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  • Debra Auerbach ClephaneDebra Auerbach Clephane, '91, was appointed to the Board of Directors at Vercruysse Murray & Calzone PC, a firm that specializes in labor, employment, immigration and commercial litigation. Named a "Super Lawyer" and "Best Lawyer" in Immigration Law, Clephane has extensive experience handling immigration matters and counseling employers. She was elected to the Council of the International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, and Co-Chairs its Employment and Immigration Committee.
    July 5, 2013

  • Sara Vander WerffSara Vander Werff, '91, has been elected city comptroller in Grand Rapids. She is the first woman elected to the post for a four-year term.
    November 7, 2013

  • Thomas HatchThomas Hatch, '91, is managing director of Northfield Capital Partners, and advised Meidu Holding Co. Ltd. in the Dec. 4 $535 million acquisition of Woodbine Acquisition Corp. from Woodbine Holdings LLC. This represented the first acquisition of a 100 percent working interest in oil assets in the United States by a Chinese venture. Woodbine Acquisition LLC is a United States-based company engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas, holding over 15,000 acres of mineral leases in the Texas, Woodbine Sand. Meidu Holding Co. Ltd. is a China-based, privately owned company traded on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and is principally engaged in the development and operation of real estate, as well as the operation of a trading business.
    February 4, 2014

  • Jeffrey WoolstrumJeffrey Woolstrum, '91, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Seth GouldSeth Gould, '91, of Wienner & Gould PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Wendy ZabriskieWendy Zabriskie, '91, of Bodman PLC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine and to the Top 50 list of women lawyers.
    September 19, 2014

  • Cristina D. LockwoodCristina D. Lockwood, '91, received the 2015 Barnes Faculty Scholar Award from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where she is an associate professor. The award recognizes a faculty member's outstanding scholarship, teaching excellence and public service. 
    June 15, 2015

  • Kurt HeiseKurt Heise, '91, Michigan state representative for the 20th District, was featured in the June Michigan Bar Journal.
    June 17, 2015

  • Paul Sher, '91, was named as an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration in Toledo, Ohio.
    July 27, 2015

  • Mark DavisMark Davis, '91, (LL.M.) of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.
    September 16, 2015

  • Michael WaisMichael Wais, '91, of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.
    September 16, 2015

  • David NewblattDavid Newblatt, '91, will receive the Hart Award at the 2015 Michigan Women's Hall of Fame awards dinner. He is a Genesee Circuit Court judge and creator of Michigan's first "Girls' Court" where at-risk young women are given an opportunity to break unhealthy cycles. 
    September 16, 2015

  • Sue CarterSue Carter, '91, will be inducted into the 32nd class of the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. She is a professor of journalism and former broadcaster. 
    September 21, 2015

  • Mathew KobliskaMathew Kobliska, '91, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is with Debrincat, Padgett, Kobliska & Zick in Farmington Hills.
    February 22, 2016

  • Mary Massaron RossMary Massaron Ross, '90, of Plunkett Cooney was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine and to the Top 50 list of women lawyers.
    September 19, 2014

  • Laura Brodeur-McGeorgeLaura Brodeur-McGeorge, '90, was elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She is a partner in Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn's Labor and Employment Department. Admission to the college, a professional organization to honor leading lawyers, is only by nomination and election by its Board of Governors. 
    August 5, 2013

  • David BargamianDavid Bargamian, '90, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of Real Estate Law, Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Litigation. He is a member with Barris Sott Denn & Driker, PLLC.
    August 23, 2013

  • Julie Isola, '90, was named research director for the Michigan Court of Appeals. She joined the court as a law clerk in 1992. In 1999, she was named district commissioner in the Detroit Office of the Research Division.
    November 7, 2013

  • Thomas BoydThomas Boyd, '90, was named by Gov. Rick Snyder as one of 15 appointments to the newly created Indigent Defense Commission, which aims to improve legal representation for low-income criminal defendants. The board collects data necessary for the review of indigent defense services in Michigan, and creates standards and requirements. Boyd is chief judge of the 55th District Court, and will represent members submitted by the Michigan District Judges Association.                    
    June 24, 2014

  • Julie RobertsonJulie Robertson, '90, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Health Care Law, Insurance Law. She is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Mary MassaronMary Massaron, '90, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Appellate Law. She is with Plunkett Cooney.
    September 8, 2014

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '90, of Nemeth Law PC was named to the Top 50 women lawyers list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Lori BuitewegLori Buiteweg, '90, of the law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg celebrated the firm's 20th anniversary. She is president-elect of the State Bar of Michigan for 2014-15 and has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer for the past four years.
    October 24, 2014

  • Stuart ShermanStuart Sherman, '90, was elected mayor of Birmingham by his fellow commissioners. He previously was a member of Birmingham's Board of Review and sat on the Ad Hoc Sewer Committee. Sherman currently sits on the Joint Senior Services Committee and the Triangle District Corridor Improvement Authority, and is a member of the Birmingham Sewer Lateral and Water Line Replacement Community Group. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor at Wayne Law.
    November 17, 2014

  • Michael GadolaMichael Gadola, '90, was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals by Gov. Rick Snyder. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge William Whitbeck.
    December 10, 2014

  • Mary MassaronMary Massaron, '90, was nominated by her peers to the inaugural list of "Leading Lawyers" in Michigan for Leading Lawyers magazine. She is with Plunkett Cooney.
    December 16, 2014

  • Vikki Bayeh-HaleyVikki Bayeh-Haley, '90, is the new judge on the 67th District Court bench in Genesee County. She was assistant county prosecutor.
    January 13, 2015

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '90, was selected by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in labor and employment law for 2014-15. She was recently named among the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 by Best Lawyers, a Michigan SuperLawyer and was included among Michigan's Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers for 2014.
    January 28, 2015

  • Laura Brodeur-McGeorgeLaura Brodeur-McGeorge, '90, joined the Detroit office of Kotz Sangster Wysocki PC as a Labor and Employment Law Practice Group leader.
    March 23, 2015

  • Matthew CaseyMatthew Casey, '90, a partner at the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, was named to the Wayne State University Business School Board of Visitors.
    June 25, 2015

  • Donna MedinaDonna Medina, '90, of Williams Williams Rattner & Plunkett PC has been named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 30 Women in the Law for 2015.
    July 28, 2015

  • Lori BuitewegLori Buiteweg, '90, was elected president of the State Bar of Michigan for the 2015-2016 bar year. She will be sworn in as president of the more than 44,000-member organization on Thursday, Oct. 8, during the SBM annual meeting in Novi. Buiteweg is a partner in Nichols Sacks Slank Sendelbach and Buiteweg PC, and focuses on family law.
    August 12, 2015

  • Mary MassaronMary Massaron, '90, a partner with Plunkett Cooney, was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. She was recognized in the practice area of Appellate Law.
    September 11, 2015

  • Mary MassaronMary Massaron, '90, co-wrote a chapter in A Young Lawyer's Guide to Defense Practice, a comprehensive book that guides young defense lawyers through their early years of practice. She is an attorney with Plunkett Cooney.
    September 23, 2015

  • Mary MassaronMary Massaron, '90, is co-editor of a newly updated American Bar Association book entitled Sword and Shield: A Practical Approach to Section 1983 Litigation, Fourth Edition. She is a partner with Plunkett Cooney PC in Bloomfield Hills.
    October 7, 2015

  • Steven LefkofskySteven Lefkofsky, '90, has joined Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss PC as a partner in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. 
    October 19, 2015

  • Mary MassaronMary Massaron, '90, of Plunkett Cooney was named to Michigan Super Lawyers Top 100 list and Top 50 list of women lawyers for the ninth consecutive year. 
    November 11, 2015

  • Lori BuitewegLori Buiteweg, '90, was featured in the October Michigan Bar Journal. She is State Bar of Michigan President. 
    November 11, 2015

  • Robert Bennett, '90, was appointed 34th Circuit Court Judge for Roscommon and Ogemaw Counties. Prior to this appointment he was an assistant prosecutor in Roscommon County.
    November 23, 2015

  • Mary MassaronMary Massaron, '90, partner with Plunkett Cooney, was named by DBusiness magazine to its list of 2016 Top Lawyers. 
    December 2, 2015

  • Lori BuitewegLori Buiteweg, '90, wrote "Big News: the 21st Century Practice Task Force is Out!" for her monthly president's column in the Michigan Bar Journal. Read it here. Buiteweg is president of the State Bar of Michigan and a partner with Nichols Sacks Slank Sendelbach and Buiteweg PC.
    May 6, 2016

  • Hon. Tom BoydHon. Tom Boyd, '90, was elected president of the Michigan District Judges Association. Boyd, who earned a bachelor's degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1985, is an Ingham County District Court judge.
    May 15, 2016

  • Donald CampbellDonald 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 AsoklisTheresa 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 SchluterDawn 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 JacksonMelissa 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 GrantNanci 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 BuckfireLawrence 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 GrantNanci 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 CampbellDonald 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 CampbellDonald 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 AsoklisTheresa 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 JacksonMelissa 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 GrantNanci 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

  • Pauline DoohanPauline Doohan, '89, has joined concentrated solar power developer SolarReserve as the company's vice president and general counsel. 
    October 7, 2014

  • Gary PetersGary Peters, '89, was elected to the U.S. Senate.
    November 5, 2014

  • Michael WitzkeMichael Witzke, '89, has joined the Detroit office of McDonald Hopkins as a member in the firm's Private Client Department.
    November 7, 2014

  • Nanci GrantNanci 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

  • Geoffrey RettigGeoffrey Rettig, '89, was appointed chief assistant prosecuting attorney for Midland County.
    February 3, 2015

  • Nanci GrantNanci 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 ZarkowskiPamela 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

  • Steven WeinstockSteven Weinstock, '89, was promoted to first vice president at Marcus & Millichap. Weinstock's most recent title was vice president/regional manager.
    July 9, 2015

  • Theresa AsoklisTheresa 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 CampbellDonald 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 FearsDiane 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

  • Mary DirkesMary Dirkes, '89, of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.
    September 16, 2015

  • Greg DoddGreg Dodd, '89, is president of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. His practice, Gregory L. Dodd, Attorney at Law, is located in Ypsilanti and is focused on bankruptcy.
    December 1, 2015

  • Diane H. FearsDiane H. Fears, '89, conducted a career planning webinar for the National Black MBA Association, Detroit Chapter. Fears, Wayne Law's director of career services and Student Voluntary Pro Bono program, earned her bachelor's degree from University of Detroit.
    May 3, 2016

  • Michael NaderMichael 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 ThomsDavid 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 ThomsDavid 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 HaffeyBruce 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

  • Linda RossLinda Ross, '88, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Health Care Law, Information Technology Law. She is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Linda RossLinda Ross, '88, of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP  was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine and to the Top 50 list of women lawyers.
    September 19, 2014

  • Timothy WittebortTimothy Wittebort, '88, was interviewed about emergency manager law for an Asked and Answered column in the Detroit Legal News.
    November 20, 2014

  • Margaret ScottMargaret Scott, '88, executive partner at Secrest Wardle, was named chair of Michigan Arson Prevention Committee's Government Resources Committee.
    June 23, 2015

  • Margaret ScottMargaret Scott, '88, of Secrest Wardle Lynch Hampton Truex and Morley PC has been named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 30 Women in the Law for 2015.
    July 28, 2015

  • Margaret ScottMargaret 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 ScottMargaret 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

  • Timothy WittebortTimothy Wittebort, '88, of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.
    September 16, 2015

  • Linda RossLinda 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

  • Paul BeardsleePaul Beardslee, '88, of Beardslee Law was appointed Calhoun County district judge. He earned his undergraduate degree from Spring Arbor University in 1985.
    March 29, 2016

  • Linda RossLinda Ross, '88, was named one of 30 Leaders in the Law for 2016 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She is a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Ross earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1975 and her master's from Boston University in 1976.
    March 29, 2016

  • Dan GilbertDan 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

  • Stacey WashingtonStacey Washington, '87, is teaching an online course on DUI Defense for Solo Practice University.
    October 1, 2013

  • Jean SchtokalJean 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 KarbowskiPatrick 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 KorovesisPhillip 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 WashingtonStacey 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 SchtokalJean 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 ForrestJohn 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

  • Patrick KarbowskiPatrick Karbowski, '87, was elected to membership of McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm.
    October 2, 2014

  • Eileen SlankEileen 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

  • John WalshJohn Walsh, '87, was appointed director of strategy within Governor Rick Snyder's Executive Office. 
    January 6, 2015

  • Robin AxelrodRobin 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 MeltonTimothy 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

  • Dan GilbertDan Gilbert, '87, spoke with Dean Jocelyn Benson and shared his vision for Detroit before a crowd of more than 500 people. The Quicken Loans founder earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.
    April 5, 2016

  • Kathy Browne, '87, patented inventor, conservation and beautification award winner, and National Society Daughters of the American Revolution national conservation medal recipient, has merged her beautification/conservation education work for the Plymouth Downtown Development Authority with Dean Jabara, patented inventor and pioneering conservationist.
    April 27, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kay Standridge KressKay 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 BlumMichael 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 CaltonJudy 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 GandhiLynn 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

  • E. Powell MillerE. Powell Miller, '86, of The Miller Law Firm PC  was named to the Top 10 and the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Kenneth NeumanKenneth Neuman, '86, of Neuman Anderson PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Judy CaltonJudy Calton, '86, of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP was named to the Top 50 women lawyers list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 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 CaltonJudy 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

  • Kay KressKay Kress, '86, of Pepper Hamilton was elected to a three-year term as chair of the Business Bankruptcy Committee of the Business Law of the American Bar Association. 
    November 4, 2014

  • Lynn A. GandhiLynn 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 RamseyKelly 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 NeumanKen 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

  • Lynn GandhiLynn Gandhi, '86, a partner in the state and local tax practice at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, was elected to the board of directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
    July 21, 2015

  • Joyce DraganchukJoyce 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 CaltonJudy 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

  • Linda BurwellLinda Burwell, '85, was recognized as a leading lawyer in her field by The Best Lawyers in America for 2014. She was recognized in Management Side Labor Law, Employment Law, and Labor and Employment Litigation. She is a founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell PC.
    August 23, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Michael IndenbaumMichael 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

  • William SargentWilliam Sargent, '85, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Employment Law - Individuals. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • William SargentWilliam Sargent, '85, of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Linda BurwellLinda 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

  • Holli TarganHolli Targan, '85, a partner at Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC, was recognized as a leading lawyer in her field by The Best Lawyers in America for 2014.
    December 11, 2014

  • Michael SheehyMichael Sheehy, '85, was nominated by his peers to the inaugural list of "Leading Lawyers" in Michigan for Leading Lawyers magazine. He is with Plunkett Cooney.
    December 16, 2014

  • Edward EwellEdward 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 FazioJoseph 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 TarganHolli 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 SimmonsHeather 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

  • Linda BurwellLinda Burwell, '85, has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 for the areas of employment law - management, labor law - management, and litigation - labor and employment. Earlier this summer, she served as a panelist at the American Conference Institute's 23rd national conference on employment practice liability insurance. This event was held in New York.
    September 9, 2015

  • Richard MiettinenRichard Miettinen, '85, of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.
    September 16, 2015

  • Joseph SullivanJoseph Sullivan, '85, has joined Litchfield Cavo in Chicago. He has defended companies involved with product liability and asbestos lawsuits for 30 years. Sullivan's practice focuses on toxic tort/product liability.
    December 7, 2015

  • Gil Kaminski, '85, has joined Pepper Hamilton LLP's Detroit office as special counsel in the corporate and securities practice group. 
    December 16, 2015

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '84, LL.M., was recognized as a leading lawyer in her field by The Best Lawyers in America for 2014. She was recognized in Management Side Labor Law, Employment Law, and Labor and Employment Litigation. She is a founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell PC.
    August 23, 2013

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '84, is the founding partner of Detroit-based Nemeth Burwell PC, which has been named one of metropolitan Detroit's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business and Professional Association. This is the 12th time Nemeth Burwell has received the award. Nemeth Burwell specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest women-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.
    October 8, 2013

  • Annette FloodAnnette Flood, '84, was named as director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services. As deputy director, she was responsible for the insurance agency's offices of general counsel, insurance evaluation, rates and forms, budget, information technology and human resources. She also is a former insurance company executive.        
    October 17, 2013

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '84, announced the name change of the firm she founded to Nemeth Law PC. The Detroit-based firm, formerly known as Nemeth Burwell PC, specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. With 30 staff members, including 13 attorneys, the firm is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.
    October 25, 2013

  • James KampJames Kamp, '84, has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Department's IP Litigation Practice Group. He will work out of Honigman's office in Bloomfield Hills. Kamp joins Honigman from Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC. His areas of focus include IP litigation, patent prosecution, patent opinions and licensing, and strategic counseling, particularly in the biotechnology and life sciences fields. His patent applications and opinions relate to bioinformatics; genomics; proteomics; biochemistry; imaging; microbiology; immunology; hematology; medical devices; biomaterials; and research, diagnostic and clinical tools.  
    October 30, 2013

  • Crispin BirnbaumCrispin Birnbaum, '84, was appointed as the new deputy commissioner for legal services in the Office of the Commissioner of Probation. In her capacity, Birnbaum will act as the general counsel to the commissioner and the Massachusetts Probation Service. Birnbaum, formerly the general counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, brings three decades of government and legal experience to her new position. Birnbaum began her legal career in state government in 1984 as a Middlesex County assistant district attorney. In the district attorney's office, she prosecuted cases including homicide, sexual assault and white collar crimes. In 1995, she was named chief prosecutor in the Public Protection Bureau of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. As chief prosecutor, Birnbaum both prosecuted and supervised the prosecution of a variety of crimes involving the protection of consumer rights, civil rights, elderly and health care fraud, patient abuse, investment scams and telemarketing fraud. After two years as chief prosecutor, Birnbaum became a member of the Trial Division in the Government Bureau of the Attorney General's Office where her focus switched to civil litigation. Throughout her career, Birnbaum has served as a faculty member on both criminal and civil panels with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association and the Flaschner Institute. She also has served as an instructor at the Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshop and has spoken at conferences on juvenile justice issues in Washington, D.C.
    November 25, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jonathan BorensteinJonathan Borenstein, '84, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Kenneth MarcusKenneth Marcus, '84, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Health Care Law. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Mark SternMark 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

  • Elizabeth HardyElizabeth Hardy, '84, of Kienbaum Opperwall Hardy & Pelton PLC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine, and to the Top 50 list of women lawyers.
    September 19, 2014

  • Rasul RaheemRasul 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 NemethPatricia 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

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '84, LL.M., founder of Nemeth Law PC, has been selected to join the board of directors of the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit.
    November 11, 2014

  • Phillip EricksonPhillip Erickson, '84, was nominated by his peers to the inaugural list of "Leading Lawyers" in Michigan for Leading Lawyers magazine. He is with Plunkett Cooney.
    December 16, 2014

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '84, LL.M., founder of Nemeth Law PC,  and partners Susan Koval and Thomas Schramm, '99, presented "Litigating the Pregnancy Discrimination Claim" to a large industry trade group in Cleveland, Ohio.
    June 25, 2015

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '84, is the founder of Nemeth Law PC, a Detroit-based labor and employment law firm that was named one of Metropolitan Detroit's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in 2015  by the Michigan Business and Professional Association. This is the 14th time Nemeth Law has received the award.
    August 7, 2015

  • Kenneth MarcusKenneth Marcus, '84, a partner in the Health Care Practice Group of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named to the Life Members Council of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). Marcus played a key leadership role in establishing the Council, which encourages AHLA attorneys who have been members for more than 15 years to continue their involvement in the organization.
    August 17, 2015

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '84, was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Nemeth was recognized in the practice areas of Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, and Litigation- Labor and Employment. She is the founder of Nemeth Law.
    August 19, 2015

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '84, founder of Nemeth Law, was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list and was again included among Michigan's Top 50 Women Super Lawyers.
    September 11, 2015

  • Brad ArbuckleBrad Arbuckle, '84, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He was named Metro Detroit Lawyer of the Year for his work in Mergers and Acquistions Law. He is with Miller Canfield.
    September 11, 2015

  • Brad ArbuckleBrad Arbuckle, '84, of Miller Canfield played a key role in the firm's representation of AVIC Automotive of China in the acquisition of Henniges Automotive from Littlejohn. This transaction represents the single largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese automotive supplier in history.  
    September 12, 2015

  • Robert SteadRobert Stead, '84, a partner in Barnes & Thornburg's Michigan office, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He was recognized in the practice areas of Corporate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law.
    September 15, 2015

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '84, shared her employment law expertise with industry trade groups in Michigan and Connecticut over the past several months. She is founder of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Law.
    October 12, 2015

  • Patricia NemethPatricia 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 2016 list of "Best Law Firms" in the category of employment law - management. The metropolitan rankings encompass 185 major U.S. markets. Nemeth Law also received this honor for 2015.
    November 4, 2015

  • Patricia NemethPatricia Nemeth, '84, LL.M. '90, was selected by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in labor and employment law for 2015-16. She is the founder of Nemeth Law in Detroit.
    January 20, 2016

  • Ronald ChapmanRonald Chapman, '84, was named one of 30 Leaders in the Law for 2016 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is the founder of Chapman Law Group. He earned a bachelor's degree from California State University in Sacramento in 1979 and a master's degree from the University of Southern California School of Public Administration in 1980.
    March 29, 2016

  • James M. CrowleyJames M. Crowley, '84, was elected a principal at Miller Canfield in Detroit. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1981.
    March 31, 2016

  • Kenneth R. MarcusKenneth R. Marcus, '84, authored the lead article for the June issue of American Health Lawyers Association Connections magazine. His article is titled "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The PRRB: The Amended Cost Report and Appeals Rules." Read it here. Marcus, a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit, earned his master's degree from the University of Michigan and his bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University.
    June 27, 2016

  • Alyssa MartinaAlyssa Martina, '83, was appointed to a three-year term on the Michigan Women's Commission. The 15-member board works to improve the quality of life for Michigan women. Martina is the CEO and publisher of Metro Parent Magazine, and an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School, Gabelli Business School at Fordham University and the School of Business Administration at Wayne State University.
    August 15, 2013

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

  • Joel ApplebaumJoel Applebaum, '83, will be inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy on March 14, 2014, in Washington, D.C. There are 33 nominees being honored and recognized for their professional excellence and exceptional contributions to the fields of bankruptcy and insolvency. The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary professional and educational association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. Applebaum is a member of Clark Hill's Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice Group, concentrating his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, bankruptcy-related litigation, creditors' rights and general commercial law.
    November 25, 2013

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

  • Raymond HenneyRaymond 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

  • Russell LindenRussell Linden, '83, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Employment Law - Management. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Samuel StahlSamuel Stahl, '83, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Joel ApplebaumJoel Applebaum, '83, of Clark Hill PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Patricia StamlerPatricia 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

  • R. Craig HuppR. Craig Hupp, '83, of Bodman PLC was appointed by the governor to the state's new Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board.
    September 6, 2015

  • Anne WidlakAnne Widlak, '83, of Nemeth Law was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.
    September 11, 2015

  • Cathy White, '83, has been named a 2016 fellow for the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University. She joins a diverse group of 24 individuals from across the state to engage in a public policy and leadership curriculum.
    January 5, 2016

  • Douglas DozemanDouglas Dozeman, '83, was named managing partner of Warner Norcross and Judd LLP in Grand Rapids. He focuses his practice on complex business litigation and civil litigation.
    January 20, 2016

  • Richard DavidsonRichard Davidson, '83, LL.M. '96, will join Walsh College on April 1 as an assistant professor directing the tax program. He has been working as a senior tax counselor with Chrysler.
    February 18, 2016

  • Don StudtDon Studt, '83, will retire as Birmingham police chief in May after a 42-year career in law enforcement. He then will join Beier Howlett, the law firm that serves as general counsel for the city of Birmingham.
    May 19, 2016

  • Susan SuttonSusan Sutton, '82, was re-elected to serve an additional one-year term on the Board of Directors at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C., where she has served on the board for the past six years. She is a member of the firm's Estate Planning and Probate practice group, where she specializes in estate planning, wealth transfer, business succession planning and trust administration. A recognized attorney in this particular area of law, Sutton has been honored by DBusiness magazine as a Top Lawyer in 2012 and 2013.
    July 31, 2013

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

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

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

  • Thomas WilczakThomas 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

  • Daniel BretzDaniel Bretz, '82, of Clark Hill PLC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Lee HornbergerLee 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

  • Lee HornbergerLee Hornberger, '82, LL.M., arbitrator and mediator, has been elected chair of the Traverse City Human Rights Commission.
    January 7, 2015

  • Sandra GlazierSandra Glazier, '82, will present "What Every Estate Planner Should Know About Undue Influence: Recognizing It, Insulating Against It and Litigating It" with co-authors Thomas Sweeney and Thomas Dixon during the American Bar Association's Spring Symposia in Washington, D.C., April 3-May 1, and the article will be presented March 19 to the advisory board of Bloomberg BNA for publication consideration. Glazier is a shareholder of Lipson Neilson Cole Seltzer & Garin PC.
    March 6, 2015

  • Peter KellettPeter Kellett, '82, Dykema's chairman and CEO, was elected to the Detroit Economic Club's board of directors.
    April 23, 2015

  • Sandra GlazierSandra Glazier, '82, a Lipson Neilson shareholder, accepted a position on the faculty of the 41st Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute. Held in South Bend, Ind., Sept. 17-18, this event brings together tax and estate planning experts from across the country. Glazier will co-present, along with attorneys Thomas Dixon and Thomas Sweeney, on the topic of "Undue Influence, Recognizing It, Insulating and Planning Against It, and Litigating It." Glazier, Dixon and Sweeney have gained national recognition for their expertise on this topic. They were featured presenters on this topic during the American Bar Association's 2015 Spring Symposia in Washington D.C., and an article they co-authored on this topic is in the July-August 2015 issue of Bloomberg BNA's Tax Management: Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal.  
    August 9, 2015

  • Lee HornbergerLee Hornberger, '82, presented "2015 Michigan Arbitration and Mediation Case Law Update" at the State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting and Conference in Traverse City, Mich., on October 2. He is an arbitrator and mediator in Traverse City.
    October 5, 2015

  • Lee HornbergerLee Hornberger, '82, has joined Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan, a group of respected alternative dispute resolution neutrals.
    November 16, 2015

  • Lee Hornberger, LL.M.Lee Hornberger, LL.M., '82, presented "Michigan Domestic Relations Arbitration and Mediation Case Law Update" at the State Bar of Michigan's Family Law Section 2016 Mid-Winter Conference in Puerto Rico. He is an arbitrator and mediator in Traverse City.
    February 11, 2016

  • Douglas ToeringDouglas Toering, '82, has joined Mantese Honigman, PC as a partner. He works in the firm's Troy office.
    February 17, 2016

  • Sandra GlazierSandra Glazier, '82, will be the featured speaker at the Kansas City Estate Planning Symposium in April. She is a shareholder at Lipson Neilson Cole Seltzer Garin PC.
    March 15, 2016

  • Douglas ToeringDouglas Toering, '82, a partner with Mantese Honigman, was named one of 30 Leaders in the Law for 2016 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He earned his undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University in 1979.
    March 30, 2016

  • Lee Hornberger, LL.M.Lee Hornberger, LL.M., '82, presented "Michigan Arbitration & Mediation Case Law Update" at an event in Detroit sponsored by the State Bar of Michigan's Solo and Small Firm Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. Hornberger, an arbitrator and mediator in Traverse City, earned his bachelor's and J.D. degrees from the University of Michigan.
    May 3, 2016

  • Michael S. KhouryMichael S. Khoury, '82, has joined FisherBroyles LLP as a partner in the Detroit office. He is with the firm's Corporate, Technology and Privacy and Data Protection Practice Groups. He also was honored by Best Lawyers in America for 2016, and he has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer and a DBusiness Magazine Top Lawyer. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.
    May 3, 2016