Duly Noted

Bauman one of the 2011 “Michigan Women in the Law”

Mary V. Bauman was named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of its 2011 “Michigan Women in the Law.”  She will be featured in a special news insert in their publication on Sept. 12 and honored at an award event at the Detroit Marriott on Sept. 26. 

“We received so many great nominations, it really shows the breadth and depth of women in the legal community in Michigan,” said Publisher Donald Stemmermann.  “There were difficult decisions to be made, but in our view, all of the nominees are winners. With so many great candidates comes a great opportunity for us to showcase the best of the best with these honorees.”  The honorees not only practice in law firms but also include two judges and the executive directors from the American Civil Liberties Union and State Bar of Michigan.
The Michigan Women in the Law recognition is based on: commitment to excellence in the practice of law; inspiring and accomplished leadership in the profession;successful mentorship of other women; significant contributions of time and effort to volunteerism and pro bono work.

Bauman received her law degree, summa cum laude, in 1986 from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  Her practice is focused on employee benefits and executive compensation with her primary concentration being on health and welfare benefits.  Bauman is the chair of the firm’s Health Care Reform Team as well as Miller Johnson’s Diversity Partner, and chair of the Diversity Council.  She is ranked by Chambers USA for Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation.  She is listed in the “Best Lawyers in America®” for Employee Benefits Law and recognized as a Michigan “Super Lawyer” for Employee Benefits/ERISA.

Bauman chairs the Hope College Board of Trustees.  Her extensive history of community involvement also includes: Inforum’s West MI Regional Advisory Council, Forest Hills Educational Foundation, Arbor Circle  Board of Directors, HHS, Health Options Board of Directors and several Reformed Church in America committees.