SBM announces 2013 election results

Four attorneys — Danielle Mason Anderson, Dennis M. Barnes, Timothy J. Burns and Edward L. Haroutunian — won contested seats in this year’s SBM Board of Commissioners elections. All will serve three-year terms expiring at the close of the 2016 Annual Meeting. The State Bar Board of Commissioners provides oversight to the various operations of the Bar, such as finance, public policy and member services.

Anderson won in District F, representing Allegan, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Hillsdale, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. She is a principal at Miller Canfield in Kalamazoo, concentrating in restructure, enforcement and insolvency litigation. She is licensed in both Michigan and Massachusetts. Anderson is a member of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association, where she served as chair of the Young Lawyers Section and was elected to the Board of Directors. Anderson also served as chair of the SBM Young Lawyers Section in 2009-2010. She previously served as an SBM commissioner in 2008 as chair-elect of the Young Lawyers Section and continued through her ex-officio term, which ended in 2011. Anderson has also been active in the American Bar Association. She is very involved in her community, working with groups such as Girls on the Run, the South Portage Little League and the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Business Advisory Committee. She is also a member of Leadership Kalamazoo.

Barnes won in District H, representing Lenawee, Monroe and Wayne counties. He is a member of Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, with a business litigation practice. Barnes is past president of the Federal Bar Association’s Eastern District of Michigan chapter, a member of the Eastern District’s Standing Committee on Civility and its 2009 Magistrate Reappointment Selection Panel, a presenter at its Shared Advanced Technology Courtroom Certification seminars and an active member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers and the Shamrock Bar Association. He graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1986 and Hillsdale College in 1983. Barnes and his wife, Beth, have four children and are active members of St. William Parish where Barnes serves on the parish council, as past chair of the stewardship commission and has coached many athletic teams. Barnes serves on Detroit Catholic Central’s alumni board and Dads’ Club board. He is past grand commander of the Alhambra’s Manresa Caravan, which assists developmentally disabled children. He provides legal and other services to a number of community, charitable and philanthropic causes.

Burns won in District I, representing Oakland County. He has been a solo practitioner for 10 years. His law practice focuses on criminal defense, estate planning, probate court representation, contract law,
small business representation and consumer protection advocacy. He was one of the first attorneys in Michigan to earn an ICLE probate law and estate planning certificate and is a founding participant of the Oakland County Bar Association Inns of Court. Burns served two terms on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and served a term on the Oakland County Parks Commission. He has also served on the board of directors of the Clawson Chamber of Commerce, the Clawson Community Credit Union, the Troy Community Coalition and the Clawson-Troy Optimist Club. Burns, a University of Detroit Mercy School of Law graduate, completed a legal clerkship with the Michigan Attorney General before going to work for the Better Business Bureau upon passing the Bar. Burns lives in Clawson with his wife, Barbra and their four-year-old twins, Jack and Maggie.

Haroutunian won in District I, representing Oakland County. He graduated from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School and practices in the areas of family law, estate planning, real estate and commercial litigation. He has served as a special assistant attorney general representing the state of Michigan and has served as a facilitator and arbitrator in family and real estate cases. He served on Oakland County’s Public Advisory Committee on Judicial Candidates, as special investigator for the Attorney Grievance Commission and is currently a hearing panel chair for the Attorney Discipline Board. He served on the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly from 1991-1997 and 2001-2007, when he was clerk, vice chair and chair, and on the SBM Board of Commissioners from 2004-2007 and 2010-present. Haroutunian is a member of the American, Oakland, Detroit and Armenian bar associations, a life fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and a fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. He has lectured on family and real estate matters and has authored several articles. He practices in the firm Haroutunian Licata Haroutunian, P.C., in Bingham Farms with his daughter, Krista, and his wife, Susan Licata Haroutunian, of counsel to the firm.

Three attorneys won unopposed races to the State Bar Board of Commissioners. Victoria A. Radke, of Escanaba, won in District A, representing the northern lower peninsula and upper peninsula. Radke operates the law firm Victoria A. Radke PC in Escanaba. E. Thomas McCarthy Jr. and Robert J. Buchanan, both of Grand Rapids, won in District C, representing Oceana, Muskegon, Ottawa, Newaygo, Kent, Osceola, Mecosta, Clare, Isabella and Gladwin counties. McCarthy is a shareholder with Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge PC in Grand Rapids. Buchanan is managing partner for Buchanan & Buchanan PLC. All will serve three-year terms expiring at the close of the 2016 Annual Meeting.