Legal People

Miller Canfield
The law firm of Miller Canfield announces that Karen L. Boore has joined the firm as an associate in the Real Estate Group in the Troy office. She focuses her practice on commercial development, economic development incentives, construction law, and commercial leasing.
Prior to joining the firm, she served as a federal court intern for U.S. District Court Judge John Corbett O’Meara, Eastern District of Michigan. She also interned with Wayne County’s Economic Development Growth Engine.
Boore earned her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Additionally, Miller Canfield announces that Kirti Sarkar has joined the firm as an associate in the Real Estate Group in the Troy office. She assists developers, corporations, lenders, borrowers, governmental entities, landlords and tenants, buyers, and sellers in transactions that involve all types of real property.
Prior to joining Miller Canfield, she served as an intern to U.S. District Court Judge Bernard A. Friedman, Eastern District of Michigan, and as an intern in the in-house legal department of Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
She earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and B.A. from Michigan State University.

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Wayne State University Law School
Wayne State University Professor of Law Charles “Chip” Brower has been awarded the Smit-Lowenfeld Prize, which recognizes the outstanding article published in 2011 on any aspect of international arbitration.
The prize, which includes an honorarium of $2,500, is given each year by The International Arbitration Club of New York, which comprises more than 90 of the best known arbitration lawyers and law professors in New York. The award will be presented Jan. 29 in New York.
The winning article, “Arbitration and Antitrust: Navigating the Contours of Mandatory Law,” was published in December 2011 in the Buffalo Law Review. The article examines how, when and why the mandatory laws of varying jurisdictions may be applied in international disputes.
Brower is an arbitrator on the commercial panel of the American Arbitration Association, and has taught and written about human rights, international business transactions, international commercial arbitration, the law of armed conflict and public international law for the last 15 years.
He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, vice chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, immediate past chair of the ITA’s Academic Council, a member of the board of directors of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society and a member of its Academic Advisory Council. He is co-editor-in-chief of World Arbitration and Mediation Review and a reporter for NAFTA developments at Kluwer Arbitration online.
Before joining Wayne Law, he was Croft Professor of International Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, and has been an advocate for the government of the Republic of Costa Rica in advisory proceedings before the International Court of Justice.

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Fink + Associates Law
Darryl Bressack has been named partner at Bloomfield Hills-based Fink & Associates Law. Managing Partner David H. Fink made the announcement.
Bressack joined Fink & Associates Law in April of 2011 and focuses his practice on commercial litigation, including individual and class actions, in the areas of antitrust, securities fraud and consumer fraud. In 2012, Bressack was honored as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” outstanding young litigators in Michigan by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
Bressack earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He has been listed multiple times as a Rising Star in Michigan Super Lawyers and was named a Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly Up & Coming Lawyer in 2011. Bressack is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan.

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Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Brett A. Krueger, a partner in Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, and Cohn LLP’s Intellectual Property Department and Patent Practice Group, has been named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 20 “Up and Coming” attorneys.
Before becoming an attorney, Krueger worked as an engineer and owned his own business, which helps him provide a unique perspective to his clients’ work. In his law practice, he counsels clients on identifying, evaluating, procuring, enforcing and licensing intellectual property rights, as well as the avoidance of infringement risks. In addition, he manages U.S. and worldwide patent portfolios for clients.
He earned his law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Additionally, for the second consecutive year, Honigman has been recognized as one of the country’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” by the National Association of Business Resources (NABR). Honigman is one of only two law firms to receive this honor.
Honigman’s recognition is the result of independent research and is based on key measures in various categories. They include: employee enrichment, engagement and retention; employee education and development; recruitment, selection and orientation; employee achievement and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives; strategic company performance; and compensation, benefits and employee solutions.
Honigman has also been recognized as Michigan’s Commercial Property Law Firm of the Year by Global Law Experts (GLE) for their 2013 practice area awards. GLE is an online resource for locating legal advisors in special practice fields.
Honigman’s commercial property law practice is part of the firm’s Real Estate Department and its attorneys are acknowledged leaders in their area of law. In 2012, Chambers and Partners states that Honigman’s real estate practice “maintains a lead position in the market” due to the “unrivaled depth and breadth of practice.”
The firm is known for its sophisticated, high-profile legal transactions and has a national reputation, particularly in retail, office, industrial, multifamily housing, hospitality and financing. Some of the firm’s national clients include: The Taubman Company, Ramco-Gershenson Properties, L.P., Pulte Corporation, General Motors, Sears Holdings Corporation, Meijer stores, Village Green, Phillips Edison & Company, and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust.

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Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth, & Heller P.C.

Southfield-based Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth, & Heller P.C. announced shareholder Richard J. Maddin has been selected among the 2013 Best Lawyers® in America “Detroit Lawyers of the Year.”
Maddin has practiced law for more than 40 years. In addition to land use & zoning, the West Bloomfield resident has represented plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of general business, commercial and residential real estate construction, and corporate and probate law. Maddin, who is a certified mediator, is an active litigator in the areas of real estate construction, zoning and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practice.
The Michigan State University and University of Detroit Law School graduate is a member of the real estate, litigation, and ADR sections of the State Bar of Michigan and the Southfield and Oakland Bar Associations.

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Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff PC
Southfield-based Collins, Einhorn, Farrell, & Ulanoff PC announced attorney Alissa Hurley has joined the firm’s Professional Liability Practice Group.
Hurley focuses her practice on the professional liability and general liability defense litigation. Before joining the firm, she served as a judicial law clerk for United States District Court Judge Thomas L. Ludington, Eastern District of Michigan — Northern Division.
Hurley is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan,United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth District Court, and United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Hurley, who earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, is active in the State Bar of Michigan and Oakland County Bar Association.
Hurley earned her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.

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Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C.
Sarah F. Voutyras has joined Southfield-based Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer, & Weiss PC as an associate in the firm’s litigation and intellectual property practice groups. Jaffe CEO Bill Sider made the announcement.
Working in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Voutyras interned with Judge Robert Cleland and developed a first-hand experience of the judicial system. She also interned for several summers at Brooks Kushman PC, where Voutyras corresponded with foreign associates overseeing trademark registration and renewal.
A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Voutyras also attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Voutyras earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in economics with a concentration in accounting and Russian.

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Brooks Kushman P.C.
George Mosher, an attorney at intellectual property law firm Brooks Kushman P.C., was honored at the 20th Annual Quality People/Quality County (Q2) Awards event. Mosher was one of only three recipients of this award for 2012, which recognizes individuals who have contributed to improving the quality of life in Oakland County.
Mosher was honored at an awards event hosted by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, which was held on Dec. 10. The event occurs annually to honor those who have helped make Oakland County a better place to live.
As founder of Oakland Community College and the first chairman of its Board of Trustees, Mosher honored for his lasting influence on countless students’ lives. Since its establishment in the 1960s, Oakland Community College has grown to become the largest of Michigan’s 28 community colleges and has been recognized as a “shining star for Oakland County” due to the success of its job programs.
Mosher’s work focuses primarily on the practice areas of copyrights and trademarks. He brings more than 50 years of experience to his work at Brooks Kushman, as he spent the majority of his career prior to joining the firm at General Motors overseeing the automaker’s trademarks. In addition to his vast and varied experience, Mosher is well known for the zeal and enthusiasm that he brings to trademark and copyright matters. He remains involved within the Oakland County community and is affectionately referred to as the Father of Oakland Community College.
In addition, Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce the election of Benjamin C. Stasa and Michael D. Turner as shareholders of the firm.
Stasa focuses his practice on preparing, prosecuting, and advising on patents in the areas of software, computer organization, networks, solid state electronics, electronic circuits, and communications.
He has expertise in the areas of operating systems, database systems, and networking and distributed systems, as well as multi-core and parallel architectures, VLSI and digital circuits, and low power circuits. Stasa has been recognized as an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and a “Top Patent Prosecutor” by The Patent Research Review.
Stasa is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and a former judicial intern to the U.S. District Court Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen, Eastern District of Michigan. He earned his master’s degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Business Administration, and has pursued postgraduate studies in Computer and Information Science.
Stasa is a registered patent attorney and a member of the bar for the State of Michigan and the Federal District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.
Turner’s practice focuses on domestic and foreign patent prosecution for mechanical matters, electromechanical matters, electromechanical systems, business methods, and designs. His practice also includes appellate advocacy before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, patent reexaminations, client counseling, intellectual property portfolio management, preparation of legal opinions, Technical and design support, trade secrets, developing strategies for economically achieving international protection, and other intellectual property related services.
Turner’s background in Machine design and automation provides him with experience in various technologies and manufacturing processes. Turner has been named a “Rising Star” for Intellectual Property by Michigan Super Lawyers and is active in the firms mentoring program.
Turner graduated from Wayne State University Law School and GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now Kettering University). Turner is a registered patent attorney and a member of the bar for the State of Michigan and the Federal District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.

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Rogers Mantese & Associates, PC
Rogers, Mantese, & Associates, PC announced that shareholder David L. Rogers was selected for inclusion in the 19th edition of The Best Lawyers in America® 2013.
Rogers, a graduate of Wayne State University Law School, is the former chair of the State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section, of which he was named a Fellow in 2011.
In addition, he is a former faculty member of the Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, chair of the University’s Irvin D. Reid Honors College Board of Visitors, and member of the American Health Lawyers Association, and Federal, Detroit Metropolitan and Oakland County Bar Associations.

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Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Grace K. Trueman was recognized as a 2012 Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Foundation Scholar. Honorees are women law students who demonstrate leadership capabilities, service to their community, a commitment to diversity and potential for advancing the position of women in society.
Trueman is an associate in the firm’s Detroit office. She began working at Dickinson Wright in the fall of 2012 and focuses her practice in the areas of labor & employment litigation, insurance & ERISA litigation, antitrust & trade regulation, and commercial & business litigation.
She is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and is a Certified General Civil Mediator through the Wayne Mediation Center. Trueman also is a volunteer at Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles (O.A.T.S.) in Clarkston.
She received her B.A. with high honors from Michigan State University and her law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

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Varnum LLP
Varnum has been named a 2013 Go-To Law Firm® at the Top 500 Companies by American Lawyers Media.
Varnum was recognized in the 2013 Go-To Law Firm guide for torts litigation. This recognition is based on several factors. General counsel of the nation’s top 500 companies were surveyed regarding their preferred primary outside counsel in key practice areas. A current, Fortune 500 Company, client nominated Varnum based on their experience with the firm. This nomination, together with research by ALM, including court dockets and public records, resulted in the firm’s recognition.
Varnum’s recognition as a Go-To Law Firm will be published in a guide that is distributed to In-House Counsel at all Fortune 500 Companies as well as leading business executives and law firms throughout the U.S.

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