Plunkett Cooney attorneys among legal industry 'Rising Stars'

In its annual review of the state’s top young attorneys, Michigan Super Lawyers magazine has awarded 15 lawyers from Plunkett Cooney, one of Michigan’s oldest and largest law firms, its “Rising Star” honor.

Published by Thomson Reuters, Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars compiles its annual list based upon a patented selection process that involves the creation of a candidate pool; evaluation of candidates by an in-house research department; and a peer evaluation process.

To be considered a Rising Star, candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or licensed to practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of eligible attorneys receive the “Rising Star” designation.
Below is a list of Plunkett Cooney attorneys who have received the 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star designation:

Bloomfield Hills office members
Hilary A. Ballentine – Appellate
Abe Barlaskar – Personal Injury: Defense
Karen E. Beach – Appellate
Josephine A. DeLorenzo – Appellate
Jeffrey S. Hengeveld – Professional Liability: Defense
Marc P. Jerabek – Bankruptcy: Business
Chase M. Kubica – Personal Injury: Defense
Patrick C. Lannen – Banking
Megan P. McKnight – Business Litigation
Lauren B. McMillen – Insurance Coverage
Courtney L. Nichols – Employment & Labor
Frank Paolini – Estate & Trust Litigation
Patrick E. Winters – Insurance Coverage

Detroit office member:
Paul J. Dwaihy – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense
Grand Rapids office members:
Lisa A. Hall – Creditor Debtor Rights
Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 145 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms.
For more information regarding Plunkett Cooney’s 2016 “Rising Stars,” contact the firm’s Practice Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Hilary A. Ballentine – Appellate; Office: Bloomfield Hills; Education: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, magna cum laude, J.D., 2006; University of Michigan - Dearborn, with high distinction, B.B.A., 2003; Organizations: Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Michigan Appellate Bench Bar, State Bar of Michigan, DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar

Abe Barlaskar – Personal Injury: Defense; Office: Bloomfield Hills; Education: Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Cum Laude, J.D., 2011, University of Michigan, University Honors, B.A., 2005; Organizations: Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Adjusters Association, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar
Karen E. Beach – Appellate, Office: Bloomfield Hills; Education: Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2011, Marshall University, Summa Cum Laude, B.A., 2008; Organizations: State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association, DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar

Josephine A. DeLorenzo – Appellate; Office: Bloomfield Hills; Education: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, summa cum laude, J.D., 2008, University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude, B.A., 1991; Organizations: State Bar of Michigan, DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel

Paul J. Dwaihy – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense; Office: Detroit; Education: Michigan State University College of Law, cum laude, J.D., 2003, University of Michigan, B.A., 2000; Organizations: Macomb County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar

Lisa A. Hall – Creditor Debtor Rights; Office: Grand Rapids; Education: Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, cum laude, J.D., 2006,  Michigan State University, James Madison College, B.A., 2003; Organizations:  Grand Rapids Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Federal Bar Association, Risk Management Association, Western Chapter

Jeffrey S. Hengeveld – Professional Liability: Defense; Office: Bloomfield Hills; Education: Michigan State University College of Law, magna cum laude, J.D., 2003, Michigan State University, James Madison College, B.A., 1999; Organizations: Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, ALFA International, The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals

Marc P. Jerabek – Bankruptcy: Business; Office: Bloomfield Hills; Education: Wayne State University School of Law, J.D., 2004, Michigan State University, B.A., 2000; Organizations: Lakeshore Bar Association, Oakland County Bar Association, Oakland County Bar Foundation, State Bar of Michigan

Chase M. Kubica – Personal Injury: Defense; Office: Bloomfield Hills; Education: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, cum laude, J.D. 2010, Michigan State University, B.A., 2006; Organizations: State Bar of Michigan

Patrick C. Lannen – Banking; Office: Bloomfield Hills; Education: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009, Kalamazoo College, B.A., 2006; Organizations: Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar

Megan P. McKnight – Business Litigation; Office: Bloomfield Hills; Education: University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, J.D., 2003, Kalamazoo College, cum laude and with honors, B.A., 1999; Organizations: American Inns of Court, Oakland County Chapter, Oakland County Bar Association, Federal Bar, Women in eDiscovery

Lauren B. McMillen – Insurance Coverage; Office: Bloomfield Hills; Education: Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 2007, Michigan State University, James Madison College, B.A., 2004; Organizations: State Bar of Michigan, State Bar of Indiana, State Bar of Illinois, DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association

Courtney L. Nichols – Employment & Labor; Office: Bloomfield Hills; Education: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Cum Laude, J.D., 2011, Michigan State University, James Madison College, B.A., 2008; Organizations: Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar

Frank Paolini – Estate & Trust Litigation; Office: Bloomfield Hills; Education: University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, J.D., 2012, University of Michigan - Dearborn, with High Distinction, B.A., 2009; Organizations: State Bar of Michigan

Patrick E. Winters – Insurance Coverage; Office: Bloomfield Hills; Education: Michigan State University - Detroit College of Law, magna cum laude, J.D., 2003, Michigan State University, with high honors, B.A., 1999, Organization: Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, American Bar , DRI –The Voice of the Defense Bar