Potestivo & Associates PC is proud to announce and congratulate its very own "Best of the Best" Chantelle R. Neumann, supervising litigation attorney, for being selected to the Super Lawyers Michigan Rising Stars 2016. Additionally, the firm congratulates Founder and President Brian A. Potestivo for being named 2016 Super Lawyer.

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The law firm of Couzens Lansky, located in Farmington Hills, is pleased to announce 11 attorneys have been named as Michigan Super Lawyers for 2016.

The following attorneys from Couzens Lansky have been recognized in 2016:

- Jack S. Couzens II* - Estate Planning and Probate.

- Jerry M. Ellis - Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights.

- Donald M. Lansky - Mergers and Acquisitions.

- Bruce J. Lazar - Construction.

- Kathryn Gilson Sussman** - Estate Planning and Probate.

- Jeffrey A. Levine - Mergers and Acquisitions

- Donald A. Wagner* - Banking.

- Gregg A. Nathanson - Real Estate.

- David A. Lawrence - Employment and Labor.

- Ronn S. Nadis - Real Estate.

- Phillip J. Neuman - Business Litigation.

(* Recognized for inclusion on the Super Lawyers list for 10 consecutive years.)

(** Recognized in Super Lawyers Women's Edition, a separate national publication, for their exceptional achievement in their area of business practice.).

Couzens Lansky is also pleased to announce that Dawn T. Yeaton and Rebecca K. Wrock, associates of the firm, have been named to the Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for 2016.

Yeaton was recognized for her work in real estate and Wrock was recognized for her work in the estate and probate practice areas.

Yeaton's primary practice areas include business and corporate law, real estate law and banking and finance. Wrock's primary practice areas include trusts and estates and probate and trust administration.

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Thirty one Plunkett Cooney attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

In addition to their inclusion on the list this year, Plunkett Cooney attorneys Mary Massaron and Stanley C. Moore III are receiving special honors from Best Lawyers.

Massaron has been named Detroit "Lawyer of the Year" in Appellate Law. Moore was named Detroit "Lawyer of the Year" in Labor Law - Management. Both Massaron and Moore have been on the list of The Best Lawyers in America® since 2008.

A member of the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, Massaron served as president of the DRI in 2012 -2013. She is a past chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Michigan, DRI's Appellate Advocacy Committee, and the American Bar Association's (ABA) Council of Appellate Lawyers, a division of the Appellate Judges Conference. A member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Massaron co-chairs the Michigan Appellate Bench Bar Conference Foundation, an organization of Michigan appellate judges and lawyers. She has an appellate practice on behalf of public and private clients, representing them in state and federal courts around the country.

An Of Counsel attorney at Plunkett Cooney, Moore devotes his practice exclusively to representing management in labor and employment law matters. He has represented both private and public sector employers in all facets of labor and employment law both in union and non-union settings. Moore has also represented healthcare providers in all aspects of state and federal labor and employment law since 1973.

Below is a list of additional local Plunkett Cooney attorneys who have received the 2017 Best Lawyers designation:

Plunkett Cooney's Bloomfield Hills Best Lawyers:

- Michael P. Ashcraft (partner) Legal Malpractice Law.

- Douglas C. Bernstein (partner) Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

- William D. Booth (of counsel) Personal Injury Litigation. He has the distinction of being named to the Best Lawyers list for 30 years.

- Charles W. Browning (partner) Insurance Law.

- Lawrence R. Donaldson (of counsel) Professional Malpractice Law.

- Michael A. Fleming (partner) Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

- Jeffrey C. Gerish (partner) Appellate Law.

- Gregory Gromek (partner) Personal Injury Litigation.

- Robert G. Kamenec (partner) Appellate Practice.

- Mark S. Kopson (partner) Health Care Law.

- David A. Lerner (partner) Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law.

- Saulius K. Mikalonis (senior attorney) Environmental Law.

- Scott H. Sirich (partner) Construction Law and Litigation.

- Thomas P. Vincent (partner) Commercial Litigation.

Plunkett Cooney's Detroit Best Lawyers:

- Loretta M. Ames (senior attorney) Product Liability Litigation.

- D. Jennifer Andreou (partner) Medical Malpractice Law.

- James R. Geroux (partner) Workers' Compensation Law.

- Laurel F. McGiffert (partner) Medical Malpractice Law.

- Claudia D. Orr (senior attorney) Employment Law.

- Stanley A. Prokop (partner) Insurance Law.

- Mary Catherine Rentz (partner) Insurance Law.

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Southfield-based multi-specialty law firm Maddin, Hauser, Roth, & Heller PC is pleased to announce the addition of associate attorney Kaitlin A. Brown.

The announcement was made by firm President and CEO Steven D. Sallen.

Brown, an associate attorney in the firm's Corporate and Employment practice group, specializes in employment law, representing employers by responding to various types of claims including wrongful termination, workplace discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour claims. She also advises her clients in regard to employment contracts, employee handbooks and severance agreements.

Brown's experiences range from administrative proceedings to complex litigation. Previously serving at the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, she worked in the Reconsideration Unit, evaluating and recommending decisions on appeals of administrative decisions. Brown has also litigated complex insurance, contract and constitutional cases.

In 2005, Brown earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Washington and Lee University, Lexington in Lexington, Virginia, received her law degree from Washington and Lee University's School of Law in 2011. Brown has been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star from 2014 to 2016 and received a Pro Bono Accomplishment Award from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Brown is admitted to practice law in the States of Michigan and Indiana, and in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

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Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that six of the firm's attorneys have been recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers 2016 Top Lists. The attorneys honored this year include:

- Henry M. Grix Estate & Probate, is ranked among the Top 50 Consumer Lawyers in Michigan and the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan.

- Timothy H. Howlett Employment & Labor, is ranked among the Top 50 Business Lawyers in Michigan and the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan.

- Kathleen A. Lang Business Litigation, is ranked among the Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan and the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan.

- Thomas C. McNeill Business Litigation, is ranked among the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan.

- Edward H. Pappas Business Litigation, is ranked among the Top 10 Lawyers in Michigan, the Top 50 Business Lawyers in Michigan, and the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan.

- Daniel D. Quick Business Litigation, is ranked among the Top 50 Business Lawyers in Michigan and the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan.

Dickinson Wrightis also pleased to announce that the firm was named to the "Honor Roll of Litigation Powerhouses: Class Actions" in the latest edition of BTI Litigation Outlook 2017. Corporate counsel ranked Dickinson Wright in the top 15% of all law firms for class action.

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Butzel Long family law attorney Ivonne M. Soler has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan. She will fill a vacancy on the commission, serving the remainder of a three-year term expiring December 17, 2017. Her appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

The 15-member commission develops and maintains a unified policy and plan of action to serve the needs of Michigan's Hispanic and Latino residents.

Based in Butzel Long's Detroit office, Soler concentrates her practice in the areas of family law litigation and commercial litigation. She represents clients with family and domestic relations issues, including divorce, property division, spousal support, child support, child custody and parenting time, change of domicile, pre and post-nuptial agreements, post-judgment enforcement, adoption and assisted reproduction (family building) issues.

Soler also represents clients in general matters pertaining to business and commercial litigation, including breach of contract actions and non-compete, trade secrets, and unfair competition disputes.

Soler is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Wayne State University.

A native of Puerto Rico and fluent in Spanish, Soler is actively involved with the Hispanic Bar Association (HBAM), the Women's Lawyer's Association of Michigan (WLAM), and the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MHCC). At the same time, she serves on the New Lawyers and Family Law Advisory Boards for The Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). She also is active with Butzel Long's Women's Leadership Initiative.

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Dickinson Wright attorney James B. Perry recently spoke at the 5th Annual Employment Law Workshop presented by the American Society of Employers.

Perry spoke at the "Plenary Session Legislative Update: Federal and Michigan" with Michael J. Burns of the American Society of Employers where they spoke on the changing regulatory environment and how it will impact Michigan employers. He also gave a presentation titled "Retaliation, Really?" during the morning breakout sessions. His presentation provided a review of the emphasis on retaliation claims by various employment agencies including the EEOC, NLRB, and Department of Labor, and provided participants with best practices and approaches when investigations are necessary and/or when they go wrong.

Perry is a member in the firm's Detroit office where he focuses his practice on labor & employment and alternative dispute resolution. He has successfully negotiated labor contracts with all major unions for a wide variety of public and private employers. He also has experience before employment agencies including the NLRB, MERC, Department of Labor, and EEOC. Perry is a member of the State Bar of Michigan's Labor Law Section and the Detroit Chapter of Labor and Employment Relations Research Association. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Michigan Super Lawyers and Dbusiness Top Lawyers. Perry received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Emory University School of Law.

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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 more than 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.

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Attorneys Charles LeFevre and Eric Bowden, partners at Colombo & Colombo PC, presented at a conference for the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants at the Suburban Collection Showplace on Sept. 23. This presentation provided insight into recent activity of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its impact on the automotive dealership industry. In addition, they discussed the changes in federal wage law applicable to dealerships, manufacturers measurement of dealership sales performance and how dealerships are responding to safety recalls.

LeFevre has provided legal counsel to dealerships for nearly 50 years. He knows the laws, the underlying reasons for the laws, and how the laws governing the auto dealership industry are interpreted. He also has a significant amount of expertise in the acquisition and sale of dealerships, entity formation, taxation and estate planning.

Bowden's expertise covers an entire range of auto dealership legal support. He counsels dealerships on how laws impact dealership's day-to-day operations which include: advertising, consumer litigation, government regulation, manufacturer-dealership relations and wage and hour law. Bowden was part of the Colombo & Colombo team that secured a favorable decision from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals which has paved the way for Fox Hills Chrysler Jeep in Plymouth to reopen with Village Chrysler Jeep in Royal Oak and Jim Marsh Chrysler Jeep in Nevada set to restart operations by end of the year which is more than six years after their sales and service agreements were terminated as part of Chrysler's bankruptcy.

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The law firm of Dean & Fulkerson is pleased to announce that Marc C. Swoish has joined the firm as a shareholder in its Troy office. He was previously a principal at The Swoish Law Firm in Farmington Hills.

Swoish's practice focuses on multifaceted commercial, office and residential real estate transactions including acquisitions, financing, leasing, title actions and project development.

He has specific experience in corporate law including formation, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial contracts as well as commercial real estate with focus on drafting, review, and negotiation of real estate development agreements, purchase and sale contracts, and commercial leasing.

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Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Professor Lauren Rousseau was chosen by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its 2016 Women in the Law. Each year, the Women in the Law program honors 30 high-achieving women lawyers in Michigan and their accomplishments.

Rousseau is chair of WMU-Cooley's Civil Procedure, Evidence and Practice Skills Department. She supervises an Access to Bankruptcy Court/WMU-Cooley collaborative program through which law students are paired with experienced attorneys to handle pro bono bankruptcy cases.

Rousseau is a leader in helping fight heroin and opioid addiction in Michigan and serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including: Home of New Vision, an addiction treatment nonprofit corporation in Washtenaw County; the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities (ACHC), which oversees 16 coalitions in Oakland County focused on substance abuse and prevention, as well as the Oakland County chapters of Families Against Narcotics.

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Miller Canfield is pleased to announce that the BTI Litigation Outlook 2017 has ranked the firm in the top 15 percent of all U.S. law firms in Complex Employment Litigation.

Miller Canfield's employment litigation team is regularly ranked alongside the best known major national law firms. With attorneys licensed in several states and admitted to more than 30 federal courts, the team has the capacity to litigate cases throughout the United States and Canada, including: wage and hour disputes; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission harassment, retaliation, discrimination and civil rights claims; Family Medical Leave Act and Americans wth Disabilities Act claims; wrongful discharge, whistleblower and employment-related tort claims; non-compete disputes; and employment-related arbitrations.

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Four attorneys from Williams, Williams, Rattner, & Plunkett, PC in Birmingham have been selected for inclusion in DBusiness Magazine's list of "Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit-2017." The attorneys are:

- Robert B. Labe, a partner whose law practice focuses on business law, estate planning, trusts and estates and tax law.

- William T. Myers, Of Counsel attorney whose law practice focuses on real estate law with an emphasis on residential and commercial development.

- Richard D. Rattner, a partner whose law practice focuses on real estate, land use, zoning, and corporate law.

- C. Kim Shierk, a partner whose law practice focuses on residential and commercial real estate development with an emphasis on condominium law as well as other forms of community property development and on telecommunications law.

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The law firm of Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone, & Bonasso announced that it will relocate from Detroit to 30500 Van Dyke Avenue, Suite 500, Warren, 48093.

The firm's office at 645 Griswold Street will close for the move Friday, Sept. 30, and the new office in Warren will open to the public Monday, Oct. 3.

The new location will provide greater efficiencies, convenience and access to all local courts.

"This is a significant move for our firm," said managing partner, Daniel R. Corbet. "It reflects our commitment to serve our clients in the most responsive, effective and cost efficient means possible."

Corbet, Shaw, Essad, Tucciarone, & Bonasso represents businesses and individuals in complex civil, commercial and corporate litigation matters. The firm's attorneys include:

Daniel R. Corbet is the firm's managing partner. His practice centers on medical negligence, commercial litigation and contractual relations.

Bruce R. Shaw concentrates his practice in civil litigation with emphasis in hospital liability, professional negligence claims and alternative dispute resolution.

Kenneth M. Essad has experience in medical malpractice, product liability, asbestos litigation, toxic tort, personal injury litigation, automobile negligence, construction negligence and commercial litigation.

Enrico G. Tucciarone is trial counsel for Trinity Health and Oakwood Hospital, and also represents the business interests of private medical practices.

Steven J. Bonasso specializes in civil litigation, representing clients in matters in State and Federal Courts.

Kenneth A. Willis concentrates in civil litigation with emphasis in medical malpractice defense, insurance defense, commercial litigation, and appellate practice.

Sarah Tupica Berard focuses on civil litigation, concentrating specifically on personal injury and medical malpractice defense.

Christopher C. Frayer has more than a decade of experience in civil litigation focusing on insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, personal injury defense, employment law disputes, and contract and municipal law.

Erika Jost concentrates on civil litigation, concentrating on medical malpractice defense and appellate practice, and family law.

All phone numbers for the firm remain the same.

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Barris, Sott, Denn, & Driker is pleased to announce that Erica Fitzgerald has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Michigan Administrative Services Group, formerly known as the Legal Aid and Defender Association, which is the largest provider of legal services to low- and moderate-income people in Michigan and one of the largest in the nation.

This appointment reflects dedication to pro bono service by both Erica and Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, PLLC, which regularly attains the top level of the State Bar of Michigan's Pro Bono Circle of Excellence by exceeding the standards for pro bono service.

Fitzgerald specializes in business litigation and contract negotiation. She has been honored as a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers and as an Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. She also serves on the boards of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and the Federal Bar Association's local chapter.

Published: Mon, Sep 26, 2016