Nemeth Law’s Raising the Bar series presents: Employee Leave Policies that Work on May 20

Detroit, Mich. – April 30, 2015 –Raising the Bar, an educational series raising employer awareness of current issues in employment and labor law and offered by Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., returns May 20 to discuss best practices for developing leave policies and procedures that work. Nearly half a dozen state and federal laws can come into play when an employee is absent, according to Patricia Nemeth, founder of Nemeth Law, P.C.

“It can be harder to manage employees who are absent than employees who actually show up to work,” Nemeth said.

It’s not just about understanding when and how different laws apply, though, it’s also about putting policies and procedures in place that work well with the laws, Nemeth continued.

“Earlier this year, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Michigan, ruled that an employer’s statement in a handbook that employees ‘are’ covered by, and eligible for, leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) prohibited the employer from later arguing that one of its employees was not eligible for leave – even though the employee did not meet the FMLA’s eligibility requirements,” Nemeth said. “From this ruling and juggling the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), workers compensation, short term disability and long term disability, it’s no wonder this is the topic we get the most questions about.”

Employee Leave Policies that Work will help employers understand how to manage absent employees and how to develop leave policies and procedures that work. Specific topics to be covered include:

• Defining notice requirements for employees and employers under the FMLA, ADA, PDA and workers compensation
• Criteria on medical examinations and certification of fitness for duty requirements
• Best practices for managing intermittent leave and for controlling abuse
• Understanding employee benefits and job protection while on leave

Employee Leave Policies that Work will be held on Wednesday, May 20 from 9 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at the Detroit Marriott Troy, 200 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy 48084. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. The cost of the event is $75 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail Pamela Perkowski at pperkowski@nemethlawpc.com or call 313.567.5921.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law, mediation and arbitration and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Chamber Leads Action-Packed Month of Business Attraction Events to Market Detroit Region’s Assets

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Business Attraction team recently concluded an action-packed month in March, crisscrossing the globe to promote the Detroit region’s assets to national and international prospects at numerous high-profile events.

On March 23-24, the Chamber partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to attend the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C., which brings together investors from across the world, national economic development organizations, government officials and others working to facilitate investment in the United States. The trip included 61 one-on-one meetings, 37 of which were with companies tied to agriculture, alternative energy, defense and manufacturing that are interested in foreign direct investment in Michigan and the Detroit region.

Angela Fortino, business development representative for the Chamber, met with representatives from 10 different countries, including Chile, China, Germany, Japan, Iceland, Israel, Italy and Taiwan. Overall inquiries, she said, focused on Detroit’s bankruptcy, Michigan’s tax structure and the economic health of Southeast Michigan.

“A lot of people were surprised that Michigan is a right-to-work state, so we need to do a better job at promoting that to outside investors,” she said.

For the summit, the state of Michigan and its partners developed a prospectus for real estate opportunities. According to SelectUSA and the U.S. Department of Commerce, it was the only document like it that was prepared for attendees. In the future, the Chamber and its partners plan to create robust marketing to coincide with the summit and ancillary events for foreign direct investment and business attraction.

Members of the Michigan delegation that attended this year’s event included Ann Arbor SPARK, the city of Southfield, Clayton & McKervey, Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Macomb County and Miller Canfield.

Attracting Global Business Expansion with Mission to France and Italy

The Chamber’s Vice President of Economic Development Maureen Krauss traveled to Europe to meet with companies in France and Italy during a two-week mission March 7-21. The two-pronged trip included attendance at the MIPIM conference in Cannes, France, which brings together over 20,000 investors from 89 countries for four days of networking and discussion on investment opportunities in communities across the world. It was the first conference of its kind attended by the Chamber, Krauss said.

“Our attendance at MIPIM was about getting the Detroit region in the minds of key decision makers,” she said. “When a company wants to invest $100 million dollars somewhere, we want to make sure they understand our story and what opportunities may exist in Southeast Michigan.”

The second half of the mission took place in Italy and included collaborative efforts with the MEDC to call on businesses and other contacts during a fast-paced four-day schedule that culminated with meetings with 14 companies. All of the companies previously expressed interest in expanding into the Detroit region through contact with the Chamber or its partners.

Krauss said meeting with companies and obtaining a better understanding of their needs was far more beneficial than reaching out via phone call.

“It’s very important to see a company’s operations in order to obtain a better understanding of what decision makers may be considering in Michigan. Even a good website won’t help you with that. It’s about touring advanced manufacturing operations and getting a feel for the type of facility a company wants to build here,” she said.

“Any good sales person will tell you a one-on-one meeting beats a phone call any day. Often you have to ask for the sale — which in this case is arguing for the Detroit region — and it’s much more impactful to do that in person,” Krauss added.

Many of the companies Krauss met with specialize in manufacturing and office space development and are “intrigued” with the revitalization taking place in the region, she said.

“When these companies hear about Detroit, they hear the region. They aren’t looking at borders between communities. They view all of Southeast Michigan and they are very curious about what’s going to happen here next.”

That’s why, Krauss said, it’s important to continue to market the region with one unified voice and present its assets with a collaborative outline to foreign investors.

Advancing Macomb Appoints Hitachi Business Finance President Mike Semanco to Board of Directors

Rochester, MI, April 30, 2015 – Hitachi Business Finance announced today that President and COO Mike Semanco has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Advancing Macomb.

After learning of organizations like Grand Action in Grand Rapids and the Detroit Downtown Partnership, Advancing Macomb was formed by local Macomb leaders at the suggestion of County Executive Mark Hackel. Its mission is to drive community and economic development for the county, as well as providing a unified voice for Macomb’s corporate, institutional, non-profit, and public community. Advancing Macomb recently announced the appointment of Melissa Roy as its Executive Director, and includes board members such as David Girodat of Fifth Third Bank, Steve Kurmas of DTE Energy, Marie Alexander of Ford Motor Co., and others.

“I’m honored to be involved in such a worthwhile organization,” says Semanco. “I call Macomb County home, and I’m excited to be able to give back to the community where my family lives, learns, and works.”

“I am delighted to welcome Mike to our board of directors,” says Roy. “I have known him for many years, and have continually been impressed with his leadership skills and look forward to working alongside him and the other board members as we work to enhance the business climate and quality of life in Macomb County.”

About Hitachi Business Finance
Hitachi Business Finance is a division of Hitachi Capital America Corp. and provides customized, flexible financing solutions for companies looking for creative options to grow and sustain their businesses. Our solutions include factoring, revolving lines of credit secured by accounts receivable, inventory, and equipment, and government contractor financing. Based in Rochester, Michigan with offices in Atlanta, we provide financing solutions for small to mid-market companies across the United States. Learn more by visiting www.hitachibusinessfinance.com or calling (248) 658-1100.

About Hitachi Capital America Corp.
Hitachi Capital America Corp. is an independent, diversified leasing and financial services company providing financing to Hitachi group companies and the commercial business sector in the United States and Canada. Hitachi Capital America offers a variety of asset-based financing solutions with a business focus on truck, vendor, trade, and medical equipment finance, as well as lease discounting and software financing. Learn more at www.hitachicapitalamerica.com.

Walsh College Student Dubin Reaches Bloomberg Hall of Fame

Walsh College Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Finance (MBA/MSF) student Aaron Dubin has earned a place on the Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) Hall of Fame list for March 2015 with a third-place performance on the highly competitive exam for the Americas region.

Dubin’s final score of 710 placed him in the 99th percentile out of more than 250,000 people who have ever taken the BAT. Bloomberg L.P., a world leader in financial data analytics and news, hosts the 100-question, two-hour online test that measures students’ aptitudes for careers in finance.

Consisting of eight sections, the BAT includes math, analytical reasoning, analysis of charts and graphs, news analysis, economics, global markets, analysis of financial statements, and investment banking.

The BAT helps students and recent graduates connect with financial employers worldwide. The test was developed in partnership with premier financial institutions and university faculties around the world.

Students who take the BAT uncover their strengths across a range of finance, business, career and personal competencies and gain insight into their suitability for careers in business and finance.

“The BAT provided a good opportunity to reinforce and support my classes at Walsh. It allowed me to apply the concepts and skills I’ve learned in class to situations that resemble business applications in the real world, which makes it easier for me to see the big picture,” said Dubin.

“Right now I’m working in information technology and my current goal is to move into quantitative finance or large systems design for a rapidly growing enterprise,” he added. “I see an opportunity to fuse the financial and managerial skills I’m building at Walsh with the technical skills I’ve acquired and continue to develop.”

Dubin, whose undergraduate degree is in computer science, said he was encouraged that the exam showed his skills were growing through his studies at Walsh and that he was “becoming more competitive in a bigger crowd” of students nationally.

After taking the test, students can enter their scores anonymously into the BAT Talent Search, a tool used by employers to identify candidates for entry-level roles in business. Employers can view student profiles anonymously and may elect to contact students with testing profiles complementary to their company’s available career opportunities.

“Walsh College students expect to meet high academic standards. Aaron fully represents achievement of that goal,” said Greg Todd, associate professor and chair, Finance and Economics. “We work hard to develop students into successful business leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs ready to do business in a global environment.”

Walsh students typically prepare for and complete the BAT in the College’s Finance Lab, which has 12 Bloomberg terminals, financial applications, and areas to study current market conditions and trends.

For additional information, visit www.walshcollege.edu.

April 29: Register Now for Chamber PAC Reception at Mackinac Policy Conference

Register Now for Chamber PAC Reception at Mackinac Policy Conference

Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones and Lisa Howze, director of governmental affairs for the city of Detroit, will join state lawmakers at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) reception at 5 p.m. on May 28 during the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference. This year’s reception will feature a moderated conversation regarding the dynamic and evolving relationship between city and state government following Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy.

Attendees at the reception will also hear from Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) and Michigan Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive).

Admittance to this event requires a separate ticket in addition to Conference registration. Tickets cost $175 or $275, which includes admission to a separate VIP reception and photo opportunity with the speakers. All contributions benefit the Chamber PAC, which supports candidates from both political parties committed to working toward the Chamber’s public policy goals. No corporate checks or corporate credit cards will be accepted. Click here for more information on the reception and other PAC-sponsored events.

SAE World Congress Provides Business Attraction Backdrop to Promote Detroit Region’s Assets

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation hosted eight international delegations attending the SAE World Congress at Cobo Center to promote the Detroit region. As part of the week’s activities, the Chamber’s Business Attraction team met with 200 representatives from automotive-related companies looking for opportunities to export and/or expand into the U.S. market.

Maureen Krauss, vice president of economic development at the Chamber, said many of the delegates visited Detroit for the first time and were curious to learn about the regional market. Delegations included the Austria Auto Delegation, Business Upper Austria, China Technology Consortium, Foshan, Czech Republic, Mexico, Taiwan and the Torino Chamber of Commerce. The week’s activities culminated with a private reception at the Chamber on Wednesday with the delegates and the Chamber’s public and private partners.

Henry Ford Hospital Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Detroit Historical Museum Display

The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates Henry Ford Hospital on 100 years of serving the residents of Detroit and Southeast Michigan. The hospital has a long history of pioneering innovation in the health care industry and together with Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting, continues to be a critical partner in attracting jobs and talent in the region.

As part of its anniversary celebration, artifacts from the hospital are being featured in a special exhibit titled, “Henry Ford Health System: 100 Years Measured in Life,” at the Detroit Historical Museum. The exhibit will be available to the public through Jan. 3, 2016. Click here to read an article on Schlichting, a past Chamber Board chair and current executive committee member, who was featured on the cover of the Chamber’s March edition of the Detroiter magazine.

JPMorgan Chase Global Cities Conference Outlines Detroit Investment as Key to Region’s Growth

The Detroit Regional Chamber  joined regional civic and business leaders in a day focused on strengthening the city’s global trade competitiveness during the inaugural Global Cities Detroit conference on April 22. Chamber President Sandy Baruah participated in a panel with Detroit Economic Growth Corporation President and CEO Rodrick Miller focused on current efforts to promote trade and investment in the city and strategies that can be implemented with surrounding counties to grow global talent and capital.

The conference’s keynote speakers included Mayor Mike Duggan; Nancy McLernon, president and CEO of the Organization for International Investments; and Bruce Katz, vice president and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and co-director of the Global Cities Initiative. Brad McDearman, fellow and director of global special projects for the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, presented lessons from a recent Brookings report on Detroit and led discussion on what area policymakers can do to maximize the contribution of foreign direct investment on economic development goals for the city and the region.

Michigan Future Schools Column Calls for Greater Diversity in the Classroom

A recent column published by Patrick Cooney, college success manager at Michigan Future Schools, calls on local government and education leaders to provide equal access to education opportunities for Detroit’s residents as a viable solution to improve the city’s struggling schools.

Cooney suggests that “good schools” require a greater mix of incomes and races attending school together. In order to keep Detroit on a sustainable path toward long-term economic recovery, Cooney says state and city leaders must implement housing policies that encourage a greater mix of incomes, followed by progressive education policies that push for schools to be more demographically representative of the entire community. The column follows the recommendations of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren to reform Detroit Public Schools presented to Gov. Rick Snyder in March. Click here to read the editorial.

Michigan Future Schools students are eligible to apply for the Detroit Scholarship Fund, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber. The Chamber is working to expand the scholarship and supports Michigan Future Schools’ goal of preparing every student for post-secondary education success.

SEMCOG Survey Seeks Citizen Input on Michigan’s Transportation System Ahead of May 5 Election

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition have launched a survey to gather perceptions and attitudes on current road conditions and the May 5 special election to increase funding for Michigan’s roads. Participants can take the brief survey to provide their perspective. For more information related to road funding and the May 5 election, download the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Proposal 1 toolkit.

Detroit Regional Chamber Applauds Michigan Senate For Not Holding Vote On Religious Freedom Legislation

DETROIT, April 28, 2015: Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Vice President of Government Relations Brad Williams released the following statement as the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act:

“Amid the global war for talent, Michigan should send a very clear message that all persons are welcome to utilize their talents here. Similar legislation seemingly undermined Indiana’s reputation as a pro-job state in a matter of days. By not acting on this legislation, we are allowing Michigan’s re-emergence as a national economic leader to continue. The Detroit Regional Chamber applauds the decision not to move on these bills and looks forward to partnering with the Governor and Legislature in creating a Michigan where all are welcome to succeed.”

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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New WIN Report: Post Secondary Training Demand On The Rise

Southeast Michigan to add more than 7,500 new middle-skill jobs by 2019

DETROIT, Mich. – The Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) today released a report focused on middle-skill jobs (those that pay more than $15 per hour and require more training than a high school diploma, but do not require a bachelor’s degree) in southeast Michigan, highlighting the importance of higher education and training. Employers in the region will add more than 7,500 new middle-skill jobs for workers by 2019.

With a shifting economic landscape, post-secondary training is now more important than ever. There will be negative job growth in the coming years for jobs that currently only require a high school diploma. By 2019, the total number of employees in jobs that require no post-secondary training will drop by more than 18,000, while jobs that do require post-secondary education are expected to add 20,000 jobs in the coming five years. Thirty-seven percent of total job growth will be in middle-skill jobs.

“Employer demand remains strong, with middle-skill jobs paving the way to a bright future with higher education and even more lucrative employment,” said Lisa Katz, executive director, WIN. “Projections show that over the next five years there will be no aggregate growth in employment for jobs that solely require a high school diploma or less, establishing a clear need for additional training and/or education after high school to be a competitive worker in today’s job market.”

Detroit, Ann Arbor, Troy, Flint and Southfield are among the top cities in Michigan for middle-skills job demand.

Training for many of the top growing middle-skill jobs is available through southeast Michigan’s community colleges, which currently provide training in all but one of the top ten middle-skills fields. Many Michigan Works! agencies can also help workers pay for training in high demand fields.

However, depending on the job, graduates in 2014 may or may not have been sufficient in meeting employer demand that year. For some occupations, 2014 graduates outpaced employer demand, but for others there were not nearly enough new graduates to meet employer needs.

“With southeast Michigan’s future relying on an educated workforce with high-wage and high-skill jobs, higher education and training are fundamental for long-term sustainability for our economy,” Katz added.

The full middle-skills report can be found at: http://www.win-semich.org/data-research/working-smarter-special-report-series/

ABOUT WORKFORCE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK OF SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN

The Workforce Intelligence Network of Southeast Michigan (WIN) is a collaborative effort between nine community colleges and seven Michigan Works! Agencies, in partnership with numerous other organizations, to create a comprehensive and cohesive workforce development system in Southeast Michigan that provides employers with the talent they need for success. WIN covers a 9-county area, including Genesee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. WIN was founded with the support of the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan and publicly launched in November 2011.

WIN partners:

Colleges
Henry Ford College
Macomb Community College
Monroe County Community College
Mott Community College
Oakland Community College
Schoolcraft College
St. Clair County Community College
Washtenaw Community College
Wayne County Community College District

Michigan Works! Agencies
Detroit Employment Solutions Corp.
Genesee-Shiawassee Michigan Works!
Livingston County Michigan Works!
Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!
Oakland County Michigan Works!
Southeast Michigan Community Alliance
Washtenaw County Michigan Works!

Attorneys Ken Hodson & Anna Maiuri Named to National Law Journal’s Energy & Environment Trailblazers List

DETROIT, Mich., April 27, 2015 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorneys Ken Hodson and Anna Maiuri have been selected for National Law Journal’s inaugural list of 50 Energy & Environment Trailblazers. They will be featured in the April issue of National Law Journal.

Mr. Hodson is a Member in the firm’s Phoenix office. He has broad experience in federal Superfund matters, environmental due diligence, hazardous waste, underground storage tanks, NEPA and other federal, state and local regulatory matters. Mr. Hodson has negotiated Prospective Purchaser Agreements on behalf of both public and private sector clients. He served as the Chairman of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the Arizona State Bar. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America as a leader in his field. In May, Mr. Hodson will host a seminar with the Salt River Project and Arizona State University’s Continuing Legal Education Program titled “The Wildfire Menace – Will the West Learn or Burn?”. Mr. Hodson received his B.A. from the University of Washington and his J.D. and M.P.A. from the University of Texas School of Law and Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Ms. Maiuri is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. She has extensive experience in helping corporations, business owners and operators assess environmental liabilities when purchasing, selling or leasing assets both across the country and around the world. She is particularly experienced in helping utility companies and manufacturers achieve regulatory compliance through effective negotiations with governmental regulators that result in cost-effective strategies that fulfill both the client’s and the regulator’s needs. She is Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She is listed as a leader in her field by Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers. Ms. Maiuri received her B.A. from Wayne State University and her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

Advising clients on environmental issues across industries and worldwide, the environmental lawyers at Dickinson Wright regularly assist clients with transactional, development, compliance, crisis response, litigation and other environmental needs with a sensitivity to both public and government relations. Members of our team have diverse backgrounds that span environmental engineering, chemistry, urban planning, business and communications, giving us insights into the technical, business and legal aspects of our clients’ environmental projects. To learn more about our environmental practice, please visit us at www.dickinsonwright.com.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 380 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has thirteen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and six other domestic offices in Columbus, Ohio; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canada office is located in Toronto.

The firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Marsh & McLennan Agency Welcomes Kim Clark as Account Director

Troy, Michigan – April 27, 2015 – Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA) recently appointed Kim Clark as an account director for the health and benefits practice in Troy, Mich. In her new position, Clark identifies best practices and products that optimally fit her clients’ group benefit needs.

Prior to joining MMA, Clark was an account director with Gallagher Benefit Services, assisting mid-sized employers with their benefits strategies. She also has over 15 years’ experience working for carriers, including Sun Life, Prudential, and Mid America Associates, on ancillary, stop loss, retiree solutions, multi-national pooling, and voluntary benefits.

As an account director with MMA, Clark will leverage her diverse background and extensive carrier knowledge to help employers design strategic benefits plans to help them reach their business and talent management goals.

Clark received her Bachelor of Arts in Business from Michigan State University. She is also a Registered Health Underwriter through the American College and was named a 2014 Power Broker by Risk and Insurance magazine.

“We are excited to welcome Kim to our team. She understands well the unique challenges facing mid-size employers and takes a thoughtful and thorough approach to addressing those challenges,” said Thomas P. McGraw, CEO of Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC’s Michigan operations.

Gina Torielli Receives Volunteer of the Year Award From United Way of Washtenaw County

GINA TORIELLI RECEIVES VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM UNITED WAY OF WASHTENAW COUNTY

Detroit – April 24, 2015 — Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that Gina Torielli has received United Way of Washtenaw County’s Volunteer of the Year award. She was honored during the United Way of Washtenaw County’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Volunteer Luncheon on Tuesday, April 21st at the Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Volunteer of the Year award is given to an altruist who has made a significant difference in the community through his or her involvement with the United Way. The recipient exemplifies a coalition builder who fosters partnerships to drive solutions to address our community’s health and human service priorities.

Torielli has been influential in the past four years as the founding member of the United Way of Washtenaw County’s IRS sanctioned Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Under her guidance the program reached more than 300 families this year. This free assistance brought almost $375,000 back to Washtenaw County families. She also devoted many hours to training a team of 50 volunteer tax preparers to assist with the program.

“She possesses a great deal of tax expertise, but her true gift is giving other volunteers the confidence to learn and stretch and serve,” said Amanda Reel, United Way of Washtenaw County’s Community Impact & Volunteer Center Manager. “It’s not always easy to tackle the training needed to be a volunteer tax preparer, but with her support and guidance, our VITA volunteers became comfortable with their role and were better able to serve our clients. Without her vision and many hours of volunteer work, this VITA program would not exist.”

Torielli is a Senior Counsel in Dykema’s Ann Arbor office. Her practice focuses on taxation and public finance, and in that capacity she has advised many nonprofit organizations and governmental entities on issues relating to tax exemption, tax-exempt financing and state and federal tax issues.

United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. The organization envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.

About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 12 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients — from startups to Fortune 100 companies — to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit http://www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Dykema.

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