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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