LEGAL PEOPLE

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Sean H. Cook will be a featured speaker during a panel presentation hosted by Automation Alley on March 30. The program is titled, "How Will Changes in Tax Law Affect You and Your Business?" Cook will discuss changes in federal tax laws including: tax implications for employers under the Health Care Reform Act; year-end tax act provisions applicable to businesses and their owners; and, addressing the new requirements for disclosure of uncertain tax positions.

Cook's practice includes federal and state tax planning and controversy; general corporate law which covers shareholder and owner issues, choice of entity analysis and formation and dissolution transactions; commercial law covering contract review and UCC issues; merger and acquisitions; succession planning; estate and trust planning and administration; non-profit entities, and general tax planning and consultation.

He has helped clients buy and sell their businesses from structuring the transaction and handling the due diligence through closing and post-closing transactions. In the succession planning area, he has handled generation wealth transfers through a variety of mechanisms from traditional gifting to recapitalizations and family partnerships. In addition, Cook is a CPA with more than eight years experience with a national firm and a metro Detroit firm.

Cook has published a number of legal articles. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section, the American Bar Association, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a former adjunct professor at Walsh College, and served on the board of the Walsh College Alumni Association and as its president in 2000. He is currently a member of the Walsh College President's Advisory Council.

Cook serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) (2009-2012) and is a past chair of the MACPA Federal Tax Task Force.

Cook graduated from Wayne State University Law School (1995), Walsh College (M.S., Taxation, 1989) and University of Michigan (B.A., 1987). Cook was recently named by DBusiness as a Metro Detroit Top Lawyer for Tax Law and Nonprofit/Charities Law.

Additionally, Butzel Long attorney Robert M. Nemzin will be a featured speaker during the American Bar Association (ABA) Section Real Property, Trust & Estate Law 22nd Annual Spring Symposia on Thursday, April 28, in Washington, D.C. The topic for the roundtable presentation is: "Leveraging Increased Federal Gift Tax Exemptions for Gifts and Sales of Closely Held Business Interests in 2011."

Based in Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills office, Nemzin concentrates his practice in the areas of Estate and Succession Planning, Tax and Corporate law.

Nemzin is a graduate of New York University School of Law, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and the University of Michigan. Nemzin interned as a law clerk with The Findling Law Firm PLC where he had the opportunity to research, analyze and draft legal documents including trial and appellate motions, complaints, and affidavits. He served U.S. District Court Judge Bernard A. Friedman, Eastern District of Michigan, as a judicial intern where he performed a variety of duties including the legal analysis of pending cases and the preparation of memoranda to aid clerks and the judge in the disposition of pending civil and criminal matters.

Nemzin is admitted to practice in Michigan and New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Section of Taxation. He also is a member of the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section and serves as the co-vice-chair of the Young Lawyers Network. He served as a Fellow in the ABA Real Property, Trust & Estate Fellows Program, and other memberships include the State Bar of Michigan and the New York State Bar Association.

Nemzin's presentations include: "The Lifecycle of a Family Business Owner: Birth, Midlife Crisis, Death and Beyond!" at the 2010 ABA RPTE Spring Symposia; "Planning with Tenancies in Common--An Alternative to an FLP?" at the ABA Tax/RPTE 2009 Joint Fall CLE meeting; and "Recent Developments in Estate Planning and Estate Administration with Closely-Held Businesses" at the ABA Tax/RPTE 2008 Joint Fall CLE meeting.

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Kelley Cawthorne announced recently that former Michigan State Representative Marc Corriveau has joined the firm in an Of Counsel capacity. Kelley Cawthorne is a Lansing-based government relations firm co-founded by former Michigan Attorney General Frank J. Kelley and former House Republican Leader Dennis O. Cawthorne.

Corriveau served four years in the Michigan House representing western Wayne County. While in the Legislature, he chaired both the Health Policy Committee and the Ethics & Elections Committee. He also earned a reputation for working across the aisle to solve complex policy issues such as the bi-partisan effort to reform the Individual Health Insurance Market in Michigan.

Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Corriveau was president of The Corriveau Law Firm in Northville. Corriveau received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He is currently enrolled in the University of Michigan's Executive Master's Program specializing in Health Service Administration. He was as a reservist in the United States Navy until 2001.

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Christopher J. Moceri has been named partner at Southfield-based Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer, & Weiss PC. Jaffe CEO Richard Zussman made the announcement.

Moceri is a member of the firm's corporate practice group, focusing his practice on areas of complex business transactions, private company mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, private equity and general corporate matters.

Moceri earned his Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law. Moceri is a member of both the Oakland County Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan.

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Andrew B. Wachler of Wachler & Associates PC presented "Full Steam Ahead: Latest Developments in Medicare and Medicaid Audits," to an American Bar Association audience at the ABA's Emerging Issues Conference in New Orleans.

Wachler presented along with New York Medicaid Inspector General James G. Sheehan, on emerging legal issues related to the expansion of Recovery Audit Contractors to Medicare Parts C and D and Medicaid, current developments in the Medicaid Integrity Program and key Medicare Appeals Council decisions, along with the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on audits and strategies to for mounting an audit defense.

Wachler has been practicing health care law for more than 25 years. He counsels health care providers and organizations nationwide in a variety of health care legal matters. In addition, he writes and speaks nationally to professional organizations and other entities on health care law topics such as Medicare appeals, Stark and fraud and abuse, HIPAA, and other topics.

In addition, Christopher J. Laney has joined Wachler & Associates PC as an associate; Wachler & Associates' Managing Partner Andrew B. Wachler made the announcement.

Laney graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2010. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, Health Care Law Section and the Oakland County Bar Association.

Prior to law school, Laney earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Psychology from Michigan State University.

Laney practices in all areas of health care law and has experience defending Medicare, Medicaid, and private third-party payor audits, representing professionals in licensing disputes, and defending civil False Claims actions. He also provides assistance to clients in transactional and corporate matters.

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The Law Offices of Jermaine A. Wyrick PLLC is pleased to announce that Jermaine A. Wyrick was the keynote speaker for the Black History Month Celebration for the Black Law Student Association at Wayne State University Law School on Thursday, Feb. 24.

The National Black Law Student Association is an organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of black law students and effectuate change in the legal community. Wyrick was selected to speak based upon his role as an advocate for civil rights and equal justice in the Detroit community.

Wyrick is a 1993 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a 1996 graduate of Wayne State University Law School. Wyrick has practiced law since 1997. His commitment to helping people is apparent by his chosen areas of practice which include Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Family, Police Misconduct, and Probate Law. In January 2003, he was certified as a mediator by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

He is currently a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the National Bar Association, and the Wolverine Bar Association.

He has lectured for several organizations, including, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Lorman Education Services, and the NAACP George W. Crockett Community Law School. His civic activities, includes the Coleman A. Young Scholarship Foundation - Board of Directors, and the American Inn of Court for the University of Detroit Mercy Law School.

His awards include the University of Michigan, African American Alumni Council "Five under Ten" Award, and the United States Attorney Office Black History Month Award.

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The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the addition of trial lawyer Philip Kessler to direct the firm's expanding operations in New York City and lead the new office in metropolitan Detroit.

Kessler is a business litigator with 38 years of experience in state and federal courts. Thompson & Knight's metropolitan Detroit office, which will open in spring 2011, is the eleventh firm office and second in the United States outside of Texas.

Kessler concentrates his practice on business disputes on behalf of individuals and partnerships as well as public and private corporations. His experience includes litigation involving antitrust, bankruptcy, contracts, health care and pharmaceuticals, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and securities matters.

Kessler is a Fellow and former regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow of the American and Michigan State Bar Foundations, life member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and a trustee and National Membership chairman of the United States Supreme Court Historical Society. He also is ranked as one of America's leading business litigators by Chambers USA and has been listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" since 1987 in the areas of Antitrust Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Intellectual Property Litigation.

Kessler earned his law degree from the School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

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Michael P. Donnelly has been named a "2011 BTI Client Service All-Star" by BTI Consulting Group. One of only five attorneys chosen in Michigan and 318 worldwide, he joins a group of attorneys named solely and exclusively by clients in BTI's independent study as delivering the absolute best in client service.

Donnelly is a commercial litigation and antitrust attorney with Fraser Trebilcock's Detroit office.

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Rader, Fishman, & Grauer, a national intellectual property law firm, announced that it has elected Stefan D. Osterbur as a partner of the firm.

Osterbur joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2006. His practice includes all aspects of intellectual property matters, including domestic and foreign patent prosecution, preparation of legal opinions concerning patent infringement and validity issues, and litigation. He also counsels clients on intellectual property matters including patent portfolio management, infringement and clearance issues, and intellectual property transactions.

Osterbur earned his law degree from Wayne State University Law School and a B.S.M.E. with a Minor in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Kettering University (formerly know as GMI Engineering & Management Institute).

Published: Mon, Mar 14, 2011

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