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Plunkett Cooney lawyer among association’s 2018 ‘Trailblazers’

Rasul M. Raheem, a senior attorney at Plunkett Cooney, was recently selected as one of the honorees for the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association’s Trailblazers Award.

Raheem, along with two other award recipients, will be honored at a dinner on June 7 at The Community House in Birmingham. Selected by the association’s 25th Annual Trailblazers Dinner Committee, the award is presented to outstanding individuals who are pioneers in the legal community.

A 30-year veteran of the banking industry, Raheem works in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office as a senior attorney in the Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. His practice includes all aspects of banking law, as well as business transactions and regulatory law.

In his prior role as in-house counsel to Bank of America, N.A. (and previously to LaSalle Bank Corp and its predecessor Michigan National Bank), Raheem advised senior management. He also managed outside counsel and related litigation with law firms across the country.

Raheem is active in the community, having been appointed by Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan to serve as a member of the Detroit Land Bank Authority Board of Directors.
He is also a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion. Raheem serves as a hearing panel member for the state of Michigan’s
Attorney Discipline Board. His bar memberships include the American, National and Oakland County bar associations.

Raheem received his Master of Law in Corporate Law and Finance and his juris doctorate degrees from Wayne State University Law School in 2003 and 1984, respectively. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1979.


Democratic hopeful for U.S. House sues state of Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The sole Democrat vying to represent northern Michigan's 1st Congressional District is suing for his spot on the primary ballot.

U.S. House candidate Matt Morgan on Monday filed a lawsuit against Michigan's Board of State Canvassers, secretary of state and director of elections. The motion came three days after the board unanimously ruled his use of a post office box address on his nominating petition instead of his residential address disqualified him from certification.

The complaint alleges Morgan has a legal right to qualify because he still filed a sufficient number of signatures in time.