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Bodman PLC attorney Michael R. Colasanti has been unanimously elected to the Michigan State University College of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors for a three-year term.

The MSU Alumni Association board leads and takes part in Alumni Association activities to grow and nurture alumni relationships, provide networking opportunities, and give support to student organizations. Alumni who wish to make a positive impact on the College of Law after graduation are invited to serve on the Alumni Association board. Board members assist with
alumni programs and promote the College of Law by harnessing the influence, expertise, and resources of other MSU alumni.

Colasanti graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2012, joining Bodman shortly thereafter. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Insurance practice groups. In his practice, he represents clients involved in complex commercial litigation matters. Colasanti is listed as a “Rising Star” in Michigan Super Lawyers 2015.

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Bowman and Brooke is proud to announce that it has once again been named in Law360’s “100 Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys” list. This is the second consecutive year Law360 has included the firm in its ranking.

The firm was recognized for the significant number of women at all levels of the firm, an achievement Law360 contributes to the innovative ways firm leaders are using to open doors and increase diversity.

Firms included in this list are ranked based on their female representation at the partner and nonpartner levels and their total number of female attorneys as of December 31, 2015.

Of the attorneys at Bowman and Brooke, 41% of attorneys and 33% of firm partners are women. Additionally, women make up 27% of the management committee and 33% of the executive committee.

For additional information on Bowman and Brooke’s diversity and inclusion program and efforts, visit

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Gabriel J. Edelson, a partner at Honigman, Miller, Schwartz, and Cohn LLP, has been elected to the board of directors of the Founders Junior Council of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The FJC is a group of young professionals dedicated to introducing young adults to the DIA and encouraging a lifelong involvement through a variety of fundraisers and social events organized around the museum’s world-class collection and special exhibitions.

Edelson is a member of Honigman’s Corporate Department and is located in the firm’s Detroit office. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate governance, restructuring and general corporate matters.

Edelson advises privately and publicly held companies, private equity firms and their portfolio companies, financial services companies and financial advisory firms.
He earned a law degree from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.