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  • Michael T. ConeMichael T. Cone, '94, provided expertise in a Ms. Magazine post titled "How Gender Gets Stopped at the Border." Cone, a member of the Wayne Law Program for International Legal Studies Advisory Committee, practices in the areas of administrative law, customs and international trade with McCullough Ginsberg Montano and Partners LLP in New York.
    July 18, 2011

  • Mike KolasaMike Kolasa, '94, LL.M., has opened a new division in Marquette, Mich., for The Stephenson National Bank and Trust (SNBT). As Vice President and Trust Officer of the Marquette Trust and Investment Services Office, he will focus primarily on financial, tax, and estate planning as well as account investment management for clients.
    April 16, 2012

  • Sabrina JohnsonSabrina Johnson, '94, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to replace former Inkster District Judge Sylvia James, who was removed from the 22nd District Court bench for financial improprieties. Johnson served as a  Wayne County assistant prosecutor from 1996-02 and from 2008 until her 2012 appointment. From 2002-08, she managed her own private law firm. Her appointment runs through Jan. 1, 2013.
    September 6, 2012

  • Eric JonesEric Jones, '94, was featured in an Oakland County Legal News article titled "Top gun: IP attorney served as a pilot in Air Force, National Guard." His is an intellectual property attorney and shareholder with Reising Ethington in Troy, and teaches in Nicaragua several times a year.
    September 6, 2012

  • Michael ConeMichael Cone, '94, has been appointed to a new term as a member of the Advisory Committee for the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York. He practices in the areas of administrative law, customs, and international trade with FSB FisherBroyles in New York. Cone counsels clients on a broad array of regulatory compliance issues. His administrative expertise includes matters falling under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, the Food and Drug Administration, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Products Safety Commission, and a variety of other administrative bodies that regulate the importation and sale of merchandise. He also represents clients in all phases of litigation before federal and state courts, including the U.S. Court of International Trade. Advisory committee members work with the court to enhance its internal operations and amend its rules in order to improve practice before the court. Cone is a frequent speaker at professional and commercial trade events, and has been quoted in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Journal of Commerce, Women's Wear Daily, Marie Claire magazine and other publications. Cone is general counsel for and a member of the Board of The Gohan Society, a nonprofit charity that seeks to further awareness of Japanese cuisine and culinary arts. He is fluent in French, and has studied and practiced law in Paris.        
    February 19, 2013

  • Alan TaylorAlan Taylor, '94, has joined Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Ltd., a litigation firm with offices in seven cities nationwide,  as a shareholder in the firm's Detroit office. Taylor will focus his practice on commercial litigation, professional negligence defense for attorneys and accountants, insurance defense, real estate litigation, business transactions and defending creditors' rights. He has extensive experience representing publicly traded corporations, private companies and individuals throughout Michigan.Taylor also regularly counsels landlords and tenants on all aspects of commercial, industrial and residential tenancies.Taylor was named to the 2011 and 2012 Michigan Super Lawyers lists and was recognized as a 2011 Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is actively involved in several legal and real estate organizations including multiple sections of the Michigan State Bar.
    February 28, 2013

  • Tammy KlughTammy Klugh, '94, was recognized by the Michigan Chronicle as a "Woman of Excellence 2014" honoree. She is vice president of diversity, inclusion and compliance for Kelly Services. In her role, Klugh partners with leaders throughout Kelly Services to design global strategies to create an inclusive environment internally as well as develop staffing solutions for customers. Prior to joining Kelly in 1999 as the director of diversity, Klugh was assistant director, Diversity and Compliance Office, for Oakland University in Rochester Hills. She began her career with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office Federal Contract Compliance Programs as a compliance officer serving southeastern Michigan.
    March 29, 2013

  • 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

  • Kim YapchaiKim Yapchai, '93, has been nominated for the 2012 Crain's General and In-House Counsel awards. She is currently employed by Masco Corporation as Director of Corporate Ethics and Counsel-Retail/Wholesale Group. Kim Yapchai is co-chair of the In-House Counsel Committee for the State Bar of Michigan - Business Law Section. Ms. Yapchai is also Vice President - Strategy on the Wayne Law Alumni Association board.
    February 28, 2012

  • Megan BonanniMegan Bonanni, '93, has been named partner at Royal Oak law firm Pitt McGehee Palmer Rivers and Golden.
    April 27, 2012

  • Kimberlee YapchaiKimberlee Yapchai, '93, was recently named Assistant General Counsel and Director of Group Legal Affairs and Corporate Ethics at Masco Corporation in Taylor, Mich.  
    May 25, 2012

  • Sangeeta ShahSangeeta Shah, '93, of Brooks Kushman PC was named one of 20 awardees of Michigan Lawyer Weekly's Women in the Law 2012.
    July 30, 2012

  • Ann Maire UetzAnn Maire Uetz, '93, was recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America 2013." The listings are based on peer review. Uetz is a partner with the Detroit office of Foley & Lardner LLP.
    September 4, 2012

  • Amanda MercerAmanda Mercer, '93, was the captain of a six-woman team that smashed a world record for a relay swim across the English Channel and back in July. Their effort was a fundraiser for ALS research on behalf of a friend. Mercer also is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She focuses her private law practice in Ann Arbor on mediation and contract law.
    September 17, 2012

  • Judith LayneJudith Layne, '93, was listed in Best Lawyers in America for Trusts and Estates Law. Layne is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Troy. She focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, corporate, and taxation.
    October 22, 2012

  • Peter WebsterPeter Webster, '93,  was listed in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers in 2012. Webster is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Troy. He focuses his practice in the areas of antitrust and trade regulation, commercial and business litigation, real estate, and schools and education.
    October 22, 2012

  • Marcy FordMarcy Ford, '93, was recognized as a 2013 Top Lawyer by DBusiness magazine. Ford, partner and executive vice president at Trott & Trott PC, was selected in the Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights category. She serves as the chair of Trott's Executive Committee and is president of USFN.
    November 20, 2012

  • Sangeeta ShahSangeeta Shah, '93, was featured in a Motion magazine article titled "Chemist finds just the right legal balance."
    December 12, 2012

  • Robert IwreyRobert Iwrey, '93, of Southfield-based The Health Law Partners, recently co-wrote a whitepaper published by the State Bar of Michigan on licensing procedures and investigations for health care providers titled, "Licensure & Certification: Process & Investigation." Iwrey is a founding shareholder of the firm. As a co-author, Iwrey's chapter provided fellow attorneys with an outline of the processes followed by Michigan's Bureau of Health Care Services with regard to investigations and prosecutions of health care providers that allegedly violate Michigan's Public Health Code. The chapter also reviews the collateral effects that are associated with licensing sanctions. Iwrey is a practicing litigator and has specialized his practice in health care transactional law, including licensure, staff privileges, contracts, physician practice issues, and health care investigation and audit defense. Iwrey was also recognized as a Super Lawyer in Health Law in each of the past three years and a DBusiness Top Lawyer in Health Care/Corporate Governance & Compliance in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
    March 1, 2013

  • Marc WiseMarc Wise, '93, was selected for inclusion in "Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business." He is a shareholder with Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller PC, and was honored in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice area.
    May 14, 2013

  • 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

  • Anna MaiuriAnna Maiuri, '92, a Miller Canfield principal, was elected to serve as chair of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. At Miller Canfield, Maiuri serves as chair of the firm's Energy, Environmental and Regulatory practice group specializing in air, water and land environmental law issues and has years of experience representing companies with interests in the global marketplace. Her expertise also includes helping corporations, business owners and operators assess environmental liabilities when purchasing, selling or leasing assets both across the country and around the world. Maiuri is named a Michigan Best Lawyer and recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan by Super Lawyers for her work in Environmental Law.  
    September 26, 2011

  • Jess A. BahsJess A. Bahs, '92, LL.M. '98, of the law firm Howard and Howard, has been named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2012.
    November 2, 2011

  • Valerie NewmanValerie 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

  • Anna MaiuriAnna Maiuri, '92, was named one of 20 awardees of Michigan Lawyer's Weekly's Women in the Law 2012. She is with Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone PLC.
    July 30, 2012

  • Valerie NewmanValerie 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 HeuselMark 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 NewmanValerie 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 MaiuriAnna 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 NewmanValerie 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 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

  • Mark A. DavisMark A. Davis, '91, president and CEO of the law firm Howard and Howard, has been named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2012.
    November 3, 2011

  • Mark WilsonMark 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 RinkTraci 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 SnowMartha 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 GantNorma 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 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

  • Lori A. BuitewegLori A. Buiteweg, '90, a family law attorney with Nichols Sacks Slank Sendelbach and Buiteweg of Ann Arbor, has been elected treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan and is slated to become its president in 2015. Buiteweg previously served as chairperson of the State Bar's Representative Assembly and is beginning her ninth year as district commissioner. She is a past president and current co-chair of the Washtenaw County Bar Association's Public Service Committee and serves on the parish council of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ann Arbor. Buiteweg‘s practice focuses on mediation and collaborative practice, which uses an interdisciplinary team approach to help divorcing couples settle their disputes without going to court.
    August 9, 2011

  • Mary Massaron RossMary Massaron Ross, '90, a partner of Plunkett Cooney, was recently named one of the most influential attorneys in the state by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Massaron Ross, who previously served as a law clerk to former Michigan Supreme Court Associate Justice Patricia J. Boyle, practices in Plunkett Cooney's Detroit office. One of the firm's top appellate attorneys, Massaron Ross has more than 50 published opinions to her credit.
    August 12, 2011

  • Mary Massaron RossMary Massaron Ross, '90, Appellate Law Practice Group Leader for Plunkett Cooney, is among several leading appellate attorneys who recently co-authored a book on state and federal appellate practice. Published by Law Journal Press, "Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts" is a guide to the appellate process. The book offers step-by-step advice on a variety of issues, including factors to weight when evaluating whether to appeal, preserving issues for appeal, preparing winning motions, standards of review, and standing to appeal. Massaron Ross, one of 15 contributors, authored Chapter Six, titled: "Interlocutory Appellate Review."
    September 7, 2011

  • Darcie R. BraultDarcie R. Brault, '90, a member of Dib, Fagan and Brault PC, was named one of the Top 50 Women by the 2011 Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    October 5, 2011

  • Mary Massaron RossMary Massaron Ross, '90, appellate attorney at Plunkett Cooney, was among several leading attorneys who recently co-authored Eminent Domain: A Handbook of Condemnation Law.
    December 22, 2011

  • Mark BennettMark 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 CaryCarolyn 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

  • Lori BuitewegLori Buiteweg, '90, was chosen secretary of the State Bar of Michigan for 2012-13.  She is a partner in Nichols Sacks Slank Sendelbach and Buiteweg PC and focuses on family law.
    September 6, 2012

  • David BargamianDavid Bargamian, '90, was selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America 2012" for excellence in real estate law. He is a member with Barris Sott Denn & Driker PLLC.
    October 8, 2012

  • Mary Massaron RossMary 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 BoydThomas 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 KreucherBrian 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 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

  • Mark Schrupp, '89, was appointed chief operating officer of Detroit Public Schools. Article at http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/28410523/detail.html  
    July 1, 2011

  • Colleen M. ShevnockColleen M. Shevnock, '89, an attorney with Dickinson Wright, was named a "Leader in her Field" by Chambers USA. Shevnock is recognized for her work as counsel to banks and other institutional lenders in commercial lending matters, as well as the documentation for a wide array of loan transactions.    
    August 3, 2011

  • Theresa M. AsoklisTheresa M. Asoklis, '89, has been selected for inclusion in the 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) for her work in the area of Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants.
    September 21, 2011

  • Donald D. Campbell Donald D. Campbell , '89, has been selected for inclusion in the 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) for his work in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law.
    September 21, 2011

  • James R. PetersonJames R. Peterson, '89, of Miller Johnson, was elected to the firm's management committee for a three-year term. Mr. Peterson is a past chair of the firm's litigation section and also served as Miller Johnson's assistant general counsel.
    January 5, 2012

  • Pamela ZarkowskiPamela 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 WeinstockSteven 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

  • Frank VandervortFrank Vandervort, '89, was the subject of a feature story in the Flint-Genesee County Legal News. The story was titled "Law professor co-founded U-M Juvenile Justice Clinic."
    September 26, 2012

  • Colleen ShevnockColleen 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 HamiltonK. 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 AskolisTheresa 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 CampbellDonald 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 GrantNanci 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 SchluterDawn 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 PetersGary 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 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

  • Linda S. RossLinda S. Ross, '88, a partner and chair of the Health Care Department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, recently addressed health organization board members attending the Excellence in Governance Fellowship program of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. Her presentation was titled "Hospital/Physician Relationships and the Law...What Every Board Member Must Know." Ross has been named in Best Lawyers in America from 2005 to 2011 and Michigan Super Lawyers from 2007 to 2010, as well as one of its top 50 women from 2007 to 2010. She also was recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by DBusiness in 2010 and 2011.
    April 26, 2011

  • Linda S. RossLinda S. Ross, '88, partner and chair of the Health Care Department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP (Honigman), addressed the HealthcareNEXT Inforum industry group at the DMC Children's Hospital. She participated in a panel discussion regarding how hospitals, health systems and physicians can best position themselves in relation to the new health care laws. In her practice, Ross represents hospitals, physicians and other health care systems and providers regarding affiliations, acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, reorganizations and joint ventures. She also advises health care providers about compliance matters including the Stark Law, the Anti-kickback Statute, self-disclosures to the Office of Inspector General, and laws and regulations affecting tax-exempt entities. Ross has been named in Best Lawyers in America from 2005 to 2011 and Michigan Super Lawyers from 2007 to 2010, as well as one of its top 50 women from 2007 to 2010.
    July 7, 2011

  • David M. ThomsDavid M. Thoms, '88, LL.M., a principle in Miller Canfield's Troy, Mich. office, has been re-elected to a one-year term as president of the board of directors of Alliance Françaises de Grosse Pointe. At Miller Canfield, Thoms is a member of the Personal Services Group and co-leader of the Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations Group. He concentrates his practice in estate planning and tax, non-profit organizations, business entity planning and tax, succession planning and real estate.  
    July 27, 2011

  • David M. ThomsDavid M. Thoms, '88, LL.M., a principal with Miller Canfield, has been re-elected secretary of the executive committee of the Michigan Colleges Foundation. At Miller Canfield, Thoms is a member of the Personal Services Group and co-leader of the Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations Group. He concentrates his practice in estate planning and tax, nonprofit organizations, business entity planning and tax, succession planning and real estate.  
    August 18, 2011

  • Linda S. RossLinda S. Ross, '88, a partner and chair of the Health Care department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named a Fellow by the State Bar of Michigan's Health Care Law Section.
    September 28, 2011

  • Linda S. RossLinda S. Ross, '88, a partner and chair of the Health Care Department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named a Fellow by the State Bar of Michigan's Health Care Law Section.
    December 6, 2011

  • Joseph M. Ammar Joseph M. Ammar , '88, an attorney in Plunkett Cooney's Kalamazoo, Michigan, office's Banking, Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights practice group, has been named partner in the firm.
    February 8, 2012

  • David ThomsDavid 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 SecontineJulie 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 ScottMargaret 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 ScottMargaret 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 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 Française de Grosse Pointe and a past president of the French Festival of Detroit. He is a former board member and past president of the Federation of Alliances Françaises-USA and a current board member of the American Society of the French Academic Palms. He was awarded the Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government for his contributions to French culture and education.
    November 13, 2013

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

  • Phillip C. Korovesis, '87, was elected president of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) during its Annual Meeting May 19-21 in Mount Pleasant. Previously, Korovesis served as MDTC vice-president.
    May 27, 2011

  • Dan Gilbert, '87, Quicken Loans founder and chairman, was featured in a Detroit Free Press article titled "Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert picks up baton for downtown Detroit development."
    July 1, 2011

  • Theodore B. SylwestrzakTheodore B. Sylwestrzak, '87, an attorney with Dickinson Wright, was named a "Leader in his Field" by Chambers USA. Sylwestrzak is recognized for his work in bankruptcy, workouts, asset-based lending and other secured lending situations, as well as his speed, efficiency and responsiveness toward clients.
    August 3, 2011

  • Kathy Browne, '87, multiple U.S. and Chinese patent holder; board of directors member of Keep Michigan Beautiful (KMB) Inc.; and national, state, and local award-winning founder, president and CEO of Green!USA, is having her environmentally-friendly peat-free potting soil recipe reprinted in a new, upcoming cookbook for KMB.
    August 23, 2011

  • H. Nathan ResnickH. Nathan Resnick, '87, founding and managing partner of Resnick and Moss PC, was named a 2012 Top Lawyer by DBusiness.
    November 14, 2011

  • Jean SchtokalJean Schtokal, '87, a shareholder at Foster Swift Collins and Smith PC, has been appointed as the 2012 Division Director for International Business Services for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has been on the Chamber Board of Directors since 2009.
    December 13, 2011

  • H. Nathan ResnickH. Nathan Resnick, '87, of Resnick and Moss PC was recently nominated to the Board of Directors of The Bear Hug Foundation, a non-profit organization that gives at-risk, underprivileged and special needs children the opportunity to experience an outdoor summer camp in Northern Michigan.
    February 14, 2012

  • Patrick KarbowskiPatrick 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 SylwestrzakTheodore 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 KarbowskiPatrick 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 KorovesisPhillip 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 DigheKris 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-FriedSarah 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 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 section’s governing council and serves on many of its committees, including as chair of the Pro Bono Committee. A Leadership Oakland alumnus, Karbowski has served on the boards of several community organizations. Moreover, he is on the real estate advisory board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
    November 14, 2013

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

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

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

  • Brian, '86, and Mary MorrowBrian, '86, and Mary Morrow, '86, both assistant Wayne County prosecuting attorneys, were featured in a recent Legal News article for establishing a small college scholarship. Named the Brian and Mary Morrow Community Service Scholarship, the scholarship rewards the initiative of graduating seniors from the Detroit Public Schools ("DPS") who have been actively involved in community service projects and who desire to continue their education at the college or university level.
    July 12, 2011

  • Hon. Nancy Meyer-Swink SaittaHon. Nancy Meyer-Swink Saitta, '86, has become Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court. She was elected to the Supreme Court in 2006, a decade after she began her judicial career with her appointment as a Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge in October 1996. Two years later, she was elected as a District Court judge presiding over felony criminal cases and complex civil cases.
    October 3, 2011

  • Eric S. Richards, '86, an attorney with Mika Meyers Beckett and Jones PLC, was included in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
    December 22, 2011

  • Gregory NowakGregory 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 NeumanKen 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 PezzettiElizabeth 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 GandhiLynn 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

  • Joyce DraganchukJoyce Draganchuk, '86, will preside over Ingham County's new business court.  She was elected in November 2004 as an Ingham County Circuit Court judge.
    May 23, 2013

  • 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

  • Linda BurwellLinda Burwell, '85, founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell PC, addressed social networking issues affecting employers in a presentation entitled, Emerging Issues of Liability Arising from the Use of Social Networking in the Workplace. The presentation was held in Connecticut before a large industry group.
    August 2, 2011

  • Mark G. Landau, '85, LL.M., of Couzens Lansky of Farmington Hills, was chosen as a 2011 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager. He is part of a select group, representing less than 7 percent of wealth managers in the Detroit metropolitan area. The award is based on survey results from thousands of consumers and other financial services professionals.
    August 16, 2011

  • Holli TarganHolli Targan, '85, a partner in the Southfield office of Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss PC, was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2012 in the field of information technology.
    October 31, 2011

  • Richard M. MiettinenRichard M. Miettinen, '85, of the law firm Howard and Howard, has been named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2012.
    November 3, 2011

  • Dennis J. LevasseurDennis J. Levasseur, '85, an attorney at Bodman PLC, was recognized in the just-released 2012 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys for his commercial litigation work. Benchmark honors law firms and individual attorneys who received particularly strong endorsements from clients and peers in an exhaustive annual research survey.
    December 13, 2011

  • Derek S. WhitefieldDerek S. Whitefield, '85, of Dykema's Los Angeles office, has been elected by the membership of the firm to the firm's 7-member executive board. In his new role, Mr. Whitefield will help guide the long-range strategic planning, policy and direction of the firm, and help oversee the firm's economic performance.
    January 6, 2012

  • John Roth, '85, is leaving his job as the Justice Department's special counsel for money-laundering policy on the Financial Action Task Force in Paris, France, to become director of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations. He'll supervise a staff of 280. Roth served on the 9/11 Commission in 2003-04.
    July 2, 2012

  • Mindy HitchcockMindy Hitchcock, '85, was the focus of a feature story in the Grand Rapids Legal News. Her Bingham Farms legal firm is called Lady4 Justice.
    November 9, 2012

  • Anthony Saulino Jr.Anthony Saulino Jr., '85, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 in the practice area of Real Estate Law by DBusiness magazine. He is with Butzel Long.
    December 6, 2012

  • Rick BergRick Berg, '85, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 in the practice areas of Business Litigation and Commercial Litigation by DBusiness magazine. He is with Butzel Long.
    December 6, 2012

  • Holli TarganHolli Targan, '85, has been elected to a one-year term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Washington, D.C.-based Electronic Transactions Association. Targan served as president of the ETA in 2010 and as a member of its Board of Directors for more than 10 years.  She concentrates her law practice on card processing, mobile payments and electronic payments law. She is a frequent lecturer and has published dozens of articles on industry-related topics. She is a partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC.
    January 28, 2013

  • Linda BurwellLinda Burwell, '85, testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., on March 20, as part of a round table public meeting to provide input on the agency's Quality Control Plan for investigations and conciliations. A nationally recognized speaker and author on employment law, discrimination prevention and risk management, Burwell often serves as the legal expert on panels involving employment laws and workplace trends. At Nemeth Burwell, where she is a founding partner, she serves as a litigator, arbitrator and consultant, representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law and EEOC matters. Burwell's areas of expertise include wrongful discharge, discrimination, non-competition, harassment, interference with contract, equal pay, retaliation, whistleblowers, wage and hours, unfair labor practices, breach of contract, libel and slander, and invasion of privacy. She also counsels management on collective bargaining agreements, pre-employment, discipline, and pre-termination and post-termination matters. Burwell is a board member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms and an ABA Foundation Fellow.  She is a member of the Michigan, Ohio, Federal, and the United States Supreme Court Bar.  She has received numerous honors throughout her legal career and in 2010 was named one of Michigan's 25 Leaders in the Law by the legal trade publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
    March 24, 2013

  • Byron KonschuhByron Konschuh, '85, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the 40th Circuit Court covering Lapeer County. Konschuh has served as the Lapeer County prosecuting attorney since 2000.
    March 26, 2013

  • Jay KaplanJay Kaplan, '85, is speaking at the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center from noon to 3 p.m. May 6 about the arguments on the same-sex marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the different possible outcomes, and their impact. Kaplan is the LGBT Legal Project staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan. Kaplan has worked on cases including challenging undercover sting operations targeting gay men, fighting Michigan's constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying, defending the validity of second parent adoptions granted in Michigan, and recently advocating for a transgender high school student to be able to run for prom court. Kaplan was honored with the 2006 Unsung Hero Award from the Michigan State Bar and the 2010 Virginia Uribe Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association.        
    April 15, 2013

  • Linda 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