Melissa Graves, '02, has been hired by Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell and Ulanoff PC. Graves, who has represented both attorneys and healthcare professionals, focuses her practice on the defense of professional liability claims. She also is involved in the defense of general liability matters.
October 19, 2010
Ryan McCarthy, '02, has been promoted to principal at Fish and Richardson. He will continue to focus his practice on patent prosecution, litigation, opinion work, IP due diligence and IP strategy and portfolio management. Previously, he worked in Munich, prosecuting patents before the German and European patent offices.
January 31, 2011
Robert K. Fergan, '02, an attorney in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson and Lione, has been selected to participate in Leadership Detroit, a regional community leadership program sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber. Fergan's practice at Brinks focuses on client counseling, licensing and patent prosecution in the United States and in other countries under the rules of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. He has prepared and prosecuted patents in the electrical, mechanical, electro-optical and computer science arts as well as patents related to business methods.
September 20, 2011
Robert K. Fergan, '02, an attorney in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson and Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been elected as a shareholder effective January 2012.
December 1, 2011
Walter Bentley III, '02, was featured in a story in the Oakland County Legal News about his 10 years of experience as an assistant prosecutor with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. He is starting a private practice, and also will continue his 3-year-old tutoring business, Bentley Prep LLC, which prepares students for the Law School Admissions Test and helps with the law school application process. The story can be found at http://www.legalnews.com/oakland/1364554/.
July 11, 2012
Rebecca Hodge Snyder, '02, was featured in a Naples Sun Times (Florida) article about participants in the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco Program. She is a founding attorney of the Law Offices of Hodge and Snyder.
August 26, 2012
Adrienne Dresevic, '02, was appointed chair of the American Bar Association Publications Committee, liaison from that committee to The Health Lawyer Editorial Board, and chair of the Stark & Anti-Kickback Toolkit Editorial Board. She is the founding partner of Southfield-based The Health Law Partners, and specializes her practice in Stark and fraud abuse.
September 11, 2012
Amy Neumann, '02, was recognized as a "Michigan Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine. She is an attorney and co-manager of the litigation practice group with a concentration on mortgage banking, default servicing and real estate with Farmington Hills-based Trott & Trott PC.
September 11, 2012
Jordan Field, '02, was named one of "30 in their Thirties 2012" by dbusiness http://www.dbusiness.com/DBusiness/September-October-2012/30-in-Their-Thirties/. As an employee of the Detroit Tigers, he drafted a mission statement, prepared a business plan, and pitched the proposal for the Detroit Tigers Foundation to the team leadership. In 2005, the Detroit Tigers Foundation was formed, with Field leading the way as director. The foundation raised $1.1 million last year from special events and promotional sales, in addition to receiving support from players and the team itself. Its mission: Refurbish inner-city ball fields.
October 9, 2012
Jeffrey Doyle, '02, joined Reising Ethington PC. The firm specializes solely in the practice of intellectual property law. Doyle's expertise includes medical equipment, motor control systems, battery charging systems and other high-tech matters. He is a patent attorney with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
October 31, 2012
Rolf Lowe, '02, was named a 2013 DBusiness Top Lawyer in the Health Care Law category. Lowe, an attorney with Rogers Mantese & Associates PC, concentrates his practice primarily on representing health care providers and professionals in professional licensing matters, labor and employment matters associated with health care, civil rights claims, administrative actions, business matters, health care compliance matters and compliance committee operations, hospital staff privilege actions, civil litigation and mediation. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Health Lawyers Association and Michigan Public Employers Labor Relations Association.
November 27, 2012
Adrienne Dresevic, '02, was featured in a Motion Magazine story titled "In Good Health: Partners find their niche in legal field." She is a co-founder of The Health Law Partners legal firm.
December 5, 2012
Adrienne Dresevic, '02, spoke recently before the Radiology Business Management Association at its 2013 Building Better Radiology Marketing Program. She is founding shareholder of Southfield-based The Health Law Partners. As a featured speaker, Dresevic spoke on two different legal and compliance subjects: "Marketing Your Services - What You Need to Know to Stay Out of Trouble" and "Continue the Conversation: Stark Q&A with the Attorney." The presentation and Q&A session reviewed the various marketing compliance matters and fraud and abuse issues that radiology providers face when developing and promoting their businesses. An avid writer and speaker, Dresevic has published more than 60 articles on health care law and presents at national conferences throughout the year. Dresevic's practice encompasses the full spectrum of health care law.
April 8, 2013
Shanna Boughton, '02, joined LeClairRyan as a partner on the firm's Financial Services Litigation and Regulation Practice Area and Banking Industry teams. She is in the national law firm's Boston office. An experienced litigator, Boughton concentrates her practice on lender liability defense, complex commercial litigation, insurance defense and bankruptcy matters. She has successfully defended lenders and servicers in allegations of fraud, predatory lending, and alleged violations of Truth in Lending and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act in both state and federal courts. She also represents secured and unsecured creditors in all facets of bankruptcy matters including motions for relief from stay, proof of claim filings, and adversary proceedings. Additionally, Boughton has successfully represented clients in a wide range of complex litigation matters including products liability, premises liability, construction disputes, automobile torts, coverage disputes, and bad faith claims. She also handles complex business disputes involving contract, tort and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Boughton has appeared on "Practical Law," a series featuring leaders in the legal community, to speak on the implications of the Bankruptcy Reform Act. She also regularly volunteers with Boston Cares, an organization which promotes community service throughout the greater Boston area through coordinated team volunteer efforts.
May 21, 2013
Melissa Graves, '02, was installed as president of the Women's Bar Association. She is an attorney with Collins Einhorn Farrell. Graves concentrates her practice on the defense of professional liability claims and has represented both attorneys and health care professionals. She also is involved in the defense of general liability matters. In the past year, Graves has been selected among the "Rising Stars" by Michigan Super Lawyers and as a Top Lawyer by DBusiness.
May 21, 2013
Adrienne Dresevic, '02, of Southfield-based The Health Law Partners was appointed as co-chair for the Publications Commission for the American Bar Association's Health Law Section, as well as 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. An avid writer and speaker, Dresevic has published more than 60 articles on health care law and presents at national conferences throughout the year. Dresevic's practice encompasses the full spectrum of health care law with a substantial portion of her practice dedicated to Stark & Anti-Kickback Fraud and Abuse. She is a co-founder of The Health Law Partners.
June 17, 2013
Robert Fergan, '02, was appointed editor in chief of Landslide magazine, a bi-monthly magazine of the American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law that offers news and analysis on patents, trademarks, copyrights and related topics. He has served on the editorial board since 2005. He is a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. At Brinks, Fergan specializes in client counseling, licensing and patent prosecution in the United States and other countries under the rules of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. He has prepared and prosecuted patents in the electrical, mechanical, optical, and computer science arts, as well as, patents related to business methods. Prior to joining Brinks in 2003, Fergan spent 10 years in the machine vision and optical inspection industry as a product development manager and product marketing manager, gaining experience with many industries and technologies, including semi-conductor, electronics, automotive, pharmaceutical, packaging, metrology, instrumentation and optics. Fergan is a member of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Section and Business Law Section. He is also active in the State Bar of Michigan, where he previously served on the Board of Commissioners. Fergan is a contributing author of the third edition of the Brinks intellectual property law primer, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law, and is an adjunct professor at Thomas Cooley Law School in Ann Arbor
September 4, 2013
Douglas Salzenstein, '01, a partner in Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn's Litigation Department, was named Young Activist of the Year by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit.
June 29, 2010
Brittany Schultz, '01, was named a 2010 Up and Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Click here for more information.
November 2, 2010
Derek W. Meinecke, '01, was named a 2010 Up and Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Click here for more information.
November 2, 2010
Homayune A. Ghaussi, '01, was named a 2010 Up and Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Click here for more information.
November 2, 2010
Brandon K. Buck, '01, has been named a shareholder at Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth and Heller PC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business disputes, franchising, real estate, commercial and general litigation and creditor's rights law.
January 18, 2011
Jeffrey J. Chapp, '01, was elected principal of Harness Dickey and Pierce PLC, a national intellectual property law firm. His practice includes preparing and prosecuting patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as opinion and agreement consulting and preparation, in the aerospace, automotive, communication, computer, electrical, electronic and mechanical industries.
January 31, 2011
Derek Meinecke, '01, recently was honored with the Courage to Lead Award by the Oakland County SAVE Task Force. He was featured in an Oakland Press article titled "Award honors those who help the vulnerable." Click here for the article.
July 7, 2011
Gabriel Triculescu, '01, was featured in a Legal News article titled "Of two worlds: Immigration attorney strives to help people stay in their new country." Click here for the article.
July 12, 2011
Steve Walmsley, '01, was quoted in a press release about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announcing plans to open three more regional offices (Dallas, Denver and Silicon Valley) besides the one in Detroit set to open July 13. Walmsley is a shareholder with Reising Ethington P.C., an intellectual property law firm with offices in both the Detroit and Dallas markets where new federal patent offices are opening. Reising Ethington was included in meetings with David Kappos, director of the USPTO, during the planning stages of the new Detroit office. "Having patent offices located in the same market as our Detroit and Dallas offices will provide valuable and tangible benefits for our clients," Walmsley said. "Our attorneys will be able to meet face-to-face with a patent examiner without having to spend an entire day going to Washington, D.C. This will save our clients time and money."
July 9, 2012
Kara Tertzak Lividini, '01, was named one of "30 in their Thirties 2012" by dbusiness (http://www.dbusiness.com/DBusiness/September-October-2012/30-in-Their-Thirties/). She is a member of Ford Motor Co.'s litigation team and president of the Downriver Bar Association. She also helped create the annual Purple Sport Coat Award in 2009 to honor her father, the late Judge Kaye Tertzag.
October 9, 2012
Eric Kociba, '01, has joined Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell & Ulanoff PC. Kociba represents businesses and individuals in litigation, including claims of product liability, business torts, contract disputes and corporate secrets. His experience is broad based, involving matters as diverse as the representation of a public utility against a multinational construction company, a cargo airline against an aircraft conversion facility and a property leasing company against a Tier 1 automotive supplier. Kociba also has experience as in-house counsel at two large companies, including a national fuel distributor with revenues of more than $1 billion. Additionally, he has litigated cases involving free speech, zoning regulations and noncompetition agreements.
March 8, 2013
Elissa Pinto, '01, was elected shareholder at Butzel Long.Based in the firm's Detroit office, Pinto concentrates her practice on immigration law. She has focused her immigration practice on business immigration, and has gained extensive experience representing local, national and international companies in obtaining authorization for foreign national employees to work temporarily and permanently in the United States, through various work-authorized visa classifications - including H-1B, TN, L-1 and O-1 - and employment-based permanent residence processes, including Multinational Manager/Executive, Extraordinary Ability Alien and Outstanding Researcher and PERM Alien Labor Certifications.
May 21, 2013
Joshua Arnkoff, '01, joined Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell. Arnkoff will concentrate his practice on the defense of professional liability claims and the defense of general liability matters. The Bloomfield Township resident came to the firm from the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, where, in the course of his 10-year career there, he tried dozens of jury and bench trials. Additionally, he taught classes at the Oakland County Police Academy (Admissions & Confessions, Evidence) and taught legal updates to the local police agencies. Given his background, Arnkoff also will practice in the area of white collar criminal defense.
September 25, 2013
Michelle P. Crockett, '00, a labor and employment lawyer and principal at Miller Canfield, is the new chair of the firm's "Women of Miller Canfield" legal and business network. In her new role, Crockett will lead the firm's more than 100 female lawyers in strengthening their internal, professional relationships with colleagues in all of Miller Canfield's 18 offices. She will also coordinate and foster building business relationships through external strategic business networking and educational events.
February 17, 2010
Matthew Allen, '00, a principal and business and securities lawyer with Miller Canfield's Litigation and Trial Group, recently published an analysis of new interpretations of corporate proxy and disclosure rules by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in an article titled, "SEC Opens the Door for Climate Change-Related Shareholder Proposals and Disclosure Requirements, With Potential New Liabilities for Public Companies," published in the prestigious Bureau of National Affairs' (BNA) Securities Regulation & Law Report.
March 8, 2010
Matthew P. Allen, '00, Miller Canfield principal, was published in The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law's Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal (Vol. 5, No. 1, 2010) for his article, "A Lesson from History, Roosevelt to Obama - The Evolution of Broker-Dealer Regulation: From Self-Regulation, Arbitration, and Suitability to Federal Regulation, Litigation, and Fiduciary Duty."
August 18, 2010
Michael Hamblin, '00, gave a presentation titled "New Developments in Taxability of Attendant Care and Other PI Claims" at the 2010 Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) No-Fault Institute.
September 10, 2010
Michelle P. Crockett , '00, of Miller Canfield, has been honored by the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association (DMBA) with the President's Award. The President's Award is granted to a young attorney whose early career has exhibited high standards of service to the profession, clients and public.
October 27, 2010
Nicole E. Wilinski, '00, Plunkett Cooney insurance coverage attorney, was recently named an "Up & Coming Lawyers" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a publication serving the state's legal community.
December 21, 2010
Todd C. Fracassi, '00, has been elected as a partner at Pepper Hamilton. He is a member of the Environmental Practice Group in the Detroit office. He also is a member of the firm's Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. Fracassi is engaged primarily in matters of environmental litigation and regulatory affairs, and corporate environmental counseling.
January 5, 2011
Celeste M. Wolfe, '00, has been elected a shareholder of the law firm of Giarmarco Mullins and Horton PC. She is in the firm's litigation department where she concentrates her practice in family law and litigation.
February 9, 2011
Matthew P. Allen, '00, recently co-authored, "The New Form ADV Part 2 and the 'Plain English' Movement of the SEC, FINRA, and Michigan's OFIR," in the Spring 2011 Michigan Business Law Journal. The article examines the changes to Part 2 of the Form ADV by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). Allen is a Miller Canfield business, securities, and intellectual property litigator and trial lawyer who assists businesses, executives, broker dealers, and investment advisers in an array of SEC, FINRA, OFIR and other governmental-related inquiries, examinations, investigations and enforcement actions. He is co-chairman of the Broker Dealer and Investment Adviser sub-committee of the ABA Securities Litigation Committee.
May 5, 2011
Matthew P. Allen, '00, a principal in the Troy, Mich. office of the law firm of Miller Canfield, recently presented on "Economic Espionage - Protecting Your Intellectual Property Worldwide," along with the FBI Detroit Division.
July 6, 2011
Lisa Hamameh, '00, this year's recipient of the Oakland County Bar Association's Frances R. Avadenka Memorial Award, was featured in a Detroit Legal News article titled "Community servant receives coveted award from the bar." Hamameh is recognized for her commitment to providing an affordable path for regular working class people to improve their lot in life. Click here for the article.
July 6, 2011
Thomas P. Bruetsch, '00, an attorney at Bodman PLC, was recognized in the just-released 2012 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys for his commercial litigation work. Benchmark honors law firms and individual attorneys who received particularly strong endorsements from clients and peers in an exhaustive annual research survey.
December 13, 2011
Christopher G. Darrow, '00, a patent attorney and partner with Young Basile Hanlon and MacFarlane PC, was named a "Rising Star" in intellectual property litigation by Super Lawyer magazine.
January 3, 2012
Adam Kutinsky, '00, co-wrote an article with Sarah Barbantini titled "The uniqueness of professional-liability policies" for the Feb. 17 issue of Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Kutinsky is a principal at Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti and Sherbrook with the Commercial Litigation group; Barbantini, a third year student at Wayne Law, is a law clerk on his team.
February 28, 2012
Kevin Kalczynski, '00, was appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Professional Ethics Committee for a three-year term beginning October 2012. Kalczynski also was appointed to the Board of Directors for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Michigan Inc., and was named a 2012 "Future Star" by Benchmark Litigation and a 2012 "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine. His practice is concentrated in business litigation, representing plaintiffs and defendants in business tort and breach of contract matters. He is a member with Detroit law firm Barris Sott Denn & Driker PLLC.
September 17, 2012
Celeste Dunn, '00, was awarded "Rising Star" status by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine. A senior attorney in the Litigation Department at Plunkett Cooney, she focuses her practice in the areas of family law and domestic relations.
November 7, 2012
Dawn Reamer, '00, will represent parents and guardians of individuals with disabilities through her new appointment to the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council. She is a company attorney for Aisin Holdings of America Inc. She previously worked as a staff attorney and as corporate counsel for Yazaki North America Inc.
January 5, 2013
Kevin Kalczynski, '00, has been named to L. Brooks Patterson's Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. The program recognizes 40 professional and executive leaders under age 40 who have achieved success and excellence in their field and community and who live or work in Oakland County. Kalczysnki, a member with Detroit law firm Barris Sott, Denn & Driker PLLC, will be honored at an awards ceremony on April 23, 2013. Kalczynski's practice focuses on complex commercial disputes representing both plaintiffs and defendants in contract and business tort matters. He also routinely represents major law firms in legal malpractice matters. Kevin was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Michigan Inc.
February 12, 2013
Matthew Allen, '00, co-presented at the Winter Meeting of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel on Joint Defense Agreements: Benefits, Pitfalls and Best Practices. A principal at Miller Canfield, Allen is a business, securities, and intellectual property litigator and trial lawyer who has tried and arbitrated a wide variety of intellectual property, securities, and business disputes in a wide array of forums. His significant intellectual property litigation experience includes representing companies in international corporate espionage investigations and prosecutions, and in national and international IP litigation and arbitration.
February 15, 2013
Michelle Crockett, '00, was named Diversity Director at Miller Canfield, where she is a principal and practices labor and employment law. She also serves on the board of Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit-based organization focused on helping at-risk girls lead better lives. Crockett was the subject of a March 20 feature story in the Detroit Legal News.
March 20, 2013
Brian Frasier, '00, was added as global marketing communications coordinator in the Detroit office of Miller Canfield. Frasier came to Miller Canfield from Michigan Lawyers Weekly where he was a legal reporter covering the Michigan Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2012, he won the Sam Spencer Excellence in Journalism award for his analysis of Michigan's six 2012 ballot initiatives. A licensed Michigan attorney, Frasier brings a unique perspective gained through seven years of litigation experience, as well.
March 24, 2013
Lisa Hamameh, '00, joined Foster Swift's Farmington Hills office as a senior attorney. She is a member of the firm's Administrative and Municipal practice group. Hamameh brings more than 10 years of experience practicing law in the following areas: municipal law, land use and zoning, liquor license acquisition and transfers, appeals and violation defense. landlord-tenant and summary proceedings, real estate litigation, criminal prosecution and defense, homeowners and condominium association representation. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, Macomb County Bar Association, American Bar Association and Arab American Bar Association. Hamameh is also a member of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys; American Institute of Architects; Sterling Heights, Shelby, Utica Chamber of Commerce; and the American Arab Chamber of Commerce. Hamameh is a contributing co-author in the following Institute of Continuing Legal Education Publications: Michigan Municipal Law 2012 and Michigan Criminal Procedure 2010. In 2011, she received Oakland County Bar Association's Frances Avadenka Memorial Award for significant contributions to the community beyond the legal profession. She has also been included as a "Michigan Rising Star" by Michigan Super Lawyers for 2011 and 2012.
May 8, 2013
David Bir, '00, was appointed by Brooks Kushman to manage the firm's Los Angeles office. Bir has been a shareholder at Brooks Kushman's Southfield office for four years and will permanently move to Los Angeles for the new position. Bir, whose practice focuses primarily on U.S. and international patent preparation and prosecution, has prepared and prosecuted patents that have been successfully enforced resulting in both settlements and multi-million dollar damages awarded by a jury and affirmed on appeal.
August 6, 2013
Theodore Nittis, '99, was recently hired by Oswald Companies in its fast-growing Lawyers Professional Liability practice. He will counsel clients on risk management, program placement, and serve as lead claims advocate with insurance underwriters and carriers.
January 19, 2010
Jeffrey D. Moss, '99, Butzel Long attorney and shareholder, published a substantial guest article that appears in the January/February 2010 edition of Probate & Property magazine, a national publication of the American Bar Association (ABA). The title of the article is "Solar Panels, Tax Incentives and Your House."
January 19, 2010
Jeffrey D. Moss, '99, was named a shareholder with Butzel Long. Previously, Moss was a senior attorney with the firm. He has significant transactional experience with a special emphasis on tax planning. As tax issues arise in many different types of transactions and situations, Moss has worked with corporations, limited liability companies, entrepreneurs, physicians and real estate developers to achieve their business and tax goals. His experience and services include mergers and acquisitions, international tax planning, choice of entity and tax-advantaged structures, including joint ventures and other reorganizations.
March 26, 2010
David M. LaPrairie, '99, of Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC, was named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2011. Attorneys were selected through a process that included a peer review survey that polled more than 15,000 private attorneys in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
November 16, 2010
David Michael, '99, has been named an associate attorney at Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth and Heller PC, a Southfield, Michigan-based law firm. Michael practices in the areas of business, commercial and real estate litigation, with a concentration in banking and mortgage-lender litigation. He is a board member of the Wayne Law Alumni Association.
December 6, 2010
Eric D. Carlson, '99, has been elected principal of the law firm of Miller Canfield. Carlson specializes in all types of commercial matters including contract negotiation, litigation and insolvency issues.
January 26, 2011
Jeffrey D. Moss, '99, LL.M., joined Dawda Mann PLC as a member, practicing in the areas of tax law, business and medical transactions, estate planning and tax-exempt nonprofit matters. Moss counsels companies and their owners, individuals, fiduciaries and beneficiaries regarding tax planning, succession planning and compliance. ABA Property and Probate magazine named Moss' January 2010 article, "Solar Panels, Tax Incentives and Your House," the Best Cutting Edge Article of 2010. Moss was also named a Top Lawyer by DBusiness magazine for 2011 in the areas of tax law and nonprofit/charities law.
April 19, 2011
Charles Phoenix, '99, of Phoenix Law, was named a 2011 executive cabinet member for the American Heart Association in Lee County, Fla. He also recently received a "Superb 10 Ranking" among AVVO highest rated lawyers from Martindale-Hubbell, and served as a 2011 Sponsor for the Sanibel-Captiva Baseball Little League and the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association Lee County Heart Walk.
July 27, 2011
Kenneth Phillips, '99, was hired as vice president and general counsel by Amerigon Inc., doing business as Gentherm, a developer of thermal management technologies. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the company's regulatory compliance activities. From 1999 until joining Gentherm, Phillips was a partner in the Detroit office of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP.
July 31, 2012
Penny Mullin, '99, (LL.M.) was promoted to vice president and manager of estate planning at Tri-Star Trust Bank. She manages the bank's legal and compliance areas. She previously held the position of relationship officer and estate planning specialist.
November 19, 2013
Alexander G. Domenicucci, '98, partner with Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn, LLP, spoke at the 12th Annual Michigan Conference on Affordable Housing. His presentation was titled, "Top Ten Tax issues in Structuring Low-Income Housing Credit Transactions."
May 17, 2010
Stephen L. Tupper, '98, a member of Dykema's corporate finance practice group and leader of the firm's privacy, data secruity and e-commerce practice and the aviation transactions and finance team, was included in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
September 2, 2010
Alexander G. Domenicucci, '98, of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, recently moderated an Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) panel titled "Successfully Handling Partnership Tax Issues."
October 8, 2010
Julie Nichols, '98, was hired by Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell and Ulanoff PC. Nichols devotes a significant portion of her practice to insurance coverage matters and provides advice to clients with respect to coverage opinions, coverage analysis and the litigation of declaratory actions involving issues of insurance coverage with respect to commercial liability, automobile, homeowners and employment policies.
June 2, 2011
George V. Cassar, Jr., '98, a shareholder at Southfield-based Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth and Heller PC, has been selected to serve on the board of directors for Legatus and The Judson Center. Both terms are for two years.
February 27, 2012
J. Matthew Serra, '98, was named executive director of Faculty Personnel Services at Central Michigan University. Operations of FPS include personnel functions and contract administration for CMU's tenure-eligible faculty, fixed-term faculty and graduate assistant employee groups.
March 6, 2012
D. Lee Khachaturian, '98, was listed in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers. Khachaturian is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Detroit. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, environmental, insurance and ERISA litigation, and labor and employment litigation.
October 22, 2012
Mary Margaret O'Donnell, '98, moved her expanding firm, Blue Filament Intellectual Property LLC, to a larger location at 450 N. Old Woodward in Birmingham. Founded in 2011 by O'Donnell, the firm specializes in intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, domain names, brand protection, brand management and enforcement, risk assessment, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings and dispute resolution. She has been recognized as a SuperLawyer Rising Star, a Michigan Lawyer's Weekly Up & Coming Attorney and a Crain's Detroit Business 40 Under 40 business leader. She received an LLM in intellectual property from the Universite Bordeaux IV in France, and is one of the five donors behind the creation of the Brass Ring Scholarship at Wayne Law.
November 1, 2012
Deborah Blair, '98, was appointed by Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano to be the director of administration for the Wayne County Department of Public Services. She has worked for Wayne County in various capacities since 1996. She also was elected to serve as an alternate member to the Wayne County DIA Art Institute Authority Board.
November 30, 2012
Mark Baker, '98, at the beginning of July 2013 joined the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Office of Inspector General as assistant chief counsel. He previously was a senior attorney-advisor with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General. Also in summer 2013, as a reservist he was promoted to commander in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps. As a reserve Navy officer, he is serving as the Operational and International Law Department head on the Fleet Legal Staff to the admiral in command of U.S. Fleet Forces Command (the former U.S. Atlantic Fleet). He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.
October 8, 2013
George V. Cassar Jr., '97, of Southfield-based Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth and Heller PC, has been named to the Board of Directors of Don Bosco Hall. Don Bosco Hall (www.donboscohall.org) is a Detroit-based, non-profit agency that provides supportive human services to enhance the quality of life for youth and their families residing in the metropolitan Detroit-Wayne County community. In his position he will be involved with the organization's social media initiatives and in gathering financial and non-financial support for Don Bosco Hall and the many activities it supports. Cassar focuses his practice in the areas of estate and business succession planning, taxation and probate.
February 3, 2010
Sue Nolan, '97, recently had an article published in the ABA Health Lawyer.
February 19, 2010
Jeffrey C. Hicks, '97, of the Lansing firm Hicks & Mullett, PLLC recently received the prestigious Community Service Award from the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce at its 2010 Annual Dinner. The award is given annually to recognize outstanding individuals of sound moral character who give of their time and expertise to make Lansing a better community and serve as an inspiration to the community and a credit to their business or profession. Hicks was also recently appointed to serve on the Michigan Municipal League's Legislative Governance Committee and the Land Use and Economic Development Committee. Hicks practices extensively in the areas of real property and business law.
March 3, 2010
Jeffrey C. Hicks, '97, managing partner of the Lansing firm Hicks & Mullett, PLLC, was recently elected to the National Executive Board of the Michigan State University Alumni Association. He previously served two years on the Association's Advisory Council. Hicks practices extensively in the areas of real property and business law.
May 18, 2010
Suzanne D. Nolan, '97, co-authored an article in the Fall 2010 Michigan Medical Law Report titled "Watching the Bottom Line: How Health Care Practices Can Control Employee Health Insurance Costs."
October 6, 2010
Eric T. Carver, '97, LL.M., of Dykema, was elected secretary and treasurer of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit (FEPCMD), effective Jan. 1, 2011. Carver has served for the last five years on the FEPCMD's Board of Directors. He was elected unanimously to serve a one-year term for both offices. The election took place at the FEPCMD's Annual meeting on Nov. 9, 2010.
November 17, 2010
Steven J. Enwright, '97, and Andrey T. Tomkiw, '92, have formed Tomkiw Enwright PLC, a new law firm in Royal Oak, Mich., dedicated to providing personalized and strategic legal services to leading and emerging businesses. Tomkiw Enwright will focus on representing businesses in the areas of labor and employment law, complex litigation, business formation and planning, venture finance, entertainment/ media law and general corporate counsel.
March 4, 2011
Veronica R. Leonard, '97, has formed Veronica R. Leonard PLLC. The firm concentrates its practice in all areas of family law (divorce, custody, child support and parenting time issues) as well as probate and estate planning. The firm, online at www.leonardfamilylaw.com, is located in Southfield, Mich.
June 7, 2011
Jeffrey C. Hicks, '97, managing partner of the Lansing law firm Hicks and Mullett PLLC, was recently appointed to the Michigan Office of Regulatory Reinvention's Occupational Licensing Advisory Rules Committee. The Committee will assist the Office of Regulatory Reinvention in identifying duplicative, obsolete, unnecessary or unduly restrictive occupation licensing rules that are not conducive to Michigan's business growth and job creation. The committee will evaluate each of Michigan's 91 regulated occupations to determine whether the rules currently in place provide enough benefits to outweigh the cost to taxpayers. Hicks practices extensively in the areas of real property and business law.
August 5, 2011
Michael T. Price, '97, has joined the Southfield-based firm of Collins, Einhorn, Farrell and Ulanoff PC. Price focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and employment litigation law.
April 16, 2012
Jeffrey Hicks, '97, was recently re-elected to the Delta Township Board as trustee. Hicks practices extensively in the areas of real property and business law as a managing partner of Hicks & Mullett PLLC.
November 29, 2012
Jeffrey Hicks, '97, was recently elected to the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He will serve on the Board's Executive Committee as general counsel. He practices extensively in the areas of real property and business law as a managing partner of Hicks & Mullett PLLC in Lansing.
January 9, 2013
Cynthia Haffey, '97, was elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors at Butzel Long. Haffey is a shareholder and vice president practicing in Butzel Long's Detroit office. She represents corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships in complex disputes involving a wide range of corporate and commercial matters. She regularly appears before the federal and state courts, as well as arbitration tribunals. She represents clients in cases involving commercial disputes and business litigation, including automotive supply chain disputes, shareholder, partner and owner disputes, corporate mergers, acquisitions and other transaction disputes, fraud and other business torts, sales commission disputes, non-compete agreements and trade secrets, real estate disputes, construction contract disputes, anti-trust, bankruptcy and securities litigation. In addition, Haffey also has significant experience in advising and defending clients at trial and in arbitration in age, sex, and racial discrimination actions and other wrongful discharge claims. Haffey currently serves as the co-chair of the firm's Automotive Practice Group, chair of the firm's Women's Initiative Committee and a co-chair of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter's Social Justice Committee.
March 29, 2013
Suzanne Nolan, '97, joined the Detroit office of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook. Nolan has substantial experience and regularly performs legal services for healthcare providers and technology companies on a wide variety of transactional and regulatory compliance matters including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, real estate, contracts and corporate governance. Combining these skills and experience, Nolan will devote a substantial portion of her practice to advising and assisting health care providers on the creation, protection and licensing of all types of intellectual property; the development, distribution, buying, selling and licensing of technology goods and services; and on health care information technology including the privacy and security of healthcare information.
May 8, 2013
Jeffrey Hicks, '97, joined Dart Container Corp. as assistant general counsel for Corporate Real Estate. Hicks has practiced extensively in the areas of real estate and business law for 15 years. He is a former managing partner of the Lansing firm Hicks & Mullett PLLC.
May 9, 2013
Culkar, DJ, '97, was promoted at Comerica Bank to the position of senior vice president and general counsel - Wealth Management, Retail Bank, Operations and Regulatory Affairs. Culkar joined Comerica in September 2006. He expanded his responsibilities in early 2012 to include management of the legal team supporting the Contract Administration, Procurement and Corporate Owned Real Estate areas of the Bank. Culkar and his team continue to be responsible for the delivery of legal services to Retail Bank, Marketing, Compliance, Public Affairs, Business Affairs, Service Company, and Treasury Management. He also continues to support Wealth Management for personal purpose loan matters, as well as serve as Chief Regulatory and Intellectual Property legal counsel.
June 25, 2013
Marcy Ford, '96, EVP and managing partner of Trott & Trott PC's Bankruptcy and Foreclosure First Legal Department, has been recognized in the 16th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Trott was one of only two attorneys in the state of Michigan recognized for the practice of mortgage banking foreclosure law.
January 26, 2010
John P. Gonway, '96, a shareholder at Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller P.C., a Southfield, Michigan-based law firm, is the director of advocacy for the Michigan Mountain Biking Association (MMBA).
March 17, 2010
John P. Gonway, '96, a shareholder at Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller P.C., a Southfield-based law firm, has been appointed to the Snowmobile and Trails Advisory Council by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.
April 8, 2010
Julian C. Swearengin, '96, has left the litigation department of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and has been elected principal and named associate general counsel at Bessemer Trust. He has also joined the adjunct faculty at New York Law School where he will be teaching courses on securities litigation and government investigations.
July 16, 2010
Carol Parker , '96, was selected by the American Council on Education to participate in its 2012-2013 Fellows Program. Parker currently serves as Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at the University of New Mexico School of Law.
April 6, 2012
Marcy Ford, '96, was the subject of a feature story in the Washtenaw County Legal News for being named president of the USFN, formerly known as the U.S. Foreclosure Network. Ford is a partner and executive vice president of Trott & Trott in Farmington Hills.
November 5, 2012
Abby Pendleton, '96, was featured in a Motion Magazine story titled "In Good Health: Partners find their niche in legal field." She is a co-founder of The Health Law Partners legal firm.
December 5, 2012
Jodi Munn Schebel, '96, was elected as a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC. She focuses her practice on the areas of commercial and business litigation, insurance, and product liability and personal injury. Schebel is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. She is also a speaker and author, writing the chapter on "Dismissals and Defaults" for the book, "Michigan Civil Procedure."
January 11, 2013
Joseph Gustavus, '96, was slated as a speaker at the American Conference Institute's 7th annual National Exports Control Forum on International Technology Transfers and Deemed Export Compliance, Jan. 28-29 in San Francisco. Gustavus will serve as a panel member on "Monitoring Technology Transfer and Deemed Export Compliance by Foreign Affiliates, Subsidiaries, Parents and Joint Ventures." Gustavus is a corporate attorney with Miller Canfield representing multinational clients and clients primarily in the automotive, defense, aerospace, software and information technology sectors. He counsels and assists clients with their complex domestic and international acquisitions and commercial transactions, ITAR and export control compliance issues, corporate governance and with building, demonstrating, and protecting the value of their intellectual property rights. He is also a certified public accountant.
January 15, 2013
Rebecca Sczepanski, '96, joined HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick (Georgia), as of counsel with the firm's ERISA and Employee Benefits Practice Group. An accomplished attorney and C.P.A., Sczepanski brings extensive experience advising for-profit and non-profit clients on ERISA and employee benefits issues including qualified plans, welfare plans, investment policy statements and fiduciary responsibilities, IRS submissions and Department of Labor audits and investigations. Before joining HunterMaclean, Sczepanski served as senior counsel at the law firm of Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis, Ind., and as general counsel for Employee Health Insurance Management Inc. in Southfield.
April 22, 2013
Sara Kruse, '96, was named co-practice group coordinator for Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC's Emerging and Growth Business Practice Group. Kruse, a partner with the firm, has developed a robust practice in guiding her clients through large corporate transactions, where she represents both private and public companies in all aspects of their legal needs - from formation to equity financing to acquisition. Kruse is also a member of the Corporate and Securities and Regulations Practice Groups at the firm. She is also a long-standing and active member of Jaffe's Women's Caucus Group, which was recently awarded the Inaugural Women's Resource Center Award by the Michigan Women's Foundation. She has represented several clients in complex business transactions that have received Crain's Detroit Business Merger & Acquisition awards, including multiple ‘Deal of the Year' recognitions.
May 17, 2013
Sara Kruse, '96, was appointed to a two-year term on the Board of Directors at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C., where she is also a co-practice group coordinator for the Emerging and Growth Business practice group. She has developed a robust practice in guiding her clients through large corporate transactions, where she represents both private and public companies in all aspects of their legal needs, from formation to equity financing to acquisition. Kruse is also a member of the Corporate and Securities Regulations practice groups at the firm. She is a long-standing and active member of Jaffe's Women's Caucus Group, which was recently awarded the inaugural Women's Resource Center Award by the Michigan Women's Foundation.
July 31, 2013
Ryan Perry, '96, was awarded an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada. He is also recognized as a DBusiness magazine Top Lawyer. Perry is a shareholder in Giarmarco Mullins & Horton PC. His area of specialization is commercial litigation and business and employment law. He assists businesses and business owners in all areas of commercial litigation and arbitration including breach of contract, shareholder disputes, non-competition issues, collection actions and wrongful discharge.
September 11, 2013
Carol Parker, '96, has been appointed associate provost for academic personnel at the University of New Mexico, where she has been a professor of law and associate dean for Finance and Administration in the law school. Parker's duties include working to build faculty strength and responding to individual faculty and administrative personnel requests for support and guidance, in addition to providing oversight of the Counseling Assistance & Referral Service department, Faculty Contracts and Services Office and UNM Ombuds/Dispute Resolution Services for faculty.
October 1, 2013
William D. Adams, '95, has been named partner at Southfield-based Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer and Weiss, PC. Adams is a member of the firm's Litigation Practice Group. He primarily supports the firm's Aviation Practice Group, specializing in aircraft-related litigation both in Michigan and nationwide.
February 23, 2010
Antoinette M. Pilzner, '95, has joined the Detroit office of McDonald Hopkins LLC as a member in the firm's national Employee Benefits and Labor and Employment Counseling and Litigation Practice Groups, which provide legal services to a diverse group of clients throughout the United States. Pilzner, who has 15 years of experience advising clients in the areas of ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation, is also a certified public accountant.
February 28, 2010
Joseph J. DeVito, '95, LL.M. 2005, of Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC, was named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2011. Attorneys were selected through a process that included a peer review survey that polled more than 15,000 private attorneys in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties.
November 16, 2010
Bradley E. Lerner, '95, recently joined the legal department of ValueOptions, Inc. the largest privately-owned behavioral health maintenance organization (BHMO) in the United States. ValueOptions provides behavioral healthcare management to Fortune 500 companies, national and regional health plans, and federal, state, and local governments. Brad formerly worked at the Federal Communications Commission and Cavalier Telephone, LLC. In his position, Brad will be monitoring health care legislation for executive leadership.
January 3, 2011