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Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth, & Heller P.C.
Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth, & Heller, PC has named Danielle J. Hessell as an associate attorney in the firm’s General and Complex Litigation Practice Group.
Prior to joining the Southfield-based law firm, Hessell was an associate at Butzel Long in Bloomfield Hills where she practiced general business and commercial litigation.
In 2012, Hessell was named a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star and an Up and Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She also was awarded with the Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Wayne Pro Bono Spirit Award for her pro bono work.
Hessell earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and her law degree from the Michigan State University College of Law.
Hessell is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Computing Source/Diversified Legal Staffing LLC

Southfield-based Computing Source and Bingham Farms-based Diversified Legal Staffing LLC announces that the two companies will offer a unique e-discovery alliance to provide an all-inclusive computer-based electronic evidence processing and legal staffing solution to law firms, corporate general counsel, and law departments across southeastern Michigan and nationwide. Computing Source Managing Director Mark St. Peter recently made the announcement.
The partnership for this initiative combines Computing Source’s computer forensics, spoliation and electronic evidence experience with Diversified Legal Staffing’s recruiting and staffing practices to provide law clients with best-in-class legal staff when they have higher-than-usual work volume and need to scale their resources accordingly.
“Law firms often need additional resources and professional expertise when handling larger cases, but they do not always have access to the credible, experienced professionals such cases require through one solution,” said St. Peter.
“Our new service offering solves this problem by securing the right people, with the right knowledge and experience for these firms quickly and efficiently and then equipping them with the proper technical tools to get the job done.”
Attorney Mark A. Grobbel, founder of Diversified Legal Services added, “By combining our specialties for this much-needed initiative, clients can achieve a significant cost savings in what is becoming the most expensive portion of large litigation matters and transactions.”
Computing Source brings more than 10 years of digital evidence expertise to its clients and provides services such as e-discovery, computer forensics, data preservation, expert witness testimony, imaging and litigation support. St. Peter is a Certified Computer Examiner, Certified Fraud Examiner and an associate member of the American Bar Association.
Diversified Legal Staffing LLC prides itself on finding dynamic, results-oriented candidates who will enhance the daily operations of their clients.


Miller Canfield

Matthew P. Allen, a principal in the Troy office of Miller Canfield, co-presented at the Winter Meeting of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel on Joint Defense Agreements: Benefits, Pitfalls and Best Practices.
At Miller Canfield, Allen is a business, securities, and intellectual property litigator and trial lawyer who has tried and arbitrated a wide variety of intellectual property, securities, and business disputes in a wide array of forums.  Allen’s intellectual property litigation experience includes representing companies in international corporate espionage investigations and prosecutions, and in national and international IP litigation and arbitration. 
He received his law degree from Wayne State University Law School and his B.A. from the State University of New York College at Fredonia.


Potestivo & Associates P.C.

Potestivo & Associates PC is pleased to announce the hiring of attorney, Rafal H. Kopycinski.  He joined the attorney team on February 11.  He will serve as an associate attorney supporting the firm’s Illinois Foreclosure and Litigation Departments in Chicago.
Kopycinski earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and obtained his law degree from DePaul University College of Law.  In 2011, he completed an Internship with a leading global supplier of automotive and industrial technology, and served as a law clerk at a local Chicago law firm.
Kopycinski spent more than five years in the banking industry and worked his way up to a branch manager role, which he held for 4 years.  In 2012, he had the honor of participating in a field-based study abroad program in Argentina.  Kopycinski is fluent in Polish.


Butzel Long

Butzel Long attorney Bernard J. Fuhs has been named to Brooks’ Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. The Class includes young thought leaders and trailblazers who live or work in Oakland County and are under the age of 40. The Elite 40 program is dedicated to helping these individuals make connections that can impact the future of Oakland County. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson introduced the Brooks’ Elite 40 Under 40 Class during the 2013 State of the County Address on February 7, 2013.
“L. Brooks Patterson is a visionary, as well as an accomplished and outstanding business leader,” said Fuhs. “It is truly a humbling honor to be included in the Brooks’ Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2013.”
Fuhs was also recently named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2012 Class of “40 Under 40” and selected as a 2012 Business Litigation Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine. He also was named to the 2011 & 2012 Michigan Super Lawyers’ Rising Star List.
In addition, Fuhs will be the featured speaker for a Walsh Institute Leadership Center Business Briefing program on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Walsh College’s Novi campus.  The title of the program is: “Non-Compete Agreements, Trade Secrets and the Effects on Social Media.”
During the program, Fuhs will provide an overview of non-compete agreements and the important nuances such as employee compliance.   He will then discuss the effects on social media including:
• Who owns the social media accounts when an employee departs?
• Can employers investigate an employee’s social media account if there’s concern they are discussing confidential information?
Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Fuhs concentrates his practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation with significant experience in non-compete, non-disclosure, and trade secret disputes, business and financial services industry disputes, franchise and dealerships, transportation and logistics industry disputes, construction, real estate, securities, and sales representative matters.
Thirty-one year old Fuhs has successfully litigated and counseled clients on non-compete and trade secret matters in all 50 states. He is a frequent speaker on non-compete and trade secret issues and has authored and contributed to many publications (national and local) regarding the same. He also advises start-up and closely held businesses, as well as sports and fitness industry members.
Fuhs also works as a college and high school basketball analyst for various television outlets including ESPN, the Horizon League Network and the Michigan High School Athletics Association Network, calling upon his experience as a former college basketball player at the University of Detroit-Mercy.
Fuhs is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (2006) and the University of Detroit Mercy (B.S., 2003). He interned for then-Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Maura Corrigan.
Fuhs is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association - Employment Rights and Responsibilities Section member and Non-Compete/Trade Secret Subcommittee member; Leadership Oakland Class XXIII; Board of Directors of the University of Detroit-Mercy Titan Club; Board of Directors of the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law Alumni Association; Dick Vitale Court Fundraising Committee (University of Detroit-Mercy); Detroit Athletic Club – North American Conference of Athletic Directors (NACAD) National Basketball Championships Committee; and, Big Head Corps (affiliated with The Parade Company).


Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker PLLC

Detroit law firm Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, PLLC is pleased to announce that member Kevin Kalczynski has been named to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. The program recognizes 40 professional and executive leaders under age 40 who have achieved success and excellence in their field and community and who live or work in Oakland County. He will be honored at an awards ceremony on April 23.
Kalczynski’s practice focuses on complex commercial disputes representing both plaintiffs and defendants in contract and business tort matters. He also routinely represents major law firms in legal malpractice matters. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Michigan, Inc.
Kalczynski earned his law degree in 2000 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996 from Wayne State University.