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Three Associates Join Bodman


Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that associate attorneys have joined the firm: Annalise A. Lekas, Ameena R. Sheikh, and Nicholas Q. Taylor.

The new associates are all based in Bodman’s Detroit office and all were members of the firm’s 2015 class of summer associates. 

Lekas is a member of the Business Practice Group. She represents business clients involved in a variety of matters including corporate organizations, mergers and acquisitions, and other commercial transactions. Previously, she has worked as a corporate legal extern for an industrial aluminum manufacturer and for a nationwide voluntary health organization, and as an intern in the corporate counsel’s office of a diversified global manufacturing company. She also worked in the office of U.S. Representative Tim Walberg in Washington, DC as an intern. While in law school, Ms. Lekas was managing editor for the Emory International Law Review and is the author of “#ISIS: The Largest Threat to World Peace Trending Now,” an article published in the Review. She is proficient in both Spanish and Chinese.

Sheikh is a member Bodman’s Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group.  She represents clients involved in complex commercial litigation matters. After receiving a full tuition Dean’s Scholarship at Wayne State University Law School, Sheikh was the recipient of the Silver and Bronze Key Certificates for academic achievement.  During her time at the university, Sheikh was a member of several Wayne Law Moot Court teams, placing 1st in the Solo, Team, and Brief Writer categories at the Arthur Neef Wayne Law In-House Moot Court Competition. Before becoming an attorney, Sheikh represented the United States as an internationally and nationally ranked ice skater. She is active in pro bono and volunteer work, including the Family Adoption Program at Matrix Family Services and student mentoring with VIP Mentoring, Inc.

Taylor works with both Bodman’s High Net Worth and Tax practice groups. He represents individual clients in connection with estate planning, related tax matters, and the administration of complex trusts and estates. He also represents tax-exempt and charitable organizations in securing and retaining exempt status, advising on corporate governance issues, and counseling on general operational matters. Before joining Bodman, Taylor worked as a law clerk with a mid-size Detroit-area law firm, gaining experience in insurance litigation, eminent domain, and other areas. While in law school, Mr. Taylor served as articles editor for the Indiana Law Journal. He also served as press and media chair for a local chapter of the American Constitution Society.

 

Bodman PLC Named Among 2017 U.S. News Best Law Firms
 

U.S. News & World Report, in association with The Best Lawyers in America, has named Bodman PLC to its 2017 “Best Law Firms” list in multiple practice areas both locally and nationally.   

U.S. News rankings are based on a rigorous research process which includes feedback from clients and peers regarding the firm’s practice group expertise, responsiveness, and business acumen.  Achieving a tiered ranking signals a combination of a quality law practice and broad legal expertise.

Bodman PLC has been ranked in the 2017 U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list nationally in five practice areas and regionally in 38 practice areas.
U.S. News ranked Bodman as a leader in the following areas:

Nationally: 
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Corporate Law
Environmental Law
Litigation – Environmental

Detroit Market: 
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law
Environmental Law
Health Care Law
Litigation - Banking & Finance
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation- Intellectual Property
Litigation - Trusts & Estates
Non-Profit/Charities Law
Real Estate Law
Trusts & Estates Law

Ann Arbor Market:
Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Copyright Law
Corporate Law
Litigation- Intellectual Property
Litigation - Patent
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Non-Profit/Charities Law
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trademark Law

Troy Market:
Banking and Finance Law
Commercial Litigation
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law- Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation- Banking & Finance
Litigation- Real Estate
Litigation - Trusts & Estates
Municipal Law
Real Estate Law
Securities/Capital Markets Law

 

Bodman Attorney Nicholas P. Scavone, Jr. Appointed Vice Chair of Michigan State Bar Real Property Law Section
 

Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that Nicholas P. Scavone, Jr., chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, has been appointed vice chair of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

With over 3,500 members, the Real Property Law Section is one of the largest groups within the State Bar of Michigan. The 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 represents clients in a wide variety of complex commercial real estate transactions, including purchases and sales, leasing, construction, real estate secured financings and mortgage warehousing facilities.
The position of vice chair is another leadership role for Scavone, who previously served as treasurer of the Real Property Law Section Council. He is also a long time member of the Section’s Michigan Land Title Standards Committee, which publishes Michigan Land Title Standards, an authoritative reference on the law of land titles and other aspects of Michigan real property law.

Scavone is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 under Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 under Michigan — Real Estate, and in Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.  He has been selected as a 2016 “Top Lawyer” by DBusiness magazine.

About Bodman - Bodman PLC is one of the Midwest’s leading business law firms, providing counsel to some of the region’s most successful companies and wealthiest individuals on a broad range of issues. Deeply rooted in the communities they serve, Bodman lawyers provide clients with the personal attention of a small firm combined with the talent and knowledge expected of the nation’s leading attorneys. To learn more, visit www.bodmanlaw.com.

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