Wayne State University

Alumni Accomplishments

Michael McCue '98, is working on a Ph.D. at Michigan State University, and is researching for his dissertation the experiences of law students and recent law school graduates with mental illness. He hopes his work will help promote conversation about mental illness and break down stigmas within the legal community.

July 29, 2014
Jonathan Block
Jonathan Block '98, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.

September 5, 2014
Julie Nichols
Julie Nichols '98, was elected partner with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.Her practice focuses on a broad range of general liability, construction, automobile, homeowners, professional liability, umbrella/excess and other specialty coverage matters. Her practice also has included a wide variety of civil matters, including premises liability, the Michigan No-Fault Act, employment defense and general negligence cases.  

January 15, 2015
Stephen Tupper
Stephen Tupper '98, was the subject of a full-page feature story in the Legal News focusing on his service with the Civil Air Patrol.

June 12, 2015
Alexander Domenicucci
Alexander Domenicucci '98, a shareholder at Southfield-based Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller, has been elected vice chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Taxation Section. He also was appointed chair of the Oakland County Bar Association Tax Committee.

October 26, 2015
Michael J. Goecke
Michael J. Goecke '98, a litigation attorney at Lerch Early & Brewer in Bethesda, Maryland, was selected to receive The Daily Record's 2016 Leadership in Law Award. This honor recognizes his career accomplishments, community involvement and mentoring activities. Goecke earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1994.

June 29, 2016
Tina Yost
Tina Yost '98, was elected judge of the 37th Circuit Court in Calhoun County. She earned her bachelor's degree from Albion College.

November 11, 2016
Diana Lee Khachaturian
Diana Lee Khachaturian '98, of the Law Office of Diana Lee Khachaturian in Troy, was named a "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

February 27, 2017
Floyd E. Gates Jr.
Floyd E. Gates Jr. '98, has joined Bodman as a member and will lead the firm's new Grand Rapids office. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

May 5, 2017
Thomas Schehr
Thomas Schehr '97, was elected president of the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for the 2014-15 year. He is the leader of Dykema's Financial Services Litigation Practice Group.

July 22, 2014
David Jacob
David Jacob '97, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.

September 5, 2014
Cynthia Haffey
Cynthia Haffey '97, of Butzel Long was named to the Top 50 women lawyers list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Patrick Conlin Jr.
Patrick Conlin Jr. '97, of Keusch Flintoft & Conlin PC was elected to the Washtenaw County Circuit Court.

November 5, 2014
Eric Nemeth
Eric Nemeth '97, (LL.M.) was named one of 30 "Leaders in the Law" for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is with Varnum LLP.

February 10, 2015
Nathaniel Wolf
Nathaniel Wolf '97, of Mika Meyers Beckett and Jones has been appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to serve on the Michigan Advisory Committee. He practices in the areas of securities arbitration, commercial litigation, employment law and immigration. Wolf is active in the community and serves on various charitable boards including Junior Achievement of West Michigan, Van Andel Institute, The Grand Rapids Area Catholic Elementary Athletic Council, Justice for Our Neighbors, and the Wayne Law Board of Visitors.

February 19, 2015
Hala Jarbou '97, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to fill a vacancy as judge of Oakland County Circuit Court. Prior to this appointment she was a federal prosecutor in the Drug Task Force Unit under U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade in Detroit.

October 21, 2015
Catherine Mish
Catherine Mish '97, city attorney for Grand Rapids, will join Dickinson Wright as of counsel.

February 17, 2016
Kevin A. Smith
Kevin A. Smith '97, was named emergency manager for Highland Park School District. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.

November 2, 2016
Carl Lundblad '97, was named chief executive officer of Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit fair trade retailer. He earned his bachelor's degree from Messiah College.

June 8, 2017
William Maze
William Maze '96, was elected president of Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the largest statewide criminal defense attorney organization. CDAM hosts several criminal law educational opportunities each year, trains lawyers in advanced trial advocacy at its Trial Practice College, and appears as Amicus Curiae in important precedent setting cases before the Michigan Supreme Court. Maze, a criminal defense attorney with offices in Livonia, Royal Oak and Romulus, has indicated that CDAM will seek to have criminal law certification endorsed by the State Bar of Michigan.

July 29, 2014
Richard Finch '96, was named as an administrative law judge with the Michigan Administrative Hearing System. He is formerly of Hardy Lewis & Page PC and Lacey & Jones LLP, where his practice included commercial litigation, negligence, and ERISA.

September 29, 2014
Marcy Ford '96, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law. She is with Trott & Trott PC.

October 1, 2014
Jane Derse Quasarano
Jane Derse Quasarano '96, is the author, with Jeffrey Raphelson, of an article about the uniform commercial code and manufacturing contracts in the October edition of the Michigan Bar Journal. She is with Bodman.

October 31, 2014
Anna Budde
Anna Budde '96, joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as a partner in its intellectual property department in Ann Arbor. She has 20 years of experience.

November 10, 2014
Jennifer Johnson '96, joined Couzens Lansky as an associate attorney. Her primary concentration areas include estate planning, trust administration, probate, corporate law and business transactions.

March 10, 2015
John Gonway
John Gonway '96, joined the Troy office of Dickinson Wright PLLC as a member. Gonway specializes in real estate, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and secured lending.

June 5, 2015
Donald DeNault Jr.
Donald DeNault Jr. '96, a shareholder with the firm of O'Reilly Rancilio PC, became the 87th president of the Macomb County Bar Association.

July 1, 2015
Sara Kruse
Sara Kruse '96, of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC has been named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 30 Women in the Law for 2015.

July 28, 2015
Sherry O'Neal Taylor
Sherry O'Neal Taylor '96, a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC's Detroit office, was appointed to the Pro Bono Initiative of the Committee on Justice Initiatives for the State Bar of Michigan. She serves as the firm's pro bono coordinator, and focuses her practice on labor and employment litigation, commercial and business litigation, school law and insurance and ERISA litigation.  

September 15, 2015
Jermaine Wyrick
Jermaine Wyrick '96, of the Law Offices of Jermaine A. Wyrick PLLC was selected to the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit Board of Directors. His practice includes criminal defense, personal injury, police misconduct and probate law.  

September 22, 2015
Jermaine Wyrick
Jermaine Wyrick '96, was honored as one who is "Committed to Make a Difference in the World" at the first annual World Changers Banquet for C.H.O.I.C.E.Z. He is with the Law Offices of Jermaine A. Wyrick PLLC. 

November 18, 2015
Jermaine Wyrick
Jermaine Wyrick '96, was a guest on the Law Power Hour, hosted by attorney Barry Keller. Wyrick spoke about police misconduct.

January 20, 2016
Jermaine A. Wyrick
Jermaine A. Wyrick '96, presented a talk, "Actions have Consequences," to a group of young men ages 10 to 17 at The Young King's Conference in Detroit. Wyrick earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

April 27, 2016
Kerry Rhoads-Reith
Kerry Rhoads-Reith '96, was elected shareholder of Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Ltd in Novi. She earned her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1993.

May 9, 2016
Lanae L. Monera
Lanae L. Monera '96, has joined Plunkett Cooney. She focuses her practice on motor vehicle liability and works in the firm's Grand Rapids office. Monera earned her bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University in 1993.

June 6, 2016
Jonathan Warshay
Jonathan Warshay '96, was elected as a trustee in West Bloomfield. He is a senior business systems analyst with Cengage Learning, a worldwide educational content, technology and services company. He earned his master of business administration degree from the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and his bachelor's degree in economics from Kalamazoo College.

November 15, 2016
Tina Reynolds
Tina Reynolds '96, was chosen to serve a three-year term on Governor Rick Snyder's newly created Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission. The purpose of the commission is to advise the governor on programs and policies to fight lead exposure in children. Reynolds is the health policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council. She earned her bachelor's degree in natural resources from the University of Michigan.

March 20, 2017
Jermaine A. Wyrick
Jermaine A. Wyrick '96, was a panelist at the University of Detroit Law School for the American Constitution Society. The panel discussed, "The Constitutional Right to Education." Wyrick earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

April 21, 2017
Carol Parker
Carol Parker '96, has been appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas at El Paso. She earned her master's degree from the University of Michigan and her bachelor's degree from the Michigan State University Honors College.

May 5, 2017
Laura Brownfield
Laura Brownfield '95, joined the Trusts & Estates Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney. Brownfield, who is a member of the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of estate planning, wealth management, real estate law and business law.    

July 11, 2014
Gerald Gleeson II
Gerald Gleeson II '95, of Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone PLC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Rebecca Davies
Rebecca Davies '95, of Butzel Long is co-instructing a nine-week Human Resources Certification and Exam Prep Program at Walsh College's Novi campus. She concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation.

October 1, 2014
Gerald Gleeson II
Gerald Gleeson II '95, a principal in Miller Canfield's Litigation and Dispute Resolution, has been elected as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The college is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy, and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for fellowship. Membership in the College cannot exceed 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.

October 21, 2014
Dwight Hamilton
Dwight Hamilton '95, was named chief diversity officer at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. He has been serving as associate vice president for affirmative action and Title IX officer at Grand Valley State University in Allendale.

January 25, 2015
Rebecca Davies
Rebecca Davies '95, was a featured presenter during Walsh College's Entrepreneur-You Conference on March 20, 2015, in Troy. Her presentation was titled, "How Not to Get Burned by a Bad Hire." 

March 30, 2015
Joshua Opperer
Joshua Opperer '95, a partner at Honigman, spoke to students in Assistant Professor Eric Zacks' Mergers class.

March 31, 2015
Clint Gage
Clint Gage '95, was appointed practice group manager of Roetzel & Andress LPA's Business Services Group. Gage focuses his practice on corporate securities law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, corporate governance, '34 Act reporting and general corporate matters.

April 15, 2015
Bradley Lerner
Bradley Lerner '95, was named as Beacon Health Options' first director of mental health parity compliance in addition to his current associate general counsel duties. In this new role, he will create strategies to implement the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Lerner also advises the Kennedy Forum and the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness on parity-related issues regarding implementation.

July 28, 2015
Sean  Cook
Sean Cook '95, was elected chair of the Board of Trustees for the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in Farmington Hills. He practices with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

August 3, 2015
Joseph DeVito
Joseph DeVito '95, (LL.M., 2005) of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

September 16, 2015
Clint Gage
Clint Gage '95, a member of Dickinson Wright, leads the law firm's newest office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is featured in a report in South Florida's Daily Business Review. Gage earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State University.

June 21, 2016
Joseph McGill
Joseph 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 Nessel
Dana 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 Horwitz
Robert 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 Nessel
Dana 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 Nessel
Dana 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 Nessel
Dana 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 Anderssen
Dr. Anton Anderssen '94, was named vice president of the Poetry Society of Michigan.

October 20, 2015
Alan Taylor
Alan 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
Mike Kolasa, LL.M.
Mike Kolasa, LL.M. '94, made a donation to the members of the Ishpeming Ski Club in Ishpeming, Michigan to help fund the replacement of bindings on the skis the team uses for jumping. Kolasa is vice president and trust officer at The Stephenson National Bank & Trust. He earned his J.D. from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and his bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University.

February 21, 2017
Kimberly Yapchai
Kimberly 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 Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, of Neil Rockind PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Megan Bonanni
Megan 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 Kaigler
Shirley 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 Rockind
Neil 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 Harrell
Michelle 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 Rockind
Neil 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 Woll
Jessica Woll '93, was profiled in the Detroit Legal News for helping families weather divorce trauma through her law practice.

December 8, 2014
Paul Delacourt
Paul Delacourt '93, was named special agent in charge of the FBI's Honolulu Division.

December 15, 2014
Kimberly Yapchai
Kimberly 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 Rockind
Neil 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 Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, marked the 15th anniversary of his criminal defense firm, Rockind Law.

January 22, 2015
Neil Rockind
Neil 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 Webster
Peter 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 Ford
Marcy 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 Shah
Sangeeta Shah '93, was named a charter member of global nonprofit The Indus Entrepreneurs. She is a shareholder of Brooks Kushman.

May 26, 2015
Robert Iwrey
Robert 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 Woll
Jessica 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 Rockind
Neil 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 Bonanni
Megan 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 Hart
Joseph 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 Rockind
Neil 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 Lawrence
David Lawrence '93, of Couzens Lansky was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

September 11, 2015
Neil Rockind
Neil 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 Uetz
Ann 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 Rockind
Neil 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 Markgraf
Julie 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 Rockind
Neil 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 Raitt
Robert 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” Grove
Andrew “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
Jessica Woll
Jessica Woll '93, managing partner of Woll & Woll in Birmingham, joined the board of directors of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Woll earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

July 7, 2016
Neil Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, will relocate the criminal defense firm he founded in 2000, Rockind Law, from Southfield to Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, effective Aug. 1. Rockind earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

July 16, 2016
Dora A. Brantley
Dora A. Brantley '93, a shareholder at Rutledge Manion Rabaut Terry and Thomas PC in Detroit, was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2016 "Women in the Law." Brantley earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1990.

July 25, 2016
Lisa B. Zimmer
Lisa B. Zimmer '93, a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in Southfield, was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2016 "Women in the Law." Zimmer earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

July 25, 2016
Neil Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, founder of criminal defense firm Rockind Law in Bloomfield Hills, was named a Michigan Super Lawyer in the practice area of criminal defense. This is Rockind's eighth consecutive year on the list. He also was named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Michigan and one of the Top 50 Consumer Attorneys in Michigan based on nominations and the research and blue ribbon review process conducted by Michigan Super Lawyers. Rockind earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

September 13, 2016
Kim Yapchai
Kim Yapchai '93, chief compliance officer at Whirlpool Corp., was recognized as a Visionary Leader at Inside Counsel's 2016 Transformative Leadership Awards. She also was honored at the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce's Salute to Excellence Awards for notable success in the legal field. Yapchai earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

October 3, 2016
David A. Lawrence
David A. Lawrence '93, a shareholder of Couzens Lansky in Farmington Hills, was named a Michigan Super Lawyer in employment and labor. He earned his bachelor's degree from Hillsdale College.

October 4, 2016
Matthew Zick
Matthew Zick '93, was featured in the Detroit Legal News. Read the full article here. Zick earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

December 3, 2016
Marc Lovell
Marc Lovell '93, LL.M. '03, joined CBIZ Tofias in Boston as a director in the company's high net worth tax department. He also authors and develops curricula and course material for the University of Illinois Tax School, and he updated their popular book on LLCs taxed as S corporations and partnerships. He earned his Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois and his bachelor's degree from the University of Windsor.

April 4, 2017
Cameron Evans
Cameron Evans '92, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment. He is with Honigman.

September 5, 2014
Scott Sirich
Scott 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 Raitt
Robert Raitt '92, of Michigan Auto Law was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

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

September 19, 2014
Scott Sirich
Scott 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 Lord
Jennifer 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 Tomkiw
Andrey Tomkiw '92, of Tomkiw Mackewich PLC was a guest speaker in Professor Robert Ackerman's Alternative Dispute Resolution class about the negotiations that transpire after a law student or recent graduate receives a job offer.

February 12, 2015
Anna Maiuri
Anna 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 Morganroth
Cherie 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 Lord
Jennifer Lord '92, is the focus of a feature, Vindication:  Attorney goes to bat for terminated workers, in the Legal News.

July 22, 2015
Robert Raitt
Robert 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 Newman
Valerie 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 Sirich
Scott Sirich '92, was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list. He is a partner with Plunkett Cooney.

November 11, 2015
Andrey Tomkiw
Andrey 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 Aulino
Peggy 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
Jennifer L. Lord
Jennifer L. Lord '92, a partner with Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC in Royal Oak, was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2016 "Women in the Law." Lord earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

July 25, 2016
Richard M. Delonis
Richard M. Delonis '92, relocated his firm, Szura & Delonis PLC, to 29777 Telegraph Road, Suite 2475, in Southfield. Delonis earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

July 27, 2016
Scott Sirich
Scott Sirich '92, a partner with Plunkett Cooney in Bloomfield Hills, was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2017 for construction law and litigation. He also was named a 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer in construction litigation. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

October 17, 2016
Roberts Kengis
Roberts Kengis '92, was elected prosecuting attorney for Allegan County, Michigan. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

January 28, 2017
Jeffrey Woolstrum
Jeffrey Woolstrum '91, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental. He is with Honigman.

September 5, 2014
Seth Gould
Seth Gould '91, of Wienner & Gould PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Wendy Zabriskie
Wendy 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. Lockwood
Cristina 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 Heise
Kurt 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 Davis
Mark Davis '91, (LL.M.) of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

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

September 16, 2015
David Newblatt
David 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 Carter
Sue 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 Kobliska
Mathew 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
Del A. Szura
Del A. Szura '91, relocated his firm, Szura & Delonis PLC, to 29777 Telegraph Road, Suite 2475, in Southfield. Szura earned his bachelor's degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids.

July 27, 2016
David Newblatt
David Newblatt '91, circuit judge and presiding judge of Genesee County Family Court, wrote about fighting poverty in family court in a guest post published on Nicholas Kristof's New York Times blog. An article about Newblatt and his "silver buckshot" approach was also in MLive. Read his blog post here and the MLive article here. Newblatt earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

December 3, 2016
Mary Massaron Ross
Mary 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
Julie Robertson
Julie 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 Massaron
Mary 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 Nemeth
Patricia Nemeth '90, of Nemeth Law PC was named to the Top 50 women lawyers list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Lori Buiteweg
Lori Buiteweg '90, of the law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg celebrated the firm's 20th anniversary. She is president-elect of the State Bar of Michigan for 2014-15 and has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer for the past four years.

October 24, 2014
Stuart Sherman
Stuart Sherman '90, was elected mayor of Birmingham by his fellow commissioners. He previously was a member of Birmingham's Board of Review and sat on the Ad Hoc Sewer Committee. Sherman currently sits on the Joint Senior Services Committee and the Triangle District Corridor Improvement Authority, and is a member of the Birmingham Sewer Lateral and Water Line Replacement Community Group. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor at Wayne Law.

November 17, 2014
Michael Gadola
Michael 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 Massaron
Mary 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-Haley
Vikki 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 Nemeth
Patricia Nemeth '90, was selected by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in labor and employment law for 2014-15. She was recently named among the Best Lawyers in America for 2015 by Best Lawyers, a Michigan SuperLawyer and was included among Michigan's Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers for 2014.

January 28, 2015
Laura Brodeur-McGeorge
Laura 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 Casey
Matthew 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 Medina
Donna 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 Buiteweg
Lori 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 Massaron
Mary 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 Massaron
Mary 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 Massaron
Mary 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 Lefkofsky
Steven Lefkofsky '90, has joined Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss PC as a partner in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. 

October 19, 2015
Mary Massaron
Mary 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 Buiteweg
Lori 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 Massaron
Mary Massaron '90, partner with Plunkett Cooney, was named by DBusiness magazine to its list of 2016 Top Lawyers. 

December 2, 2015
Lori Buiteweg
Lori 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 Boyd
Hon. 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
Lori Buiteweg
Lori Buiteweg '90, wrote "Navigating Hostile Waters: Parting Thoughts on Professionalism and Civility" for her last monthly Michigan Bar Journal column as president of the Michigan Bar Association. Read it here. Buiteweg is a partner with Nichols Sacks Slank Sendelbach and Buiteweg PC. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

October 4, 2016
Mary Massaron
Mary Massaron '90, a partner with Plunkett Cooney in Bloomfield Hills, was named Detroit Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Law by The Best Lawyers in America 2017. She also was named a 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer and is included among the state's top 100 attorneys and top 50 women lawyers. Massaron earned her bachelor's degree from Marygrove College.

October 17, 2016
Mary Massaron
Mary Massaron '90, a partner with Plunkett Cooney in Bloomfield Hills, was named by DBusiness magazine to its list of 2017 Top Lawyers in Appellate Law. She earned her bachelor's degree from Marygrove College.

December 13, 2016
Lori Buiteweg
Lori Buiteweg '90, was named a 2017 "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She is a partner with Nichols Sacks Slank Sendelbach and Buiteweg PC. Buiteweg earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

February 27, 2017
Donald Campbell
Donald Campbell '89, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. He was recognized in the practice area of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law. He is with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.

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

August 19, 2014
Melissa Jackson
Melissa Jackson '89, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Employment Law - Management. She is with Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC.

September 3, 2014
Miriam Blanks-Smart '89, was appointed to the Executive Committee of The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the education provider of the State Bar of Michigan. Blanks-Smart was appointed by the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar and will serve a four-year term.  She is the manager of administrative hearings at the city of Detroit's Department of Administrative Hearings, or "blight court."

September 16, 2014
Nanci Grant
Nanci Grant '89, was selected as one of 27 Esteemed Women of Michigan 2014. The Esteemed Women of Michigan program recognizes women who have excelled in their professions, risen above intolerable circumstances, developed the means to help others or have become inspirational figures for the younger generation, according to the program. Grant is Oakland County Circuit Court chief judge.

October 1, 2014
Pauline Doohan
Pauline Doohan '89, has joined concentrated solar power developer SolarReserve as the company's vice president and general counsel. 

October 7, 2014
Gary Peters
Gary Peters '89, was elected to the U.S. Senate.

November 5, 2014
Michael Witzke
Michael Witzke '89, has joined the Detroit office of McDonald Hopkins as a member in the firm's Private Client Department.

November 7, 2014
Nanci Grant
Nanci Grant '89, was profiled in the Detroit Legal News for founding the Oakland County Combat Veterans Treatment Court, the first of its kind in Michigan. The program, which is designed to serve as an alternative to incarceration, provides intense supervision, substance abuse treatment, readjustment counseling and mentoring with military veterans who can relate to combat experiences.  

January 8, 2015
Geoffrey Rettig
Geoffrey Rettig '89, was appointed chief assistant prosecuting attorney for Midland County.

February 3, 2015
Nanci Grant
Nanci 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 Zarkowski
Pamela 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 Weinstock
Steven 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 Asoklis
Theresa 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 Campbell
Donald 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 Fears
Diane 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 Dirkes
Mary Dirkes '89, of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

September 16, 2015
Greg Dodd
Greg 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. Fears
Diane 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
Dawn M. Schluter
Dawn M. Schluter '89, a principal with Miller Canfield in Troy, was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2016 "Women in the Law." Schluter earned her bachelor's degree from Kalamazoo College.

July 25, 2016
Mary C. Dirkes
Mary C. Dirkes '89, an attorney with Howard & Howard in Royal Oak, was featured in the Detroit Legal News. Read the full article here. Dirkes earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

August 3, 2016
Theresa M. Asoklis
Theresa M. Asoklis '89, of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in Southfield was named a Michigan Super Lawyer. She earned her bachelor's degree from Wayne State University.

October 3, 2016
Donald D. Campbell
Donald D. Campbell '89, of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in Southfield was named a Michigan Super Lawyer. He earned his bachelor's degree from Loyola University of Chicago.    

October 3, 2016
Melissa Jackson
Melissa Jackson '89, a shareholder of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC in Lansing, was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2017 for labor and employment law. She also was named a 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer in employment and labor. She earned her bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University.

October 4, 2016
Nanci Grant
Nanci Grant '89, received a Champion of Justice Award from the State Bar of Michigan for a program she developed to help veterans. Grant, chief judge of the Oakland County Circuit Court, earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

October 6, 2016
Nanci Grant
Nanci Grant '89, and the Oakland County Combat Veterans Treatment Court, a program she developed in 2013 to help veterans, were featured in Detroit Jewish News. Read the full article here. Grant, chief judge of the Oakland County Circuit Court, earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

January 8, 2017
K. Scott Hamilton '89, has been selected as the 2017 Detroit Bar Legal Scholar by the Detroit Bar Association. He is a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC's Detroit office. Hamilton earned his bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University.

June 22, 2017

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