsel in the U.S. Justice Department's Environmental Crimes section.
November 9, 2015
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
Ken Neuman, '86, managing partner with Neuman Anderson PC, presented a May 20 session on new changes to the laws governing real estate lending to the Home Builders Association of Michigan.
May 26, 2015
Joyce Draganchuk, '86, Ingham County Circuit Court judge, gave a presentation on the state's judicial system during a People's Law School session in East Lansing. People's Law School, sponsored by the Sinas Dramis Law Firm, Wayne Law and Michigan Association for Justice, is open to the community.
September 15, 2015
Judy Calton, '86, has been elected vice chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Business Law Section. She is a partner in the bankruptcy, reorganization and creditor rights practice group at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit.
October 7, 2015
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
Joseph Fazio, '85, was re-elected to serve a two-year term as a managing director at Miller Canfield. He is part of a five-person management administration that works with the CEO to oversee the firm's 16 offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Poland and China. Fazio is a principal in the Real Estate Group in the firm's Ann Arbor office,
March 26, 2015
Holli Targan, '85, a partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC, has been appointed presidential advisor to the Merchant Acquirers Committee Board of Directors. The Merchant Acquirers Committee is an organization dedicated to providing universal risk management solutions through ongoing communication and cooperation among acquirers, card associations and enforcement agencies.
July 24, 2015
Heather Simmons, '85, wrote Practical Magic: How the Ancient Art of Storytelling Can Make Us Better Lawyers for the August edition of the Michigan Bar Journal. She is an assistant professor of library service at the University of Illinois College of Law.
August 4, 2015