Secrest Wardle attorneys William P. Hampton, Daniel P. Makarski, and Thomas R. Schultz Recognized as 2011 Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit's DBusiness Magazine

Hampton was voted a Top Lawyer in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Family Law, and Municipal Law; Makarski for his specialty area of Alternative Dispute Resolution; and Schultz as an outstanding Municipal Law attorney.

Hampton, president of Secrest Wardle and former Oakland County Circuit Court judge and state legislator, has also been recognized in Best Lawyers in America® for over ten years and was named "Detroit Best Lawyers Municipal Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2012. Hampton currently serves as general counsel for the Cities of Bloomfield Hills and Auburn Hills, Townships of Bloomfield and West Bloomfield, and as special counsel for Pontiac and Royal Oak.

Makarski, with more than 30 years of experience, has earned a state wide reputation as a successful arbitrator, case evaluator, facilitator, and mediator. He is routinely appointed to cases involving personal injuries, medical malpractice, and property and business disputes. For the third year in a row, he has been named in DBusiness magazine as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit. He has previously been awarded the prestigious Respected Advocate Award from the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and the Civility Award from the Macomb County Bar Association.

Schultz is also a prior honoree. He currently serves as city attorney for the cities of Novi, Farmington, and Sylvan Lake and provides general counsel services for several other Oakland County communities, including the City of Farmington Hills and Bloomfield Township.

Schultz is a recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award given by the Michigan Municipal League and the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) for his recognized achievements exemplifying the highest level of accomplishment in representing municipal interests in Michigan courts.

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Ian Lyngklip, senior member of Lyngklip & Associates Consumer Law Center PLC in Southfield was invited by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to be a panelist on a workshop it is sponsoring titled "The Road Ahead: Selling, Financing & Leasing Motor Vehicles."

The workshop, the final of three FTC-sponsored roundtable events staged this year was held Nov. 17 at the FTC Conference Center in Washington, D.C. The topics covered were motor vehicle leasing, spot delivery and other consumer issues.

The workshops are being sponsored by the FTC to gather information on possible consumer protection remedies it may wish to pursue in its role of guarding consumers against mistreatment, misrepresentation or outright fraud.

"I have spent my career in law standing up for victims of some shady actors in the auto leasing and financing fields," says Lyngklip. "I am proud to participate in this workshop and assist the FTC in any way I can in trying to stop these predatory practices before more consumers become prey."

Lyngklip, who regularly appears as a speaker and panelist at national events, has been named Consumer Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Consumer Advocates and also earned the Frank Kelly Consumer Advocate Award from the Michigan State Bar Association Consumer Law Section.

Lyngklip has been quoted as an expert on consumer law by such national publications as Smart Money magazine, Wall Street Journal Money Watch, the New York Times and Kiplinger's. He is one of 5% of all lawyers designated as a Super Lawyer and has testified for the Michigan House of Representatives as well as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Lyngklip is a lawyer representing consumers in disputes with debt collectors, car dealers, banks, credit reporting agencies and bad corporate actors. He specializes in representing victims of collection abuse, credit reporting errors, and car dealer fraud. He is senior partner of Lyngklip & Associates Consumer Law Center PLC.

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Miller Canfield principal Michael H. Traison (Chicago & Detroit offices) recently spoke to the European Group of the International Women Associates in Chicago for the program, "Poland in the Heart of the Jews and the Jews in the Heart of Poland: why we love to hate each other". Traison is an American Jewish lawyer who is dedicated to continuing the dialogue of Polish-Jewish relations and represents clients throughout the world with special focus on Israel and Eastern European Countries.

At Miller Canfield, Traison specializes in helping businesses solve their commercial and financial problems including bankruptcy and restructuring as well as providing expertise in international trade & export controls, representing clients in Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic and other areas of Eastern Europe.

He earned both his M.Ed. and Ph.B. from Wayne State University and his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law.

Additionally, Miller Canfield principal David M. Thoms (Troy office) was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metro Detroit, Inc., an affiliation of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils (NAEPC).

As a board member, Thoms will promote cooperative efforts in the fields of estate and business planning among the professionals and business enterprises represented by members as well as the general public.

At Miller Canfield, Thoms is a member of the Personal Services Group and co-leader of the Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations Group. He concentrates his practice in estate planning and tax, non-profit organizations, business entity planning and tax, succession planning, and real estate.

He earned his law degrees from Wayne State University School of Law and the University of Detroit-Mercy, a M.U.P. (Masters of Urban Planning) from Wayne State University, and a B.A. in History from Kalamazoo College. He also attended l'Université de Caen, France.

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The law firm of Warner, Norcross, & Judd LLP has welcomed new attorney Roquia K. Draper to its Southfield office.

Draper served as a summer associate at the firm. Prior to joining Warner Norcross she also held a judicial internship with Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Henry W. Saad .

She earned her law degree from Wayne State University Law School and her bachelor of science in psychology from Wayne State.

Draper is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

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Shirley A. Kaigler, partner with Southfield-based Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer, & Weiss PC, has been appointed to a three-year term on the State Bar of Michigan Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Jaffe CEO Richard Zussman made the announcement.

The committee is responsible for identifying tools and strategies to assess the current state of diversity and inclusion in the Michigan legal community, helping to set meaningful benchmarks that will measure improvements and progress. Members review concepts and ideas, and make recommendations for support, implementation or other appropriate actions to State Bar of Michigan leadership, committees and other bar associated entities.

Kaigler serves as group coordinator of the firm's Estate Planning/Wealth Planning/Probate Group specializing in probate and trust administration; estate, tax, retirement and business succession planning; elder law; and health care proxy and special needs issues.

She earned her Bachelor's degree from Wayne State University and her law degrees from of the University of Michigan Law School and from Wayne State University Law School.

She has been consecutively listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007 and in Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine from 2006 to 2009. In 2010, Michigan Lawyers Weekly selected Kaigler as a Women in the Law honoree. She currently serves as a member of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association, and as an advisory board member for the Anti-Defamation League and a board member for the Council of Michigan Foundations.

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Attorneys Patricia Nemeth and Linda Burwell, founding partners of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell PC. have been recognized by their peers as leading lawyers in their field by The Best Lawyers® in America for 2012. Additionally, Nemeth Burwell received a metropolitan first-tier ranking in management side employment law.

Nemeth specializes in the labor and employment arena as a litigator, consultant, and negotiator. Her areas of expertise include reductions in force/layoffs and rehiring after layoffs, religious, ethnic, and gender discrimination, workplace harassment, wrongful discharge, union organizing activities, and multi-party lawsuits. She is a certified mediator for all types of civil litigation matters, including employment. Nemeth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and law degrees from Wayne State University Law School. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Illinois Bar.

Burwell specializes in the labor and employment arena as a litigator, arbitrator and consultant and represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law. Her areas of expertise include wrongful discharge, discrimination, non-competition, harassment, interference with contract, equal pay, retaliation, whistleblowers, wage and hours, unfair labor practices, breach of contract, libel and slander, and invasion of privacy. She regularly counsels management on collective bargaining agreements, pre-employment, discipline, and pre-termination and post-termination matters.

A nationally recognized speaker and author on employment law and risk management issues, Burwell often serves as the legal expert on panels involving employment laws. She earned her law degree from Wayne State University Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and Ohio Bar and is admitted to practice before the federal bar, the Sixth Circuit Court and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

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Barris, Sott, Denn, & Driker PLLC is pleased to announce that it has been ranked among the top law firms in the country by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® for 2011-2012. In the national rankings, the firm was placed in Tier 3 for Commercial Litigation. In the metropolitan rankings, the firm was placed in Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, Municipal Law, and Real Estate Law; in Tier 2 for Arbitration, Banking and Finance Law, Antitrust Litigation, Construction Litigation, Labor & Employment Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Professional Malpractice Defense Law, and Trusts & Estates Law; and in Tier 3 for Appellate Practice.

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Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Daniel B. McGrath and Nolan A. Yaldo have joined the firm. They will both practice out of the firm's Royal Oak Office.

McGrath concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial, corporate and intellectual property litigation. Prior to joining Howard & Howard as an associate, he worked as a summer associate with the firm. He also worked as a litigation law clerk for Wayne County Corporation Counsel.

McGrath earned his B.A. from Western Michigan University in 2004 and his law degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2011.

McGrath is licensed to practice in the State of Michigan.

Yaldo concentrates his practice in the areas of tax law, general and specialized business transactions, and corporate matters, including: corporate formations, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate dissolutions.

Prior to joining Howard & Howard, Yaldo was a summer associate with the firm. His prior work experience includes several years of owning and operating a successful family business and two years working as an accountant.

Yaldo earned his B.S.B.A. from Wayne State University in 2008 and his law degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2011.

Yaldo is licensed to practice in the State of Michigan.

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Anthony Jenkins, immediate past president of the State Bar of Michigan has been elected to the board of directors of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is the third former State Bar of Michigan president to serve on the school's current board, joining Thomas Cranmer and Edward Pappas.

Jenkins is a member and chief diversity officer at Dickinson Wright PLLC in the firm's Detroit office. He practices in the areas of Acquisitions and Dispositions, Corporate, Development and Land Use, Leasing, Minority Business Enterprises, Municipal Law and Finance, Real Estate, and Real Estate Finance.

He is a nationally recognized expert in the certification of companies as minority-owned businesses. His clients have included such entities as Wayne County and the Detroit Public Library.

Jenkins has been named to Best Lawyers in America, (Corporate), Crain's Detroit's Best Lawyers, and Michigan Super Lawyers (Real Estate). He has received the Michigan Chronicle's Men of Excellence Award, Corp Magazine's Diversity Leadership Award, a Service Award as chair of the ABA Committee on Group and Pre-Paid Legal Services, a Service Award for the ABA Commission on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice, and the Detroit City Council's Spirit of Detroit Award. In June 2011, Jenkins was recognized by the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association with the Trailblazers Award for Years of Excellent Service to Bar and Bench.

He has served on the city of Detroit's Board of Police Commissioners, the Detroit Institute of Arts Board of Directors, the Detroit Medical Center's Board of Trustees. He also served as co-chair of the capital campaign for Loyola High School.

Jenkins has been active in the American Bar Association, presently serving as a member of the ABA Federal Judiciary Committee and a past member of the ABA Board of Governors and ABA House of Delegates. He serves or has served on several Detroit area civic and charitable boards, including the Elected Officials Compensation Commission, the Board of Police Commissioners, the Advisory Board to the Founders Society of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Detroit Medical Center.

He earned his B.A. from Harvard College in 1974, his M.P.A. from Princeton University in 1979, and his law degree from New York University Law School in 1980.

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May, Simpson, & Strote PC in Bloomfield Hills, a Tier-1 law firm in the area of Construction Law and Litigation-Construction in Detroit by Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms was honored to receive the designation of top Michigan small law firm in the areas of construction and real estate law by Super Lawyers® 2011 Business Edition. The firm recognizes three of its partners, Thomas C. Simpson, Ronald P. Strote, and John A. Forrest for their outstanding achievements.

Simpson, a Michigan Super Lawyer in real estate for each year the designation has been available to Michigan attorneys, has also been recognized by Best Lawyers® 2012 in the areas of real estate and real estate law. Simpson was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 1989 and is a member of the American College Committee on Title Insurance Law. His practice concentrates in the areas of real estate, title insurance and construction defense.

Strote, Best Lawyers®, 2011 Detroit Area Construction Lawyer of the Year, has been acknowledged as one of the top 100 lawyers in Michigan by Michigan Super Lawyers® for the fourth consecutive year. Strote has also been named a Top Lawyer in DBusiness magazine for 2012. In addition to his client representation, he is actively involved in alternative dispute resolution as an arbitrator and mediator, being certified by the International Mediation Institute, The Hague, Netherlands.

Forrest has been named Top Lawyer in DBusiness magazine for 2012. Forrest's practice focuses on Franchise and Distribution law, Commercial Contracts, Business Planning and Corporate Law.

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Dykema Gossett PLLC recently announced the addition of Alexis J. Schostak as an associate in the firm's Corporate Finance practice group in Bloomfield Hills. Schostak joins from Bodman PLC's Troy office. Prior to Bodman PLC, Schostak was a corporate attorney in New York at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.

Schostak focuses her practice on corporate finance, representing clients from a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, automotive, technology and telecommunications. Her experience includes representation in complex commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, lending and corporate organization. She also has experience representing lenders, including investment banks, venture capital funds and hedge funds, in complex corporate finance transactions, including acquisition financings, cross-border financings, asset based financings and mezzanine financings.

Schostak is also a director and the Secondary School Committee Chair of the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton Alumni Clubs of Michigan, responsible for coordinating the entire alumni interview process for undergraduate applicants from Michigan, 2009-present.

Schostak earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from Emory University.

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Butzel Long received national recognition in the second annual edition of the "2011-2012 Best Law Firms," report by U.S. News Media Group, the publisher of U.S. News & World Report, and Best Lawyers®. Butzel Long was nationally ranked in the first tier in Immigration Law (Tier 1).

Butzel Long also ranked in the third tier nationally in Employment Law - Management (Tier 3). Moreover, the firm was ranked in multiple legal specialties in the Ann Arbor, Detroit and Lansing offices.

Below is a list of Butzel Long's local 2011-2012 Best Law Firm rankings:

National Rankings

Tier 1

* Immigration Law.

Tier 3

* Employment Law - Management.

Metropolitan Rankings

Tier 1


* Commercial Litigation.

* Construction Law.

* Corporate Compliance Law.

* Corporate Law.

* Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Litigation.

* Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.

* Employment Law - Management.

* Family Law.

* Immigration Law.

* International Trade and Finance Law.

* Labor Law - Management.

* Litigation - Construction.

* Litigation - Eminent Domain & Condemnation.

* Litigation - ERISA.

* Litigation - First Amendment.

* Litigation - Labor & Employment.

* Litigation - Real Estate.

* Mergers & Acquisitions Law.

* Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants.

* Real Estate Law.

* Tax Law.

Tier 2


* Corporate Governance Law.

* Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Governmental Investigations.

* Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law.

* Environmental Law.

* Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law.

* Litigation - Environmental.

* Litigation - Tax.

* Litigation - Trusts & Estates.

* Securities / Capital Markets Law.

* Securities Regulation.

* Trusts & Estates Law.

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Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Eric Pelton to the Board of Law Examiners.

The board investigates and examines all persons who initially apply for admission to the State Bar of Michigan.

Pelton is a founding principal and managing partner of Kienbaum, Opperwall, Hard, & Pelton PLC law firm in Birmingham. He represented employers in litigation and traditional labor matters for more than 20 years. Pelton previously served on the Michigan Board of State Canvassers. He earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, a master's degree in public administration from Syracuse University and a law degree from Syracuse University School of Law.

Pelton will serve the remainder of a vacant five-year term expiring June 30, 2012. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Published: Mon, Nov 21, 2011