Duly Noted


Gov. Snyder appoints John Walsh to be his director of strategy

Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed outgoing state Rep. John Walsh as the director of strategy within the Executive Office.

Walsh succeeds Bill Rustem, who retired last summer after a long, distinguished career in public service.

Walsh, of Livonia, was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2008 and was a key voice in the work that led to the “Grand Bargain” legislation that helped bring Detroit’s bankruptcy to a close and mitigate the impact on employee pensions. While in the state House, Walsh served as speaker pro tempore and was a member of the important Appropriations Committee, chairing the Judiciary Appropriations Subcommittee. Prior to his election, Walsh worked as an attorney and an executive at Schoolcraft College, and was a member of the Livonia City Council. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Wayne State University.

Walsh’s appointment became effective Jan. 5, 2015.


Warner Norcross welcomes Ian R. Kennedy as partner

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP welcomes Ian R. Kennedy as a new partner.

Kennedy joined Warner Norcross in 2013. He concentrates his practice in general corporate law, employment and real estate law and also estate planning. He regularly counsels closely held businesses as well as nonprofit, educational, governmental and religious institutions.

““We are very pleased to welcome Ian into the partnership,” said Douglas E. Wagner, managing partner of Warner Norcross.  “He is an exemplary lawyer who has distinguished himself by providing exceptional client service and leadership while demonstrating outstanding knowledge of the law.  As Warner Norcross continues to grow, Ian will make valuable contributions to our ongoing success.”

Kennedy is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. He serves on the board of Community Advocates Pooled Trust Committee and has been named a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine. He received his bachelor’s degree from Alma College and earned his JD from the University of Notre Dame cum laude.