Alumni Accomplishments

  • Picture of Brian Aquart (2009)
    Brian Aquart (2009)

    was promoted to director, talent and organizational performance at Northwell Health. Prior to joining Northwell, Aquart served as executive agency counsel with the New York City Human Resources Administration. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Florida.

  • Picture of Valerie Newman (1992)
    Valerie Newman (1992)

    has been appointed to the State Bar Board of Commissioners by the Michigan Supreme Court.

  • Michael Emmer (2017)

    joined Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss, P.C. as an associate in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. He received his bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Ian M. Harrier (2018)

    joined Warner, Norcross and Judd as an associate in their Technology and Intellectual Property Practice group. He earned his bachelor’s from Alma College and his master’s from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Linda G. Burwell (1985)

    was listed in the Chambers USA Guide 2019, Labor and Employment – Michigan. Burwell is investigation counsel and president of National Investigation Counsel PLLC. She earned her bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Picture of William Volz (1975)
    William Volz (1975)

    was appointed to the rank of distinguished service professor. Volz is a professor of business law and ethics in the Mike Ilitch School of Business. He’s been a member of the WSU faculty since 1978. Volz earned his bachelor’s from Michigan State University, master’s from the University of Michigan, and M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

  • Picture of Michael Serra (2013)
    Michael Serra (2013)

    had his article “Co-Branding: Sometimes the Hardest Part about Getting Together is Breaking Up” published in the May 2019 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal.

  • Eric Shovein (2014)

    was promoted to privacy, information security and information management counsel at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He previously served as e-discovery counsel for the VA. Shovein earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Picture of Michael H. Gibbs (1999)
    Michael H. Gibbs (1999)

    was promoted to executive vice president of Whataburger. Gibbs joined Whataburger in 2005 as the company’s first ever in-house general counsel, a role which he continues to hold. He earned his bachelor’s from Ripon College and MBA from Emroy University. 

     

  • Picture of Joan E. Young (1974)
    Joan E. Young (1974)

    received the Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the Oakland County Bar Association at its annual meeting in June 2019.  Judge Young served the citizens of Oakland County as both a probate and circuit judge during her twenty-eight years on the bench.

  • Picture of Michael Steinberg (1989)
    Michael Steinberg (1989)

    was honored by the Detroit Branch of the NAACP and the Arab American Civil Rights League with its 2019 Justice Award. Steinberg, who has served as the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan for 22 years, is joining the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School in the fall. He will teach a civil rights litigation course and start a legal clinic called the Civil Rights Litigation Initiative.

  • Picture of Candice C. Moore (2015)
    Candice C. Moore (2015)

    was appointed to the Board of Law Examiners by the governor. She is also the nominee of the Michigan Supreme Court for a term commencing July 1, 2019 and expiring June 30, 2024. Moore is an associate at Jones Day in Detroit and earned her bachelor’s from Michigan State University.

  • Picture of Gregory Narsh (1992)
    Gregory Narsh (1992)

    was named a fellow of the Pepper Center, a group of senior attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP dedicated to advancing pro bono causes, including immigration, education and other areas. Narsh is of counsel at Pepper Hamilton and co-chair of the firm’s Latino Caucus. He earned his bachelor’s from Wayne State University.

  • Picture of Dana Nessel (1994)
    Dana Nessel (1994)

    was awarded a City Pulse 2019 Inclusion Award for her continued dedication to providing fair and equal protection under the law to members of the LGBTQ community and all our state’s residents.

  • Jeffrey Rogg (1993)

    was appointed Menominee County prosecuting attorney in April 2019. Rogg earned his bachelor’s from Central Michigan University.

  • Picture of Corey M. Beaubien (2006)
    Corey M. Beaubien (2006)

    authored an article in the IAM Yearbook 2019, released in October 2018. The article is entitled “Patent Confidential – On-Sale Bar and Secret Sales in America Invents Act Era” and looks at recent court decisions involving secret sales under the AIA’s on-sale bar. Beaubien is a shareholder at Reising Ethington PC and earned his bachelor’s from Kettering University.

  • Sue Carter (1988)

    was elected corporate secretary of the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. Carter earned her bachelor’s from Michigan State University and master’s from Wayne State University.

  • Picture of Dennis J. Levasseur (1985)
    Dennis J. Levasseur (1985)

    was listed in Chambers USA 2019 as a Leading Individual for Commercial Litigation. Levasseur is a member of Bodman PLC in the firm’s Detroit office.

  • Picture of Andrew J. Schuster (2008)
    Andrew J. Schuster (2008)

    has achieved Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Schuster is a member of Bodman PLC in the firm’s Troy office.

  • Picture of Mark W. Peters (1993)
    Mark W. Peters (1993)

    was listed in Chambers USA 2019 as a Leading Individual for Corporate/M&A Law.  Peters is a member of Bodman PLC in the firm’s Troy office.

  • Picture of Wendy L. Zabriskie (1991)
    Wendy L. Zabriskie (1991)

    was listed in Chambers USA 2019 as a Leading Individual for Banking and Finance Law. She has also been listed in IFLR1000 as a Highly Regarded Practitioner for Banking Law. Zabriskie is a member of Bodman PLC in the firm’s Troy office.

  • Rebecca Wrock (2014)

    was featured in an article in the Wayne State University alumni magazine titled, "Furry Heirs." In the article, Wrock, vice president of Attorneys for Animals, discusses her work in helping estate planning clients develop pet trusts.

  • Wendy Potts (1977)

    joined JAMS after more than 20 years of distinguished service to the Oakland County judiciary, including terms as a trial judge on both the Probate Court and Circuit Court, where she served as chief judge for six years. Potts will serve as an arbitrator and mediator.

  • 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 Dan Ringo (2012)
    Dan Ringo (2012)
  • 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 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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 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 Hannah Fielstra (2017)
    Hannah Fielstra (2017)
  • Picture of Tony Paris (2007)
    Tony Paris (2007)
  • Picture of  Kathleen Garbacz (2015)
    Kathleen Garbacz (2015)
  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Theresa M. Asoklis (2004)

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

  • 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.”

     

     

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mitchell McIntyre (2012)

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

  • Kimberly K. Seibert (2011)

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

  • 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 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 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 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Robert M. Raitt (1992)

    was named chairman of the Negligence Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is also the past president of the Michigan Association for Justice. Raitt is a partner with Michigan Auto Law in Farmington Hills. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan.

  • Samantha A. Kopacz (2007)

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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