Alumni Class Notes

 


 60's

 william William D. Booth ('62)
Mr. Booth, a senior partner at Plunkett Cooney, received the Outstanding Achievement Award sponsored by the Council of the Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The Council of the Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan selects the Outstanding Achievement Award winner in recognition of the individual's distinguished service to the legal community. Booth, who was on the firm's Executive Committee from 1975-1982 and was managing partner of Plunkett Cooney from 1982 to 1987, joined the firm in 1961. He focuses his practice in the areas of professional liability, architects' and engineers' liability, product liability and alternative dispute resolution. Recognized as one of the most accomplished attorneys in the nation, Booth has numerous honors and awards to his credit. He is also a member of numerous prestigious legal organizations, including the International Association of Defense Counsel, American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow) and the International Society of Barristers (Fellow).

Hon. John G. Cummings ('63)
The St. Clair County Bar Association recently honored retired District Judge John G. Cummings by naming the annual Professionalism Trophy Award in his name to the winning school in the Association-sponsored St. Clair County High School Mock Trial Program. Students were encouraged to emulate all the criteria used in the naming of this trophy (professionalism and integrity being a way of life in the member's career, promoting professionalism by creating an awareness and greater understanding of member responsibility in the Bar and community, and acting in both private and professional life in furtherance of the highest ideals of the legal profession).


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Joseph A. Golden ('67)
Mr. Golden, of law firm Pitt, McGehee, Palmer, Rivers & Golden, PC, was named the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award by the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The Award is presented to individuals who have made major contributions to the practice of labor and/or employment law, and reflect the highest ethical principles, among other requirements. Golden has lectured extensively throughout the U.S. on a variety of employment rights issues; is a founding member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, serving as its president from 1991 to 1993; has served on the governing Council of the American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law; and is currently on the Executive Board of the Michigan Employment Lawyers Association, an organization Golden founded in 1992. He is also a member of the American and Michigan Associations of Justice. In 2012, he became Chair of the Macomb County Bar Association's Masters Section and was inducted as a fellow to the State Bar of Michigan Foundation.


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Frederick W. Lauck (’69)
Mr. Lauck has penned a memoir, Children of the Greatest Generation: An Emotional History. Born and raised in Detroit, the trial lawyer and author writes in a lyrical story format about the events of his life. The book’s press release reads, “Turn to any chapter, any page and you land in the middle of an entertaining story where you see yourself, someone you know now, or someone you knew when. Jump on the author’s magic carpet ride and be transported through the compelling ‘lives and times’ of that most fortunate generation . . . Children of the Greatest Generation.”
 
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Robert H. Martin (’66)
Mr. Martin is now serving as a mediator in the practice of law, with a preference for the areas of construction and employment mediation. He served on the Board of Directors of the UDM Law Alumni Association for 25 years and was instrumental in establishing the criteria for the Alumnus of the Year award. Mr. Martin has received glowing recommendations from Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Cavanagh (’66) and Former Justice Maura D. Corrigan (’73). When asked to comment, Mr. Martin stated, “Success as a mediator comes in many different forms. In this instance, it’s bringing about the agreement between Justice Cavanagh and Justice Corrigan regarding myself as a mediator.”

 70's

Hon. Wendy Marie Baxter ('78)
Third Circuit Judge Wendy Marie Baxter was chosen by the Michigan Chronicle to receive the 2013 Women of Excellence Award. Judge Baxter received her Bachelor of Business Administration Management Degree from Eastern Michigan University, moving into business for herself, buying, rehabbing, and selling homes. She used her real estate license to finance her law school tuition. After working as volunteer in campaigns of Hubert Humphrey, Coleman Young and Judge Beverley Anne Jasper, she launched her own judicial campaign, winning a seat on the 36th District Court. Soon afterwards she moved to the Recorder's Court criminal bench where she helped to write the criminal jury instructions still in use by every jurist in Michigan today. She has landed on all her courts' executive committees, helping to shape court policy, and was at the helm of the Association of Black Judges of Michigan and The Mediation Tribunal. In addition to serving in Representative Assembly, the legislative governance body of the State Bar of Michigan, Baxter has served with distinction as a member of the Civil Division of the Wayne County Third Circuit Court bench. As a guest lecturer at the National Judicial College, Judge Baxter has shared her expertise in law. Recently, in recognition of her legal and business acumen, she was one of two judges selected to staff the newly created Business Court to serve the corporate community in dispute resolution.

 Maura Corrigan Hon. Maura Corrigan ('73)

Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services and former Michigan Supreme Court justice, Maura Corrigan has received a national award for her dedication to mentoring youth. Corrigan is one of four people honored with an "Excellence in Mentoring Award" from MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. She received the award at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., reports the Lansing State Journal. Since 2005, Corrigan has mentored young adults and has volunteered with programs to recruit mentors, maintain state funding and build partnerships. In addition, she was instrumental in passing Michigan's Voluntary Young Adult Foster Care Act, which extends foster care support and benefits to qualifying individuals until age 21. Corrigan served on the Supreme Court beginning in 1999, and was chief justice from 2001-2005. She left the high court in 2011 to oversee the DHS, at Governor Rick Snyder's request. From 1992-1998, Corrigan also served on the Michigan Court of Appeals, spending the last two years as chief judge.


 

Robert E. Graziani ('75)

Howard & Howard attorney Robert Graziani was named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2013 for his work in Insurance Coverage. Conducted as a survey through Law & Politics Media, Inc., attorneys are selected through a process which includes peer evaluation and independent research. Only five percent of the attorneys in Michigan were named to the Super Lawyers list. Mr. Graziani practices in the firm's Royal Oak, Michigan office.


 Gretchko-Photo Lisa S. Gretchko ('78)

Howard & Howard attorney Lisa Gretchko was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Ms. Gretchko was recognized for her work in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, and Insolvency and Reorganization Law. She was also named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2013 among the top 50 women lawyers in Michigan, and the top 100 lawyers in Michigan.


Stephen R. Howard ('76)
Stephen Howard, chairman of Beaumont Health System's board of directors, was named a Trustee of the Year by Modern Healthcare magazine. He was one of four health care trustees recognized across the nation in the magazine's February 11, 2013 issue, and the winner in the not-for-profit health care system award category. Mr. Howard has served the Beaumont organization as a trustee or board member for 18 years. During this time, he chaired five board committees, served as a member of nine others, and also served on the Beaumont Foundation board. He is a retired automotive business entrepreneur who successfully built and sold five manufacturing companies as founder, president and CEO of the Spearhead Group. He also served as president and CEO of Flow Robotic Systems in Wixom, Michigan and provides global consulting services to other manufacturing companies and boards of directors through the Spearhead Group.


Robert T. King (’73)
Mr. King, UAW president, delivered the keynote speech at the opening reception of the 64th annual Labor and Employment Law Conference at St. John’s in Manhattan, cosponsored by NYU Law School, Cornell ILR, and the American Arbitration Association. The theme of this year’s conference was The Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on the Workplace.
Keith J. Lerminiaux ('79)

Mr. Lerminiaux was appointed corporation counsel for the Oakland County Office of Corporation Counsel, where he has worked since 2000, most recently as deputy corporation counsel. Appointed to the position by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Mr. Lerminiaux assumed his new duties on May 1. Prior to joining Oakland County, he was a partner at Dickinson Wright PLLC from 1990-2000, and Vandeveer Garzia from 1980-1990. He began his legal career as an associate at Cummings McClorey in 1979.


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John J. Siciliano ('78)

Mr. Siciliano, from the firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, has been included in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America@. Recognized for his work in Workers' Compensation Law – Employers, Mr. Siciliano's labor and employment practice includes counseling employers on labor and employment issues, and representation of clients in NLRB, EEOC, OCRC, OSHA and arbitration proceedings. He has extensive experience defending employers in employment discrimination and wrongful discharge actions in both federal and state courts.


 

 talbot Hon. Michael J. Talbot ('71)

Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Michael J. Talbot was appointed by the Supreme Court to help with Detroit's 36th District Court budget crisis. Judge Talbot has spent much of his career in service to Detroit. While attending the U of D Law, he worked for the city of Detroit under the Jerome P. Cavanagh administration. In 1975, while in the private practice of law, he was appointed by Mayor Coleman A. Young to the Detroit Housing Commission; he served as a commissioner until he was appointed to the Detroit Common Pleas Court in 1978. In 1980, he was appointed to Detroit Recorder's Court. He was appointed to the Wayne Circuit Court in 1991 and to the Court of Appeals in 1998. Judge Talbot helped draft Michigan's Crime Victim's Rights Act and served on the State Bar of Michigan's Special Committee on Victims of Crimes. A past chair of the State Bar's Criminal Law Section, he is a recipient of the State Bar of Michigan Service Award and the Michigan Corrections Association Judicial Servant Award. He currently chairs the Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review for the Michigan Supreme Court. Judge Talbot was named the UDM Law Alumnus of the Year in 2012.


 

David M. Thoms ('79)

Mr. Thoms, a principal at Miller Canfield in Troy, Michigan, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of trustees of Madonna University, a Catholic and Franciscan university located in Livonia committed to teaching, scholarship and service. Long active in the educational community, Mr. Thoms' service includes being a longtime board member and current president of the Alliance Francaise de Grosse Pointe. He is a trustee and executive committee member of the Michigan Colleges Foundation, and a trustee of Kalamazoo College. He was previously involved in fundraising for UDM. At Miller Canfield, Mr. Thoms assists clients with their business, estate and succession planning matters as well as assisting non-profit and charitable organizations with policy, tax, compliance, governance and fundraising.


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Alan Tilchen (’72)
After practicing law, Alan Tilchen decided he could help people even more by combining his legal expertise with his undergraduate degree in business to assist them with their personal financial goals. He established The Tilchen Corporation in Birmingham, Mich., an independent insurance and financial services business, to do just this.  "Becoming financially independent, and remaining financially independent, means people can reach their career goals, support their families and give back to their communities," says Tilchen.

Understanding wills, trusts, accounting and tax planning can be daunting for any person. Acting as a facilitator, Tilchen works with his clients' attorneys, CPAs, and other advisors. Tilchen combines his knowledge of these areas with his expertise in financial tools, such as life and disability insurance, long-term care options and mutual fund investments.

"When I was a UDM student, so many students had to pay their own way. I worked in many different jobs and as a substitute teacher, while studying for my law degree. Today, I help families identify their goals so they can set aside funds for their children's college education and their retirement," Tilchen says. "Having a plan means a better standard of living, less stress and more peace of mind as we cycle through life's challenges."

Tilchen also provides guidance on how individuals can give back to their schools, religious organizations, churches or social services as part of their estate planning. "Leaving a legacy is very important for many people. Yes, they want to leave their children an inheritance, but they also want to build a better world," says Tilchen.

Tilchen believes in the UDM philosophy to serve and is very active in the community working behind the scenes to improve lives. A key component of his legacy will include his daughter, Lindsay. She joined his company in 2001. "Lindsay grew up discussing economics at the dinner table," says Tilchen. "She also believes that we are here to serve and help others find success."


 

 

Norman D. Tucker ('71)
Mr. Tucker was selected to receive the 2013 Earl J. Cline Award for Excellence from the Negligence Council, recognizing his superb skills as an attorney in the field of negligence law and dispute resolution. He was honored during the Annual Past Chairpersons dinner on May 17, 2013. Mr. Tucker, an attorney at Sommers Schwartz, has more than 30 years' experience in plaintiff's medical malpractice, birth related injuries, obstetrical and neonatal care, and anesthesia mishaps. He co-authored the two definitive reference books on the subject, Handling Birth Trauma Cases, Volume I and II. He has been an invited speaker at more than 100 seminars, workshops, panel discussions, law school classes and medical conferences, and was one of the few attorneys in the nation invited to speak at the Boston University School of Medicine's Annual Conference on Obstetrics, Gynecology, Perinatal Medicine and the Law. His experience and meticulous attention to detail has resulted in yearly multi-million dollar recoveries for clients.
 Bruce VandeVusse Bruce Vande Vusse ('78)

The law firm of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC selected its officers for the 2014 executive committee. Attorney Bruce Vande Vusse, of the firm's Farmington Hills, MI office, was elected to serve as the Vice President of the Southeast Michigan Office. As shareholder at Foster Swift, Mr. Vande Vusse focuses his practice in the area of professional liability defense, representing hospitals and their various affiliates, including physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers. In addition, he also handles civil litigation matters in state and federal courts, both at the trial and appellate levels, and in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution forums. He completed his undergraduate degree at Calvin College.


 Sharon Woods Sharon M. Woods ('71)

Best Lawyers has named Sharon M. Woods as Detroit Professional Malpractice Defense Lawyer of the Year for 2014. Ms. Woods specializes in business litigation, including commercial and complex litigation, construction, securities, intellectual property litigation, employment litigation, class action litigation, professional malpractice defense, and alternative dispute resolution. She is a senior member of BSDD and is chairman of its litigation department. She is a fellow and former regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers.


 80's

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Jennifer Andreou ('85)
Ms. Andreou was elected to Plunkett Cooney's Board of Directors. Ms. Andreou, who previously served as a member of the board of directors from 2006 to 2009, is one of the firm's most experienced trial attorneys and co-chairs Plunkett Cooney's Medical Liability Practice Group. A member of the firm's Mt. Clemens office, she focuses her practice exclusively in the areas of medical liability litigation and licensure actions against medical professionals.


Henry B. Cooney ('80)

Mr. Cooney, President and CEO of Plunkett Cooney, was named chair of the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference for the Detroit Regional Chamber. Mr. Cooney, who has led Plunkett Cooney since 1998, has been a longtime member of the Chamber's board of directors. The 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference drew approximately 1,500 attendees. The 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference will take place May 28 through May 30. In addition to his service as a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber, Mr. Cooney also serves on several other nonprofit boards, including the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion, Life Directions, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and the American Heart Association – Southeast Michigan.


Hon. Arthur J. Cotter ('85)

Judge Cotter was appointed to the 5th District Court in Berrien County, Michigan by Governor Rick Snyder. The Berrien County prosecuting attorney since 2006, Judge Cotter spent 27 years in the prosecutor's office, having previously served as chief assistant prosecutor, chief trial attorney, assistant prosecutor of the family division, and assistant prosecutor to the criminal trial staff. He will serve the term through January 2015, needing to seek election for a full six-year term in November 2014.


Timothy R. Damschroder
Timothy R. Damschroder ('88)

Bodman attorney Timothy R. Damschroder was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to a four-year term on the newly created Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board. The Fund's purpose is to benefit the health and wellness of Michigan residents with a focus on programs for children and senior citizens. Under a new law, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will contribute up to $1.56 billion to the Fund over 18 years. Mr. Damschroder is based in Bodman's Ann Arbor office. He chairs the Business Practice Group and is a member of the firm's executive management committee. An active community volunteer, Damschroder serves on the board of directors of the Washtenaw County Red Cross, the board of directors of the Washtenaw County United Way, the Major Gifts Committee of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and various committees of Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor.


 

Robin Ferriby ('87)
Vice President of Philanthropic Services for the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Robin Ferriby, was selected to serve as a member of the Michigan Nonprofit Council for Charitable Trusts. The Council acts as a communication vehicle to the Attorney General on issues related to charities and charitable giving in Michigan. A past shareholder of Berry Moorman P.C. and a former senior associate at Clark Hill PLC, Mr. Ferriby also serves on the Legislative and Regulatory Action Team of the Community Foundation Leadership Team of the Council of Foundations, providing comment on federal legislation and regulation affecting charitable giving and tax-exempt organizations. Ferriby currently is the president of The Advancement Network, Inc., a national nonprofit educational organization for development and donor service officers at community foundations. His past legislative involvement includes serving as co-author of the repeal of the Michigan inheritance tax, testifying on the repeal of the Michigan intangibles tax, and significant participation in the drafting and passage of the Michigan Estates and Protected Individuals Code (the probate code).
Beth S. Gotthelf ('85)

Mrs. Gotthelf was profiled in the Detroit Legal News for her work in environmental law. Now a shareholder in Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills office, she is co-chair of the Energy & Sustainability practice, chair of the Aerospace & Defense industry team, and the firm's new Director of Innovation and External Relations. She has specialized in environmental law since 1986, when she took on her first environmental case. Since then she has authored several articles, given presentations, created the first Wetland Bank in Michigan, and been responsible for the remediation, re-use, and redevelopment of local land. Mrs. Gotthelf is active in both the state bar and American Bar Association, the non-profit Women to Work Program, Michigan Israel Bsuiness Bridge, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, and many other organizations. She participates annually in the MS 150 – a 150-mile bike ride fund-raiser in the battle against multiple sclerosis.


John Keenan ('80) and Jan (Austin) Keenan ('80)
The attorneys at Keenan & Austin, P.C., a family owned and operated law firm in Redford, MI, have built a responsive website, understanding that consumers are looking for information more often on their phones and computers than in the yellow pages. Due to this fact, they plan to increase their investment into their online real estate, an important move for small business owners in an increasingly competitive market with large, brand name competitors. John Keenan has been involved in the community in the past as a Parks Commissioner and member of the Planning Commission in Redford, and Jan has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and is a standing member on the Downtown Development Authority. Mr. and Mrs. Keenan have been in business since 1982 and practice in Bankruptcy, Wills, Living Trusts, Real Estate Law, Personal Injury, Divorce, Probate, LLC's and Estate Planning.
 OCallaghan Michael_J_300dpi Michael J. O'Callaghan ('89)

Mr. O'Callaghan, from the firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, has been included in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America@. Recognized for his work in Environmental Law, Mr. O'Callaghan has extensive experience in representing clients in RCRA, CERCLA, EPCRA and TSCA matters. He also regularly represents clients in a variety of commercial transactions involving environmental issues, including mergers and acquisitions and brownfields redevelopment projects.


 

 Beth Rae ODonnell Elizabeth Rae-O'Donnell ('87)

Mrs. Rae-O'Donnell has joined the law firm of Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) as an attorney in the Livonia, Michigan office. She focuses her practice on municipal law and labor and employment law. Prior to joining CMDA, Mrs. Rae-O'Donnell served as the assistant city attorney for the City of Southfield where she practiced all areas of municipal law, including prosecutions, tax appeals, zoning and planning, Freedom of Information Act and labor and employment matters. She is currently on the City of Farmington Hills Planning Commission.


 sallen Steven D. Sallen (’84)
Mr. Sallen, President and CEO of Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller, PC, was among the featured panelists at the International Council of Shopping Center (ISCS) Michigan Idea Exchange at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. He participated in a discussion titled, “My Loan Went to the Special Servicer. Now What?” Mr. Sallen concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate law, environmental law, and corporate law.

Hon. Melanie Stanton ('89)
The first ever female judge in Grand Traverse County history, Hon. Melanie Stanton was sworn in as judge of the county's probate court on January 2. Judge Stanton plans to maintain the use of specialty courts, like current juvenile sobriety and mental health courts. She also hopes to use the nonprofit Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council to access and improve the literacy of parties in her court. She replaced two-term Probate Judge David Stowe, who did not seek re-election. Judge Stanton was a nurse before she became an attorney. She's practiced family and probate law for more than two decades, and spent time as an assistant prosecutor in Leelanau County.


 Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan ('83)
For the third consecutive year, Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff, P.C. Shareholder and President Michael J. Sullivan was named the 2013 Detroit Professional Malpractice Law — Defendants "Lawyer of the Year." Sullivan has nearly 30 years of litigation experience. In the professional liability arena, he has defended attorneys, physicians, accountants, architects, engineers, real estate appraisers, real estate brokers and title agents in defense of significant claims involving personal injury, property damage and business loss. The UDM Law alumnus also has substantial experience in product liability litigation, and maintains an active general civil litigation practice, including business disputes, insurance disputes, and personal injury defense.


90's 

 Amburn-Photo Dean W. Amburn ('92)

Howard & Howard attorney Dean Amburn was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Mr. Amburn was recognized for his work in Trademark Law. Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners. The firm has offices in Michigan, Illinois, and Nevada.


Brian20pr Brian M. Akkashian ('96)
Mr. Akkashian joined Anthony R. Paesano at Paesano, PLC to form Paesano Akkashian, PC in downtown Birmingham, MI. Paesano Akkashian, PC specializes in corporate and business litigation and transactional work as well as estate and trust planning.

 

Hon. Stephen P. Carras ('94)

Judge Carras, of the 75th District Court in Midland, Michigan, will serve as chief judge of Midland County's circuit, probate, and district courts. He was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court. Judge Carras previously served as chief judge pro term of the Midland courts. He succeeds the former chief judge, and will serve the balance of the term which ends December 31, 2013.


 Michael M_Antovski Michael M. Antovski ('97)

Michael Antovski has joined Detroit-based law firm Bodman PLC as a member of the firm's Business Practice Group. Antovski is based in Bodman's Detroit office. He concentrates his practice in representing business clients, including corporations, LLCs, and partnerships, in matters involving tax planning, acquisitions and dispositions, and general corporate law. Before joining Bodman, Antovski practiced with another large Detroit-area business law firm. He has authored several articles, lectures on tax-related topics, and is a contributor to the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). Antovski served two terms as chair of the Oakland County Bar Association Tax Committee (2008-2009 and 2009-2010) and one term as vice chair (2007-2008). He serves as an officer on the State Bar of Michigan Tax Section Council. He has been named a "Rising Star" by Michigan Super Lawyers in Business/Corporate, M&A, and Tax Law. Antovski is fluent in Macedonian.


Randal Cole ('96)
Mr. Cole, a member of the firm of Dawda Mann, delivered a presentation before the American Society of Employers Conference Employment Law Workshop, titled "Terminations from A through Z and Minimizing the L (Lawsuits)." Cole, a Bloomfield Hills resident, concentrates his practice on labor and employment law, including employment defense litigation. He has represented clients before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. Cole has authored several articles on the Family Medical Leave Act and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Problem Resolution Procedure. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section, and has served as vice-chairman and chairman of the Oakland County Bar Association's Employment and Labor Law Committee.


David C.C. Eberhard ('94)
The law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP named new partners, including David C.C. Eberhard, who is the co-chair of the firm's Construction Law Practice Group and focuses his practice in the areas of real estate, construction, financial services, corporate and business law. He serves on Business Advisory Board for Macomb-Oakland University INCubator and on the boards of the Church Extension Fund, Historic Trinity Lutheran Church and Lutheran Heritage Foundation. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, ABA, State Bar of Michigan and Macomb County Bar Association.


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Terese L. Farhat (’91)
Ms. Farhat joined the Birmingham, Michigan office of Clark Hill, PLC as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. Her expertise involves numerous aspects of health care law, including litigation, transactional matters, regulatory compliance, labor and employment, risk management and patient safety, and medical investigational research involving human participants. In addition to providing health care legal services to various clients, she is the director of the firm’s Health Care Compliance Program.
 
 Faunce Sisters2 Hon. Jennifer M. Faunce ('90)
Judge Faunce, a Warren district court judge, was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the Macomb County Circuit Court bench. A native of Warren, Michigan, Judge Faunce began serving her first term in 2003 at 37th District Court, which serves Warren and Center Line. She was a Republican state representative for Warren and Sterling Heights from 1999-2003 and chaired the House criminal justice committee. Previously, she was a Macomb County assistant prosecutor. Judge Faunce is a member of the Michigan and Macomb County bar associations, and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, among other community groups.
Philip D. Fracassa ('96)

Philip Fracassa will be named chief financial officer of an independent publicly traded company when the Timken Company separates its steel business from its bearings and power transmission business via a spinoff next year. Until Mr. Fracassa becomes chief financial officer of the $3.4 billion global bearings and power transmission-focused Timken Company, he will continue to lead planning and development at Timken and assumes new responsibility for overseeing the project management office charged with facilitating the split of the two businesses. Mr. Fracassa was named senior vice president of planning and development in 2012. He joined Timken in 2005 and held a variety of senior finance positions including vice president of tax, senior vice president of tax and treasury, and senior vice president and group controller of B&PT.


John Hale_photo John P. Hale ('94)

Mr. Hale was named to the Board of Directors of the Detroit Opera House. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and is President and co-owner of Corporate Travel Service, Inc. in Dearborn Heights, MI.


 

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Mark D. Kleinlein ('95)
Mr. Kleinlein has joined the firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in its Insurance Department's Captive Insurance Practice Group, working in the firm's Detroit Office. Mr. Kleinlein brings a wealth of experience to Honigman from an 18-year career as an attorney, and as a former insurance broker and claims manager. He will assist clients with captive insurance matters, including feasibility studies, captive formations and ongoing operations. His experience includes policy drafting and interpretation, reinsurance contract review and coverage analysis. In addition to his J.D., Mr. Kleinlein holds an MBA with honors in risk management and insurance from the University of Wisconsin. He also earned a B.A. in political science and pre-law from Michigan State University.


 Lytle Mark D. Lytle ('90)
At the 60th Annual Attorney General's Awards Ceremony, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Lytle was honored with the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, the second highest award for employee performance bestowed by the Department. The award recognized the investigation and prosecution of former New Orleans Congressman William J. Jefferson for corruption-related offenses. Jefferson was convicted and is serving a 13-year prison sentence in Texas, the longest sentence ever imposed for a current or former member of Congress. The Jefferson prosecution was one of 14 awards presented for Distinguished Service. Also included in the award were Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rebeca Bellows and Jack Hanly and Technical Assistant Jermaine Ragin from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia; Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section Charles Duross; and FBI Special Agents John Longmire and Timothy Thibault and retired Special Agents Edward Cooper and Daniel Gallagher.
 McCarthy-Photo2 Patrick M. McCarthy ('93)

Howard & Howard attorney Patrick McCarthy was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Patrick M. McCarthy was recognized for his work in Commercial Litigation. He was also named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2013 for his work in Business Litigation, placing among the top 100 lawyers in Michigan.


John A. Mullett ('93)

Mr. Mullett has joined the Grand Rapids office of McGraw Morris P.C. He comes to McGraw Morris as a seasoned defense attorney with more than 20 years of experience. His practice areas include professional liability, insurance defense, coverage review, municipal litigation and business law. Mr. Mullett has litigated cases to successful completion in Michigan's state and federal courts and has prevailed at the state and federal appellate level. Throughout his career, he has also served as a mediator for many complex, high-exposure matters across the United States and District of Columbia, and been retained as an expert/consultant in professional liability cases.


 Mark Nettleton Mark Nettleton ('95)

The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) has awarded the Distinguished Municipal Attorney of the Year award to attorney Mark Nettleton of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC, Grand Rapids. The award is given for outstanding contributions to the practice of municipal law on behalf of cities and villages throughout Michigan, and acknowledges the highest level of professional accomplishment while also serving their colleagues through professional organizations. Nettleton serves as the Village Attorney for the Village of Middleville, and is general and special legal counsel for numerous villages, cities, townships, counties and public authorities throughout Michigan. He specializes in the public finance needs of Michigan's municipalities. He is a member of MAMA as well as the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Public Corporation Law Section, National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Grand Rapids Bar Association. He also serves on the board of directors for the Public Corporation Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Nettleton chairs Mike Meyers Local Government Practice Group.


Gabriel Orzame, Jr. ('94)
Mr. Orzame was named to head the legal department of Macomb County, Michigan. The appointment to corporation counsel was announced by County Executive Mark Hackel. Mr. Orzame brings nearly two decades of varied legal experience to the position. For the past 13 years, he has done in-depth legal research and provided counsel to courts in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Mr. Orzame spent five years as a research attorney for the Macomb County Circuit Court and the past four years as a management analyst for the U.S. District Court in Detroit.
Tony20PR Paesano Anthony R. Paesano ('99)
Mr. Paesano began Paesano, PLC in downtown Birmingham, MI. Brian M. Akkashian ('96) joined Paesano to form Paesano Akkashian, PC. Paesano Akkashian, PC specializes in corporate and business litigation and transactional work as well as estate and trust planning. 
Alan T. Rogalski ('90)

Mr. Rogalski is now the co-chair of the Life Sciences Industry Group for Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. He will share leadership responsibilities of the 12-attorney practice group, which provides counsel in the U.S. and foreign patent license applications, FDA regulatory compliance, product liability, licensing and technology agreements, technology transfer and related areas to assist companies from multi-national firms to start-ups. Mr. Rogalski is a licensed clinical pharmacist, bringing to his new role with the firm nearly two decades of experience in counseling physicians, hospitals, health plans, pharmacies, universities and other healthcare providers. He practices in the firm's Southfield, Michigan office.


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Robert S. Abramson ('05)
Mr. Abramson has been named a shareholder in the law firm of Kopka, Pinkus, Dolin and Eads. He specializes in defending first-party, third-party, and uninsured motorist cases.
Abed A. Ayoub (’05)
Mr. Ayoub is now the Legal Director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in Washington, D.C. He served as moderator for a two-hour panel on civil rights that was televised on C-Span2. The ADC hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to highlight the positive relationship between Arab-American communities and law enforcement.
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Nicole M. Baker ('06)

Attorney Nicole Baker recently joined the Business Law Department of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest's oldest and largest full-service law firms. A member of the firm's Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office, Baker focuses her practice in the areas of real estate law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and corporate law. She represents hedge funds, venture capital groups and private equity investors, as well as regional and local businesses in complex financial transactions. In addition, Baker has extensive experience advising clients with respect to corporate formations, governance issues, corporate compliance and various aspects of commercial litigation.


 

Luke Britt ('05)

Mr. Britt was appointed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to serve as the Indiana Public Access Counselor. In his new role Mr. Britt will provide advice and assistance concerning Indiana's public access laws to members of the public, government officials and state employees. Britt is an experienced attorney who most recently served as a litigation attorney for the Indiana Department of Child Services, advising the agency on various program and legal areas. He previously worked at the Indiana State Department of Health and R. Lee Money law firm in Greenwood, Indiana.


 

Ryann O'Boyle Bunch ('04)
Mrs. Bunch is now an associate attorney for Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller, P.C. She specializes her practice in lending and finance and real estate. Prior to joining the Southfield-based law firm, Mrs. Bunch was an associate attorney at both Kelly, Whipple, Zick and Keyes, P.L.L.C. in Port Huron, MI and Bodman, PLC in Troy, MI. She also served as an intern at the Saint Clair County Prosecutor's Office in Port Huron. A member of the Michigan Bar Association and St. Clair County Bar Association, Mrs. Bunch earned her bachelor's degree, with high distinction, from the University of Michigan, and her juris doctor, magna cum laude, from UDM Law. While in law school, she was editor-in-chief of the Law Review.


Timothy J. Burns ('00)

Mr. Burns won a seat representing Oakland County in the 2013 State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners election. He will serve a three-year term, expiring at the close of the 2016 Annual Meeting. The State Bar Board of Commissioners provides oversight to the various operations of the Bar, such as finance, public policy and member services. A solo practitioner for ten years, Mr. Burns' practice focuses on criminal defense, estate planning, probate court representation, contract law, small business representation and consumer protection advocacy. He was one of the first attorneys in Michigan to earn an ICLE probate law and estate planning certificate and is a founding participant of the Oakland County Bar Association Inns of Court.


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Kathleen S. Corpus (’00)
Ms. Corpus joined Whiteford Taylor & Preston’s Products Liability & Environmental Litigation group as a partner in the firm’s new office in Dearborn, Michigan. Ms. Corpus, who was previously at LeClair Ryan, focuses on product liability and commercial litigation. In particular, she has handled asbestos discovery matters nationwide on behalf of one of the “Big Three” auto companies based in Michigan.

Susan Dabaja ('04)

Susan Dabaja celebrated a milestone on Tuesday, November 5, coming in first place in Dearborn, Michigan's City Council race for council president. The first-time candidate won after a tight race that had her and incumbent city council president, Tom Tafelski, neck and neck until all of the City's 56 precincts had been counted. She won by 32 votes. Her four-year term begins January 1. Ms. Dabaja said her goal wasn't to finish first, it was to be in the top seven and earn a seat on the council. Her goal now is to give back to the community and promote unity.


 

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Zenna Faraj Elhasan (’04)
Ms. Elhasan was appointed by Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano (’77) to lead the Wayne County Corporation Counsel’s office. She was previously a partner in Allen Brothers, Attorneys & Counselors, PLLC, and also served as a magistrate and probation director of the 20th District Court in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. Ms. Elhasan is an active member of the Arab American community and serves on the advisory board of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and as secretary for the Arab American Political Action Committee.

Bernard J. Fuhs ('06)
Mr. Fuhs, an attorney with Butzel Long, was named to Crain's Detroit Business' 2012 Class of "40 Under 40." At 31 years old, Mr. Fuhs, a Novi resident, was highlighted by Crain's Detroit Business as an expert on non-compete and trade secret law, having successfully litigated and counseled clients in all 50 states. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation. Crain's Detroit Business also focused on Mr. Fuhs' work as a television color analyst for outlets including the Michigan High School Athletics Association Network and ESPN. Mr. Fuhs is a former basketball player for the University of Detroit Mercy, 1999-2003.


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Jonathan Hannah ('08)

Jon Hannah is an Associate Director of Foundation Relations at the University of Notre Dame. Jon is a member of the Academic Advancement team and works with several university institutes and the School of Law.


 

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Ziyad I. Hermiz (’08)
Mr. Hermiz, an attorney in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, was elected Vice President of the Chaldean American Bar Association (CABA). He previously served on the Board of Directors of the CABA.

J. Patrick Howe ('05)

Howard & Howard attorney J. Patrick Howe was named to Michigan Rising Stars 2013 for his work in Administrative Law. Conducted as a survey through Law & Politics Media, Inc., attorneys are selected through a process which includes peer evaluation and independent research. Only two and one half percent of the attorneys in Michigan were named to the Rising Stars list.


Loukas Kalliantasis ('08)

Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis has been named one of this year's Top 5 Under 35 by the Ingham County Bar Association. The announcement came at the 5th Annual Barristers Night, an event honoring recipients based on knowledge of the law, professionalism and contribution to the legal community as well as the community at large. Nominated for his work ethic, Kalliantasis is a member of Fraser Trebilcock's Business and Tax Department, as well as the firm's Trusts and Estates Department. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council. He is also a member of Grand River Connection and the ICBA Probate and Trust Law Section. In 2013, he received a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate planning, issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Additionally, Kalliantasis was named a 2013 "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers.


Ryan Kelly ('08)
Mrs. Kelly was sworn in as the president elect of the Oakland County Women's Bar Association. This was just the latest of her recent accomplishments. Mrs. Kelly has become a well-known and respected family attorney in Michigan, being recognized by "Michigan Rising Stars" in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and by Super Lawyers Magazine. She serves on the Michigan Family Law Advisory Board.  Her parents and younger brother are also graduates of UDM Law.


Storm T. Kirschenbaum (’03)
Mr. Kirschenbaum was honored by Detroit’s business journal, dbusiness, with the Thirty in their Thirties Award. The award is given to regional business professionals in their 30s who are advancing their companies, industries, and communities. He is the President of Metis Sports Management, LLC, a leading baseball and football representation firm in Michigan. He is a Certified MLBPA Player Agent and NFLPA Contract Advisor. He has represented over 140 professional athletes in Major League Baseball and the National Football League.

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Mr. Macik is now a shareholder in the firm Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. He practices out of the firm's Royal Oak, MI Office, focusing his practice on a wide range of litigation matters, including but not limited to: automotive and supply chain disputes, business ownership and oppression disputes, and sales representative commission disputes. Prior to joining Howard & Howard, Mr. Macik represented clients in litigation matters in the state and federal courts of Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, California, Maryland, Florida and Massachusetts. He is a former professional football player with the Detroit Lions and has experience as a small business/franchise owner. Mr. Macik is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and before the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.


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Attorney Kari Melkonian has joined the firm of Collins Einhorn Farrell in the general liability practice group. Recently admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, Melkonian will focus her practice on the defense of general liability claims. While at UDM Law, Melkonian was a junior member of the Law Review in 2005-2006, and a senior member and mentor in 2006-2007. She comes to Collins Einhorn from the Oakland County Circuit Court, where she served as judicial staff attorney to Hon. Martha D. Anderson. In 2010, Melkonian received the Oakland County Circuit Court MVP Award, given to employees nominated by their colleagues as recognition for exceptional work performance. She also earned the 10-Year Service Award from Oakland County for her public service. In addition to her law practice, Melkonian serves in an adjunct faculty member role as a family law and research and writing professor at Baker College in Auburn Hills, Michigan.


Tommy R. Nafso ('09)
Tommy Nafso has joined Attorney General Bill Schuette's Office as an Assistant Attorney General. Mr. Nafso joins the Attorney General's Office after spending 3 years as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney at the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. He brings with him the experience he has gained from prosecuting hundreds of cases and trying over 30 felony jury trials ranging from homicide to narcotics distribution. In addition to his Juris Doctorate, Mr. Nafso also earned his Master in Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy.


Robert M. Nemzin ('06)

Mr. Nemzin was one of 26 attorneys named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 2013 Class of "Up & Coming Lawyers" for distinguished himself in the practice of law. He is an attorney and shareholder with Butzel Long law firm. Based in Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office, Nemzin concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and succession planning, counseling individuals and business owners on the various aspects of estate and wealth transfer planning. He has extensive experience in sophisticated tax planning techniques, including planning for dynasty trusts, life insurance trust planning, charitable trust planning, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies. Nemzin also has extensive experience in probate and trust administration, and the formation and operation of public charities and private foundations.


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Andre O. Perrotta ('09)

Andre Perrotta has joined the firm Howard & Howard Attorneys, practicing out of the Royal Oak, MI Office. Mr. Perrotta concentrates his practice in Healthcare Regulatory Compliance and Fraud and Abuse Laws. He represents healthcare providers and suppliers in all aspects of regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse laws, and HIPAA/HITECH. Mr. Perrotta counsels clients on regulatory compliance matters, and strict adherence to HIPAA and the HITECH Act. He provides comprehensive compliance training specifically tailored to the needs, and associated risk areas, of each healthcare organization client. In addition to regulatory compliance matters, Mr. Perrotta also counsels clients in the area of healthcare fraud and abuse laws, including the False Claims Act. Prior to joining Howard & Howard, Mr. Perrotta served as Chief Compliance Officer of ADVOCATE Radiology Billing, the nation's largest radiology-specific medical billing company. There, he designed, implemented, and oversaw the ADVOCATE Compliance Program and reviewed and evaluated compliance issues within the organization regarding all aspects of the medical billing and reimbursement process.


G. Grace (Gursel) Petz ('03)

Mrs. Petz has opened a new law office, the Petz Law Firm PLLC, in Troy, Michigan. The firm focuses its practice in providing quality estate planning for individuals and families. According to Mrs. Petz, the firm is built on creating strong relationships with its clients. The firm's goal is to provide its clients with peace of mind with the right estate plan. Mrs. Petz has served clients on various types of estate plans. She has also been called upon for her estate and special needs planning knowledge by several media outlets on regional and national stories of interest, including WXYZ Channel 7 in Detroit and Metro Parent Magazine.


 

Joseph P. Rejano ('01)
Foley & Mansfield, a national law firm based in Minneapolis, announces that Joseph P. Rejano has been elected to the partnership. Rejano practices in the firm's Chicago office, with a focus on commercial and civil litigation, including toxic and mass tort defense. While attending UDM Law, Rejano served as a title editor for the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review.


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Corey Sacca ('09)

Alumni Corey Sacca and Shannon (Snee) Sacca ('10) were married on September 28, 2013 at St. Peter's Parish in Pittsburgh, PA. Their reception took place at PNC Park (home of the MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates). Alumni in attendance were Khalil Rahal ('09), Eamonn Neary ('09), Hazem Alsahlani ('09), Pablo Velez ('09), Amanda Bley ('09), Jennifer Brimely ('10), and Sarah DeMellier ('11). Corey works for Bononi & Company, P.C. in Greensburg, PA where he concentrates his practice in Bankruptcy Law. Shannon works for Notaro Gordon & Associates, P.C. in Pittsburgh, PA where she concentrates my practice in Family Law.


Ana M. Sarcheck ('03)
Practicing out of the firm's Royal Oak office, Ana M. Sarcheck has joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. Ms. Sarcheck concentrates her practice in intellectual property law, with a primary focus on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. She specializes in the chemical, mechanical, electrochemical, metallurgical, communications/networking-related, software-related, and biotechnological arts. Ms. Sarcheck has represented clients in securing patent rights, evaluated patentability, invalidity, and potential infringements, and has managed the full patent application lifecycle. Prior to joining Howard & Howard, she worked at another Detroit-area law firm where she concentrated her practice on intellectual property, particularly in patent prosecution and procurement. Before practicing law, she was a research assistant and consultant for the Division of Engineering Research and the Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University. There, her research was focused on chemotaxis and bioremediation.


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Adam T. Scholl ('09)
Businessman and author of No Sneakers at the Office, Adam Scholl appeared as a guest on radio show Keeping Up with Gen Y to talk about how young workers need to be aware of their professional appearance as they transition from college to the workplace. During the program he also suggested that one of the best ways for Gen Y to move up the professional ladder is by building relationships, especially with mentors, from the very first day on the job. In his book Scholl gives a step-by-step guide for college seniors, fresh-outs, and professionals under 30 seeking to enter, survive and thrive in corporate America. A proven businessman and entrepreneur, Adam has held numerous positions and leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies that have allowed him to grow as a software engineer, manager, leader, and business professional.


Patricia L. Selby ('06)
Along with four other attorneys, Ms. Selby was recognized by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) for advocacy on the issue of juvenile life without parole. She represents a defendant in a major case on the issue going through the state courts, People v Carp. One of the first cases of its kind in the Michigan courts, attorneys are awaiting leave to appeal at the Supreme Court. CDAM honored Ms. Selby for taking on a defendant who "had been buried alive in the system and whom the Michigan courts had treated with brutal disregard."


Mr. Steven Sokalsky ('07)
Mr. Sokalsky, a resident of Toronto, Ontario, Canada was promoted to principal of Delcan. Mr. Sokalsky joined Delcan in 2011 and is an experienced lawyer currently serving as in-house corporate counsel. He provides advice on a variety of legal matters ranging from regulatory compliance to commercial contracts to employment law. He has extensive governance experience in the not-for-profit sector and currently serves on the board of directors of charitable organizations in the areas of mental health, environment and the arts. Mr. Sokalsky received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) in Canadian Law from the University of Windsor, and a Certificate in Sustainable Energy from Stanford University, along with his J.D. from UDM Law. Mr. Sokalsky is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Real Estate Council of Ontario.


 

Elizabeth A. (Horbach) Solomon (’07)
Ms. Solomon joined the Ann Arbor, Michigan law firm of Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg, PC. The firm focuses on mediation and other non-adversarial methods to help divorcing couples settle their disputes without going to court.
 
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Jenny L. Zavadil ('01)

Jenny Zavadil has been made a partner at Bowman and Brooke LLP, a national product liability defense firm. Jenny's practice is concentrated on defending automobile manufacturers in product liability and consumer actions. Jenny regularly defends corporate clients in complex discovery matters and serves as national discovery counsel for a major automobile manufacturer in the areas of airbags and rollover curtains, event data recorders, handling and stability, roof, and crashworthiness. Jenny has significant experience in all areas of discovery management, including collecting, processing and producing hard copy documents and electronically stored information, as well as handling all aspects of written discovery.


  

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Matthew G. Berard ('12)
Mr. Berard joined the firm of Plunkett Cooney, focusing his practice primarily in the area of insurance coverage. A member of the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, Mr. Berard handles complex coverage matters involving environmental issues on behalf of national insurance carriers. He also prepares coverage opinions and proposed coverage position letters pertaining to claims of advertising injury, personal injury, pollution, defective products, automobile injuries and collisions, premises liability, breach of contract litigation and construction defects. Currently a student pilot, Mr. Berard has an interest in aviation insurance, including aircraft hull and liability policies, aircraft products, grounding liability and general aviation liability coverage.


Daniel J. DeBene ('10)
Daniel J. DeBene has been selected to the 2013 Michigan Rising Stars list, and was recognized with the dbusiness Top Lawyer 2013 Family Law award.


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Melinda R. DeSantis ('13)

Melinda DeSantis has joined Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Working in the firm's Ann Arbor office as an associate attorney, DeSantis will focus her practice on patent prosecution in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy and agriculture. During law school, she served as an IP intern for a boutique law firm, on-site at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, and also as a judicial extern for the 35th District Court in Plymouth. Prior to attending law school, DeSantis worked for Cayman Chemical Company in Ann Arbor as a laboratory associate in the biochemistry group. She also served as a research assistant for Randal J. Kaufman Laboratory at the University of Michigan during her undergraduate studies.

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Patrick M. Edwartowski ('12)
Mr. Edwartowski has joined the Southfield, Michigan-based Collins Einhorn Farrell firm, working in the Asbestos/Toxic Tort Practice Group. He will concentrate his practice on asbestos and toxic tort defense litigation. Before joining the firm, he gained experience in the areas of insurance law, Michigan No-Fault automobile insurance law, business entity structure and governance, probate, personal injury, medical liability, municipal zoning, property disputes and civil rights.


Meagan Hanna ('12)
A new Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (APA) in Grand Traverse, MI, Meagan Hanna works with six attorneys and six secretaries in the office, all with their various specialties. Since starting her job, she has written three Court of Appeals briefs, as well as driver's license restoration appeals briefs. Ms. Hanna also shadowed the APA in charge of juvenile delinquency and abuse and neglect cases, in order to take over the misdemeanor domestic violence court for three weeks. In the courtroom she has done Allegedly Mentally Ill commitment hearings, and two jury trials; one a reckless driving case, and the second a solo trial for a disturbing the peace charge.


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Alexander M. Leonowicz ('12)
Mr. Leonowicz has joined the firm of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, practicing out of the firm's Royal Oak Office. Mr. Leonowicz concentrates his practice on a wide range of litigation matters and disputes focusing primarily on business and corporate law as well as commercial litigation. Prior to joining Howard & Howard, Mr. Leonowicz was a Summer Associate with the firm. During law school, he worked in the Oakland County Circuit Court as a clerk for the Chief Circuit Court Judge Pro Tempore Shalina Kumar. He is also the President and Founder of the Orchard Lake St. Mary's Bar Association.


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Nathan Lichtman ('12)

Mr. Lichtman joined the attorney team of Potestivo & Associates, P.C. in November 2013. He is located at the firm's Rochester Hills, MI office, serving as an Associate Attorney. Mr. Lichtman is assisting with the firm's Illinois operations. He has an established presence at the firm, as he has been employed as a Title Coordinator/Law Clerk at the Rochester Hills office since March 2013. Prior to joining Potestivo & Associates, P.C., Mr. Lichtman worked for over two years as a Title Review Law Clerk at a Detroit area law firm. During his final year of law school, Mr. Lichtman was a member of the Veterans Appellate Clinic and assisted with representing disabled veterans for potential appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Mr. Lichtman is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Oakland County Bar Association. He looks forward to further exploring and expanding his professional interests and areas of practice, which include real property law, creditors' rights, and title resolution.


Ashlyn N. Mausolf ('12)

Burden, Gulisano & Hickey named Ashlyn Mausolf an attorney at the law firm. Mausolf obtained her bachelor's degree from Aquinas College.


Frank D. Paolini ('12)
Mr. Paolini has joined Plunkett Cooney as a member of the firm's Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Practice Group. Initially a part of the firm's 2011 Summer Associate program in the group, he is now a member of the Bloomfield Hills office. Mr. Paolini focuses his practice in the areas of loan origination and troubled asset workouts. Prior to joining the firm, he externed in the Public Integrity, Homicide, and Community Prosecutions Divisions of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from UDM Law, serving as the Executive Director of the Moot Court Board of Advocates and as a Senior Editor of the Law Review while here. He also participated in University of Detroit Criminal Defense Clinic and served as a contributing student member of the Dean's Advisory Committee.
John F. Price ('12)

John Price is putting the skills he gained in law school to good use as a real estate agent, advocating, negotiating, counseling, and navigating the transactional process for his clients. After earning his license to sell real estate, Mr. Price joined Keller Williams Realty in Ann Arbor, Michigan in March 2013. Successful in his time there, he was recruited by the Bouma Group, where he now serves the greater Ann Arbor luxury market. Mr. Price, who values being involved in his community, was recently re-appointed to the City of Saline Environmental Commission. He is a shareholder at Sensors, Inc., where he worked full time before transitioning to real estate.


 

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Alumni Shannon (Snee) Sacca and Corey Sacca ('09) were married on September 28, 2013 at St. Peter's Parish in Pittsburgh, PA. Their reception took place at PNC Park (home of the MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates). Alumni in attendance were Khalil Rahal ('09), Eamonn Neary ('09), Hazem Alsahlani ('09), Pablo Velez ('09), Amanda Bley ('09), Jennifer Brimely ('10), and Sarah DeMellier ('11). Shannon works for Notaro Gordon & Associates, P.C. in Pittsburgh, PA where she concentrates my practice in Family Law. Corey works for Bononi & Company, P.C. in Greensburg, PA where he concentrates his practice in Bankruptcy Law.


 

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Attorney Erin L. Stafford joined the Professional Liability Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest's oldest and largest law firms. An attorney in the firm's Bloomfield Hills, MI office, Stafford focuses her practice in the area of professional liability with an emphasis on claims against attorneys, accountants, insurance agents and real estate professionals. She defends clients in legal malpractice actions with various types of underlying cases, including collections, bankruptcy, failing to detect fraud, Michigan No-Fault Law, medical malpractice, real estate law, probate law and banking law. While in law school, Stafford worked as a teaching assistant for legal writing. Prior to joining the firm, she participated in Plunkett Cooney's Summer Associate Program, a 12-week assignment that provides hands on experience to law school students. She also interned for Judge Marianne O. Battani of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.


 

Parker G. Stinar ('11)

Parker Stinar has joined the firm of McKeen & Associates as an associate. Mr. Stinar will concentrate his practice on the areas of medical malpractice, wrongful death, general negligence, birth trauma and auto negligence. He comes to the Detroit-based medical malpractice litigation firm from a national real estate company, where he served as legal counsel. Mr. Stinar is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan. He is a member of the Michigan Association for Justice, American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan (Young Lawyers Section) and Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.


Ellisse S. Thompson ('13)

Attorney Ellisse S. Thompson joined the Tort & Litigation and Transportation Law practice groups of the firm Plunkett Cooney. She focuses her litigation practice primarily in the areas of motor vehicle negligence and no-fault law. Ms. Thompson represents clients through their insurance providers and commercial fleet owners directly when claims exceed insurance coverage limits. In addition to her motor vehicle liability expertise, Ms. Thompson's practice includes trucking liability, premises liability, governmental law, environmental law, construction law and workers' compensation. Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney, Ms. Thompson worked as an appellate research clerk in the firm's Detroit office. She also previously worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Nancy G. Edmunds at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.


 

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Plunkett Cooney Celebrates Centennial

Plunkett Cooney, a Midwest law firm which currently employs 37 UDM Law alumni, is celebrating its centennial year anniversary. One of the largest and most accomplished law firms in the Midwest, their history of steady growth and success was built upon such core values as service, integrity, excellence and family. In this, the firm's centennial anniversary year, their focus is on client service and results. The theme of Plunkett Cooney's centennial celebration is "A Century of Distinctive Service," which focuses on its long-standing tradition of community involvement. Since Jan. 1, employees across the firm's 11 offices in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana have been engaged in a campaign to complete 100 Acts of Kindness (AOKs). At the half-way point of the year, firm members have generated over 80 AOK ideas and have completed more than 50 coordinated acts, which range from serving food at local soup kitchens, to raising funds for special education programs, to planting trees in area parks.