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Davis selected as a ‘Premier Lawyer of America’

Jack C. Davis, an attorney with Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting in Lansing, has been selected for membership in Premier Lawyers of America, a prestigious, invitation-only organization which recognizes the top 1 percent of attorneys in America. Nominees must demonstrate excellence in their primary practice areas and must be nominated by at least one other peer attorney or hand-selected by the organization’s advisory committee.

Attorneys selected for membership undergo an objective and rigorous vetting process. Criteria include case outcomes, legal experience, professional achievements, certifications, trial experience, educational history, teaching or publishing experience, peer and client feedback, ratings and reviews, and professionalism and ethics.

“Membership in Premier Lawyers of America is reserved for top-rated attorneys who are able to meet or exceed demanding selection criteria,” stated Robert Nguyen, Director of Membership Services for the organization. “Mr. Davis’ exceptional legal ability, client advocacy, and success sets him apart from his peers.”

A member of the Loomis Law Firm since 1966, Davis works with the Business Transactions, Real Estate, Business Entities and Probate and Estate Law Departments. He has served on several international delegations to advise government leaders on trade and international tax matters for the development of a free market economy. 

Davis, who earned his law degree at Harvard University, was included in the 2019 Lawyers of Distinction, 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in America, as well as the 2019 Edition of Preeminent Lawyers, a rating he has maintained for over 25 years. He also is listed in the publication of Super Lawyers, Leading Lawyers and Top Lawyers, and recently received the Lexis/Nexis Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability Award. 

A recipient of the Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award by the Ingham County Bar Association, Davis has served as president of Lansing Rotary; chaired the Regional Blue Ribbon Panel on Retention of General Motors; was a long-time member of the Lansing School District Board of Education (twice serving as President); a former chair of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce; and served as chair of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP).

Clement named general counsel for Michigan Retailers Association

The Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) has announced the appointment of Thomas P. Clement as its General Counsel, effective Sept. 3.

Clement is currently General Counsel for the Michigan Supreme Court, where he manages litigation matters involving the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and the State Court Administrative Office. He also serves as the legislative liaison to the executive and legislative branches, representing the court on policy and legislative issues.

Clement has practiced law for 17 years. He joined the Supreme Court in 2016, after leaving the Michigan Attorney General’s Office as a Division Chief, where he supervised a team of 12 attorneys specializing in licensing and regulatory issues. He also played a key role in working with the Legislature and Governor’s Office to address the epidemic of prescription drug and opioid abuse.

Previously, he worked in private practice, primarily concentrating on state and federal criminal law and general civil litigation, after starting out as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Eaton County Prosecutors Office.

“Clement comes to us with expertise in several areas of the law,” said William J. Hallan, MRA’s incoming President and CEO. “He’ll be especially helpful to our members with his knowledge of issues involving the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. We’re thrilled to welcome him to MRA.”

Clement has formerly served on the State Bar of Michigan’s Criminal Jurisprudence and Practice Committee and the State of Michigan Community Corrections Board. He is a current member of a Supreme Court and Attorney General joint task force on elder abuse.

Clement received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and a Juris Doctorate from the Michigan State University College of Law. He lives in East Lansing with his wife, Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth T. Clement, and their four children.

Van Horn elected shareholder at Willingham & Cote

Joseph Van Horn has been elected to the status of Shareholder at the East Lansing law firm of Willingham & Coté, P.C. Van Horn has been with the firm a little over one year and is an essential part of the Medical Malpractice Defense team.

Van Horn primarily represents insurance clients involved in medical malpractice and no-fault insurance cases. 

In his years of representing physicians, he has been involved not only with medical malpractice defense, but also with medical practice formation and registration, licensing and disciplinary investigations, physician supervision rules, and compliance matters.  He also has extensive experience with health care law, having advised a number of health care organizations on complex health care statutes and topics while serving as general counsel. 

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