Van Hyfte joins Plunkett Cooney’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group

Associate attorney Laura A. Van Hyfte recently joined Plunkett Cooney, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the Midwest, as the newest member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group.

Van Hyfte has particular expertise in the areas of real property, contract disputes and resort-area land use and development. A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Van Hyfte also has experience handling issues involving downtown development authorities, municipal planning and TIF funding.

Admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Michigan and before the tribal courts of Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Van Hyfte received both her law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan.

Plunkett Cooney’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group represents a broad range of clients in litigation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution concerning matters that arise while conducting business. Practice group members have extensive experience in matters involving contract disputes, business torts, real estate disputes, business ownership conflicts, bankruptcy, antitrust claims, corporate compliance issues, tax and finance issues, commercial collections, commercial landlord tenant, civil RICO, ERISA, intellectual property claims and many other areas.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 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 was also recently selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Laura Van Hyfte joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Nighswander joins Plunkett Cooney’s Litigation Department

Attorney Katherine M. Nighswander recently joined the Transportation Law and Torts & Litigation practice groups of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms.

Nighswander, who is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, focuses her practice in the areas of transportation law and litigation. She represents insurers and its insureds in matters involving no-fault law and motor vehicle negligence, premises liability, dramshop and general negligence allegations.

In addition to no-fault automobile and first-and third-party motor vehicle cases, Nighswander has experience defending personal injury claims, including dog bites; slips/trips and falls; falling objects; negligent hiring, training and supervision of employees; vicarious liability of employees; and product liability matters; as well as allegations of food contamination; foodborne illness and foreign materials in food.

A member of the State Bar of Michigan and Oakland County Bar Association, Nighswander received her law degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 2013 and her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in 2010 from Saginaw Valley State University.

Plunkett Cooney’s Torts & Litigation Practice Group features the collective talents of attorneys who focus on the defense of all manners of civil litigation, including

construction disputes, motor vehicle negligence, liquor liability, retail liability, toxic torts and premises liability, including slip and falls, trip and falls and open and obvious dangers.

Plunkett Cooney’s motor vehicle liability practice includes attorneys in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and extends to the resolution of cross-border claims stemming from disputes in Canada. The firm’s attorneys serve as panel counsel to some of the largest insurance providers in the world, providing litigation defense representation in the areas of motor vehicle liability, fraudulent claims, no-fault law and trucking liability.


Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the nation’s oldest and largest law firms with approximately 300 employees, including over 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial law firms in the United States.

For more information about Katherine Nighswander joining Plunkett Cooney’s Litigation Department, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.