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Alumni Accomplishments

  • Thomas SchrammThomas Schramm, '99, discussed "Hiring and Firing: Do's and Don'ts" during a Detroit Society for Human Resource Management webinar on April 18. He is a partner with Nemeth Burwell PC.
    May 30, 2013

  • Jennifer SabourinJennifer Sabourin, '99, was named to the No. 4 spot in DBusiness' feature on Top Young Lawyers. She is with Miller Canfield.
    July 19, 2013

  • Penny MullinPenny 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 KabelThomas 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

  • Kimberly BergerKimberly Berger, '99, was elected principal at Miller Canfield, where she specializes in domestic and international trademark prosecution and intellectual property litigation.
    March 17, 2014

  • Gary DonohueGary 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

  • Daniel Villaire Jr.Daniel Villaire Jr., '99, joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. He concentrates his practice in employment law and litigation. 
    July 22, 2014

  • Martha OlijnykMartha Olijnyk, '99, of The Miller Law Firm PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine and to the Top 50 women lawyers list.
    September 19, 2014

  • Thomas KabelThomas Kabel, '99, of Butzel Long has been admitted as a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He is chairman of the firm's corporate and real estate departments.
    October 28, 2014

  • Kathryn VivianoKathryn Viviano, '99, Macomb County Circuit Court judge, has been named the bench's second business docket jurist by the Michigan Supreme Court. Viviano, who took office in 2011 after winning election in November 2010, was appointed to serve in the post until April 1, 2019.  
    February 6, 2015

  • Thomas SchrammThomas Schramm, '99, partner of Nemeth Law PC,  with partner Susan Koval and founder Patricia Nemeth, '84, presented "Litigating the Pregnancy Discrimination Claim" to a large industry trade group in Cleveland, Ohio.
    June 25, 2015

  • Jill BloomJill Bloom, '99, was named Of Counsel at Fragomen Worldwide's Phoenix office. She advises multinational clients in a wide range of industries regarding all aspects of U.S. business immigration, and works closely with individuals involved in family-based immigration matters.
    July 18, 2015

  • David LaPrairieDavid LaPrairie, '99, of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.
    September 16, 2015

  • Debra NanceDebra Nance, '99, was elected judge of the 46th District Court in November 2012. Judge Nance began serving a six-year term Jan. 1, 2013. The 46th District Court serves the Oakland County communities of Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms and Franklin Village.
    November 6, 2012

  • Daniel L. Villaire Jr.Daniel L. Villaire Jr., '99, was named a shareholder in business law firm Howard and Howard, based in Royal Oak. He concentrates his practice in labor and employment law. 
    December 22, 2015

  • Iwona Niec VillaireIwona Niec Villaire, '99, was appointed vice president and general counsel at Chassix in Southfield.
    February 29, 2016

  • 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 DomenicucciAlex 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 SpringsteadGary 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

  • D. Lee KhachaturianD. Lee Khachaturian, '98, was elected as vice president of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. She is a member of Dickinson Wright's Detroit office.
    May 20, 2014

  • Floyd Gates Jr.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

  • Jonathan BlockJonathan Block, '98, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Julie NicholsJulie Nichols, '98, was elected partner with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.Her practice focuses on a broad range of general liability, construction, automobile, homeowners, professional liability, umbrella/excess and other specialty coverage matters. Her practice also has included a wide variety of civil matters, including premises liability, the Michigan No-Fault Act, employment defense and general negligence cases.  
    January 15, 2015

  • Stephen TupperStephen Tupper, '98, was the subject of a full-page feature story in the Legal News focusing on his service with the Civil Air Patrol.
    June 12, 2015

  • Alexander DomenicucciAlexander Domenicucci, '98, a shareholder at Southfield-based Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller, has been elected vice chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Taxation Section. He also was appointed chair of the Oakland County Bar Association Tax Committee.
    October 26, 2015

  • Culkar, DJCulkar, 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 AndersonLeif 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 PointsDavid 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 SeyburnMarc 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 SchehrThomas Schehr, '97, was elected president of the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for the 2014-15 year. He is the leader of Dykema's Financial Services Litigation Practice Group.
    July 22, 2014

  • David JacobDavid Jacob, '97, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

  • Cynthia HaffeyCynthia Haffey, '97, of Butzel Long was named to the Top 50 women lawyers list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Patrick Conlin Jr.Patrick Conlin Jr., '97, of Keusch Flintoft & Conlin PC was elected to the Washtenaw County Circuit Court.
    November 5, 2014

  • Eric NemethEric Nemeth, '97, (LL.M.) was named one of 30 "Leaders in the Law" for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is with Varnum LLP.
    February 10, 2015

  • Nathaniel WolfNathaniel Wolf, '97, of Mika Meyers Beckett and Jones has been appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to serve on the Michigan Advisory Committee. He practices in the areas of securities arbitration, commercial litigation, employment law and immigration. Wolf is active in the community and serves on various charitable boards including Junior Achievement of West Michigan, Van Andel Institute, The Grand Rapids Area Catholic Elementary Athletic Council, Justice for Our Neighbors, and the Wayne Law Board of Visitors.
    February 19, 2015

  • Hala Jarbou, '97, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to fill a vacancy as judge of Oakland County Circuit Court. Prior to this appointment she was a federal prosecutor in the Drug Task Force Unit under U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade in Detroit.
    October 21, 2015

  • Catherine MishCatherine Mish, '97, city attorney for Grand Rapids, will join Dickinson Wright as of counsel.
    February 17, 2016

  • Sara KruseSara 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 PerryRyan 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 ParkerCarol 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 CameronThomas 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 MazeWilliam Maze, '96, was elected president of Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the largest statewide criminal defense attorney organization. CDAM hosts several criminal law educational opportunities each year, trains lawyers in advanced trial advocacy at its Trial Practice College, and appears as Amicus Curiae in important precedent setting cases before the Michigan Supreme Court. Maze, a criminal defense attorney with offices in Livonia, Royal Oak and Romulus, has indicated that CDAM will seek to have criminal law certification endorsed by the State Bar of Michigan.
    July 29, 2014

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

  • Marcy Ford, '96, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law. She is with Trott & Trott PC.
    October 1, 2014

  • Jane Derse QuasaranoJane Derse Quasarano, '96, is the author, with Jeffrey Raphelson, of an article about the uniform commercial code and manufacturing contracts in the October edition of the Michigan Bar Journal. She is with Bodman.
    October 31, 2014

  • Anna BuddeAnna Budde, '96, joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as a partner in its intellectual property department in Ann Arbor. She has 20 years of experience.
    November 10, 2014

  • Jennifer Johnson, '96, joined Couzens Lansky as an associate attorney. Her primary concentration areas include estate planning, trust administration, probate, corporate law and business transactions.
    March 10, 2015

  • John GonwayJohn Gonway, '96, joined the Troy office of Dickinson Wright PLLC as a member. Gonway specializes in real estate, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and secured lending.
    June 5, 2015

  • Donald DeNault Jr.Donald DeNault Jr., '96, a shareholder with the firm of O'Reilly Rancilio PC, became the 87th president of the Macomb County Bar Association.
    July 1, 2015

  • Sara KruseSara Kruse, '96, of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC has been named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 30 Women in the Law for 2015.
    July 28, 2015

  • Sherry O'Neal TaylorSherry O'Neal Taylor, '96, a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC's Detroit office, was appointed to the Pro Bono Initiative of the Committee on Justice Initiatives for the State Bar of Michigan. She serves as the firm's pro bono coordinator, and focuses her practice on labor and employment litigation, commercial and business litigation, school law and insurance and ERISA litigation.  
    September 15, 2015

  • Jermaine WyrickJermaine Wyrick, '96, of the Law Offices of Jermaine A. Wyrick PLLC was selected to the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit Board of Directors. His practice includes criminal defense, personal injury, police misconduct and probate law.  
    September 22, 2015

  • Jermaine WyrickJermaine Wyrick, '96, was honored as one who is "Committed to Make a Difference in the World" at the first annual World Changers Banquet for C.H.O.I.C.E.Z. He is with the Law Offices of Jermaine A. Wyrick PLLC. 
    November 18, 2015

  • Jermaine WyrickJermaine Wyrick, '96, was a guest on the Law Power Hour, hosted by attorney Barry Keller. Wyrick spoke about police misconduct.
    January 20, 2016

  • Jermaine A. WyrickJermaine A. Wyrick, '96, presented a talk, "Actions have Consequences," to a group of young men ages 10 to 17 at The Young King's Conference in Detroit. Wyrick earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
    April 27, 2016

  • Kerry Rhoads-ReithKerry Rhoads-Reith, '96, was elected shareholder of Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Ltd in Novi. She earned her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1993.
    May 9, 2016

  • Joseph DeVitoJoseph 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 CarswellChanille 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 WilliamsAddie 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 DeVitoJoseph 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 MoonsMonica 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 BrownfieldLaura Brownfield, '95, joined the Trusts & Estates Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney. Brownfield, who is a member of the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of estate planning, wealth management, real estate law and business law.    
    July 11, 2014

  • Gerald Gleeson IIGerald Gleeson II, '95, of Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone PLC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.
    September 19, 2014

  • Rebecca DaviesRebecca Davies, '95, of Butzel Long is co-instructing a nine-week Human Resources Certification and Exam Prep Program at Walsh College's Novi campus. She concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation.
    October 1, 2014

  • Gerald Gleeson IIGerald Gleeson II, '95, a principal in Miller Canfield's Litigation and Dispute Resolution, has been elected as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The college is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy, and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for fellowship. Membership in the College cannot exceed 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.
    October 21, 2014

  • Dwight HamiltonDwight Hamilton, '95, was named chief diversity officer at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. He has been serving as associate vice president for affirmative action and Title IX officer at Grand Valley State University in Allendale.
    January 25, 2015

  • Rebecca DaviesRebecca Davies, '95, was a featured presenter during Walsh College's Entrepreneur-You Conference on March 20, 2015, in Troy. Her presentation was titled, "How Not to Get Burned by a Bad Hire." 
    March 30, 2015

  • Joshua OppererJoshua Opperer, '95, a partner at Honigman, spoke to students in Assistant Professor Eric Zacks' Mergers class.
    March 31, 2015

  • Clint GageClint Gage, '95, was appointed practice group manager of Roetzel & Andress LPA's Business Services Group. Gage focuses his practice on corporate securities law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, corporate governance, '34 Act reporting and general corporate matters.
    April 15, 2015

  • Bradley LernerBradley Lerner, '95, was named as Beacon Health Options' first director of mental health parity compliance in addition to his current associate general counsel duties. In this new role, he will create strategies to implement the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Lerner also advises the Kennedy Forum and the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness on parity-related issues regarding implementation.
    July 28, 2015

  • Sean  CookSean Cook, '95, was elected chair of the Board of Trustees for the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in Farmington Hills. He practices with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.
    August 3, 2015

  • Joseph DeVitoJoseph DeVito, '95, (LL.M., 2005) of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.
    September 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Shirley KaiglerShirley Kaigler, '93, of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss was selected as one of 27 Esteemed Women of Michigan 2014. The Esteemed Women of Michigan program recognizes women who have excelled in their professions, risen above intolerable circumstances, developed the means to help others or have become inspirational figures for the younger generation, according to the program.
    October 1, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cameron EvansCameron Evans, '92, was appointed vice chair of the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter. The appointment is for a one-year term beginning on July 1, 2013, and ending on June 30, 2014. He has been a member of the committee since July 2012.Evans is also the leader of the Employment Litigation and Employment Counseling and Strategic Workforce Planning Practice Groups at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He is a nationally recognized employment attorney with extensive experience representing employers in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies and in private arbitrations regarding employment-related litigation, including class and collective action litigation. He also has significant jury trial experience in both federal and state courts. In addition, Evans is a National Football League Players Association certified contract advisor (NFL agent) with an expanding sports law practice.
    June 18, 2013

  • Timothy AnderssonTimothy Andersson, '92, joined the Troy office of Dickinson Wright PLLC. He structures and executes business transactions on corporate and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, private equity and closely held companies. Andersson frequently engages in international business transactions, representing companies doing business in the United States and U.S. companies doing business abroad. Andersson is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the International Bar Association and the Swedish American Bar Association. He is involved in the Detroit Regional Chamber, the German-American Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations within the community. Andersson was named a 2013 Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law.  
    June 26, 2013

  • Lori Grigg BluhmLori Grigg Bluhm, '92, was elected president of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. She has served the organization as vice president for the last two years. Grigg Bluhm was appointed Troy city attorney in 2001 after previously serving the city as its assistant city attorney since 1995. She is a member of the Board of Public Corporations Section of the State Bar of Michigan and served as past chair. She has been a certified fellow of the International Municipal Lawyers Association since 2004 and was a graduate of the inaugural class of the MAMA Academy of Municipal Attorneys. In addition, she is past chair of the municipal law committee of the Oakland County Bar Association and member and past president of the Troy Kiwanis Club.
    October 4, 2013

  • Cameron EvansCameron Evans, '92, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment. He is with Honigman.
    September 5, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Andrey TomkiwAndrey Tomkiw, '92, of Tomkiw Mackewich PLC was a guest speaker in Professor Robert Ackerman's Alternative Dispute Resolution class about the negotiations that transpire after a law student or recent graduate receives a job offer.
    February 12, 2015

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

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

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

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

  • Valerie NewmanValerie Newman, '92, is featured in The Legal News. An attorney with the Michigan State Appellate Defender's Office in Detroit, she successfully argued a landmark ineffective assistance of counsel case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Newman convinced the court that the right to effective assistance of counsel includes not just effective representation at trial, but also effective advising regarding plea bargains.
    November 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • James SklarJames Sklar, '90, was named executive vice president and general counsel at Heritage Global Partners, a global leader in asset advisory and auction services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Counsel RB Capital. Sklar is responsible for all of the company's legal matters, including negotiating global transactional and business alliance documents, managing relationships and contracts with worldwide clients and business partners, and providing legal representation for Heritage Global Partners, Heritage Global Partners Europe, and Heritage Global Valuations. Prior to joining HGP, he spent 12 years with GoIndustry-DoveBid where he provided legal representation for the company's operations in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. During his tenure, Sklar played a key role in establishing relationships with global alliance partners and implementing international contracts as well as expanding the adoption of the auction sale process in several Asian countries. Prior to that, he served as outside and then general counsel for Norman Levy Associates Inc. until the firm was acquired by DoveBid in 2000.  
    June 14, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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