Employment law attorney Stacy Kelly joins Plunkett Cooney

Attorney Stacy L. Kelly recently joined the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Kelly primarily focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment law with particular expertise in litigation involving academic institutions.

Kelly has worked in higher education administration on various-size campuses with university systems and athletics conference offices for over 12 years. She has extensive experience with educational policy and NCAA Division I, II and III rules compliance. Kelly counseled universities and colleges on the investigation and adjudication of student and employee conduct matters, compliance audits and rules education programs.

In addition, Kelly has experience interpreting state policies and federal regulations, such as those related to Title IX, Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act and Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act reporting requirements. She previously served on the NCAA Eligibility Center Advisory Committee and traveled nationally as a facilitator with the NCAA Leadership Development program.

Kelly’s employment law practice also includes handling discrimination, retaliation and civil rights claims on behalf of employers. She works with public- and private-sector clients on contract and handbook reviews and employment-related matters involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII and Michigan’s Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

Admitted to practice law in North Carolina and Michigan, Kelly is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Washtenaw County Bar Association.

Kelly received her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2017. She also received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2004 and her undergraduate degree from Wartburg College in 2002.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group provide a full range of employment-related legal services, including human resources counseling, litigation defense representation, alternative dispute resolution, labor law assistance and regulatory compliance review and defense.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the nation’s oldest and largest law firms with approximately 300 employees, including 145 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 employment law attorney Stacy Kelly joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Firm Expands Business Department with Addition of New Tax Attorney

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, has added further depth to its business law department with the recent addition of tax attorney Alan Shamoun.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Shamoun will serve as Plunkett Cooney’s Tax Law Practice Group Leader, working closely with attorneys in the business law and estate planning practice groups.

Shamoun focuses his tax practice primarily on tax planning, resolving tax controversies and assisting tax exempt organizations. His specific expertise includes white collar criminal defense, IRS audits and appeals, international tax issues, and tax matters related to estate, gift and trust planning. In addition, Shamoun works with clients on commercial real estate matters, corporate transactions and emerging areas such as crytocurrency.

Named a 2018 Top Lawyer in Tax by DBusiness magazine, Shamoun is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan, as well as in the U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and the Real Property Law, Taxation and Young Lawyers sections of the State Bar of Michigan.

Shamoun received his law degree, cum laude, from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2012 and his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in 2006.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Business Law Department provide legal services to clients in numerous industries, including automotive, banking, construction, foodservice and hospitality, healthcare, medical cannabis, nonprofit, real estate and many others.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the nation’s oldest and largest law firms with approximately 300 employees, including 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 tax attorney Alan Shamoun joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Firm stacks deck with addition of regulatory attorney Card

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, recently expanded its administrative law and regulatory practice with the addition of attorney Melissa M. Card.

Card joins the firm as an of counsel member of the Administrative & Regulatory Law Practice Group and the Foodservice & Hospitality Industry Group. Her practice includes extensive experience and expertise in the areas of food and beverage regulatory compliance and the defense of related litigation. Her clients include food manufacturers, packaging suppliers, restaurants and other businesses in the food chain industry.

Card’s regulatory expertise includes advising clients with respect to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Food Safety Modernization Act, and other state and federal statutes pertaining to food, food additives and labeling requirements.

In addition to her affiliation with Plunkett Cooney, Card serves as a professor of global food law at Michigan State University College of Law. She also serves as associate director of the university’s Institute for Food Laws & Regulations. Card is a sought-after speaker and author, nationally, on the topic of food law, food and drug labeling and prescription medications.

A member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Health Law Section and the Food and Drug Law Institute, Card received her law degree, magna cum laude, from University of Minnesota Law School in 2014. She received her undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of Michigan in 2011.

Plunkett Cooney’s Regulatory and Administrative Law Practice Group represents clients before numerous state and federal agencies. Among the matters routinely handled by group members are licensing and permit issues, regulatory compliance and appeals of fines and sanctions.

The members of firm’s Foodservice & Hospitality Industry Group serve the needs of restaurants, bars/taverns, grocery stores, theaters, private clubs and hotels. Services include all aspects of business law, governmental affairs and litigation related to such areas as food spoliation, liquor liability, premises liability and security guard disputes.


Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms and is listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2018. Plunkett Cooney has also received numerous awards naming the firm as a top place to work within the legal industry.

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

 

Mitzel joins Plunkett Cooney’s Tort, Litigation Practice Group

Attorney Brian K. Mitzel recently joined Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, as a member of the firm’s Tort & Litigation Practice Group.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Mitzel focuses his litigation practice primarily in the areas of premises liability, property and casualty, and general liability. Admitted to practice in Michigan, he is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney, Mitzel worked as a file clerk, an administrative clerk and a research clerk for the firm.

In 2016, Mitzel received his law degree, cum laude, from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he received numerous academic awards, including several CALI and Book awards. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Wayne State University in 2013.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Tort & Litigation Practice Group focus on the defense of civil litigation, including motor vehicle negligence, liquor liability, product liability, toxic torts and premises liability, including slip and falls, trip and falls and open and obvious dangers. Members of the practice group have handled literally thousands of cases to successful conclusion, and they have significant trial experience at all levels of the state and federal court systems.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 140 attorneys in eight Michigan cities; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms and is listed among the 2017U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” Plunkett Cooney has also received numerous awards naming the firm as a top place to work within the legal industry.

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

 

Detroit-Area Developers Choose to Reuse

By James Amend

All across metro Detroit, what’s old is new again.

Spurred by a rebounding economy, the region’s real estate development is in overdrive and taking a unique twist by bringing failed properties back to life.

“Our market right now is very hot,” said Cindy Ciura, principal of CC Consulting in Bloomfield Hills. “It’s attracting international, as well as national interest.” Residential, commercial and mixed-use developments are occurring in the city of Detroit, led by local urban revivalists Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, and the Ilitch family. However, this development stretches into every suburban enclave across the tri-county area and beyond. perspective-corner_haa

While the end of the Great Recession unleashed demand for new developments and cash to fund projects, it also shifted the approach of investors, experts say. Developers are wrestling with record-high construction costs because the recession forced many skilled tradesmen out of business, into retirement, or convinced their offspring to find other less-cyclical professions.

Prior to the downturn, developers were paying $75 per square foot to build. Today, it costs $125 per square foot or more, said Chris Brochert, partner and co-owner of Lormax Stern Development Co. in Bloomfield Hills.

“At the same time, inflation has not gone up, so very few can afford these high rents,” he added. To keep a lid on costs, developers have turned to adaptive reuse, where an existing site or building is renovated for purposes other than its original intention. Adaptive reuse is also attractive because it removes blighted properties from communities, encourages parallel real estate investment and, as a form of land conservation, it keeps undesirable urban sprawl in check.

However, adaptive reuse sometimes draws concerns over historical preservation, so developers, communities and governments must work hand-in-glove to succeed.

Government and Community Come Together

The story of Northland Center shopping mall in Southfield illustrates how blight can be erased, new development can be integrated into the community, and history can be preserved. Anchored by a four-story J.L. Hudson’s department store, Northland dominated Detroit shopping for 61 years until it became the victim of suburbanization and competition from newer destinations. It was shuttered in 2015 after falling into financial chaos. But instead of watching the 12-acre site decay, the city of Southfield bought the property for $2.4 million with the intention of spending up to $10 million to raze the mall and sell the land to a developer.

“The city purchased the property to protect, maintain and ultimately increase the property values for Southfield’s home and business owners,” said Southfield Mayor Kenson Siver. “We did not want Northland to become a vacant shopping center significantly blighting the community.”

But while the property has a bright future, an intricately choreographed dance paved the way. The city secured a loan to buy the land and has been conducting fundraisers to repay it. The mall contained a unique tunnel system, which was used for storage and deliveries, and Southfield has been stockpiling dirt at every opportunity to backfill it when it is razed.

Bids were put out for demolition costs and inspections revealed asbestos that must be remediated, a delicate project that should begin in May or June and take up to eight months to complete. An advisory firm was hired to determine the most appealing development contractor, and hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised to secure historically significant pieces of art from the mall.

Community feedback suggested saving the Hudson’s portion of the site for its historical significance and the goal is a mixed-use development. The city has seen preliminary cost estimates and an initial design, which was presented to council members in March. City officials said they would like to turn the site over to developers as soon as possible, but they want to be careful that it complements other projects underway.

“We’re trying to be fiscally responsible in the work we are doing and consistent with other work we’re doing around the city,” said Rochelle Freeman, director of business and economic development for Southfield.

A Much-Needed Facelift

On the region’s east side, Lormax Stern took over the dilapidated Macomb Mall in 2013. The firm renovated and modernized the interior and exteriors, and lured in popular retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, Old Navy and Sears.

“We brought it from the 1970s to 2015,” Brochert said. “It is now thriving with new tenants and is more appealing to people in the surrounding area.” Lormax Stern also worked its magic with a former Jacobson’s department store in Grosse Pointe. The 70,000-square-foot building was renovated for first-floor retail and is anchored by tenants such as gourmet grocer Trader Joe’s, and upscale clothiers Jos. A. Bank and LOFT. The second floor was dedicated to office space, while an adjoining parking deck was redone for convenience.

In downtown Birmingham, AF Jonna Development LLC of Bloomfield Hills took over the struggling Palladium Building, downsized its movie theater, and added office and residential space to complement restaurants. Brochert said the project saved an important corridor of the bustling city. “If that would have gone downhill, it would have been disastrous,” he said.

A few miles up the road in Bloomfield Hills, a $500 million mixed-use development called Bloomfield Park stalled in 2008, creating an 87-acre, post-apocalyptic scene of windowless concrete buildings and crumbling parking garages. But in 2015, Southfield-based developer Redico bought the rights to the site and $350 million of initial demolition work started last year.

Dale Watchowski, CEO of Redico, said Bloomfield Park typifies his firm’s strategy. “We’re focused on getting in and out within two years. We don’t want to get tied up in a long deal where the economy can turn on us,” he said. “A successful development requires good project management, and the process has to move quickly.”

James Amend is a senior editor at WardsAuto in Southfield.

Read more from this issue below: 

Under Construction: Michigan’s Build-To-Suit Market

Detroit: A City on the Rise

Help Wanted: Closing Michigan’s Skilled Trades Gap

 

Veteran Banking Attorney Raheem Joins Plunkett Cooney Law Firm

Former Bank of America Senior Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel Rasul M. Raheem recently joined Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms.

A 30-year veteran of the banking industry, Raheem works in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office as a senior attorney in the Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. He focuses his practice in all aspects of banking law, as well as business transactions and regulatory law.

“We’re very fortunate to have Rasul as a member of our firm,” said Douglas C. Bernstein, Plunkett Cooney’s Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group Leader. “He’s extremely knowledgeable about the litigation and regulatory aspects of banking, and he has a great approach to client service.”

In his role as in-house counsel to Bank of America, N.A. (and previously to LaSalle Bank Corp and its predecessor Michigan National Bank), Raheem advised senior management on finance and lending relationships, credit issues, restructuring and recovery strategies, reputational risk, treasury services, bank policy and regulatory issues. He also managed outside counsel and related litigation with law firms across the country.

Raheem is active in the community, having recently been appointed by Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan to serve as a member of the Detroit Land Bank Authority Board of Directors. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion. Raheem serves as a hearing panel member for the state of Michigan’s Attorney Discipline Board. His bar memberships include the American, National, D. Augustus Straker and Oakland County bar associations.

Raheem received his Master of Law in Corporate and Finance and Juris Doctorate degrees from Wayne State University Law School in 2003 and 1984, respectively. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1979.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group represent banks, savings and loan associations, mortgage companies, credit unions, finance companies and loan servicers. Group members, who have approximately 200 years of combined experience as in-house bank counsel prior to joining the firm, provide an array of services, including acquisition of new banking powers, regulatory law, loan origination and all aspects of litigation, including bankruptcy proceedings and creditors’ rights matters.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms.

For more information about Rasul M. Raheem joining Plunkett Cooney’s Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Degenhardt joins firm’s Insurance Law Practice Group

Attorney Theodore L. Degenhardt IV recently joined Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, as a member of its Insurance Law Practice Group.

Degenhardt, who is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, represents insurance companies in coverage matters, including claims related to environmental contamination, construction defects, product liability, property losses and claims involving allegations of commercial crime and advertising injury.

“Ted is an outstanding attorney who adds further depth to our coverage practice,” said Dennis G. Cowan, Plunkett Cooney’s President & CEO. “He is already involved in some of the firm’s more complex insurance coverage litigation.”

A member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Oakland County Bar Association, Degenhardt received his law degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2012. While there, he worked as a judicial intern to the Honorable Judges Victoria Roberts and Paul Komives of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Degenhardt received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 2009.

Plunkett Cooney is recognized as one of the nation’s leading law firms for insurance coverage litigation. Several members of the firm’s Insurance Law Practice Group have been awarded the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. In addition to their litigation expertise, Plunkett Cooney attorneys work with their clients to develop new insurance products and to address emergent theories of legal liability.

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 140 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms, and it was named by American Lawyer Media’s as a “ go-to” law firm in 2016. The firm has also received several awards naming it among the top workplaces in the legal industry.

For more information about Theodore L. Degenhardt IV joining Plunkett Cooney’s Insurance Law Practice Group, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Former Assistant AG Schroder Joins Plunkett Cooney

Jeffrey M. Schroder, a former Assistant Attorney General (AG) – Senior Attorney for the Health Care Fraud Division for the state of Michigan, recently joined Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms.

Licensed in Michigan’s state and federal courts, Schroder focuses his practice in the areas of healthcare and governmental law. A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, he defends a variety of healthcare clients in matters involving regulatory compliance, audit defense, alleged fraud claims and embezzlement recovery. In addition, Schroder has extensive experience representing municipalities in all aspects of municipal law with particular expertise in the areas of land use, zoning and licensing matters.

“Jeff’s experience in the AG’s office has already proven to be invaluable to a number of the firm’s healthcare industry clients,” said Plunkett Cooney President & CEO Dennis Cowan. “As a former city attorney, Jeff also has outstanding credentials in the public sector. His unique background and skill set are true assets to our firm and clients.”

While working as an assistant attorney general, Schroder initiated civil Medicaid fraud recoveries, prosecuted Medicaid provider fraud, prosecuted financial abuse in resident care facilities, represented the state in Qui Tam cases filed by whistleblowers under the Medicaid False Claims Act, and served on national teams with other Qui Tam states to investigate and prosecute global fraud cases.

Schroder, who is a senior attorney at the firm, also has the distinction of having served as assistant city attorney for the city of Warren for approximately nine years. While there, he represented the city in litigation and court proceedings; negotiated and recommended contracts; prosecuted criminal cases; represented the city’s planning commission, library commission and brownfield authority; drafted city ordinances and resolutions; drafted legal opinions for elected officials and department heads; and worked extensively on state governmental relations issues with the city lobbyist.
A member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers and the State Bar of Michigan, Schroder graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 2001 and received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Albion College in 1997.

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 140 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms, and it was named by American Lawyer Media’s as a “go-to” law firm in 2016. The firm has also received several awards naming it among the top workplaces in the legal industry.

Plunkett Cooney’s Healthcare Industry Group was formed to meet the unique needs of clients in the increasingly complex business of healthcare. Using a multi-specialty approach, the firm’s attorneys solve and prevent problems on behalf of all types of healthcare providers, payors and health-related businesses. The firm’s clients include physicians and physician networks, single- and multi-specialty professional practices, physician-hospital organizations, integrated delivery networks, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, long-term care facilities and many others.

The firm’s Governmental Law Practice covers the entire state of Michigan, providing litigation and transactional services to numerous villages, cities, counties and quasi-public entities. Plunkett Cooney has the distinction of having represented Michigan Municipal League Liability and Property Pool, which provides insurance coverage to municipalities throughout the state. From city attorney services, to litigation counsel to transactional expertise, Plunkett Cooney’s municipal attorneys are among the states most experienced.

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

Medical Liability attorney Studley joins Plunkett Cooney

Attorney Lauren M. Studley recently joined Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, as a member of its Medical Liability Practice Group.

“Lauren’s background perfectly complements our medical liability team,” said D. Jennifer Andreou, Plunkett Cooney’s Medical Liability Practice Group co-leader. “She’s an experienced attorney in the courtroom, and she excels at resolving complex matters on behalf of her clients.”

Studley focuses her practice primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense. She also has experience resolving general liability claims, auto negligence matters, trucking/transportation law issues and contract law matters.

Studley’s clients include hospitals, physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers targeted by medical malpractice actions ranging from obstetrics to gynecology to emergency medicine to complex surgery. She has second-chaired complex medical liability jury trials, and she has won numerous dismissals on motions for summary disposition.

Studley received her law degree, magna cum laude, from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2011. While there, she received several awards for her academic achievements and served as the Assistant Comments Editor for Thomas M. Cooley Law Review. Studley received her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in 2006.

Plunkett Cooney’s Medical Liability Practice Group is comprised of experienced trial attorneys dedicated to the rigorous defense of all types of medical malpractice lawsuits. Their clients include doctors, pharmacists, chiropractors, dentists, podiatrists, psychologists, psychiatrists, hospitals and their employees, medical clinics, mental health facilities and extended care facilities.

In addition to defending medical liability cases, Plunkett Cooney’s attorneys represent their clients before state professional licensing boards when disputes arise. They also work with their clients to mitigate risk related to the regulatory requirements of HIPAA and other federal laws. The firm’s team approach to client service also allows Plunkett Cooney to provide a range of business and personal services to members of the healthcare industry, including real estate, estate planning, acquisitions/sales, tax law and much more.

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 nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms, and it was named by American Lawyer Media’s as a “ go-to” law firm in 2016. The firm has also received several awards naming it among the top workplaces in the legal industry.

For more information about Lauren M. Studley 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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Firm revs up Tort & Litigation Practice Group with new attorneys

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, recently added two attorneys, Macy R. Abdallah and Chase M. Kubica, to its Tort & Litigation Practice Group.

“Macy and Chase are talented attorneys who complement our growing general liability and motor vehicle liability teams,” said Carolyn M. Jereck, who serves as Plunkett Cooney’s Litigation Department Leader. “They both have a great deal of expertise and, most importantly, a real focus on client service.”

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Abdallah has a wide-ranging practice that includes the defense of commercially-insured businesses through some of the nation’s leading insurance providers. She has particular expertise in the areas of premises liability, foodservice and hospitality law and municipal law. Abdallah also works with businesses and individuals in the area of tax law.

Abdallah is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce. She received her law degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2013 and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2010.

Kubica is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office who focuses his litigation practice in the areas of motor vehicle liability, no-fault law and premises liability. His clients include businesses and individuals involved in first- and third-party automobile negligence claims and in matters involving uninsured and underinsured motorist benefits. He also works with some of the nation’s leading insurance providers to resolve allegedly fraudulent motor vehicle accident cases and matters involving suspicious insured and medical provider claims.

A Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2013, Kubica is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2010 and his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 2006.

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 over 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms, and it was named by American Lawyer Media’s as a “ go-to” law firm in 2016. The firm has also received several awards naming it among the top workplaces in the legal industry.

For more information about Macy R. Abdallah and Chase M. Kubica joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.