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Alumni Accomplishments

  • Erica ShellErica Shell, '15, wrote "Petcoke: How an Outdated & Inconsistent Regulatory Framework Defeats Environmental Justice in Detroit." The article was published in the Spring-Summer edition of the Michigan Environmental Law Journal.
    July 30, 2015

  • Nicholas JonesNicholas Jones, '15, joins Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP's Corporate Department. He will be located in the firm's Detroit office.
    September 16, 2015

  • Lauren RennertLauren Rennert, '15, has won the $1,000 third prize in the 2015 Founding Fathers Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition. Her piece, "Get While the Getting is Good: An Analysis of Civil Remedies as a Solution to the Agunah," is about the resolution of Jewish law and constitutional law in regard to a get (a Jewish divorce). Rennert works in patent litigation at Brooks Kushman.
    September 29, 2015

  • Daniel ChojnowskiDaniel Chojnowski, '15, has joined Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC. He will focus on intellectual property law and will practice out of the firm's Royal Oak office. 
    November 23, 2015

  • Erica ShellErica Shell, '15, has joined Bodman PLC's Detroit office as an associate with their litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice group.
    November 30, 2015

  • Mercy Kotei, LL.MMercy Kotei, LL.M, '15, was promoted from a magistrate to a circuit court judge in Ghana.
    February 3, 2016

  • Elizabeth GothamElizabeth Gotham, '14, joined Honigman's Labor and Employment Department in the firm's Detroit office.
    September 3, 2014

  • Maryam KarnibMaryam Karnib, '14, joined Honigman's Real Estate Department in the firm's Detroit office.
    September 3, 2014

  • Kaitlyn MorinKaitlyn Morin, '14, joined Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.
    November 12, 2014

  • Patrick TullyPatrick Tully, '14, was hired as an attorney at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.
    November 12, 2014

  • Courtney WilliamsCourtney Williams, '14, joined Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.
    November 12, 2014

  • Erick HosnerErick Hosner, '14, has joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC in Royal Oak. He concentrates his practice in tax, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions.
    December 5, 2014

  • Tanzania JaysuraTanzania Jaysura, '14, had a unique swearing-in to the practice of law. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack administered the oath to Jaysura via video conference, so Jaysura wouldn't have to leave her military post in California. D'lorah Hughes, Wayne Law's associate director of clinical education, served as Jaysura's sponsor. Jaysura is a judge advocate with the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton.
    December 8, 2014

  • Suzanne SutherlandSuzanne Sutherland, '14, joined Hilger Hammond PC as an associate attorney.
    December 8, 2014

  • Emily MayerEmily Mayer, '14, joined Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss PC as an associate in the firm's litigation practice group. 
    December 8, 2014

  • Michael KhalilMichael Khalil, '14, joined Sullivan Ward Asher & Patton PC as an associate attorney. He maintains a general transactional practice.
    March 17, 2015

  • Meagan DrewyorMeagan Drewyor, '14, joined Christensen Law.
    April 28, 2015

  • Benjamin McCoyBenjamin McCoy, '14, is co-author of Petroleum Coke in the Urban Environment: A Review of Potential Health Effects. The article was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
    May 29, 2015

  • Jason TejaniJason Tejani, '14, has joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC in the firm's Royal Oak office. Tejani concentrates his practice in intellectual property law with a focus on preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications in the chemical arts.  
    May 29, 2015

  • Kathleen Howard, '14, co-wrote an article, "Tribal Court Peacemaking: A Model for the Michigan State Court System?" published in the June Michigan Bar Journal.
    June 17, 2015

  • Nicholas TloczynskiNicholas Tloczynski, '14, has taken a position as a research assistant for the Michigan Court of Appeals in Lansing.
    October 26, 2015

  • Rachael KohlRachael Kohl, '14, has joined Pitt McGehee Palmer and Rivers as an associate attorney. During law school, she was chancellor of Wayne Law's Moot Court Team and associate editor of The Wayne Law Review.
    November 10, 2015

  • Melissa BrownMelissa Brown, '14, has joined Pitt McGehee Palmer and Rivers as an associate attorney. At Wayne Law, she was active in Moot Court, Student Trial Advocacy Program and the Keith Students for Civil Rights.
    November 10, 2015

  • 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

  • Katharine McCarthyKatharine McCarthy, '13, joined Giarmarco Mullins & Horton PC as an associate in the firm's Municipal Litigation Group.
    July 1, 2014

  • Kaitlyn CramerKaitlyn Cramer, '13, has joined Zausmer Kaufman August & Caldwell PC as an associate.
    August 29, 2014

  • Lisa LucidoLisa Lucido, '13, has joined Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman.
    February 3, 2015

  • Robert ThomasRobert Thomas, '13, is one of 17 finalists to fill a vacancy on the Detroit City Council. He is vice chair of the city's Board of Zoning Appeals.
    February 4, 2015

  • Lisa LucidoLisa 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 HollandDylan 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

  • Dan RingoDan Ringo, '13, was promoted to operations vice president for Chicago Public Schools with facilities management service SodexoMAGIC.
    April 3, 2015

  • Adam BlaylockAdam 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

  • Ryan CarnagoRyan Carnago, '13, joined intellectual property law firm Darrow Mustafa PC in Northville as an associate attorney.
    August 5, 2015

  • Alexander ShowalterAlexander Showalter, '13, joined intellectual property law firm Darrow Mustafa PC in Northville as a technical advisor.
    August 5, 2015

  • Justin SpurlockJustin Spurlock, '13, was hired as an associate by Cantor Colburn LLP. Spurlock, an aerospace engineer, is a registered patent attorney with experience in preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications in the mechanical, electronics and electro-mechanical arts. He also has experience in litigation matters, intellectual property licensing, and patentability and infringement opinions.
    August 18, 2015

  • Lindsay SchmidtLindsay Schmidt, '13, joined Garan Lucow Miller PC as an associate attorney.
    August 25, 2015

  • Michael SkoczylasMichael Skoczylas, '13, has joined Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC as an associate in the firm's Tax Practice Group. 
    September 2, 2015

  • Dan RingoDan Ringo, '13, has been named chief operating officer of Continuum Services, a building maintenance and facility services company based in Southfield. 
    September 2, 2015

  • Sam A. FaresSam A. Fares, '13, was named a shareholder in business law firm Howard and Howard, based in Royal Oak. He concentrates his practice in intellectual property law with a specialized focus on patent preparation, prosecution, and clearance matters in the electrical and computer arts.
    December 22, 2015

  • 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

  • Chelsea Zuzindlak, '12, joined Honigman as a staff attorney in its Business Immigration Practice Group.
    September 5, 2014

  • Caroline GerschCaroline Gersch, '12, joined Traverse City firm Brandt Pezzetti Vermetten & Popovits.
    January 5, 2015

  • Carolyn NobleCarolyn 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 ZuzindlakChelsea 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 KlinefeltMichael 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

  • Kelly BlumlineKelly Blumline, '12, joined the Troy office of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, the largest health care-focused law firm in the nation. She focuses her practice on real estate and business transactions.  
    September 11, 2015

  • Mallory TomaroMallory Tomaro, '12, has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as an associate in its Real Estate Department. She will be located in the firm's Detroit office.
    October 15, 2015

  • Eric BergEric 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 SiscoRachel 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 SeibertKimberly 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 Jolene Orvis, '11, of Law Office of Storck & Dinverno is on the 2014 Up & Coming Lawyers list recently released by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
    November 25, 2014

  • Glenn RossGlenn Ross, '11, joined Tomkiw Mackewich in Royal Oak.
    January 21, 2015

  • Christopher JacobsonChristopher Jacobson, '11, (LL.M.) was named deputy general counsel for investments and compliance for the Municipal Employees' Retirement System of Michigan.
    March 3, 2015

  • Ruth Lyons GoldnerRuth Lyons Goldner, '11, and David Deeg have opened Goldner Deeg PLLC, a family law practice in Royal Oak.
    May 12, 2015

  • Ruby RobinsonRuby Robinson, '11, of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center was a panelist at a May 21 immigration workshop presented by The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
    May 26, 2015

  • Samantha J. OrvisSamantha 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 RobertsElizabeth 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

  • Christopher RoelofsChristopher Roelofs, '11, joined intellectual property law firm Darrow Mustafa PC in Northville as an associate attorney.
    August 5, 2015

  • Paul IssoPaul Isso, '11, launched a law firm in Phoenix, Ariz. The Isso Law Firm focuses on legal ethics; criminal defense; civil litigation; and entertainment, media and sports law.
    August 25, 2015

  • Bryan RobbinsBryan Robbins, '11, and business partner Matthew Licavoli announce the establishment of Robbins and Licavoli PLLC, a Bloomfield Hills law firm specializing in family law, bankruptcy and immigration.
    September 28, 2015

  • Paul IssoPaul Isso, '11, owner and managing attorney of The Isso Law Firm, became a licensed sports agent in the state of Arizona. The Isso Law Firm, recently launched in Phoenix, focuses on entertainment, media and sports law; civil litigation; criminal defense; and legal ethics.
    September 29, 2015

  • Paul IssoPaul Isso, '11, owner and managing attorney of The Isso Law Firm in Phoenix, was interviewed by United Brothers Entertainment, a media productions group with offices in Detroit, Phoenix and Las Vegas.
    October 7, 2015

  • Reuben Metreger, '11, was promoted to the leadership team of Detroit Cristo Rey High School.
    October 20, 2015

  • Paul IssoPaul Isso, '11, of The Isso Law Firm, was selected to participate in an event with the NBA's Phoenix Suns. The Isso Law Firm, an Arizona-based law practice, also focuses on entertainment, media and sports law.
    November 11, 2015

  • Chris JacobsonChris Jacobson, '11, has been named senior counsel at Grand Rapids law firm, Bloom Sluggett Morgan. 
    November 18, 2015

  • 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

  • Johnny HamoodJohnny Hamood, '10, has joined Goodman Acker PC. He specializes in civil and personal injury litigation.
    May 13, 2014

  • Stephanie FarkasStephanie Farkas, '10, joined the law offices of Shannon M. Smith PC in Bloomfield Hills. She serves on the executive councils of the State Bar of Michigan's Young Lawyers Section and the Criminal Law Section.
    May 24, 2014

  • Michael McCandlish, '10, joined Bejin VanOphem & Beineman PLC. He focuses his practice in intellectual property law.
    July 28, 2014

  • Melanie Van AntwerpMelanie Van Antwerp, '10, was elected partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. She is a member of the corporate department in the firm's Kalamazoo office.
    January 21, 2015

  • Fadwa AlawiehFadwa Alawieh, '10, was selected as a trustee for the Dearborn Board of Education to fill a vacancy. She is a Wayne County assistant prosecutor.  
    July 21, 2015

  • Matthew ZmijewskiMatthew Zmijewski, '10, joined the General and Automotive Practice Group at Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.
    September 4, 2015

  • John WrightJohn Wright, '10, founded John Wright Law PLLC, a solo law practice based in Detroit focusing on trademark, copyright and business law.
    October 14, 2015

  • Eric JonesEric Jones, '10, has been named interim fire commissioner for the City of Detroit.
    October 15, 2015

  • Michael J. Thomas, '10, was quoted in the Oct. 31, 2015, Albuquerque Journal about the resolution of a case involving the sale of property at a delinquent tax auction. Thomas had filed an answer brief in the New Mexico Supreme Court on behalf of the purchasers at the 2011 auction, who had previously proceeded pro se.
    November 4, 2015

  • Bryan SchomerBryan Schomer, '10, was elected a member of Dickinson Wright. He works in the firm's Troy office.
    January 20, 2016

  • May SaadMay Saad, '10, joined Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss in Southfield as an associate in the firm's Real Estate Practice Group.
    February 3, 2016