Barrister's Night honors 'Top 5 Under 35'


By Roberta M. Gubbins

Legal News

The Bench and Bar of Ingham County came together at the Kellogg Hotel for the 4th Annual Barristers Night, where the Young Lawyers Section of the Ingham County Bar Association presented its "Top 5 under 35" awards. The event was held on March 21st.

"It is an honor to be asked to present these awards," said Hon. Amy Ronayne Krause, Michigan Court of Appeals, opening the ceremony. "I believe we more experienced lawyers have a duty to support the younger lawyers and I appreciate that everyone is here to honor our award members."

The award winners, members of the Ingham County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section are recognized for their talents, skills, professionalism and civility in the practice of law. Judge Krause called each of the five recipients to the podium to be presented with their award.

The recipients this year were:

Brian T. Gallagher is with Fraser, Trebilcock, Davis & Dunlap,PC, where he practices in employee benefits law. He earned his JD, summa cum laude, from Michigan State University

College of Law and his BBA, magnum cum laude, from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He is the incoming Chair of the Board of Directors for Highfields, a social services non-profit serving local children and families, and serves as the Vice President of Grand River Connection, a networking organization for local young professionals.

Carrie E. Huff is with Alane & Chartier, PLC. She graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and has been admitted to the bar in both Michigan and New York. She is also licensed to practice in the United States Federal District Courts ofWestern and Eastern Michigan.

Carrie was named a State of Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011 and 2012. Rising Stars are the top attorneys in the state who have been practicing for 10 years or less or are 40 years old or younger. Only two and a half percent of the lawyers in the state are named Rising Stars.

Carrie focuses her practice in the areas of domestic relations and family law, personal protection litigation, real estate litigation, and general civil litigation. She served as co-chairperson of the Ingham County Bar Association Family Law Section from 2009 until 2012, is a member of the Family Law Section for the State Bar of Michigan, and is a member of the Real Property Section for both the State Bar of Michigan and the Ingham County Bar Association. Carrie has served on several local city and township committees and boards. She has authored and published several articles in the Real Estate Power Report on subjects including post-judgment collection, landlord tenant proceedings, and residential investing. Carrie has also presented on issues related to personal protection orders and moderated for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education on various family law issues, including custody, parenting time, paternity, adoption, bankruptcy, and property settlement issues.

Carrie is founder of the first Tri-County Family Law Organization in Mid-Michigan and has devoted her time to promote unity, uniformity and community involvement between practitioners, judges, and friend of the court personnel.

Katie Lynwood is with Bernick Radner & Ouellette, PC. She practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, Medicaid planning and elder law, conservatorships and guardianships, and family law. She is licensed to practice in both Michigan and Florida and is a member of the Ingham County Bar Association Probate Section.

She is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan; she currently serves as President of the Board for the Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council and is also the incoming Treasurer of the Board for the Junior League of Lansing. Katie is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to Medicaid planning, elder law, and estate planning. She recently co-authored ''Estate Recovery is Now in Play'' for the State Bar of Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal and presented ''Coordinating Prenuptial Agreements with Estate Plans'' and ''Capacity Issues and Assessing Client Capacity'' for the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Ingham County Bar Association.

Lynwood assisted in authoring and preparing materials for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education's ''Drafting Postnuptial Agreements'' and has served as a guest lecturer for the Thomas M. Cooley Law School's Law Practice Management program. Additionally, she sits on the ICLE Young Lawyers Advisory Board.

Katie earned her Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. She is a native of East Lansing and enjoys golfing and traveling. Katie and her fiancé, Rex Foster, will be married this summer.

Liza C. Moore, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, is a member of the General Litigation Practice Group focusing primarily on insurance defense, commercial litigation, environmental law, agricultural law and appellate matters. Known for her superb research and writing capabilities, Liza is frequently called upon to assist other attorneys in the firm with litigation in Michigan trial courts, the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court, and other federal trial and appellate courts.

Liza is a graduate of The University of Chicago, where she earned her bachelor's degree with honors and earned special honors in her Environmental Studies major. Liza obtained her J.D. cum laude from Indiana University School of Law -Bloomington. She was awarded Dean's Honors and received the highest grade in Environmental Issues in Business Transactions and Civil Rights Statutes.

The practical experience Liza acquired prior to becoming a lawyer complements her legal insight. During law school, she served as a managing editor for the Indiana Law Journal and worked at Indiana Legal Services, Inc. She also interned at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's Office of Legal Counsel. When it comes to providing counsel to clients on agricultural matters, Liza understands those issues well. She grew up working on her parents' farm in Indiana, and served the Indiana FFA Organization as its state Northern Region Vice President.

In summer 2012, Liza worked with other agricultural law attorneys to create the new Agricultural Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She is currently the acting chairperson of the new section. Liza is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan FFA Foundation.

Stephen H. Sinas, received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Wayne State University Law School. His practice is primarily focused on personal injury matters.

He is a member of the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Justice

(formerly theMichigan Trial Lawyers Association). Sinas has also authored legal articles and lectured at professional seminars regarding matters dealing with the Michigan Auto No Fault Law. He is also a co.creator of Michigan "No.Fault RedBook Online (NFRBO)," which is a comprehensive resource website operated by the Michigan Association for Justice to assist attorneys and judges in analyzing legal issues arising under the Michigan Auto No Fault Law.

Sponsors for the event were: Alane & Chartier, PLC, Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, PC, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC, Sinas Dramis Brake Boughton & McIntyre, PC, Speaker Law Firm, PLLC, and Willingham & Coté.

Stacia Buchanan, President, Ingham County Bar Association, closed the ceremony thanking the sponsors, Madelyn Lawry, ICBA Executive Director and her assistant Valerie Soulowski for making the arrangements and Roberta Gubbins, Ingham County Legal News, for covering the event.

Published: Thu, Mar 28, 2013


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