Alumni Accomplishments

  • Picture of Jacob J. Simon (2019)
    Jacob J. Simon (2019)

    joined Bodman PLC as an associate attorney. Simon is a member of the firm’s Business Practice Group and is based in the firm’s Troy office.

  • Picture of Marc M. Bakst (1988)
    Marc M. Bakst (1988)

    was elected to Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit’s executive committee of the board of directors. Bakst is a member at Bodman PLC. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Robert H. Schwartz (1972)
    Robert H. Schwartz (1972)

    was appointed to represent Detroit on the Jewish Federations of North America Health and Long-Term Care Committee. Schwartz is a shareholder in the Bloomfield office of Butzel Long. He earned his bachelor’s from Wayne State University.

  • Kameshia Gant (2004)

    was appointed to the 6th Circuit Court in Oakland County by the governor. Gant is a solo practitioner with Gant Law, PLLC, a public defender, and a member of the Black Women Lawyer’s Association of Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Kay Standridge Kress (1986)
    Kay Standridge Kress (1986)

    was named a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. Kress was one of 12 fellows inducted into the organization at its annual meeting March 30. She is a partner in the Detroit office of Pepper Hamilton and is a member of the firm's executive committee. She earned her bachelor’s from Bowling Green State University.

  • Picture of Dan Ringo (2012)
    Dan Ringo (2012)
  • Picture of Kathryn Marra (1994)
    Kathryn Marra (1994)

    has joined Cantor Colburn as a partner in the firm’s Troy office. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Detroit and master’s from Purdue University.

  • Helal A. Farhat (2002)

    was appointed to the Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court by the governor. Farhat has been an attorney with the Farhat & Associates law firm in Dearborn for the past 16 years and was a magistrate judge on the 19th District Court in Dearborn from 2009-11.

  • Picture of Edward J. Bardelli (1992)
    Edward J. Bardelli (1992)

    was elected to the management committee of Warner Norcross + Judd LLP where he practices in the firm’s Grand Rapids office. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Michael Serra (2013)

    joined Cisco Systems, Inc. as corporate counsel. He earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Picture of Pamela Morgan (2006)
    Pamela Morgan (2006)

    was a guest on the podcast Proof of Love for its episode on non violent communication.

  • David G. Michael (2003)

    launched a podcast series titled “Revitalize Our Cities Now!” The podcast series is for entrepreneurs, community groups, real estate investors and developers, and everyone with a stake in urban revitalization. Michael is an associate at Lipson Neilson, P.C.

  • Picture of Erin Mette (2018)
    Erin Mette (2018)

    wrote a blog post for Equal Justice Works “Protecting Children from Home-based Environmental Health Hazards.”

  • Alexandre M. Zucco (2011)

    joined Dickinson Wright’s Grand Rapids office as an associate.  He earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Picture of Daniela M. Walters (2015)
    Daniela M. Walters (2015)

    was named a shareholder at The Dobrusin Law Firm where she primarily practices patent law. She earned her bachelor’s from Kettering University, master’s in industrial and systems engineering and M.B.A. from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

  • Picture of Sunita Doddamani (2004)
    Sunita Doddamani (2004)

    was appointed to lead a new Hate Crimes unit within Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office. Doddamani is a former assistant prosecutor in Wayne and Macomb counties and was the lead investigator into Michigan State University’s handling of complaints against Larry Nassar. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan. Read more.

  • Robert Burton-Harris (2015)
  • Picture of Tony Paris (2007)
    Tony Paris (2007)
  • Picture of  Kathleen Garbacz (2015)
    Kathleen Garbacz (2015)
  • Picture of Hannah Fielstra (2017)
    Hannah Fielstra (2017)
  • Robert Burton-Harris (2015)

    was quoted in a report for Detroit Metro Times, “Detroit man sues three white women who called police on him for ‘gardening while black’.”

  • Picture of Jill Bloom (1999)
    Jill Bloom (1999)

    wrote a blog article titled, “Everyone Deserves Hope: An Immigration Attorney’s Experience of Volunteering in Dilley, TX.” Bloom is partner at Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen and Loewy, PLLC in Troy, Mich. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Michael J. Steinberg (1989)

    joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty to direct the new school’s new civil rights litigation initiative. Steinberg earned his bachelor’s from Wesleyan University.

  • Picture of Ian W. Larkin
    Ian W. Larkin (2017)

    was inducted into the 2019 Class of the Wayne State University Athletic Hall of Fame as a former student-athlete and All-Region basketball player. Larkin is an attorney with Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC in Royal Oak. He earned his bachelor’s from Wayne State University.

  • Scott J. Hill (2003)

    was elected as an executive partner of Varnum LLP.  He is chair of the firm’s Executive Committee, which is responsible for policy implementation, lean processes and attorney development. 

  • Picture of Michael Pitt (1974)
    Michael Pitt (1974)

    was featured in the February 2019 edition of the Michigan Bar Journal for its article, “Citizen Lawyers: Michael Pitt and Peggy Goldberg Pitt.” The article highlights the couple’s outstanding achievements and extensive lifetime commitment to public service.

  • Picture of Mark Bisard (1999)
    Mark Bisard (1999)

    was elected to serve on Brooklyn’s District 15 Community Education Council where he is fighting to improve quality, safety and equitable access to public elementary and middle schools. Bisard earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • William B. Murphy (1970)

    joined Dykema’s business litigation practice group as a senior counsel in the firm’s Grand Rapids office. Murphy joins Dykema after serving on Michigan’s Court of Appeals for the past 30 years, including five years as chief judge of the court, and three terms as the court’s chief judge pro tem. Murphy earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Picture of Floyd E. Gates, Jr. (1998)
    Floyd E. Gates, Jr. (1998)

    has been named a 2018 “Newsmaker of the Year” in the Law category by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. Gates leads Bodman PLC’s Grand Rapids office. He earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • D. Lynn Morison (LL.M. 1991),

    who is a fellow for the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, was formally inducted to the American Bar Foundation as a fellow in Nov. 2018. Morison is a staff attorney for Michigan Employment Relations Commission/Bureau of Employment Relations.

  • Picture of Nicholas Schroeck (2007)
    Nicholas Schroeck (2007)

    was featured in the Detroit Legal News for its report, “Asked and Answered: Environmental Policy Undergoes Shift Back to State and Local Oversight.” Read the full article.

  • Picture of Michael Killelea (1988)
    Michael Killelea (1988)

    was appointed executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Goodrich Petroleum Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company located in Houston, Texas. Killelea earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University and MBA from Wayne State University.

  • Theresa M. Asoklis (2004)

    was promoted to co-managing shareholder of Collins Einhorn Farrell PC. She earned her bachelor’s from Wayne State University.

  • Sarah J. Brutman (2004)

    was promoted to shareholder at the Troy office of Dean and Fulkerson. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Detroi t Mercy.

  • Picture of Tony Paris (2007)
    Tony Paris (2007)

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Kid Rock called out the Detroit Free Press. Here is our response.”

  • Picture of Jack Schulz (2013)
    Jack Schulz (2013)

    was quoted in a report for the Detroit Free Press, “Kid Rock called out the Detroit Free Press. Here is our response.”

     

     

  • David Bosman (2006)

    was named to Oakland County Executive’s 2019 Elite 40 Under 40 Class. Bosman is a member at Bodman PLC in Troy. He earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • James M. Reid IV (2005)

    was named to Oakland County Executive’s 2019 Elite 40 Under 40 Class. Reid is a shareholder at Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC. He earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Daniela M. Walters (2015)

    was named to Oakland County Executive’s 2019 Elite 40 Under 40 Class. Walters is a patent attorney at The Dobrusin Law Firm PC. She earned her bachelor’s from Kettering University and master’s and M.B.A. from University of Michigan-Dearborn.

  • Joshua M. Borson (2013)

    was named to The Well & Jewish News’ 36 Under 36 Class. Borson is an associate at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Timothy P. Greeley (1980)

    announced his intention to retire from the bench by mid-March this year. Greeley is a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s from Western Michigan University.

  • Picture of Sangeeta Shah (1993)
    Sangeeta Shah (1993)

    was elected as chairperson of Brooks Kushman’s executive committee. She earned her bachelor’s from Kalamazoo College.

  • Picture of Matt Jakubowski (2001)
    Matt Jakubowski (2001)

    was elected to serve on Brooks Kushman’s executive committee. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan and master’s from Wayne State University.

  • Picture of Samuel R. Charara (2018)
    Samuel R. Charara (2018)

    has joined Cantor Colburn LLP as an associate. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Heather Piotrowski (2012)

    joined JD Advising, LLC as a full-time course instructor and tutor. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.

  • Mitchell McIntyre (2012)

    was named a shareholder at Plunkett Cooney. He earned his bachelor’s from Central Michigan University.

  • Jason P. Tejani (2014)

    joined Warner Norcross and Judd LLP as an attorney the technology and intellectual property practice group. He earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University and master’s from Oakland University.

  • Kimberly K. Seibert (2011)

    was named a shareholder at Plunkett Cooney. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Mike Brady (2008)
    Mike Brady (2008)

    was appointed as chief legal director for the Michigan Department of State by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. Prior to this appointment, Brady was general counsel and previously director of policy and community engagement for the Detroit Land Bank Authority. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan. Read more.

  • Picture of Fadwa A. Hammoud (2010)
    Fadwa A. Hammoud (2010)

    was appointed as Michigan’s solicitor general by Attorney General Dana Nessel. Hammoud, who is the first Muslim Arab-American solicitor general in the country, served as lead attorney in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Read more.

  • Picture of Meagan Jabbori (2014)
    Meagan Jabbori (2014)

    is a partner at the Heidemann Jabbori Law Firm where they wrote all of the passing bar exam appeals in the state of Michigan for the July 2018 bar exam administration. She is also a course instructor for JD Advising, LLC. Jabbori earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Gene Hunt (1985)

    was appointed as chief judge for the 19th District Court in Dearborn. Before being elected to sit on the court, Hunt served as the court-appointed attorney for the 19th District Court for more than 20 years. He earned his bachelor’s from University of Michigan – Dearborn.

  • Picture of Matthew Wikander (2004)
    Matthew Wikander (2004)

    was recently elected to be Grand Rapid’s-based Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge’s Chief Executive Officer for a three-year term commencing on Jan. 1, 2019. Wikander is a shareholder at the firm. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Angela Povilaitis (2000)
    Angela Povilaitis (2000)

    was quoted in a report for the Lansing State Journal, “11 rapes, 4 states, 1 suspect: The ‘extraordinarily improbable’ defense of Calvin Kelly.” Read more. 

  • Picture of Jason R. Canvasser (2006)
    Jason R. Canvasser (2006)

    was promoted to member in Clark Hill’s Detroit office where he practices in the litigation practice group. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Erika Riggs (2011)
    Erika Riggs (2011)

    has formed her own Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability law firm, with two other colleagues. Riggs earned her bachelor’s from Wayne State University.

  • Jehan Crump-Gibson (2009) 

    was feature in an article for Rolling Out, “2 Black women launch law firm in metro Detroit.”

  • Joseph R. Owens (2007)

    was named partner at Warner Norcross and Judd. His practice is focused on trust and estate planning, tax planning and business succession planning, as well as general business law. Owens earned his bachelor’s from Oakland University.

  • Roquia K. Draper (2011)

    was named partner at Warner Norcross and Judd. Her practice is focused on family law with an emphasis in divorce proceedings, child custody cases, litigation and dispute resolution. Draper earned her bachelor’s from Wayne State University.

  • Picture of Suzanne Sukkar (2004)
    Suzanne Sukkar (2004)

    has been elected a member in Dickinson Wright’s Ann Arbor office. Her practice focuses on business immigration including global workforce mobility, employment-based sponsorship and visa matters, immigration audit and compliance for corporate and individual clients across a vast array of industries. Sukkar earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Frederick Dewey (2012)
    Frederick Dewey (2012)

    has been elected a member in Dickinson Wright’s Detroit office. His practice focuses on the areas of commercial and business litigation, real estate litigation, eminent domain and probate litigation. Dewey earned his bachelor’s from Loyola University New Orleans.

  • Kris Dighe (1987)

    instructed prosecutors, investigators and judges from Serbia, the Czech Republic and Hungary at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest. Dighe, along with three other prosecutors from the Department of Justice, taught about investigating and prosecuting environmental crimes, with a focus on how the knowledge base that has been developed in the United States could be applied in those countries. Dighe is senior counsel at the Department of Justice and earned his bachelor’s from Butler University.

  • Picture of Angela Povilaitis (2000)
    Angela Povilaitis (2000)

    was named a Glamour Magazine 2018 Woman of the Year, sharing the award with the other women who took down Larry Nassar. Povilatis was honored at an award ceremony in New York City in November 2018. She is staff policy attorney for the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. Read more.

  • Kathleen Wilson-Thompson (LL.M. ’96, J.D. ’82)

    joined Tesla’s Board of Directors. She is executive vice president and global chief human resources officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan. Read more.

  • Joseph R. Owens (2007)

    was named partner at Warner Norcross Judd LLP, where his practice focuses on trust and estate planning, tax planning and business succession planning. He earned his bachelor’s from Oakland University.

  • Roquia K. Draper (2011)

    was named partner at Warner Norcross and Judd LLP, where her practice focuses on family law. She earned her bachelor’s from Wayne State University.

  • Dane M. Lepola (2018)

    joined Secrest Wardle as an associate. Lepola earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • James M. Reid IV (2005)

    was elected to the Executive Council of the Michigan Society for Human Resource Management. Reid is a shareholder at Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller PC. He earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Samantha A. Kopacz (2007)

    joined Miller Canfield’s transactions group in its Troy Office.

  • Rebecca K. Wrock (2014)

    was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers Class of 2018.” Wrock is an attorney with Couzens, Lansky, Fealk, Ellis, Roeder & Lazar PC in Farmington Hills. She earned her Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law and bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Nora Y. Hanna (2015)
    Nora Y. Hanna (2015)

    was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers Class of 2018.” Hanna is an attorney with Fieger Law in Southfield. She earned her bachelor’s from Wayne State University.

  • Michelle A. Rubin (2013)

    was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers Class of 2018.” Rubin is an associate in the Estate Planning Group at Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss PC in Southfield. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Elizabeth P. Roberts (2011)

    was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers Class of 2018.” Roberts is an attorney with Kirk, Huth, Lange & Badalamenti PLC in Clinton Township. She earned her bachelor’s from Oakland University.

  • Timothy P. Monsma (2008)

    was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers Class of 2018.” Monsma is a partner on the litigation and trial services team at Varnum LLP in Grand Rapids. He earned his bachelor’s from Calvin College.

  • Michael N. MacCallum (2011)

    was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers Class of 2018.” MacCallum is an attorney with Brooks Kushman PC in Southfield where he focuses his practice on preparing and prosecuting patent applications. He earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Picture of Jonathan Demers (2018)
    Jonathan Demers (2018)

    has joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn as an associate in the firm’s Detroit office. His practice will focus on his practice on commercial real estate transactions. Demers earned his bachelor’s from Cedarville University.

  • Picture of Mark Rossman (2001)
    Mark Rossman (2001)

    hosted and presented at the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section’s Symposium on Corporate Oppression in Grand Rapids, and the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section’s Symposium on Corporate Oppression at Wayne State University Law School, in conjunction with the Wayne State University Journal of Business Law. Rossman is managing partner at Rossman Saxe, P.C. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Nicholas J. Rine (1973)

    will retire from active faculty status at the University of Michigan Law School on Dec. 31, 2018 and will become aclinical professor emeritus of law.  He taught in the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic, the Child Advocacy Law Clinic, the Urban Communities Clinic, the Asylum Clinic, the Women and the Law Clinic, and the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic. Rine earned his bachelor’s from Wayne State University.

  • Rachel Rancilio (2002)

    was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. She will represent adult former child victims of abuse or neglect. Rancilio serves as judge for the 16th Judicial Circuit Court and is a partner at Fischer Garon Hoyumpa and Rancilio in Mt. Clemens. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Detroit Mercy.

  • Earle I. Erman (1974)

    received the Federal Bar Association 2018 Barbara J. Rom Award for Bankruptcy Excellence. This award honors individuals who have exhibited the highest level of overall excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law. Erman is a shareholder at Maddin Hauser Roth and Heller PC. He earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Picture of Joyce Draganchuk (1986)
    Joyce Draganchuk (1986)

    was honored by Mid-Michigan Women Lawyers Association with the Carolyn Stell Award, named after the first female circuit court judge in Ingham County. Draganchuk was elected in 2004.  She is the presiding judge of the General Trial Division and presides over the Business Court.  Draganchuk earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

  • Justin J. Hakala (2009)

    has been named to Plunkett Cooney’s medical litigation practice. Hakala is an associate attorney in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office where he focuses his practice in the area of medical malpractice liability defense. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Michelle L. Kolkmeyer (2016)
    Michelle L. Kolkmeyer (2016)

    has joined Bodman PLC as an associate attorney in the litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice group in the Detroit office. She earned her bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Picture of Adam Banton (2009)
    Adam Banton (2009)

    was named partner of Disability Attorneys of Michigan. Banton earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Ian Phillips (2007)
    Ian Phillips (2007)

    has joined Novara, Tesija and Catennaci PLLC as an associate attorney where he will focus his practice on insurance defense, securities law and employee benefits. Phillips earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Ewelina M. Sawicka (2018)

    has joined Warner, Norcross & Judd LLP as an associate attorney. She earned her bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Nwabunwanne Okonkwo (2016)

    was promoted to assistant vice president and general counsel of Dunn Loren Merrifield Group in Lagos, Nigeria. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Nigeria.

  • Picture of Alana Karbal (2018)
    Alana Karbal (2018)

    was featured in a report for the Detroit Legal News, “Life lessons: Wayne Law alumna gives back to Jewish community.”

  • Picture of Mary Colette O’Donnell (1981)
    Mary Colette O’Donnell (1981)

    was named a partner in Gallagher Sharp LLP’s Detroit office where she focuses her practice on commercial transportation litigation. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Colorado.

  • Picture of Joseph “Jerry” McDonnell (1980)
    Joseph “Jerry” McDonnell (1980)

    was named a partner in Gallagher Sharp LLP’s Detroit office where he advises clients on various aspects of railroad, transportation and logistics law.  He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Michael J. Thomas (LL.M. 2010)

    received a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. Thomas earned his bachelor’s from Wayne State University and J.D. from the University of Michigan. He is deputy general counsel at the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

  • Picture of Rasul Raheem (LL.M. 2003, J.D. 1984)
    Rasul Raheem (LL.M. 2003, J.D. 1984)

    joined the law firm of Dykema Gossett as senior counsel. He also received the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association Trailblazers Award in June 2018 and the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Integrity in Our Community Award in July 2018. Raheem was nominated to the American Bar Foundation as a fellow.

  • Picture of John Wright (2010)
    John Wright (2010)

    served as chair at IP+AI 2018, a groundbreaking conference focused on the intersection of intellectual property and artificial intelligence, in Washington, D.C. Wright is an attorney at Tyler Technologies Inc. He earned his bachelor’s from Syracuse University.

  • Kirstie Magyari (2018)

    joined Ernst & Marko Law PLC an associate where she will focus her practice on civil rights, personal injury and employment law. She earned her bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Alisha Cieslak (2009)

    was named a “National Woman in the Law” by Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel. Cieslak is chief legal and risk officer for Gordon Food Service. She earned her bachelor’s from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

  • Matthew Tavi (2017)

    joined KPMG as an associate in the International Tax group, advising corporate clients on a multitude of international tax issues. He earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Matt Cunningham (2016)

    has been named assistant athletics director of compliance and internal operations at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Cunningham earned his bachelor’s and master’s from Wayne State University.

  • Picture of Jakub Szlaga (2013)
    Jakub Szlaga (2013)

    was the subject of a Detroit Legal News article, “Get to Know Jakub Szlaga.” Szlaga practices immigration law at the Law Offices of Jakub Szlaga PLC in Livonia. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • James Clift (1985)

    was appointed by the governor to the Environmental Rules Review Committee. Clift is a policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council and was previously an environmental policy analyst for the Michigan Senate. He earned his bachelor’s from Central Michigan University. Read more.

  • Marian Kromkowski (1979)

    was elected judge for the Leelanau County Probate Court.

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