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
Timothy Andersson, '92, joined the Troy office of Dickinson Wright PLLC. He structures and executes business transactions on corporate and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private equity and closely held companies. Andersson frequently engages in international business transactions, representing companies doing business in the United States and U.S. companies doing business abroad. Andersson is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the International Bar Association and the Swedish American Bar Association. He is involved in the Detroit Regional Chamber, the German-American Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations within the community. Andersson was named a 2013 Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law.
June 26, 2013
Lori Grigg Bluhm, '92, was elected president of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. She has served the organization as vice president for the last two years. Grigg Bluhm was appointed Troy city attorney in 2001 after previously serving the city as its assistant city attorney since 1995. She is a member of the Board of Public Corporations Section of the State Bar of Michigan and served as past chair. She has been a certified fellow of the International Municipal Lawyers Association since 2004 and was a graduate of the inaugural class of the MAMA Academy of Municipal Attorneys. In addition, she is past chair of the municipal law committee of the Oakland County Bar Association and member and past president of the Troy Kiwanis Club.
October 4, 2013
Cameron Evans, '92, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment. He is with Honigman.
September 5, 2014
Andrey Tomkiw, '92, of Tomkiw Mackewich PLC was a guest speaker in Professor Robert Ackerman's Alternative Dispute Resolution class about the negotiations that transpire after a law student or recent graduate receives a job offer.
February 12, 2015
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
Debra 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
Thomas 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 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
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
Laura 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 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 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
Lori 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 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
Patricia 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
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
Donald Campbell, '89, was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2014 for the sixth consecutive year. Campbell was honored for his work in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. He is with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell.
August 23, 2013
Theresa Asoklis, '89, was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2014 for the sixth consecutive year. She was honored for her work in Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. She is with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell.
August 23, 2013
Dawn Schluter, '89, was appointed chair of Women of Miller Canfield, the firm's internal standing committee of women lawyers. Women of Miller Canfield is committed to helping the firm attract, retain, develop and advance women lawyers, through strengthened internal professional relationships, education, strategic business networking and practice development initiatives and leadership development. Schluter is a principal in the firm's Troy office and leader of the Personal Services Group. Schluter, who has been with Miller Canfield for 25 years, has extensive experience in estate planning, wealth transfer planning, taxes and family law matters.
September 13, 2013
Melissa Jackson, '89, of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC recently was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 as Lawyer of the Year in the field of Employment Law-Management. Jackson also was selected to be included in Super Lawyers for her work in Employment and Labor law.
October 8, 2013
Nanci Grant, '89, has been appointed to a third consecutive two-year term as chief judge of the Oakland County Circuit Court beginning January 1, 2014. Grant began serving the Circuit Court in 1996 after having previously worked as a private practice attorney specializing in commercial litigation. Grant was appointed as presiding judge of the General Jurisdiction Division in 2000. Grant is the current chairperson of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission and a past president of the Michigan Judges Association (MJA). Grant is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Michigan Judicial Institute. She has held many offices in various organizations. Grant initially was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court as chief judge of the Oakland County Circuit Court in 2009 and was reappointed for a successive term in 2011.
October 23, 2013
Lawrence Buckfire, '89, has been named as a 2013 Top Attorney in Michigan by The New York Times. Buckfire, a partner in Buckfire & Buckfire PC in Southfield, specializes in wrongful death, dog bite injury, car accidents and all other types of motor vehicle crashes, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, and all other type of personal injury accident matters. He also serves as a mediator with the Wayne County Mediation Tribunal.
November 14, 2013
Nanci Grant, '89, was named as one of the metropolitan area's top circuit court judges by DBusiness magazine in its January/February 2014 edition. The top judges were selected via a poll of 18,200 attorneys. Grant is a judge with Oakland County Circuit Court.
February 10, 2014
Donald Campbell, '89, was invited to speak at the International Association of Defense Counsel's Professional Liability Roundtable on May 8 at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Campbell will be among the speakers for a session focusing on "Hot Topics in Attorney-Client Privilege." Campbell, a partner at Collins Einhorn, focuses his practice on attorney grievance defense, representation in judicial tenure matters and legal malpractice defense.
March 20, 2014
Donald Campbell, '89, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. He was recognized in the practice area of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. He is with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.
August 19, 2014
Theresa Asoklis, '89, of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC has been named the Best Lawyers' 2015 Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in Metro Detroit. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."
August 19, 2014
Melissa Jackson, '89, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Employment Law - Management. She is with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.
September 3, 2014
Miriam Blanks-Smart, '89, was appointed to the Executive Committee of The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the education provider of the State Bar of Michigan. Blanks-Smart was appointed by the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar and will serve a four-year term. She is the manager of administrative hearings at the city of Detroit's Department of Administrative Hearings, or "blight court."
September 16, 2014
Nanci Grant, '89, was selected as one of 27 Esteemed Women of Michigan 2014. The Esteemed Women of Michigan program recognizes women who have excelled in their professions, risen above intolerable circumstances, developed the means to help others or have become inspirational figures for the younger generation, according to the program. Grant is Oakland County Circuit Court chief judge.
October 1, 2014
Nanci Grant, '89, was profiled in the Detroit Legal News for founding the Oakland County Combat Veterans Treatment Court, the first of its kind in Michigan. The program, which is designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration, provides intense supervision, substance abuse treatment, readjustment counseling and mentoring with military veterans who can relate to combat experiences.
January 8, 2015
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
Michael Nader, '88, was re-appointed as adjunct professor by the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches an employee benefits course. He also continues to serve on the Strategic Policy Board of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
August 3, 2013
David Thoms, '88, (LL.M) was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the French-American Foundation of New York City. He is a principal with Miller Canfield. Thoms has been a leader in the French-American community for years. His service includes being a longtime board member and current president of the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe and a past president of the French Festival of Detroit. He is a former board member and past president of the Federation of Alliances Françaises-USA and a current board member of the American Society of the French Academic Palms. He was awarded the Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government for his contributions to French culture and education.
November 13, 2013
David Thoms, '88, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Federation of Alliances Françaises -USA Inc. His term will expire in 2016. He was also elected as the board's vice president for a one-year term. The Federation of Alliances Françaises-USA is a cooperative organization dedicated to "the promotion of understanding the French language, literature, history and culture to the francophone and Francophile" This national organization supports more than 100 local chapters in the United States. Thoms is a principal with Miller Canfield, and has been a leader in the French-American community for years. His service includes being a longtime board member and current president of the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe and a past president of the French Festival of Detroit. He is a former board member and past president of the Federation of Alliances Françaises-USA and a current board member of the American Society of the French Academic Palms. He was awarded the Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government for his contributions to French culture and education.
December 19, 2013
Bruce Haffey, '88, (LL.M.), presented "Tips and Take-Aways re. Business Succession Planning: A Survey of Recent Cases" at the annual meeting of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel on May 16. He concentrates his practice with Giarmarco Mullins & Horton PC in the areas of business planning, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, franchise law and taxation.
June 9, 2014
Timothy Wittebort, '88, was interviewed about emergency manager law for an Asked and Answered column in the Detroit Legal News.
November 20, 2014
Patrick Karbowski, '87, received the C. Robert Wartell Distinguished Service Award during the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan's annual summer conference July 18-21 at Boyne Falls. Karbowski is a shareholder with Butzel Long, has served as chairman of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and is an ex officio member of the governing council, as well as a member of many of its committees. He is chairman of its Pro Bono Committee.
August 3, 2012
Theodore Sylwestrzak, '87, was listed in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. Sylwestrzak is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Detroit. He focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and restructuring, loan sales, automotive workouts, real estate workouts and foreclosures, and creditor rights and bankruptcy litigation.
October 22, 2012
Patrick Karbowski, '87, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 in the practice areas of Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law by DBusiness magazine. He is with Butzel Long.
December 6, 2012
Phillip Korovesis, '87, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 in the practice areas of Insurance Law and Business Litigation by DBusiness magazine. He is with Butzel Long.
December 6, 2012
Kris Dighe, '87, coauthored a chapter titled "The Use of Satellite Imagery in Environmental Crimes Prosecutions in the United States: A Developing Area," in the book "Evidence from Earth Observation Satellites: Emerging Legal Issues," published in December 2012 by Brill. The book analyzes whether data from satellite technologies can be a legally reliable, effective evidential tool in contemporary legal systems. Dighe is assistant chief of the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.
December 7, 2012
Sarah Deson-Fried, '87, was hired by the Ann Arbor office of Schiff Hardin LLP. Deson-Fried has extensive experience practicing transactional real estate law on a national basis. She has represented a wide variety of clients, including buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants, borrowers, lenders, developers, franchisors and franchisees in connection with office, industrial, retail, residential and multi-family real estate matters. Deson-Fried also is an experienced business consultant who advises with respect to major business operations and strategy. She is a former board member of the Michigan Economic Growth Authority and former treasurer of the Michigan Humanities Council.
May 7, 2013
Kathy Browne, '87, has received a third honor from the Daughters of the American Revolution, a state award for "recognition for efforts in conservation and protection of our Michigan resources" through her Green!USA nonprofit organization. She also is a national conservation medal recipient, was awarded the Keep Michigan Beautiful president's plaque and was the first Wayne County Master Gardener of the Year.
June 25, 2013
Dan Gilbert, '87, has been selected by The Harvard Business School Club of Michigan as its annual Business Leader of the Year. Gilbert is the founder and chairman of Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc.. A dinner to honor Gilbert will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Qzine at the Chase Building in Detroit. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships for Michigan nonprofit leaders to attend the 2014 Strategic Perspectives for Non-Profit Management program, an intensive six-day course presented each July at the Harvard Business School in Boston. SPNM scholarships are offered through a nomination/application process for candidates who exemplify dedication, commitment and pursuit of excellence within the nonprofit sector. The announcement was made by Harvard Business School Club of Michigan board chair, Richard Shapack. "The Harvard Business School Club of Michigan supports the Harvard Business School mission to train business leaders to make a difference in their communities. Dan Gilbert is the standout recipient for this year's award. His business success is internationally recognized as is his unwavering commitment to support Detroit in its comeback efforts," said Shapack. "Mr. Gilbert is harnessing the energy and potential of Detroit and the region, particularly among young adults, and reflects the benefits of private/public partnerships and the good that can be accomplished in business and the community when outstanding leaders are in charge."
September 18, 2013
Jean Schtokal, '87, of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC recently was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of International Trade and Finance Law. Schtokal also was selected to be included in Michigan Lawyer's Weekly's "Women in the Law" for 2013.
October 8, 2013
Patrick Karbowski, '87, has joined the Detroit office of McDonald Hopkins in the firm's Business Department. Karbowski was previously with the law firm Butzel Long. Karbowski has more than 25 years of experience practicing business and real estate law. Karbowski, a past chairperson of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, was recently awarded the C. Robert Wartell Distinguished Service Award for exemplary contributions to the section over an extended period of time. Karbowski is an ex officio member of the section’s governing council and serves on many of its committees, including as chair of the Pro Bono Committee. A Leadership Oakland alumnus, Karbowski has served on the boards of several community organizations. Moreover, he is on the real estate advisory board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
November 14, 2013
Phillip Korovesis, '87, was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Council. Based in Butzel Long's Detroit office, shareholder Korovesis is a Litigation Practice Group leader and also serves as the chair of Butzel Long's Trade Secret and Non-Compete Specialty Team, which focuses on trade secret, non-compete and business tort litigation. His practice is focused on commercial disputes, with trial, litigation and consultation expertise in non-compete/trade secret disputes, product liability defense, life insurance claims and business and financial services industry disputes. Korovesis has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts in various parts of the country and represented clients in state and federal appellate courts. He has arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association, the National Association of Securities Dealers, and the New York Stock Exchange (now The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). He is a regular presenter on trade secret and non-compete issues to lawyers and other professionals. Korovesis also serves on the Board of Directors of Leadership Oakland. He is the past president of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. Korovesis is an active member of the Defense Research Institute on its Commercial Litigation Committee.
December 13, 2013
Stacey Washington, '87, was elected to the Board of Directors of Growing Hope, a nonprofit organization that organizes the Ypsilanti and Wayne farmers markets and educates people about gardening and healthy food. She serves on the Membership and Marketing Committee for the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce. She also teaches DUI Defense and Advanced DUI courses for Solo Practice University. Washington is a sole practitioner in Ann Arbor, concentrating on drunk driving defense.
March 6, 2014
Edward Joseph, '87, was appointed to the Third Circuit Court in Detroit by Gov. Rick Snyder. Joseph has been an attorney in private practice since 1991, where he focuses on civil, probate, juvenile and criminal litigation. He also is currently serving as a special assistant attorney general. Joseph previously served as secretary and general consul at Mercom, Inc. in Bloomfield Hills. Joseph fills the vacancy created by the removal of Judge Wade McCree.
April 11, 2014
Joycelyn Ward, '87, was hired as a staff attorney in the Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc.'s Civil Law Group. She received the organization's Pro Bono Spirit Oakland County Award in 2013.
August 19, 2014
Jean Schtokal, '87, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of International Trade and Finance Law.. She is with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.
September 3, 2014
John Forrest, '87, (LL.M.) has joined Butzel Long. He focuses his practice in the areas of franchise and distribution law, commercial contracts and business planning and corporate law.
September 16, 2014
Eileen Slank, '87, of the law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg celebrated the firm's 20th anniversary. She is a past chair of the Michigan Family Mediation Council, and served as a member of the Washtenaw County Bar Association's Liaison Committee and Family Law Section.
October 24, 2014
Kathy Browne, '87, is expanding her conservation education and beautification efforts for 2015 in the downtown Plymouth area through her landscape design firm, Divine Redesigns LLC. Her demonstration planter can be seen on Forest Avenue in front of the Open Dohr shop from May through October.
December 1, 2014
Robin Axelrod, '87, was appointed director of education for the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills. She is president of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor. In 2013, she coordinated the Holocaust Memorial Center's Anne Frank Legacy Project.
February 15, 2015
Gregory Nowak, '86, received two distinguished awards for his public service. Nowak received the Cowger Leadership Award from the American Cancer Society for his outstanding contribution to the ACS' fundraising effort, serving as finance chair for the past two years. He also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants for his contributions to the accounting profession in Michigan. He is the past chair of the board of the MACPA. A principal at Miller Canfield, Nowak is one of Michigan's leading experts on state and local tax issues. With over 20 years' experience, he focuses his practice on both structural tax planning and state tax controversy matters. He has served as a tax policy advisor to the Michigan legislature and Snyder administration. He is a longtime member of the MACPA and received their Hoatlin Award in 2008 and Special Recognition Award in 2009. He is chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber Tax Committee and a member of the council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member of the boards of the Detroit Historical Society and the Accounting Aid Society, and treasurer of the Detroit Yacht Club.
October 21, 2012
Ken Neuman, '86, was named one of The Best Lawyers in America 2013 in the practice area of real estate litigation for the second consecutive year. He is a managing partner of Neuman Anderson P.C., a Birmingham-based business law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation. Neuman concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and business consulting, with a focus on corporate, real estate/construction, accounting and forensic issues, and contract disputes. Neuman is a registered certified public accountant and spent several years with one of the "big eight" accounting firms prior to beginning his legal career. He has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer since 2007 and a DBusiness magazine Top Lawyer.
November 17, 2012
Elizabeth Pezzetti, '86, was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions, which drafts standard instructions for juries in civil cases. Pezzetti is a judge with the Oakland County Probate Court.
December 10, 2012
Lynn Gandhi, '86, was named chair of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Tax Policy Committee for a two-year term. The committee works closely with the legislature, industry and state agencies on a variety of tax related issues, particularly those related to state and local tax. She is a partner in the Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP's Tax Practice Group. Gandhi advises clients on a national basis regarding multistate tax strategies, tax disputes and litigates state tax cases. Her areas of concentration are state income and gross receipts taxes, sales and use taxes, Michigan business taxes and other excise taxes. She is also experienced in unclaimed property processes and audits, from both the preventive and defensive postures, and is deeply engaged in investment incentive opportunities. She is a certified public accountant recognized in Michigan and Illinois. Gandhi also serves as secretary of the State Bar of Michigan's Tax Council and Chair of the American Bar Association's Gross Receipts Tax subcommittee. She has been named in "Best Lawyers in America "from 2010 to 2013, Michigan Super Lawyers in 2011 and 2012 and as a DBusiness "Top Lawyers" in 2013.
February 26, 2013
R. Christopher Cataldo, '86, was selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell. He is a partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC. Cataldo specializes in commercial litigation for the firm's Litigation Practice Group. He was recognized as a DBusiness Top Lawyer in 2012.
May 31, 2013
Michael Blum, '86, of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC recently was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of Employment Law-Management and Labor Law-Management. Blum was also selected to be included in Super Lawyers for his work in Employment and Labor law.
October 8, 2013
Michael Schwartz, '86, was recently named Great Lakes Partner/Principal of the Year as well as National Real Estate Consulting Lead at the accounting firm McGladrey LLP in Chicago. Schwartz, a principal in the firm's National Real Estate Group heads up the 35+ member Lease Consulting Practice that serves as an outsourced partner to national and multi-national owners, lenders, and corporate and retail entities in connection with their real estate acquisition, disposition, refinancing and operational needs.
October 21, 2013
Elizabeth Pezzetti, '86, has been appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court as chief judge of the Oakland County Probate Court. Pezzetti's term as chief judge will begin on January 1, 2014. Pezzetti joined the Oakland County Probate Court in 2001. In addition to handling probate cases, Pezzetti serves in the Family Division. Prior to joining the court, she was in private practice specializing in employment law, media law, school law and commercial litigation. She is currently a board member of the Michigan Inter Professional Association and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society and the Model Civil Jury Instructions Committee. She is a fellow of the Michigan Bar Foundation and the Oakland County Bar Foundation. This will be Pezzetti's second term as chief judge of the Probate Court as she previously served as chief judge in the 2008-09 term.
October 23, 2013
Kenneth Neuman, '86, was named as a Top Rated Lawyer by DBusiness magazine for the third consecutive year. He is with Neuman Anderson PC a Birmingham-based business law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation.
February 10, 2014