Jack 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 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 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
Amy 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
Kaitlyn 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
Michael 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
Jordan 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
Lisa Lucido, '13, joined the Detroit office of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman. Lucido practices in the area of health law with a focus on supply chain structure and operations, compliance counsel and corporate transactions.
February 26, 2015
Dylan Holland, '13, joined the Professional Liability Practice Group of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC. Holland focuses his practice on defending professionals from liability claims, including lawyers, accountants, engineers, surveyors and architects.
March 6, 2015
Adam Blaylock, '13, Bloomfield High School's assistant forensic coach, was named the Michigan Speech Coaches Inc. High School Assistant Coach of the Year 2015. The annual awards ceremony was held on Mackinac Island.
June 9, 2015
Caroline 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 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
Mitchell 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 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
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
Carolyn Noble, '12, joined the Mt. Clemens office of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook. Noble practices in the area of medical malpractice defense, with a focus on birth trauma.
March 6, 2015
Chelsea Zuzindlak, '12, wrote a chapter, "Tell 'Em You're From Detroit," in the book Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest. She is a staff attorney with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP.
May 26, 2015
Michael Klinefelt, '12, was appointed to serve out a term on the Eastpointe City Council. He previously served on the city's Civil Service Commission, which approves new hires, promotions and disciplinary action for city employees.
June 9, 2015
Eric Berg, '11, was honored April 17, 2014, by the Transition to Independence Program, an initiative of Wayne State School of Social Work providing comprehensive academic and social services to students aging out of foster care. Berg was recognized as one of three "champions" of the TIP program for providing pro bono legal services to TIP students. He is a labor law attorney with Gregory, Moore, Jeakle & Brooks in Detroit. Read the School of Social Work writeup on its honors event here.
May 2, 2014
Rachel Sisco, '11, is the new associate general counsel and head of the litigation department for HealthCall of Detroit. She was selected for this position after having worked as a trial attorney at Bowman and Brooke LLP, defending corporations in high-exposure product liability cases.
July 1, 2014
Kimberly Seibert, '11, co-wrote (with 1980 alumnus Robert Seibert) an article titled Social Networking Sites and the Requirement of Authentication published in the July 2014 Michigan Bar Journal.
August 1, 2014
Deborah Fisch, '11, a legal researcher with the Program for Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice at the University of Michigan Medical School, is vice president and chair of the Research and Advocacy Committee of the newly launched Birth Rights Bar Association.
September 30, 2014
Samantha J. Orvis, '11, joined Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in the firm's general and automotive liability practice group. Orvis will focus on the defense of first- and third-party automobile litigation.
June 15, 2015
Elizabeth Roberts, '11, was selected to the Super Lawyers 2015 Michigan Rising Stars list and nominated as one of the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 2015 "10 Best" Attorneys in Michigan for Client Satisfaction.
July 24, 2015
Brad 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 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 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
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
Timothy Bradley, '08, was named co-editor of IP Links, a publication of the intellectual property section of the North Carolina Bar Association. He is an associate attorney with Coats + Bennett PLLC, an intellectual property law firm.
August 10, 2012
David Hill, '08, was recognized as a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers. He practices in corporate/business law, estate planning, and nonprofits, foundations and charitable organizations at Kreis Enderle Hudgins and Borsos.
October 10, 2012
Laura Bassett, '08, was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Women in Finance. Bassett is an associate in the Detroit office of Miller Canfield. Founded in 2004, the Michigan Women in Finance is a nonprofit educational and professional networking organization for women in the finance industry. The board consists of 16 members representing a diverse group of women finance professionals. At Miller Canfield, Bassett advises public entities on a range of financing and related legal matters, including economic development initiatives, municipal infrastructure finance and school finance. She has particular experience assisting financially distressed municipalities and school districts to make informed decisions to achieve their objectives.
October 17, 2012
Timothy Bradley, '08, has been named secretary of the Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA). TIPLA aims to unite professionals practicing in the field of intellectual property law, and to preserve the fundamental principles of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks and copyrights. Bradley previously served as the association's webmaster before being named secretary.
At Coats + Bennett PLLC, Bradley, a patent attorney, uses his industry experience and computer engineering background to handle patent matters involving telecommunications, software and other technology. In addition to his position as TIPLA secretary, he serves as co-editor of the IP Links publication of the Intellectual Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA).
November 26, 2012
Charles Dabrowski, '08, was promoted by Telemus Capital Partners, an independent advisory firm specializing in wealth management services for high net worth individuals, from his role as wealth analyst to wealth advisor. He serves on Leaders for Kids, an advisory board to the Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation, and also the Detroit Athletic Club Intermediate Board.
May 31, 2013
Kimberly Yourchock, '08, was named "Barrister of the Year" for her service as part of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association's Barristers Section for young attorneys. She co-chaired the 2012-2013 Barristers' School Partnership Program, which connects area attorneys with high school students in Detroit public schools and provides mentorship and educational opportunities. Her practice at Jackson Lewis LLP in Southfield focuses on defending employers in both state and federal court cases involving discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower, wage and hour, breach of contract, retaliation, family medical leave and wrongful discharge. She also advises employers on issues such as best practices, disability issues, force reductions, workplace privacy and terminations. In 2012 she was named a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star.
August 19, 2013
Robert Kent, '08, has joined Michigan State University as assistant general counsel. He formerly worked with Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook. Kent is president of the Law Alumni Association at Wayne Law.
January 30, 2014
Jonathan Colman, '08, was named partner at Barron Rosenberg Mayoras & Mayoras PC in Troy. He concentrates his practice in probate litigation, business and commercial litigation and business law.
May 6, 2014
Leslie Rojas, '08, joined The Health Law Partners PC as an associate in the firm's Southfield office. She focuses on health care compliance with federal and state health care regulations, health information privacy and technology issues, fraud and abuse issues, and transactional and corporate aspects of health care.
May 13, 2014
Steven Migliore, '08, a partner in the Corporate Department of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been appointed president-elect of NEXTGen Detroit. This organization, part of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, attracts and engages the next generation of Jewish Detroiters through innovative programs and initiatives. Migliore is also a member of the NextGen executive board. He focuses his practice on representing private equity and venture capital funds and their portfolio companies in mergers, acquisitions, financings, investments and restructurings. He also advises companies on corporate governance and general corporate matters.
June 24, 2014
Robert Riley, '08, filed an amicus brief on behalf of the National Association of Counsel for Children to help convince the Michigan Supreme Court to strike down the "one-parent doctrine" that had allowed family courts to remove a child from custody of both parents when only one had been found guilty of abuse or neglect. He is an attorney with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP.
June 24, 2014
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
Gregory Nowakowski, '07, joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as an attorney in its Insurance Department in Detroit. He advises health care companies and owners on risk management strategies and alternative risk financing; and health care law, including regulatory compliance and compliance with fraud and abuse laws.
September 10, 2012
Stephen Sinas, '07, was named to the "Top 5 Under 35" awards by the Young Lawyers Section of the Ingham County Bar Association. The award winners, members of the Ingham County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, are recognized for their talents, skills, professionalism and civility in the practice of law. His practice is primarily focused on personal injury matters. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice (formerly the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association). Sinas has also authored legal articles and lectured at professional seminars regarding matters dealing with the Michigan Auto No Fault Law. He is also a co.creator of Michigan "No.Fault RedBook Online (NFRBO)," which is a comprehensive resource website operated by the Michigan Association for Justice to assist attorneys and judges in analyzing legal issues arising under the Michigan Auto No Fault Law.
March 29, 2013
Sean Murphy, '07, was appointed to the Farmington Downtown Development Authority. Murphy has been an attorney at the law offices of Jason A. Waechter in Southfield, specializing in civil litigation for five years.
April 11, 2013
David Adler, '07, was named partner at Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C. Adler joined Jaffe in 2006 as a summer associate and became a full-time associate in September 2007. He is a member of the firm's Litigation Practice Group, specializing in commercial litigation. Prior to his career at Jaffe, Adler interned in the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office in the Constituent Services Division during the Gov. Jennifer Granholm administration. He also interned in the criminal division for U.S. Attorney Jeffrey G. Collins in the Eastern District of Michigan.
April 23, 2013
Shanta McMullan, '07, been elected to serve a one-year term on the Board of Directors of the Wolverine Bar Association. McMullan, based in Butzel Long's Detroit office, concentrates her practice in labor and employment law. She represents employers in judicial and administrative proceedings, and provides employment counseling regarding compliance with federal and state employment laws. In addition to the Wolverine Bar Association, McMullan is a member of the American Bar Association and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. She participated in the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association's first Inns of Court program and the local Federal Bar Association's diversity committee, where she has been instrumental in the organization of an annual Law Day program at the federal court. She also serves as a co-chair of the FBA's summer programs committee, where she organizes educational opportunities for law students. In 2011, McMullan was selected to participate in Inforum's inaugural NextUP Emerging Leaders Program, Flight 1SE, a leadership training program. Inforum is the leading professional organization focused on creating strategic connections and accelerating careers for women throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Moreover, McMullan served for four years as a mentor and board member of Student Mentor Partners, an organization that provides mentoring and tuition assistance for underprivileged metro Detroit high school students. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the first sorority for African-American women, where she participates in mentoring young women and other community service activities.
June 18, 2013
Shanta McMullan, '07, is one of 100 attorneys named to Lawyers of Color's Inaugural Hot List of Early-to-Mid-Career Minority Attorneys Under 40 from the Midwest Region. The honorees will be included in the Hot List Special Issue. Attorneys were chosen through a two-pronged process. The selection committee spent months reviewing nominations and researching bar publications and legal blogs to identify promising candidates. Nominations were accepted from mentors, peers, and colleagues. The selection committee also made editorial picks based on research of attorneys who had noteworthy accomplishments or who were active in legal pipeline initiatives. McMullan, based in Butzel Long's Detroit office, concentrates her practice in labor and employment law. She represents employers in judicial and administrative proceedings, and provides employment counseling regarding compliance with federal and state employment laws (including FMLA, FLSA, ADA and Title VII).
August 9, 2013
Aimee Gibbs, '07, was elected as a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC's Ann Arbor office. She focuses her practice in the areas of employment, schools and educational institutions, business and commercial litigation, and intellectual property and trade secrets litigation. She has represented public schools and educational institutions in a range of issues including regulation of student conduct, organizational liability, policy and regulatory issues and employment matters. She has presented at national conferences on education law issues and published a number of articles in national publications and reference materials for elementary and secondary school administrators and higher education officials.
January 8, 2014
Thomas Isaacs, '07, was elected as a member of Dickinson Wright's PLLC's Detroit office. He focuses his practice on litigation including commercial and business litigation, automotive litigation, and product liability and personal injury. He has experience representing a diverse lineup of corporations in a variety of commercial litigation cases, including contractual, antitrust, collections and business tort matters. He is routinely responsible for all phases of litigation in commercial cases, including discovery, motion practice, expert witness retention and preparation, and overall case management. He was recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in Business Litigation and was recently appointed as an Oakland County public administrator by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.
January 8, 2014
E. Colin Cicotte, '07, was elected a shareholder of Reising Ethington PC. Cicotte has extensive experience with patent infringement, trademark, and trade secret litigation. His fields of expertise include electrical, electro-mechanical, mechanical, and computer technologies. Colin has prepared and prosecuted patents involving hybrid-electric vehicles, vehicle telematics, wireless telecommunications, photovoltaic units, ignition circuits, and ignition components. He regularly interviews Patent Office examiners to facilitate prosecution and has drafted more than 70 briefs before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.
January 23, 2014
Danny C. Allen, '07, won his first jury trial with a verdict of $326,000 for his clients in Wayne County Circuit Court. He is an associate attorney with Applebaum & Stone PLC in Southfield.
March 11, 2014
Shanta McMullan, '07, was re-elected to serve a one-year term on the Board of Directors of the Wolverine Bar Association. She concentrates her practice at Butzel Long on the management side of labor and employment law.
May 21, 2014
Anthony Paris, '07, and the band Blue Pontiac performed songs written by attorney-activist Maurice Sugar in the 1930s and other songs as well as telling some stories at Lefty's Lounge in Detroit on Oct. 17 in conjunction with the North American Labor History Conference at WSU. Paris is lead attorney with Detroit's nonprofit Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice.
October 20, 2014
Kreuza Gjezi, '07, has joined Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC as an associate in the firm's immigration and litigation department. Gjezi will represent individuals, families, and businesses worldwide in front of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Customs and Enforcement, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of State and in federal court.
November 19, 2014
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
Alexander Ayar, '06, was elected shareholder at Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC. Ayar's law practice focuses on commercial litigation, involving real estate law, business, construction, environmental, employment, municipal, strategic transactions and alliances. He also practices in the general business transactional area, assisting businesses in their operation and corporate structure. In addition to his robust practice, Ayar is a Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation, the immediate-past president of the Chaldean American Bar Association, as well as a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce.
January 28, 2013
Amanda Pontes, '06, was admitted as a member of Detroit-based law firm Bodman PLC. Pontes, of Bodman's Detroit office, is a member of the Automotive and Industrial Team and the Business Practice Group. She represents clients involved in a variety of business matters including corporate organization, mergers and acquisitions, and complex commercial transactions. She has particular experience with automotive industry clients, having served extended in-house assignments with two major automotive suppliers. Pontes was previously an associate attorney with Bodman.
March 4, 2013
Shawn Hopper, '06, was elected from associate to principal at Miller Canfield. Hopper is a member of the Financial Institutions and Transactions Group. He specializes in drafting and negotiation of commercial loan documentation, especially asset-based financing. He also has experience in syndicated loan transactions and credit enhancement facilities for variable rate bond issues, such as commercial letters of credit and standby bond purchase agreements.
March 13, 2013
Kimberly Scott, '06, was elected from associate to principal at Miller Canfield. Scott is a member of the Litigation and Trial Group. She specializes in intellectual property; antitrust law; sports, media and entertainment law; and commercial contract and tort litigation. She also handles complex commercial litigation, and specializes in e-discovery strategy. She was on the legal team that achieved the 8th largest verdict in the nation in 2009, representing Valassis Communications Inc. in its legal battle with News America Inc. and obtaining a $300 million jury verdict after an eight-week trial, with all claims being settled for $500 million in favor of her client. She was named an "Up and Coming Lawyer" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2009. She was named a "Rising Star" in intellectual property litigation by Michigan Super Lawyers in 2012.
March 13, 2013
Ronda Tate, '06, was awarded the Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award by the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section.Tate is an associate attorney at Lewis & Munday PC in Detroit, where she represents a wide variety of public and private clients, ranging from municipalities to Fortune 100 corporations. She is president-elect of the Wolverine Bar Association and serves on the board of directors of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers Section. In 2011, she was the youngest member appointed to the Institute for Continuing Legal Education Labor and Employment Advisory Board. In her roles with these organizations, Tate has coordinated public service initiatives to benefit underprivileged citizens. She has received the Pro Bono Recognition Award from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
June 10, 2013
Rodney Ploucha, '06, joined the Detroit office of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as an attorney in its Real Estate Department. Ploucha assists with commercial real estate transactions, purchase agreements and land contracts.
August 9, 2013
Michael Cushion, '06, was promoted to shareholder at Brooks Kushman PC. He focuses his practice on patent prosecution for electrical, mechanical and electromechanical matters, as well as business methods. Cushion also provides clients with counseling and legal opinions on matters of patentability, non-infringement and invalidity. In addition, he also works with the firm's Post-Grant Proceedings practice group helping clients challenge or defend patents.
January 14, 2014