State - Dykema Lansing attorneys named among 'Best Lawyers'

Dykema law firm recently announced that 69 of its lawyers have been ranked by their peers as leaders in their respective fields in the newly published Woodward/White Best Lawyers in America guide. The legal referral guide includes nine attorneys based in Dykema's Lansing office: R. Lance Boldrey (Gaming Law), Albert Ernst (Administrative Law, Energy Law), Ann D. Fillingham (Public Finance Law), Gary P. Gordon (Administrative Law, Government Relations Law), James P. Kiefer (Corporate Law, Public Finance Law), Lori McAllister (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Banking Law, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law), William J. Perrone (Banking Law, Government Relations Law), W. Alan Wilk (Corporate Governance and Compliance Law), and Leonard C. Wolfe (Gaming Law, Government Relations Law).

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, and recognition is based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey. For the new U.S. edition, more than 24,125 leading attorneys cast more than 2.8 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in the same and related specialties. Because of the rigorous and transparent methodology used by Best Lawyers, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

R. Lance Boldrey is a member of the Government Policy practice group. His practice focuses on Indian law with an emphasis on gaming, economic development, and state-tribal relations. He has also been involved in drafting legislation, lobbying federal and state decision-makers in the legislature and executive branch, and litigating public policy and constitutional issues. Boldrey is a member of the Federalist Society, the Federal Bar Association, the Ingham County Bar Association, and the Michigan Republican Lawyers Association. By presidential appointment, he serves as a Trustee of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. A resident of Okemos, Boldrey received his B.A., with honors, from the James Madison College and the Honors College at Michigan State University and his J.D. from Duke University.

Albert Ernst, member in charge of the firm's Energy Industry Practice and member of the Government Policy practice group, focuses on a broad variety of entities in regulatory and corporate matters, including all of the state's rural electric cooperatives and rural electric cooperatives throughout the country, International Transmission Company, Michigan Electric Transmission Company, Solutia Corporation, Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts, Michigan Technological University, and cellular carriers, among others. He is a member of the American Bar and Ingham County Bar Associations and the State Bar of Michigan. A resident of East Lansing, Ernst received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Michigan State University and his J.D., summa cum laude, from Wayne State University.

Ann D. Fillingham is a member of the Corporate Finance practice group. Her principal areas of practice include public and structured finance, and transactional work for gaming entities, insurance companies and financial institutions. In the public finance arena, Fillingham has served as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel to numerous state and local issuers. She has worked extensively with the State of Michigan and its various departments and authorities with respect to both taxable and tax-exempt issues. In addition, she has served as bond counsel or underwriter's counsel on many county, municipal, school and local authority bond issues. Fillingham is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, regularly speaks at NABL conferences on matters related to public finance, is on the NABL Steering Committee and is the past Chair of NABL's Municipal Law Committee. She is Past President of the Michigan Women in Finance organization. A resident of Dewitt, Fillingham received her B.A., with high honors, from Michigan State University and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan.

Gary P. Gordon was Chief Deputy Attorney General for the State of Michigan prior to joining Dykema. His practice focuses on regulatory matters, state procurement issues, constitutional issues, and litigation. He appears before various State boards and commissions including the Public Service Commission, the Board of State Canvassers, and other administrative agencies and is recognized as one of the State's leading authorities on Election and Campaign Finance law. He has litigated and continues to litigate cases at all levels of State and Federal courts. Gordon frequently speaks to groups on election and campaign finance matters and has been called on to provide advice and testimony to the Legislature on public employment issues. A resident of Okemos, Gordon received a B.A., with honors, from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Wayne State University.

James P. Kiefer is a public finance, private equity, banking and corporate finance attorney who practices from Dykema's Lansing office. A member of the firm's Executive Board, his unique specialties provide an expansive set of legal skills to benefit clients in the public and private sector. As bond counsel to the State of Michigan and its authorities, and as bond counsel to dozens of counties, townships, cities, villages, schools, institutions of higher education, public authorities and economic development corporations throughout Michigan, Kiefer is experienced in structuring complex public finance transactions to finance infrastructure projects, public buildings, cash flow borrowings and other public projects. A resident of East Lansing, Kiefer received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Hanover College, an M.B.A. and a J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University.

Lori McAllister, General Counsel of the firm and member of the Litigation practice group, focuses on complex litigation and class actions. She also regularly counsels privately and publicly held companies on a variety of insurance regulatory and transactional matters. She is the lead of Dykema's litigation practice in Lansing. McAllister also served on the Attorney Discipline Board for six years, by Michigan Supreme Court appointment, with the last year serving as the Chairman of the Board. A resident of East Lansing, McAllister received her B.S., summa cum laude, from Central Michigan University and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan.

William J. Perrone is the managing member of the firm's Lansing office. His practice is focused in the area of state regulations, real estate and mortgage financing for clients in the manufactured housing, energy and insurance sectors. He also provides counsel to clients in all sectors on commercial transactions, commercial lending, consumer credit, consumer protection, professional licensing and regulatory issues, administrative law, corporate law and civil litigation matters. A former assistant attorney general with the state of Michigan, he has a broad range of legal experience related to state government and Michigan administrative law, including government policy, election law and campaign finance. A resident of East Lansing, Perrone received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Michigan State University and a J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University.

W. Alan Wilk is a member in the firm's Government Policy Department. His practice focuses on election, campaign finance and lobby law, gaming, and public retirement, as well as nonprofit organizations and trade associations. Wilk is the team leader for the firm's Political Compliance Team, which represents and advises individuals and corporate entities on federal and state election, campaign finance, lobby law and other political activity. Wilk also acts as the Co-Leader of the firm's Public Retirement Team, representing public pension and retirement plans. He has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan retirement systems since 1996. A resident of East Lansing, Wilk received a B.A., with honors, from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a J.D. from Boston College.

Leonard C. Wolfe is director of the firm's Regulated Industries Department and leader of the Government Policy Department. His practice encompasses several areas of legal representation, including general corporate matters, education law, casino gaming, public policy litigation, state procurement matters and general administrative law (including representing clients before various state departments, agencies and boards). Wolfe has been involved in the drafting of complex legislation and administrative rules on a variety of matters including economic development, state ethics and conflicts of interest, casino gaming, telecommunications, school funding and a variety of school reform issues. In addition, Wolfe has experience with other governmental matters, including Office of Auditor General performance audits and the drafting of Interlocal Agreements. A resident of Delta Township, Wolfe received his B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University and his J.D. from Indiana University.

Published: Thu, Sep 2, 2010