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Bodman attorneys appointed to leadership positions on Real Property Law Section Council

Bodman attorney Nicholas P. Scavone, Jr., chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, has been appointed chair-elect of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Attorney Gregory J. Gamalski, a member of the Real Estate Practice Group, has been appointed secretary of the Coun­cil.

With more than 3,600 members, the Real Property Law Section section provides education and information on real property law issues through seminars, publications, and networking events, as well as advocacy in the Legislature and in precedential cases involving real property law.

Scavone, of Bodman’s Detroit office, has represented banks and other financial institutions in a wide variety of complex, multi-million dollar, secured loans and other financial arrangements involving real estate. He also represents clients in complex transactions involving real estate. He is a member of the Michigan Land Title Standards Committee and a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. Scavone is listed as a leading real estate practitioner in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, Chambers USA 2017, Michigan Super Lawyers 2017, and DBusiness Top Lawyers 2017.

Gamalski, of Bodman’s Troy office, counsels  individuals and public and private businesses on real estate matters. He has extensive experience in the real estate industry. Gamalski is listed in as a leading real estate practitioner in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 and in DBusiness Top Lawyers 2017.


Ex-Fiat Chrysler financial analyst pleads guilty in scheme

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A former Fiat Chrysler financial analyst who federal prosecutors say helped illegally funnel worker training funds over a number of years has pleaded guilty in the case.

Jerome Durden entered the pleas Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Ann Arbor to charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and failure to file a tax return. As part of a plea agreement, he faces up to 37 months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 12.

Durden’s attorney Judith Gracey told The Detroit News he’s "doing the right thing."

Prosecutors in July announced charges. Former Fiat Chrysler executive Al Iacobelli was indicted in an alleged conspiracy involving United Auto Workers union vice president General Holiefield and Holiefield’s wife, Monica Morgan. Holiefield died in 2015.

Iacobelli and Morgan are awaiting trial.


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