Butzel Long attorney named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s inaugural Hall of Fame; Justice Maura Corrigan is one of 20 lawyers to be honored on during a luncheon on May 30

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Maura Corrigan has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class of 2019. She is among 20 attorneys who will be honored during a luncheon on May 30, 2019 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy. The honorees will be recognized in a special section appearing in the June 3, 2019 edition of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Justice Corrigan has been a trailblazer, visionary and thought leader. Her leadership and contributions in both the legal profession and in child welfare in Michigan has been exemplary.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Justice Corrigan concentrates her practice in litigation and appeals.
Justice Corrigan served as a law clerk to Judge John Gillis of the Michigan Court of Appeals. She then became a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney in 1974, and Chief of Appeals in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit in 1979. In 1986, she was promoted to Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, the first woman to hold that position. She became a partner at Plunkett and Cooney in 1989.

In 1992, former Governor John Engler appointed her to the Michigan Court of Appeals. In 1997, the Supreme Court named her Chief Judge of the appeals court. She was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1998 and reelected in 2006. Justice Corrigan is the only person ever to serve as Chief Judge of both the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. She served two terms as Chief Justice.

Justice Corrigan left the court on January 14, 2011 to become the Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services under Governor Rick Snyder.

From 2015 – 2016, Justice Corrigan was a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C. where she worked on poverty and child welfare issues. In that role, she testified in Congress, authored papers and book chapters, and served as liaison to state secretaries of human services.

Justice Corrigan has participated in numerous community and professional activities. She currently serves on five nonprofit boards. She is a past president of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers and the Detroit Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
She served as a public member of the Michigan Law Revision Commission from 1991-1998, as an executive board member of the Michigan Judges Association, and as a member of the Judicial Advisory Board of the Center for Law and Organizational Economics at the University of Kansas Law School. She was vice-president of the Conference of Chief Justices from 2003 – 2004. She is a published author in the legal and child welfare fields. She holds seven honorary doctorates from Michigan colleges and universities, among numerous honors and awards. Notably, Justice Corrigan was named to WJR-AM 760’s 2018 Class of “Women Who Lead.”

Justice Corrigan earned her J.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and her B.A. degree (magna cum laude) from Marygrove College.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter @butzel_long or : https://twitter.com/butzel_long

PR Firm Lambert Teams with HarperCollins Publishers to Donate Gifts to Last a Lifetime to Detroit, Flint Schools

DETROIT & FLINT, Mich., May 7, 2019 — Lambert & Co., Michigan’s top-ranked public relations firm and a top-50 PR firm nationally, partnered with long-time client HarperCollins Publishers to donate 5,000 early-reader books from the Michigan-based Zonderkidz imprint to students at Detroit Public Schools, Flint Community Schools and the Detroit Literacy Project.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary and heritage built on the written word, Lambert is giving the gift of lifelong learning to the next generation of readers. The premium hardcover and softcover books, including New York Times Best Seller Fiona the Hippo and selections from the wildly popular and iconic Berenstain Bears series, including Sister Bear and the Golden Rule and Berenstain Bears Respect Each Other, were given to 5,000 individual K-4th grade students across 20 Detroit and Flint schools.

“Literacy and specifically fourth grade reading levels are key determinants of future success – in education and in life,” said Jeff Lambert, CEO and founder of Lambert. “We wanted to celebrate our success as an agency by paying it forward to our most deserving communities and to the kids who will most benefit from the gift of words.”

Representatives from Lambert and HarperCollins presented the pallets of books to schools and kids in Flint and Detroit.

“Literacy is an integral part of the learning process, and giving children books – their very own, brand new books – will make a meaningful impact on the essential skills for thousands of students,” said Flint Community Schools Superintendent Derrick Lopez. “It’s truly a gift that lasts a lifetime and will have a multiplying effect as these books go home to siblings, families and neighbors. We’re grateful for our partnership with Lambert and appreciate their investment in our students and the next generation.”

Lambert added: “We worked with Detroit Public Schools when it reorganized and many of our colleagues and clients are graduates of DPS and neighbors with these students. Likewise, we have supported Flint Community Schools since the water issues challenged the community of Flint, and we could think of no better way to give back than to causes and kids we care about.

“One phone call to a client and friend of the firm for most of our 20 years, HarperCollins, and they were expanding our vision from 2,000 books to 5,000, and did a remarkable job of curating best-sellers and award-winning authors to give the kids of Detroit and Flint not just books, but the best books with the most potential to impact early reading development.”

HarperCollins has been entertaining, educating and inspiring generations of readers for 200 years. As the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world, HarperCollins Publishers supports local communities through volunteer efforts, book donations and various charitable organizations.

Lambert’s Education and Social Impact practice works with educational institutions from early childhood development to higher education and non-profit and community organizations and causes that matter. The firm has contributed more than $2.5 million in pro bono work and contributions since its founding in 1998.

About Lambert
Lambert (www.lambert.com) is Michigan’s top-ranked PR firm, and a top-10 investor relations and top-10 private equity PR firm nationally with clients based in 20 states and six countries. Lambert serves middle-market companies and national brands across a wide array of industries and is the state’s largest bipartisan public affairs firm. Lambert has posted 20 years of growth, been named PR Week and PRNews Firm of the Year, been honored as an Edward Lowe “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” and earned Crain’s “Michigan’s Healthiest Employers” and “Coolest Places to Work” awards. Lambert is also a global partner in PROI Worldwide, the largest partnership of independent PR firms in the world spanning 120 cities on five continents.

About Zonderkidz
Zonderkidz, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As a leader in children’s publishing, Zonderkidz creates products that awaken the hearts of readers 12 and under. For additional information, please visit www.zonderkidz.com.

About Zondervan
Zondervan is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivering transformational experiences through its bestselling books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan’s offices are located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

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CONTACT
Jessica Price, coordinator
jprice@lambert.com
313.309.9503

WatchGuard names Rehmann the 2019 North America Partner of the Year

TROY, Mich., May 16, 2019 – Rehmann, formerly Trivalent Group, announced today that WatchGuard Technologies, a global leader in network security and intelligence, secure Wi-Fi and multi-factor authentication products, has named it as the North America Partner of the Year in the company’s 2019 Partner Awards program.

The Partner of the Year award honors partners that have exhibited exceptional performance over the past year as part of the WatchGuardONE Program, while providing the most valued and innovative solutions within the channel partner community.

“WatchGuard’s partner community is second to none, which is why it’s always so challenging to select just one winner for the Partner of the Year award,” said Prakash Panjwani, chief executive officer of WatchGuard. “This year, I’m pleased to recognize Rehmann with this honor, for its unwavering commitment to furthering our mission to provide simplified, enterprise-level security to organizations of all sizes, and for the remarkable performance and growth the company has achieved along the way.”

The judges selected this year’s Partner of the Year winners based on a variety of factors including sales numbers, year-over-year growth, WatchGuardONE partner level, innovation of services, and overall relationship with WatchGuard.

“We have been a partner of WatchGuard since the late 1990s,” said Larry Andrus, Rehmann’s president of Technology Solutions. “WatchGuard is one of the most significant security companies in the market today and they have been good counsel for us as we developed our MSSP strategy. It was not only a pleasant surprise, but an honor to accept this recognition and award on behalf of everyone at Rehmann. We look forward to another great year with WatchGuard!”

WatchGuard and its channel community gathered in San Juan, Puerto Rico to celebrate another year of tremendous growth and momentum, and honor top-performing partners.

About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm that provides accounting and assurance, comprehensive technology, accounting and human resource solutions, specialized consulting and wealth management services. For more than 75 years, Rehmann has provided forward-thinking solutions, making it our duty to anticipate our clients’ daily and future needs. Rehmann has nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

Contact: Holly Shier
248.458.7923
holly.shier@rehmann.com

Butzel Long and OESA team up to host Supplier Legal Academy Series beginning May 30 in Troy

DETROIT, Mich. – The automotive industry continues to grow and innovate at a rapid pace which may present challenges when it comes to protecting the best interests of the business. New types of agreements, customers, buyers and negotiation strategies have become daily topics of conversation.

The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), in partnership with Butzel Long, will host a “Supplier Legal Academy Series” designed to provide a “back-to-basics” approach for supply chain management in the current landscape, while looking ahead toward uncharted territory.

The OESA 2019 Butzel Long Supplier Legal Academy Series will take place at the MSU Management Education Center, located at 811 W. Square Lake Road in Troy.

The dates and focus for the meetings are:

May 30, 2019: “Best Practices in Contract Formation and Buyer Vulnerabilities”

June 28, 2019: “Dealing with Bad Products, Supplier Threats and Unprofitable Programs”

July 26, 2019: “Protecting Trade Secrets, Who Owns Your Work, Rights to Information and Tooling Fundamentals”

The briefings are designed for supplier executives responsible for understanding, fulfilling and enforcing supply chain contracts.

Butzel Long presenters are attorneys from the firm’s Automotive Industry Team. Some of the speakers include:

• Jennifer Dukarski
• Cynthia Haffey
• Sheldon Klein
• Donald Orlandoni
• Daniel Rustmann
• Mitchell Zajac

Registration is available in the events section of http://www.oesa.org. For registration and program information, contact OESA at 248.952.6401 or info@oesa.org.

About OESA

The mission of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association is to champion the business interests of automotive original equipment (OE) suppliers. Since 1998, the Association has been addressing issues of common concern and advocating on behalf of the supplier community throughout the supply chain and in Washington, D.C.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter @butzel_long or : https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Study Supports Detroit Promise Path’s Effectiveness in Boosting Student Success

“Providing Detroit high schools students access to college is one part of a solution to ensure student success,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “It is equally important to understand and address the barriers students face in order to help them persist in college.” 

The Chamber and Michigan Education Excellence Foundation (MEEF) released a study conducted by MDRC, a nonprofit education research firm, supporting the effectiveness of the Detroit Promise Path in increasing student success in community college. The Detroit Promise Path was created in 2016 to help Detroit Promise scholarship students navigate various hardships common for first-generation college students from underserved communities.

The Detroit Promise Path Alleviates Barriers for Underserved Students

(From left to right) Detroit Promise Success Coach Ashley Robinson, Detroit Promise student Preston Welborne El, Detroit Promise student Ronnie Foster, and the former Detroit Promise Path Manager Monica Rodriguez discuss the program and results at the Michigan College Promise Symposium last month.

While college access is one part of a solution to ensure student success, it is equally important to understand and address the barriers students face in order to help them prosper and graduate. The Detroit Promise Path uses four strategies to help students stay in college: it requires campus coaching, offers a monthly financial stipend for expenses not covered by financial aid (i.e. transportation, food, books), encourages students to take summer classes, and uses a management information system to track and monitor students.

Detroit As a Leader in College Promise Scholarship Programs 
Since 2005, more than 300 college scholarship programs across the country have been created to help students afford college costs. However, most college promise scholarships focus on getting students to enroll in college, not helping them succeed once they get there.

When the Detroit Promise launched in 2013, the Chamber noticed that only 35% of students stayed enrolled. In 2016, the Detroit Promise Path was created to help students progress and graduate.

“The effects of the Detroit Promise Path on persistence and full-time enrollment in the second semester are among the largest we’ve seen in rigorous tests of higher education interventions,” said Alexander Mayer, deputy director of postsecondary education at MDRC.

Download the Report 
Download the MDRC report, “A Path from Access to Success: Interim Findings from the Detroit Promise Path Evaluation,” read an article in The Detroit News on the findings, and watch a video on the Detroit Promise Path. The Detroit Promise Path and study are funded by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation (MEEF) with additional support from W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Ford Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and The Kresge Foundation.

Results from the MDRC report on the effects of the Detroit Promise Path program to ensure success for community college students.

Rehmann’s Sejla Kulaglic named one of Corp! Magazine’s Most Valuable Millennials

TROY, Mich., May 15, 2019 – Rehmann announced today that Sejla Kulaglic, international tax manager in the Firm’s Farmington Hills, MI, office has been named one of Michigan’s Most Valuable Millennials by Corp! Magazine.

The award recognizes individuals who are creating job opportunities, driving economic growth, nurturing community advancements or leading successful companies. Michigan’s Most Valuable Professionals, Entrepreneurs, and Millennials were honored at The Colony Club in Detroit on Thursday, April 25.

“Congratulations to Sejla on her well-deserved recognition by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan’s Most Valuable Millennials,” said Rehmann Principal Bryan Kearis. “Sejla is an outstanding business advisor to her clients; she has a passion for client service and community involvement. Sejla will continue to shine as one of Rehmann’s current and future leaders.”

Kulaglic earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in German and a master’s in taxation from Wayne State University.

Since 2016, Kulaglic has volunteered for the Detroit chapter of Kiwanis International, a community service organization focused on serving the children of the world. She is currently a board member and the co-chair for the service and strategic planning committees.

Additionally, she is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, MICPA International Practice Task Force and Michigan Women’s Tax Association.

About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm that provides accounting and assurance, business solutions and outsourcing, specialized consulting and wealth management services. For more than 75 years, Rehmann has provided forward-thinking solutions to our clients, making it our duty to anticipate our clients daily and future needs. Rehmann has nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

Contact: Holly Shier
248.458.7923
holly.shier@rehmann.com

Clayton & McKervey shareholders to participate on ACG Detroit panel about Navigating Cross-Border Transactions on June 7

Southfield, Mich.—May 15, 2019—Clayton & McKervey, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping growth-driven companies compete in the global marketplace, announced that two of its CPA shareholders, Tim Hilligoss and Margaret Amsden, will be participating in an upcoming panel hosted by ACG Detroit about “Navigating Cross-Border Transactions.” The program will take place on Friday, June 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Mich.

The event is designed to help business owners understand the legal, business, banking and accounting issues that surface in a cross-border transaction. The panel will present a description of steps that business owners can take to prepare their companies for successful cross-border transactions, in addition to discussing practical concerns, common issues and best practices.

Hilligoss, who will be a speaker on the panel, provides leadership to Clayton & McKervey’s growing Transaction Service practice. He was recently named Advisor of the Year by the ACG Detroit and was honored at the organization’s fourth annual ACG M&A All Star awards.

Amsden, who will serve as a moderator on the panel, specializes in partnership and Limited Liability Corporation structuring; transaction consulting, structuring and compliance; and mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. She is a board member for ACG.

For more information about the event as well as a complete list of panelists, please visit https://www.acg.org/detroit/events/navigating-cross-border-transactions.

About ACG
Founded in 1954, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is a global organization with 59 chapters. Its membership is comprised of 14,500 professionals from private equity firms, corporations and lenders that invest in middle-market companies, as well as from law, accounting, investment banking and other firms that provide advisory services. For more information, visit https://www.acg.org/.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service CPA firm helping middle-market entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.

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Legal Publication names Cooney among ‘Leaders in the Law’

Plunkett Cooney partner Henry (Hank) B. Cooney was recently nominated as a 2019 “Leaders in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MLW), an industry publication serving the state’s legal community.

Cooney along with 29 other honorees were selected for, among other things, their significant accomplishments or achievements in practice, outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan, leadership in improving the state’s justice system, seeking improvements to the legal and local communities, and setting an example for other lawyers.

The 11th annual luncheon and awards ceremony for the Class of 2019 was held on April 18 at the Detroit Marriott Troy. In addition, the honorees were profiled in a special section of the April 22 issue of MLW.

A member of the firm’s Litigation Department, Cooney has the distinction of having served for 16 years as President & CEO of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, from 1998 to 2015. Among his responsibilities were the review and management of the Professional Code of Ethics for firm members, including all aspects of the attorney-client relationship, conflicts of interest, advocacy, public service and maintaining the integrity of the profession.

A 1980 graduate of University of Detroit School of Law, Cooney’s legal practice entails nearly 40 years of experience in the areas of product liability, construction liability and commercial litigation. He is also frequently called upon to serve as a case arbitrator and facilitator under the provisions of Michigan’s alternative dispute resolution system. Cooney received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1973.

Cooney is a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and its Foundation, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar.

Always giving back to his community, Cooney is a past chair for the board of directors of University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. He has also served on the boards of directors for the American Heart Association of Southeast Michigan and the board of trustees for Life Directions.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm has also been selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Hank Cooney’s selection as a Leader in the Law, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or via email at jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Kate Monti

Kate Monti is the head of operations and account success for Workit Health. Workit Health is an addiction treatment center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

In her position, Monti transforms addiction care with evidence-based, engaging, and scalable solutions. She earned dual master’s degrees in social work and public health from the University of Michigan and has been a featured speaker and panel member at SHRM, the 2018 Telehealth Law Forum, and the BCBSA Capitol Hill Innovation Summit. She regularly speaks to employers across the country ready to improve their culture of substance wellness.

Susan Bailey

Susan Bailey is the vice president of culture and wellbeing practice leader for Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA). She has more than 20 years of experience in health, benefits, and education settings. In her role with MMA, she calls upon her experience to help organizations build supportive cultures that empower individuals to live healthy, engaged lives.

Bailey was instrumental in the success of several best-in-class wellbeing and culture strategies including initiatives at DTE Energy, Beaumont Health System, and Chrysler. Prior to joining MMA in 2016, Bailey led the health and wellbeing strategy consulting team at RedBrick Health where she provided strategic support and guidance to the account teams and clients. Susan also worked in the public health sector as a health promotion coordinator for the Gaston County Health Department where she developed a county-wide fitness and nutrition program for residents. She remains committed to community health improvement through active involvement in the Michigan Wellness Council.

Bailey earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University. Bailey also earned a master of science degree in health promotion from the University Of North Carolina at Charlotte