4 Detroit law firms make 'Best and Brightest' list: Companies demonstrate best practices in human resources

By Kathryne Gilbride

Legal News

Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) announced four Detroit law firms made the 2010 list of '101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in Metropolitan Detroit.'

The select firms of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, LLP; Nemeth Burwell, PC; Plunkett Cooney; and Warner Norcross and Judd LLP will be honored by the MBPA at the annual human resources symposium and awards program on Wednesday Sept. 22 at the Marriott Dearborn Inn.

The honor of being recognized as the 'Best and Brightest' is highly sought after by competing companies throughout the region, according to MBPA. This year's winners practice innovative strategies and represent best practices in human resources in industries as diverse as the automotive, insurance, hospitality, communications and nonprofit.

An independent research firm evaluates each company's entry based on key measures in categories including Communication, Community Initiatives, Compensation and Benefits, Diversity and Multiculturalism, Employee Education and Development, Employee Engagement and Commitment, Recognition and Retention, Recruitment and Selection, Small Business and Work-Life Balance.

The winning 101 companies also vie for 10 elite awards, one granted for each category. An overall winner, who has excelled in all categories, will be honored with the "Best of the Best" award. The elite award winners will be announced during the luncheon.

The annual human resources symposium and awards program will begin with registration, networking and an exhibit gallery at 7:30 a.m. Educational workshops will follow at 8 a.m. The topics of this year's sessions will include "Growing Pains in a Cautious Economy: How Does a Team Transition from a Slow Economy to Cautious Optimism; Leveraging Collaboration and Team Building to Grow your Business and Engage your Team; Looking to the Future: Understanding the New Era of Employee Enrichment and Leveraging a Digital World: The Advantages and Pitfalls of Social Media." The luncheon and awards ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

"The selection, recognition and awarding of this year's 101 companies allows our organization to showcase their best practices. The honorees have clearly demonstrated why each of them would be an ideal place for employees to work. Companies that capitalize on their greatest resource-their employees-know how to attract and retain top talent," said Jennifer Kluge, MBPA executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Tickets for the symposium and awards lunch are $165 for MBPA members; $195 for non-members. A member table of 10 is $1,650; non-member tables are $1,950. Sponsorships are also available.

Metro Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is sponsored by: AT&T Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Corp! Magazine, Davenport University, DTE Energy, Strategic Staffing Solutions, HRAGD, Detroit Athletic Club and McGraw Wentworth.

Contact the Michigan Business and Professional Association at 586-393-8800 or visit www.101bestandbrightest.com to register or for more information.

Published: Wed, Aug 11, 2010