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Chambers ranks Miller Johnson practice areas and attorneys among Michigan’s best

Chambers USA 2017 again ranked Miller Johnson among Michigan’s best in four practice areas: corporate/M&A, employee benefits & executive compensation, labor & employment, and general commercial litigation. Four attorneys were ranked as “notable practitioners,” two designated “rising stars,” and two more mentioned as key contacts.

Chambers provides independent rankings and editorial commentary since its founding in 2009.  The key to their legal directories and the validity of their awards is the in-depth, unbiased research of more than 170 highly qualified and experienced researchers. Here are some of their comments about Miller Johnson:

Corporate/M&A: Noted for its experience in acting for private and publicly held businesses... well placed to advise private equity firms and individual investors. Clients are impressed by the strength of the team, describing it as a group of “very capable attorneys” who take a “practical approach to complex legal matters.”

Jeffrey Ammon is a Notable Practitioner for the ninth consecutive year. Dustin Daniels is listed as a rising star for the first year. Sources state he is “highly responsive” and “able to focus on the issues that matter and propose creative solutions.” Erik Daly has been listed as a rising star since 2014. Clients single him out for his “sharp intellect, outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work well with counsel on the other side.”

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation: Offers extensive expertise on various types of benefit plan, including defined benefit pensions, employee stock ownership and cafeteria plans... nonqualified deferred compensation plans, issues arising from mergers and acquisitions. Clients find the firm to be “very knowledgeable about current trending topics” and “the services they have rendered are very cost-efficient and directly on point.”

James Bruinsma, listed as a Notable Practitioner since 2009, is ranked in the top band and is widely regarded as a “very knowledgeable.” Mary Bauman is well versed in assisting clients with establishment and termination of a range of employee benefit plans.  This is her seventh year as a Notable Practitioner.

Labor & Employment: Highly praised for its experience in management training and alternative dispute resolution. Clients say “they are responsive and always have our best interests at heart.”

Peter Kok is described as “a very accomplished lawyer;” listed as a Notable Practitioner since 2009.

Litigation: General Commercial has extensive trial and appellate experience, excelling in antitrust, financial services and employment-related litigation.  Also capable of a range of alternative dispute resolution matters... Sources highlight the team’s “strong commitment to clients’ long-term strategies.”

Andrew Portinga and David Gass are listed as key contacts.