Rachel Smith, '10, has been hired by Brooks Kushman P.C. in Southfield. Specializing in preparing and prosecuting patent applications, Smith will add depth to Brooks Kushman's nationally recognized patent practice. Smith also previously practiced at Rader Fishman & Grauer prior to joining Brooks Kushman. Her experience goes beyond the patent prosecution arena and includes patent litigation, patent licensing and negotiations thereof, as well as freedom to operate and opinion work. Smith's practice is primarily focused in the automotive, electronics and medical device industries. Smith has prosecuted numerous domestic and foreign patent applications relating to medical devices. She has also performed due diligence and provided strategy and counseling to several medical supply companies.
October 17, 2013
John Wright, '10, joined Rogers Mantese & Associates as an attorney. He is joining the firm after serving as an assistant attorney general in the Michigan Department of Attorney General. While there, he represented state agencies, including the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Notably, Wright represented the Health Professions Division of the Bureau of Health Care Services in matters involving licensed health care professionals. He also provided legal advice to state boards and commissions that oversee licensing of health care professionals. While in the Attorney General's Office, Wright was awarded the Michigan Attorney General's Staff Excellence in "Opinion Draftsmanship" Award and the Michigan Attorney General's "Rookie of the Year" Award. He also completed a Public Health Law Fellowship sponsored by the National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
January 8, 2014
Stephanie Farkas, '10, joined the law offices of Shannon M. Smith PC in Bloomfield Hills. She serves on the executive councils of the State Bar of Michigan's Young Lawyers Section and the Criminal Law Section.
May 24, 2014
Michael J. Thomas, '10, was quoted in the Oct. 31, 2015, Albuquerque Journal about the resolution of a case involving the sale of property at a delinquent tax auction. Thomas had filed an answer brief in the New Mexico Supreme Court on behalf of the purchasers at the 2011 auction, who had previously proceeded pro se.
November 4, 2015
Stefania Gismondi, '10, joined Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC. She is a member of the firm's Litigation Practice Group in the Farmington Hills office. Gismondi earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
April 26, 2016
Rebecca Davies, LL.M., '10, was named a Most Valuable Professional by Corp! magazine. She is a shareholder in Butzel Long's Detroit office. She earned her law degree from Detroit College of Law in 1995 and her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1991.
May 13, 2016
Trevor M. Salaski, '10, has been named chief legal officer at Hello Innovation in Detroit. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science and government from University of Maryland College Park in 2005.
June 15, 2016
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
Scott Hogan, '09, with Corey Beaubien, '06, wrote an article, "Making Sense of Non(ce)sense - Seeking Broad Claim Coverage and Avoiding Unwanted Means-Plus-Function Treatment," published in Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal in May 2015. Both Beaubien and Hogan are shareholders at intellectual property law firm Reising Ethington PC.
May 5, 2015
Erin Behler, '09, with attorney Terry Bonnette, '04, presented "Employee Leave Policies that Work," highlighting new interpretations of the FMLA, PDA, ADA and other employment leave-related policies and practices. The presentation was given during Nemeth Law's Raising the Bar series. Behler is an attorney with Nemeth Law.
June 25, 2015
Allison Christensen, '09, a litigation attorney with Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, has been appointed to the board of directors for the Collier County Women's Bar Association Inc. in Florida. Christensen also has been named chair of the Membership Committee. She concentrates her legal practice in the areas of complex commercial, probate, trust and fiduciary litigation.
July 15, 2015
Alisha L. Cieslak, '09, general counsel at Gordon Food Service, was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2016 "Women in the Law." Cieslak earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan - Dearborn.
July 25, 2016
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
Michael Taylor, '08, was confirmed as mayor of Sterling Heights to serve out the term of RIchard Notte, who died in October. Taylor was first elected to the council at 2009 when he was 26 -- the youngest person to be elected to the council in the city's history. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2013 with the highest number of votes, earning him the mayor pro-tem position. Taylor is a senior attorney with the Mount Clemens-based law firm of Davis Burket Savage Listman Brennan, where he represents individuals and businesses on a wide range of civil matters, focusing on civil litigation, corporate law, estate planning and property tax appeals.
December 3, 2014
Timothy Monsma, '08, has been elected to partnership at Varnum. He joined the Grand Rapids law firm in 2008 and is a member of its trial law group, focusing on complex business disputes including commercial tort and contract litigation, trade secret and unfair competition matters, and corporate governance issues.
January 12, 2015
Eric Novetsky, '08, was named partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC in Southfield. He joined Jaffe in 2008 and is a member of the firm's finance and insolvency and reorganization practice groups.
January 21, 2015
Steven Migliore, '08, a partner in the Corporate Department of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been selected as a member of the 2015 Oakland County Executive's Elite 40 under 40 class.The program honors young professionals and leaders who excel in their field, have demonstrated dynamic leadership and have made significant contributions to the quality of life in the region. As an active member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and president-elect of its NEXTGen Detroit organization, Migliore is at the forefront of attracting, engaging and retaining the next generation of young Jewish people in this region. 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.
February 17, 2015
Andrew Schuster, '08, was admitted as a member at Bodman PLC's Troy office, where he represents clients in a variety of business and technology matters and other commercial transactions. He primarily assists clients in the review, drafting, and negotiation of complex vendor agreements and other commercial contracts. His clients include banks, professional sports teams, automotive suppliers and technology-based businesses.
March 11, 2015
Robert Riley, '08, an associate in the Litigation Department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, was elected president by the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy's recently formed board of directors. The center is an evidence-based program that improves outcomes for children by safely reducing the need for them to enter or remain in foster care. The center uses legal and social work advocacy to empower families to overcome the underlying problems they are facing that put the children in their care at risk for out of home placements. Riley has served as pro bono counsel for Legal Services of Michigan, Legal Services of South Central Michigan, the Michigan State Planning Body for Legal Services and the American Civil Liberties Union.
July 7, 2015
Danielle Bullock, '08, joined law firm Colodny Fass as an associate. Bullock, a member of the Florida Bar, also is certified to practice law in all 15 member nations of CARICOM, also known as the Caribbean Community. During her tenure with another South Florida litigation firm, Bullock worked for the Office of the Attorney General for Jamaica, for which she provided counsel on complex commercial matters, governmental contracts and the inter-relationship of U.S. and Caribbean law.
August 21, 2015
Kimberly Yourchock, '08, has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in its labor and employment department's wage and hour practice group. She will be located in the firm's Detroit office.
October 28, 2015
Michael J. Druzinski, '08, coauthored an article, "The Supreme Court Gets Intellectual: A look at how the Court is reshaping IP law in significant ways," published in the February 2016 Michigan Bar Journal. Druzinski is a shareholder at the IP law firm Reising Ethington PC.
February 22, 2016
Nathaniel Hargress, '08, won the Rising Star Award from The Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel. He is senior counsel of business and legal affairs at Viacom Media Networks in California.
February 29, 2016
Ryan Dibble, '08, cofounder, chief information officer and general counsel of TherapyCharts, gave a guest lecture in Associate Professor John Rothchild's Trademarks class. Dibble earned his master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Michigan.
April 11, 2016
Leslie A. Rojas, '08, recently joined Plunkett Cooney's Healthcare Industry Group in Bloomfield Hills. She focuses her practice exclusively in the area of health care law. Rojas earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2004.
August 24, 2016
Eric Novetsky, '08, a partner with Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC in Southfield, was elected to the Turnaround Management Association's Michigan board of directors. Novetsky earned his master of business administration degree from the University of Michigan - Dearborn and his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.
August 18, 2016
Robert Riley, '08, a member of the Litigation Department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit, was featured in the Oakland County Legal News. Read the full article here. Riley earned his master of business administration degree from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business and his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.
August 16, 2016
Kimberly Yourchock, '08, was appointed president of the Barristers Section of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. Yourchock, a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit, earned her bachelor's degree from Kalamazoo College.
August 18, 2016
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
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
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
Colin Battersby, '07, was elected principal at Miller Canfield. Battersby focuses his practice on commercial litigation involving breach of contract, tort, product liability, legal and accounting malpractice and securities arbitration and litigation.
February 25, 2015
Celeste Arduino, '07, was admitted as a member at Bodman PLC's Detroit office, where she assists nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations in obtaining and maintaining exempt status. She also advises individual clients on estate, gift and income tax matters, and businesses on corporate governance, business planning and general operational issues.
March 11, 2015
Charles Russman, '07, was admitted as a member at Bodman PLC's Troy office, where he advises employers on employee benefit, executive compensation and privacy matters. Among other services, he drafts plan documents, assists clients with regulatory compliance, negotiates agreements for products and professional services related to benefits administration, and advises businesses on the privacy and security of client information.
March 11, 2015
Joel Bowers, '07, was selected as a member of the Michiana Forty Under 40 Class of 2015, which honors the Michiana, Indiana, area's young professionals for their contributions and accomplishments in the workplace and community. Bowers is a partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP.
April 20, 2015
Evan Leibhan, '07, a partner in Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP's Corporate Department, was elected president of Kadima's board of directors. He has been on the board since 2011. Kadima is a 30-year-old social service agency serving individuals with mental illness in Oakland County.
June 9, 2015
Stephen Sinas, '07, a shareholder in the Sinas Dramis Law Firm in Lansing, gave a presentation on the Affordable Care Act during a People's Law School session in East Lansing. People's Law School, sponsored by the Sinas Dramis Law Firm, Wayne Law and Michigan Association for Justice, is open to the community.
October 21, 2015
Andrew Hopko, '07, has joined the trusts and estates practice group of Plunkett Cooney. He is a member of the firm's Bloomfield Hills office and practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, elder law, special needs planning and probate litigation.
December 7, 2015
Jonathan H. Schwartz, '07, was named an Up & Coming Lawyer for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, and he was named to the Oakland County Executive's Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2016. He is an associate with Seyburn Kahn in Southfield.
January 27, 2016
Tanya Lundberg, '07, will receive the 2016 Regional Leadership Award by the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. Lungberg, who earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2003, is an attorney with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.
March 29, 2016
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
Joseph West, '06, joined Pear Sperling Eggan & Daniels PC, and will be based in the firm's Ann Arbor office. He specializes in commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, business law, and a broad range of issues relating to real property.
January 23, 2015
Michael Simoni, '06, was elected principal at Miller Canfield. Simoni is a commercial litigator whose diverse practice includes large-scale business, class-action, and antitrust matters, and focuses in brand protection, trademark, copyright and patent litigation.
February 25, 2015
Corey Beaubien, '06, with Scott Hogan, '09, wrote an article, "Making Sense of Non(ce)sense - Seeking Broad Claim Coverage and Avoiding Unwanted Means-Plus-Function Treatment," published in Bloomberg BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal in May 2015. Both Beaubien and Hogan are shareholders at intellectual property law firm Reising Ethington PC.
May 5, 2015
Zeina Djurovski, '06, an attorney at the law office of Ayad and Associates and a board member of the Arab American Civil Rights League, accepted a position as constituent services representative with U.S. Sen. Gary Peters' office.
July 24, 2015
Matthew Mann, '06, was appointed to the St. Joseph Mercy Health System legal team in Pontiac as interim general counsel until January 2016, when he'll assume the role of the system's general counsel.
September 4, 2015
Matt Binkowski, '06, has joined Quinn Law Group PLLC, an intellectual property law firm in Novi, as a principal. He will focus on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.
October 13, 2015
Ronda Tate Truvillion, '06, has been named partner at Lewis & Munday P.C., one of the nation's oldest and largest law firms founded by African-Americans. She is a member of the Detroit firm's litigation group.
December 2, 2015
Tudo Pham, '06, was promoted to major in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps. In her reserve capacity, she is an adjunct professor at The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Va. In her civilian capacity, she is an attorney-adviser with the U.S. Department of State, Office of Legal Adviser for Buildings and Acquisitions.
January 13, 2016
Corey M. Beaubien, '06, coauthored an article, "The Supreme Court Gets Intellectual: A look at how the Court is reshaping IP law in significant ways," published in the February 2016 Michigan Bar Journal. Beaubien is a shareholder at the IP law firm Reising Ethington P.C.
February 18, 2016
Benjamin Glazebrook, '06, was selected to participate in the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Inn of Court program. He is an attorney with Plunkett Cooney. Glazebrook earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 2002.
March 30, 2016
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