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Michigan Super Lawyers magazine has named 12 attorneys from Plunkett Cooney to its 2021 list of "Super Lawyers."

Receiving special recognition by the magazine with inclusion among the state's top 50 women lawyers are Mary Massaron and D. Jennifer Andreou. Massaron has been included among the top 50 for the 15th consecutive year. Andreou, who serves as a leader of Plunkett Cooney's Medical Liability Practice Group, once again joins the top 50 list of women attorneys, her seventh such honor during the past 12 years.

Below is a list of local Plunkett Cooney partners who have received the 2021 Michigan Super Lawyer designation:

Bloomfield Hills office

Michael P. Ashcraft Jr. - Professional Liability: Defense
Douglas C. Bernstein - Bankruptcy: Business
Charles W. Browning - Insurance Coverage
Robert G. Kamenec - Appellate
Mark S. Kopson - Health Care
Mary Massaron - Appellate
Scott H. Sirich - Construction Litigation
Thomas P. Vincent - Business Litigation

Detroit office

D. Jennifer Andreou - Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
Laurel F. McGiffert - Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
Matthew J. Stanczyk - Personal Injury Defense: Products

In addition, Michigan Super Lawyers magazine has named 14 attorneys from Plunkett Cooney to its 2021 list of "Rising Stars."

New to the list this year are Rochelle L. Clarke and Katherine M. Nighswander. A Bloomfield Hills attorney and co-leader of the firm's Governmental Law Practice Group, Clarke was selected for her civil litigation defense experience. Nighswander, an attorney in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, was selected for her insurance coverage expertise.

To be considered a Rising Star, candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or licensed to practice for 10 years or less.

Below is a list of local Plunkett Cooney attorneys who have received the 2021 Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star designation:

Bloomfield Hills office

Hilary A. Ballentine - Appellate
Abe Barlaskar - Personal Injury: Defense
Ryan P. Bourjaily - Estate & Trust Litigation
Rochelle L. Clarke - Civil Litigation: Defense
Ashley S. Dickey - Personal Injury: Defense
Patrick C. Lannen - Banking
Scott W. Malott - Civil Litigation: Defense
Courtney L. Nichols - Employment & Labor
Katherine M. Nighswander
- Insurance Coverage
Nicole C. Ruggirello - Insurance Coverage
Jesse A. Zapczynski - Insurance Coverage

Detroit office

Kimberly K. Seibert - Civil Litigation: Defense

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Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer, & Weiss PC recently announced that 18 of the firm's attorneys were recognized in the 2021 "Michigan Super Lawyers" list by Super Lawyers®. Jaffe CEO Jeffrey M. Weiss made the announcement.

The following Jaffe attorneys were included in the 2021 "Michigan Super Lawyers":

Peter M. Alter: Business Litigation

Christopher A. Andreoff: Criminal Defense, White Collar

Jeremy Bisdorf: Intellectual Property
Mark G. Cooper: Business Litigation
Thomas E. Coughlin: Bankruptcy, Business
Paul R. Hage: Bankruptcy, Business
Jeffrey G. Heuer: Business Litigation
Ethan R. Holtz: Business Litigation
Michael F. Jacobson: Business Litigation
Mark L. Kowalsky: Securities Litigation
Mark P. Krysinski: Real Estate
Susan S. Lichterman: Family Law
Mark. Rubenfire: Real Estate
Brian G. Shannon: Appellate
Aaron H. Sherbin: Estate & Probate
David Steinberg: Franchise/Dealership
Jay L. Welford: Creditor Debtor Rights
Richard A. Zussman: Real Estate

An additional 13 Jaffe attorneys were also recognized on the 2021 "Michigan Rising Stars" list.

Attorneys under 40 years of age or who have been practicing for less than 10 years are eligible for inclusion in the "Michigan Rising Stars" list.

The following Jaffe attorneys were included in the 2021 "Michigan Rising Stars":

Gabriel Appel: Business/Corporate
Joshua M. Borson: Business/Corporate
Kreuza Gjezi: Immigration
Justin A. Hanna: Business/Corporate
Nicole A. Hertzberg: Estate & Probate
James Kresta: Business Litigation
Emily M. Mayer: Business Litigation
Nicole M. Meisner: Business/Corporate
Michelle A. Rubin: Estate & Probate
Jonathan H. Schwartz: Business Litigation
Paige Szymanski: Business Litigation
Daniel Soleimani: Tax
Brian Stone: Real Estate
Natalie A. Watkins: Business/Corporate

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Howard & Howard is pleased to welcome Brigid D. Fox to the firm. She will practice out of the firm's Royal Oak office.

As a member of the Trust and Estate Planning Practice Group, Fox helps individuals, families, and businesses protect and transfer their assets to achieve wealth preservation in the most tax efficient way possible. She provides clients with comprehensive and tailored estate planning documents, including revocable and irrevocable trusts, wills, and powers of attorney. Fox also handles a variety of probate and estate and trust administration matters. Additionally, she has experience in the preparation of state and federal estate tax returns.

Prior to joining Howard & Howard, Fox spent several years at a large Chicago law firm where she gained experience in all matters relating to trust and estate planning and administration. Before entering private practice, she worked as trust administrator with JPMorgan's high-net-worth group in their private bank.