Wayne State University

Alumni Accomplishments

Allison Bach
Allison Bach '04, was named as one of six Top Young Lawyers by DBusiness magazine for 2014. She is partner at Dickinson Wright, and focuses her practice on advising and representing secured lenders and other creditors in out-of-court workouts and restructurings, bankruptcy proceedings and enforcement litigation.

August 27, 2014
Donna MacKenzie
Donna MacKenzie '04, of Olsman Mueller Wallace & MacKenzie PC was named to the Top 50 women lawyers list by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

September 19, 2014
Matt Szalach
Matt Szalach '04, has joined the Intellectual Property Department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner. He is a member of the firm's Patent Practice Group and is located in its Bloomfield Hills office.  

October 10, 2014
Craig Scheuern '04, has become a shareholder in Quinn Law Group PLLC based in Novi. He joined the firm in 2005. Scheuern concentrates his practice on the preparation and prosecution of domestic, international and foreign patent applications in a variety of technical areas, including the electrical, software and mechanical arts, as well as IP-related client counseling.  

December 3, 2014
Liza Kelly
Liza Kelly '04, has been hired as executive director of labor relations and personnel for Howell Public Schools. 

January 1, 2015
Damian Aquino
Damian Aquino '04, was voted a full-equity principal at the global intellectual property law firm Harness Dickey. He was previously a non-equity principal.

January 6, 2015
Ian Williamson
Ian Williamson '04, was appointed to the Ferndale Planning Commission. Williamson is a partner with Mantese Honigman Rossman and Williamson PC, where his practice is primarily focused on complex commercial litigation, shareholder litigation and health care law. Williamson also serves as a member of the Ferndale Zoning Board of Appeals.

January 15, 2015
Jill Vandercook
Jill Vandercook '04, was promoted to shareholder at Sullivan Ward Asher & Patton PC, where she focuses her litigation practice on medical malpractice defense.

March 10, 2015
Joseph Barone
Joseph Barone '04, (LL.M.) of Barone Law Offices PLC  was appointed to the Wayne County Commission. He will represent Plymouth, Plymouth Township and Canton Township as the county's 10th District commissioner, replacing Shannon Price, who resigned earlier this month after being appointed the Plymouth Township supervisor. Barone will serve the remainder of her term, which expires at the end of 2016. He will have to seek election in 2016 if he intends to stay on the commission.

April 23, 2015
Suzanne Sukkar
Suzanne Sukkar '04, of counsel at Dickinson Wright PLLC, was appointed to a three-year term on the state's Middle Eastern American Affairs Commission.

June 14, 2015
Jonathan Mann
Jonathan Mann '04, became board certified in appellate practice by the Florida Bar. He is with the Law Offices of Robin Bresky in Boca Raton, Fla.

June 16, 2015
Terry Bonnette
Terry Bonnette '04, Nemeth Law partner, presented "Managing Religion in Long-Term Care" at the Healthcare Association of Michigan Center for Assisted Living conference in Marquette.  At the Nemeth Law Raising the Bar series, Bonnette and attorney Erin Behler, '09, presented "Employee Leave Policies that Work," highlighting new interpretations of the FMLA, PDA, ADA and other employment leave-related policies and practices.

June 25, 2015
Tobias Lipski
Tobias Lipski '04, wrote an article, "Sheriff's Deed Purchaser's New Rights During Redemption Period," published in the July Michigan Bar Journal.

July 14, 2015
Terry Bonnette
Terry Bonnette '04, has spoken on a variety of employment law topics throughout Michigan during third quarter 2015. He is a partner with Nemeth Law. 

October 12, 2015
Mike Hindelang
Mike Hindelang '04, has been elected to Honigman's board of directors. He is leader of the firm's data security and privacy litigation and its ediscovery and information management practice groups. He is located in Honigman's Detroit office.

October 20, 2015
Marc Jerabek
Marc Jerabek '04, of Plunkett Cooney was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

November 11, 2015
Michael Hindelang
Michael Hindelang '04, was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of 30 "Up and Coming" attorneys for 2015. He is a partner with Honigman Miller Schwarz and Cohn LLP. 

November 23, 2015
 Sarah J. Brutman
Sarah J. Brutman '04, has joined Maddin Hauser Roth and Heller PC as an associate in the firm's defense and insurance coverage practice group. She concentrates her practice on commercial insurance coverage and liability defense.

December 22, 2015
Matthew Van Dyk
Matthew Van Dyk '04, has joined the Kalamazoo office of the Miller Johnson law firm. He specializes in real estate law.

December 24, 2015
Marc Jerabek
Marc Jerabek '04, has been named a shareholder at Plunkett Cooney. He works in the Bloomfield Hills office.

January 6, 2016
Jeffrey S. Aronoff
Jeffrey S. Aronoff '04, was elected a principal at Miller Canfield in Detroit. He earned his master's degree from the University of Michigan, Ford School of Public Policy, and his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

March 31, 2016
Darren Burmania
Darren Burmania '04, joined Miller Canfield as a senior attorney in the firm's Grand Rapids office. He earned his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in 1997.

March 31, 2016
Terry Bonnette
Terry Bonnette '04, spoke June 15 to the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce regarding changes to the white collar overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. On June 13, Bonnette co-presented a webinar regarding these changes. He also co-presented "Dealing with the Problem Employee" on May 18 at Nemeth Law's Raising the Bar, an educational series raising employer awareness of current issues in employment and labor law. He also co-presented "Litigation Developments and Trends: Gender Identity in the Workplace," for a large insurance group April 27 in Pittsburgh. Bonnette spoke May 4 at the Healthcare Association of Michigan Upper Peninsula Education Conference in Marquette; presentation subjects were "Hot Topics in Labor Law" and "The Employer vs. Employee in Social Media Policies." Bonnette is a partner at Nemeth Law PC. He earned his master's degree from Illinois State University and his bachelor's degree from Bradley University.    

July 6, 2016
Kerry K. Cahill
Kerry K. Cahill '04, senior counsel at Sue Ellen Eisenberg and Associates PC in Bloomfield Hills, was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2016 "Women in the Law." Cahill earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 2001.

July 25, 2016
Marc Jerabek
Marc Jerabek '04, a partner with Plunkett Cooney in Bloomfield Hills, was named to the 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

October 24, 2016
Bryan Zair
Bryan Zair '04, was named to the 2016 Crain's Detroit Business 40 Under 40 list. He is a partner at Jones Day in Detroit. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University.

November 2, 2016
Donna M. MacKenzie
Donna M. MacKenzie '04, of Olsman MacKenzie & Wallace, was named a "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She earned her bachelor's degree from Alma College.

February 27, 2017
 Christopher M.  Mann
Christopher M. Mann '04, a member of Dawda Mann Mulcahy & Sadler PLC in Bloomfield Hills, was named a "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.    

February 27, 2017
Andrew J. Huige
Andrew J. Huige '04, has joined Collins Einhorn Farrell PC's Professional Liability Practice Group in Southfield. He earned his bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University.

April 6, 2017
John Walus
John Walus '04, received the Homer D. Strong Award from Wayne State University's Alumni Association. Walus, an attorney at Alpert & Alpert and retired lieutenant colonel for the U.S. Army, won the award for his distinguished leadership and service to the Alumni Association and the university as a whole. He earned his bachelor's degree from Florida International University.

May 5, 2017
Ryan Berman
Ryan Berman '04, was named a finalist for the Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer award from the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section. Berman operates his own law firm in Bloomfield Hills. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

May 23, 2017
Elise Iafrate
Elise Iafrate '03, has joined Rain BDM in Bloomfield Hills, a business development and marketing consultancy for law firms and professional services.   

September 30, 2014
Jordan Bolton
Jordan Bolton '03, a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Clark Hill PLC, was honored as the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the Legal Aid and Defender Association.

October 21, 2014
Mary Mansfield
Mary Mansfield '03, of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP was recognized for the pro bono service she provided to Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc.'s clients in 2014. Mansfield is a partner in Honigman's Trusts and Estates Practice Group. Her practice is focused on the administration of complex probate estates and trusts.  

October 28, 2014
Scott Weston
Scott Weston '03, has been elected to partner at Cooley LLP in California. He is a member of the firm's patent counseling and prosecution practice.

December 5, 2014
Kathryn Hickner
Kathryn Hickner '03, joined Ulmer & Berne's Cleveland office as co-chair of the firm's Health Care Practice Group.

May 11, 2015
Timothy Pratcshler
Timothy Pratcshler '03, was admitted as a principal in the tax practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, leading the firm's Greater Michigan Market controversy practice.

June 12, 2015
Allen Pittoors
Allen Pittoors '03, joined intellectual property law firm Darrow Mustafa PC in Northville as a partner.

August 5, 2015
Kristopher Hulliberger
Kristopher Hulliberger '03, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Hulliberger was recognized in the practice area of Patent Law. He is with Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC.

August 21, 2015
Kristopher Hulliberger
Kristopher Hulliberger '03, of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

September 16, 2015
Larry Williams
Larry Williams '03, was appointed to a vacancy on the 36th District Court bench in Detroit. He was an assistant Wayne County prosecutor.

January 13, 2016
Joseph Doerr
Joseph Doerr '03, has opened Doerr Law Firm PLLC in Bloomfield Hills. The firm will focus on representing businesses and individuals in litigation.

January 20, 2016
Melissa D. Wojnar-Raycraft
Melissa D. Wojnar-Raycraft '03, joined Detroit law firm Racine & Associates. Her practice areas include commercial litigation, class action litigation, public pension, real estate, construction, family law and probate litigation.

February 22, 2016
David Michael
David Michael '03, an attorney at Lipson Neilson Cole Seltzer Garin PC and chair of the Oakland County Bar Association's Real Estate Committee, participated in a panel discussion on environmental due diligence in real estate. This event was presented by the Energy, Sustainability and Environmental and Real Estate Law committees of the Oakland County Bar Association, with the support of the Michigan Commercial Board of Realtors. Michael earned his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University.

June 20, 2016
Jordan S. Bolton
Jordan S. Bolton '03, has been appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee, which is charged with evaluating candidates for appointment to judicial vacancies. Bolton is a partner in Clark Hill's Litigation Practice Group in Birmingham. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona in 2000.

October 3, 2016
Christina DeHayes
Christina DeHayes '03, joined Compuware Corp. in Detroit as senior counsel. She earned her bachelor's degree in microbiology from Michigan State University in 1999.

October 3, 2016
Ami (Patel) Gadhia '03, has been named technology transfer and patenting specialist for the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. She earned her LL.M. from the George Washington University Law School and her bachelor's degree from Wayne State University.

June 12, 2017
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
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
Jill Ferrari
Jill Ferrari '01, was selected by the Wayne State President's Commission on the Status of Women to receive its 2017 Woman of Distinction Alumna Award. This honor recognizes her commitment to women and leadership with regard to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Ferrari, who earned her bachelor's degree from Wayne State University, is the CEO of Michigan Community Resources.

May 5, 2017
Bart O'Neill
Bart O'Neill '01, joined Goodman Acker in Southfield where he will practice personal injury law, with an emphasis on medical malpractice and birth injury lawsuits. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

May 5, 2017
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
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
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
Diana Lee Khachaturian
Diana Lee Khachaturian '98, of the Law Office of Diana Lee Khachaturian in Troy, was named a "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

February 27, 2017
Floyd E. Gates Jr.
Floyd E. Gates Jr. '98, has joined Bodman as a member and will lead the firm's new Grand Rapids office. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

May 5, 2017
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
Carl Lundblad '97, was named chief executive officer of Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit fair trade retailer. He earned his bachelor's degree from Messiah College.

June 8, 2017
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
Tina Reynolds
Tina Reynolds '96, was chosen to serve a three-year term on Governor Rick Snyder's newly created Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission. The purpose of the commission is to advise the governor on programs and policies to fight lead exposure in children. Reynolds is the health policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council. She earned her bachelor's degree in natural resources from the University of Michigan.

March 20, 2017
Jermaine A. Wyrick
Jermaine A. Wyrick '96, was a panelist at the University of Detroit Law School for the American Constitution Society. The panel discussed, "The Constitutional Right to Education." Wyrick earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

April 21, 2017
Carol Parker
Carol Parker '96, has been appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas at El Paso. She earned her master's degree from the University of Michigan and her bachelor's degree from the Michigan State University Honors College.

May 5, 2017
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

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