Duly Noted

Honigman named an Economic Bright Spot

by Corp! Magazine

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP is the only law firm to be named as one of this year’s Michigan’s Economic Bright Spots by Corp! magazine. The list of 38 companies across Michigan to receive this honor appears in the May/June issue of Corp!

According to the magazine, “a theme emerging from a list of this year’s winners appears to be the need to remain nimble, focused on what the customer really wants and building or maintaining an environment that attracts and retains talent key to both a firm’s short- and long-term viability.”

This is the fifth year that Corp! has identified Michigan companies as “Bright Spots.”

Honigman has received several workplace awards. The law firm was named a “Top Workplace” by the Detroit Free Press in 2011, one of the “50 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers, LLC in 2008, 2009 and 2011, one of the “Metropolitan Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” in 2004, 2010 and 2011 and one of “West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest” in 2011 and 2012 by the Michigan Business & Professional Association.

Oostema named litigation leader along with Smith Haughey

John R. (Jack) Oostema, a shareholder with Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, was named by Chambers USA as a leading attorney in Michigan in the area of general commercial litigation. Smith Haughey has been named as a leading law firm in the same category.

Chambers USA is a well-respected annual publication that ranks the top law firms and attorneys in the country. The guide is by Chambers and Partners, providing in-depth and objective research on law firms and attorneys globally.

Oostema focuses his practice on representing lawyers in legal malpractice actions and on insurance coverage matters related to professional liability insurance. He has represented attorneys, law firms, and insurance carriers nationwide, and served as National Coverage Counsel for a prominent professional liability carrier that writes coverage for lawyers in over 40 states. Oostema represented the State Bar of Michigan in connection with litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Character & Fitness review process. Recently, as part of its 50-State Survey of Legal Malpractice Law, Oostema was asked by the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association to author the Michigan chapter on legal malpractice law. In 2010, Michigan Lawyers Weekly named him a “Leader in the Law.”