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Meisner & Associates PC is pleased to announce that Robert M. Meisner was selected as a 2011 "Super Lawyer" in the State of Michigan for the third year in a row, and a 2010 top Metro Detroit Attorney in the Field of Condominium Law.

Meisner is the founding member of Meisner & Associates. He earned the distinction of being Michigan's first inductee into the CAI College of Community Association Lawyers. Meisner is an adjunct professor at Cooley Law School and Michigan State University College of Law, the author of "Condo Living: A Survival Guide to Buying, Owing and Selling a Condominium," a certified mediator, and has been a featured columnist for more than 30 years with the Observer and Eccentric Newspapers.

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LeClairRyan is pleased to announce that Evan A. Burkholder has been selected by his peers as 2011 Michigan Super Lawyer. Burkholder was recognized in the Business Litigation practice. The practice areas listed are determined by categories that are specific to Super Lawyers.

Burkholder is a shareholder and the office leader of LeClairRyan's Dearborn office. He has more than 30 years of trial experience handling business litigation, wrongful death actions, catastrophic injury cases, design defect cases, and product recall actions. He has represented architects, engineers and accountants in professional liability actions and has defended insurers in first party policy cases, as well as bad faith and excess liability claims. Burkholder has also coordinated the defense of multi-state product liability actions, supervising local counsel, coordinating discovery and managing the operations of large document depositories.

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Butzel Long attorney Dennis B. Schultz was a featured speaker during a webinar hosted by Grant Thornton on Thursday, Sept. 15. The title of the program was: "Construction Owner's Toolbox: Oversight of Contractor Changes and Claims." Schultz co-presented the program with James T. Schmid, CPA, CFE, partner and national Construction Advisory practice leader, Grant Thornton LLP.

Based in Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills office, Schultz is a former manager of the firm's Business Litigation Practice. Prior to beginning his legal career, Schultz spent more than 10 years in construction contracting and the real estate development area. Schultz is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2011.

Schultz has conducted numerous trials in federal and state courts and the American Arbitration Association. He has been lead counsel in major business disputes, shareholder class actions, corporate hostile take-over actions, commercial contract disputes and trade secret/intellectual property cases. He has experience in the construction and development industry, including acting as lead counsel in large complex engagements.

He has represented owners, general contractors, construction managers and subcontractors in negotiation and drafting contract documents and negotiated settlements of claims on a variety of construction projects, including design, product and system performance, contractor performance and numerous contract disputes.

Schultz has served as lead counsel in the litigation of claims on major construction projects, including both public and private projects such as office complexes, waste water treatment plants, industrial processing facilities, manufacturing facilities, automobile manufacturing plants, and major healthcare projects. His experience includes numerous arbitrations of disputes and litigation in the state and federal courts of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and Colorado.

Schultz is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law (1977) and Wayne State University (B.S., 1970).

Additionally, Robin Luce Herrmann will be a featured speaker during the Associated Press Editorial Association Annual Meeting on Oct. 12, in Mt. Pleasant.

The topic for Herrmann's presentation is: New Rules for New Tools - What You Should Know about Legal, Ethical and Business Questions in the Digital Age. "We will cover some fun and cutting-edge topics like 'Who owns a Blog,'" Herrmann said. "The discussion is always interesting when the subjects include social media, the Communications Decency Act in the context of publishing and newsgathering."

Herrmann concentrates her practice in the areas of media law, particularly defamation and access issues; commercial litigation, including RICO; non-competes and trade secrets; and civil rights. She has extensive trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts in a variety of areas. Herrmann also is general counsel of the Michigan Press Association.

In addition, Herrmann previously taught Law of the Press in the Journalism Department. at Oakland University. She also has been a guest speaker on Law of the Press at Wayne State University, Central Michigan University, and Oakland University. She is the author of numerous articles as well.

Herrmann was recently appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Law and Media Committee. She also is a member of the American Bar Association including the ABA Communications Law Forum; Woman Advocate Committee of the Litigation Section; a past member and vice-chair of the ABA Law and Media Committee; and active in the Media Law Resource Center.

Herrmann has been very active with Community Legal Resources over the years. Currently, she is chair, Board of Directors. She also served as vice-chair Board of Directors - 2006 to 2009; chair, Finance Committee - 2003 to 2006; she has been a board member since 2003.

Herrmann is a 1984 graduate of the University of Michigan and a 1993 graduate of the Detroit College of Law .

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Mary Massaron Ross, who serves as Appellate Law Practice Group leader for Plunkett Cooney, is among several leading appellate attorneys who recently co-authored a book on state and federal appellate practice.

Published by Law Journal Press, "Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts" is a guide to the appellate process. The book offers step-by-step advice on a variety of issues, including factors to weigh when evaluating whether to appeal, preserving issues for appeal, preparing winning motions, standards of review, and standing to appeal. The book also offers insight into appellate decisions involving class certification.

Massaron Ross, one of 15 contributors, authored Chapter Six, titled: "Interlocutory Appellate Review." In this chapter, she offers an extensive review of both federal and state law governing interlocutory appeals, including the collateral order doctrine, appeals from contempt orders, appeals relating to injunctions and injunctive relief, receiverships, and admiralty decisions. The chapter also addresses certification of orders for appeal and the use of extraordinary writs to obtain interlocutory review.

Massaron Ross, who previously served as a law clerk to former Michigan Supreme Court Associate Justice Patricia J. Boyle, practices in Plunkett Cooney's Detroit office. One of the firm's top appellate attorneys, Massaron Ross has over 50 published opinions to her credit.

Massaron Ross serves as the first vice president of DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar and will become the organization's president in 2012. She also serves as first chair of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society Advocates Guild, co-chair of the Michigan Appellate Bench Bar Conference Foundation, chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Appellate Practice Section, and chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs, the five-member committee that oversees preparation of ABA briefs for filing in state and federal appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

A member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Massaron Ross has numerous honors to her credit, including recently being featured as one of the state's "Most Influential Attorneys" in the past 25 years by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Michigan Super Lawyers magazine has also honored Massaron Ross for four consecutive years and has included her among its top 100 Michigan attorneys, as well as its top 50 women lawyers in the state.

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Holli Targan, a partner in the Southfield office of Michigan-based law firm Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer, & Weiss PC., was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2012 in the field of information technology. Jaffe CEO Richard Zussman made the announcement.

Targan serves as chairperson of Jaffe's Finance Services and Electronic Payments Practice Groups and concentrates her legal practice in the areas of credit and debit card processing, mobile payments, stored value, merchant cash advance and payment systems law.

She is a 1982 graduate of James Madison College and a 1985 graduate of the Wayne State University Law School.

A frequent speaker and published author, Targan currently serves as immediate past president of the Electronic Transactions Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade group representing the electronic payments industry. She also is a founder and past president of Women Networking in Electronic Transactions (W.net), a non-profit national association of women in the electronics transactions industry.

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Deborah J. Williamson, an attorney with the law firm of Warner, Norcross, & Judd LLP, has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

Additionally, Mary Jo Larson, a partner with the firm, has been ranked among the top "Super Lawyers" in the sixth annual publication of Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

Larson, who concentrates her practice on employee benefits, is featured among the Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers.

Additionally, the firm has been recognized on the Crain's Detroit Business 2011 "Cool Places to Work" list.

Warner Norcross was one of eight companies to be recognized in the 251-500 employees category. Recognition on the list was based on several factors including communicating with employees, attracting talent and creating a positive environment. Crain's Detroit asked employees to nominate their company back in the spring. Companies receiving the best nominations by their employees were then given the opportunity to complete a survey administered by the American Society of Employers, which was further evaluated.

The 48 selected companies were featured in the Sept. 5 issue of Crain's Detroit Business, and the publication will hold an event on Nov. 10 at The Henry Ford in Dearborn to celebrate.

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Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart PC recently announced that 141 of the firm's attorneys across 32 of the firm's offices have been named to the peer-review publication, The Best Lawyers in America 2012.®

Of the Ogletree Deakins attorneys featured in the new edition of Best Lawyers, the following four attorneys from the firm's Bloomfield Hills office were named to the list:

* Margaret Carroll Alli - Employment Law - Management; Education Law; Litigation - Labor and Employment.

* Thomas A. Cattel - Labor Law - Management; Employment Law - Management.

* Richard Hurford - Litigation - Labor and Employment.

* Richard M. Tuyn - Employment Law - Management; Litigation - Labor and Employment.

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Dawda Mann attorneys Theresa Joswick and Suanne Tiberio Trimmer were recently named among the "Top 50 Michigan Women Super Lawyers 2011."

Both Joswick and Trimmer also were named to the "Michigan Super Lawyers 2011" list. Joswick was recognized in the Employee Benefits/ERISA practice area and Trimmer in the General Litigation practice area.

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Foley & Lardner LLP announced recently that the firm once again ranked in the top 200 of this year's InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation's most innovative users of business technology. This marks the sixth consecutive year that Foley has been recognized on this prestigious list.

Since implementing the program, the firm has realized enhanced user satisfaction, more timely adaptation to technology advancements and a significant cost savings over the former equipment acquisition model. The program has also allowed Foley's IT department to redirect support budget and hardware investments toward more core services, reducing the firm's overall service costs.

The Foley technology allowance program is just one of the technology-based solutions Foley offers to enhance client service. Another solution is Foley's budget management tool, a web-based technology that provides attorneys and clients with real-time data regarding actual fees incurred against budget, enabling its attorneys to manage work for clients efficiently and provide predictable pricing.

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Dykema is pleased to announce that Nicole L. DiNardo, an associate in the firm's Automotive Industry Group and Litigation Department, was recently named chair of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel's (MDTC) Southeast Region for the 2011-2012 term. DiNardo focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, catastrophic product liability defense, automotive supplier contract disputes, premises liability and consumer lending litigation.

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Super Lawyers magazine recognized 12 from Southfield-based Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth, & Heller PC for inclusion on the 2011 "Michigan Super Lawyers" list.

Of the 12, Lowell D. Salesin was listed among the Top 100 "Michigan Super Lawyers" 2011. Michael K. Hauser, who focuses his practice on tax, represents Maddin Hauser on the list of "Michigan Rising" Stars 2011.

Following is a complete list of the attorneys from Maddin Hauser's named "Michigan Super Lawyers" 2011:

* David E. Hart, shareholder and Executive Management Committee Member; Real Estate.

* Mark R. Hauser, managing director and Executive Management Committee Member; Real Estate.

* Harvey R. Heller, shareholder and Executive Management Committee Member; Professional Liability: Defense.

* John E. Jacobs, shareholder; Real Estate.

* Robert D. Kaplow, shareholder; Estate Planning and Probate.

* Charles M. Lax, shareholder; Employee Benefits/ERISA.

* Michael S. Leib, shareholder, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.

* Michael W. Maddin, president Emeritus and Executive Management Committee Member; Real Estate.

* Richard F. Roth, shareholder; Business/Corporate.

* Lowell D. Salesin, shareholder and Executive Management Committee Member; Real Estate.

* Steven D. Sallen, president, CEO and Executive Management Committee Member; Real Estate.

* Steven M. Wolock, shareholder; Professional Liability: Defense.

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Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, and Cohn LLP again is a leader the number of 2011 "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" with 75 Super Lawyers and 42 "Rising Stars." For the fifth consecutive year, Honigman also leads with 11 attorneys among the "Top 100" Super Lawyers.

In addition, "Super Lawyers/Michigan" 2011 names Honigman Partners Norman C. Ankers and Joseph Aviv to its list of the state's "Top 10" attorneys and four attorneys among its "Top 50 Women."

The Honigman attorneys listed in Michigan Super Lawyers 2011 and the practice areas for which they were recognized are:

Top 10

* Norman C. Ankers - Business Litigation.

* Joseph Aviv - Business Litigation.

Top 100

* Norman C. Ankers - Business Litigation.

* Joseph Aviv - Business Litigation.

* Herschel P. Fink - First Amendment/Media/Advertising.

* David Foltyn - Business/Corporate.

* Michael A. Indenbaum - Tax

* Robert M. Jackson - Business Litigation.

* Donald J. Kunz - Securities & Corporate Finance.

* Lawrence D. McLaughlin - Real Estate.

* Joseph M. Polito - Environmental.

* Linda S. Ross - Health Care.

* I.W. Winsten - Business Litigation.

Top 50 Women

* Judy B. Calton - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.

* Denise J. Lewis - Real Estate.

* Julie E. Robertson - Insurance Coverage.

* Linda S. Ross - Health Care.

Additional Honigman Attorneys Recognized as "Super Lawyers" are:

* Joel S. Adelman - Real Estate.

* Richard A. Barr - Environmental.

* Donald F. Baty Jr. - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.

* Norman H. Beitner - Securities & Corporate Finance.

* Maurice S. Binkow - Real Estate.

* Laura A. Brodeur-McGeorge - Employment Litigation: Defense.

* Kenneth T. Brooks - Business Litigation.

* Richard J. Burstein - Real Estate.

* William M. Cassetta - Insurance Coverage.

* Roger Cook - Tax.

* Gregory J. DeMars - Real Estate.

* Andrew S. Doctoroff - Business Litigation.

* Michael D. DuBay - Business/Corporate.

* Patrick T. Duerr - Securities & Corporate Finance.

* Eric J. Eggan - Government/Cities/Municipalities.

* David A. Ettinger - Antitrust Litigation.

* Cameron J. Evans - Employment & Labor.

* Carol A. Friend - Immigration.

* Lynn A. Gandhi - Tax.

* Kenneth C. Gold - Environmental.

* Frank L. Gorman - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.

* Margaret E. Greene - Construction/Surety.

* Andrew (Jake) M. Grove - Intellectual Property Litigation.

* June Summers Haas - Tax.

* Raymond W. Henney - Securities Litigation.

* Carl W. Herstein - Real Estate.

* Karl A. Hochkammer - Information Technology/Outsourcing.

* William O. Hochkammer - Insurance Coverage.

* Ann T. Hollenbeck - Health Care.

* J. Michael Huget - Intellectual Property Litigation.

* Alan M. Hurvitz - Real Estate.

* S. Lee Johnson - Environmental.

* Anessa Owen Kramer - Intellectual Property.

* Joel M. Krugel - Real Estate.

* Howard N. Luckoff - Real Estate.

* Stewart L. Mandell - Tax.

* Kenneth R. Marcus - Health Care.

* Jeffrey H. Miro - Corporate Governance & Compliance.

* Cyril Moscow - Securities & Corporate Finance.

* Steven C. Nadeau - Environmental.

* Charles Nida - Estate Planning & Probate.

* Joshua F. Opperer - Mergers & Acquisitions.

* David N. Parsigian - Securities & Corporate Finance.

* John D. Pirich - Insurance Coverage.

* J. Adam Rothstein - Real Estate.

* E. Todd Sable - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.

* William D. Sargent - Employment & Labor.

* Alan S. Schwartz - Business/Corporate.

* Michael B. Shapiro - Tax.

* Richard S. Soble - Tax.

* Samuel T. Stahl - Securities & Corporate Finance.

* Mark A. Stern - Business Litigation.

* Stuart H. Teger - Construction Litigation.

* Phillip D. Torrence - Securities & Corporate Finance.

* Christopher E. Tracy - Business Litigation.

* Patrick R. Van Tiflin - Tax.

* Linda A. Wasserman - Estate Planning & Probate.

* Robert B. Weiss - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.

* Sheldon P. Winkelman - Real Estate.

* Jeffrey L. Woolstrum - Environmental.

* Richard E. Zuckerman - Criminal Defense: White Collar.

Honigman "Rising Stars" and the practice areas for which they were honored:

* Jason R. Abel - Business Litigation.

* Jennifer Sheehan Anderson - Intellectual Property .

* Jeffrey W. Barringer - Estate Planning & Probate.

* Kenton M. Bednarz - Business/Corporate.

* Michael S. Ben - Corporate Governance & Compliance.

* Jennifer L. Benedict - Health Care.

* Jonathan D. Block - Real Estate.

* Joscelyn C. Boucher - Securities & Corporate Finance.

* Meghan N. Covino - Immigration.

* Sean F. Crotty - Employment & Labor.

* Alexander G. Domenicucci - Tax.

* Thomas W. Forster II - Real Estate.

* Scott D. Geromette - Insurance Coverage.

* Nicholas B. Gorga - Business Litigation.

* Michael P. Hindelang - Business Litigation.

* Kara L. Hoorn - Securities & Corporate Finance.

* David J. Jacob - Real Estate.

* Adam Jahnke - Real Estate.

* Adam K. Keith - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.

* Matthew Keuten - Health Care.

* Kristopher P. Korvun - Real Estate.

* Vincent Kuebler - Real Estate.

* Daniel W. Linna Jr. - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.

* Tara E. Mahoney - Employment & Labor.

* H. Roger Mali - Real Estate.

* Mary K. Mansfield - Estate Planning & Probate.

* A'Jené M. Maxwell - Real Estate.

* Megan Conlon McCulloch - Environmental.

* H. Kirk Meadows - Environmental.

* Kelly T. Murphy - Intellectual Property.

* Jonathan P. O'Brien, Ph.D. - Intellectual Property.

* Arthur T. O'Reilly - Business Litigation.

* Justin R. Peruski - Business/Corporate.

* Kenneth J. Phillips - Business/Corporate.

* Jill M. Przybylski - Business Litigation.

* Steven J. Rypma - Real Estate.

* Jill S. Schloff - Real Estate.

* Joseph R. Sgroi - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.

* Tricia A. Sherick - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.

* Aaron M. Silver - Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights.

* Abby M. Stover - Real Estate

* Brian D. Wassom - Intellectual Property Litigation.

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Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Royal Oak attorney, Rodger A. Kershner, was elected to the Council of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The Environmental Law Section provides education, information and analysis about environmental issues of concern through meetings, seminars, the section's website, public service programs, and publications of the Michigan Environmental Law Journal. He also serves as chair of the section's Energy Committee.

Kershner focuses his practice in energy and corporate law, including acquisitions and divestitures of energy assets and other commercial matters for national and international corporations. Serving 25 years as in-house counsel, he most recently was senior vice president, General Counsel and Secretary of CMS Energy Corporation, a Fortune 500 energy holding company.

Kershner has led acquisitions and divestitures of enterprises valued in excess of $1 billion and has managed corporate and project finance transactions and formation and financing of new business enterprises. He has supported businesses in 20 foreign countries and has expertise in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

As a member of the executive management team of CMS Energy, Kershner advised its Board of Directors and sat on boards of the company's largest subsidiaries. Kershner's present practice focuses on production of conventional and alternative energy, energy infrastructure investment, formulation of energy policy and representation of energy consumers before regulatory agencies.

Kershner is a vice chair of both the Electricity Committee and the Renewable Energy Committee of the American Bar Association's Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section and a member of the Section's Council Group. He is a former member and Chairman of the Board of Control of Michigan Technological University, as well as chair of its finance and audit committee.

Kershner has been invited to speak on topics such as partnership and joint venture formation, energy opportunities in the U.S. for foreign investors, utility deregulation, project finance, privatization, and valuation of utility property. He earned his B.S. in finance from Wayne State University and law degree from Michigan State University College of Law.

Published: Mon, Sep 26, 2011

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