Legal People

Lipson Neilson

Attorney Jessica L. Wynn is among a group of industry experts selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) to contribute to the “Recent Developments in Fidelity and Surety Law” section of their Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Spring 2020, Volume 55, Issue 2. This is Wynn’s fourth consecutive year as a contributing author for this Journal.

A member of Lipson Neilson’s nationally recognized team of Surety & Fidelity Law attorneys, Wynn’s practice focuses on Contract Surety Law, Construction Law, Commercial Surety Law, Fidelity Law, Commercial Disputes, and Probate Litigation.

Wynn is a member of the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section – Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, the Defense Research Institute’s Fidelity and Surety Steering Committee, and the Woman’s Lawyers Association of Michigan.


Bodman PLC

Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that Sarah L. Cylkowski, Nathan D. Dupes, and Thomas J. Rheaume Jr., all members of the firm’s Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group, have been named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List,” a listing of the most talented litigation attorneys age 40 and under in the United States and Canada.

Cylkowski, of Bodman’s Detroit office, litigates complex matters in state and federal courts, with a particular focus on commercial health care disputes, class actions, e-discovery and antitrust cases. Her clients include insurance companies, banks, automotive manufacturers and various other corporate commercial litigants.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Detroit Bar Association Foundation and is a past recipient of the Detroit Bar Association Barristers Pro Bono Award.  She has been listed since 2016 in Michigan Rising Stars for business litigation.

Dupes, of Bodman’s Detroit office, represents clients in complex commercial and environmental litigation and counsels clients on a wide variety of environmental matters, including permitting, regulatory compliance, and environmental risk in real estate transactions. He is a former assistant city attorney for the City of Grosse Pointe Park. Dupes serves as an executive board member of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter and as vice president and treasurer of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center.

Rheaume, of Bodman’s Detroit office, practices complex commercial and insurance litigation. Rheaume represents clients in all stages of litigation and focuses on antitrust cases, class actions, and constitutional litigation.  He also is a leader in the firm’s appellate practice.  He serves as local counsel for national and international law firms. He is president of the Michigan Chapter of the Federalist Society and is a member of the Detroit Economic Club’s Young Leader Board. He has been listed since 2013 in Michigan Rising Stars for business litigation. He serves as a volunteer mentor with Cornerstone Schools.


D. Augustus Straker Bar Association

The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association announces its 2020-2021 Board:

• President Carlton Watson of DTE Energy

• President Elect Michael Hall of Michael Everett Hall Law PLLC

• Secretary Mikai J. Green of Greenlaw Virtual Intellectual Property PC

• Immediate Past President Kimberley Ann Ward of Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation

• Board members: Tiffany Buckley-Norwood of Jackson Lewis PC; Tanisha M. Davis of TMD Law Group; Dandridge Floyd of Oakland Schools; Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Kameshia D. Gant; Toya Jefferson; Vassal Johnson II of Law Offices of Vassal N. Johnson II PLLC; Michael Lamb of Lamb Legal PLLC; Toi Thomas of Law Office Of Toi Thomas; and Heather Washington of Secrest Wardle


Clark Hill PLC

Reginald M. Turner, a member of the law firm Clark Hill PLC, assumed the role of president-elect of the American Bar Association at the end of the ABA Virtual Annual Meeting on August 4th. He will serve a one-year term as president-elect then become ABA president in August 2021.

Turner is a highly accomplished litigator, government affairs advocate and strategic adviser. He joined Clark Hill in 2000 and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Government Policy Group, and Labor and Employment Practice Group.

“Being a lawyer means conducting yourself with professionalism, service, and honor,” Turner said. “As I assume a leadership role in the ABA, I will honor those values and fulfill the obligation to pursue access to justice, which is true justice.”

Turner is following in the footsteps of longtime mentor Dennis Archer Sr. who was ABA president in 2003-2004. He clerked for Archer at the Michigan Supreme Court in the late 1980s. Turner has also held numerous leadership roles in the ABA. He served as the state delegate for Michigan in the ABA House of Delegates, and as chair of the ABA House of Delegates Rules & Calendar Committee, the Committee on Issues of Concern to the Profession, and the Committee on Credentials and Admissions. He is a past chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and the Commission on the Lawyer’s Role in Assuring Every Child a Quality Education. He is also a past chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

Beyond the ABA, Turner is a past president of both the National Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. He serves on the board of directors of Comerica Inc. and Masco Corporation, and is active in a host of public service and civic and charitable organizations, including United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Public Safety Foundation, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

A recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, Turner is named in the peer review guides Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers®, as well as the Michigan Chronicle Power 50, DBusiness Top Lawyers, Crain’s Detroit Business Power Lawyers, and Crain’s Most Connected. He also has been identified by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and Best Lawyers as a Lawyer of the Year.

Turner received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from Wayne State University.


Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Scott A. Petz, of the firm’s Troy office, has been recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s 2020 “40 and Under Hot List.”