Ronald Bretz, '76, is writing a legal textbook on criminal law with two colleagues. The book is due to be published in the summer of 2014. He served as an assistant defender with the State Appellate Defender Office for two decades before joining the Cooley Law School faculty. An expert in the field of serology and DNA scientific evidence, Bretz frequently lectures on the topics, and has successfully argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
November 19, 2013
David Marvin, '76, was recently honored with the Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award at the Ingham County Bar Association's 119th annual dinner. Marvin has practiced law in the Lansing office of Fraser Trebilcock for more than 37 years. His reputation as a skilled attorney and efficient problem-solver has helped him to develop an impressive national client base and has earned him many honors. Throughout much of his career, he has devoted time and energy to bar association activities, serving as president of the Ingham County Bar Association, president of the Young Lawyers Section of the ICBA, president of the Pro Bono Lawyers Service, chairman of the State Bar's Administrative Law Section, chairman of the ICBA's Administrative Law Section, delegate to the State Bar's Representative Assembly, chairman of four State Bar committees and chairman of at least 10 ICBA committees. In addition, Marvin has devoted his energy and resources to numerous community service organizations, including terms on the boards of directors of the East Lansing Educational Foundation, the Impression Five Science Center, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Audubon Society, the Rotary Club of Lansing, the Boy Scouts of America, the Downtown Coaches Club, Friends of Michigan History and the MSU Alumni Association, among others.
November 25, 2013
James Fisher, '76, was named by Gov. Rick Snyder as one of 15 appointments to the newly created Indigent Defense Commission, which aims to improve legal representation for low-income criminal defendants. The board collects data necessary for the review of indigent defense services in Michigan, and creates standards and requirements. Fisher, previously chief judge of Barry County Circuit Court, will chair the commission. He is an attorney with Law Weathers where his primary practice areas are arbitration and mediation. He will represent members submitted by the Michigan Judges Association.
June 24, 2014
Susan Reed, '76, was awarded the Unsung Hero Award by the State Bar of Michigan. Reed, a Detroit resident, is a veteran criminal defense attorney and president of the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association.
September 19, 2014
Dawn Van Hoek, '76, has been awarded as a Champion of Justice by the Michigan State Bar. Van Hoek of Ann Arbor is director of the State Appellate Defender Office and past president of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan.
September 19, 2014
Freddie Burton, '76, was named as the new chief justice for the Wayne County Probate Court to serve the rest of 2015 in the role. New chief justices for several courts in the state will be selected in 2016.
August 6, 2015
Richard Marek, '76, was elected president of the Vermont State Historical Society. He ended 12 years of service in the Vermont House of Representatives earlier this year, after retiring from practicing corporate law.
September 1, 2015
Adam Shakoor, '76, of Adam Shakoor & Associates PC was chosen by the State Bar of Michigan to be honored with the Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award. Shakoor served as Detroit deputy mayor and as chief judge of 33rd District Court in Detroit.
September 18, 2015
Hon. Isidore Torres, '76, was appointed director of the Wayne County Fraud and Corruption Investigation Unit. Torres, who earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, is of counsel with Williams Acosta in Detroit.
May 13, 2016
Julius Giarmarco, '75, was named as a U.S. News Best Lawyer. He is also recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer, DBusiness Top Lawyer, Top Attorney in Michigan by the New York Times, and received an "AV" Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability. Giarmarco is chair of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group at Giarmarco Mullins & Horton P.C. He is licensed to practice law in both Michigan and New York. Julius' primary practice areas include estate planning, business succession planning, wealth transfer planning, and life insurance applications. Giarmarco also lectures frequently on a national basis, including speeches before the American Law Institute – American Bar Association, the International Forum, the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting, the Million Dollar Round Table, the American Institute of CPAs, the Life Insurance and Market Research Association, the Financial Planning Association and numerous life insurance companies, brokerage firms and trade associations
August 22, 2013
David DuMouchel, '75, has been appointed by the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan as a member of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel. He is one of 13 metro Detroit lawyers and community leaders to receive this appointment. A Butzel Long attorney and shareholder based in the firm's Detroit office, DuMouchel chairs the firm's Corporate Compliance, Internal Investigations and Criminal Defense practice. DuMouchel's practice is limited to white collar criminal defense, professional licensure and criminal health care, criminal IRS investigations of both taxpayers and professionals, SEC enforcement of corporate executives, public corruption, as well as grand jury investigations, internal corporate investigations and compliance. Earlier this year, DuMouchel was appointed to serve as a voting member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission Practitioners Advisory Group. One person from each of the 11 federal circuits is appointed to this group. He is a recipient of the prestigious Leonard Gilman Award from the Federal Bar Association as the outstanding criminal law practitioner in the Eastern District of Michigan. He has been named by Best Lawyers as the "2010 Detroit Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year." Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." DuMouchel has been listed in each Best Lawyers edition for the last 30 years, up to and including the most recent. He also is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, and in Michigan Super Lawyers. He is a frequent speaker on internal corporate investigations and federal criminal procedure matters. DuMouchel is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization limited to 1 percent of the trial lawyers in a state by invitation; serves as a member of the Criminal Procedure Committee; and is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. DuMouchel served as the first chairman of the State of Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.
December 18, 2013
Chokwe Lumumba, '75, who died in 2014, was honored by the Detroit City Council, which is adding a second street sign to Warren Avenue, naming it for him. Lumumba, a longtime civil rights activist, was mayor of Jackson, Miss., at the time of his death.
March 24, 2015
George Sinas, '75, a senior partner at Sinas Dramis Brake Boughton & McIntyre PC in Lansing, gave a presentation on the state's auto no-fault law during a People's Law School session in East Lansing. People's Law School, sponsored by the Sinas Dramis law firm, Wayne Law and Michigan Association for Justice, is open to the community.
September 22, 2015
George Mercer, '74, was named as a U.S. News Best Lawyer. He also is recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer, dbusiness Top Lawyer, Top Attorney in Michigan by the New York Times, and received an "AV" Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability. Mercer concentrates his practice with Giamarco Mullins & Horton P.C. in the areas of real estate, banking and finance, construction, condominium development, environmental and energy law and mortgage lending.
August 14, 2013
Daniel Kelly, '74, is among the 20 circuit judges appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve as a business court judge. This assignment continues through April 1, 2019. He recently participated in the Great Lakes States Complex Commercial/Business Court Litigation course provided by the National Judicial College in conjunction with the Michigan Judicial Institute. He also has been admitted to the American College of Business Court Judges and attended the annual meeting of the college at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Additionally, Kelly has been re-appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to serve as chief judge of all trial courts in St. Clair County for an additional two year term ending January 1, 2016.
November 1, 2013
Joan Young, '74, was named as one of the metropolitan area's top circuit court judges by DBusiness magazine in its January/February 2014 edition. The top judges were selected via a poll of 18,200 attorneys. Young is an Oakland County Circuit Court judge.
February 10, 2014
Timothy Pickard, '74, retired after 20 years as judge as Lenawee County Circuit Court. He also has signed an agreement with the Michigan Court Administrative Office to serve on special assignments in Lenawee County and the northern Michigan counties of Mackinac, Emmet, Charlevoix and Muskegon, as well as on state appeals court panels.
April 25, 2014
Michael Pitt, '74, has been awarded as a Champion of Justice by the State Bar of Michigan. Pitt of Huntington Woods is a founding member of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC and specializes in employment law and civil rights litigation.
September 19, 2014
Michael Pitt, '74, was interviewed about tort reform for an Asked and Answered column in the Detroit Legal News.
November 13, 2014
Thomas Guyer, '74, was honored by the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit during its annual Attorney Appreciation Awards. Guyer is a partner with Guyer Rose PLLC and a volunteer attorney with Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc. who has prevented many evictions.
April 23, 2015
Timothy Baughman, '74, was chosen by the State Bar of Michigan to be honored with the Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Service Award. Baughman retired from his position as chief of research, training and appeals with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in April, although he remains on staff part time offering legal advice and work on appellate briefs
September 18, 2015
Dennis Hertel, '74, was appointed professor by the National Defense University for the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. The former congressman has addressed defense officials from 28 nations, and he remains of-counsel to the Franklin Partnership in Washington, D.C.
November 3, 2015
Joan Young, '74, was presented with the first Justice Marilyn J. Kelly Award for Outstanding Service. This award was named after retired Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn J. Kelly. Young is currently chief judge pro tempore of the circuit court and serves in the family division. She is also the presiding judge of the men's section of the Oakland County Adult Treatment Court.
December 9, 2015
Stephen Glazer, '73, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the fields of Appellate Practice and Corporate Law. He is a member with Barris Sott Denn & Driker, PLLC.
August 23, 2013
Louis Ognisanti, '73, was reappointed by the governor to Michigan's Workers' Compensation Board of Magistrates. He was first appointed to the board in 2011. He previously worked the Braun Kendrick Finkbeiner PLC law firm where he specialized in workers' compensation issues.
January 27, 2015
Roy Gotham, '73, announced his retirement after 25 years as Gogebic and Ontonagon County circuit court judge. The retirement also marks his 42 years in the legal profession in both Ontonagon and Gogebic counties.
December 9, 2015
William W. Swor, '72, was elected as president of the board of directors at ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services). He's served on the group's board since 1999. Swor is of Lebanese descent and is founder of the Detroit law firm William W. Swor & Associates. He is a member of the board of directors of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and served two terms as chair of the General Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan. In 2005, he received the Defender of Justice award from the Detroit and Michigan Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. He's earned many other honors for his work, as well.
January 30, 2014
Robert Lenihan, '72, was named general counsel of Harness Dickey, where he is a partner in the firm's litigation practice group. In addition to his litigation practice, he is responsible for advising the Executive Committee on selected legal issues.
March 17, 2014
Robert Hudson, '72, has been instrumental in planning the May 23 annual gala and awards ceremony of the French American Chamber of Commerce Michigan Chapter. Hudson is president emeritus of the chapter and a shareholder with the Detroit office of Butzel Long. The FACC is a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States.
April 3, 2014
Lawrence Katz, '72, was presented with the 2013 "Barbara R. Levine Award in Recognition of Excellence in Appellate Advocacy" by the Appellate Defender Commission in March 2014. The annual award honors a Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System roster member whose appellate advocacy achieves outstanding results or who demonstrates extraordinary commitment on behalf of appellate assigned clients. His article, "Preserving Issues for Appeal in Criminal Cases," appeared in the October 2013 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal. His article, "Amanda Knox: An American's Journey through the Italian Justice System," appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of the National Italian American Bar Association News.
April 8, 2014
William Swor, '72, was named by Gov. Rick Snyder as one of 15 appointments to the newly created Indigent Defense Commission, which aims to improve legal representation for low-income criminal defendants. The board collects data necessary for the review of indigent defense services in Michigan, and creates standards and requirements. Swor, an attorney with William W. Swor, will represent members submitted by the Criminal Defense Attorney Association of Michigan.
June 24, 2014
John R. Runyan, '72, wrote a book review of "A Good Killing," written by Allison Leotta, who grew up in Michigan. His review appears in the May issue of the Michigan Bar Journal. Read it here. Runyan is managing director of Sachs Waldman in Detroit.
May 6, 2016
Robert Berlow, '71, was listed in the 2013 Business Edition of Michigan Super Lawyers for his expertise in the Real Estate practice area. Attorneys are chosen for the honor based on peer recognition and professional achievements in their practice area. Berlow is with the Farmington Hills office of Couzens Lansky Fealk Ellis Roeder & Lazar PC. He also was recognized in the Super Lawyers Business Edition 2013, a separate national publication.
January 13, 2014
Jon Muth, '71, was recognized by the Grand Rapids Bar Association with the Donald R. Worsfold Distinguished Service Award. Muth has been honored numerous times over the course of his career. He served as the president of the State Bar of Michigan for two terms, and was given the Robert P. Hudson Award for his impact on influencing the direction of the profession. Muth has supported and served many community organizations including the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Grand Rapids Ballet. However, the group his name is most connected with is the Legal Assistance Center. He was instrumental to LAC's early success, and has dedicated more than 10 years to this initiative which now serves more than 17,000 persons annually. He is with law firm Miller Johnson of Grand Rapids.
April 30, 2014
Dan Dozier, '71, wrote a chapter in the recently published book titled, Alternative Dispute Resolution in State and Local Governments, Analysis & Case Studies. Dozier's chapter is "Evaluating Scope of Services and Provider Qualifications in State ADR Programs." He is of counsel with Press and Dozier, LLC in Bethesda, Maryland.
January 6, 2016
The Honorable Marilyn Kelly, '71, presented "Has America Fulfilled Its Promise of Equal Justice for All?" as part of the Escalating Inequality Task Force's 2016 Winter Speaker Series.
February 24, 2016
The Honorable Marilyn Kelly, '71, presented "Has America Fulfilled Its Promise of Equal Justice for All?" at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Petoskey. Kelly earned her master's degree from Middlebury College and her bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University.
April 3, 2016
Peter Sugar, '70, was selected by Best Lawyers as a "2014 Lawyer of the Year" in the practice areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisition law, securities/capital markets law and securities regulation. Sugar represents both private and public companies in securities regulation, financing transactions, acquisitions and divestitures, e-commerce and corporate law. Sugar also counsels emerging companies in formation, financing and governance of business, including equity, debt and hybrid capitalization transactions. Sugar has been honored in The Best Lawyers in America for at least 10 years and has received multiple Super Lawyer awards, in addition to a DBusiness Top Rated Lawyer, Donald H. Gordon Award for Teaching Excellence and the Richard J. Barber Wayne Law Review Alumni Achievement Award. He is a partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC.
September 19, 2013
William B. Murphy, '70, was reappointed as chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals. He was appointed to the court in 1988 and has served as chief judge since November 2009. Under Murphy's guidance, the Court of Appeals was recently named a leader in automation of court business practices by the National Center for State Courts. Murphy has served and continues to serve on numerous civic and bar-related organizations; he is a former chair of the Judicial Tenure Commission. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal and is a member of the Judicial Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee for the Michigan Justice Project.
November 7, 2013
Pat M. Donofrio, '70, was appointed to serve on the state's Court of Claims. He was a Macomb County Circuit judge, and served as presiding judge of the court's civil/criminal division, before his appointment to the Court of Appeals in 2002 by Gov. John Engler. He was elected to the Court of Appeals in 2004 and 2010.
November 21, 2013
William Murphy, '70, was recently elected to serve as the treasurer of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal throughout the United States. This leadership position is the first on Murphy's path to being elected as the council's president within the next few years. The Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal was formed in 1980 when judicial leaders of state appellate courts around the nation recognized the need to have "a body for consultation" and education "concerning the improvement of the administration of justice, rules and methods of procedure, and the organization and operation of state intermediate appellate courts." In addition to his recent election, Murphy was also asked to continue serving on the Council's Executive Board Committee. He was reappointed as chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals in November. He was appointed to the court in 1988 and has served as chief judge since November 2009.
December 19, 2013
Thomas Lewand, '70, was named to the cabinet of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to serve as group exeuctive, jobs and economic growth. Lewand is a business, health care and municipal law and finance lawyer at Bodman in Detroit. He has worked in a number of high-profile capacities, including facilitating the building of Ford Field, serving as Gov. Jennifer Granholm's facilitator in a deal for $50 million in state help for the Detroit Medical Center and as a special master appointed by U.S. District Judge John Feikens during the Detroit Water and Sewer Department's federal oversight.
December 20, 2013
Clark Johnson, '70, was elected by the students of the Michigan State University College of Law as the Distinguished Doctrinal Faculty Member of the Year for 2014. He served as assistant attorney general of Michigan and was a partner in the law firm of Schmidt Nahas Coburn and Johnson. He joined the law college faculty in 1973. He teaches Contracts, Equity, Insurance Law, Medical-Legal Problems, Mortgages, Property and Secured Transactions.
May 6, 2014
Martin Reisig, '70, was named the Best Lawyers' 2015 Detroit Mediation "Lawyer of the Year." Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."
August 19, 2014
William Dornbos, '69, of Varnum LLP was selected for Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the practice areas of banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/ insolvency and reorganization law, Native American law and real estate law.
February 20, 2015
Donald Wagner, '68, was listed in the 2013 Business Edition of Michigan Super Lawyers for his expertise in the Banking practice area. Attorneys are chosen for the honor based on peer recognition and professional achievements in their practice area. Wagner is with the Farmington Hills office of Couzens Lansky Fealk Ellis Roeder & Lazar PC. He also was recognized in the Super Lawyers Business Edition 2013, a separate national publication.
January 13, 2014
John Selesko, '68, joined Butzel Long in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office. He concentrates his practice in estate planning, in the design and implementation of profit sharing, 401(k) pension plans, other employee benefit arrangements and tax planning.
February 24, 2014
Charles Filice, '68, who at 70 is the longest-serving district judge in the state among those currently on the bench, will officially step down Jan. 1 when his term ends. He is judge of Lansing's 54A District Court.
December 8, 2014
Edward Haroutunian, '68, was inducted into the Heritage Foundation's Hall of Fame Gallery. The purpose of the Heritage Hall of Fame celebration is to recognize exceptional leaders from various ethnic backgrounds that have made outstanding contributions to the American way of life. Haroutunian has been a member of the Heritage Foundation for 25 years.
December 22, 2014
Daniel Matson, '68, retired after 45 years as city attorney for DeWitt. In private practice, Matson also has served as president of the Clinton County Bar Association, president of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, and president of the Michigan Municipal League Legal Defense Fund. He also has served as chairman on the public corporations law section and the arts, communications, entertainment and sports law section for the State Bar of Michigan.
August 27, 2015
Joel Serlin, '68, received the Oakland County Bar Association's Professionalism Award. He is the first and only Oakland County Circuit Court Ombudsman and a senior partner with Seyburn Kahn in Southfield.
September 2, 2015
Stanley Prokop, '68, a partner with Plunkett Cooney, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He was recognized in the practice area of Insurance Law.
September 11, 2015
Brian Einhorn, '67, was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Einhorn was honored for his work in Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. He also was recognized for his work in Product Injury Litigation-Defendants and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants. He is with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell.
August 23, 2013
Jack Couzens, '67, was listed in the 2013 Business Edition of Michigan Super Lawyers for his expertise in the Estate Planning and Probate practice area. Attorneys are chosen for the honor based on peer recognition and professional achievements in their practice area. Couzens is with the Farmington Hills office of Couzens Lansky Fealk Ellis Roeder & Lazar PC.
January 13, 2014
Wayne Budd, '67, was named as an independent member of the Board of Directors for PBF Energy Inc. Budd has over 40 years of legal experience in the public and private sectors, and since 2004 is a senior counsel of Goodwin Procter LLP. Prior to that, he served as a senior executive vice president and general counsel and a director of John Hancock Financial Services Inc. from 2000 to 2004. Budd also served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission from 1994 to 1997, which he was appointed to by President Bill Clinton. From 1989 to 1992, he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. Budd previously served as a director of Tosco Corp. and Premcor Inc. and currently serves as a director at McKesson Corp. He is the past chairman of the National Board of the American Automobile Association and currently serves as a director of the American Automobile Association of Southern New England.
February 12, 2014
Robert Zack, '67, joined Butzel Long in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office. He concentrates his practice in business matters with an emphasis on commercial litigation, family law and probate litigation.
February 24, 2014
Fred Mester, '67, addressed the Inter-American Committee, the judicial arm of the Organization of American States, in Washington, D.C., on March 25, 2014, on the issue of mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles in light of the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama. Mester, with several other Michigan judges and attorneys, was involved with a petition drive advocating for the court's decision to be retroactive for minors sentenced to life without parole in Michigan. Mester, a retired Oakland County Circuit judge, works with various city administrations on community issues today.
June 12, 2014
Brian Einhorn, '67, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. He was recognized in the practice areas of Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants. He is with Collins Einhorn Farrell PC.
August 19, 2014
Jack Wheatley, '67, was reappointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission, which reviews appeals decisions in cases involving unemployment insurance benefits and workers' compensation. Wheatley served as a labor law attorney with Lacey & Jones LLP, and also worked as a special assistant to the attorney general representing the state in workers' compensation second injury fund cases and served as director of the Michigan Unemployment Agency and director of the Bureau of Workers' Disability Compensation.
August 19, 2014
Brian Einhorn, '67, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Einhorn was named Metro Detroit Lawyer of the Year for his work in Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants. He is with Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell.
August 18, 2015