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Bodman named 2016 winner of Benchmark Litigation state award

The internationally recognized client and peer-review journal Benchmark Litigation has named Bodman PLC the winner of its 2016 Michigan Litigation Award. It is the third consecutive year that Bodman has earned the award.

The selection was announced at a national award ceremony held on February 11 at the Essex House in New York. Bodman was chosen from a shortlist of four of Michigan’s largest and most prestigious business law firms. State winners are chosen based on client and peer feedback and an analysis of case matters held during the prior year, including potential precedent set or verdicts with notably high dollar amounts at stake.

“Our Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Group had another outstanding year in 2015,” said Bodman Chairman Ralph E. McDowell. “To win this award for the third straight year is a testament to the outstanding client service our litigation attorneys provide day in and day out. I applaud them for this achievement.”

Benchmark Litigation is the country’s only publication that focuses exclusively on law firm litigation departments. The editors rank firms based on an extensive research process. For the current (2016) edition, the research process was conducted between March and November 2015 and included interviews with thousands of lawyers and law firm clients. As a result of that process, Bodman was ranked as “highly recommended” for business litigation, the highest level possible, and eleven Bodman attorneys were listed as “Litigation Stars” or “Future Stars.”

Wayne State Law alum Donald B. Lawrence died Dec. 27 at age 72

Attorney Donald B. Lawrence died Dec. 27, 2015, at the age of 72.
A Detroit native, Lawrence earned his undergrad degree in political science from Michigan State University and his J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School.

He practiced law since 1968 and was a longtime partner with the Hubbard Law Firm in Lansing, where he worked for over three decades. He specialized in business, tax and estate planning, and financial consultations.

Lawrence was a member of the State Bar of Michigan and American Bar Association, and a Life Member of the Commercial Law League of America.

He was an active Trustee for the John and Elizabeth Whiteley Foundation that assists human services and education, including education scholarship awards to students in Ingham, Eaton or Clinton counties; a founding member of the Delta Side Business Association; a member of Delta Governmental Affairs Committee; a 30-year board member of various local credit unions; a former member of Rotary; and a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lansing.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or to the Whiteley Foundation, c/o R. Hicks, P.O. Box 4337, East Lansing, MI 48826-4337.