Two attorneys to receive Respected Advocate Award MAJ and MDTC honor Granzotto and Manion

By Kathryne Gilbride

Legal News

Two Detroit attorneys will receive the annual Respected Advocate Award presented by the Michigan Defense Trial Council (MDTC) and Michigan Association of Justice (MAJ).

Recipients Mark R. Granzotto and Paul J. Manion both fulfilled the reward requirements, which include: a history of success in civil litigation matters; unfailing adherence to the highest standard of ethic and candor in dealing with the court and with counsel; and the respect and admiration of counsel on the opposing side of the bar.

Manion received the MDTC award, presented to a member of the plaintiff's bar to recognize and honor the individual's history of successful representation of clients and adherence to the highest standards of ethics. The MAJ 2010 award, received by Granzotto, recognizes the same for a defense practitioner.

Primarily engaged as a trial attorney in the areas of medical-dental malpractice, legal malpractice, product liability, property and general civil liability, Manion practices law with Rutledge, Manion, Rabaut, Terry, and Thomas PC. He has been a member of the Representative Assembly of the State Bar of Michigan and State Bar of Michigan Committee on Character and Fitness. Currently he is a panelist for the State Bar of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board and member of the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Section and current council member. He is a past member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Committee and is a current member of the American Bar Association as well as its Committee on Torts and Insurance Practice. Manion is the first recipient of the ProNational Insurance Company's Platinum Award for achieving thirty No Cause verdicts in professional liability trials.

Granzotto practices in the area of civil appellate work at Mark Granzotto PC. He is a member of the committee on Model Civil Jury Instruction and the Appellate Practice and Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a frequent speaker on civil appellate issues, particularly those related to personal injury. Granzotto is a former adjunct professor of law at Wayne State University School of Law and a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Last year the winner of the MDTC award went to William W. Jack, Jr., and the winner of the MAJ award went to William F. Mills.

The 2010 Respected Advocate Awards will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 29, during the State Bar Annual Awards Banquet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the DeVos Conference Center in Grand Rapids.

Banquet tickets may be purchased directly with the State Bar of Michigan.

Published: Mon, Jul 19, 2010