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
Thomas Kabel, '99, was named to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson's Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2014. Kabel is a shareholder with Butzel Long in Bloomfield Hills and chair of the firm's recruiting committee. He concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate and real estate-related finance.
February 17, 2014
Gary Donohue, '99, has joined Brooks Kushman PC as a senior attorney. Before his new job, he oversaw all aspects pertaining to trademarks, copyrights and patents for Ally Financial as intellectual property counsel.
May 2, 2014
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
Alex Domenicucci, '98, was added as a shareholder at Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller PC. Domenicucci joins the firm from the Detroit office of Ernst & Young and previously was a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He is secretary of the Michigan State Bar Taxation Section.
February 10, 2014
Gary Springstead, '98, was selected in a statewide election to the Board of Directors of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, where he will serve a three-year term. Springstead also will serve as a representative for other criminal defense attorneys in a district that covers a wide area along the entire shoreline of Lake Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, and includes Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids, Hart, Ludington, Traverse City and Marquette. He is a partner at the criminal defense law firm of Springstead & Bartish Law PLLC in Grand Rapids and Fremont.
May 19, 2014
Floyd Gates Jr., '98, has joined the Grand Rapids office of Miller Canfield as senior counsel. He has more than 16 years of experience as a litigator and a corporate and banking attorney. He advises financial institutions, business and insurance carriers throughout the United States.
May 22, 2014
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
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
Leif Anderson, '97, was recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer for the fifth consecutive year. With more than 15 years of legal experience, Anderson specializes his practice in complex commercial litigation, with a focus on business, corporate, real estate and construction and contract disputes. He is with Neuman Anderson PC.
January 9, 2014
David Points, '97, (LL.M), was invited to speak at the University of Akron's seventh annual "2014 Black Male Summit" being held April 12, 2014. He is a retired Michigan public school educator and the former director of the Joint Information Bureau, Joint Task Force -160 (JTF -160), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was recalled to active duty February 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He remained director while the Joint Information Bureau transitioned to U. S. Army and Rhode Island Army National Guard personnel. He was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
April 8, 2014
Marc Seyburn, '97, joined Barris Sott Denn & Driker PLLC as a member of its tax and estate planning department. He specializes in structural planning, flow-through taxation, cash-flow modeling and investment opportunities. He also designs estate plans with a focus on both income taxes and estate taxes.
June 17, 2014
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
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
Thomas Cameron, '96, was appointed to the Third Circuit Court in Detroit by Gov. Rick Snyder. Cameron is the Criminal Justice Bureau chief for the Michigan Department of Attorney General where he supervises several large divisions. He has been with the department since 2003, previously serving as an assistant attorney general and Criminal Division chief. Cameron began his law career at the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Amy Hathaway.
April 11, 2014
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
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
Joseph DeVito, '95, was named as a recipient of the "Deal Maker of the Year Award 2013" by Finance Monthly magazine. He is with Howard & Howard PLLC, where he concentrates his practice on business and financial transactions and real estate matters. He formerly served as assistant general counsel responsible for mergers and acquisitions for ThyssenKrupp in North America, and also has served as interim general counsel for corporate clients in the automotive, technology and service industries.
January 9, 2014
Chanille Carswell, '95, was promoted to shareholder at Brooks Kushman PC. She concentrates her practice on intellectual property litigation, and has practiced in federal courts across the country, including California, Illinois and Michigan.
January 14, 2014
Addie Williams, '95, was named as one of the Michigan Chronicle's 2014 Women of Excellence. She is a longtime advocate for children and families. With more than 35 years of child welfare experience, she was instrumental in helping change the state's view of children who are adoptable. She is the president/CEO of Spaulding for Children, an attorney and adjunct professor with the School of Social Work at Wayne State University.
March 21, 2014
Joseph DeVito, '95, was named "Deal Maker of the Year - Advisor Category" by Crain's Detroit Business in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth, Detroit Chapter.. He is with Howard & Howard PLLC, where he concentrates his practice on business and financial transactions and real estate matters. He formerly served as assistant general counsel responsible for mergers and acquisitions for ThyssenKrupp in North America, and also has served as interim general counsel for corporate clients in the automotive, technology and service industries.
April 8, 2014
Monica Moons, '95, has been named as a shareholder of Couzens Lansky in Farmington Hills. She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, tax planning, probate and tax litigation and real estate.
May 20, 2014
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
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
Michael Cone, '94, was been named acting managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office of FisherBroyles LLP. He practices in the areas of administrative, customs and international trade law and serves on the External Advisory Committee for Wayne Law's Program for International Legal Studies. Cone gave a presentation on Dec. 19 at the Heritage foundation in Washington, D.C., on "Why Women (and Sometimes Men) Pay More: Tariffs and Clothing Prices."
December 19, 2013
Kim 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
Portia Roberson, '93, was named head of Detroit's new Civil Rights and Ethics Division by Mayor Mike Duggan. She was appointed by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing last year as the city's corporation counsel. Roberson worked for the U.S. Department of Justice from 2009-11 as director of the DOJ Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In November 2011, Roberson accepted an assignment with the White House Office of Domestic Policy Council and a position as Detroit Team Lead of the federal Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative. Detroit was one of six cities chosen by President Obama to participate in SC2, which promotes federal collaboration with local and state government to develop regional partnerships that encourage economic growth. Roberson led approximately 15 team members from various agencies for SC2 Detroit, including individuals from the departments of Transportation, Education, Small Business Administration, and Commerce, among others. In that role, she worked with local and state officials on all issues related to the Justice Department. Roberson has served as an assistant Wayne County prosecutor, where she was a principal in the community prosecution office. She also served as an associate general counsel at the Detroit Medical Center and as political director for Wayne County with the Michigan Campaign for Change. Roberson is a member of various professional organizations, including the Wolverine Bar Association and the National Black Prosecutors Association.
December 24, 2013
Jessica Woll, '93, and her mother, attorney Pauline Woll, celebrated the 20th anniversary of their firm, Woll & Woll PC on Jan. 1. The firm specializes in family law. In 2013, Jessica Woll was named a Top Lawyer for 2014 by DBusiness Magazine and a Diversity Leader by Corp! Magazine.
January 14, 2014
Marcy Ford, '93, was named Co-Member of the Year by the Consumer Bankruptcy Association of Detroit. She is partner and executive vice president at real estate law firm Trott & Trott PC. An author and frequent speaker at industry events, Ford is actively involved in the bankruptcy law industry both locally and nationally.
January 30, 2014
Jessica Woll, '93, was named one of Michigan's 30 Leaders in the Law by the legal trade publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She is a managing partner of Woll & Woll PC, a Michigan-based divorce and family law practice with a particular expertise in complex family law issues.
February 20, 2014
Shirley Kaigler, '93, (LL.M.), was honored as a 2014 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She is a member of the Estate, Wealth Planning and Probate Practice Group at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC.
April 1, 2014
Kim Yapchai, '93, was a speaker at Crain's Detroit General and In-House Counsel Awards and Summit held in Detroit May 13, 2014. The panel discussion for in-house counsel was called "Learning to Speak Business." Ypachai is assistant general counsel and director of group legal affairs and corporate ethics at Masco Corp.
May 19, 2014
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
Valerie Newman, '92, will be honored April 27 with a Headliner Award from the Women of Wayne Alumni Association. She was named as one of Lawyers USA's seven "Lawyers of the Year." Her work on the 2011 Lafler v. Cooper case, during which she arguing successfully before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the defendant, was cited. She convinced the court that the right to effective assistance of counsel includes not just effective representation at trial, but also effective advising regarding plea bargains. Newman is an assistant defender with the State Appellate Defender's Office
March 26, 2013
Cameron Evans, '92, was appointed vice chair of the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter. The appointment is for a one-year term beginning on July 1, 2013, and ending on June 30, 2014. He has been a member of the committee since July 2012.Evans is also the leader of the Employment Litigation and Employment Counseling and Strategic Workforce Planning Practice Groups at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He is a nationally recognized employment attorney with extensive experience representing employers in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies and in private arbitrations regarding employment-related litigation, including class and collective action litigation. He also has significant jury trial experience in both federal and state courts. In addition, Evans is a National Football League Players Association certified contract advisor (NFL agent) with an expanding sports law practice.
June 18, 2013
Timothy Andersson, '92, joined the Troy office of Dickinson Wright PLLC. He structures and executes business transactions on corporate and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private equity and closely held companies. Andersson frequently engages in international business transactions, representing companies doing business in the United States and U.S. companies doing business abroad. Andersson is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the International Bar Association and the Swedish American Bar Association. He is involved in the Detroit Regional Chamber, the German-American Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations within the community. Andersson was named a 2013 Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law.
June 26, 2013
Lori Grigg Bluhm, '92, was elected president of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. She has served the organization as vice president for the last two years. Grigg Bluhm was appointed Troy city attorney in 2001 after previously serving the city as its assistant city attorney since 1995. She is a member of the Board of Public Corporations Section of the State Bar of Michigan and served as past chair. She has been a certified fellow of the International Municipal Lawyers Association since 2004 and was a graduate of the inaugural class of the MAMA Academy of Municipal Attorneys. In addition, she is past chair of the municipal law committee of the Oakland County Bar Association and member and past president of the Troy Kiwanis Club.
October 4, 2013
Mark Wilson, '91, joined Dickinson Wright PLLC as a member in the firm's Troy office. He is one of five leading practitioners in the health care industry to join the firm's healthcare practice. Wilson is known for facilitating the implementation of new medical complexes in the region. He earned his LL.M. from Wayne Law.
August 23, 2012
Traci Rink, '91, was named chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan after nine years of service on the Family Law Council. She is a referee with Oakland County Friend of the Court.
October 25, 2012
Martha Snow, '91, was appointed by Gov. Snyder to Wayne County Circuit Court to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Gershwin Drain. She is a shareholder of the Xuereb Snow law firm and has more than 20 years of experience as a civil trial lawyer, primarily practicing family law. Snow previously was a special assistant attorney general, shareholder of the Martha M. Snow law firm, and an associate attorney at Pepper and Associates.
December 4, 2012
Norma Gant, '91, joined LeClairRyan as a partner in the firm's litigation department. She is a resident in the national law firm's Detroit office. Gant is an experienced trial lawyer who has evaluated, managed and tried cases for over 22 years. She focuses her practice on the defense of product liability cases and complex civil litigation nationwide. She has a history of defending and obtaining favorable results for companies of all sizes in various types of litigation. She has defended some of the world's largest manufacturers in matters involving the design and manufacture of products including automobiles and related components, industrial machinery, recreational and playground equipment, household products, medical devices and professional hair care appliances. She also has many years of experience defending automobile negligence and premises liability litigation. Gant also regularly defends clients in business and commercial litigation and counsels clients on key legal issues while assessing the potential impact on their businesses beyond the particular litigation at issue. In addition, she has substantial experience defending litigation involving children and products made for or used by children. Gant developed the Children and Product Liability Litigation Group and has written numerous articles on issues involving children and child safety. As a certified child passenger safety technician, she volunteers her time with Safe Kids Worldwide and teaches seat belt and child seat safety to elementary and pre-school children and their caregivers.
April 23, 2013
Debra Auerbach Clephane, '91, was appointed to the Board of Directors at Vercruysse Murray & Calzone PC, a firm that specializes in labor, employment, immigration and commercial litigation. Named a "Super Lawyer" and "Best Lawyer" in Immigration Law, Clephane has extensive experience handling immigration matters and counseling employers. She was elected to the Council of the International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, and Co-Chairs its Employment and Immigration Committee.
July 5, 2013
Thomas Hatch, '91, is managing director of Northfield Capital Partners, and advised Meidu Holding Co. Ltd. in the Dec. 4 $535 million acquisition of Woodbine Acquisition Corp. from Woodbine Holdings LLC. This represented the first acquisition of a 100 percent working interest in oil assets in the United States by a Chinese venture. Woodbine Acquisition LLC is a United States-based company engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas, holding over 15,000 acres of mineral leases in the Texas, Woodbine Sand. Meidu Holding Co. Ltd. is a China-based, privately owned company traded on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and is principally engaged in the development and operation of real estate, as well as the operation of a trading business.
February 4, 2014
Mary Massaron Ross, '90, Appellate Law Practice Group Leader for Plunkett Cooney, is among several leading appellate attorneys who recently co-authored a book on state and federal appellate practice. Published by Law Journal Press, "Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts" is a guide to the appellate process. The book offers step-by-step advice on a variety of issues, including factors to weight when evaluating whether to appeal, preserving issues for appeal, preparing winning motions, standards of review, and standing to appeal. Massaron Ross, one of 15 contributors, authored Chapter Six, titled: "Interlocutory Appellate Review."
September 7, 2011
Mark Bennett, '90, was featured in an Oakland County Legal News article about his new law firm in Birmingham, MJBennett PLLC: Strategic Legal and Advisory Services. The article is titled "Capital Steps: Attorney's new law firm helps entrepreneurs reach their goals," and can be found at http://www.legalnews.com/oakland/1365161/.
July 31, 2012
Carolyn Pollock Cary, '90, joined Dickinson Wright PLLC as a member in the firm's Saginaw office. She is one of five leading practitioners in the health care industry to join the firm's healthcare practice. Cary focuses her practice on healthcare, employment and labor, and commercial litigation.
August 23, 2012
Mary Massaron Ross, '90, was elected president of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar. She is head of Plunkett & Cooney PC's appellate practice group. Additionally, she has served as an active member and brief writer for DRI's Amicus Committee which files briefs in the United States Supreme Court as well as several state courts of last resort. She is a past chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs where she supervised the preparation of numerous briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court. A former law clerk to Michigan Supreme Court Justice Patricia J. Boyle, Ross also has handled appellate matters before the Ohio Supreme Court, the Indiana Supreme Court, the Alabama Supreme Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeals, and the Third, Sixth, and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal. For seven consecutive years, she has been honored as a "Best Lawyer" in Best Lawyers in America and in 2008 was named "Lawyer of the Year" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
November 30, 2012
Thomas Boyd, '90, is featured in a national documentary film. The film, "Defending Gideon," was released in March on the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court deciding Gideon v. Wainwright. The Gideon decision clarified that the 6th amendment "right to counsel" required the states to provide indigent persons accused of serious crime with an attorney. "Defending Gideon" was screened at the U.S. Department of Justice's 50th Anniversary Gideon Event, introduced by Attorney General Eric Holder. "Defending Gideon" is narrated by Martin Sheen and also features former Vice President Walter Mondale and former New York Times journalist Anthony Lewis (author of "Gideon's Trumpet"). Boyd, who is Ingham County's chief district court judge, and State Rep. Tom McMillin are featured because of their efforts to reform Michigan's indigent defense system.
April 6, 2013
Brian Kreucher, '90, has joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. He practices out of the firm's Royal Oak Office. For the last 23 years, Kreucher has helped employers minimize the legal risks involved in employment decisions while maintaining business goals. He helps many clients "prevent fires" by functioning as an extension of their human resources and in-house legal team. Kreucher also assists clients in navigating employment laws, restrictive employment covenants, sales commissions laws, internal investigations and employee performance issues. Kreucher also routinely represents employers when confronted with state civil rights charges, unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, EEOC investigations and discrimination charges, labor arbitrations and commercial and general litigation matters. Kreucher's representative clients range from small businesses to a large multinational Tier 1 automobile supplier, one of the nation's largest security firms as well as a Fortune 500 company, which provides integrated logistics, warehousing and transportation solutions.
May 10, 2013
James Sklar, '90, was named executive vice president and general counsel at Heritage Global Partners, a global leader in asset advisory and auction services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Counsel RB Capital. Sklar is responsible for all of the company's legal matters, including negotiating global transactional and business alliance documents, managing relationships and contracts with worldwide clients and business partners, and providing legal representation for Heritage Global Partners, Heritage Global Partners Europe, and Heritage Global Valuations. Prior to joining HGP, he spent 12 years with GoIndustry-DoveBid where he provided legal representation for the company's operations in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. During his tenure, Sklar played a key role in establishing relationships with global alliance partners and implementing international contracts as well as expanding the adoption of the auction sale process in several Asian countries. Prior to that, he served as outside and then general counsel for Norman Levy Associates Inc. until the firm was acquired by DoveBid in 2000.
June 14, 2013
Laura Brodeur-McGeorge, '90, was elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She is a partner in Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn's Labor and Employment Department. Admission to the college, a professional organization to honor leading lawyers, is only by nomination and election by its Board of Governors.
August 5, 2013