Manildi, Taylor, Solomon join firms

By Frank Weir

Legal News

Two local firms have announced new attorney and partner hires.

Hooper Hathaway Price Beuche and Wallace, PC, have added Christopher Taylor and Marta Manildi as partners while Nichols, Sacks, Sendelbach and Buiteweg, PC has added Elizabeth Solomon as an associate.

Bruce Wallace, partner at Hooper Hathaway, announced the two additions by saying, "We are delighted to have these talented and respected Ann Arbor lawyers joining our growing practice.

"Marta's expertise in estate planning and trust administration and Christopher's skills in commercial and intellectual property law will be a tremendous benefit to our clients for years to come."

Manildi is a 1979 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School who has represented clients in Ann Arbor for almost 30 years. Her practice emphasizes estate planning, estate settlement, and trust administration services.

She advises clients both large and small with such diverse concerns as business succession planning, transfer tax minimization, planning with retirement accounts, and charitable giving planning.

Manildi also helps clients plan for special circumstances such as needs associated with aging and with disability or other special needs.

Christopher Taylor is a cum laude graduate of he University of Michigan Law School in 1997 where he served as editor in chief of he Michigan Law Review.

After working for several years in the corporate department of the Boston law firm or Ropes and Gray, Taylor returned to Ann Arbor where he has represented a wide variety of commercial clients including start-ups, Fortune 100 manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, medical clinics, e-commerce providers, consultants, software developers, service providers, film producers, television and radio stations and record labels.

In addition to his experience with broad issues of contract and corporate law, Taylor's practice has a special emphasis on software, hi-tech, and intellectual property-based companies.

In addition to his legal practice, Taylor is deeply active in the Ann Arbor community. He is currently serving his second term on the Ann Arbor City Council and sits on the board of directors of 826michigan.

Elizabeth Solomon is a University of Michigan undergraduate, earning her law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

"Her previous experience with firms based in Wayne and Oakland counties will help Solomon expand NSSSB's presence and practice philosophy

in those areas," a firm spokesperson said. "For more than 30 years, the firm has focused on mediation and other non-adversarial methods to help divorcing couples settle their disputes without going to court."

The firm's principal attorneys, Solomon says, "practice what they preach: they implement the alternative dispute resolution approach effectively and successfully resolve their cases without litigation.

"Other firms focus on litigating cases because they believe that amicable divorces are not possible or worth attempting. In reality, clients appreciate the non-court approach, which helps them maintain control over their divorce and make important decisions regarding their family."

Published: Thu, Nov 17, 2011