Theodore Nittis, '99, was recently hired by Oswald Companies in its fast-growing Lawyers Professional Liability practice. He will counsel clients on risk management, program placement, and serve as lead claims advocate with insurance underwriters and carriers.
January 19, 2010
Jeffrey D. Moss, '99, Butzel Long attorney and shareholder, published a substantial guest article that appears in the January/February 2010 edition of Probate & Property magazine, a national publication of the American Bar Association (ABA). The title of the article is "Solar Panels, Tax Incentives and Your House."
January 19, 2010
Jeffrey D. Moss, '99, was named a shareholder with Butzel Long. Previously, Moss was a senior attorney with the firm. He has significant transactional experience with a special emphasis on tax planning. As tax issues arise in many different types of transactions and situations, Moss has worked with corporations, limited liability companies, entrepreneurs, physicians and real estate developers to achieve their business and tax goals. His experience and services include mergers and acquisitions, international tax planning, choice of entity and tax-advantaged structures, including joint ventures and other reorganizations.
March 26, 2010
David M. LaPrairie, '99, of Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC, was named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2011. Attorneys were selected through a process that included a peer review survey that polled more than 15,000 private attorneys in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
November 16, 2010
David Michael, '99, has been named an associate attorney at Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth and Heller PC, a Southfield, Michigan-based law firm. Michael practices in the areas of business, commercial and real estate litigation, with a concentration in banking and mortgage-lender litigation. He is a board member of the Wayne Law Alumni Association.
December 6, 2010
Eric D. Carlson, '99, has been elected principal of the law firm of Miller Canfield. Carlson specializes in all types of commercial matters including contract negotiation, litigation and insolvency issues.
January 26, 2011
Jeffrey D. Moss, '99, LL.M., joined Dawda Mann PLC as a member, practicing in the areas of tax law, business and medical transactions, estate planning and tax-exempt nonprofit matters. Moss counsels companies and their owners, individuals, fiduciaries and beneficiaries regarding tax planning, succession planning and compliance. ABA Property and Probate magazine named Moss' January 2010 article, "Solar Panels, Tax Incentives and Your House," the Best Cutting Edge Article of 2010. Moss was also named a Top Lawyer by DBusiness magazine for 2011 in the areas of tax law and nonprofit/charities law.
April 19, 2011
Charles Phoenix, '99, of Phoenix Law, was named a 2011 executive cabinet member for the American Heart Association in Lee County, Fla. He also recently received a "Superb 10 Ranking" among AVVO highest rated lawyers from Martindale-Hubbell, and served as a 2011 Sponsor for the Sanibel-Captiva Baseball Little League and the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association Lee County Heart Walk.
July 27, 2011
Kenneth Phillips, '99, was hired as vice president and general counsel by Amerigon Inc., doing business as Gentherm, a developer of thermal management technologies. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the company's regulatory compliance activities. From 1999 until joining Gentherm, Phillips was a partner in the Detroit office of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP.
July 31, 2012
Penny Mullin, '99, (LL.M.) was promoted to vice president and manager of estate planning at Tri-Star Trust Bank. She manages the bank's legal and compliance areas. She previously held the position of relationship officer and estate planning specialist.
November 19, 2013
Alexander G. Domenicucci, '98, partner with Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn, LLP, spoke at the 12th Annual Michigan Conference on Affordable Housing. His presentation was titled, "Top Ten Tax issues in Structuring Low-Income Housing Credit Transactions."
May 17, 2010
Stephen L. Tupper, '98, a member of Dykema's corporate finance practice group and leader of the firm's privacy, data secruity and e-commerce practice and the aviation transactions and finance team, was included in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
September 2, 2010
Alexander G. Domenicucci, '98, of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, recently moderated an Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) panel titled "Successfully Handling Partnership Tax Issues."
October 8, 2010
Julie Nichols, '98, was hired by Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell and Ulanoff PC. Nichols devotes a significant portion of her practice to insurance coverage matters and provides advice to clients with respect to coverage opinions, coverage analysis and the litigation of declaratory actions involving issues of insurance coverage with respect to commercial liability, automobile, homeowners and employment policies.
June 2, 2011
George V. Cassar, Jr., '98, a shareholder at Southfield-based Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth and Heller PC, has been selected to serve on the board of directors for Legatus and The Judson Center. Both terms are for two years.
February 27, 2012
J. Matthew Serra, '98, was named executive director of Faculty Personnel Services at Central Michigan University. Operations of FPS include personnel functions and contract administration for CMU's tenure-eligible faculty, fixed-term faculty and graduate assistant employee groups.
March 6, 2012
D. Lee Khachaturian, '98, was listed in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers. Khachaturian is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Detroit. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, environmental, insurance and ERISA litigation, and labor and employment litigation.
October 22, 2012
Mary Margaret O'Donnell, '98, moved her expanding firm, Blue Filament Intellectual Property LLC, to a larger location at 450 N. Old Woodward in Birmingham. Founded in 2011 by O'Donnell, the firm specializes in intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, domain names, brand protection, brand management and enforcement, risk assessment, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings and dispute resolution. She has been recognized as a SuperLawyer Rising Star, a Michigan Lawyer's Weekly Up & Coming Attorney and a Crain's Detroit Business 40 Under 40 business leader. She received an LLM in intellectual property from the Universite Bordeaux IV in France, and is one of the five donors behind the creation of the Brass Ring Scholarship at Wayne Law.
November 1, 2012
Deborah Blair, '98, was appointed by Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano to be the director of administration for the Wayne County Department of Public Services. She has worked for Wayne County in various capacities since 1996. She also was elected to serve as an alternate member to the Wayne County DIA Art Institute Authority Board.
November 30, 2012
Mark Baker, '98, at the beginning of July 2013 joined the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Office of Inspector General as assistant chief counsel. He previously was a senior attorney-advisor with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General. Also in summer 2013, as a reservist he was promoted to commander in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps. As a reserve Navy officer, he is serving as the Operational and International Law Department head on the Fleet Legal Staff to the admiral in command of U.S. Fleet Forces Command (the former U.S. Atlantic Fleet). He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.
October 8, 2013
George V. Cassar Jr., '97, of Southfield-based Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth and Heller PC, has been named to the Board of Directors of Don Bosco Hall. Don Bosco Hall (www.donboscohall.org) is a Detroit-based, non-profit agency that provides supportive human services to enhance the quality of life for youth and their families residing in the metropolitan Detroit-Wayne County community. In his position he will be involved with the organization's social media initiatives and in gathering financial and non-financial support for Don Bosco Hall and the many activities it supports. Cassar focuses his practice in the areas of estate and business succession planning, taxation and probate.
February 3, 2010
Sue Nolan, '97, recently had an article published in the ABA Health Lawyer.
February 19, 2010
Jeffrey C. Hicks, '97, of the Lansing firm Hicks & Mullett, PLLC recently received the prestigious Community Service Award from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce at its 2010 Annual Dinner. The award is given annually to recognize outstanding individuals of sound moral character who give of their time and expertise to make Lansing a better community and serve as an inspiration to the community and a credit to their business or profession. Hicks was also recently appointed to serve on the Michigan Municipal League's Legislative Governance Committee and the Land Use and Economic Development Committee. Hicks practices extensively in the areas of real property and business law.
March 3, 2010
Jeffrey C. Hicks, '97, managing partner of the Lansing firm Hicks & Mullett, PLLC, was recently elected to the National Executive Board of the Michigan State University Alumni Association. He previously served two years on the Association's Advisory Council. Hicks practices extensively in the areas of real property and business law.
May 18, 2010
Suzanne D. Nolan, '97, co-authored an article in the Fall 2010 Michigan Medical Law Report titled "Watching the Bottom Line: How Health Care Practices Can Control Employee Health Insurance Costs."
October 6, 2010
Eric T. Carver, '97, LL.M., of Dykema, was elected secretary and treasurer of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit (FEPCMD), effective Jan. 1, 2011. Carver has served for the last five years on the FEPCMD's Board of Directors. He was elected unanimously to serve a one-year term for both offices. The election took place at the FEPCMD's Annual meeting on Nov. 9, 2010.
November 17, 2010
Steven J. Enwright, '97, and Andrey T. Tomkiw, '92, have formed Tomkiw Enwright PLC, a new law firm in Royal Oak, Mich., dedicated to providing personalized and strategic legal services to leading and emerging businesses. Tomkiw Enwright will focus on representing businesses in the areas of labor and employment law, complex litigation, business formation and planning, venture finance, entertainment/ media law and general corporate counsel.
March 4, 2011
Veronica R. Leonard, '97, has formed Veronica R. Leonard PLLC. The firm concentrates its practice in all areas of family law (divorce, custody, child support and parenting time issues) as well as probate and estate planning. The firm, online at www.leonardfamilylaw.com, is located in Southfield, Mich.
June 7, 2011
Jeffrey C. Hicks, '97, managing partner of the Lansing law firm Hicks and Mullett PLLC, was recently appointed to the Michigan Office of Regulatory Reinvention's Occupational Licensing Advisory Rules Committee. The Committee will assist the Office of Regulatory Reinvention in identifying duplicative, obsolete, unnecessary or unduly restrictive occupation licensing rules that are not conducive to Michigan's business growth and job creation. The committee will evaluate each of Michigan's 91 regulated occupations to determine whether the rules currently in place provide enough benefits to outweigh the cost to taxpayers. Hicks practices extensively in the areas of real property and business law.
August 5, 2011
Michael T. Price, '97, has joined the Southfield-based firm of Collins, Einhorn, Farrell and Ulanoff PC. Price focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and employment litigation law.
April 16, 2012
Jeffrey Hicks, '97, was recently re-elected to the Delta Township Board as trustee. Hicks practices extensively in the areas of real property and business law as a managing partner of Hicks & Mullett PLLC.
November 29, 2012
Jeffrey Hicks, '97, was recently elected to the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He will serve on the Board's Executive Committee as general counsel. He practices extensively in the areas of real property and business law as a managing partner of Hicks & Mullett PLLC in Lansing.
January 9, 2013
Cynthia Haffey, '97, was elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors at Butzel Long. Haffey is a shareholder and vice president practicing in Butzel Long's Detroit office. She represents corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships in complex disputes involving a wide range of corporate and commercial matters. She regularly appears before the federal and state courts, as well as arbitration tribunals. She represents clients in cases involving commercial disputes and business litigation, including automotive supply chain disputes, shareholder, partner and owner disputes, corporate mergers, acquisitions and other transaction disputes, fraud and other business torts, sales commission disputes, non-compete agreements and trade secrets, real estate disputes, construction contract disputes, anti-trust, bankruptcy and securities litigation. In addition, Haffey also has significant experience in advising and defending clients at trial and in arbitration in age, sex, and racial discrimination actions and other wrongful discharge claims. Haffey currently serves as the co-chair of the firm's Automotive Practice Group, chair of the firm's Women's Initiative Committee and a co-chair of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter's Social Justice Committee.
March 29, 2013
Suzanne Nolan, '97, joined the Detroit office of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook. Nolan has substantial experience and regularly performs legal services for healthcare providers and technology companies on a wide variety of transactional and regulatory compliance matters including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, real estate, contracts and corporate governance. Combining these skills and experience, Nolan will devote a substantial portion of her practice to advising and assisting health care providers on the creation, protection and licensing of all types of intellectual property; the development, distribution, buying, selling and licensing of technology goods and services; and on health care information technology including the privacy and security of healthcare information.
May 8, 2013
Jeffrey Hicks, '97, joined Dart Container Corp. as assistant general counsel for Corporate Real Estate. Hicks has practiced extensively in the areas of real estate and business law for 15 years. He is a former managing partner of the Lansing firm Hicks & Mullett PLLC.
May 9, 2013
Culkar, DJ, '97, was promoted at Comerica Bank to the position of senior vice president and general counsel - Wealth Management, Retail Bank, Operations and Regulatory Affairs. Culkar joined Comerica in September 2006. He expanded his responsibilities in early 2012 to include management of the legal team supporting the Contract Administration, Procurement and Corporate Owned Real Estate areas of the Bank. Culkar and his team continue to be responsible for the delivery of legal services to Retail Bank, Marketing, Compliance, Public Affairs, Business Affairs, Service Company, and Treasury Management. He also continues to support Wealth Management for personal purpose loan matters, as well as serve as Chief Regulatory and Intellectual Property legal counsel.
June 25, 2013
Marcy Ford, '96, EVP and managing partner of Trott & Trott PC's Bankruptcy and Foreclosure First Legal Department, has been recognized in the 16th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Trott was one of only two attorneys in the state of Michigan recognized for the practice of mortgage banking foreclosure law.
January 26, 2010
John P. Gonway, '96, a shareholder at Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller P.C., a Southfield, Michigan-based law firm, is the director of advocacy for the Michigan Mountain Biking Association (MMBA).
March 17, 2010
John P. Gonway, '96, a shareholder at Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller P.C., a Southfield-based law firm, has been appointed to the Snowmobile and Trails Advisory Council by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.
April 8, 2010
Julian C. Swearengin, '96, has left the litigation department of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and has been elected principal and named associate general counsel at Bessemer Trust. He has also joined the adjunct faculty at New York Law School where he will be teaching courses on securities litigation and government investigations.
July 16, 2010
Carol Parker , '96, was selected by the American Council on Education to participate in its 2012-2013 Fellows Program. Parker currently serves as Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at the University of New Mexico School of Law.
April 6, 2012
Marcy Ford, '96, was the subject of a feature story in the Washtenaw County Legal News for being named president of the USFN, formerly known as the U.S. Foreclosure Network. Ford is a partner and executive vice president of Trott & Trott in Farmington Hills.
November 5, 2012
Abby Pendleton, '96, was featured in a Motion Magazine story titled "In Good Health: Partners find their niche in legal field." She is a co-founder of The Health Law Partners legal firm.
December 5, 2012
Jodi Munn Schebel, '96, was elected as a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC. She focuses her practice on the areas of commercial and business litigation, insurance, and product liability and personal injury. Schebel is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. She is also a speaker and author, writing the chapter on "Dismissals and Defaults" for the book, "Michigan Civil Procedure."
January 11, 2013
Joseph Gustavus, '96, was slated as a speaker at the American Conference Institute's 7th annual National Exports Control Forum on International Technology Transfers and Deemed Export Compliance, Jan. 28-29 in San Francisco. Gustavus will serve as a panel member on "Monitoring Technology Transfer and Deemed Export Compliance by Foreign Affiliates, Subsidiaries, Parents and Joint Ventures." Gustavus is a corporate attorney with Miller Canfield representing multinational clients and clients primarily in the automotive, defense, aerospace, software and information technology sectors. He counsels and assists clients with their complex domestic and international acquisitions and commercial transactions, ITAR and export control compliance issues, corporate governance and with building, demonstrating, and protecting the value of their intellectual property rights. He is also a certified public accountant.
January 15, 2013
Rebecca Sczepanski, '96, joined HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick (Georgia), as of counsel with the firm's ERISA and Employee Benefits Practice Group. An accomplished attorney and C.P.A., Sczepanski brings extensive experience advising for-profit and non-profit clients on ERISA and employee benefits issues including qualified plans, welfare plans, investment policy statements and fiduciary responsibilities, IRS submissions and Department of Labor audits and investigations. Before joining HunterMaclean, Sczepanski served as senior counsel at the law firm of Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis, Ind., and as general counsel for Employee Health Insurance Management Inc. in Southfield.
April 22, 2013
Sara Kruse, '96, was named co-practice group coordinator for Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC's Emerging and Growth Business Practice Group. Kruse, a partner with the firm, has developed a robust practice in guiding her clients through large corporate transactions, where she represents both private and public companies in all aspects of their legal needs - from formation to equity financing to acquisition. Kruse is also a member of the Corporate and Securities and Regulations Practice Groups at the firm. She is also a long-standing and active member of Jaffe's Women's Caucus Group, which was recently awarded the Inaugural Women's Resource Center Award by the Michigan Women's Foundation. She has represented several clients in complex business transactions that have received Crain's Detroit Business Merger & Acquisition awards, including multiple ‘Deal of the Year' recognitions.
May 17, 2013
Sara Kruse, '96, was appointed to a two-year term on the Board of Directors at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C., where she is also a co-practice group coordinator for the Emerging and Growth Business practice group. She has developed a robust practice in guiding her clients through large corporate transactions, where she represents both private and public companies in all aspects of their legal needs, from formation to equity financing to acquisition. Kruse is also a member of the Corporate and Securities Regulations practice groups at the firm. She is a long-standing and active member of Jaffe's Women's Caucus Group, which was recently awarded the inaugural Women's Resource Center Award by the Michigan Women's Foundation.
July 31, 2013
Ryan Perry, '96, was awarded an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. He is also recognized as a DBusiness magazine Top Lawyer. Perry is a shareholder in Giarmarco Mullins & Horton PC. His area of specialization is commercial litigation and business and employment law. He assists businesses and business owners in all areas of commercial litigation and arbitration including breach of contract, shareholder disputes, non-competition issues, collection actions and wrongful discharge.
September 11, 2013
Carol Parker, '96, has been appointed associate provost for academic personnel at the University of New Mexico, where she has been a professor of law and associate dean for Finance and Administration in the law school. Parker's duties include working to build faculty strength and responding to individual faculty and administrative personnel requests for support and guidance, in addition to providing oversight of the Counseling Assistance & Referral Service department, Faculty Contracts and Services Office and UNM Ombuds/Dispute Resolution Services for faculty.
October 1, 2013
William D. Adams, '95, has been named partner at Southfield-based Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer and Weiss, PC. Adams is a member of the firm's Litigation Practice Group. He primarily supports the firm's Aviation Practice Group, specializing in aircraft-related litigation both in Michigan and nationwide.
February 23, 2010
Antoinette M. Pilzner, '95, has joined the Detroit office of McDonald Hopkins LLC as a member in the firm's national Employee Benefits and Labor and Employment Counseling and Litigation Practice Groups, which provide legal services to a diverse group of clients throughout the United States. Pilzner, who has 15 years of experience advising clients in the areas of ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation, is also a certified public accountant.
February 28, 2010
Joseph J. DeVito, '95, LL.M. 2005, of Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC, was named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2011. Attorneys were selected through a process that included a peer review survey that polled more than 15,000 private attorneys in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
November 16, 2010
Bradley E. Lerner, '95, recently joined the legal department of ValueOptions, Inc. the largest privately-owned behavioral health maintenance organization (BHMO) in the United States. ValueOptions provides behavioral healthcare management to Fortune 500 companies, national and regional health plans, and federal, state, and local governments. Brad formerly worked at the Federal Communications Commission and Cavalier Telephone, LLC. In his position, Brad will be monitoring health care legislation for executive leadership.
January 3, 2011
Monica D. Moons, '95, of Couzens Lansky of Farmington Hills, was chosen as a 2011 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager. She 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
David Nykanen, '95, formed, with Michael Dorfman, a full-service law fim, Nykanen Dorfman PLLC, in Farmington Hills specializing in real estate, litigation, property tax and business issues. He was featured in the Macomb County Legal News.
September 6, 2012
Rebecca Davies, '95, was scheduled as a featured speaker for an Oct. 21-23 panel presentation at the North American Transportation Employee Relations Association's 26th annual conference in Florida. She is a board member of NATERA and a shareholder with Butzel Long. Davies concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation, and counsels employers regarding compliance under federal and state employment laws, drafts policies and procedures, and advises on preventative strategies.
September 11, 2012
Sean Cook, '95, joined the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP as a partner. Cook, who is also a certified public accountant, concentrates his practice in corporate and individual tax, estate planning, commercial law and mergers and acquisitions. He has extensive experience with transactions, including business formation, stock and asset sales, tax free reorganizations and related issues.
January 10, 2013
Mona Armstrong, '94, senior assistant prosecutor was featured in The Times Herald as a potential candidate for St. Clair County Circuit Judge.
January 17, 2010
Michael Cone, '94, was a speaker at the Georgetown University Law Center's 2010 International Trade Update held in Washington, D.C. The topic of his panel was the "Nuts and Bolts of Litigating a Customs Case."
April 21, 2010
Michael T. Cone, '94, a member of Wayne Law's external advisory committee for the Program for International Legal Studies, now practices in the areas of administrative law, customs, and international trade with McCullough Ginsberg Montano and Partners LLP in New York. Additionally, he will be presenting a seminar on importing and exporting textiles to members of the Van Andel Global Trade Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Aug. 18, 2010.
August 2, 2010
Ted C. Tow III, '94, of Northglenn, Colorado, will replace retiring District Court Judge John T. Bryan in the 17th Judicial District - which serves Adams and Broomfield counties - effective Jan. 11. Tow is currently the executive director of the Colorado District Attorneys' Council. Prior to that, he served as a deputy district attorney in the 17th Judicial District, a civil litigator and as a manager in the private sector.
September 23, 2010
Lorraine Shalhoub, '94, vice president and general counsel of Chrysler Canada, was profiled in the December issue of Inside Counsel magazine. The article talks about her career and her being named Canadian General Counsel of the Year in 2010. http://www.insidecounsel.com/Issues/2010/December-2010/Pages/Chrysler-Canada-GC-Lorraine-Shalhoub-on-Her-Road-to-Success.aspx?k=Lorraine+Shalhoub
December 6, 2010
Michael T. Cone, '94, was recently featured on NPR's All Things Considered program in an interview ("Sawing Apart Gym Shoes At The Port Of Long Beach"). Cone is also presenting a food importing seminar in Grand Rapids on Jan. 26, an importing seminar in New York on Jan. 27, and will be a panelist on March 2 for Georgetown Law CLE's 2011 International Trade Update. Additionally, he recently won a case at the CIT relating to government procurement.
January 26, 2011
Rachel Brochert Roe, '94, recently joined Munson Healthcare as assistant general counsel. Munson Healthcare is a multi-hospital regional health system based in Traverse City, Michigan. Prior to her affiliation with Munson Healthcare, she was a shareholder in the law firm of Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge.
March 10, 2011
Michael 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Michelle C. Harrell, '93, of Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller, PC, has been named as a shareholder of the firm and the managing shareholder of the firm's eight-member General & Complex Litigation Group. She concentrates her practice on complex commercial, real estate, receivership and family law litigation. Harrell is a Barrister in the American Inn of Court, Oakland County Chapter; an appointed member of the U. S. Courts Committee of the State Bar of Michigan, a mentor in the Oakland County Bar Association Mentor Program; and an Oakland County Circuit Court Case Evaluator.
January 11, 2010
William J. Kliffel, '93, was named a shareholder with Butzel Long. Previously, Kliffel was a senior attorney with the firm. He has extensive experience in the area of asbestos defense litigation, including product identification, liability issues, appearance work and medical aspects of defense of both manufacturers and suppliers. He also has experience in the defense of automotive negligence, premises liability, medical malpractice and products liability cases.
March 26, 2010
Mark Sparschu, '93, shareholder of Brooks Kushman PC, was appointed to head the firm's trademark group. The appointment was announced by Mark Cantor, president of the firm, and furthers the continued success of the firm's diverse trademark team.
June 8, 2010
Stephen P. Brown, '93, a partner of Plunkett Cooney, was recently selected for membership in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), an international organization whose members dedicate their practice to the representation of corporations and insurance companies in the defense of civil litigation.
October 4, 2010
Kim 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
Amanda 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 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 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 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
Robert 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Brenda Wilson-Hale, '92, currently chief executive officer of the Washington State University Foundation and vice president for university development, will join Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as vice president for institute advancement.
April 28, 2010
Mark V. Heusel, '92, joined Dickinson Wright PLLC's litigation group as a member in the Ann Arbor office. Heusel specializes in commercial litigation and has extensive experience representing regional, national and international clients in a variety of areas, including commercial transactions and litigation, employment litigation, including non-compete and trade secret matters, and regulatory land use compliance.
June 8, 2010
Jess A. Bahs, '92, LL.M. 1998, of Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC, was named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2011. Attorneys were selected through a process that included a peer review survey that polled more than 15,000 private attorneys in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
November 16, 2010
Andrey Tomkiw, '92, and Steven J. Enwright, '97, have formed Tomkiw Enwright PLC, a new law firm in Royal Oak, Mich., dedicated to providing personalized and strategic legal services to leading and emerging businesses. Tomkiw Enwright will focus on representing businesses in the areas of labor and employment law, complex litigation, business formation and planning, venture finance, entertainment/ media law and general corporate counsel.
March 4, 2011
Anna Maiuri, '92, a Miller Canfield principal, was elected to serve as chair of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. At Miller Canfield, Maiuri serves as chair of the firm's Energy, Environmental and Regulatory practice group specializing in air, water and land environmental law issues and has years of experience representing companies with interests in the global marketplace. Her expertise also includes helping corporations, business owners and operators assess environmental liabilities when purchasing, selling or leasing assets both across the country and around the world. Maiuri is named a Michigan Best Lawyer and recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan by Super Lawyers for her work in Environmental Law.
September 26, 2011
Valerie Newman, '92, SADO assistant defender, argued in the United States Supreme Court on October 31, 2011 on behalf of the Defendant/Respondent in Lafler v Cooper, Docket No. 10-209. Anthony Cooper's lawyer wrongly advised his client to reject a guilty plea, and the Court is considering whether ineffective assistance of counsel at the plea bargaining stage should provide a remedy on appeal where there was a fair trial. Briefs and a summary of the case can be found through the United States Supreme Court website. For complete coverage of this case, please see SCOTUSblog's website.
March 6, 2012
Valerie Newman, '92, of the State Appellate Defender Office was named one of 20 awardees of Michigan Lawyer Weekly's Women in the Law 2012. She also received the Appellate Defender Commission's inaugural Thomas Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy.
July 30, 2012
Mark Heusel, '92, was listed in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. Heusel is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Ann Arbor. He focuses his practice in the areas of automotive litigation, commercial and business litigation, intellectual property and trade secrets litigation, international, and labor and employment litigation.
October 22, 2012
Valerie Newman, '92, was named as one of Lawyers USA's seven "Lawyers of the Year." Her work on the 2011 Lafler v. Cooper case, during which she arguing successfully before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the defendant, was cited. She convinced the court that the right to effective assistance of counsel includes not just effective representation at trial, but also effective advising regarding plea bargains. Newman is an assistant defender with the State Appellate Defender's Office.
January 9, 2013
Anna Maiuri, '92, joined the Troy office of Dickinson Wright PLLC. With more than $2 billion in transactions to date, Maiuri has extensive experience in helping corporations, business owners and operators assess environmental liabilities when purchasing, selling or leasing assets both across the country and around the world. She is particularly experienced in helping utility companies and manufacturers achieve regulatory compliance through effective negotiations with governmental regulators that result in cost-effective strategies that fulfill both the client's and the regulator's needs. Maiuri also has extensive experience in complex matters including developing a strategy to address methane issues at a former municipal landfill, obtaining wetland determinations, and obtaining a remedial action plan approval for installation of a public water system to resolve claims associated with a county landfill. She also focuses her practice in the areas of oil and gas, automotive, climate law, energy, environmental and regulatory, and international and emerging markets. Maiuri has been honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly's with the "2012 Women in the Law" award, was selected by "Best Lawyers in America" as Detroit's 2012 Environmental Lawyer of the Year and been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers and DBusiness. Maiuri is a member of the State Bar of Michigan's Environmental Law Council, the Oakland County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is also a member of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce's Environmental Law Section, and serves as a board member for North Star Reach, working to build a camp for children with serious illnesses.
March 5, 2013