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Alumni Accomplishments

  • Jack SchulzJack Schulz, '13, was elected as marshal on the national supreme senate of Delta Theta Phi law fraternity, the second largest law fraternity in the county.  He previously served as the student member on the supreme senate. Additionally, the Detroit Metro Alumni Senate won alumni senate of the year for 2013.
    August 19, 2013

  • Dan RingoDan Ringo, '13, was chosen by the Michigan Chronicle as one of its 40 Under 40 for 2013. The selection honors 40 local people under the age of 40 who are creating a movement within their professional fields, personal lives and community connections.
    October 8, 2013

  • Andreas SeidelAndreas Seidel, '13, an international attorney affiliated with Butzel Long for the past four years, is now an associate based in the firm's Detroit office. Seidel is responsible for consulting with U.S. companies entering the German/European market and German/European companies entering the North American market. He also assists clients in the retention of German citizenship. Seidel is a licensed attorney in Germany, which allows him to represent clients within the European Union. He is a native of Germany and fluent in English.
    October 11, 2013

  • Dan RingoDan Ringo, '13, was honored by inclusion in the seventh edition of Who's Who in Black Detroit.
    October 16, 2013

  • Amy FredricksonAmy Fredrickson, '13, was hired by Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. Previously, she served as an intern for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly and as a consultant for Consulting Services Support Corp. in Troy.
    November 20, 2013

  • Patrick GuntonPatrick Gunton, '13, was hired by Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. Previously, he served as a legal intern with auto supplier Robert Bosch.
    November 20, 2013

  • Justin SpurlockJustin Spurlock, '13, has joined Brooks Kushman PC as a new associate. He focuses his practice on patent prosecution and litigation.
    December 12, 2013

  • Sam FaresSam Fares, '13, has joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. He focuses his practice in intellectual property law.
    December 12, 2013

  • Kaitlyn CramerKaitlyn Cramer, '13, recently became an associate attorney of Braun Kendrick in Midland after passing the Michigan Bar exam. Cramer currently serves as treasurer for the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan - Great Lakes Bay Region, and is a member of the Junior League of Saginaw Valley.
    December 21, 2013

  • J. Parker IhrieJ. Parker Ihrie, '13, joined Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC as an associate in the firm's Real Estate and Finance practice groups.
    January 9, 2014

  • Adam Wallace, '13, joined Dickinson Wright as an associate. He is experienced in drafting and evaluating contracts, corporate legal research and entity formation.
    January 16, 2014

  • Michael SkoczylasMichael Skoczylas, '13, has joined Kerr Russell as an associate practicing in the areas of taxation, business law, mergers and acquisitions, tax controversies and estate planning. Skoczylas is also a certified public accountant.
    January 16, 2014

  • Michelle Rubin, '13, joined Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC as an associate in the firm's Estate Planning practice group.
    January 16, 2014

  • Jordan SummersJordan Summers, '13, was appointed personal trust officer for Chemical Bank Wealth Management. He is responsible for the administration of personal trusts and investment accounts while focusing on developing solutions for new and existing Wealth Management clients. He brings more than three years of experience in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration. Summers served as a law clerk and associate for two years with Gandelot and Associates before joining the Chemical Bank team.
    February 1, 2014

  • Paul MardirosianPaul Mardirosian, '13, joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in its Detroit office. He is an attorney in the firm's Real Estate Department.
    March 17, 2014

  • Caroline GerschCaroline Gersch, '12, joined Trott & Trott PC. Gersch spent the past year working as chair of Wayne State Law School's Free Legal Aid Clinic Inc. where she oversaw all aspects of legal services provided to underprivileged and indigent residents of Wayne County.
    October 2, 2012

  • Valerie JacksonValerie Jackson, '12, wrote an article, with Scott Wolfson, which was published in the November 2012 issue of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal. The article ( http://wolfsonbolton.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=6O7yAAeU0Ts%3d&tabid=593) is titled "Key Employee Incentive Programs Make 'Cents' for Creditors." Jackson is an associate at Wolfson Bolton PLLC.
    November 5, 2012

  • Laura Rogers-RaleighLaura Rogers-Raleigh, '12, joined Warner Norcross & Judd LLP as an associate attorney.
    November 14, 2012

  • Margaret Stalker-JozwiakMargaret Stalker-Jozwiak, '12, joined Warner Norcross & Judd LLP as an associate attorney.
    November 14, 2012

  • Caroline GiordanoCaroline Giordano, '12, has joined Miller Canfield as an associate in the Litigation + Trial Group in the Ann Arbor office.
    January 4, 2013

  • Mitchell McIntyreMitchell McIntyre, '12,  joined Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest's oldest and largest law firms, as a member of the firm's Transportation Law Practice Group.  A member of the firm's Detroit office, McIntyre focuses his practice on insurance-related work involving coverage disputes, entitlement issues and catastrophic injuries, as well as on no-fault law and motor vehicle litigation. In addition to his first- and third-party transportation practice, McIntyre has experience representing clients in cases involving medical malpractice, premises liability and employment litigation, including discrimination claims, civil rights and civil RICO actions.
    February 19, 2013

  • Ellen SchneiderEllen Schneider, '12, was the author, with Kimberly Ross Clayson, of an opinion piece about Detroit's financial restructuring that was published in Model D, a web magazine, titled "A way forward."
    March 26, 2013

  • Joshua BorsonJoshua Borson, '12, joined Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC as an associate in the firm's Corporate practice group.
    January 9, 2014

  • David Schelberg, '12, has joined Starr Butler Alexopoulos & Stoner PLLC in Southfield as an associate attorney. He focuses his practice on defense of employment claims, professional liability, commercial litigation and general litigation.
    March 25, 2014

  • Stephanie KarisnyStephanie Karisny, '12,  joined the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center as a staff attorney. Prior to joining the center, she was in private practice at a law firm in Troy.
    March 27, 2014

  • Aisa Villarosa BergAisa Villarosa Berg, '11, received a Humanitarian Service Award from the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts. An alumna of the college, she was honored for her commitment to social justice and helping the poor in Michigan and her work with the juvenille justice system in Detroit.
    September 30, 2011

  • Louis MeizlishLouis Meizlish, '11, was sworn in as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Oakland County.
    October 31, 2011

  • Ruth LyonsRuth Lyons, '11, has joined Garan Lucow Miller, PC in the firm's Detroit office. Her practice focuses on no-fault insurance litigation, automobile negligence, premises liability, insurance coverage and general civil litigation.
    November 17, 2011

  • Aaron SilvenisAaron Silvenis, '11, authored a working paper, Live Aid?, that was recently published by the American Antitrust Institute and submitted to the Federal Trade Commission to be used as a resource for future analysis of vertical mergers within the entertainment industry.
    November 30, 2011

  • Richard L. Merpi IIRichard L. Merpi II, '11, has joined the firm of Sinas Dramis Brake Boughton and McIntyre PC as an associate.
    March 6, 2012

  • Ruth Tyszka, '11, was appointed an Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, in July 2011.
    March 12, 2012

  • Michael J. Thomas, '10, LL.M., wrote an article titled "Bar Admission Reform Through Selective Litigation: My Michigan Example" that was published in the State Bar of New Mexico's Bar Bulletin. (Article on page 7.)
    July 15, 2011

  • Jeffrey L. Pietsch, '10, joined the Southfield-based firm of Matz and Pietsch PC as an associate.
    July 27, 2011

  • Sarah Kwiatkowski, '10, has been hired as the directing attorney for the Social Security Advocacy Program at the Seattle Community Law Center in Seattle, Wash. She also has been asked to sit on the Municipal League of King County's Candidate Evaluation Committee.    
    August 2, 2011

  • Sonia A. SalahSonia A. Salah, '10, was nominated and subsequently elected to serve as a council member for the State Bar of Michigan's International Law Section for three years at last week's State Bar Annual Meeting. Salah has been an active participant in the ILS since she established the Wayne Law International Law Students Association in 2008. She served as an ex-officio student member of the Council in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.
    September 20, 2011

  • Brad ThomsonBrad Thomson, '10, was featured in a Detroit Legal News article titled "Preserving the American dream: Attorney's passion is helping counsel Spanish-speaking families." He opened his own immigration law practice a year ago.
    August 27, 2012

  • Erin RoumayahErin Roumayah, '10, joined Wachler & Associates PC as a health care attorney representing providers and suppliers in the defense of RAC, Medicare, Medicaid, and third-party payor audits. She dedicates a substantial portion of her practice to the successful defense of health care entities at all stages of the administrative appeals process. Prior to joining Wachler & Associates, Roumayah gained litigation and transactional experience as a civil litigation associate at a prominent law firm in the metro Detroit area, representing national lending institutions in matters concerning distressed residential real estate.
    August 20, 2013

  • Rachel SmithRachel 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 WrightJohn 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

  • Alisha CieslakAlisha 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

  • Sydney Zack, '09, (LL.M.) was named as second deputy commissioner for human resources and labor with the Detroit Fire Department by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.    
    December 24, 2013

  • Erin BehlerErin 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 CieslakAlisha 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

  • Shannon L. H. Phillips Shannon L. H. Phillips , '08, recently joined Plunkett Cooney as a member of its Insurance Law Practice Group.
    May 23, 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

  • Kimberly A. YourchockKimberly A. Yourchock, '08, has joined Jackson Lewis LLP in the firm's Southfield office as an associate.
    August 16, 2011

  • Nadine MustafaNadine Mustafa, '08, a patent attorney and associate with Young Basile Hanlon and MacFarlane PC, was named a "Rising Star" in intellectual property law by Super Lawyer magazine.
    January 3, 2012

  • Timothy BradleyTimothy 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 HillDavid 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 BassettLaura 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 BradleyTimothy 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 DabrowskiCharles 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 YourchockKimberly 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 KentRobert 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

  • Evan J. LeibhanEvan 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 ChapmanTamira 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 ChapmanTamira 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 CohenJustin 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 LundbergTanya 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 NowakowskiGregory 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

  • Joseph RichotteJoseph Richotte, '07, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 in the practice area of Appellate Law by DBusiness magazine. He is with Butzel Long.
    December 6, 2012

  • Stephen SinasStephen 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 MurphySean 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 AdlerDavid 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 McMullanShanta 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 McMullanShanta 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 GibbsAimee 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 IsaacsThomas 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 CicotteE. 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. AllenDanny 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 RichotteJoseph 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

  • Christopher FrancisChristopher Francis, '06, has been promoted to shareholder in the firm Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC.
    December 21, 2011

  • Corey BeaubienCorey Beaubien, '06, patent attorney, has been elected a shareholder of Reising Ethington PC.
    February 21, 2012

  • 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 TischlerTammie 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 AyarAlexander 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 PontesAmanda 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 HopperShawn 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 ScottKimberly 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 TateRonda 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

  • Amanda PontesAmanda Pontes, '06, was named to the No. 1 spot in DBusiness' feature on "Top Young Lawyers." She is a member of Detroit-based law firm Bodman PLC.
    July 19, 2013

  • Rodney PlouchaRodney 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 CushionMichael 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

  • 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 UhlJoseph 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 OglesbyNaomi 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 BossenbroekMichael 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 CarvoScott 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 IngberJill 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 DunnStephen 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 CarrasStephen 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 GustafsonJessica 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 LoweTimothy 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 NewbyJennifer 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 BoltonIan 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 IVJames 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

  • Krista HosmerKrista Hosmer, '05, joined Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC in its Bloomfield Hills office. Her practice is focused on intellectual property litigation as well as complex business disputes.
    April 8, 2014

  • Mark WilkinsonMark 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

  • Matthew B. Van Dyk 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. HauserMichael 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. AronoffJeffrey 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, made a presentation titled Strategies for Dealing with the Problem Employee at Nemeth Burwell PC's Raising the Bar seminar in May 2011.
    August 2, 2011

  • Terry BonnetteTerry 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

  • Bryan H. ZairBryan H. Zair, '04, has been named a partner at Mayer Brown, in the Corporate and Securities practice group in the firm's Chicago office.
    February 10, 2012

  • Michael JonesMichael 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 BachAllison 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 StephensJeremy 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 BonnetteTerry 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 BonnetteTerry 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

  • William KregelWilliam Kregel, '04, was named to the No. 3 spot in DBusiness' feature on Top Young Lawyers. He is with Dykema Gossett.
    July 19, 2013

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

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

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