Alisha Cieslak, '09, was promoted to director of legal affairs/general counsel-North America for an international Tier 1 automotive supplier. Alisha will oversee all legal affairs for the company's North American operations, including its various business divisions and plants throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.
February 16, 2012
Erin Behler, '09, presented, with Patricia Nemeth, discussions on trends and developments in equal employment law. The presentation was "Sex and Gender in the Workplace." Behler is an attorney with Nemeth Law PC, and the presentations were made to industry trade groups in Connecticut on Nov. 6, 2013 and Jan. 14, 2014.
January 27, 2014
Alisha Cieslak, '09, was named general counsel of Gordon Food Service, based in Grand Rapids. Gordon Food Service is family-owned and employs approximately 17,000 people in the United States and Canada.
March 14, 2014
Brian Aquart, '09, recently joined the Human Resources Administration in the Department of Social Services in New York City as deputy director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Office. Aquart helps to ensure that HRA maintains a respectful work environment, makes employment decisions fairly and with equal opportunity, and makes reasonable accommodations for qualified employees. In his role at HRA, Aquart oversees investigations of discrimination, harassment and retaliation complaints and the implementation of reasonable accommodations.
April 25, 2014
Marilena David-Martin, '09, was awarded with the Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award by the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section. The award honors commitment to public service, exemplary service to the State Bar and exceptional professional accomplishments. David-Martin, an active community volunteer, is an assistant defender at the State Appellate Defender Office in Detroit. She also was awarded the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Justice for All Award for her work investigating convictions involving the now closed Detroit Crime Lab.
May 29, 2014
Aimee Jachym, '09, rejoined Miller Canfield as an associate in the Kalamazoo office. Jachym was previously with Miller Canfield's Corporate Group from 2009-11, before spending two years in South Korea serving as president and chief administrator of Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission), a nonprofit she founded in 2007. Upon returning to the United States in 2013, she was a commercial contracts manager for Parker Hannifin Corp.'s Aerospace Group Hydraulics Systems Division in Kalamazoo, where she negotiated settlements and interpreted contracts, provided export controls compliance support and assisted with global business development.
September 29, 2014
Timothy Bradley, '08, was named co-editor of IP Links, a publication of the intellectual property section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He is an associate attorney with Coats + Bennett PLLC, an intellectual property law firm.
August 10, 2012
David Hill, '08, was recognized as a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers. He practices in corporate/business law, estate planning, and nonprofits, foundations and charitable organizations at Kreis Enderle Hudgins and Borsos.
October 10, 2012
Laura Bassett, '08, was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Women in Finance. Bassett is an associate in the Detroit office of Miller Canfield. Founded in 2004, the Michigan Women in Finance is a nonprofit educational and professional networking organization for women in the finance industry. The board consists of 16 members representing a diverse group of women finance professionals. At Miller Canfield, Bassett advises public entities on a range of financing and related legal matters, including economic development initiatives, municipal infrastructure finance and school finance. She has particular experience assisting financially distressed municipalities and school districts to make informed decisions to achieve their objectives.
October 17, 2012
Timothy Bradley, '08, has been named secretary of the Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA). TIPLA aims to unite professionals practicing in the field of intellectual property law, and to preserve the fundamental principles of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks and copyrights. Bradley previously served as the association's webmaster before being named secretary.
At Coats + Bennett PLLC, Bradley, a patent attorney, uses his industry experience and computer engineering background to handle patent matters involving telecommunications, software and other technology. In addition to his position as TIPLA secretary, he serves as co-editor of the IP Links publication of the Intellectual Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA).
November 26, 2012
Charles Dabrowski, '08, was promoted by Telemus Capital Partners, an independent advisory firm specializing in wealth management services for high net worth individuals, from his role as wealth analyst to wealth advisor. He serves on Leaders for Kids, an advisory board to the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, and also the Detroit Athletic Club Intermediate Board.
May 31, 2013
Kimberly Yourchock, '08, was named "Barrister of the Year" for her service as part of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association's Barristers Section for young attorneys. She co-chaired the 2012-2013 Barristers' School Partnership Program, which connects area attorneys with high school students in Detroit public schools and provides mentorship and educational opportunities. Her practice at Jackson Lewis LLP in Southfield focuses on defending employers in both state and federal court cases involving discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower, wage and hour, breach of contract, retaliation, family medical leave and wrongful discharge. She also advises employers on issues such as best practices, disability issues, force reductions, workplace privacy and terminations. In 2012 she was named a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star.
August 19, 2013
Robert Kent, '08, has joined Michigan State University as assistant general counsel. He formerly worked with Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook. Kent is president of the Law Alumni Association at Wayne Law.
January 30, 2014
Jonathan Colman, '08, was named partner at Barron Rosenberg Mayoras & Mayoras PC in Troy. He concentrates his practice in probate litigation, business and commercial litigation and business law.
May 6, 2014
Leslie Rojas, '08, joined The Health Law Partners PC as an associate in the firm's Southfield office. She focuses on health care compliance with federal and state health care regulations, health information privacy and technology issues, fraud and abuse issues, and transactional and corporate aspects of health care.
May 13, 2014
Steven Migliore, '08, a partner in the Corporate Department of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been appointed president-elect of NEXTGen Detroit. This organization, part of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, attracts and engages the next generation of Jewish Detroiters through innovative programs and initiatives. Migliore is also a member of the NextGen executive board. He focuses his practice on representing private equity and venture capital funds and their portfolio companies in mergers, acquisitions, financings, investments and restructurings. He also advises companies on corporate governance and general corporate matters.
June 24, 2014
Robert Riley, '08, filed an amicus brief on behalf of the National Association of Counsel for Children to help convince the Michigan Supreme Court to strike down the "one-parent doctrine" that had allowed family courts to remove a child from custody of both parents when only one had been found guilty of abuse or neglect. He is an attorney with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP.
June 24, 2014
Stanley Pitts, '08, a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in the firm's Labor and Employment Department, has been recognized as a Man of Excellence for 2014 by the Michigan Chronicle. The award is designed to celebrate African-American men in Southeast Michigan who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievement and participation in community service. Pitts focuses his practice on the defense of employers facing labor and employment challenges. He is a member and previous chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Professional Ethics Committee and a member of its Attorney Discipline Board Hearing Panel. In addition, he is a case evaluator for the Wayne County Mediation Tribunal Labor Panel.
June 27, 2014
Justin Cohen, '07, of Thompson and Knight LLP, was honored as an "Outstanding Lawyer Under 40" for 2012 by the Cardozo Society of the Jewish Federation's Attorneys Division. Cohen is an associate in Thompson and Knight's Intellectual Property practice group in Dallas, TX.
January 3, 2012
Tanya Lundberg, '07, has joined Southfield-based Collins, Einhorn, Farrell and Ulanoff PC's Professional Liability Practice Group. Lundberg's practice focuses on the defense of professional liability claims.
April 17, 2012
Gregory Nowakowski, '07, joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as an attorney in its Insurance Department in Detroit. He advises health care companies and owners on risk management strategies and alternative risk financing; and health care law, including regulatory compliance and compliance with fraud and abuse laws.
September 10, 2012
Stephen Sinas, '07, was named to the "Top 5 Under 35" awards by the Young Lawyers Section of the Ingham County Bar Association. The award winners, members of the Ingham County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, are recognized for their talents, skills, professionalism and civility in the practice of law. His practice is primarily focused on personal injury matters. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice (formerly the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association). Sinas has also authored legal articles and lectured at professional seminars regarding matters dealing with the Michigan Auto No Fault Law. He is also a co.creator of Michigan "No.Fault RedBook Online (NFRBO)," which is a comprehensive resource website operated by the Michigan Association for Justice to assist attorneys and judges in analyzing legal issues arising under the Michigan Auto No Fault Law.
March 29, 2013
Sean Murphy, '07, was appointed to the Farmington Downtown Development Authority. Murphy has been an attorney at the law offices of Jason A. Waechter in Southfield, specializing in civil litigation for five years.
April 11, 2013
David Adler, '07, was named partner at Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C. Adler joined Jaffe in 2006 as a summer associate and became a full-time associate in September 2007. He is a member of the firm's Litigation Practice Group, specializing in commercial litigation. Prior to his career at Jaffe, Adler interned in the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office in the Constituent Services Division during the Gov. Jennifer Granholm administration. He also interned in the criminal division for U.S. Attorney Jeffrey G. Collins in the Eastern District of Michigan.
April 23, 2013
Shanta McMullan, '07, been elected to serve a one-year term on the Board of Directors of the Wolverine Bar Association. McMullan, based in Butzel Long's Detroit office, concentrates her practice in labor and employment law. She represents employers in judicial and administrative proceedings, and provides employment counseling regarding compliance with federal and state employment laws. In addition to the Wolverine Bar Association, McMullan is a member of the American Bar Association and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. She participated in the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association's first Inns of Court program and the local Federal Bar Association's diversity committee, where she has been instrumental in the organization of an annual Law Day program at the federal court. She also serves as a co-chair of the FBA's summer programs committee, where she organizes educational opportunities for law students. In 2011, McMullan was selected to participate in Inforum's inaugural NextUP Emerging Leaders Program, Flight 1SE, a leadership training program. Inforum is the leading professional organization focused on creating strategic connections and accelerating careers for women throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Moreover, McMullan served for four years as a mentor and board member of Student Mentor Partners, an organization that provides mentoring and tuition assistance for underprivileged metro Detroit high school students. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the first sorority for African-American women, where she participates in mentoring young women and other community service activities.
June 18, 2013
Shanta McMullan, '07, is one of 100 attorneys named to Lawyers of Color's Inaugural Hot List of Early-to-Mid-Career Minority Attorneys Under 40 from the Midwest Region. The honorees will be included in the Hot List Special Issue. Attorneys were chosen through a two-pronged process. The selection committee spent months reviewing nominations and researching bar publications and legal blogs to identify promising candidates. Nominations were accepted from mentors, peers, and colleagues. The selection committee also made editorial picks based on research of attorneys who had noteworthy accomplishments or who were active in legal pipeline initiatives. McMullan, based in Butzel Long's Detroit office, concentrates her practice in labor and employment law. She represents employers in judicial and administrative proceedings, and provides employment counseling regarding compliance with federal and state employment laws (including FMLA, FLSA, ADA and Title VII).
August 9, 2013
Aimee Gibbs, '07, was elected as a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC's Ann Arbor office. She focuses her practice in the areas of employment, schools and educational institutions, business and commercial litigation, and intellectual property and trade secrets litigation. She has represented public schools and educational institutions in a range of issues including regulation of student conduct, organizational liability, policy and regulatory issues and employment matters. She has presented at national conferences on education law issues and published a number of articles in national publications and reference materials for elementary and secondary school administrators and higher education officials.
January 8, 2014
Thomas Isaacs, '07, was elected as a member of Dickinson Wright's PLLC's Detroit office. He focuses his practice on litigation including commercial and business litigation, automotive litigation, and product liability and personal injury. He has experience representing a diverse lineup of corporations in a variety of commercial litigation cases, including contractual, antitrust, collections and business tort matters. He is routinely responsible for all phases of litigation in commercial cases, including discovery, motion practice, expert witness retention and preparation, and overall case management. He was recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in Business Litigation and was recently appointed as an Oakland County public administrator by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.
January 8, 2014
E. Colin Cicotte, '07, was elected a shareholder of Reising Ethington PC. Cicotte has extensive experience with patent infringement, trademark, and trade secret litigation. His fields of expertise include electrical, electro-mechanical, mechanical, and computer technologies. Colin has prepared and prosecuted patents involving hybrid-electric vehicles, vehicle telematics, wireless telecommunications, photovoltaic units, ignition circuits, and ignition components. He regularly interviews Patent Office examiners to facilitate prosecution and has drafted more than 70 briefs before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.
January 23, 2014
Danny C. Allen, '07, won his first jury trial with a verdict of $326,000 for his clients in Wayne County Circuit Court. He is an associate attorney with Applebaum & Stone PLC in Southfield.
March 11, 2014
Joseph Richotte, '07, was elected a shareholder with Butzel Long law firm. Based in Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills office, Richotte practices in the areas of white collar criminal defense, securities and business litigation, news media defense, and attorney discipline defense. He also is very active in the firm's appellate practice, focusing on appeals in his practice areas.
March 17, 2014
Shanta McMullan, '07, was re-elected to serve a one-year term on the Board of Directors of the Wolverine Bar Association. She concentrates her practice at Butzel Long on the management side of labor and employment law.
May 21, 2014
Anthony Paris, '07, and the band Blue Pontiac performed songs written by attorney-activist Maurice Sugar in the 1930s and other songs as well as telling some stories at Lefty's Lounge in Detroit on Oct. 17 in conjunction with the North American Labor History Conference at WSU. Paris is lead attorney with Detroit's nonprofit Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice.
October 20, 2014
Kreuza Gjezi, '07, has joined Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC as an associate in the firm's immigration and litigation department. Gjezi will represent individuals, families, and businesses worldwide in front of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Customs and Enforcement, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of State and in federal court.
November 19, 2014
Brian Rookard, '06, an attorney with Resnick and Moss PC, had an article titled "Vehicle Planning Decision Challenges after Ransom and Lanning" selected for inclusion in the American Bankruptcy Institute's (ABI) newest book, Best of ABI 2011: The Year in Consumer Bankruptcy. In addition, his article, "401(k) Funds Not ‘Income' until Disbursement," will be printed in the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) March 2012 publication.
March 12, 2012
Tammie Tischler, '06, LL.M., has joined Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge's Ann Arbor office. Tischler is a corporate and tax attorney who represents businesses, non-profits, municipalities and individuals throughout southeast Michigan.
April 24, 2012
Alexander Ayar, '06, was elected shareholder at Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC. Ayar's law practice focuses on commercial litigation, involving real estate law, business, construction, environmental, employment, municipal, strategic transactions and alliances. He also practices in the general business transactional area, assisting businesses in their operation and corporate structure. In addition to his robust practice, Ayar is a Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation, the immediate-past president of the Chaldean American Bar Association, as well as a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce.
January 28, 2013
Amanda Pontes, '06, was admitted as a member of Detroit-based law firm Bodman PLC. Pontes, of Bodman's Detroit office, is a member of the Automotive and Industrial Team and the Business Practice Group. She represents clients involved in a variety of business matters including corporate organization, mergers and acquisitions, and complex commercial transactions. She has particular experience with automotive industry clients, having served extended in-house assignments with two major automotive suppliers. Pontes was previously an associate attorney with Bodman.
March 4, 2013
Shawn Hopper, '06, was elected from associate to principal at Miller Canfield. Hopper is a member of the Financial Institutions and Transactions Group. He specializes in drafting and negotiation of commercial loan documentation, especially asset-based financing. He also has experience in syndicated loan transactions and credit enhancement facilities for variable rate bond issues, such as commercial letters of credit and standby bond purchase agreements.
March 13, 2013
Kimberly Scott, '06, was elected from associate to principal at Miller Canfield. Scott is a member of the Litigation and Trial Group. She specializes in intellectual property; antitrust law; sports, media and entertainment law; and commercial contract and tort litigation. She also handles complex commercial litigation, and specializes in e-discovery strategy. She was on the legal team that achieved the 8th largest verdict in the nation in 2009, representing Valassis Communications Inc. in its legal battle with News America Inc. and obtaining a $300 million jury verdict after an eight-week trial, with all claims being settled for $500 million in favor of her client. She was named an "Up and Coming Lawyer" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2009. She was named a "Rising Star" in intellectual property litigation by Michigan Super Lawyers in 2012.
March 13, 2013
Ronda Tate, '06, was awarded the Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award by the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section.Tate is an associate attorney at Lewis & Munday PC in Detroit, where she represents a wide variety of public and private clients, ranging from municipalities to Fortune 100 corporations. She is president-elect of the Wolverine Bar Association and serves on the board of directors of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers Section. In 2011, she was the youngest member appointed to the Institute for Continuing Legal Education Labor and Employment Advisory Board. In her roles with these organizations, Tate has coordinated public service initiatives to benefit underprivileged citizens. She has received the Pro Bono Recognition Award from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
June 10, 2013
Rodney Ploucha, '06, joined the Detroit office of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as an attorney in its Real Estate Department. Ploucha assists with commercial real estate transactions, purchase agreements and land contracts.
August 9, 2013
Michael Cushion, '06, was promoted to shareholder at Brooks Kushman PC. He focuses his practice on patent prosecution for electrical, mechanical and electromechanical matters, as well as business methods. Cushion also provides clients with counseling and legal opinions on matters of patentability, non-infringement and invalidity. In addition, he also works with the firm's Post-Grant Proceedings practice group helping clients challenge or defend patents.
January 14, 2014
Klint Kesto, '06, was honored with the State Leadership Award by the Arab American and Chaldean Council. Kesto, the first Chaldean elected to serve in the Michigan House of Representatives, has represented the city of Wixom, Commerce Township, a portion of West Bloomfield and the Village of Wolverine Lake since 2012. Prior to running for office, he served as a prosecuting attorney with the Wayne County Prosecutor's office and worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Justice and as a manager of his family's business, Buscemi's Pizza and Sub Shop.
September 15, 2014
Corey Beaubien, '06, co-authored an article titled "Patent Eligibility and Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Methods-Principles to Apply," published in BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal in September 2014. He is a shareholder at the intellectual property law firm Reising Ethington PC.
September 24, 2014
Benjamin Glazebrook, '06, has joined Plunkett Cooney's Transportation Law Practice Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of first- and third-party motor vehicle liability claims.
October 24, 2014
Naomi Oglesby, '05, joined Lewis & Munday PC in Detroit to focus on the areas of commercial and business litigation at the trial and appellate levels of state and federal courts as part of the firm's Litigation Practice Group.
September 19, 2012
Michael Bossenbroek, '05, joined Wachler & Associates PC as an associate attorney. He practices in all areas of health care law and devotes a substantial portion of his practice to representing providers in the Medicare and other third-party-payor audit appeals process. He is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
November 6, 2012
Scott Carvo, '05, has been named partner at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. His practice focuses on general litigation matters and includes restrictive covenant, employment and tax litigation along with a focus on e-discovery.
January 4, 2013
Jill Ingber, '05, was elected as a member at Dickinson Wright PLLC. She focuses her practice on the areas of commercial and business litigation, business torts, real estate litigation, trademark and copyright infringement litigation and creditor's rights. Ingber is a member of the Oakland County and Federal Bar Associations. She is involved in JARC and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
January 11, 2013
Stephen Dunn, '05, was named to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson's "Elite 40 under 40" class of 2013. A partner at Howard & Howard Attorneys in Royal Oak where he practices business litigation and criminal defense, Dunn also is a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps where he has served as a prosecutor and military magistrate for an extended period on active duty. He was featured in the Oakland County Legal News on Feb. 28, as well.
March 6, 2013
Stephen Carras, '05, (LL.M.) was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court as chief judge of the 42nd Circuit Court (Midland), the 75th District Court, and the Midland County Probate Court for a term ending December 31, 2013. Carras is a 75th District Court judge. Carras previously served as chief judge pro tem of the Midland courts.
April 17, 2013
Jessica Gustafson, '05, was appointed as vice chair of the Physician Issues Interest Group of the American Bar Association's Health Law Section. Gustafson, a co-founder of The Health Law Partners, has experience in all areas of health care law, where she specializes her practice in Recovery Audit Contractor and Medicare audit appeals, as well as regularly assisting clients with compliance and reimbursement issues. She routinely publishes articles and advises the health care industry in this area of law at conferences and speaking engagements across the country.
June 17, 2013
Timothy Lowe, '05, has been elected to membership with McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm with offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Miami and West Palm Beach. Lowe has wide-ranging experience in the areas of business and commercial litigation including business, construction, automotive supply chain, sales representative, and real property disputes.
October 2, 2013
Jennifer Newby, '05, was elected as a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC's Detroit office. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, class action and employment litigation. She clerked for the Hon. Victoria A. Roberts and the Hon. Sean F. Cox of the U.S. District Court.
January 8, 2014
Ian Bolton, '05, was promoted to shareholder at Southfield-based Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller PC. He is a member of the firm's Creditors' Rights, Insolvency and Bankruptcy and General Litigation practice groups. Licensed to practice in Michigan, Illinois and Texas, he also practices in the areas of business law, landlord-tenant law, property tax appeals, and commercial and real estate litigation. He joined Maddin Hauser in 2010.
January 9, 2014
James Reid IV, '05, was promoted to shareholder at Southfield-based Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth & Heller PC. He is a member of the firm's Corporate/Employment practice group, working mainly with employers on a spectrum of issues including handbooks, contracts and non-compete agreements. He defends employers in litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings, and often serves as a presenter on employment issues for local and national webcasts, podcasts and conferences.
January 9, 2014
Mark Wilkinson, '05, was appointed to the Labor and Employment Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. He is a partner with Franczek Radelet, and represents both private and public sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment law including general litigation.
April 18, 2014
Robert Anderson, '05, (LL.M.), joined Kerr Russell in the Immigration Law Practice Group. He serves as chairman of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee for the Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
July 15, 2014
Stephen Ravas, '05, joined the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Inspector General, as an investigative attorney. He is responsible for conducting both preliminary and full, comprehensive criminal, civil and administrative inquiries and investigations based on allegations of abuse, fraud and waste within the department and its agencies.
August 19, 2014
Michael Jones, '04, was named partner at the law firm Warner Norcross. Jones concentrates his practice in the areas of
mergers and acquisitions, general corporate law and corporate finance. He has been named a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers.
March 8, 2012
Allison Bach, '04, was listed in Michigan Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights. Bach is a member in Dickinson Wright PLLC's office in Detroit. She focuses her practice in the areas of banking and financial services, bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors' rights, and workouts, restructurings and foreclosures.
October 22, 2012
Jeremy Stephens, '04, was promoted to major in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. He is scheduled to receive his L.L.M. in military law this spring and his follow on assignment will be as a professor of criminal law at the U.S. Army JAG School on the grounds of the University of Virginia.
January 17, 2013
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
Shelley White-Thomas, '03, of the White-Thomas Law Firm PLLC in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was selected as the January Business Neighbor Volunteer of the Month through United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula's Spotlight Recognition Program.
March 2, 2012
Shelley White-Thomas, '03, was named to the Michigan Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Michigan for 2012. White-Thomas focuses her law practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, elder law, special needs planning and veterans' benefits.
October 3, 2012
Chiara Mattieson, '03, was awarded "Rising Star" status by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine. A member of the Litigation and Commercial Litigation practice groups at Plunkett Cooney, she has been named a "Rising Star" for the past four consecutive years for her expertise in business litigation and bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights. Mattieson concentrates her practice on litigation defense in the areas of premises, motor vehicle, general liability, retail law and business law.
November 7, 2012
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
Robert K. Fergan, '02, an attorney in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson and Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been elected as a shareholder effective January 2012.
December 1, 2011
Walter Bentley III, '02, was featured in a story in the Oakland County Legal News about his 10 years of experience as an assistant prosecutor with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. He is starting a private practice, and also will continue his 3-year-old tutoring business, Bentley Prep LLC, which prepares students for the Law School Admissions Test and helps with the law school application process. The story can be found at http://www.legalnews.com/oakland/1364554/.
July 11, 2012
Rebecca Hodge Snyder, '02, was featured in a Naples Sun Times (Florida) article about participants in the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco Program. She is a founding attorney of the Law Offices of Hodge and Snyder.
August 26, 2012
Adrienne Dresevic, '02, was appointed chair of the American Bar Association Publications Committee, liaison from that committee to The Health Lawyer Editorial Board, and chair of the Stark & Anti-Kickback Toolkit Editorial Board. She is the founding partner of Southfield-based The Health Law Partners, and specializes her practice in Stark and fraud abuse.
September 11, 2012
Amy Neumann, '02, was recognized as a "Michigan Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine. She is an attorney and co-manager of the litigation practice group with a concentration on mortgage banking, default servicing and real estate with Farmington Hills-based Trott & Trott PC.
September 11, 2012
Jordan Field, '02, was named one of "30 in their Thirties 2012" by dbusiness http://www.dbusiness.com/DBusiness/September-October-2012/30-in-Their-Thirties/. As an employee of the Detroit Tigers, he drafted a mission statement, prepared a business plan, and pitched the proposal for the Detroit Tigers Foundation to the team leadership. In 2005, the Detroit Tigers Foundation was formed, with Field leading the way as director. The foundation raised $1.1 million last year from special events and promotional sales, in addition to receiving support from players and the team itself. Its mission: Refurbish inner-city ball fields.
October 9, 2012
Jeffrey Doyle, '02, joined Reising Ethington PC. The firm specializes solely in the practice of intellectual property law. Doyle's expertise includes medical equipment, motor control systems, battery charging systems and other high-tech matters. He is a patent attorney with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
October 31, 2012
Rolf Lowe, '02, was named a 2013 DBusiness Top Lawyer in the Health Care Law category. Lowe, an attorney with Rogers Mantese & Associates PC, concentrates his practice primarily on representing health care providers and professionals in professional licensing matters, labor and employment matters associated with health care, civil rights claims, administrative actions, business matters, health care compliance matters and compliance committee operations, hospital staff privilege actions, civil litigation and mediation. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Health Lawyers Association and Michigan Public Employers Labor Relations Association.
November 27, 2012
Adrienne Dresevic, '02, was featured in a Motion Magazine story titled "In Good Health: Partners find their niche in legal field." She is a co-founder of The Health Law Partners legal firm.
December 5, 2012
Adrienne Dresevic, '02, spoke recently before the Radiology Business Management Association at its 2013 Building Better Radiology Marketing Program. She is founding shareholder of Southfield-based The Health Law Partners. As a featured speaker, Dresevic spoke on two different legal and compliance subjects: "Marketing Your Services - What You Need to Know to Stay Out of Trouble" and "Continue the Conversation: Stark Q&A with the Attorney." The presentation and Q&A session reviewed the various marketing compliance matters and fraud and abuse issues that radiology providers face when developing and promoting their businesses. An avid writer and speaker, Dresevic has published more than 60 articles on health care law and presents at national conferences throughout the year. Dresevic's practice encompasses the full spectrum of health care law.
April 8, 2013
Shanna Boughton, '02, joined LeClairRyan as a partner on the firm's Financial Services Litigation and Regulation Practice Area and Banking Industry teams. She is in the national law firm's Boston office. An experienced litigator, Boughton concentrates her practice on lender liability defense, complex commercial litigation, insurance defense and bankruptcy matters. She has successfully defended lenders and servicers in allegations of fraud, predatory lending, and alleged violations of Truth in Lending and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act in both state and federal courts. She also represents secured and unsecured creditors in all facets of bankruptcy matters including motions for relief from stay, proof of claim filings, and adversary proceedings. Additionally, Boughton has successfully represented clients in a wide range of complex litigation matters including products liability, premises liability, construction disputes, automobile torts, coverage disputes, and bad faith claims. She also handles complex business disputes involving contract, tort and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Boughton has appeared on "Practical Law," a series featuring leaders in the legal community, to speak on the implications of the Bankruptcy Reform Act. She also regularly volunteers with Boston Cares, an organization which promotes community service throughout the greater Boston area through coordinated team volunteer efforts.
May 21, 2013
Melissa Graves, '02, was installed as president of the Women's Bar Association. She is an attorney with Collins Einhorn Farrell. Graves concentrates her practice on the defense of professional liability claims and has represented both attorneys and health care professionals. She also is involved in the defense of general liability matters. In the past year, Graves has been selected among the "Rising Stars" by Michigan Super Lawyers and as a Top Lawyer by DBusiness.
May 21, 2013
Adrienne Dresevic, '02, of Southfield-based The Health Law Partners was appointed as co-chair for the Publications Commission for the American Bar Association's Health Law Section, as well as chair of the Stark & Anti-Kickback Toolkit Editorial Board, liaison to The Health Law Editorial Board, vice chair for the Revenue Committee and vice chair for the Physicians Legal Issues Conference. An avid writer and speaker, Dresevic has published more than 60 articles on health care law and presents at national conferences throughout the year. Dresevic's practice encompasses the full spectrum of health care law with a substantial portion of her practice dedicated to Stark & Anti-Kickback Fraud and Abuse. She is a co-founder of The Health Law Partners.
June 17, 2013
Robert Fergan, '02, was appointed editor in chief of Landslide magazine, a bi-monthly magazine of the American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law that offers news and analysis on patents, trademarks, copyrights and related topics. He has served on the editorial board since 2005. He is a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. At Brinks, Fergan specializes in client counseling, licensing and patent prosecution in the United States and other countries under the rules of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. He has prepared and prosecuted patents in the electrical, mechanical, optical, and computer science arts, as well as, patents related to business methods. Prior to joining Brinks in 2003, Fergan spent 10 years in the machine vision and optical inspection industry as a product development manager and product marketing manager, gaining experience with many industries and technologies, including semi-conductor, electronics, automotive, pharmaceutical, packaging, metrology, instrumentation and optics. Fergan is a member of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Section and Business Law Section. He is also active in the State Bar of Michigan, where he previously served on the Board of Commissioners. Fergan is a contributing author of the third edition of the Brinks intellectual property law primer, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law, and is an adjunct professor at Thomas Cooley Law School in Ann Arbor
September 4, 2013
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
Steve Walmsley, '01, was quoted in a press release about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announcing plans to open three more regional offices (Dallas, Denver and Silicon Valley) besides the one in Detroit set to open July 13. Walmsley is a shareholder with Reising Ethington P.C., an intellectual property law firm with offices in both the Detroit and Dallas markets where new federal patent offices are opening. Reising Ethington was included in meetings with David Kappos, director of the USPTO, during the planning stages of the new Detroit office. "Having patent offices located in the same market as our Detroit and Dallas offices will provide valuable and tangible benefits for our clients," Walmsley said. "Our attorneys will be able to meet face-to-face with a patent examiner without having to spend an entire day going to Washington, D.C. This will save our clients time and money."
July 9, 2012
Kara Tertzak Lividini, '01, was named one of "30 in their Thirties 2012" by dbusiness (http://www.dbusiness.com/DBusiness/September-October-2012/30-in-Their-Thirties/). She is a member of Ford Motor Co.'s litigation team and president of the Downriver Bar Association. She also helped create the annual Purple Sport Coat Award in 2009 to honor her father, the late Judge Kaye Tertzag.
October 9, 2012
Eric Kociba, '01, has joined Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell & Ulanoff PC. Kociba represents businesses and individuals in litigation, including claims of product liability, business torts, contract disputes and corporate secrets. His experience is broad based, involving matters as diverse as the representation of a public utility against a multinational construction company, a cargo airline against an aircraft conversion facility and a property leasing company against a Tier 1 automotive supplier. Kociba also has experience as in-house counsel at two large companies, including a national fuel distributor with revenues of more than $1 billion. Additionally, he has litigated cases involving free speech, zoning regulations and noncompetition agreements.
March 8, 2013
Elissa Pinto, '01, was elected shareholder at Butzel Long.Based in the firm's Detroit office, Pinto concentrates her practice on immigration law. She has focused her immigration practice on business immigration, and has gained extensive experience representing local, national and international companies in obtaining authorization for foreign national employees to work temporarily and permanently in the United States, through various work-authorized visa classifications - including H-1B, TN, L-1 and O-1 - and employment-based permanent residence processes, including Multinational Manager/Executive, Extraordinary Ability Alien and Outstanding Researcher and PERM Alien Labor Certifications.
May 21, 2013
Joshua Arnkoff, '01, joined Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell. Arnkoff will concentrate his practice on the defense of professional liability claims and the defense of general liability matters. The Bloomfield Township resident came to the firm from the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, where, in the course of his 10-year career there, he tried dozens of jury and bench trials. Additionally, he taught classes at the Oakland County Police Academy (Admissions & Confessions, Evidence) and taught legal updates to the local police agencies. Given his background, Arnkoff also will practice in the area of white collar criminal defense.
September 25, 2013
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 Tyska, '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