Terry Bonnette, '04, has been named a partner at Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell P.C. He had been a senior attorney. Bonnette joined Nemeth Burwell in 2004 after working as a law clerk at the firm. He focuses his practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation, counseling clients on a wide range of contract compliance and regulatory compliance issues, including the Family Medical Leave Act, Wage and Hour laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, Bonnette has represented clients in litigation before state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators. A prodigious writer and speaker, Bonnette has presented, written and co-authored articles on a number of employment law topics and workplace trends, including overtime, social media, disabilities, managing contingent and virtual employees, identity theft and wrongful discharge and retaliation. Prior to joining Nemeth Burwell, Bonnette was an instructor in argumentation, persuasion and speech writing at Bradley University and Eastern Michigan University. He also coached the nationally ranked speech teams at both schools.
March 26, 2013
Terry Bonnette, '04, presented 2013 Wage and Hour Boot Camp, highlighting the Department of Labor's five-year plan. The presentation took place at the Nemeth Burwell Raising the Bar series on May 8. Bonnette, a partner at Nemeth Burwell PC, also presented a labor and employment update and led a discussion titled "Legal Issues in Social Media" at the Healthcare Association of Michigan UP Conference on May 2. He visited Fox2 News on April 9 to discuss an emerging workplace trend during the Job Shop segment titled "Allergies at the Workplace." And Bonnette led a discussion titled "Identifying and Dealing with Bullying at Work: A Mock Internal Investigatio" at the ICLE in Plymouth on April 5.
May 30, 2013
Michael 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 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 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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Andrew Harris, '03, joined the Detroit office of Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Ltd. as an associate attorney. Harris counsels and defends clients in all aspects of commercial real estate, premise liability, business transactions disputes, and construction contracts and disputes. He also actively represents clients in federal and state tax law matters. Harris has extensive experience in the defense of lawyers and accountants in professional liability cases. Harris was named to the 2008 and 2012 Michigan Super Lawyers lists. He is actively involved in several legal and civic organizations including multiple sections of the Michigan State Bar.
April 16, 2013
Michelle Martin, '03, was hired as policy director of the National Council on Medicaid Home Care, an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. She is responsible for the development of model program policy standards through the engagement with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Medicaid Access and Payment Advisory Commission, Congress and Medicaid stakeholders. She works on several key priorities in home care standards including transitions to managed care, dual eligible integration, provider qualifications, rate setting and quality of care. Martin came to NAHC and the Medicaid Council by way of the Medicaid Health Plans of America where she was the director of its Center for Best Practices.
April 17, 2013
Alycia 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
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, '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
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
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
Jeffrey Doyle, '02, was elected a shareholder of Reising Ethington PC. Doyle has prepared and/or prosecuted patent applications in a variety of technologies including medical devices, medical imaging systems, automotive and marine fuel delivery systems, supervisory control and data acquisition systems, computer network power and workload management systems, battery charging systems and methodologies, Vehicle Active Safety Systems, beverage generation systems, model train accessories, and bowling and billiards equipment.
January 23, 2014
Adrienne Dresevic, '02, was appointed to the American Bar Association's Governing Council of the Health Law Section. She'll continue to serve with the ABA as co-chair for the Publications Committee, chair of the Stark & Anti-Kickback Toolkit Editorial Board, liaison to the Health Law Editorial Board, vice chair for the Revenue Committee and vice chair for the Physicians Legal Issues Conference. She is a founding shareholder of The Health Law Partners.
March 14, 2014
Marie Godush, '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
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
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
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
Homayune Ghaussi, '01, was selected as a board member for the Friends of the Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. He is a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. He'll serve on the 15-member board for the nonprofit group, which was established in 2007 as a joint initiative of the U.S. State Department and leading national law firms to empower Afghan lawyers to contribute to the establishment of the rule of law in their nation. The organization administers a program of scholarships for Afghan legal scholars. Ghaussi has a diverse litigation practice with his law firm.
April 8, 2014
Ruth Swartout Tyszka, '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, '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, '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 , '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
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
Jennifer LaTosch, '00, was appointed to the Board of Education for Ferndale Public Schools. Her term will expire on December 31, 2014. She previously served the school district as the member of a strategic planning committee in 2013. LaTosch is a member of Miller Canfield's Personal Services practice group. She concentrates her practice in family and domestic relations law, including divorce, post-judgment matters, custody and parenting time disputes, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and dissolution of relationship matters, child support, paternity, change of domicile, adoption and personal protection orders.
January 27, 2014
Matthew Allen, '00, published an article, "The SEC Whistleblower Program - What Employers Need to Know," in the February 2014 issue of Michigan Defense Quarterly and in the Spring 2014 issue of Michigan Business Law Journal. Allen is a business, securities and intellectual property litigator and trial lawyer and a principal with Miller Canfield.
May 13, 2014
Todd Fracassi, '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, '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
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
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, '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, '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
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, '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, '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
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
Thomas Kabel, '99, was named to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson's Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2014. Kabel is a shareholder with Butzel Long in Bloomfield Hills and chair of the firm's recruiting committee. He concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate and real estate-related finance.
February 17, 2014
Gary Donohue, '99, has joined Brooks Kushman PC as a senior attorney. Before his new job, he oversaw all aspects pertaining to trademarks, copyrights and patents for Ally Financial as intellectual property counsel.
May 2, 2014
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, '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, '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
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
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 Domenicucci, '98, was added as a shareholder at Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller PC. Domenicucci joins the firm from the Detroit office of Ernst & Young and previously was a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He is secretary of the Michigan State Bar Taxation Section.
February 10, 2014
Gary Springstead, '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
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
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
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
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