Wayne State University

Alumni Accomplishments

Jeffrey Doyle
Jeffrey Doyle '02, was elected a shareholder of Reising Ethington PC. Doyle has prepared and/or prosecuted patent applications in a variety of technologies including medical devices, medical imaging systems, automotive and marine fuel delivery systems, supervisory control and data acquisition systems, computer network power and workload management systems, battery charging systems and methodologies, Vehicle Active Safety Systems, beverage generation systems, model train accessories, and bowling and billiards equipment.  

January 23, 2014
Adrienne Dresevic
Adrienne Dresevic '02, was appointed to the American Bar Association's Governing Council of the Health Law Section. She'll continue to serve with the ABA as co-chair for the Publications Committee, chair of the Stark & Anti-Kickback Toolkit Editorial Board, liaison to the Health Law Editorial Board, vice chair for the Revenue Committee and vice chair for the Physicians Legal Issues Conference. She is a founding shareholder of The Health Law Partners.

March 14, 2014
Marie Godush
Marie Godush '02, was named as shareholder at Vedder Price. She is a member of the firm's Finance & Transactions group in the Chicago office, and focuses her practice on the representation of banks and other financial institutions, lenders in bankruptcy-related workout matters and borrowers in the area of finance.

April 25, 2014
Adrienne Dresevic
Adrienne Dresevic '02, hosted a recent American Bar Association webinar on the federal Anti-kickback Statute. She is a founding shareholder with the Health Law Partners PC. 

June 9, 2014
Melissa Graves
Melissa Graves '02, was elected partner with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.She focuses her practice on the defense of professional liability claims, and also is involved in the defense of judicial disciplinary matters. In the general liability arena, she defends claims arising out of auto and trucking accidents.  

January 15, 2015
Ebony Duff
Ebony Duff '02, was one of six Top Young Lawyers named by dbusiness magazine for 2015.

July 14, 2015
Ryan Lawlor
Ryan Lawlor '02, has joined Hilco Global as vice president and assistant general counsel. Hilco Global, headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., is a financial services holding company which helps businesses maximize their assets. Lawlor will be responsible for handling in-house corporate legal matters and specific business transactions and deals that require counsel at any of the operating companies within the Hilco Global portfolio.

September 24, 2015
Robert Kaatz
Robert Kaatz '02, has been named partner and shareholder at Cardelli Lanfear PC. 

September 29, 2015
Shanna Boughton
Shanna Boughton '02, was named a shareholder at LeClairRyan. She works in the firm's Boston office.

January 20, 2016
Helal Farhat
Helal Farhat '02, has been appointed as a part-time 19th District Court magistrate. He is with Farhat and Associates in Dearborn.

January 27, 2016
Melissa E. Graves
Melissa E. Graves '02, a partner with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in Southfield, was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2016 "Women in the Law." Graves earned her bachelor's degree from Wayne State University.

July 25, 2016
Jeffrey L. Doyle
Jeffrey L. Doyle '02, coauthored an article, "At the Intersection of U.S. Patent Laws and Autonomous Vehicles: A Look at Patent Eligibility and Claim Indefiniteness," published as a General Chapter in the 7th edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Patents (Global Legal Group Ltd., London). Doyle, a shareholder at Reising Ethington PC in Troy, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

August 27, 2016
Melissa E. Graves
Melissa E. Graves '02, of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in Southfield was named a Michigan Super Lawyer. She also was named to the Top 50: 2016 Women Michigan Super Lawyers list and the Top 25: 2016 Women Business Michigan Super Lawyers list. She earned her bachelor's degree from Wayne State University.

October 3, 2016
Ebony Duff
Ebony Duff '02, a shareholder with Garan Lucow Miller in Detroit, was elected to the board of Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

November 19, 2016
Homayune Ghaussi
Homayune Ghaussi '01, was selected as a board member for the Friends of the Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. He is a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. He'll serve on the 15-member board for the nonprofit group, which was established in 2007 as a joint initiative of the U.S. State Department  and leading national law firms to empower Afghan lawyers to contribute to the establishment of the rule of law in their nation. The organization administers a program of scholarships for Afghan legal scholars. Ghaussi has a diverse litigation practice with his law firm.

April 8, 2014
Ruth Swartout Tyszka
Ruth Swartout Tyszka '01, worked with two other local artists to create a sculpture, "Just Listening," of a contemporary Lady Justice for exhibition at the 2014 ArtPrize art competition in Grand Rapids.

September 19, 2014
Derek Meinecke
Derek Meinecke '01, was appointed chief judge of the 44th District Court. Meinecke won election to the court in 2012, after serving for more than 10 years in the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office in the special victims unit, focusing on domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse and sexual assault. In 2011, he won the Courage to Lead Award from Oakland County S.A.V.E. (Serving Adults who are Vulnerable and/or Elderly) for his efforts to prevent elder abuse, and in 2009 he awarded the Domestic Violence Prevention Award from Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence for his work to end domestic violence, prosecute abusers, empower victims and educate police officers and members of the community about the dynamics of abuse.  

October 14, 2014
Mark Rossman
Mark Rossman '01, formed a new law practice, Rossman Law PC. The firm is in Troy and specializes in business litigation and transactions. In addition to his new law firm, Rossman also created a publishing company, publishing313 LLC, which is focused on promoting, editing and publishing the literary works of Detroit area writers. The Michigan Bar Journal awarded Rossman second place for his short story fiction, "The Last Bullet," which examines the questions and contradictions inherent in an act of vigilante justice.

July 27, 2015
Ruth Swartout Tyszka
Ruth Swartout Tyszka '01, will be part of an art exhibit titled "Just Desserts" at the Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield. It will run Sunday, Oct. 25 through Thursday, Dec. 10. Tyszka's primary medium is sculptural mixed media mosaic.

October 19, 2015
Jeremy Piper
Jeremy Piper '01, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Piper is an attorney in Flint.

February 12, 2016
Jason Hillman
Jason Hillman '01, vice president and general counsel for the Cleveland Cavaliers, was featured in a Bloomberg Big Law Business report, Game 1 of 3: Warriors & Cavs GCs on Life as an NBA Lawyer. Hillman earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 1994.

June 8, 2016
Jeffrey M. Schroder
Jeffrey M. Schroder '01, joined Plunkett Cooney in Bloomfield Hills. He is a senior attorney with the firm's health care and governmental law groups. Schroder earned his bachelor's degree from Albion College in 1997.

July 25, 2016
Eric Bowden
Eric Bowden '01, was a featured speaker at the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants Auto Dealers Conference in Novi. He is a partner with Columbo & Columbo in Bloomfield Hills. Bowden earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1998.

October 3, 2016
Jennifer LaTosch
Jennifer LaTosch '00, was appointed to the Board of Education for Ferndale Public Schools. Her term will expire on December 31, 2014.   She previously served the school district as the member of a strategic planning committee in 2013. LaTosch is a member of Miller Canfield's Personal Services practice group. She concentrates her practice in family and domestic relations law, including divorce, post-judgment matters, custody and parenting time disputes, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and dissolution of relationship matters, child support, paternity, change of domicile, adoption and personal protection orders.

January 27, 2014
Brandy Mathie
Brandy Mathie '00, joined Kerr Russell and Weber PLC. She practices in the area of real estate.

February 24, 2014
Matthew Allen
Matthew Allen '00, published an article, "The SEC Whistleblower Program - What Employers Need to Know," in the February 2014 issue of Michigan Defense Quarterly and in the Spring 2014 issue of Michigan Business Law Journal. Allen is a business, securities and intellectual property litigator and trial lawyer and a principal with Miller Canfield.

May 13, 2014
Todd Fracassi
Todd Fracassi '00, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the areas of Environmental and Litigation-Environmental. He is with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

August 21, 2014
Lawrence Duthler '00, is co-owner, founder and president of Sun Title, which been recognized recently on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country.

September 10, 2014
Thomas Cronkright II '00, is co-owner, founder and CEO of Sun Title, which been recognized recently on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the country.

September 10, 2014
Sarah Lincoln
Sarah Lincoln '00, assistant Calhoun County prosecutor, was elected to a six-year term as a 37th Circuit Court judge. She is the first woman elected to the court in more than 50 years.

November 5, 2014
Rachel Helton
Rachel Helton '00, was elected to a six-year term on the Trenton school board.

November 7, 2014
Michelle Crockett
Michelle Crockett '00, rejoined Miller Canfield as director of professional development, a new position at the firm focused on human capital. She has also resumed her labor and employment law practice.

November 17, 2014
James Maceroni
James Maceroni '00, was elected judge of Macomb County Circuit Court to fill the seat of his retiring father, Judge Peter Maceroni, Wayne Law class of 1965. 

December 26, 2014
Nicole Wilinski '00, has joined Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in its Insurance Coverage practice group. Wilinski will focus her practice in the area of insurance coverage litigation and has extensive experience in representing insurance providers in coverage cases throughout Michigan and the Midwest.

January 28, 2015
Michelle Crockett
Michelle Crockett '00, director of professional development and a principal at the Detroit office of Miller Canfield, was named to the Michigan Chronicle's 2015 Women of Excellence list.  

February 20, 2015
Lee Kellert
Lee Kellert '00, was appointed co-chair of the Corporate Practice Group at Jaffee Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC, where he is a partner. He focuses his practice in corporate, mergers and acquisitions, securities and finance law.

March 17, 2015
Jasen Witt '00, was appointed as Oakland Community College's associate vice chancellor of human resources. Prior to his new job, Witt was assistant superintendent of human resources for the Troy School District.

March 29, 2015
Sarah Nadeau
Sarah Nadeau '00, of Garan Lucow Miller PC has been named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 30 Women in the Law for 2015.

July 28, 2015
Christopher Darrow
Christopher Darrow '00, launched an intellectual property law firm in Northville. Originally named The Darrow Law Firm, it has since been renamed Darrow Mustafa PC.    

August 5, 2015
James Harlan
James Harlan '00, joined InterDigital Communications as its director of Standards and Competition Policy. His responsibilities include representing InterDigital across the globe before standards-setting organization IP policy committees and working groups regarding patent, standards-setting, competition and licensing policy matters.

August 31, 2015
Alicia Skillman
Alicia Skillman '00, of AJ Skillman & Associates PC was chosen by the State Bar of Michigan to be honored with the Champion of Justice Award. She is a former executive director of Equality Michigan (formed in 2010 when Triangle Foundation and Michigan Equality merged). She is the former executive director and current board member of Prevailing Community Development Corp. and a board member of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.

September 18, 2015
Laura Baucus
Laura Baucus '00, has been appointed as the office managing member of Dykema's Bloomfield Hills office. She is a member of the firm's litigation department, financial industry group and automotive industry group. 

October 19, 2015
Lona Julien '00, was named Branch County Friend of the Court referee, a position in which she supports the court with family law issues including divorce, paternity, custody and support.

December 31, 2015
Nicole Wilinski
Nicole Wilinski '00, was elected partner at Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in Southfield. She focuses her practice on insurance coverage.

January 13, 2016
Lisa Hamameh
Lisa Hamameh '00, has been elected shareholder of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC. She is a municipal litigation attorney in the firm's Farmington Hills office.

January 27, 2016
Cora Morgan
Cora Morgan '00, has joined Siciliano Mychalowych & Van Dusen PLC in Bloomfield Hills where she is practicing complex commercial litigation. She earned her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

April 25, 2016
Adam Kutinsky
Adam Kutinsky '00, of Dawda, Mann Mulcahy Sadler in Bloomfield Hills has become a member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows is an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership, which is through a peer nomination and election process, is limited to one-third of one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Kutinsky earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

April 25, 2016
Nicole E. Wilinski
Nicole E. Wilinski '00, of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in Southfield was named a Michigan Super Lawyer. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

October 3, 2016
Lisa J. Hamameh
Lisa J. Hamameh '00, a shareholder of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC in Southfield, was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2017 for municipal law. She also was named a 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer in state/local/municipal law. She earned her bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Wayne State University.

October 4, 2016
Erin Mendez, LL.M.
Erin Mendez, LL.M. '00, joined Bodman PLC as a member of the firm's high net worth practice group in Ann Arbor. She earned her law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law and her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

December 3, 2016
Thomas Kabel
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
Kimberly Berger
Kimberly 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 Donohue
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
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 Olijnyk
Martha 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 Kabel
Thomas 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 Viviano
Kathryn 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 Schramm
Thomas 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 Bloom
Jill 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 LaPrairie
David LaPrairie '99, of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

September 16, 2015
Debra Nance
Debra 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 Villaire
Iwona Niec Villaire '99, was appointed vice president and general counsel at Chassix in Southfield.

February 29, 2016
Debra Nance
Debra Nance '99, has been elected 2016-17 president of the Association of Black Judges of Michigan. She is a judge of the 46th District Court. Nance earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Detroit.

June 20, 2016
Judith Champa '99, wrote "National Labor Relations Board: Continuing developments in board law pertaining to social media and other electronic forms of protected, concerted communication by employees" for the November Michigan Bar Journal. Read the full article here. Champa is an attorney for Region 7 of the National Labor Relations Board in Detroit. She earned her bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University.

November 17, 2016
Alex Domenicucci
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
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
D. Lee Khachaturian
D. 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 Block
Jonathan Block '98, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Real Estate Law. He is with Honigman.

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

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

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

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

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

November 11, 2016
Leif Anderson
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
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
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
Thomas Schehr '97, was elected president of the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for the 2014-15 year. He is the leader of Dykema's Financial Services Litigation Practice Group.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 2, 2016
Thomas Cameron
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
William Maze '96, was elected president of Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the largest statewide criminal defense attorney organization. CDAM hosts several criminal law educational opportunities each year, trains lawyers in advanced trial advocacy at its Trial Practice College, and appears as Amicus Curiae in important precedent setting cases before the Michigan Supreme Court. Maze, a criminal defense attorney with offices in Livonia, Royal Oak and Romulus, has indicated that CDAM will seek to have criminal law certification endorsed by the State Bar of Michigan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 15, 2016
Joseph DeVito
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
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
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
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
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
Laura Brownfield '95, joined the Trusts & Estates Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney. Brownfield, who is a member of the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of estate planning, wealth management, real estate law and business law.    

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 21, 2016
Michael Cone
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
Joseph McGill
Joseph McGill '94, (LL.M. and 2001, LL.M.), was elected to the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly. He is an attorney with Foley Baron Metzger & Juip PLLC.

July 15, 2014
Dana Nessel
Dana Nessel '94, as a member of the plaintiffs' legal team in the DeBoer et al v. Snyder lawsuit over same-sex marriage has been awarded as a Champion of Justice by the State Bar of Michigan. Nessel of Plymouth practices with Nessel & Kessel Law.

September 19, 2014
Robert Horwitz
Robert Horwitz '94, was elected a member of Dykema by the firm's executive board. He is a Detroit-based attorney in Dykema's financial services practice group.

January 21, 2015
Dana Nessel
Dana Nessel '94, was the focus of  Pride Source article, "''You can't win a case that you never file,'" after the June Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. As a member of the plaintiffs' legal team in the DeBoer et al v. Snyder lawsuit over same-sex marriage -- one of the cases in the decision before the Supreme Court --  Nessel was awarded as a Champion of Justice by the State Bar of Michigan. Nessel of Plymouth practices with Nessel & Kessel Law.

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

July 28, 2015
Dana Nessel
Dana Nessel '94, of Nessel and Kessel Law was selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as the 2015 Woman of the Year. 

September 18, 2015
Dr. Anton Anderssen
Dr. Anton Anderssen '94, was named vice president of the Poetry Society of Michigan.

October 20, 2015
Alan Taylor
Alan Taylor '94, has authored the lead chapter in Aspatore Books' 2016 publication Understanding Landlord-Tenant Lease Agreements. Taylor, a shareholder with Segal McCambridge in Detroit, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1991.

April 27, 2016
Portia Roberson
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
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
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
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
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
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
Kimberly Yapchai
Kimberly Yapchai '93, received a 2014 First Chair Award for Top Assistant General Counsel.

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

September 8, 2014
Neil Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, of Neil Rockind PC was named to the Top 100 list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Megan Bonanni
Megan Bonanni '93, of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers has been named to the Michigan Association of Justice Executive Board for the 2014-15 term. Bonanni, a partner with the firm, specializes in employment, civil rights and wage and hour law.  

September 30, 2014
Shirley Kaigler
Shirley Kaigler '93, of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss was selected as one of 27 Esteemed Women of Michigan 2014. The Esteemed Women of Michigan program recognizes women who have excelled in their professions, risen above intolerable circumstances, developed the means to help others or have become inspirational figures for the younger generation, according to the program.

October 1, 2014
Neil Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, founder of criminal defense law firm Neil Rockind PC, participated in a scientific forensics course held by the American Chemical Society in Chicago from Oct. 14 through Oct 17. The hands-on class educated attending attorneys on the use of blood testing instruments and the science behind forensics chromatography, a method used to separate organic and inorganic compounds in both liquid and gas. After separating the compounds, police, FBI and other authorities can then analyze the chemicals, such as drugs or alcohol, that are present in breath, blood and urine. Only 200 attorneys in the nation have completed this coursework and are qualified to explain the science of gas chromatography in DUI ethanol-based cases. 

October 24, 2014
Michelle Harrell
Michelle Harrell '93, of Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Living Arts, a nonprofit organization with the purpose of strengthening the urban neighborhood of southwest Detroit through the arts and community development initiatives. She manages Maddin Hauser's Complex and General Litigation Practice Group.

October 28, 2014
Neil Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, founder of criminal defense firm Neil Rockind PC, is a contributing author for Michigan Model Criminal Jury Instructions, a book slated for release in December 2014 by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Rockind authored information for the "Narcotics" chapter of the book, specifically the sections on criminal elements, penalties, lesser included offenses and practice strategies and tips.

November 20, 2014
Jessica Woll
Jessica Woll '93, was profiled in the Detroit Legal News for helping families weather divorce trauma through her law practice.

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

December 15, 2014
Kimberly Yapchai
Kimberly Yapchai '93, has joined Whirlpool Corp. as senior counsel and global director, Ethics & Compliance. She is responsible for leading the company's global Office of Ethics & Compliance, with a focus on systematizing global processes and enhancing global training and compliance awareness to further protect the company and create a competitive advantage through strong ethics and compliance. She is also a member of the Wayne Law Alumni Board.

December 18, 2014
Neil Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, founder of Southfield-based criminal defense law firm, Neil Rockind PC, has been named among the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Michigan by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Separately, Rockind was also named a Leading Lawyer in the Michigan debut of that listing for 2014-2015.

January 12, 2015
Neil Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, marked the 15th anniversary of his criminal defense firm, Rockind Law.

January 22, 2015
Neil Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, was named one of 30 "Leaders in the Law" for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is with Rockind Law.

February 10, 2015
Peter Webster
Peter Webster '93, was reappointed to the State Board of Ethics. The seven-member board serves as an advisory and investigatory committee that determines the ethical conduct of classified and unclassified state employees and public offices in state government. Webster is a member of Dicksinson Wright PLLC in Troy.

March 17, 2015
Marcy Ford
Marcy Ford '93, managing partner at Trott Law, was named an honoree of the inaugural Career Mastered: Women's Leadership in Action Award, founded by Dr. Lisa Wicker of Linkwick & Associates, a human resources consulting firm.

April 7, 2015
Kevin Elsenheimer '93, will serve as the new executive director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

April 23, 2015
Sangeeta Shah
Sangeeta Shah '93, was named a charter member of global nonprofit The Indus Entrepreneurs. She is a shareholder of Brooks Kushman.

May 26, 2015
Robert Iwrey
Robert Iwrey '93, was named by the American Health Lawyers Association as one of 30 Pro Bono Health Champions for his work with Beaumont Children's Hospital NoBLE Anti-Bullying Program and the Oakland County Medical Society developing informational materials to assist health care providers in recognizing the signs of bullying, clarifying their obligations under applicable laws and identifying the resources available to their patients who are victims of bullying. He is a founding shareholder of The Health Law Partners. He practices all aspects of health care law, including but not limited to licensing, staff privileging, contracts, litigation, audit defense and government investigations.

June 22, 2015
Jessica Woll
Jessica Woll '93, managing partner of Woll & Woll PC, hosted the Fine Art of Summer fundraiser to benefit the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.

June 26, 2015
Neil Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, founder of Southfield-based criminal defense law firm Rockind Law, was invited to serve on the advisory board for the Washington, D.C.-based National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. The board includes one criminal defense attorney from each state and considers issues such as continuing legal education and best practices in the criminal defense field. The invitation to serve on the advisory board was determined by member votes, with Rockind receiving the highest number of votes for Michigan.

July 7, 2015
Megan Bonanni
Megan Bonanni '93, of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC has been named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 30 Women in the Law for 2015.

July 28, 2015
Joseph Hart
Joseph Hart '93, was named president and CEO of Dale Carnegie Training. He's a Dale Carnegie graduate and has worked closely with the company as a strategic partner for nearly 10 years.

August 18, 2015
Neil Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, founder of criminal defense firm Rockind Law, was named a Michigan Super Lawyer in the practice area of criminal defense. This is Rockind's seventh consecutive year on the list. Additionally, he was named among the Top 50 Consumer Attorneys in Michigan based on nominations and the research and blue ribbon review process conducted by Super Lawyers.

September 8, 2015
David Lawrence
David Lawrence '93, of Couzens Lansky was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers list.

September 11, 2015
Neil Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, has been selected to speak at the second annual TEDx Oakland University. Rockind's TED Talk will discuss the "joy of the jury." He is the founder of Southfield-based criminal defense law firm, Rockind Law. 

September 23, 2015
Ann Marie Uetz
Ann Marie Uetz '93, has been named to the Crain's Detroit Most Connected List, which highlights the 100 most influential business leaders in the greater Detroit area. She is a partner with Foley and Gardner and a vice chair of the firm's bankruptcy and business reorganization practice.

October 6, 2015
Neil Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, presented a seminar titled "Identifying Theme and Theory" at the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) fall conference. He is founder of Southfield-based criminal defense law firm, Rockind Law. 

November 13, 2015
Julie Markgraf
Julie Markgraf '93, has joined Hall Render Killian Heath and Lyman's Detroit office. She focuses her practice on health care law. 

December 22, 2015
Neil Rockind
Neil Rockind '93, was named a Leading Lawyer in Michigan for 2015-2016 in the area of criminal defense, DUI.

January 5, 2016
Marc Wise, LL.M.
Marc Wise, LL.M. '93, of Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC was recognized in Chambers USA's ranking of business lawyers.

March 1, 2016
Robert Raitt
Robert Raitt '93, was named one of 30 Leaders in the Law for 2016 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He is a Michigan Auto Law partner, and he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1989.

March 30, 2016
Andrew “Jake” Grove
Andrew “Jake” Grove '93, has joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC in Royal Oak. Grove, who concentrates his practice in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets matters, earned his master's degree from the University of Chicago and his bachelor's degrees from the University of Michigan.

May 26, 2016
Jessica Woll
Jessica Woll '93, managing partner of Woll & Woll in Birmingham, joined the board of directors of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Woll earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 3, 2016

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