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  • Lois SwartzellLois Swartzell, '94, was appointed to serve as senior tax advisor for GE Capital EMEA and EMRG. In 2007, she joined GE Capital Corp. as a senior international tax counsel serving the Capital Solutions Europe business from 2007-2009. In 2009, she was appointed transfer pricing leader of GE Capital EMEA, and in 2011, she moved into the role of senior tax manager of Treasury Tax Matters for GE Capital EMEA and EMRG. A Connecticut resident,  she retains membership in the Michigan Bar Association and is also an authorized in-house counsel member of the Connecticut Bar Association.
    September 4, 2013

  • Michael ConeMichael Cone, '94, was been named acting managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office of FisherBroyles LLP. He practices in the areas of administrative, customs and international trade law and serves on the External Advisory Committee for Wayne Law's Program for International Legal Studies. Cone gave a presentation on Dec. 19 at the Heritage foundation in Washington, D.C., on "Why Women (and Sometimes Men) Pay More: Tariffs and Clothing Prices."
    December 19, 2013

  • Joseph McGillJoseph McGill, '94, (LL.M. and 2001, LL.M.), was elected to the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly. He is an attorney with Foley Baron Metzger & Juip PLLC.
    July 15, 2014

  • Dana NesselDana Nessel, '94, as a member of the plaintiffs' legal team in the DeBoer et al v. Snyder lawsuit over same-sex marriage has been awarded as a Champion of Justice by the State Bar of Michigan. Nessel of Plymouth practices with Nessel & Kessel Law.
    September 19, 2014

  • Robert HorwitzRobert Horwitz, '94, was elected a member of Dykema by the firm's executive board. He is a Detroit-based attorney in Dykema's financial services practice group.
    January 21, 2015

  • Dana NesselDana Nessel, '94, was the focus of  Pride Source article, "''You can't win a case that you never file,'" after the June Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. As a member of the plaintiffs' legal team in the DeBoer et al v. Snyder lawsuit over same-sex marriage -- one of the cases in the decision before the Supreme Court --  Nessel was awarded as a Champion of Justice by the State Bar of Michigan. Nessel of Plymouth practices with Nessel & Kessel Law.
    June 28, 2015

  • Dana NesselDana Nessel, '94, of Nessel & Kessel Law has been named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 30 Women in the Law for 2015.
    July 28, 2015

  • Dana NesselDana Nessel, '94, of Nessel and Kessel Law was selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as the 2015 Woman of the Year. 
    September 18, 2015

  • Dr. Anton AnderssenDr. Anton Anderssen, '94, was named vice president of the Poetry Society of Michigan.
    October 20, 2015

  • Alan TaylorAlan Taylor, '94, has authored the lead chapter in Aspatore Books' 2016 publication Understanding Landlord-Tenant Lease Agreements. Taylor, a shareholder with Segal McCambridge in Detroit, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1991.
    April 27, 2016

  • Portia RobersonPortia Roberson, '93, was appointed by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing as the city's corporation counsel. The appointment was approved by the Detroit City Council and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. Roberson will lead the city's Law Department as it provides legal counseling and representation to the executive and legislative branches of cty government, as mandated by the City Charter. Roberson has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice since 2009, when President Barack Obama appointed her to serve as director of the DOJ Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.In November 2011, Roberson accepted an assignment with the White House Office of Domestic Policy Council and a position as Detroit Team Lead of the federal Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative (SC2). Detroit was one of six cities chosen by President Obama to participate in SC2, which promotes federal collaboration with local and state government to develop regional partnerships that encourage economic growth. Roberson led approximately 15 team members from various agencies for SC2 Detroit, including individuals from the departments of Transportation, Education, Small Business Administration, and Commerce, among others. In that role, she worked with local and state officials on all issues related to the Justice Department. Roberson has served as an assistant Wayne County prosecutor, where she was a principal in the community prosecution office. She also served as an associate general counsel at the Detroit Medical Center and as political director for Wayne County with the Michigan Campaign for Change. Roberson is a member of various professional organizations, including the Wolverine Bar Association and the National Black Prosecutors Association.  
    July 1, 2013

  • Peter WebsterPeter Webster, '93, has been appointed chairman of the Board of Ethics by Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan. The seven-member board serves as an advisory and investigatory committee, which determines the ethical conduct of classified and unclassified state employees and public officers in the executive branch of state government. Webster will serve as chairman of the board at the pleasure of the governor. Webster is a member in Dickinson Wright's Troy office. He focuses his practice in the areas of real estate litigation, eminent domain, antitrust and trade regulation, commercial and business litigation, and schools and educational institutions. He serves as counsel to various real estate interests. Webster is a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan Foundation, the Oakland County Bar Foundation, and the American Bar Foundation. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers publications. Webster serves on the Board of Directors of Automation Alley, is involved with the Oakland County Business Roundtable, and is chairman of the Oakland County Brownfield Development Authority. He is also a former Oakland County Commissioner.
    July 23, 2013

  • Kim YapchaiKim Yapchai, '93, was profiled in the August issue of Inside Counsel magazine (insidecounseldigital.com) and named to the publication's list of 100 women likely to advance to general counsel in the next three years.  She is assistant general counsel and director of Group Legal Affairs and Corporate Ethics at Masco Corp.
    August 3, 2013

  • Jessica WollJessica Woll, '93, was named a diversity leader by Corp! Magazine, a Michigan-based business news print and online publication. She is managing partner with Woll & Woll. The firm serves the needs of men and women in southeast Michigan. The firm specializes in general family law including divorce, legal separation, post-judgment of divorce matters, removal of domicile matters, stepparent adoption, custody, child support, modification of parenting time and paternity.
    August 9, 2013

  • William BeekmanWilliam Beekman, '93, was appointed to the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. Beekman is vice president and secretary of the Board of Trustees at Michigan State University. He has served on the MSUFCU Supervisory Committee since 2008. At MSU, he served as executive director of the Alumni Association and was the senior consultant to the office of the provost and office of the vice president for finance and operations
    August 13, 2013

  • Peter WebsterPeter Webster, '93, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve as chairman of the state Board of Ethics. The seven-member board serves as an advisory and investigatory committee, which determines the ethical conduct of classified and unclassified state employees and public officers in the executive branch of state government. Webster, a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC, specializes in the areas of antitrust, condemnation, land use and regulation, gaming, real estate, schools and educational institutions. He is a former Oakland County commissioner and remains active in the community.
    August 22, 2013

  • Ramona HowardRamona Howard, '93, has joined Sommers Schwartz PC, a leading contingency fee based litigation law firm, as a shareholder. Howard brings more than 20 years of experience representing clients with medical malpractice and personal injury claims at trial and on appeal. She focuses her practice on medical malpractice, personal injury and appellate matters.
    October 9, 2013

  • Jessica WollJessica Woll, '93, managing partner of Woll & Woll PC, a Southfield-based divorce and family law practice with a niche in creative solutions for divorce and custody issues, has announced the launch of the firm's revamped website, www.wollandwollpc.com. The new website also features the Divorce Rant Blog written by Woll, quick links to the firm's social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter) and detailed descriptions of the services the firm offers.
    October 25, 2013

  • Portia RobersonPortia Roberson, '93, was named head of Detroit's new Civil Rights and Ethics Division by Mayor Mike Duggan. She was appointed by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing last year as the city's corporation counsel. Roberson worked for the U.S. Department of Justice from 2009-11 as director of the DOJ Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In November 2011, Roberson accepted an assignment with the White House Office of Domestic Policy Council and a position as Detroit Team Lead of the federal Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative. Detroit was one of six cities chosen by President Obama to participate in SC2, which promotes federal collaboration with local and state government to develop regional partnerships that encourage economic growth. Roberson led approximately 15 team members from various agencies for SC2 Detroit, including individuals from the departments of Transportation, Education, Small Business Administration, and Commerce, among others. In that role, she worked with local and state officials on all issues related to the Justice Department. Roberson has served as an assistant Wayne County prosecutor, where she was a principal in the community prosecution office. She also served as an associate general counsel at the Detroit Medical Center and as political director for Wayne County with the Michigan Campaign for Change. Roberson is a member of various professional organizations, including the Wolverine Bar Association and the National Black Prosecutors Association.
    December 24, 2013

  • Jessica WollJessica Woll, '93, and her mother, attorney Pauline Woll, celebrated the 20th anniversary of their firm, Woll & Woll PC on Jan. 1.  The firm specializes in family law. In 2013, Jessica Woll was named a Top Lawyer for 2014 by DBusiness Magazine and a Diversity Leader by Corp! Magazine.
    January 14, 2014

  • Marcy FordMarcy Ford, '93, was named Co-Member of the Year by the Consumer Bankruptcy Association of Detroit. She is partner and executive vice president at real estate law firm Trott & Trott PC. An author and frequent speaker at industry events, Ford is actively involved in the bankruptcy law industry both locally and nationally.
    January 30, 2014

  • Jessica WollJessica Woll, '93, was named one of Michigan's 30 Leaders in the Law by the legal trade publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She is a managing partner of Woll & Woll PC, a Michigan-based divorce and family law practice with a particular expertise in complex family law issues.
    February 20, 2014

  • Shirley KaiglerShirley Kaigler, '93, (LL.M.), was honored as a 2014 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She is a member of the Estate, Wealth Planning and Probate Practice Group at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC.
    April 1, 2014

  • Kim YapchaiKim Yapchai, '93, was a speaker at Crain's Detroit General and In-House Counsel Awards and Summit held in Detroit May 13, 2014. The  panel discussion for in-house counsel was called "Learning to Speak Business." Ypachai is assistant general counsel and director of group legal affairs and corporate ethics at Masco Corp.    
    May 19, 2014

  • Kimberly YapchaiKimberly Yapchai, '93, received a 2014 First Chair Award for Top Assistant General Counsel.
    August 8, 2014

  • Elizabeth Stafford, '93, was appointed as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.
    September 8, 2014

  • Neil RockindNeil Rockind, '93, of Neil Rockind PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Megan BonanniMegan Bonanni, '93, of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers has been named to the Michigan Association of Justice Executive Board for the 2014-15 term. Bonanni, a partner with the firm, specializes in employment, civil rights and wage and hour law.  
    September 30, 2014

  • Shirley KaiglerShirley Kaigler, '93, of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss 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.
    October 1, 2014

  • Neil RockindNeil Rockind, '93, founder of criminal defense law firm Neil Rockind PC, participated in a scientific forensics course held by the American Chemical Society in Chicago from Oct. 14 through Oct 17. The hands-on class educated attending attorneys on the use of blood testing instruments and the science behind forensics chromatography, a method used to separate organic and inorganic compounds in both liquid and gas. After separating the compounds, police, FBI and other authorities can then analyze the chemicals, such as drugs or alcohol, that are present in breath, blood and urine. Only 200 attorneys in the nation have completed this coursework and are qualified to explain the science of gas chromatography in DUI ethanol-based cases. 
    October 24, 2014

  • Michelle HarrellMichelle Harrell, '93, of Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Living Arts, a nonprofit organization with the purpose of strengthening the urban neighborhood of southwest Detroit through the arts and community development initiatives. She manages Maddin Hauser's Complex and General Litigation Practice Group.
    October 28, 2014

  • Neil RockindNeil Rockind, '93, founder of criminal defense firm Neil Rockind PC, is a contributing author for Michigan Model Criminal Jury Instructions, a book slated for release in December 2014 by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Rockind authored information for the "Narcotics" chapter of the book, specifically the sections on criminal elements, penalties, lesser included offenses and practice strategies and tips.
    November 20, 2014

  • Jessica WollJessica Woll, '93, was profiled in the Detroit Legal News for helping families weather divorce trauma through her law practice.
    December 8, 2014

  • Paul DelacourtPaul Delacourt, '93, was named special agent in charge of the FBI's Honolulu Division.
    December 15, 2014

  • Kimberly YapchaiKimberly Yapchai, '93, has joined Whirlpool Corp. as senior counsel and global director, Ethics & Compliance. She is responsible for leading the company's global Office of Ethics & Compliance, with a focus on systematizing global processes and enhancing global training and compliance awareness to further protect the company and create a competitive advantage through strong ethics and compliance. She is also a member of the Wayne Law Alumni Board.
    December 18, 2014

  • Neil RockindNeil Rockind, '93, founder of Southfield-based criminal defense law firm, Neil Rockind PC, has been named among the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Michigan by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Separately, Rockind was also named a Leading Lawyer in the Michigan debut of that listing for 2014-2015.
    January 12, 2015

  • Neil RockindNeil Rockind, '93, marked the 15th anniversary of his criminal defense firm, Rockind Law.
    January 22, 2015

  • Neil RockindNeil Rockind, '93, was named one of 30 "Leaders in the Law" for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is with Rockind Law.
    February 10, 2015

  • Peter WebsterPeter Webster, '93, was reappointed to the State Board of Ethics. The seven-member board serves as an advisory and investigatory committee that determines the ethical conduct of classified and unclassified state employees and public offices in state government. Webster is a member of Dicksinson Wright PLLC in Troy.
    March 17, 2015

  • Marcy FordMarcy Ford, '93, managing partner at Trott Law, was named an honoree of the inaugural Career Mastered: Women's Leadership in Action Award, founded by Dr. Lisa Wicker of Linkwick & Associates, a human resources consulting firm.
    April 7, 2015

  • Kevin Elsenheimer, '93, will serve as the new executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
    April 23, 2015

  • Sangeeta ShahSangeeta Shah, '93, was named a charter member of global nonprofit The Indus Entrepreneurs. She is a shareholder of Brooks Kushman.
    May 26, 2015

  • Robert IwreyRobert Iwrey, '93, was named by the American Health Lawyers Association as one of 30 Pro Bono Health Champions for his work with Beaumont Children's Hospital NoBLE Anti-Bullying Program and the Oakland County Medical Society developing informational materials to assist health care providers in recognizing the signs of bullying, clarifying their obligations under applicable laws and identifying the resources available to their patients who are victims of bullying. He is a founding shareholder of The Health Law Partners. He practices all aspects of health care law, including but not limited to licensing, staff privileging, contracts, litigation, audit defense and government investigations.
    June 22, 2015

  • Jessica WollJessica Woll, '93, managing partner of Woll & Woll PC, hosted the Fine Art of Summer fundraiser to benefit the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.
    June 26, 2015

  • Neil RockindNeil Rockind, '93, founder of Southfield-based criminal defense law firm Rockind Law, was invited to serve on the advisory board for the Washington, D.C.-based National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. The board includes one criminal defense attorney from each state and considers issues such as continuing legal education and best practices in the criminal defense field. The invitation to serve on the advisory board was determined by member votes, with Rockind receiving the highest number of votes for Michigan.
    July 7, 2015

  • Megan BonanniMegan Bonanni, '93, of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC has been named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 30 Women in the Law for 2015.
    July 28, 2015

  • Joseph HartJoseph Hart, '93, was named president and CEO of Dale Carnegie Training. He's a Dale Carnegie graduate and has worked closely with the company as a strategic partner for nearly 10 years.
    August 18, 2015

  • Neil RockindNeil Rockind, '93, founder of criminal defense firm Rockind Law, was named a Michigan Super Lawyer in the practice area of criminal defense. This is Rockind's seventh consecutive year on the list. Additionally, he was named among the Top 50 Consumer Attorneys in Michigan based on nominations and the research and blue ribbon review process conducted by Super Lawyers.
    September 8, 2015

  • David LawrenceDavid Lawrence, '93, of Couzens Lansky was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.
    September 11, 2015

  • Neil RockindNeil Rockind, '93, has been selected to speak at the second annual TEDx Oakland University. Rockind's TED Talk will discuss the "joy of the jury." He is the founder of Southfield-based criminal defense law firm, Rockind Law. 
    September 23, 2015

  • Ann Marie UetzAnn Marie Uetz, '93, has been named to the Crain's Detroit Most Connected List, which highlights the 100 most influential business leaders in the greater Detroit area. She is a partner with Foley and Gardner and a vice chair of the firm's bankruptcy and business reorganization practice.
    October 6, 2015

  • Neil RockindNeil Rockind, '93, presented a seminar titled "Identifying Theme and Theory" at the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) fall conference. He is founder of Southfield-based criminal defense law firm, Rockind Law. 
    November 13, 2015

  • Julie MarkgrafJulie Markgraf, '93, has joined Hall Render Killian Heath and Lyman's Detroit office. She focuses her practice on health care law. 
    December 22, 2015

  • Neil RockindNeil Rockind, '93, was named a Leading Lawyer in Michigan for 2015-2016 in the area of criminal defense, DUI.
    January 5, 2016

  • Marc Wise, LL.M.Marc Wise, LL.M., '93, of Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC was recognized in Chambers USA's ranking of business lawyers.
    March 1, 2016

  • Robert RaittRobert Raitt, '93, was named one of 30 Leaders in the Law for 2016 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is a Michigan Auto Law partner, and he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1989.
    March 30, 2016

  • Andrew “Jake” GroveAndrew “Jake” Grove, '93, has joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC in Royal Oak. Grove, who concentrates his practice in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets matters, earned his master's degree from the University of Chicago and his bachelor's degrees from the University of Michigan.
    May 26, 2016

  • Cameron EvansCameron 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 AnderssonTimothy 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 BluhmLori 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 EvansCameron 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

  • Scott SirichScott Sirich, '92, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Construction Law and Litigation. He is with Plunkett Cooney.
    September 8, 2014

  • Robert RaittRobert Raitt, '92, of Michigan Auto Law was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Anna MaiuriAnna Maiuri, '92, of Dickinson Wright PLLC was named to the Top 50 women lawyers list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Scott SirichScott Sirich, '92, was nominated by his peers to the inaugural list of "Leading Lawyers" in Michigan for Leading Lawyers magazine. He is with Plunkett Cooney.
    December 16, 2014

  • Jennifer LordJennifer Lord, '92, joined law firm Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers as a partner, returning to the firm where her career as an employee rights advocate began.
    February 11, 2015

  • Andrey TomkiwAndrey 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

  • Anna MaiuriAnna Maiuri, '92, was selected for National Law Journal's inaugural list of 50 Energy & Environment Trailblazers. She was featured in the April issue of National Law Journal. She is a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC.
    April 28, 2015

  • Cherie MorganrothCherie Morganroth, '92, was featured in a Legal News article, "Following in Father's Footsteps." She is a partner with Morganroth & Morganroth.  
    June 23, 2015

  • Jennifer LordJennifer Lord, '92, is the focus of a feature, Vindication:  Attorney goes to bat for terminated workers, in the Legal News.
    July 22, 2015

  • Robert RaittRobert Raitt, '92, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Raitt was recognized in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation. He is a partner with Michigan Auto Law.
    August 25, 2015

  • Valerie NewmanValerie Newman, '92, is featured in The Legal News. An attorney with the Michigan State Appellate Defender's Office in Detroit, she successfully argued a landmark ineffective assistance of counsel case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Newman 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.
    November 4, 2015

  • Scott SirichScott Sirich, '92, was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list. He is a partner with Plunkett Cooney.
    November 11, 2015

  • Andrey TomkiwAndrey Tomkiw, '92, of Tomkiw Mackewich PLC in Royal Oak was elected to serve on the Executive Council of the State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Law Section. Tomkiw also was featured in DBusiness magazine's "Faces of Detroit" in recognition of his work defending employers. He is recognized by DBusiness as a Top Attorney in Michigan and designated by a vote of his peers as a Michigan Super Lawyer for the seventh consecutive year. Tomkiw earned his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University in 1988.
    April 5, 2016

  • Peggy AulinoPeggy Aulino, '92, was promoted to managing editor of breaking news for labor and employment law publications at Bloomberg BNA in Washington, D.C. She earned her master's degree from Ohio University and her bachelor's degree from William Paterson University.
    April 26, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Donald CampbellDonald Campbell, '89, was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2014 for the sixth consecutive year. Campbell was honored for his work in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. He is with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell.
    August 23, 2013

  • Theresa AsoklisTheresa Asoklis, '89, was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2014 for the sixth consecutive year. She was honored for her work in Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. She is with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell.
    August 23, 2013

  • Dawn SchluterDawn Schluter, '89, was appointed chair of Women of Miller Canfield, the firm's internal standing committee of women lawyers. Women of Miller Canfield is committed to helping the firm attract, retain, develop and advance women lawyers, through strengthened internal professional relationships, education, strategic business networking and practice development initiatives and leadership development. Schluter is a principal in the firm's Troy office and leader of the Personal Services Group. Schluter, who has been with Miller Canfield for 25 years, has extensive experience in estate planning, wealth transfer planning, taxes and family law matters.
    September 13, 2013

  • Melissa JacksonMelissa Jackson, '89, of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC recently was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 as Lawyer of the Year in the field of Employment Law-Management. Jackson also was selected to be included in Super Lawyers for her work in Employment and Labor law.  
    October 8, 2013

  • Nanci GrantNanci Grant, '89, has been appointed to a third consecutive two-year term as chief judge of the Oakland County Circuit Court beginning January 1, 2014. Grant began serving the Circuit Court in 1996 after having previously worked as a private practice attorney specializing in commercial litigation. Grant was appointed as presiding judge of the General Jurisdiction Division in 2000. Grant is the current chairperson of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission and a past president of the Michigan Judges Association (MJA). Grant is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Michigan Judicial Institute. She has held many offices in various organizations. Grant initially was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court as chief judge of the Oakland County Circuit Court in 2009 and was reappointed for a successive term in 2011.
    October 23, 2013

  • Lawrence BuckfireLawrence Buckfire, '89, has been named as a 2013 Top Attorney in Michigan by The New York Times. Buckfire, a partner in Buckfire & Buckfire PC in Southfield, specializes in wrongful death, dog bite injury, car accidents and all other types of motor vehicle crashes, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, and all other type of personal injury accident matters. He also serves as a mediator with the Wayne County Mediation Tribunal.
    November 14, 2013

  • Nanci GrantNanci Grant, '89, was named as one of the metropolitan area's top circuit court judges by DBusiness magazine in its January/February 2014 edition. The top judges were selected via a poll of 18,200 attorneys. Grant is a judge with Oakland County Circuit Court.
    February 10, 2014

  • Donald CampbellDonald Campbell, '89, was invited to speak at the International Association of Defense Counsel's Professional Liability Roundtable on May 8 at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Campbell will be among the speakers for a session focusing on "Hot Topics in Attorney-Client Privilege." Campbell, a partner at Collins Einhorn, focuses his practice on attorney grievance defense, representation in judicial tenure matters and legal malpractice defense.
    March 20, 2014

  • Donald CampbellDonald Campbell, '89, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. He was recognized in the practice area of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. He is with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.
    August 19, 2014

  • Theresa AsoklisTheresa Asoklis, '89, of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC has been named the Best Lawyers' 2015 Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in Metro Detroit. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."
    August 19, 2014

  • Melissa JacksonMelissa Jackson, '89, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Employment Law - Management. She is with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.
    September 3, 2014

  • Miriam Blanks-Smart, '89, was appointed to the Executive Committee of The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the education provider of the State Bar of Michigan. Blanks-Smart was appointed by the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar and will serve a four-year term.  She is the manager of administrative hearings at the city of Detroit's Department of Administrative Hearings, or "blight court."
    September 16, 2014

  • Nanci GrantNanci Grant, '89, was selected as one of 27 Esteemed Women of Michigan 2014. The Esteemed Women of Michigan program recognizes women who have excelled in their professions, risen above intolerable circumstances, developed the means to help others or have become inspirational figures for the younger generation, according to the program. Grant is Oakland County Circuit Court chief judge.
    October 1, 2014

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

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

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

  • Nanci GrantNanci Grant, '89, was profiled in the Detroit Legal News for founding the Oakland County Combat Veterans Treatment Court, the first of its kind in Michigan. The program, which is designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration, provides intense supervision, substance abuse treatment, readjustment counseling and mentoring with military veterans who can relate to combat experiences.  
    January 8, 2015

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

  • Nanci GrantNanci Grant, '89, chief judge of the Oakland County Circuit Court, was presented with the 2015 WONder Woman Award at the Women Officials Network Award Ceremony held in Troy. The WONder Woman award recognizes women who have improved the quality of life in Southeast Michigan through their civic, philanthropic, and professional accomplishments. In recognition of the award, Grant also received a special tribute from Gov. Rick Snyder and the Ninety-Eighth Congress. The Women's Official Network's mission is to celebrate women who have contributed in meaningful ways and have forged paths of leadership and to inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential.    
    May 20, 2015

  • Pamela ZarkowskiPamela Zarkowski, '89, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy, will be the keynote speaker at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine commencement. Zarkowski is the former executive associate dean of the UDM School of Dentistry. She holds a bachelor's degree and a master of public health degree in dental public health.  
    May 21, 2015

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

  • Theresa AsoklisTheresa Asoklis, '89, was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Asoklis was recognized in the practice area of Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. She is with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.
    August 18, 2015

  • Donald CampbellDonald Campbell, '89, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Campbell was recognized in the practice area of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. He is with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.
    August 18, 2015

  • Diane FearsDiane Fears, '89, wrote "Tipping the Scales: Courting Diverse Judicial Clerkship Applicants," published in the September edition of the NALP Bulletin. Fears is director of Career Services and the Student Voluntary Pro Bono Program at Wayne Law.
    September 1, 2015

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

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

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

  • David ThomsDavid 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 NaderMichael Nader, '88, was re-appointed as adjunct professor by the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches an employee benefits course.  He also continues to serve on the Strategic Policy Board of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
    August 3, 2013

  • David ThomsDavid Thoms, '88, (LL.M) was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the French-American Foundation of New York City. He is a principal with Miller Canfield. Thoms has been a leader in the French-American community for years. His service includes being a longtime board member and current president of the Alliance Franaise 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 Franaises-USA and a current board member of the American Society of the French Academic Palms. He was awarded the Officier dans lOrdre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government for his contributions to French culture and education.
    November 13, 2013

  • David ThomsDavid Thoms, '88, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Federation of Alliances Françaises -USA Inc. His term will expire in 2016. He was also elected as the board's vice president for a one-year term. The Federation of Alliances Françaises-USA is a cooperative organization dedicated to "the promotion of understanding the French language, literature, history and culture to the francophone and Francophile" This national organization supports more than 100 local chapters in the United States. Thoms is a principal with Miller Canfield, and has been a leader in the French-American community for years. His service includes being a longtime board member and current president of the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe and a past president of the French Festival of Detroit. He is a former board member and past president of the Federation of Alliances Françaises-USA and a current board member of the American Society of the French Academic Palms. He was awarded the Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government for his contributions to French culture and education.
    December 19, 2013

  • Bruce HaffeyBruce Haffey, '88, (LL.M.), presented "Tips and Take-Aways re. Business Succession Planning: A Survey of Recent Cases" at the annual meeting of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel on May 16.  He concentrates his practice with Giarmarco Mullins & Horton PC in the areas of business planning, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, franchise law and taxation.
    June 9, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Margaret ScottMargaret Scott, '88, was named chair of the Michigan Arson Prevention's government resources committee. She is executive partner at Secrest Wardle, and a former Oakland County assistant prosecuting attorney. She has received several awards, including the Bob Sattler Award from the North Central Regional Chapter/International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, an award for professional excellence for service to the Michigan State Police and the William Liddane Award from the Help Eliminate Auto Theft Organization.
    August 9, 2015

  • Margaret ScottMargaret Scott, '88, was presented with a "Challenge Coin" for her service to the North Oakland County Veteran's Treatment Court. She is an executive partner at Secrest Wardle and a former prosecuting attorney.
    September 2, 2015

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

  • Linda RossLinda Ross, '88, has been reappointed to the Quality and Accountability Committee of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. This committee assists in the development of the MHA's assessment of healthcare quality management and patient safety issues, including performance improvement and accreditation/regulatory compliance. She is a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit and leader of the firm's healthcare practice group.
    October 7, 2015

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

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

  • Kathy BrowneKathy 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 GilbertDan Gilbert, '87, has been selected by The Harvard Business School Club of Michigan as its annual Business Leader of the Year. Gilbert is the founder and chairman of Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc.. A dinner to honor Gilbert will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Qzine at the Chase Building in Detroit. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships for Michigan nonprofit leaders to attend the 2014 Strategic Perspectives for Non-Profit Management program, an intensive six-day course presented each July at the Harvard Business School in Boston. SPNM scholarships are offered through a nomination/application process for candidates who exemplify dedication, commitment and pursuit of excellence within the nonprofit sector. The announcement was made by Harvard Business School Club of Michigan board chair, Richard Shapack. "The Harvard Business School Club of Michigan supports the Harvard Business School mission to train business leaders to make a difference in their communities. Dan Gilbert is the standout recipient for this year's award. His business success is internationally recognized as is his unwavering commitment to support Detroit in its comeback efforts," said Shapack. "Mr. Gilbert is harnessing the energy and potential of Detroit and the region, particularly among young adults, and reflects the benefits of private/public partnerships and the good that can be accomplished in business and the community when outstanding leaders are in charge."  
    September 18, 2013

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

  • Jean SchtokalJean Schtokal, '87, of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC recently was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of International Trade and Finance Law. Schtokal also was selected to be included in Michigan Lawyer's Weekly's "Women in the Law" for 2013.  
    October 8, 2013

  • Patrick KarbowskiPatrick Karbowski, '87, has joined the Detroit office of McDonald Hopkins in the firm's Business Department. Karbowski was previously with the law firm Butzel Long. Karbowski has more than 25 years of experience practicing business and real estate law. Karbowski, a past chairperson of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, was recently awarded the C. Robert Wartell Distinguished Service Award for exemplary contributions to the section over an extended period of time. Karbowski is an ex officio member of the sections governing council and serves on many of its committees, including as chair of the Pro Bono Committee. A Leadership Oakland alumnus, Karbowski has served on the boards of several community organizations. Moreover, he is on the real estate advisory board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
    November 14, 2013

  • Phillip KorovesisPhillip Korovesis, '87, was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Council. Based in Butzel Long's Detroit office, shareholder Korovesis is a Litigation Practice Group leader and also serves as the chair of Butzel Long's Trade Secret and Non-Compete Specialty Team, which focuses on trade secret, non-compete and business tort litigation. His practice is focused on commercial disputes, with trial, litigation and consultation expertise in non-compete/trade secret disputes, product liability defense, life insurance claims and business and financial services industry disputes. Korovesis has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts in various parts of the country and represented clients in state and federal appellate courts. He has arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association, the National Association of Securities Dealers, and the New York Stock Exchange (now The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). He is a regular presenter on trade secret and non-compete issues to lawyers and other professionals. Korovesis also serves on the Board of Directors of Leadership Oakland. He is the past president of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. Korovesis is an active member of the Defense Research Institute on its Commercial Litigation Committee.  
    December 13, 2013

  • Stacey WashingtonStacey Washington, '87, was elected to the Board of Directors of Growing Hope, a nonprofit organization that organizes the Ypsilanti and Wayne farmers markets and educates people about gardening and healthy food. She serves on the Membership and Marketing Committee for the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce. She also teaches DUI Defense and Advanced DUI courses for Solo Practice University. Washington is a sole practitioner in Ann Arbor, concentrating on drunk driving defense.
    March 6, 2014

  • Edward Joseph, '87, was appointed to the Third Circuit Court in Detroit by Gov. Rick Snyder. Joseph has been an attorney in private practice since 1991, where he focuses on civil, probate, juvenile and criminal litigation. He also is currently serving as a special assistant attorney general. Joseph previously served as secretary and general consul at Mercom, Inc. in Bloomfield Hills. Joseph fills the vacancy created by the removal of Judge Wade McCree.
    April 11, 2014

  • Joycelyn Ward, '87, was hired as a staff attorney in the Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc.'s Civil Law Group. She received the organization's Pro Bono Spirit Oakland County Award in 2013.
    August 19, 2014

  • Jean SchtokalJean Schtokal, '87, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of International Trade and Finance Law.. She is with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.
    September 3, 2014

  • John ForrestJohn Forrest, '87, (LL.M.) has joined Butzel Long. He focuses his practice in the areas of franchise and distribution law, commercial contracts and business planning and corporate law.
    September 16, 2014

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

  • Eileen SlankEileen Slank, '87, of the law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg celebrated the firm's 20th anniversary. She is a past chair of the Michigan Family Mediation Council, and served as a member of the Washtenaw County Bar Association's Liaison Committee and Family Law Section.
    October 24, 2014

  • Kathy Browne, '87, is expanding her conservation education and beautification efforts for 2015 in the downtown Plymouth area through her landscape design firm, Divine Redesigns LLC. Her demonstration planter can be seen on Forest Avenue in front of the Open Dohr shop from May through October.
    December 1, 2014

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

  • Robin AxelrodRobin Axelrod, '87, was appointed director of education for the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills. She is president of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor. In 2013, she coordinated the Holocaust Memorial Center's Anne Frank Legacy Project.
    February 15, 2015

  • Timothy MeltonTimothy Melton, '87, is partner-in-charge of the new Detroit office of Jones Day. Formerly based in Chicago, Melton joined Jones Day in 1989 and has been involved in many high profile capital raising and M&A transactions, including a number of transactions in Michigan and for Michigan-based clients.
    March 12, 2015

  • Kathy Browne, '87, received a fourth honor from the Daughters of the American Revolution, a state award for "recognition for efforts in conservation and protection of our Michigan resources."
    May 28, 2015

  • Kris Dighe, '87, presented at the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Conference in Chicago. He was on a panel entitled: "Behind the Scenes: An Insider's View on Environmental Enforcement Priorities, Results, and Strategies." Dighe is senior counsel in the U.S. Justice Department's Environmental Crimes section. 
    November 9, 2015

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

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

  • R. Christopher CataldoR. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kay Standridge KressKay Standridge Kress, '86, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization and Litigation-Bankruptcy. She is with Pepper Hamilton LLP.
    August 21, 2014

  • Michael BlumMichael Blum, '86, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Employment Law - Management and Labor Law - Management. He is with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.
    September 3, 2014

  • Judy CaltonJudy Calton, '86, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. She is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Lynn GandhiLynn Gandhi, '86, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Corporate Law, Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Tax Law. She is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

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

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

  • Judy CaltonJudy Calton, '86, of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP was named to the Top 50 women lawyers list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Mark Sadoff, '86, founded MJS Legal of Paris, France, a law firm concentrating on assisting companies in their international operations. Formerly, he was general counsel of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution and Saint Gobain Isover. 
    October 2, 2014

  • Judy CaltonJudy Calton, '86, a partner in the Litigation Department and the Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Creditor Rights Practice Group of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been elected treasurer of the Business Law Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan.  
    October 7, 2014

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

  • Lynn A. GandhiLynn A. Gandhi, '86, was recognized as one of the best in the tax profession by State Tax Notes. She was the only private practice attorney chosen from a pool of practitioners, scholars and government officials. She was also lauded in the publication for her key role in creating a better business tax policy environment for Michigan taxpayers.
    January 5, 2015

  • Kelly Ann RamseyKelly Ann Ramsey, '86, was appointed to the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. The 11-person board promotes the health, safety and welfare of Michigan's children and families by funding local programs and services that prevent child abuse and neglect.
    January 6, 2015

  • Ken NeumanKen Neuman, '86, managing partner with Neuman Anderson PC, presented a May 20 session on new changes to the laws governing real estate lending to the Home Builders Association of Michigan.
    May 26, 2015

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

  • Joyce DraganchukJoyce Draganchuk, '86, Ingham County Circuit Court judge, gave a presentation on the state's judicial system during a People's Law School session in East Lansing.  People's Law School, sponsored by the Sinas Dramis Law Firm, Wayne Law and Michigan Association for Justice, is open to the community.  
    September 15, 2015

  • Judy CaltonJudy Calton, '86, has been elected vice chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Business Law Section. She is a partner in the bankruptcy, reorganization and creditor rights practice group at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit.
    October 7, 2015

  • Linda BurwellLinda Burwell, '85, presented "Sex and Gender in the Workplace in Light of the EEOC's 2013-2016 Strategic Enforcement Plan: Developments and Trends in EEO Law" on May 10. She is a partner with Nemeth Burwell PC in Detroit.    
    May 30, 2013

  • Nazli SaterNazli Sater, '85, was named chair of the Family Law/Divorce Practice Group at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. A partner who practices in the firm's Southfield office, Sater brings more than 25 years of experience in family law litigation and dispute resolution to her new role. A graduate of Leadership Detroit, Sater serves on the board of the Karmanos Cancer Institute and on the Family Law Advisory Board of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. She has been named a top lawyer in family law by DBusiness and to Michigan Super Lawyers. She is also the author of the child custody chapter in the "Michigan Family Law Reference Book."
    June 6, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Michael IndenbaumMichael Indenbaum, '85, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Tax Law. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

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

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

  • Linda BurwellLinda Burwell, '85, reported that her firm, National Employment Counsel PLLC, was recognized as a tier-one law firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in its 2015 list of "Best Law Firms" in the category of employment law. She was selected individually for inclusion in the 21st edition of the Best Lawyers in America 2015 for the areas of employment law - management, labor law - management, and litigation - labor and employment in late August. She also was recognized by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in employment law: management and labor law: management and named a 2015 DBusiness Top Lawyer in September.
    November 5, 2014

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

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

  • Edward EwellEdward Ewell, '85, Wayne County Circuit Court judge, will receive the Purple Sport Coat Award at the sixth annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner in March. The award is given to those who exemplify Judge Kaye Tertzag's motto: "Be prompt. Be prepared. Be polite."
    January 6, 2015

  • Joseph FazioJoseph Fazio, '85, was re-elected to serve a two-year term as a managing director at Miller Canfield.  He is part of a five-person management administration that works with the CEO to oversee the firm's 16 offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Poland and China. Fazio is a principal in the Real Estate Group in the firm's Ann Arbor office,
    March 26, 2015

  • Holli TarganHolli Targan, '85, a partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC, has been appointed presidential advisor to the Merchant Acquirers Committee Board of Directors. The Merchant Acquirers Committee is an organization dedicated to providing universal risk management solutions through ongoing communication and cooperation among acquirers, card associations and enforcement agencies.
    July 24, 2015

  • Heather SimmonsHeather Simmons, '85, wrote Practical Magic: How the Ancient Art of Storytelling Can Make Us Better Lawyers for the August edition of the Michigan Bar Journal.  She is an assistant professor of library service at the University of Illinois College of Law.
    August 4, 2015

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

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

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

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