Legal People (May 10)

Orlans Associates
Attorney Brian P. Henry, senior manager for Community Services and Business Development at Orlans Associates, will present at the 2010 Young Lawyers Section Annual Summit, June 4-6, at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme. Representing the State Bar of Michigan Real Property Section, Henry’s topic is “Loan Modifications and other Loss Mitigation Tools for Residential Mortgage Loans.”

With more than 28 years of expertise in real estate law, business law and commercial litigation, Henry works with homeowners, lenders, nonprofit organizations and legislators to develop and improve programs and processes for loan modifications, early redemptions, short sales and other loss mitigation tools.

Headquartered in Troy, Orlans was founded in 1996 and provides legal services to the mortgage and banking industry nationwide. A recipient of numerous industry awards, Orlans is a designated counsel for Freddie Mac and is part of the Fannie Mae Retained Attorney Network.

Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC congratulates attorney Tammy L. Helminski for receiving a Horizon Award from Fusion, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s young professionals program. Helminski is an associate in Dickinson Wright’s Detroit office.

More than 100 nominations were received for the Horizon Awards in each of nine industry categories. Winners were recognized for their professional accomplishments and outstanding work within the community. Helminski was the Young Professional winner in the Professional Services category.

Helminski focuses her practice in environmental litigation, and energy and sustainability law. She serves as counsel to manufacturers, lenders and developers for environmental cleanup, compliance and due diligence issues, and counsels clients on the implementation of sustainability strategies, green building and environmentally preferable purchasing. Helminski is active in the Air and Waste Management Association and is chair of the State Bar Environmental Law Section Hazardous Substances and Brownfields Committee.

Zausmer, Kaufman, August, Caldwell & Tayler, P.C.
April L. Neihsl was a speaker at the 25th Annual National Conference on Equine Law on April 28, 2010, in Lexington, Kentucky. Neihsl’s presentation focused on damages in tort and contract litigation.

The National Conference on Equine Law is the world’s largest continuing legal education program devoted exclusively to a wide variety of equine law issues. It is organized by the University of Kentucky College of Law Office of Continuing Legal Education. This year’s conference brought registrants from 27 states and Europe.

Neihsl focuses her law practice in the areas of insurance defense, commercial litigation, and equine law. She is an associate for Julie I. Fershtman, and both are Of Counsel to the Farmington Hills law firm of Zausmer, Kaufman, August, Caldwell, & Tayler PC.

She attended Wayne State University Law School, graduating in 2006. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in 2003. A member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Oakland County Bar Association, she is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly.

Potestivo & Associates P.C.
Potestivo & Associates PC, a legal services provider to the default servicing industry, is pleased to announce the hiring of new associate attorney, Cory Bainbridge. Brian A. Potestivo, president and founder, made the announcement. Cory joins the firm’s growing Rochester Hills group of attorneys and will represent clients in the Landlord and Tenant and Loss Mitigation departments.

Bainbridge earned his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, where he majored in Human Resource Management. He then went on earn his law degree from University of Detroit Mercy where he was a clinician in the Urban Law Clinic and also completed an internship at the Macomb County Circuit Court.

Prior to joining Potestivo & Associates, Bainbridge worked as a solo practitioner at Bainbridge Law PLLC focusing on family law, estate planning, and landlord tenant/real property matters.

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, and Cohn LLP (Honigman) is pleased to announce that Salmaan T. Quader has joined the firm as an attorney in the Litigation Department. He will be located in Honigman’s Oakland County office.

Quader concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation in the areas of patent, trade secret and other technology-related subjects. His patent prosecution experience relates to molecular biology and medical device inventions.

Quader earned his law degree from the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Law and will receive a Ph.D. from the Michigan State University College of Natural Science pending thesis revisions. Additionally, he received an M.S. with a concentration in cancer biology, a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Biochemistry from MSU.

He has been admitted to the State Bar of Illinois and his admittance to the State Bar of Michigan is pending. Quader comes to Honigman from Howrey LLP.

Williams, Williams, Rattner, & Plunkett PC
Ten attorneys from Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, PC in Birmingham were selected for inclusion in dBusiness Magazine’s list of “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit 2010.”

Robert S. Bick is a partner whose law practice focuses on corporate law and mergers & acquisitions law; James P. Cunningham is a partner whose law practice focuses on family law; Ernest J. Essad is a partner whose law practice focuses on litigation, real estate and corporate law; Jerome B. Greenbaum is a partner whose law practice focuses on litigation and corporate law; Robert B. Labe is a partner whose law practice focuses on Business Law, Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Tax Law and Tax Planning; Kevin S. Macaddino is a partner whose law practice focuses on real estate law and corporate law; John F. Mills is a partner whose law practice focuses on family law, with an emphasis on family law alternative dispute resolution and adoption law; Thomas G. Plunkett is a partner whose law practice focuses on commercial litigation; Richard D. Rattner is partner whose law practice focuses on real estate, land use, zoning and corporate law; and R. Jamison Williams Jr. is a partner whose law practice focuses on corporate law, mergers & acquisitions law and business and estate planning.

Thomas P. Casey P.C.
Thomas P. Casey has moved his law office to 23100 Jefferson Avenue in St. Clair Shores. His office phone number, (586) 563-3600, is unchanged.

During his more than 35 years of law practice, Casey has established a national reputation for his legal knowledge and trial expertise in contract disputes. He has obtained for his manufacturer’s representatives clients and automotive supplier clients judgments and settlements in excess of $40 million in Michigan and seven other states.

Casey is also recognized by dbusiness magazine as one of its “Top Lawyers 2010.” He has also lectured before the State Bar of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association and the Society of Manufacturer’s Representatives.

A detailed list of Casey’s court victories can be seen on his website

Dykema announces that several of its “Super Lawyers” have been named to the May 2010 Corporate Counsel edition. The local attorneys included  are:

Bloomfield Hills Office
• Alan M. Greene – Land Use/Zoning.

Detroit Office
• Cameron H. Piggott – Real Estate.