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Pitt McGehee attorney elected Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Megan Bonanni has been elected a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She is a partner with Royal Oak-based Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, a civil and employment rights law firm.

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers is a non-profit professional association honoring those attorneys, who by their long and outstanding service, have distinguished themselves as leaders in the field of labor and employment law.

Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by a labor and employment attorney’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence.

Bonanni has an extensive history of successfully representing employees in individual cases and class actions in state and federal courts. Her advocacy on behalf of thousands of employees, including numerous high-visibility class actions has helped expose and called for reforms of illegal employment practices which are widespread in the home health care, trucking and adult entertainment industries.

She has distinguished herself as a passionate advocate on behalf of survivors of sexual assault. Currently, she is serving as co-lead counsel for a coalition of attorneys representing 150 young athletes who were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar in litigation against Michigan State University, United States Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee.

Bonanni is also among a small group of counsel representing the Committee of Sexual Abuse Survivors in the United States Gymnastics bankruptcy action currently pending in Indiana.

Bonanni is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and Wayne State University Law School.


Michigan Supreme Court takes Big Rapids jury tampering case

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has agreed to look at a misdemeanor conviction that raises key questions about free speech.

Keith Wood was distributing pamphlets in 2015 outside the Mecosta County courthouse in Big Rapids. He told people they could choose their conscience over the law if they were picked to serve on a jury.

The case involved a man who had a wetlands dispute with a state agency. The case ended with a plea deal and didn't go to trial. But Wood was charged with jury tampering and convicted.

Wood argued that he couldn't be convicted of jury tampering because no jurors were selected in Andy Yoder's case. The Michigan appeals court rejected that argument.

The Supreme Court says it will hear arguments during its current term.