Wayne State University

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Alumni Accomplishments

  • Michael HauserMichael Hauser, '04, has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in its Corporate Department's Tax Practice Group. He brings nearly 10 years of experience as a tax attorney to Honigman and is located in the firm's Oakland County office. Hauser focuses his practice on federal taxation of real estate transactions, income tax planning, the formation and structuring of partnerships and corporate entities, federal and state tax audits and appeals, wealth transfer and general corporate matters. Before becoming an attorney, Hauser served small- to mid-sized businesses as a CPA.  
    November 26, 2013

  • Stuart SchwartzStuart Schwartz, '04, was admitted to membership at Clark Hill PLC. Schwartz is a member in the Construction practice group and is adjunct to the Litigation practice group. He concentrates his practice in construction law and commercial litigation, including contract disputes, employment issues, business torts, collection matters, post-judgment proceedings, lien and bond claims, landlord/tenant actions and other real property matters. Schwartz was selected for appointment to the State Bar of Michigan's Character and Fitness Committee and has been recognized multiple times by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in the practice area of commercial litigation.
    January 13, 2014

  • Terry BonnetteTerry Bonnette, '04, made presentations on a variety of employment law topics. On Jan. 22, 2014, he presented the "2014 Labor and Employment Law Update" at the Raising the Bar series held at Nemeth Law PC, where he is a partner. He also presented "Workplace Violence" for clients of the Hyland Group in Troy on Nov. 15, 2013, in Novi on Nov. 14, 2013, and in Ypsilanti on Nov. 11, 2013. Bonnette presented "Social Media" at the Michigan Chapter of National Association Directors of Nursing Administration in Detroit on Nov. 8, 2013.
    January 27, 2014

  • Terry BonnetteTerry Bonnette, '04, with partner Deborah Brouwer, '80, presented "Managing Religions in the Workplace" at the Nemeth Law Raising the Bar series on June 5, 2014. Bonnette is a partner at Nemeth Law PC. He also presented "Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law" on May 20, 2014, at Livingston Area Human Resource Association in Brighton, and "Social Media: Employee Rights v. Residents Rights" on May 1, 2014, at the Healthcare Association of Michigan's Michigan Center for Assisted Living conference in Marquette. And, with two others, Bonnette presented "The Affordable Act Updates" on April 11, 2014, at St. John's of Plymouth, as well as (with Brouwer) "Workplace Violence, Safety and Security: Risk Assessment and Prevention" at Michigan HR Day in Lansing on April 23, 2014. He presented, with Patricia Nemeth, '84, a continuing legal education class, "Employer Liability from Workplace Violence," on May 13 in Cleveland, Ohio.  
    June 16, 2014

  • Allison BachAllison 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 MacKenzieDonna 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 SzalachMatt 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 KellyLiza Kelly, '04, has been hired as executive director of labor relations and personnel for Howell Public Schools. 
    January 1, 2015

  • Damian AquinoDamian 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 WilliamsonIan 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 VandercookJill 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 BaroneJoseph 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 SukkarSuzanne 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 MannJonathan 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 BonnetteTerry 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 LipskiTobias 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 BonnetteTerry 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 HindelangMike 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 JerabekMarc Jerabek, '04, of Plunkett Cooney was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.
    November 11, 2015

  • Michael HindelangMichael 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 DykMatthew Van Dyk, '04, has joined the Kalamazoo office of the Miller Johnson law firm. He specializes in real estate law.
    December 24, 2015

  • Marc JerabekMarc Jerabek, '04, has been named a shareholder at Plunkett Cooney. He works in the Bloomfield Hills office.
    January 6, 2016

  • Jeffrey S. AronoffJeffrey 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 BurmaniaDarren 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 BonnetteTerry 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. CahillKerry 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

  • Alycia WesleyAlycia Wesley, '03, was a featured speaker during the Beaumont Parenting Program's March 12 seminar titled "Financial Planning for Your Child's Future" held in Troy. Wesley is an esate-planning attorney with Colombo & Colombo in Bloomfield Hills, and a regular speaker on topics of estate planning for families with newborn children.
    March 20, 2014

  • Elise IafrateElise 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 BoltonJordan 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 MansfieldMary 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 WestonScott 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 HicknerKathryn Hickner, '03, joined Ulmer & Berne's Cleveland office as co-chair of the firm's Health Care Practice Group.
    May 11, 2015

  • Timothy PratcshlerTimothy 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 PittoorsAllen Pittoors, '03, joined intellectual property law firm Darrow Mustafa PC in Northville as a partner.
    August 5, 2015

  • Kristopher HullibergerKristopher 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 HullibergerKristopher Hulliberger, '03, of Howard & Howard Attorneys was named to the 2015 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.
    September 16, 2015

  • Larry WilliamsLarry 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 DoerrJoseph 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-RaycraftMelissa 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 MichaelDavid 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

  • Jeffrey DoyleJeffrey 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 DresevicAdrienne 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 GodushMarie 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 DresevicAdrienne 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 GravesMelissa 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 DuffEbony Duff, '02, was one of six Top Young Lawyers named by dbusiness magazine for 2015.
    July 14, 2015

  • Ryan LawlorRyan 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 KaatzRobert Kaatz, '02, has been named partner and shareholder at Cardelli Lanfear PC. 
    September 29, 2015

  • Shanna BoughtonShanna Boughton, '02, was named a shareholder at LeClairRyan. She works in the firm's Boston office.
    January 20, 2016

  • Helal FarhatHelal 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. GravesMelissa 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. DoyleJeffrey 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

  • Homayune GhaussiHomayune 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 TyszkaRuth 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 MeineckeDerek 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 RossmanMark 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 PiperJeremy 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 HillmanJason 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. SchroderJeffrey 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

  • Robert WolfordRobert Wolford, '00, is one of West Michigan's young professionals being honored by the Grand Rapids Business Journal in its "40 Under Forty." He is an attorney with Miller Johnson.
    October 16, 2013

  • Jennifer LaToschJennifer 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 MathieBrandy Mathie, '00, joined Kerr Russell and Weber PLC. She practices in the area of real estate.
    February 24, 2014

  • Matthew AllenMatthew 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 FracassiTodd 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 LincolnSarah 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 HeltonRachel Helton, '00, was elected to a six-year term on the Trenton school board.
    November 7, 2014

  • Michelle CrockettMichelle 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 MaceroniJames 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 CrockettMichelle 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 KellertLee 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 NadeauSarah 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 DarrowChristopher 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 HarlanJames 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 SkillmanAlicia 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 BaucusLaura 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 WilinskiNicole Wilinski, '00, was elected partner at Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in Southfield. She focuses her practice on insurance coverage.
    January 13, 2016

  • Lisa HamamehLisa 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 MorganCora 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 KutinskyAdam 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

  • Penny MullinPenny Mullin, '99, (LL.M.) was promoted to vice president and manager of estate planning at Tri-Star Trust Bank. She manages the bank's legal and compliance areas. She previously held the position of relationship officer and estate planning specialist.
    November 19, 2013

  • Thomas KabelThomas Kabel, '99, was named to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson's Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2014. Kabel is a shareholder with Butzel Long in Bloomfield Hills and chair of the firm's recruiting committee. He concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate and real estate-related finance.
    February 17, 2014

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

  • Gary DonohueGary Donohue, '99, has joined Brooks Kushman PC as a senior attorney. Before his new job, he oversaw all aspects pertaining to trademarks, copyrights and patents for Ally Financial as intellectual property counsel.
    May 2, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

  • Mark Baker, '98, at the beginning of July 2013 joined the Federal Housing Finance Agency's Office of Inspector General as assistant chief counsel. He previously was a senior attorney-advisor with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General. Also in summer 2013, as a reservist he was promoted to commander in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps. As a reserve Navy officer, he is serving as the Operational and International Law Department head on the Fleet Legal Staff to the admiral in command of U.S. Fleet Forces Command (the former U.S. Atlantic Fleet). He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.
    October 8, 2013

  • Alex DomenicucciAlex Domenicucci, '98, was added as a shareholder at Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller PC. Domenicucci joins the firm from the Detroit office of Ernst & Young and previously was a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He is secretary of the Michigan State Bar Taxation Section.
    February 10, 2014

  • Gary SpringsteadGary Springstead, '98, was selected in a statewide election to the Board of Directors of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, where he will serve a three-year term. Springstead also will serve as a representative for other criminal defense attorneys in a district that covers a wide area along the entire shoreline of Lake Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, and includes Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids, Hart, Ludington, Traverse City and Marquette. He is a partner at the criminal defense law firm of Springstead & Bartish Law PLLC in Grand Rapids and Fremont.
    May 19, 2014

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

  • Floyd Gates Jr.Floyd Gates Jr., '98, has joined the Grand Rapids office of Miller Canfield as senior counsel. He has more than 16 years of experience as a litigator and a corporate and banking attorney. He advises financial institutions, business and insurance carriers throughout the United States.
    May 22, 2014

  • Michael McCue, '98, is working on a Ph.D. at Michigan State University, and is researching for his dissertation the experiences of law students and recent law school graduates with mental illness. He hopes his work will help promote conversation about mental illness and break down stigmas within the legal community.
    July 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

  • Michael J. GoeckeMichael 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

  • Leif AndersonLeif Anderson, '97, was recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer for the fifth consecutive year. With more than 15 years of legal experience, Anderson specializes his practice in complex commercial litigation, with a focus on business, corporate, real estate and construction and contract disputes. He is with Neuman Anderson PC.
    January 9, 2014

  • David PointsDavid Points, '97, (LL.M), was invited to speak at the University of Akron's seventh annual "2014 Black Male Summit" being held April 12, 2014. He is a retired Michigan public school educator and the former director of the Joint Information Bureau, Joint Task Force -160 (JTF -160), Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was recalled to active duty February 2002 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He remained director while the Joint Information Bureau transitioned to U. S. Army and Rhode Island Army National Guard personnel. He was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
    April 8, 2014

  • Marc SeyburnMarc Seyburn, '97, joined Barris Sott Denn & Driker PLLC as a member of its tax and estate planning department. He specializes in structural planning, flow-through taxation, cash-flow modeling and investment opportunities. He also designs estate plans with a focus on both income taxes and estate taxes.  
    June 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Carol ParkerCarol Parker, '96, has been appointed associate provost for academic personnel at the University of New Mexico, where she has been a professor of law and associate dean for Finance and Administration in the law school. Parker's duties include working to build faculty strength and responding to individual faculty and administrative personnel requests for support and guidance, in addition to providing oversight of the Counseling Assistance & Referral Service department, Faculty Contracts and Services Office and UNM Ombuds/Dispute Resolution Services for faculty.
    October 1, 2013

  • Thomas CameronThomas Cameron, '96, was appointed to the Third Circuit Court in Detroit by Gov. Rick Snyder. Cameron is the Criminal Justice Bureau chief for the Michigan Department of Attorney General where he supervises several large divisions. He has been with the department since 2003, previously serving as an assistant attorney general and Criminal Division chief. Cameron began his law career at the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Amy Hathaway.
    April 11, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lanae L. MoneraLanae 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

  • Joseph DeVitoJoseph DeVito, '95, was named as a recipient of the "Deal Maker of the Year Award 2013" by Finance Monthly magazine. He is with Howard & Howard PLLC, where he concentrates his practice on business and financial transactions and real estate matters. He formerly served as assistant general counsel responsible for mergers and acquisitions for ThyssenKrupp in North America, and also has served as interim general counsel for corporate clients in the automotive, technology and service industries.
    January 9, 2014

  • Chanille CarswellChanille Carswell, '95, was promoted to shareholder at Brooks Kushman PC. She concentrates her practice on intellectual property litigation, and has practiced in federal courts across the country, including California, Illinois and Michigan.
    January 14, 2014

  • Addie WilliamsAddie Williams, '95, was named as one of the Michigan Chronicle's 2014 Women of Excellence. She is a longtime advocate for children and families. With more than 35 years of child welfare experience, she was instrumental in helping change the state's view of children who are adoptable. She is the president/CEO of Spaulding for Children, an attorney and adjunct professor with the School of Social Work at Wayne State University.
    March 21, 2014

  • Joseph DeVitoJoseph DeVito, '95, was named "Deal Maker of the Year - Advisor Category" by Crain's Detroit Business in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth, Detroit Chapter.. He is with Howard & Howard PLLC, where he concentrates his practice on business and financial transactions and real estate matters. He formerly served as assistant general counsel responsible for mergers and acquisitions for ThyssenKrupp in North America, and also has served as interim general counsel for corporate clients in the automotive, technology and service industries.
    April 8, 2014

  • Monica MoonsMonica Moons, '95, has been named as a shareholder of Couzens Lansky in Farmington Hills. She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, tax planning, probate and tax litigation and real estate.
    May 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Clint GageClint 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