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Honigman LLP now has five practice groups with the highest ranking of Band 1 in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business, which is more than any other law firm in Michigan.

New this year, Chambers elevated Honigman's Bankruptcy/Restructuring practice to Band 1. In all, the prestigious directory of leading U.S. business law firms and lawyers bestowed the highest Band 1 ranking on the following Honigman practices in Michigan:

  • Corporate/M&A
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation: General Commercial
  • Real Estate
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Honigman continues to be the only law firm in Michigan to garner the top ranking of Band 1 in three practice areas, including Corporate/M&A, Intellectual Property, and Real Estate.

Chambers USA reported that Honigman's Band 1 Corporate/M&A practice is known for its "standout bench of corporate attorneys handling high-value sales and acquisitions for a range of prominent domestic companies." It was also noted that Honigman has a "vibrant private equity practice" and offers "further expertise in venture capital work" and is "well placed to advise on securities issuances and matters of corporate governance." A client stated that Honigman is "not just an automotive industry powerhouse, but can handle the breadth of issues arising at a global publicly traded company."

For Honigman's Band 1 Intellectual Property practice, Chambers USA reported the team is known as a "market-leading practice offering the full range of copyright, patent and trademark services" with "particular expertise regarding IP issues in the life sciences and high-tech sectors." It was also noted that Honigman "acts for an impressive list of clients, including numerous household-name brands." A client praised the team as "the best group I've worked with I'd recommend them to anyone."

For Honigman's Band 1 Litigation: General Commercial practice, Chambers USA stated Honigman is known as an "outstanding criminal and civil litigation practice with broad-ranging expertise across several significant industries, including automotive, consumer products and healthcare." It was also noted that "the team has a broad range of expertise, acting for clients on class actions, IP, private equity and securities litigation, both in the first instance and at the appellate level."

The survey also reported that Honigman's Band 1 Real Estate practice is "stellar" and "known for the depth of its expertise across the full spectrum of real estate matters, including complex development financings for commercial and residential properties." It noted that Honigman "acts for clients in the environmental, hospitality, retail and affordable housing sectors, among others."

For the newly-elevated Band 1 Bankruptcy/Restructuring practice, Chambers reported that Honigman is known as a "highly regarded team consistently highlighted as a leading player in the Michigan bankruptcy arena. Especially noted for representing debtor companies from the automotive and manufacturing industries."

On the individual level, 21 Honigman attorneys in Michigan and Illinois were recognized.

Eminent Practitioner was David Foltyn (Corporate/M&A)

Band rankings were earned by:

Joseph Aviv (Litigation: General Commercial)

Sean F. Crotty (Labor & Employment)

Michael D. DuBay (Corporate/M&A)

Raymond W. Henney (Litigation: General Commercial)

J. Michael Huget (Intellectual Property)

Barbara A. Kaye (Corporate/M&A)

Anessa Owen Kramer (Intellectual Property)

Donald J. Kunz (Corporate/M&A)

Tracy T. Larsen (Corporate/M&A)

Paula E. Litt (Insurance: Dispute Resolution)

Charles Nida (Chambers High Net Worth)

Jonathan P. O'Brien (Intellectual Property)

David N. Parsigian (Corporate/M&A)

J. Adam Rothstein (Real Estate)

E. Todd Sable (Banking & Finance: Bankruptcy)

Lowell D. Salesin (Real Estate)

Joseph R. Sgroi (Banking & Finance: Bankruptcy)

Phillip D. Torrence (Corporate/M&A)

Steven A. Weiss (Litigation: General Commercial)

I.W. Winsten (Litigation: General Commercial)

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Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Gregory W. Moore (member, Troy) has been appointed vice chair Educational Programming of the Behavioral Health Task Force for the American Health Law Association (AHLA). The appointment is effective July 1, 2020.

The Behavioral Health Task Force is committed to advancing the understanding of laws impacting behavioral health, including the delivery of and reimbursement for such services. The Task Force monitors and evaluates these laws and developments through publications and educational programming so that AHLA members are better equipped to advise their clients and organizations.

"I'm honored to be accepting this position and look forward to working with my colleagues on the Behavioral Health Task Force to provide quality programs to AHLA members," says Moore.

Moore chairs Dickinson Wright's Behavioral Health Practice Group. Throughout his career, he has focused on representing and counseling providers of all types and sizes across all existing and developing segments of the industry. He has been recognized as a thought leader and innovator when it comes to the integration of behavioral and physical health care. With 30 years of experience serving clients in the industry, his practice covers the full spectrum of regulatory, transactional, and litigation services.

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Chambers USA has again rated Bodman PLC as one of Michigan's top business law firms.

In the newly released 2020 edition, Chambers placed Bodman in "band one" (the highest possible level) for Banking & Finance and for Bankruptcy/Restructuring. Bodman has been ranked in band one for Banking & Finance continuously for more than a decade.

Chambers also ranked Bodman among Michigan's top law firms for Corporate/M&A, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate, and Labor & Employment, and recognized the firm for expertise in Employee Benefits work.

Chambers recognized Bodman attorneys as leaders in seven practice areas, including:

• Banking & Finance: Kathleen O'Callaghan Hickey, Joseph J. Kochanek, and Larry R. Shulman

• Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Robert J. Diehl Jr. and Ralph E. McDowell

• Commercial Litigation: Dennis J. Levasseur and Joseph J. Shannon

• Corporate/M&A: Timothy R. Damschroder, Laurence B. Deitch, and Mark W. Peters

• Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation: David B. Walters

• Labor & Employment: John C. Cashen and Aaron D. Graves

• Real Estate: Nicholas P. Scavone Jr. and Andrew Z. Spilkin

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Attorneys Heather Cude and Krystal D. Hermiz recently joined the Transportation Law Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney.

A member of the firm's Detroit office, Cude focuses her practice on the defense of first- and third-party auto liability on behalf of national insurance companies and their policyholders. Additionally, she has experience handling personal injury cases that involve trucking liability, bus liability, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents, pet attacks and claims of alleged police misconduct.

Cude received her law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 2015. While in law school, she interned for U.S. Distrcit Court Judge Gerald E. Rosen, Eastern District of Michigan, and the Wayne County Corporation Counsel. Cude received her undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University in 2013.

Hermiz, who is a member of the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, focuses her practice in the areas of first- and third-party motor vehicle negligence. She represents insurers, corporations and individuals in a variety of automotive liability matters, including cases involving complex legal and factual issues such as coverage, fraud and rescission, and uninsured/underinsured motorist benefits, as well as claims involving premises liability.

Selected a "Rising Star" by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine since 2013, Hermiz is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, and the Chaldean American Bar Association for which she is a past president.

Admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Michigan, Hermiz is a 2008 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and a 2004 graduate of the University of Michigan.

Published: Mon, May 04, 2020