Kiana Franulic, '09, has been elected to the State Bar’s Criminal Law Section Council for a three-year term. The council provides opinions, amicus briefs and discussion on new legislation present in the State’s legislature. She is also co-chair of the Washtenaw County’s Bar Association'ss Criminal Law Section.
January 31, 2011
Aimee Jachym, '09, was named Chief Administrator of Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission (KKOOM), a non-profit based in southwest Michigan that works to improve the lives of orphans in South Korea. In her new role, Jachym will facilitate the organization's ongoing volunteer projects and programs at Korean orphanages and support its expanding administrative operations. She previously worked at Miller Canfield as a corporate attorney.
February 1, 2011
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
Timothy Bradley, '08, has joined Coats and Bennett PLLC, an intellectual property law firm in Cary, N.C., in its electrical engineering practice group. Bradley comes from a well-respected intellectual property law firm in Michigan, where he focused on patent preparation and prosecution, patentability and freedom to operate searches, and gained significant experience coordinating foreign patent prosecution. He holds a degree from the University of Notre Dame in computer engineering and has industry experience working as a software engineer. Bradley leverages this background in his work as a patent attorney, where he handles matters involving a wide range of technologies, including avionics, wireless lighting systems and computer software.
February 15, 2011
Timothy Monsma, '08, an attorney with Varnum, has been selected to serve as a member of the Heart of West Michigan United Way Project Blueprint board, a leadership development program with the goal of increasing the number of ethnically diverse professionals providing volunteer leadership to the boards and committees of West Michigan nonprofit agencies. Monsma focuses his practice in trial law and assists clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, including commercial tort and contract disputes, real estate disputes and civil appeals.
March 25, 2011
Andrea Hayden, '08, has joined Pepper Hamilton's Detroit office and Environmental Practice Group. Prior to joining Pepper, Hayden practiced with Fausone Bohn LLP in Northville, Mich., and as an environmental engineer with Conestoga-Rovers and Associates in Plymouth, Mich. Hayden served as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Law in Society while at Wayne Law.
August 8, 2011
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
Junqi Hang, '07, an associate at Brooks Kushman, was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Chinese Association of Greater Detroit. During her three year term, Hang will help direct the non-profit organization's initiatives to promote the bonding and synergy between the Chinese community and the American mainstream.
March 15, 2011
Evan J. Leibhan, '07, an attorney in Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP's (Honigman) Corporate and Securities Department, has been named to the Kadima Board of Directors. Kadima is a nonprofit, nonsectarian mental health agency that provides residential and support services for children and adults with mental illness in Oakland County. At Honigman, Leibhan focuses his practice on acquisitions, private equity, financing, securities and general corporate law.
June 30, 2011
Donald V. Orlandoni, '07, has joined Dykema Gossett PLLC as an associate attorney in its Bloomfield Hills, Mich. office. Before joining Dykema, Orlandoni successfully represented a diverse range of client business entities in several commercial and real estate litigation matters and in bankruptcy. He was recently named a Michigan Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine and will continue his commercial and real estate litigation practice at Dykema, with a focus on representing financial service providers.
July 11, 2011
Wendi Finch May, '07, has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Venable LLP. May's primary area of practice is food and drug law as regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Federal Trade Commission, and state and local authorities.
July 15, 2011
Shanta S.W. McMullan, '07, a labor and employment law attorney, has joined Butzel Long as an associate based in the firm's Detroit office. McMullan 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).
July 18, 2011
Tamira Cason Chapman, '07, an associate in Miller Canfield's Detroit office, was honored by the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association with the prestigious Barrister of the Year Award. The award is presented annually to a member of the Barristers board who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the development and execution of Barristers' programming. At Miller Canfield, Chapman assists clients in securing and safeguarding their intellectual capital in the United States and abroad, including copyrights, trademarks, word marks, service marks, domain names and other related rights.
July 28, 2011
Shanta S.W. McMullan, '07, has joined Butzel Long as an associate at its Detroit office. She concentrates her practice in labor and employment law. McMullan 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). During law school, McMullan was a law clerk at the University of Michigan's Office of the General Counsel, the Library of Congress's Office of the General Counsel and at the National Football League's (NFL) General Counsel's Office. She also was a judicial extern for the Hon. Arthur J. Tarnow of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Prior to entering the legal field, she was a coaching staff assistant for the Detroit Lions.
August 10, 2011
Tamira Cason Chapman, '07, an associate with Miller Canfield associate, was recently selected as a member of the 2011-2012 Class for Leadership Oakland. Leadership Oakland is a nine-month networking and training program that develops participants' leadership skills, explores key issues impacting the region and enables participants to reach their full potential professionally, personally, and in the community. At Miller Canfield, Chapman specializes in information technology, health information technology and entertainment law providing corporate and legal expertise for a variety of business clients, health care professionals and creative talents. She recently received the 2011 Barrister of the Year Award by the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.
August 30, 2011
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
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
Krista M. Taylor, '05, has joined Southfield-based Sommers Schwartz PC as an associate in the firm's business litigation department. Taylor has extensive experience representing entities in complex commercial, contract, tort and intellectual property litigation. She earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Albion College.
February 4, 2011
Richard Duffany, '05, will take over as chief of the Hamburg Township Police Department on Wednesday. According LivingstonDaily.com, he wants to "'explore the feasibility' of a localized drug enforcement agency, as well as a slew of other ideas he has to potentially reduce damage created by drugs in the area."
June 6, 2011
Joseph Uhl, '05, associate with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone PLC, will be presented with the 2011 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award by the Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) at the upcoming inaugural “Laddys” Pro Bono Award Ceremony in November.
September 28, 2011
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
Michael K. Hauser , '04, has been named a shareholder at Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth and Heller PC. A CPA, Hauser focuses his practice on partnership and corporate tax, state and federal taxation of estate transactions, gift and estate tax and general business matters.
January 18, 2011
Rebecca L. Weekley, '04, has been named general counsel to Collex Collision Experts Inc., the preeminent auto body and collision repair specialists in Metro Detroit and Southwest Florida. Headquartered in Clinton Township, Mich., Collex has earned national recognition in the collision repair industry. In her position, Rebecca will be engaging primarily in matters concerning real estate transactions, contractual negotiations, employment issues and collections.
January 20, 2011
Jeffrey S. Aronoff, '04, has been elected principal of the law firm of Miller Canfield. Aronoff specializes in all types of public finance, including municipal infrastructure finance, economic development finance and school finance.
January 26, 2011
Matthew B. Van Dyk, '04, has been elected principal of the law firm of Miller Canfield in the Kalamazoo office. Van Dyk represents clients in a wide range of real estate-related matters, including zoning and entitlement issues, tax and governmental incentive projects, regulatory issues, planned developments, 1031 transactions, affordable housing projects, land assemblage, multi-state development and financing, commercial and residential development, condominium development, mixed-use development, acquisitions, dispositions and leasing.
January 26, 2011
Matt Wikander, '04, has been named a shareholder at Smith Haughey Rice and Roegge. Wikander practices in the areas of employment, commercial, and personal injury matters including those involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death cases.
January 31, 2011
Andy Dragovic, '04, has joined Southfield-based Sommers Schwartz PC as an associate in the firm's personal injury litigation department. Dragovic will handle personal injury, medical malpractice and auto negligence cases. Dragovic earned a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University and an LL.M. in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution from George Washington University Law School.
February 4, 2011
Matthew B. Van Dyk , '04, was elected a principal of Miller Canfield last month. Van Dyk, who works in the firms Kalamazoo office, represents clients in real estate-related matters, including zoning and entitlement issues, tax and governmental incentive projects, acquisitions, dispositions and leasing.
March 1, 2011
Terry Bonnette , '04, of Nemeth Burwell PC, gave a presentation entitled "2011 Labor and Employment Law Update" at Nemeth Burwell's January Raising the Bar seminar. She will give a presentation on social networking issues affecting employers to the Health Care Association of Michigan on March 31.
March 23, 2011
Matthew B. Van Dyk , '04, principal with Miller Canfield, has been re-elected to a one-year term as chair of the board of directors of the Kalamazoo County Economic Development Corporation.
May 9, 2011
Michael K. Hauser, '04, CPA of Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth and Heller PC, will be a featured presenter at the upcoming Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants Management Information and Business Show, which is scheduled for Wednesday, June 29-Thursday, June 30.
June 23, 2011
Jeffrey S. Aronoff, '04, a principal in the Detroit office of the law firm of Miller Canfield, has been selected for the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship. The fellowship sends emerging professional and community leaders on a 24-day tour of several European cities to meet with various political, business, cultural and community leaders to exchange best practices. There are 46 fellows participating this year from across the U.S., four from Michigan.
July 20, 2011
Terry Bonnette, '04, of Nemeth Burwell PC, co-wrote an article with Patricia Nemeth '84, LL.M. '90, entitled, "Don't be Blind-Sided by GINA: The Surprisingly Wide Reach of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act," which was published in the October/November issue of Executive Counsel Magazine.
November 3, 2011
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
David G. Michael, '03, an associate at Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth and Heller PC, of Southfield, Michigan, has been appointed by the American Bar Association (ABA) as co-chair of the Banking and Lender Liability Subcommittee of the ABA Litigation Section's Commercial and Business Litigation Committee for 2010-2011.
January 6, 2011
Jennifer M. Woodside Wojtala, '03, has been elected principal of Harness Dickey and Pierce PLC, a national intellectual property law firm. Her practice includes patent preparation and prosecution, as well as opinion work, including patentability, freedom to market; validity searches and opinions; and ex parte and inter partes patent reexaminations in the chemical, nano-technology and material arts.
January 31, 2011
Brendan G. Best, '03, has become a partner of Schafer and Weiner PLLC. Best's practice focuses on representing companies and creditors' committees in Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings. Best represents a broad array of clients, from sole proprietors and individual investors to multinational corporations, in a wide variety of industries, including automotive, real estate and homebuilding. Best joined the firm as an associate in 2008. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an associate in the bankruptcy group at Dykema Gosset PLLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
July 15, 2011
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
Ryan McCarthy, '02, has been promoted to principal at Fish and Richardson. He will continue to focus his practice on patent prosecution, litigation, opinion work, IP due diligence and IP strategy and portfolio management. Previously, he worked in Munich, prosecuting patents before the German and European patent offices.
January 31, 2011
Robert K. Fergan, '02, an attorney in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson and Lione, has been selected to participate in Leadership Detroit, a regional community leadership program sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber. Fergan's practice at Brinks focuses on client counseling, licensing and patent prosecution in the United States and in other countries under the rules of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. He has prepared and prosecuted patents in the electrical, mechanical, electro-optical and computer science arts as well as patents related to business methods.
September 20, 2011
Robert K. Fergan, '02, an attorney in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson and Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been elected as a shareholder effective January 2012.
December 1, 2011
Walter Bentley III, '02, was featured in a story in the Oakland County Legal News about his 10 years of experience as an assistant prosecutor with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. He is starting a private practice, and also will continue his 3-year-old tutoring business, Bentley Prep LLC, which prepares students for the Law School Admissions Test and helps with the law school application process. The story can be found at http://www.legalnews.com/oakland/1364554/.
July 11, 2012
Rebecca Hodge Snyder, '02, was featured in a Naples Sun Times (Florida) article about participants in the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Marco Program. She is a founding attorney of the Law Offices of Hodge and Snyder.
August 26, 2012
Adrienne Dresevic, '02, was appointed chair of the American Bar Association Publications Committee, liaison from that committee to The Health Lawyer Editorial Board, and chair of the Stark & Anti-Kickback Toolkit Editorial Board. She is the founding partner of Southfield-based The Health Law Partners, and specializes her practice in Stark and fraud abuse.
September 11, 2012
Amy Neumann, '02, was recognized as a "Michigan Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine. She is an attorney and co-manager of the litigation practice group with a concentration on mortgage banking, default servicing and real estate with Farmington Hills-based Trott & Trott PC.
September 11, 2012
Jordan Field, '02, was named one of "30 in their Thirties 2012" by dbusiness http://www.dbusiness.com/DBusiness/September-October-2012/30-in-Their-Thirties/. As an employee of the Detroit Tigers, he drafted a mission statement, prepared a business plan, and pitched the proposal for the Detroit Tigers Foundation to the team leadership. In 2005, the Detroit Tigers Foundation was formed, with Field leading the way as director. The foundation raised $1.1 million last year from special events and promotional sales, in addition to receiving support from players and the team itself. Its mission: Refurbish inner-city ball fields.
October 9, 2012
Jeffrey Doyle, '02, joined Reising Ethington PC. The firm specializes solely in the practice of intellectual property law. Doyle's expertise includes medical equipment, motor control systems, battery charging systems and other high-tech matters. He is a patent attorney with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
October 31, 2012
Rolf Lowe, '02, was named a 2013 DBusiness Top Lawyer in the Health Care Law category. Lowe, an attorney with Rogers Mantese & Associates PC, concentrates his practice primarily on representing health care providers and professionals in professional licensing matters, labor and employment matters associated with health care, civil rights claims, administrative actions, business matters, health care compliance matters and compliance committee operations, hospital staff privilege actions, civil litigation and mediation. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Health Lawyers Association and Michigan Public Employers Labor Relations Association.
November 27, 2012
Adrienne Dresevic, '02, was featured in a Motion Magazine story titled "In Good Health: Partners find their niche in legal field." She is a co-founder of The Health Law Partners legal firm.
December 5, 2012
Adrienne Dresevic, '02, spoke recently before the Radiology Business Management Association at its 2013 Building Better Radiology Marketing Program. She is founding shareholder of Southfield-based The Health Law Partners. As a featured speaker, Dresevic spoke on two different legal and compliance subjects: "Marketing Your Services - What You Need to Know to Stay Out of Trouble" and "Continue the Conversation: Stark Q&A with the Attorney." The presentation and Q&A session reviewed the various marketing compliance matters and fraud and abuse issues that radiology providers face when developing and promoting their businesses. An avid writer and speaker, Dresevic has published more than 60 articles on health care law and presents at national conferences throughout the year. Dresevic's practice encompasses the full spectrum of health care law.
April 8, 2013
Shanna Boughton, '02, joined LeClairRyan as a partner on the firm's Financial Services Litigation and Regulation Practice Area and Banking Industry teams. She is in the national law firm's Boston office. An experienced litigator, Boughton concentrates her practice on lender liability defense, complex commercial litigation, insurance defense and bankruptcy matters. She has successfully defended lenders and servicers in allegations of fraud, predatory lending, and alleged violations of Truth in Lending and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act in both state and federal courts. She also represents secured and unsecured creditors in all facets of bankruptcy matters including motions for relief from stay, proof of claim filings, and adversary proceedings. Additionally, Boughton has successfully represented clients in a wide range of complex litigation matters including products liability, premises liability, construction disputes, automobile torts, coverage disputes, and bad faith claims. She also handles complex business disputes involving contract, tort and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Boughton has appeared on "Practical Law," a series featuring leaders in the legal community, to speak on the implications of the Bankruptcy Reform Act. She also regularly volunteers with Boston Cares, an organization which promotes community service throughout the greater Boston area through coordinated team volunteer efforts.
May 21, 2013
Melissa Graves, '02, was installed as president of the Women's Bar Association. She is an attorney with Collins Einhorn Farrell. Graves concentrates her practice on the defense of professional liability claims and has represented both attorneys and health care professionals. She also is involved in the defense of general liability matters. In the past year, Graves has been selected among the "Rising Stars" by Michigan Super Lawyers and as a Top Lawyer by DBusiness.
May 21, 2013
Adrienne Dresevic, '02, of Southfield-based The Health Law Partners was appointed as co-chair for the Publications Commission for the American Bar Association's Health Law Section, as well as chair of the Stark & Anti-Kickback Toolkit Editorial Board, liaison to The Health Law Editorial Board, vice chair for the Revenue Committee and vice chair for the Physicians Legal Issues Conference. An avid writer and speaker, Dresevic has published more than 60 articles on health care law and presents at national conferences throughout the year. Dresevic's practice encompasses the full spectrum of health care law with a substantial portion of her practice dedicated to Stark & Anti-Kickback Fraud and Abuse. She is a co-founder of The Health Law Partners.
June 17, 2013
Robert Fergan, '02, was appointed editor in chief of Landslide magazine, a bi-monthly magazine of the American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property Law that offers news and analysis on patents, trademarks, copyrights and related topics. He has served on the editorial board since 2005. He is a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. At Brinks, Fergan specializes in client counseling, licensing and patent prosecution in the United States and other countries under the rules of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. He has prepared and prosecuted patents in the electrical, mechanical, optical, and computer science arts, as well as, patents related to business methods. Prior to joining Brinks in 2003, Fergan spent 10 years in the machine vision and optical inspection industry as a product development manager and product marketing manager, gaining experience with many industries and technologies, including semi-conductor, electronics, automotive, pharmaceutical, packaging, metrology, instrumentation and optics. Fergan is a member of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Law Section and Business Law Section. He is also active in the State Bar of Michigan, where he previously served on the Board of Commissioners. Fergan is a contributing author of the third edition of the Brinks intellectual property law primer, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law, and is an adjunct professor at Thomas Cooley Law School in Ann Arbor
September 4, 2013
Brandon K. Buck, '01, has been named a shareholder at Maddin Hauser Wartell Roth and Heller PC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business disputes, franchising, real estate, commercial and general litigation and creditor's rights law.
January 18, 2011
Jeffrey J. Chapp, '01, was elected principal of Harness Dickey and Pierce PLC, a national intellectual property law firm. His practice includes preparing and prosecuting patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as opinion and agreement consulting and preparation, in the aerospace, automotive, communication, computer, electrical, electronic and mechanical industries.
January 31, 2011
Derek Meinecke, '01, recently was honored with the Courage to Lead Award by the Oakland County SAVE Task Force. He was featured in an Oakland Press article titled "Award honors those who help the vulnerable." Click here for the article.
July 7, 2011
Gabriel Triculescu, '01, was featured in a Legal News article titled "Of two worlds: Immigration attorney strives to help people stay in their new country." Click here for the article.
July 12, 2011
Steve Walmsley, '01, was quoted in a press release about the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announcing plans to open three more regional offices (Dallas, Denver and Silicon Valley) besides the one in Detroit set to open July 13. Walmsley is a shareholder with Reising Ethington P.C., an intellectual property law firm with offices in both the Detroit and Dallas markets where new federal patent offices are opening. Reising Ethington was included in meetings with David Kappos, director of the USPTO, during the planning stages of the new Detroit office. "Having patent offices located in the same market as our Detroit and Dallas offices will provide valuable and tangible benefits for our clients," Walmsley said. "Our attorneys will be able to meet face-to-face with a patent examiner without having to spend an entire day going to Washington, D.C. This will save our clients time and money."
July 9, 2012
Kara Tertzak Lividini, '01, was named one of "30 in their Thirties 2012" by dbusiness (http://www.dbusiness.com/DBusiness/September-October-2012/30-in-Their-Thirties/). She is a member of Ford Motor Co.'s litigation team and president of the Downriver Bar Association. She also helped create the annual Purple Sport Coat Award in 2009 to honor her father, the late Judge Kaye Tertzag.
October 9, 2012
Eric Kociba, '01, has joined Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell & Ulanoff PC. Kociba represents businesses and individuals in litigation, including claims of product liability, business torts, contract disputes and corporate secrets. His experience is broad based, involving matters as diverse as the representation of a public utility against a multinational construction company, a cargo airline against an aircraft conversion facility and a property leasing company against a Tier 1 automotive supplier. Kociba also has experience as in-house counsel at two large companies, including a national fuel distributor with revenues of more than $1 billion. Additionally, he has litigated cases involving free speech, zoning regulations and noncompetition agreements.
March 8, 2013
Elissa Pinto, '01, was elected shareholder at Butzel Long.Based in the firm's Detroit office, Pinto concentrates her practice on immigration law. She has focused her immigration practice on business immigration, and has gained extensive experience representing local, national and international companies in obtaining authorization for foreign national employees to work temporarily and permanently in the United States, through various work-authorized visa classifications - including H-1B, TN, L-1 and O-1 - and employment-based permanent residence processes, including Multinational Manager/Executive, Extraordinary Ability Alien and Outstanding Researcher and PERM Alien Labor Certifications.
May 21, 2013
Joshua Arnkoff, '01, joined Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell. Arnkoff will concentrate his practice on the defense of professional liability claims and the defense of general liability matters. The Bloomfield Township resident came to the firm from the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, where, in the course of his 10-year career there, he tried dozens of jury and bench trials. Additionally, he taught classes at the Oakland County Police Academy (Admissions & Confessions, Evidence) and taught legal updates to the local police agencies. Given his background, Arnkoff also will practice in the area of white collar criminal defense.
September 25, 2013
Nicole E. Wilinski, '00, Plunkett Cooney insurance coverage attorney, was recently named an "Up & Coming Lawyers" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a publication serving the state's legal community.
December 21, 2010
Todd C. Fracassi, '00, has been elected as a partner at Pepper Hamilton. He is a member of the Environmental Practice Group in the Detroit office. He also is a member of the firm's Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. Fracassi is engaged primarily in matters of environmental litigation and regulatory affairs, and corporate environmental counseling.
January 5, 2011
Celeste M. Wolfe, '00, has been elected a shareholder of the law firm of Giarmarco Mullins and Horton PC. She is in the firm's litigation department where she concentrates her practice in family law and litigation.
February 9, 2011
Matthew P. Allen, '00, recently co-authored, "The New Form ADV Part 2 and the 'Plain English' Movement of the SEC, FINRA, and Michigan's OFIR," in the Spring 2011 Michigan Business Law Journal. The article examines the changes to Part 2 of the Form ADV by the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). Allen is a Miller Canfield business, securities, and intellectual property litigator and trial lawyer who assists businesses, executives, broker dealers, and investment advisers in an array of SEC, FINRA, OFIR and other governmental-related inquiries, examinations, investigations and enforcement actions. He is co-chairman of the Broker Dealer and Investment Adviser sub-committee of the ABA Securities Litigation Committee.
May 5, 2011
Matthew P. Allen, '00, a principal in the Troy, Mich. office of the law firm of Miller Canfield, recently presented on "Economic Espionage - Protecting Your Intellectual Property Worldwide," along with the FBI Detroit Division.
July 6, 2011
Lisa Hamameh, '00, this year's recipient of the Oakland County Bar Association's Frances R. Avadenka Memorial Award, was featured in a Detroit Legal News article titled "Community servant receives coveted award from the bar." Hamameh is recognized for her commitment to providing an affordable path for regular working class people to improve their lot in life. Click here for the article.
July 6, 2011
Thomas P. Bruetsch, '00, an attorney at Bodman PLC, was recognized in the just-released 2012 edition of Benchmark Litigation, a guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys for his commercial litigation work. Benchmark honors law firms and individual attorneys who received particularly strong endorsements from clients and peers in an exhaustive annual research survey.
December 13, 2011