Cameron J. Evans, '92, a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, was appointed Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Law and the Media Committee for the 2008-09 term. The focus of the committee is to develop, recommend and support programs that promote a positive relationship between law and the media. In addition to representing businesses in all facets of employment-related litigation, Evans has an active First Amendment media law practice representing newspapers, radio and television stations.
December 1, 2008
Bryan Weldman, '92, has been hired as litigation partner at the Chicago-based personal injury law firm of Levin & Perconti. Prior to coming to Levin & Perconti, Bryan was a partner at Sinas, Dramis, Brake, Boughton & McIntyre, PC, a leading personal injury law firm in Michigan. Waldman has served as President of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (2003-2004), and in May 2007 the Governor of Michigan appointed him as a member of the Civil Service Commission where he was elected Chair in September of 2007. He has also received an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America and a Michigan SuperLawyer.
November 24, 2008
Anna M. Maiuri, '92, has been re-elected chair of the managing directors, Miller Canfield’s five-person management administration. The managing directors work closely with CEO Michael W. Hartmann to oversee the firm’s offices and lawyers in the United States, Canada, Poland and China. Maiuri has been with Miller Canfield for nearly 17 years and is a principal in the Troy, Michigan office.
March 13, 2009
Charles M. Fish, '92, has joined the international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP as counsel in the intellectual property practice in the New York office. Prior to joining Chadbourne, Fish was vice president and chief patent counsel for Time Warner Inc. in New York.
March 13, 2009
Brenda Wilson-Hale, '92, currently chief executive officer of the Washington State University Foundation and vice president for university development, will join Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as vice president for institute advancement.
April 28, 2010
Mark V. Heusel, '92, joined Dickinson Wright PLLC's litigation group as a member in the Ann Arbor office. Heusel specializes in commercial litigation and has extensive experience representing regional, national and international clients in a variety of areas, including commercial transactions and litigation, employment litigation, including non-compete and trade secret matters, and regulatory land use compliance.
June 8, 2010
Jess A. Bahs, '92, LL.M. 1998, of Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC, was named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2011. Attorneys were selected through a process that included a peer review survey that polled more than 15,000 private attorneys in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
November 16, 2010
Andrey Tomkiw, '92, and Steven J. Enwright, '97, have formed Tomkiw Enwright PLC, a new law firm in Royal Oak, Mich., dedicated to providing personalized and strategic legal services to leading and emerging businesses. Tomkiw Enwright will focus on representing businesses in the areas of labor and employment law, complex litigation, business formation and planning, venture finance, entertainment/ media law and general corporate counsel.
March 4, 2011
Anna Maiuri, '92, a Miller Canfield principal, was elected to serve as chair of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. At Miller Canfield, Maiuri serves as chair of the firm's Energy, Environmental and Regulatory practice group specializing in air, water and land environmental law issues and has years of experience representing companies with interests in the global marketplace. Her expertise also includes helping corporations, business owners and operators assess environmental liabilities when purchasing, selling or leasing assets both across the country and around the world. Maiuri is named a Michigan Best Lawyer and recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan by Super Lawyers for her work in Environmental Law.
September 26, 2011
Valerie Newman, '92, SADO assistant defender, argued in the United States Supreme Court on October 31, 2011 on behalf of the Defendant/Respondent in Lafler v Cooper, Docket No. 10-209. Anthony Cooper's lawyer wrongly advised his client to reject a guilty plea, and the Court is considering whether ineffective assistance of counsel at the plea bargaining stage should provide a remedy on appeal where there was a fair trial. Briefs and a summary of the case can be found through the United States Supreme Court website. For complete coverage of this case, please see SCOTUSblog's website.
March 6, 2012
Valerie Newman, '92, of the State Appellate Defender Office was named one of 20 awardees of Michigan Lawyer Weekly's Women in the Law 2012. She also received the Appellate Defender Commission's inaugural Thomas Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy.
July 30, 2012
Mark Heusel, '92, was listed in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. Heusel is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Ann Arbor. He focuses his practice in the areas of automotive litigation, commercial and business litigation, intellectual property and trade secrets litigation, international, and labor and employment litigation.
October 22, 2012
Valerie Newman, '92, was named as one of Lawyers USA's seven "Lawyers of the Year." Her work on the 2011 Lafler v. Cooper case, during which she arguing successfully before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the defendant, was cited. She convinced the court that the right to effective assistance of counsel includes not just effective representation at trial, but also effective advising regarding plea bargains. Newman is an assistant defender with the State Appellate Defender's Office.
January 9, 2013
Anna Maiuri, '92, joined the Troy office of Dickinson Wright PLLC. With more than $2 billion in transactions to date, Maiuri has extensive experience in helping corporations, business owners and operators assess environmental liabilities when purchasing, selling or leasing assets both across the country and around the world. She is particularly experienced in helping utility companies and manufacturers achieve regulatory compliance through effective negotiations with governmental regulators that result in cost-effective strategies that fulfill both the client's and the regulator's needs. Maiuri also has extensive experience in complex matters including developing a strategy to address methane issues at a former municipal landfill, obtaining wetland determinations, and obtaining a remedial action plan approval for installation of a public water system to resolve claims associated with a county landfill. She also focuses her practice in the areas of oil and gas, automotive, climate law, energy, environmental and regulatory, and international and emerging markets. Maiuri has been honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly's with the "2012 Women in the Law" award, was selected by "Best Lawyers in America" as Detroit's 2012 Environmental Lawyer of the Year and been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers and DBusiness. Maiuri is a member of the State Bar of Michigan's Environmental Law Council, the Oakland County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is also a member of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce's Environmental Law Section, and serves as a board member for North Star Reach, working to build a camp for children with serious illnesses.
March 5, 2013
Valerie Newman, '92, will be honored April 27 with a Headliner Award from the Women of Wayne Alumni Association. She was named as one of Lawyers USA's seven "Lawyers of the Year." Her work on the 2011 Lafler v. Cooper case, during which she arguing successfully before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the defendant, was cited. She convinced the court that the right to effective assistance of counsel includes not just effective representation at trial, but also effective advising regarding plea bargains. Newman is an assistant defender with the State Appellate Defender's Office
March 26, 2013
Cameron Evans, '92, was appointed vice chair of the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter. The appointment is for a one-year term beginning on July 1, 2013, and ending on June 30, 2014. He has been a member of the committee since July 2012.Evans is also the leader of the Employment Litigation and Employment Counseling and Strategic Workforce Planning Practice Groups at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He is a nationally recognized employment attorney with extensive experience representing employers in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies and in private arbitrations regarding employment-related litigation, including class and collective action litigation. He also has significant jury trial experience in both federal and state courts. In addition, Evans is a National Football League Players Association certified contract advisor (NFL agent) with an expanding sports law practice.
June 18, 2013
Phyllis Adams, '91, has been appointed practice group leader of the Dykema's Health Care practice group. Adams' practice is devoted to representation of clients in the health care sector with respect to corporate and regulatory issues, including long-term care and assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), and hospitals. In particular, Adams' practice focuses on certificate of need (CON) issues, health facility acquisitions and other changes of ownership, including related licensure and Medicare/Medicaid certification matters, CCRC registrations, long-term care/skilled nursing facility management and operating agreements, assisted living licensure matters, and health care joint ventures.
January 11, 2010
Mark A. Davis, '91, president and CEO of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, was recently named to the May/June 2010 issue of Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition in the areas of real estate and construction.
May 18, 2010
John D. Gaber, '91, a partner with Williams, Williams, Rattner and Plunkett, PC, participated in the 2010 Summer Conference of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He was the moderator and a presenter for the featured seminar "Lessons Learned from the Downturn."
August 9, 2010
Mark A. Davis, '91, LL.M., president and CEO of Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC, was named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2011. Attorneys were selected through a process that included a peer review survey that polled more than 15,000 private attorneys in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
November 16, 2010
Kurt Heise, '91, LL.M. 1993, was elected to the Michigan State House on Nov. 2 and will take office on Jan. 1. He will be representing the 20th House District (Northville, Plymouth, Wayne and Canton east of I-275). He also serves as an adjunct professor in WSU's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and as a consultant for the WSU Urban Watershed Enviromental Research Group (UWERG).
December 6, 2010
Mark Wilson, '91, joined Dickinson Wright PLLC as a member in the firm's Troy office. He is one of five leading practitioners in the health care industry to join the firm's healthcare practice. Wilson is known for facilitating the implementation of new medical complexes in the region. He earned his LL.M. from Wayne Law.
August 23, 2012
Traci Rink, '91, was named chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan after nine years of service on the Family Law Council. She is a referee with Oakland County Friend of the Court.
October 25, 2012
Martha Snow, '91, was appointed by Gov. Snyder to Wayne County Circuit Court to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Gershwin Drain. She is a shareholder of the Xuereb Snow law firm and has more than 20 years of experience as a civil trial lawyer, primarily practicing family law. Snow previously was a special assistant attorney general, shareholder of the Martha M. Snow law firm, and an associate attorney at Pepper and Associates.
December 4, 2012
Norma Gant, '91, joined LeClairRyan as a partner in the firm's litigation department. She is a resident in the national law firm's Detroit office. Gant is an experienced trial lawyer who has evaluated, managed and tried cases for over 22 years. She focuses her practice on the defense of product liability cases and complex civil litigation nationwide. She has a history of defending and obtaining favorable results for companies of all sizes in various types of litigation. She has defended some of the world's largest manufacturers in matters involving the design and manufacture of products including automobiles and related components, industrial machinery, recreational and playground equipment, household products, medical devices and professional hair care appliances. She also has many years of experience defending automobile negligence and premises liability litigation. Gant also regularly defends clients in business and commercial litigation and counsels clients on key legal issues while assessing the potential impact on their businesses beyond the particular litigation at issue. In addition, she has substantial experience defending litigation involving children and products made for or used by children. Gant developed the Children and Product Liability Litigation Group and has written numerous articles on issues involving children and child safety. As a certified child passenger safety technician, she volunteers her time with Safe Kids Worldwide and teaches seat belt and child seat safety to elementary and pre-school children and their caregivers.
April 23, 2013
Mark J. Bennett, '90, senior counsel at the law firm of Miller Canfield and leader of the firm's Climate Change Practice Team, will be speaking throughout the U.S. on various climate change-related topics in the first few months of 2009 with a focus on the expected federal economic stimulus package in the climate change area. The proposed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 contains over $54 billion in climate-change related funding with an emphasis on immediate investment in "ready to go" programs involving renewable energy, green building retrofits as well as energy-efficiency and clean energy related projects. Bennett sees wide spread growth opportunities for companies in the real estate and engineering industries as well as the myriad of professionals who support them, including engineers, attorneys and finance professionals.
January 27, 2009
AnnMarie Sanford, '90, an attorney in Pepper Hamilton LLP's Detroit office, has been qualified as a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) by the Green Building Certification Institute. The LEED AP program was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in conjunction with its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating Systems.
February 6, 2009
Lori A. Buiteweg, '90, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. A member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, Buiteweg also serves on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners and was past chair of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly. In addition to her expertise in parenting time and legal custody, her practice includes divorce, mediation, and estate planning.
April 28, 2009
Patricia Nemeth, '90, founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, PC, has been named to the 2010 edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the specialty area of labor and employment law. Best Lawyers is considered the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer review survey comprising more than 2.8 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country.
August 28, 2009
The Hon. Thomas Boyd, '90, has been honored by the Mid-Michigan Region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan as an outstanding member of the legal community who has made an exceptional contribution to women in the law. Before becoming chief judge of the 55th District Court in Mason, Boyd was in private practice as a civil litigator. In 1995, Boyd was appointed assistant attorney general by then-Attorney General Frank Kelley. His responsibilities included criminal, civil, administrative, and legislative law. Boyd was appointed to the bench in July 2005 and re-elected in 2006 and 2008. He serves on the boards of the Mason Community Fund (an advisory board of the Capital Area United Way) and the Oak Park YMCA, and volunteers for the Holt-Dimondale School Business Alliance and the Lansing Area Teen Court.
October 26, 2009
AnnMarie Sanford, '90, an attorney with Pepper Hamilton LLP, has been elected to the Board of Directors of WARM Training Center. Her two-year term began on Oct. 21, 2009. WARM Training Center is a non-profit organization that promotes the development of resource efficient, affordable, healthy homes and communities through education, training and technical assistance.
November 17, 2009
Mark J. Bennett, '90, senior counsel and team leader of Miller Canfield's Climate Change practice, recently provided his multi-disciplinary expertise by serving as contributing author for two chapters in the new publication from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Retrofitting Office Buildings to Be Green and Energy Efficient: Optimizing Building Performance, Tenant Satisfaction, and Financial Return.
In addition, on April 14 at Wayne Law, Bennett will chair the Miller Canfield International Climate Law and Policy Symposium to discuss cutting edge legal and public policy that will shape climate change law in the coming years.
February 5, 2010
Mark J. Bennett, '90, senior counsel and team leader of Miller Canfield's Climate Change practice, recently published an analysis of new interpretations of corporate proxy and disclosure rules by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in an article titled, "SEC Opens the Door for Climate Change-Related Shareholder Proposals and Disclosure Requirements, With Potential New Liabilities for Public Companies," published in the prestigious Bureau of National Affairs' (BNA) Securities Regulation & Law Report.
March 8, 2010
Patricia Nemeth, '90, the founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C., was recently featured on Due Process, a long-running legal news talk show hosted by Detroit attorney Henry Baskin of the Baskin Law Firm. Nemeth was featured on the March 12, 2010 program highlighting current employment law issues in Michigan. The program, which airs each Friday on Detroit Public Television Channel 56, will be repeated on July 2 and October 22. It is available for viewing online at http://www.dueprocess.tv/show_archive.htm.
March 29, 2010
Mary Massaron Ross, '90, was re-elected to the board of directors of Plunkett Cooney. She will serve a three-year term. Massaron Ross currently serves as the firm's appellate law practice group leader. A former law clerk to Associate Justice Patricia J. Boyle of the Michigan Supreme Court, she has handled appeals resulting in over 50 published opinions.
April 14, 2010
Julie E. Robertson, '90, insurance and regulatory department chair and partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, was featured in the South Carolina Captive Insurance Association's (SCCIA) webinar titled, "Captive Tax: Hot Button Issues for the IRS and How to Prepare For Them." The interactive online presentation discussed the trends in recent IRS audits, including those challenging premium deductibility and addressing federal excise tax liability, as well as the steps necessary to prepare for these essential issues.
July 27, 2010
Mark J. Bennett, '90, senior counsel and team leader of Miller Canfield’s Climate Change practice, was recently named vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Carbon Trading and Energy Finance Committee for the 2010-2011 term.
October 14, 2010
Patricia Nemeth , '90, founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C., has been included in the November/December issue of DBusiness magazine's exclusive 2011 list of metro Detroit's Top Lawyers in the speciality area of labor and employment.
November 4, 2010
Mary Massaron Ross, '90, recently was elected by The Voice of the Defense Bar to serve as its first vice president. Massaron Ross, one of Michigan's top appellate lawyers, was elected to the position at DRI's 2010 annual meeting. She previously served as second vice president of the 22,500-member organization and is co-editor of DRI's A Defense Lawyer's Guide to Appellate Practice. A member of the board of directors at Plunkett Cooney, Massaron Ross has been named a Best Lawyer in America for Appellate Law every year since 2007 and a Michigan Super Lawyer, Top 50 Michigan Female Attorney and Top 100 Statewide Attorney every year since 2006.
November 19, 2010
Laura A. Brodeur-McGeorge, '90, a partner in Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP's labor and employment department, has been elected to the board of Solid Ground, a non-profit organization based in Macomb County and dedicated to helping the homeless, and those at risk of becoming homeless, to achieve and maintain independence. Brodeur-McGeorge focuses her practice on counseling clients on employment matters, employee health and safety issues, contract disputes, trade secrets and restrictive covenants. She also litigates employment matters in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals.
November 24, 2010
Patricia Nemeth, '90, presented "How to Keep Rockin' when the EEOC's a Knockin'" to the Health Care Association of Michigan (HCAM) in Mt. Pleasant on September 19 with Terry Bonnette,'04. She addressed social networking issues affecting employers at a large multi-national insurance group in Connecticut in a presentation entitled, "Hey, Get out of my Face...Book!" in October with Linda Burwell, '85. They also presented Litigating Employment Claims in Michigan: The Effects of Nuanced State Laws and a Rejuvenated EEOC" to a large group of insurance representatives in October in Chicago.
December 6, 2010
Patricia Nemeth , '90, was a panelist at the Oakland County Bar Association's "Hanging Out Your Own Shingle" presentation on February 17. In March, she addressed social networking issues affecting employers in a presentation entitled, "Hey, Get out of my Face...Book!" which took place in New York and Ohio.
March 23, 2011
Lori A. Buiteweg, '90, a family law attorney with Nichols Sacks Slank Sendelbach and Buiteweg of Ann Arbor, has been elected treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan and is slated to become its president in 2015. Buiteweg previously served as chairperson of the State Bar's Representative Assembly and is beginning her ninth year as district commissioner. She is a past president and current co-chair of the Washtenaw County Bar Association's Public Service Committee and serves on the parish council of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ann Arbor. Buiteweg‘s practice focuses on mediation and collaborative practice, which uses an interdisciplinary team approach to help divorcing couples settle their disputes without going to court.
August 9, 2011
Mary Massaron Ross, '90, a partner of Plunkett Cooney, was recently named one of the most influential attorneys in the state by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Massaron Ross, who previously served as a law clerk to former Michigan Supreme Court Associate Justice Patricia J. Boyle, practices in Plunkett Cooney's Detroit office. One of the firm's top appellate attorneys, Massaron Ross has more than 50 published opinions to her credit.
August 12, 2011
Mary Massaron Ross, '90, Appellate Law Practice Group Leader for Plunkett Cooney, is among several leading appellate attorneys who recently co-authored a book on state and federal appellate practice. Published by Law Journal Press, "Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts" is a guide to the appellate process. The book offers step-by-step advice on a variety of issues, including factors to weight when evaluating whether to appeal, preserving issues for appeal, preparing winning motions, standards of review, and standing to appeal. Massaron Ross, one of 15 contributors, authored Chapter Six, titled: "Interlocutory Appellate Review."
September 7, 2011
Mark Bennett, '90, was featured in an Oakland County Legal News article about his new law firm in Birmingham, MJBennett PLLC: Strategic Legal and Advisory Services. The article is titled "Capital Steps: Attorney's new law firm helps entrepreneurs reach their goals," and can be found at http://www.legalnews.com/oakland/1365161/.
July 31, 2012
Carolyn Pollock Cary, '90, joined Dickinson Wright PLLC as a member in the firm's Saginaw office. She is one of five leading practitioners in the health care industry to join the firm's healthcare practice. Cary focuses her practice on healthcare, employment and labor, and commercial litigation.
August 23, 2012
Mary Massaron Ross, '90, was elected president of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar. She is head of Plunkett & Cooney PC's appellate practice group. Additionally, she has served as an active member and brief writer for DRI's Amicus Committee which files briefs in the United States Supreme Court as well as several state courts of last resort. She is a past chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs where she supervised the preparation of numerous briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court. A former law clerk to Michigan Supreme Court Justice Patricia J. Boyle, Ross also has handled appellate matters before the Ohio Supreme Court, the Indiana Supreme Court, the Alabama Supreme Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeals, and the Third, Sixth, and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal. For seven consecutive years, she has been honored as a "Best Lawyer" in Best Lawyers in America and in 2008 was named "Lawyer of the Year" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
November 30, 2012
Thomas Boyd, '90, is featured in a national documentary film. The film, "Defending Gideon," was released in March on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court deciding Gideon v. Wainwright. The Gideon decision clarified that the 6th amendment "right to counsel" required the states to provide indigent persons accused of serious crime with an attorney. "Defending Gideon" was screened at the U.S. Department of Justice's 50th Anniversary Gideon Event, introduced by Attorney General Eric Holder. "Defending Gideon" is narrated by Martin Sheen and also features former Vice President Walter Mondale and former New York Times journalist Anthony Lewis (author of "Gideon's Trumpet"). Boyd, who is Ingham County's chief district court judge, and State Rep. Tom McMillin are featured because of their efforts to reform Michigan's indigent defense system.
April 6, 2013
Brian Kreucher, '90, has joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. He practices out of the firm's Royal Oak Office. For the last 23 years, Kreucher has helped employers minimize the legal risks involved in employment decisions while maintaining business goals. He helps many clients "prevent fires" by functioning as an extension of their human resources and in-house legal team. Kreucher also assists clients in navigating employment laws, restrictive employment covenants, sales commissions laws, internal investigations and employee performance issues. Kreucher also routinely represents employers when confronted with state civil rights charges, unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, EEOC investigations and discrimination charges, labor arbitrations and commercial and general litigation matters. Kreucher's representative clients range from small businesses to a large multinational Tier 1 automobile supplier, one of the nation's largest security firms as well as a Fortune 500 company, which provides integrated logistics, warehousing and transportation solutions.
May 10, 2013
James Sklar, '90, was named executive vice president and general counsel at Heritage Global Partners, a global leader in asset advisory and auction services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Counsel RB Capital. Sklar is responsible for all of the company's legal matters, including negotiating global transactional and business alliance documents, managing relationships and contracts with worldwide clients and business partners, and providing legal representation for Heritage Global Partners, Heritage Global Partners Europe, and Heritage Global Valuations. Prior to joining HGP, he spent 12 years with GoIndustry-DoveBid where he provided legal representation for the company's operations in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. During his tenure, Sklar played a key role in establishing relationships with global alliance partners and implementing international contracts as well as expanding the adoption of the auction sale process in several Asian countries. Prior to that, he served as outside and then general counsel for Norman Levy Associates Inc. until the firm was acquired by DoveBid in 2000.
June 14, 2013
Nanci Grant, '89, was recently named Secretary of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission. The commission manages the conduct of judges, magistrates, and referees in the state. Grant was elected as a representative by the state circuit judges on the commission in 2006. She also served as a presiding judge of Oakland County Circuit Court, and as the circuit court representative on the state’s Community Correction’s Board.
January 27, 2009
Theresa Asoklis, '89, was selected for inclusion in the 16th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Asoklis has focused her practice on the defense of legal malpractice claims, and attorney and judicial disciplinary proceedings for almost 20 years. The Clinton Township resident maintains an active general liability defense practice, including claims arising out of auto and trucking accidents, and complex premises liability matters. She has successfully tried many legal malpractice, auto negligence, first party no-fault, premises liability, insurance coverage, and attorney fee disputes. Asoklis also has prevailed in a number of significant appellate opinions in the legal malpractice, insurance coverage, and judicial disciplinary arenas.
September 4, 2009
Donald Campbell, '89, was selected for inclusion in the 16th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Campbell concentrates his practice in attorney grievance defense, representation in judicial tenure matters and legal malpractice defense. In addition to his law practice, he has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law teaching courses in ethics and criminal law, since 2002. Campbell also regularly teaches a seminar in corporate law and ethics. He served 10 years as an associate counsel, Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission and four years as an assistant prosecuting attorney, Oakland County, Michigan before joining the firm in 2003. He currently serves as a liaison to the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, which is responsible for issuing the ABA's Ethics Opinions.
September 4, 2009
Nanci Grant, '89, was featured in the Oakland Press in an article titled "Judge looks forward to new role as chief." More information here. Photo: The Oakland Press/TIM THOMPSON
January 9, 2010
Kevin P. Fularczyk, '89, joined the partnership at Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP. Fularczyk concentrates his practice in civil litigation, including commercial matters in state and federal court. He has significant trial experience in commercial cases and has prosecuted appeals in appellate, and state supreme courts.
January 11, 2010
Kevin P. Fularczyk, '89, has joined the partnership at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP. He concentrates his practice in civil litigation, including commercial matters in state and federal court. He has significant trial experience in commercial cases and has prosecuted appeals in appellate, and state supreme courts. Fularczyk is admitted to practice in all state courts in Florida and Michigan as well as the United States District Courts
for the Middle District of Florida, Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Michigan, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
February 2, 2010
Hon. Nanci Grant, '89, was featured in a Detroit Legal News article titled "All in Due Time: Chief judge focuses on age-old legal issues."
January 18, 2011
Donald Campbell, '89, an attorney with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell and Ulanoff PC, will serve as moderator for a panel discussion on "ABA (American Bar Association) Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions: A View After 25 Years" in Atlanta on Feb. 11. The discussion, the first-ever joint meeting of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC) and National Council of Lawyer Disciplinary Boards, will examine how ABA standards have fared over the years. Campbell, a member of the APRL and former liaison to the ABA's Ethics Committee, concentrates his practice on attorney grievance defense, representation in judicial tenure matters and legal malpractice defense.
February 4, 2011
Colleen M. Shevnock, '89, an attorney with Dickinson Wright, was named a "Leader in her Field" by Chambers USA. Shevnock is recognized for her work as counsel to banks and other institutional lenders in commercial lending matters, as well as the documentation for a wide array of loan transactions.
August 3, 2011
Theresa M. Asoklis, '89, has been selected for inclusion in the 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) for her work in the area of Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants.
September 21, 2011
James R. Peterson, '89, of Miller Johnson, was elected to the firm's management committee for a three-year term. Mr. Peterson is a past chair of the firm's litigation section and also served as Miller Johnson's assistant general counsel.
January 5, 2012
Pamela Zarkowski, '89, was named provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy. As a faculty member in the School of Dentistry since 1978, she attained the rank of professor in 1994. In the School of Dentistry, she has continued to teach community dentistry and legal and ethical concepts to pre-doctoral, dental hygiene and graduate students.
July 3, 2012
Steven Weinstock, '89, was promoted to vice present at Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services. He also serves as regional manager of the company's Oak Brook office. He joined the firm's Detroit office in 2001 as a multifamily and self-storage investment specialist, and in 2008 became sales manager of the Columbus and Cincinnati offices. He was promoted to regional manager of the Oak Brook office in 2009.
August 6, 2012
Colleen Shevnock, '89, was listed in Chambers USA and Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. Shevnock is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Ann Arbor. She focuses her practice in the areas of banking and financial services, loan workouts & restructurings, real estate, and syndicated lending.
October 22, 2012
K. Scott Hamilton, '89, was listed in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. Hamilton is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Detroit. He focuses his practice in the areas of antitrust and trade regulation, appellate, commercial and business litigation, and insurance and ERISA litigation.
October 22, 2012
Theresa Askolis, '89, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2013. She's been named to the list for the last four years. An attorney with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell & Ulanoff, she was named for her work in Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants.
October 23, 2012
Donald Campbell, '89, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2013. He has been named to the list for the last four years. Campbell was honored for his work in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law.
October 23, 2012
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
Ellen B. Janette, '88, of Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills Office, was named a shareholder of the firm. Janette extends her practice in the areas of insurance coverage and professional liability. She represents insurance carriers in insurance coverage disputes in the areas of environmental contamination and construction defect. Her professional liability practice includes defense of malpractice claims against real estate professionals, attorneys and accountants in state and federal courts. Janette also earned Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating-AV, which is a peer review rating process. Ratings fall into the categories of legal ability and general ethical standards.
January 27, 2009
Michael Killelea, '88, was recently hired as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Goodrich Petroleum Corporation. He spent the past 20 years in the E&P business with several companies, including serving as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Pogo Producing Company.
March 13, 2009
Ellen Bartman Jannette, '88, has been promoted to partner with Plunkett Cooney. Jannette is a member of the insurance law and professional liability practice groups in the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., office. Jannette will focus on representing insurance carriers in insurance coverage disputes, particularly in the areas of environmental contamination and construction defect.
April 2, 2009
Joseph Ammar, '88, has joined Plunkett Cooney's Kalamazoo office. A member of the firm's Banking, Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Practice Group, Ammar focuses his practice in the areas of creditors' rights, bankruptcy and commercial law, representing secured lenders and financial institutions.
June 15, 2009
David N. Goltz, '88, is the vice president of Administration and General Counsel for Highway Technologies in Oak Brook, Ill., where he leads the Company's Legal, Human Resources, Risk Management and Safety Departments.
July 2, 2009
Julie Secontine, '88, risk manager for Oakland County, was interviewed on spinalcolumnonline.com.
January 19, 2010
David M. Thoms, '88, was appointed to the Greenleaf Trust Board of Directors. He is a principal in the personal services group and co-leader of the non-profit and charitable organizations group at Miller Canfield's Troy, Mich., office.
May 18, 2010
Timothy M. Wittebort, '88, of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, was recently named to the May/June 2010 issue of Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition in the areas of real estate and construction.
May 18, 2010
Susan E. Padley, '88, of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, was recently named to the May/June 2010 issue of Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition in the areas of real estate and construction.
May 18, 2010
Linda S. Ross, '88, a partner and chair of the Health Care Department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, recently addressed health organization board members attending the Excellence in Governance Fellowship program of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. Her presentation was titled "Hospital/Physician Relationships and the Law...What Every Board Member Must Know." Ross has been named in Best Lawyers in America from 2005 to 2011 and Michigan Super Lawyers from 2007 to 2010, as well as one of its top 50 women from 2007 to 2010. She also was recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by DBusiness in 2010 and 2011.
April 26, 2011
Linda S. Ross, '88, partner and chair of the Health Care Department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP (Honigman), addressed the HealthcareNEXT Inforum industry group at the DMC Children's Hospital. She participated in a panel discussion regarding how hospitals, health systems and physicians can best position themselves in relation to the new health care laws. In her practice, Ross represents hospitals, physicians and other health care systems and providers regarding affiliations, acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, reorganizations and joint ventures. She also advises health care providers about compliance matters including the Stark Law, the Anti-kickback Statute, self-disclosures to the Office of Inspector General, and laws and regulations affecting tax-exempt entities. Ross has been named in Best Lawyers in America from 2005 to 2011 and Michigan Super Lawyers from 2007 to 2010, as well as one of its top 50 women from 2007 to 2010.
July 7, 2011
David M. Thoms, '88, LL.M., a principle in Miller Canfield's Troy, Mich. office, has been re-elected to a one-year term as president of the board of directors of Alliance Françaises de Grosse Pointe. At Miller Canfield, Thoms is a member of the Personal Services Group and co-leader of the Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations Group. He concentrates his practice in estate planning and tax, non-profit organizations, business entity planning and tax, succession planning and real estate.
July 27, 2011
David M. Thoms, '88, LL.M., a principal with Miller Canfield, has been re-elected secretary of the executive committee of the Michigan Colleges Foundation. At Miller Canfield, Thoms is a member of the Personal Services Group and co-leader of the Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations Group. He concentrates his practice in estate planning and tax, nonprofit organizations, business entity planning and tax, succession planning and real estate.
August 18, 2011
Linda S. Ross, '88, a partner and chair of the Health Care department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named a Fellow by the State Bar of Michigan's Health Care Law Section.
September 28, 2011
Linda S. Ross, '88, a partner and chair of the Health Care Department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named a Fellow by the State Bar of Michigan's Health Care Law Section.
December 6, 2011
David Thoms, '88, principal in the Troy office of Miller Canfield, has been re-elected for a one-year term as president of the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe. At Miller Canfield, Thoms is a member of the Personal Services Group and co-leader of the Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations Group. His areas of expertise are estate planning and tax, nonprofit organizations, business entity planning and tax, succession planning and real estate.
November 15, 2012
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
Kathy Browne, '87, multiple patent holder and founder of Grow!USA, also founded and funds a related non-profit, Green!USA, www.green-usa.org, which became a 2008 international leader in alternatives to peat for soil amendments in garden and landscape design. Green!USA has been cited as authoritative by Treehugger, Suite101 Environment News, and other Internet sites. Since 2007 Ms. Browne has received two local Council for Community Development Residential Landscape Design Excellence Awards, with the second being awarded October 8, 2009. Her DAR national conservation medal-winning garden design and installation work for the 2004 Michigan State Fairgrounds -- which was videotaped for the Grosse Pointe cable television prgram "Pointes of Horticulture" -- has been accepted in DVD format into the collection of historic artifacts by the Detroit Historical Society Museums, which intend to show the half-hour production to schoolchildren.
September 28, 2009
Artis M. Noel, '87, joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP's Corporate and Securities Department as of counsel. He also is as a member of the newly-formed International Automotive Legal Team, a collaboration with Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson LLP. He most recently served as the chief of export compliance for General Motors.
January 4, 2010
Kathy Browne, '87, president/CEO and founder of Green!USA, a registered Michigan non-profit environmental protection and conservation organization, recently announced the receipt by Green!USA of full 501(c)(3) public charity tax donation status by the Internal Revenue Service. Green!USA promotes the use of compost and other organic soil amendments instead of peat. Peat bog preservation conserves waterfowl wetlands habitat, reduces global warming, preserves wetlands heavy metals filtration, and helps control flooding which would otherwise fall on the taxpayer to remedy. For more information, please visit Green!USA at www.green-usa.org.
February 24, 2010
Phillip C. Korovesis, '87, has been elected vice-president of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) for 2010-2011. Previously, Korovesis was treasurer of the MDTC. Korovesis is a Butzel Long attorney and shareholder.
June 4, 2010
Jean Schtokal, '87, was appointed to the Michigan District Export Council - West by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke. Additionally, it was recently announced that she is listed in the 2011 Best Lawyers in America for her experience in International Trade and Finance Law.
August 25, 2010
Meg Van Meter , '87, a Detroit-area commercial real estate attorney and past president of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Detroit, served as co-chair of the Industry Research Task Force for the 2010 benchmarking report on women in commercial real estate, Women in Commercial Real Estate. The report is a follow-up to the first ever in-depth look at the issue of men and women in commercial real estate, which was conducted by CREW Network in 2005.
December 6, 2010