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J. Travis Mihelick of Giarmarco, Mullins, & Horton PC has received an “AV” Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, attaining the highest AV Preeminent rating. 

Mihelick focuses his practice in the area of defending municipalities, schools and other employers against a wide range of claims, including discrimination claims, labor and employment disputes, civil rights actions, police liability claims, negligence, intentional torts, and other general liability claims.  Mihelick has successfully represented his clients at all levels of litigation in both state and federal courts, including appellate courts.

Mihelick is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Eastern District of Michigan, the Western District of Michigan and the Northern District of Ohio.  

Mihelick graduated from Michigan State University, James Madison College. He received his law degree from Ave Maria School of Law.

In addition, John A. Anderson of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, PC has been appointed to the inaugural Ascension Michigan Market Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2015, for a 3-year term.   Anderson has also been appointed chair of the Ascension Michigan Market Quality and Patient Safety Committee.  Ascension operates 13 hospitals in Michigan. 

Anderson is the co-chair of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group representing health care providers ranging from large groups to individual physicians. He also represents Accountable Care Organizations, diagnostic providers, physical therapy providers, and home health agencies. He has experience as a business lawyer representing both middle-market clients and entrepreneurs, while a main focus of his practice is in health care law, primarily on the provider side.

Anderson also has experience working with business clients and banks, particularly in relation to loan workouts, forbearance agreements and foreclosures, as well as the civil and bankruptcy litigation related to such workout matters.

Anderson’s practice areas include all manner of business transactional and litigation matters, with an emphasis on banking and health care law, and the full spectrum of health care provider issues, including compliance matters, fraud and abuse, third-party audits, billing and reimbursement, Stark, Anti-kickback and licensing matters.

Anderson has been named as a Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine, and has been selected as a Best Lawyer, Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer by various publications.

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Collins, Einhorn, Farrell PC is pleased to announce that 11 attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America©.

Collins, Einhorn, Farrell would like to congratulate the following attorneys selected in their respective fields to the 2015 Best Lawyers in America list: David C. Anderson (Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants); Theresa M. Asoklis (Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants); Donald D. Campbell (Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law); Timothy F. Casey (Insurance Law); Brian D. Einhorn (Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants); Clayton F. Farrell (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants); Deborah A. Hebert (Appellate Practice, Insurance Law); Neil W. MacCallum (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants); Noreen L. Slank (Appellate Practice, Insurance Law, Medical Malpractice Law -- Defendants); Michael J. Sullivan (Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants); and Robert C. Tice (Litigation - Labor and Employment).


Additionally, three attorneys received the high distinction of being named Metro Detroit’s 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for their outstanding work. David C. Anderson was recognized for his work in Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Brian D. Einhorn for his work in Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Deborah A. Hebert for her work in Insurance Law. This marks the sixth year in a row that a Collins Einhorn lawyer has been so honored.

For nearly two decades, Anderson has successfully defended a wide variety of professional liability claims, ranging from legal malpractice to claims against accountants, insurance agents, and real estate appraisers. He has also successfully defended numerous corporations against product liability claims, including wrongful death cases. Over those years, he has gained considerable jury trial and arbitration experience. Anderson has been recognized since 2013 for his defense work in Legal Malpractice Law and Professional Malpractice Law by Best Lawyers in America. He has also been honored yearly as a Michigan Super Lawyer® as well as a listed “Top Lawyer” by DBusiness® numerous times.

Einhorn has been at the forefront of legal issues affecting lawyers, judges, courts, businesses and insurers for over 45 years. He has litigated numerous court cases and disciplinary proceedings that have shaped Michigan law – with issues ranging from lawyers’ potential liability to clients for defamation, to judicial candidates’ free speech rights. He continues to apply his considerable experience and expertise to complex professional malpractice, disciplinary, product liability, insurance coverage, and catastrophic personal injury litigation.

Einhorn has been recognized through numerous awards and accolades throughout his distinguished career, including the Earl J. Cline Award for Excellence by the State Bar of Michigan Negligence and the Excellence in Defense Award by the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. He is the past president of the State Bar of Michigan, and served as an officer on the State Bar’s Board of Commissioners for over 10 years.

Hebert specializes in insurance coverage law and also maintains an active appellate practice. She was one of the original members of the Insurance and Indemnity Law Section of the Michigan State Bar and currently reports on recent insurance coverage cases for the Journal of Insurance & Indemnity Law.

This is the second year that Hebert has been recognized by Best Lawyers for her work in Insurance and Appellate Law. She has also been listed by Super Lawyers® for the past 9 consecutive years, including being listed in the Top 25 Women Business Michigan Super Lawyers®, and the Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers®. Hebert has also been named a “Top Lawyer” by DBusiness® numerous times.

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Best Lawyers has recognized more than 20 attorneys at Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer, & Weiss as some of the “Best Lawyers in America” in their respective legal fields. Jaffe CEO William Sider made the announcement.

The following local Jaffe attorneys were included in the 2016 edition of the Best Lawyers in America:

Southfield Office
• Peter M. Alter: Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation, Real Estate Litigation.
• Christopher A. Andreoff: Criminal Defense – White Collar.
• Mark G. Cooper: Insurance Law, Insurance Litigation.
• Joel S. Golden: Trusts & Estates.
• Jeffrey G. Heuer: Bet-The-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation.
• Ira J. Jaffe: Closely Held Companies & Family Business Law, Corporate Law.
• Shirley A Kaigler: Trusts & Estates.
• Michael S. Khoury: Information Technology Law.
• Mark P. Krysinski: Real Estate Law.
• Elizabeth L. Luckenbach: Trusts & Estates.
• Eli Maroko: Immigration Law.
• Michael A. Rajt: Insurance Litigation.
• Louis P. Rochkind: Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency & Reorganization Law.
• Mark D. Rubenfire: Real Estate Law.
• Stephen G. Schafer: Banking & Finance Law, Public Finance Law.
• Brian G. Shannon: Appellate Practice.
• Julianne Cassin Sharp: Immigration Law.
• William E. Sider: Tax Law.
• Arthur H. Siegal: Environmental Litigation
• Peter Sugar: Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities & Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation.
• Holli Targan: Information Technology Law.
• Arthur A. Weiss: Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law.
• Jay L. Welford: Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency & Reorganization Law, Bankruptcy Litigation.
• Richard A. Zussman: Real Estate Law.

In addition, Best Lawyers has recognized three partners at Jaffe as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in their respective legal fields. Jaffe CEO William Sider made the announcement.

The following Jaffe partners were included into the 2016 edition of the Best Lawyers ‘Lawyer of the Year’ award:

Southfield Office
• William E. Sider: Tax Law.
• Mark G. Cooper: Insurance Litigation.
Southfield & Ann Arbor Office
• Peter Sugar: Securities & Capital Markets Law.

Sider serves as CEO, board member and partner in the Southfield office of Jaffe. He is a member of the firm’s taxation practice group where his expertise includes tax structuring, and implementation of creative and sophisticated transactions on behalf of Jaffe’s varied client base.

Sider also authors and lectures extensively on a variety of tax topics including equity incentives, real estate workouts, limited liability companies, REITs and angel investment strategies.

Cooper is a partner in the Southfield office of Jaffe. He is a member of the firm’s litigation practice group, where he specializes in complex commercial matters.  Cooper also regularly litigates, tries and arbitrates complex disputes. He has extensive first-chair experience in all facets of litigation, including numerous trials, arbitrations and other methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Sugar is a partner in the Southfield and Ann Arbor offices of Jaffe. He is a member of the firm’s securities regulation, acquisitions and divestitures, emerging business, and corporate practice groups. He specializes in securities regulation, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Sugar is also involved in all aspects of the formation, financing and governance of businesses, and has assisted several businesses in financing their start-up all the way through IPO.

The U.S. News-Best Lawyers has also recognized two Jaffe offices as a ‘2016 Best Law Firm’ in multiple legal fields. Jaffe CEO William Sider made the announcement.
The following Jaffe practice areas were honored into the 2016 edition of the ‘Best Law Firms’ list:

Ann Arbor Office—Metropolitan Tier 1
• Copyright Law
• Family Law
• Technology Law

Southfield Office—Metropolitan Tier 1

• Corporate Law
• Immigration Law
• Information Technology Law
• Mergers & Acquisitions Law
• Real Estate Law
• Tax Law

As an honoree within the 2016 ‘Best Law Firms’ list, Jaffe was recognized for it’s legal services in the practice areas above and earned consistently impressive ratings from its clientele and peers.

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Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that 102 of the firm’s attorneys in Michigan have been included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.
Local Dickinson Wright attorneys recognized on this year’s list include:

Detroit
Michelle L. Alamo, Litigation – Intellectual Property.
Dennis W. Archer, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment.
Richard M. Bolton, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law.
William T. Burgess, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy.
Lawrence G. Campbell, Commercial Litigation.
James N. Candler Jr., Gaming Law, Real Estate Law.
Christopher A. Cornwall, Construction Law.
Bernadette M. Dennehy, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law.
David R. Deromedi, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management.
Phillip J. DeRosier, Appellate Practice.
William E. Elwood, Tax Law.
K. Scott Hamilton, Appellate Practice.
Mark R. High, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law.
Edgar C. Howbert, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.
Steven G. Howell, Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy.
Timothy H. Howlett, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment.
W. Anthony Jenkins, Corporate Law, Municipal Law.
Kathleen A. Lang, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.
John K. Lawrence, Banking and Finance Law.
Kenneth J. McIntyre, Commercial Litigation.
Thomas G. McNeill, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions, Litigation – Securities.
Sharon R. Newlon, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental.
Francis R. Ortiz, Commercial Litigation.
James A. Plemmons, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Bankruptcy.
Robert F. Rhoades, Litigation and Controversy – Tax.
William P. Shield Jr., Banking and Finance Law.
James P. Spica, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates.
Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.
Bruce C. Thelen, International Trade and Finance Law.
Kathryn S. Wood, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment.
L. Pahl Zinn, Litigation – Antitrust.

Troy
Christian S. Allen, Immigration Law.
Timothy L. Andersson, Corporate Law.
John A. Artz, Patent Law.
Kevin M. Bernys, Trusts and Estates.
Margaret A. Coughlin, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental.
Roger H. Cummings, Corporate Law, International Trade and Finance Law.
Stephen E. Dawson, Real Estate Law.
Joseph W. DeLave, Litigation – Construction.
J. Benjamin Dolan, Litigation – Real Estate.
Terence M. Donnelly, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law.
Deborah L. Grace, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.
Roberta P. Granadier, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.
Henry M. Grix, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Trusts and Estates.
Hanley M. Gurwin, Family Law.
Craig W. Hammond, Banking and Finance Law, Public Finance Law.
William H. Honaker, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law.
Robert P. Hurlbert, Criminal Defense: White-Collar.
Monica J. Labe, Real Estate Law.
Judith Fertel Layne, Trusts and Estates.
Elise S. Levasseur, Immigration Law.
Christopher C. Maeso, Corporate Law.
Anna M. Maiuri, Environmental Law, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy).
Kelly M. Martorano, Environmental Law.
Cynthia A. Moore, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.
John H. Norris, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law.
Edward H. Pappas, Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Real Estate, Mediation.
Robert V. Peterson, Real Estate Law.
Daniel D. Quick, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Intellectual Property.
Robert L. Stearns, Litigation – Intellectual Property.
Sara Engle von Bernthal, Real Estate Law.
Peter H. Webster, Land Use and Zoning Law.
Rhonda D. Welburn, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law.
J. Bryan Williams, Corporate Law.
Mark E. Wilson, Health Care Law.
Laurence E. Winokur, Real Estate Law.
Paul M. Wyzgoski, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law.
Thomas V. Yates, Tax Law.
Katheryne L. Zelenock, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law.

In addition, Dickinson Wright is pleased to announce that six of the firm’s lawyers in Detroit have been identified as the leading practitioner in their practice area by Best Lawyers in America® 2016.

The following Dickinson Wright attorneys were selected as Best Lawyers in America® 2016 “Lawyer of the Year:”

Detroit
Steven G. Howell, Litigation – Bankruptcy.
Kathleen A. Lang, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.
James A. Plemmons, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

Troy
Roberta P. Granadier, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.
Anna M. Maiuri, Environmental Law.
Mark E. Wilson, Health Care Law.

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Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller PC is pleased to announce the addition of Danielle M. Spehar to its Executive Committee.

The announcement was made by the firm’s President and CEO, Steven D. Sallen.

A shareholder of the firm, Spehar serves as co-head of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group and is a member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.  Concentrating her practice in the areas of commercial real estate transactions, corporate and business law, she has particular expertise in the acquisition, financing and sale of multifamily housing developments, including HUD financing.  Additionally, Spehar has experience in commercial leasing and the acquisition, sale and development of shopping centers, commercial, industrial and office buildings. 

Spehar graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, earned a Master of Science in Business Administration from Wayne State University, and earned her law degree in 1998 from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. 

She is a member of the Real Property Section and the Commercial Real Estate Development and Ownership Committee of the State Bar of Michigan as well as the American Bar Association.

In addition, Maddin Hauser announced that 14 of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.

Of the 14, Harvey R. Heller, John E. Jacobs, Robert D. Kaplow, Richard J. Maddin, Richard F. Roth, and Steven M. Wolock were recognized in multiple practice areas.

Additionally, Charles M. Lax, who has been selected by Best Lawyers continuously since 2006, has been named Best Lawyers’ 2016 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Detroit. Last year, Harvey R. Heller was named Detroit “Lawyer of the Year” in the field of Insurance Law. 

Maddin Hauser’s 2016 Best Lawyers recipients, respective categories, and years honored, include:

Stuart M. Bordman, shareholder and chairman of Franchise and Distribution Practice Group; Franchise Law (2013-2016).
Mark R. Hauser, founder, CFO and Executive Committee member; Real Estate Law (1999-2016).
Harvey R. Heller, shareholder, Executive Committee member and chairman of Defense and Insurance Coverage Practice Group; Insurance Law and Legal Malpractice Law — Defendants (2003-2016).
John E. Jacobs, shareholder; Corporate Law and Real Estate Law (2009-2016).
Robert D. Kaplow, shareholder; Tax Law and Trusts and Estates (2013-2016).
Kathleen H. Klaus, shareholder; Legal Malpractice Law — Defendants (2013-2016).
Charles M. Lax, shareholder; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2006-2016).
Michael W. Maddin, founder, president emeritus and Executive Committee member; Real Estate Law (2003-2016).
Richard J. Maddin, Of Counsel; Construction Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation — Construction, Litigation — Land Use and Zoning, Litigation — Real Estate, and Real Estate Law (2008-2016).
Julie Chenot Mayer, shareholder; Professional Malpractice Law — Defendants (2015-2016).
Richard F. Roth, shareholder; Real Estate Law and Trusts and Estates (2013-2016).
Steven D. Sallen, president, CEO, and Executive Committee member, and co-chairman of Real Estate Practice Group; Real Estate Law (2010-2016).
Ronald A. Sollish, shareholder, Executive Committee member and chairman of Corporate/Employment Practice Group; Employment Law — Individuals (2013-2016).
Steven M. Wolock, shareholder; Legal Malpractice Law — Defendants, and Professional Malpractice Law — Defendants (2008-2016).

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Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy, & Sadler PLC is pleased to announce that nine lawyers have been named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers

Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy, & Sadler PLC would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list:

Edward C. Dawda, Corporate Law; Real Estate Law.
Theresa C. Joswick, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.
Curtis J. Mann, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law; Trusts and Estates.
Michael D. Mulcahy, Corporate Law; Real Estate Law.
William L. Rosin, Corporate Law.
Susan J. Sadler, Environmental Law; Litigation - Environmental; Litigation - Real Estate.
Leon M. Schurgin, Litigation - Real Estate; Real Estate Law.
Tyler D. Tennent, Environmental Law.
Suanne Tiberio Trimmer, Employment Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment.

In addition, Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy, & Sadler PLC attorney Edward C. Dawda was recently selected as 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Real Estate Law in the Troy area.

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Numerous Butzel Long attorneys have been chosen by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.

Moreover, the following local firm attorneys have been named Lawyer of the Year: Justin G. Klimko (Mergers and Acquisitions Law-Detroit); Robert A. Hudson (International Trade and Finance Law-Detroit); and, Ronald P. Strote (Construction Law-Bloomfield Hills).

The following local Butzel Long attorneys were selected for the 2016 edition:

Bloomfield Hills office
Ronald D. Bassey, Trusts and Estates.
Alexander B. Bragdon, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Litigation – ERISA.
Stephen A. Bromberg, Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law.
Beth I. deBaptiste (first year listed), Real Estate Law.
Carey A. DeWitt, Employee Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment.
Gordon W. Didier, Real Estate Law.
W. Patrick Dreisig, Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Corporate Governance Law.
Beth S. Gotthelf, Environmental Law.
D. Stewart Green, Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law.
Thomas Kabel, (first year listed), Real Estate Law.
Sheldon H. Klein, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Antitrust.
Bushra A. Malik, Immigration Law.
Daniel P. Malone, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability – Defendants.
Allan Nachman, Real Estate Law.
Max J. Newman, (first year listed), Bankruptcy and Creditor Debt Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law.
R. Peter Prokop, Corporate Law, Tax Law.
Richard E. Rassel, Commercial Litigation.
Dennis B. Schultz, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate.
Thomas L. Shaevsky, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation – ERISA.
Jack D. Shumate, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental.
Thomas C. Simpson, Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law.
David W. Sommerfeld, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates.
Ronald P. Strote, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction.
Daniel B. Tukel, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment.

Detroit office
Linda J. Armstrong, Immigration Law.
James C. Bruno, Corporate Law, International Trade and Finance Law.
Clifford J. DeVine, Commercial Litigation.
Arthur Dudley II, Corporate Law.
David F. DuMouchel, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law.
Eric J. Flessland, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction.
John P. Hancock Jr., Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment.
Robert A. Hudson, Corporate Law, International Trade and Finance Law.
Justin G. Klimko, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/ Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation.
Gary W. Klotz, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management.
Phillip C. Korovesis, (first year listed), Commercial Litigation.
Michael J. Lavoie, Commercial Litigation.
Mark R. Lezotte, Health Care Law.
Clara DeMatteis Mager, Immigration Law.
Donald B. Miller, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.
Reginald A. Pacis, Immigration Law.
James S. Rosenfeld, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment.
Bruce L. Sendek, Commercial Litigation.
William B. Slowey, Antitrust Law.
Nicholas J. Stasevich, Corporate Law.
James E. Wynne, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.

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Farmington Hills-based Fabian, Sklar, & King PC recently announced  that Founding Shareholder Michael H. Fabian has been named Best Lawyers’ 2016 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year.” Fabian, Sklar, & King PC Shareholder Stuart A. Sklar made the announcement.

This is the second time in the past three years that Fabian has been named Lawyer of the Year” in the insurance category.  More than 30 years of legal experience, results delivered, and dedication provided by Fabian has also earned him inclusion in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

In addition to his “Lawyer of the Year” honor, Fabian was also selected as a Best Lawyers for 2016.  Stuart Sklar and Jason Liss were also honored as Best Lawyers” for 2016.

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LeClairRyan is pleased to announce that Thomas T. Moga of its Detroit office was selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  He was listed under the practice areas of Litigation – Patent and Patent Law.

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Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that the firm has been named to the 2015 State Bar of Michigan’s Circle of Excellence for its commitment to pro bono and community service. 

The State Bar recognized Bodman at the “Leadership Level,” a designation given to firms that contribute more than thirty hours of pro bono work per attorney or give at least $500 per attorney in financial donations to approved organizations.

In 2014, Bodman attorneys devoted more than 5,400 hours of pro bono work to dozens of organizations and individuals. Highlights of the firm’s recent efforts include founding and coordinating a legal clinic at Detroit’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen and helping launch the Wayne County PPO Assistance Project, which assists victims of domestic violence obtain and defend their personal protection orders.

Bodman is one of only two firms in Michigan to employ a dedicated to pro bono counsel, Kimberley Paulson. Paulson joined Bodman in 2012 to focus on the firm’s pro bono efforts and works directly with individuals and organizations to coordinate these activities.

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Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that seventeen of its attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.

The Howard & Howard attorneys and the practice area under which they are listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 are as follows:

Dean W. Amburn, Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law.
Daniel H. Bliss, Patent Law and Trademark Law.
Thomas W. Davis II, Commercial Litigation.
Joseph J. DeVito, Corporate Law.
Trent K. English, Patent Law.
Lisa S. Gretchko, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; and Commercial Litigation.
Kristopher K. Hulliberger, Patent Law.
Michael V. Kell, Commercial Litigation.
Rodger A. Kershner, Energy Law.
Henry P. Lee, Trusts and Estates.
Miles T. Macik, Commercial Litigation.
Patrick M. McCarthy, Commercial Litigation; and Litigation – Intellectual Property.
Gerald E. McGlynn III, Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; and Patent Law .
Gwen Rutar Mullins, Construction Law.
Brad A. Rayle, Labor Law – Management.
Robert L. Rosenthal, Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation - Labor and Employment.   
Jeffrey A. Sadowski, Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; and Trademark Law.

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Patricia Nemeth, founder of Nemeth Law PC, a Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016.

Nemeth was recognized in the practice areas of Employment Law - Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation- Labor and Employment.

Nemeth founded Nemeth Law as a solo practitioner in 1992. The firm is now the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Nemeth’s areas of expertise include all aspects of traditional labor and employment litigation law, including complex employment investigations and analyses, discrimination/harassment, age, disability, sex, race, whistleblowers, wrongful discharge, union organizing activities and union issues, and multi-party lawsuits.  She is also an arbitrator and a certified mediator for all types of civil litigation, including employment. 

Nemeth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and law degrees from Wayne State University Law School.  She is an ABA Foundation Fellow and a member of the Michigan and Illinois state bars, Federal Bar Association, and the United States Supreme Court Bar.

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The Best Lawyers in America 2016 has recognized Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, and Cohn LLP as a “Top-Listed” firm in Michigan in 23 key practice areas (click here for list). 

Overall, 117 Honigman attorneys were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 list, including 4 lawyers from the firm’s new Chicago office. Thirteen Honigman attorneys received the designation “Lawyer of the Year.” 

Honigman has the most Best Lawyers® of any law firm in Michigan in the following 13 key practice areas:

• Bet-the-Company Litigation.
• Corporate Governance.
• Corporate Law.
• Government Relations Law.
• Health Care Law.
• Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law.
• Litigation and Controversy – Tax.
• Mergers and Acquisitions Law.
• Nonprofit/Charities Law.
• Real Estate Law.
• Securities/Capital Markets Law.
• Tax Law.
• Venture Capital Law.

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Eight attorneys from Williams, Williams, Rattner, & Plunkett PC in Birmingham have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016:  James P. Cunningham is a partner whose law practice focuses on family law; Robert B. Labe is a partner whose law practice focuses on business law, estate planning, trusts and estates and tax law; Robert A. Labelle is a senior attorney whose law practice focuses on real estate, municipal and environmental law; William T. Myers is an Of Counsel attorney whose law practice focuses on real estate law with an emphasis on residential and commercial development; Thomas G. Plunkett is a partner whose law practice focuses on commercial litigation, estate and trust administration and family law; Richard D. Rattner, is a partner whose law practice focuses on real estate, land use, zoning and corporate law; C. Kim Shierk is a partner whose law practice focuses on residential and commercial real estate development with an emphasis on condominium law as well as other forms of community property development and on telecommunications law; and R. Jamison Williams Jr. is a partner whose law practice focuses on corporate law, mergers & acquisitions law, and business and estate planning.
In addition, Donna Marie Medina of Williams, Williams, Rattner, & Plunkett has been recognized as one of the “2015 Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. 

The 2015 Women in the Law award recipients will be honored at a luncheon to be held at the Marriott in Troy on September 10. 

Medina’s family law practice involves all aspects of domestic relations including children’s issues, guardianships and private adoptions. She has demonstrated an ability to assist clients making difficult decisions often involving abusive relationships and the challenges of addiction.

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart PC recently announced that three attorneys from the firm’s Detroit (Metro) office were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016.

The Detroit-based Ogletree Deakins attorneys appearing on the 2016 Best Lawyers in America© list include:

• Margaret Carroll Alli (Education Law, Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment).
• Martin C. Brook (Employment Law - Management).
• Thomas A. Cattel (Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment).

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Brooks Kushman President Mark Cantor and Shareholders Frank Angileri, Marc Lorelli, John LeRoy, and Elizabeth Janda have been selected for inclusion in the 22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Brooks Kushman attorneys were recognized as 2016 Best Lawyers across a variety of intellectual property (IP) practice areas, including:

Mark Cantor – IP Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law and Trademark Law.
Frank Angileri – IP Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law and Trademark Law.
Marc Lorelli – IP Litigation.
John LeRoy – IP Litigation.
Elizabeth Janda –Trademark Law.

Angileri and Janda were also recognized as top lawyers in their practice areas in Detroit. Angileri was recognized as the “Best Lawyers’ 2016 Detroit Litigation – Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year,” while Janda was recognized as the “Best Lawyers’ 2016 Detroit Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year.”

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Potestivo & Associates PC is proud to announce it has been selected as one of “The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™” in the Metro Detroit area for the third year in a row in the annual state-wide competition. The firm will be honored at a ceremony in September where a representative from the firm will accept the award.

“This is a great honor for our firm,” said President and Managing Attorney Brian A. Potestivo. “We are thrilled to accept an award that recognizes the happiness, satisfaction, and development of our diligent employees.”

The firm was assessed based upon factors such as recruitment and orientation, employee achievement and recognition, effective communication, work-life balance, and community initiatives categories.

Potestivo & Associates PC has received similar awards in the past, including being named one of “Crain’s Cool Places to Work” and ranking in the “Detroit Free Press Top 100 Workplaces.”

As part of its ongoing commitment to recruit team members who contribute to the highest level of professionalism and integrity, Potestivo & Associates PC is also pleased to announce the hiring of Kathleen G. Conger who was welcomed on Monday, August 10. Based in the firm’s Rochester Hills office, she serves as compliance manager, supporting the firm’s Michigan and Illinois offices.

With more than 20 years of experience, Conger possesses a wealth of expertise in the mortgage lending and servicing industry. Before joining Potestivo & Associates, she gained experience as assistant vice president-territory manager at a leading financial institution. Some of her duties included managing default process improvements and law firm compliance. Prior to this role, Conger served as a compliance unit manager for a local law firm.

Conger has earned several global recognition awards as well as “Best Supporting Client Award.” Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and serving her community.

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