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GLOBAL OUTLOOK: Attorney sees the world with a wide-angle view
As a dutiful list-maker, Susan Leigh Brown gets a kick from checking off the next item on her to-do sheet.As an avid traveler, however, she figures theres one list shell never finish.The list of places Id like to visit is probably much too long to be completed by a full time lawyer whos pushing...
CHARTER CAPTAIN: Detroit native helps city map a new legal course
Attorney Jenice Mitchell Ford may not have known what was in store for her two years ago when she decided to run for election to a special commission tasked with rewriting Detroits city charter.She certainly underestimated the number of people who would campaign for one of the nine commissioner...
HIGH YIELDS: Firm's CEO promotes charitable culture
No matter how you stack it, count it, or spend it, $3 million is still a lot of money, even in these days of mega-million-dollar state lotteries.And if you still dont believe it, just ask one of the growing list of recipients who have received cash awards from the Royal Oak-based law firm of...
CHAMBER MUSIC: Sounds of Motor City strike a judicial chord
Heres how you can tell when youre with someone who has a real passion for music: a glint sparks in their eye and a lilt rises in their voice when they talk about the music they love. And they dont just relate how they like this song or that band; they talk about their experience with the music,...
WET BAR: A decked-out office
If Mike Litt didnt have A.D.D., he might be perfectly happy to stay put in his office overlooking Keans Marina in Detroit.The room, after all, pays homage to his love for all things nautical. Its filled with family antiques, diplomas and honors, and pictures of his two boys, who crafted the...
Twisted Rooster has much to crow about
Restaurants that use locally produced menu items rank high on my list of preferred places. If a kitchen makes its food from scratch, that eatery also makes my list. And, of course, when the prepared-from-scratch food, using locally and Michigan-produced goods, ends up as a first-class meal, its...
Personal Inquiry: Patricia Fresard
A Q & A with the Hon. Patricia Fresard, the first Hispanic female judge on the Wayne County Circuit Court, where she has served since 1998.Q. Which individuals do you most admire?A. My Dad for his ability and achievement and both my parents for bringing our family to the United States. Their...
Personal Inquiry: Lise Barrera
A Q & A with Lise Barrera, Wayne State Law grad and a partner with Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, where she is head of the firms Mortgage Banking Group.Q. What words do you live by?A. There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity. Tom Peters It pretty much says it all.Q. Where is your...
BOOM TIME: Lawyers helped write the book on fire, explosian investigations
When he first heard the news reports of a massive explosion that nearly leveled a furniture store in Wayne late last December, attorney Stuart Sklar figured he might be getting a call.Within a matter of a few days, Sklar was hip deep in the impending case, knee deep in the charred rubble of what...
DEPTH PERCEPTION: Jury consultant sees trial life in a far different light
Jurors often choose which team they want to be on based on their perception of the attorney involved in the case.Simple as that.Such is the view of Stephen Hnat, a renowned jury selection and trial strategy consultant based in Southfield.And such fundamental feelings by jurors can be easily...

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