Duly Noted

GRBA welcomes new Executive Director    

The Board of Trustees of the Grand Rapids Bar Association (GRBA) announced Brianna (Brie) Gohlke-Claussen is the new GRBA Executive Director.

Gohlke-Claussen, who previously served in leadership at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, is an alumna of Grand Valley State University.

She is committed to deepening the GRBA's commitment to social responsibility, fostering community among association members and cultivating strategic relationships in the greater Grand Rapids community.

Dykema elects Leonard Wolfe as chairman and CEO

Leonard C. Wolfe will become chairman and chief executive officer of Dykema for a three-year term commencing Jan. 1, 2021, and will move his principal office from Lansing to Chicago.

The firm’s 13 offices include one in Grand Rapids.

For more than 25 years, Wolfe has practiced government policy and regulatory law. He joined Dykema as a summer associate.

For the last six years, he has served as a twice-elected member of Dykema’s Executive Board, acting as board Liaison to the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the past four years. He was Director of Dykema’s Regulated Industries Department and Leader of the Government Policy and Practice Group for nine years.

 Wolfe’s practice has covered several areas of law, including education, gaming, state procurement, government restructuring and the creation and development of new local and state governmental bodies.

He  has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® each year since 2007—including being named “Lawyer of the Year” in Lansing for Gaming Law in 2019.

Wolfe earned a J.D. from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and a B.A. from Michigan State University.

Before joining Dykema, he worked in the Michigan Legislature, U.S. Senate and the Michigan Governor’s office.


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