Plunkett Cooney elects officers to board of directors

At a recent meeting of the board of directors of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, three members were elected to officer positions. Partners Michael S. Bogren, Michael P. Ashcraft Jr. and Audrey J. Forbush were elected to one-year terms as chairman, secretary/treasurer and senior vice president, respectively.

Ashcraft, who serves as a co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Professional Liability Practice Group, is one of the state’s leading professional liability attorneys. He concentrates his practice primarily on the defense of attorneys and accountants in malpractice claims. A partner in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, he also represents insurance brokers and agents, securities brokers, real estate brokers and agents, investment advisors, officers and directors, and notaries public in professional liability cases in state and federal courts.

Admitted to state and federal courts in Michigan and Nebraska, Ashcraft graduated, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 1992. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1987. Ashcraft is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Negligence Section, the State Bar of Michigan’s Professional Ethics Committee and the American Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Liability.

Bogren, who is the managing partner of Plunkett Cooney’s Kalamazoo office, has been a member of the firm’s board of directors since 2003, serving as chair since 2012. He is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Governmental Law Practice Group, and he focuses his practice in the areas of municipal law, civil rights and labor and employment law.

A 1982 cum laude graduate of University of Detroit School of Law, Bogren has extensive experience representing municipalities in both state and federal court claims involving police liability, due process matters, first amendment issues, Michigan Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Act violations, zoning disputes and employment law.

The managing partner of Plunkett Cooney’s Flint office, Audrey J. Forbush focuses her practice primarily in the area of municipal liability with particular expertise in police pursuits, excessive force, civil rights, whistleblower claims, labor and employment issues, zoning and personal injury. In addition to her municipal practice, Forbush has extensive experience in the area of professional liability where she routinely defends physicians and hospitals in malpractice claims.

Forbush is a member of the public corporation section of the Michigan and the Genesee County bar associations, and s serves as legal advisor to the Law Enforcement Action Forum, an organization consisting of select law enforcement executives throughout the state of Michigan. Forbush received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 1988 and her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in 1984.

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 was also recently selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s newly-elected board officers, 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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Butzel Long attorney Bernard (Bernie) Fuhs elected to firm’s Board of Directors

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Bernard (Bernie) J. Fuhs, has been elected to serve on the firm’s Board of Directors.

Fuhs is a nationally recognized expert on non-compete and trade secret matters, having litigated and/or counseled clients on such matters in all 50 states and has presented to many national and local business and/or legal organizations regarding the same.

Fuhs also has considerable experience in franchise litigation, minority shareholder oppression disputes, financial services industry disputes {including proceedings with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)}, real estate, sales representative matters and cannabis law (licensing and appeals). He advises start-up and closely held businesses, as well as sports and fitness industry members.

Fuhs has been selected as a Business Litigation, Trade Secret and Franchise Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine. He has been named as a Michigan Super Lawyer
(an award recognized no more than 2.5% of lawyers in Michigan) every year since 2013.

He was named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40 under 40” class, which honors “the best and brightest in Southeast Michigan who have made their marks in business before age 40.” Fuhs was named to L. Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2013, which includes young thought leaders and trailblazers who live or work in Oakland County and are under the age of 40.

Fuhs serves as Co-Chair of Butzel Long’s Diversity & Recruiting Committee and Chair of the firm’s Franchise Specialty Team. He also is a member of the firm’s Non-Compete and Trade Secret Specialty Team.

Fuhs is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2006) and the University of Detroit Mercy (B.S., summa cum laude, 2003). He interned for Chief Justice Maura Corrigan of the Michigan Supreme Court; he was a four-year player on the Division 1 Men’s Basketball team at UDM; President of the 2nd Year Class at UDM School of Law; on Law Review; a member of the Justice Frank Murphy Honor Society; and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi.

He also enjoyed many honors as an undergraduate including the following: Captain of 2002/2003 UDM Division 1 Men’s Basketball Team; the Wall Street Journal Award – Top Student in the UDM College of Business Administration; the Financial Executives International Award – most outstanding undergraduate student in Accounting and Finance; the Beta Alpha Psi Award – highest scholastic average in undergraduate program; member of the All Horizon League Athletic Academic Team – (2002/2003); the President’s and Horizon League Honor Roll all four years; and the William Ebben Award for athletic and academic excellence. He was on the Dean’s list all years attended at UDM and UDM School of Law, and received the Cavanaugh scholarship at UDM School of Law.

Fuhs is a member of the State Bar of Michigan; American Bar Association – Employment Rights and Responsibilities Section Member and Non-Compete/Trade Secret Subcommittee Member; and, American Bar Association (Forum on Franchising).
Fuhs is a graduate of Leadership Oakland – Class XXIII. He also is a member of the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law Alumni – Board of Directors and Sheriff Oakland County PAL Program – Board of Directors.
Fuhs is a highly sought-after speaker and presenter.

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

Plunkett Cooney elects four partners to board of directors

At the recent Annual Meeting of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, partners Christina L. Corl, Jeffrey C. Gerish, Jeffrey S. Hengeveld and Matthew J. Stanczyk were elected to the firm’s board of directors.

Corl was elected to her first three-year term as a member of the board while Gerish, Hengeveld and Stanczyk were re-elected to three-year terms.

Admitted to practice in Ohio, Michigan and Georgia, Corl focuses her litigation practice primarily on employer liability issues. The managing partner of the firm’s Columbus, Ohio office and co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Labor and Employment, Education and Workers’ Compensation Law Practice Group, she also has extensive experience in commercial litigation, product liability, premises liability, professional liability and municipal law.

Corl’s clients include national retailers and corporations, governmental entities, including law enforcement personnel, and nonprofit organizations. She also has the distinction of serving as Associate General Counsel to the Board of Directors of the USA Track & Field Association and as Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, representing The Ohio State University, Miami University and the University of Cincinnati in employment law and Title IX disputes.

A summa cum laude graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 1994, Corl graduated first in her class and received numerous academic accolades. She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Western Michigan University in 1991.

A member of Plunkett Cooney’s Appellate Law Practice Group, Gerish practices in the areas of appellate law, insurance coverage and commercial litigation. He has successfully represented clients in numerous published decisions issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He is also a member of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group.

Licensed to practice in Michigan and Indiana, Gerish, who is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, the American Bar Association and DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar.

Co-leader of the firm’s Professional Liability Practice Group, Hengeveld focuses his practice primarily in the area of professional liability with an emphasis on litigation brought against attorneys, accountants, insurance agents and real estate professionals. A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Hengeveld is licensed to practice in Michigan’s state and federal court, and he regularly consults on ethics issues.

Hengeveld received both his law and undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University in 2003 and 1999, respectively. He is member of the Oakland County, American and Federal bar associations, as well as the State Bar of Michigan, ALFA International and the members’ attorney program of the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals.

A member of the firm’s Detroit office, Stanczyk serves as Plunkett Cooney’s Product Liability Practice Group Leader. His practice includes complex litigation involving toxic torts, fire-related claims, construction issues and commercial warranty matters. He represents product manufacturers, general contractors, construction managers, transportation firms and other clients who have litigation matters pending in the state and federal courts in Michigan and Ohio.

Stanczyk received his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School in 1986 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1983. He’s a member of numerous associations, including the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, the Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association and the Scaffold Industry Association, among others.

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, another leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also recently selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s newly-elected board members, 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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Mamat Named to ACG Detroit Board of Directors

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. –Foster Swift labor and employment attorney Frank T. Mamat was recently elected to the board of directors for the Detroit Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG.)

Established in 1954, ACG’s mission is to drive middle-market growth. The ACG has 59 chapters worldwide representing more than 14,000 members. These chapters meet, network and support events regularly to share best practices and source deals for corporate growth. ACG serves 90,000 investors, owners, executives, lenders and advisers to growing middle-market companies.

One of the nation’s preeminent labor law attorneys, Mamat focuses his practice on complex labor issues, with a special focus on union matters, contract negotiations, unfair labor practice litigation, National Labor Relations Board practice, organizing attempts by unions, mass picketing and violence, secondary boycotts and pressure and Federal and State OSHA matters.

Michigan Association of CPAs elects new board officers and directors

The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) has elected Robert M. Johnson, chief financial officer at Shift Digital in Birmingham, chair of its 2018-2019 board of directors. The association of more than 18,000 members, also appointed officers and two new directors to its board.

Johnson, of Clinton Township, having spent his entire professional career in metro Detroit, is familiar with the landscape and will expertly guide the board as its new chair. Prior to Shift Digital, he held financial positions at Dynatrace, CareTech Solutions, Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons Basketball Company. Johnson serves on a committee at Walsh College, his alma mater, to raise funds for student scholarships.

“We are very fortunate to have such extensive experience and vision in our leadership team,” said Peggy Dzierzawski, president and CEO of the MICPA. “Our board is always focused on strategically paving the way for a strong future for the accounting profession in Michigan.”

Additional officers elected for this year include:

David G. Echelbarger, chair-elect: Echelbarger, of Allegan, is president of Echelbarger Himebaugh Tamm & Co. PC, Grand Rapids.
Frank V. Maselli, treasurer: Maselli, of Rochester, is an assurance partner at Ernst & Young, Detroit.
Michelle F. Randall, secretary: Randall, of Northville, is a professor of accounting at Schoolcraft College, Livonia.
The board’s executive committee also includes immediate past chair, Alan C. Young, and past chair, Betsy W. Meter. Young, of West Bloomfield, is the founder and CEO of Alan C. Young & Associates PC in Detroit. Meter, of Beverly Hills, is managing partner and U.S. accounting change leader at KPMG LLP in Detroit.

New directors include:

Mia S. Bennett: Bennett, of Coloma, currently serving as manager of North America Consolidations for Whirlpool Corporation, has previously held accounting roles at General Motors, Kmart Corporation, Henry Ford Health System and Ameritech.
Lisa A. Fisher: Fisher, of Dearborn, in addition to her current role as manager at Daimler North America Corporation, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tax Executive Institute and is actively involved in the National Association of Black Accountants.
Directors re-elected to three-year terms include: Ronald C. Edmonds (Midland), controller and VP of controllers and tax at The Dow Chemical Company in Midland; Lisa L. Howze (Detroit), vice president for Detroit campuses and strategic partnerships at Davenport University; Stacie M. Kwaiser (Bay City), chief operating officer at Rehmann in Saginaw; Marc J. Lichtman (Canton), partner at UHY LLP in Farmington Hills; and James N. Lopiccolo (Oxford), founder and member at Capocore Professional Advisors in Lake Orion.

Elected officers will serve one-year terms and directors will serve three-year terms, both effective Sept. 1, 2018. Bennett is serving the remainder of Michelle F. Randall’s term, and will subsequently serve a two-year term instead of three.


About MICPA
The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants is the leading statewide professional organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the value of the CPA profession. Our more than 18,000 members work in business, education, government and public accounting. Established in 1901, MICPA members serve as trusted advisors for businesses and individuals while embracing the highest standards of professional and ethical performance. For more information, visit www.micpa.org.

Butzel Long’s Robin Luce Herrmann elected to Board of Directors of The Defense Counsel Section of the Media Law Resource Center

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Robin Luce Herrmann has been elected to the Executive Committee of The Defense Counsel Section of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC). The MLRC Executive Committee oversees activities of MLRC’s law firm members.

The MLRC, founded in 1980, is the leading professional association for media organizations and their lawyers. It provides its members with a wide-range of resources, including: daily updates on legal, regulatory and legislative developments; numerous publications; legal and policy analysis; media litigation practice guides; and national and international media law conferences. MLRC has more than 110 media company members. The MLRC Defense Counsel Section includes over 200 law firms which represent media clients.

Herrmann leads Butzel Long’s media team and concentrates her practice in the areas of media law, particularly defamation and access issues; commercial litigation; and civil rights.

At the same time, Herrmann serves as General Counsel to the Michigan Press Association, the official trade association for the newspapers of Michigan, with more than 300 members throughout the State.

She previously taught Law of the Press in the Journalism Department at Oakland University. Herrmann has been a guest speaker on Law of the Press at Wayne State University, Central Michigan University, and Oakland University.

Herrmann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law.


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: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Plunkett Cooney Appoints Jereck to Board of Directors

Plunkett Cooney – one of the oldest and largest law firms in the Midwest – announced today that partner Carolyn M. Jereck has been appointed to the firm’s board of directors.

Jereck, who has served as the firm’s Litigation Department Leader for over 15 years, was appointed by the existing Board members to fill the vacancy created by Thomas P. Vincent who resigned from the board earlier this year to become Plunkett Cooney’s new President & CEO. Jereck will serve until the board’s January 2018 business meeting at which time she will be eligible for election by the firm’s shareholders.

“Carolyn has been a tremendous department leader for many years, and I know her insights and experience will be invaluable to the board,” said Michael S. Bogren, Chair of Plunkett Cooney’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to her fresh perspective relative to the firm’s overall strategic development and growth.”

A member of the firm’s Litigation and Labor and Employment Law practice groups, Jereck concentrates her litigation practice in the areas of employment law, retail liability, premises liability, loss prevention disputes, liquor liability and product liability.

Jereck represents corporate and individual clients directly as well as through various insurance providers and third-party claim administrators. Her practice includes matters throughout Michigan in both state and federal courts. She is also a frequent speaker/lecturer concerning issues, updates and pertinent changes in Michigan law pertaining to her areas of expertise.

Jereck is a member of several professional organizations, including the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar where she serves as a member of the Employment and Retail Subcommittees, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel as well as ALFA International’s Labor and Employee and Women’s Initiative Committees.

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 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, and it was recently named among the best in the nation for female attorney diversity by The National Law Journal. The firm has also received several awards naming it among the top workplaces in the legal industry.

For more information about Carolyn Jereck’s appointment to Plunkett Cooney’s board of directors, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or via email at jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Plunkett Cooney elects officers to lead board of directors

At a recent meeting of the board of directors of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, partners Michael S. Bogren and Michael P. Ashcraft, Jr. were re-elected as board officers.

Bogren and Ashcraft, both long-time members of the board, were re-elected to serve one-year terms as chairman and secretary/treasurer, respectively.

Bogren is the managing partner of Plunkett Cooney’s Kalamazoo office and has been a member of the board since 2003, serving as chair since 2012. He is a member of the firm’s Governmental Law Practice Group and focuses his practice in the areas of municipal law, civil rights and labor and employment law.

A 1982 cum laude graduate of University of Detroit School of Law, Bogren has extensive experience representing municipalities in both state and federal court claims involving police liability, due process matters, First Amendment issues, alleged violations of the Michigan Open Meetings and Freedom of Information acts, zoning disputes and employment law.

Bogren is a member of several professional organizations, including the Kalamazoo County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan (Public Corporations and Real Property sections), American Bar Association and International Municipal Lawyers Association.

Ashcraft is a partner in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office. In addition to his duties as a member of the board, he serves as Plunkett Cooney’s Professional Liability Practice Group Leader and as general counsel to the firm.

One of the state’s leading professional liability attorneys, Ashcraft concentrates his practice primarily on the defense of attorneys and accountants in malpractice claims. He also represents insurance brokers and agents, securities brokers, real estate brokers and agents, investment advisors, officers and directors, and notaries public in professional liability cases in state and federal courts.

Admitted to state and federal courts in Michigan and Nebraska, Ashcraft graduated, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 1992. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1987. Ashcraft is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Negligence Section, the State Bar of Michigan’s Professional Ethics Committee and the American Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Liability.

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 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois 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 Plunkett Cooney’s recent board officer election, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or via email at jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Plunkett Cooney elects members, officers to board of directors

At the recent annual business meeting of Plunkett Cooney – one of the oldest and largest law firms – partners Jeffrey C. Gerish, Jeffrey S. Hengeveld, Matthew J. Stanczyk and Thomas P. Vincent were elected to the firm’s board of directors.

Re-elected to three-year terms were Vincent and Gerish. Hengeveld and Stanczyk were elected to the board for the first time. In addition, partners Michael S. Bogren and Michael P. Ashcraft, Jr. were elected to serve as chairman and secretary/treasurer of the board, respectively.

A member of Plunkett Cooney’s Appellate Law Practice Group, Jeffrey C. Gerish practices in the areas of appellate law, insurance coverage and commercial litigation. He has successfully represented clients in numerous published decisions issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He is also a member of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group.

Licensed to practice in Michigan and Indiana, Gerish, who is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, the American Bar Association and the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar.

Jeffrey S. Hengeveld, who is also a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, focuses his practice primarily in the area of professional liability with an emphasis on litigation brought against attorneys, accountants, insurance agents and real estate professionals.

A member of the firm’s Professional Liability Practice Group, Hengeveld is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan. He received both his law and undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University in 2003 and 1999, respectively. Hengeveld is member of the Oakland County, American and Federal bar associations, as well as the State Bar of Michigan, ALFA International and the members’ attorney program of the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals.

Matthew J. Stanczyk serves as Plunkett Cooney’s Product Liability Practice Group Leader. He is a member of the firm’s Detroit office and his practice includes complex litigation involving toxic torts, fire-related claims, construction issues and commercial warranty matters. He represents product manufacturers, general contractors, construction managers, transportation firms, property restoration and remediation firms, commercial property owners and managers, among others who have litigation matters in the state and federal courts in Michigan and Ohio.

Stanczyk received his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School in 1986 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1983. He’s a member of numerous associations, including the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, the Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association and the Scaffold Industry Association, among others.

Thomas P. Vincent is a partner in Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office and is one of the firm’s most accomplished trial attorneys having tried over 100 cases to jury verdict. His practice includes the areas of employment law, commercial disputes and general litigation claims. A member of the firm’s board of directors since 1999, Vincent’s clients include academic institutions, major retailers, financial institutions, high net worth individuals and the policy holders of some of the world’s largest insurance companies.

Vincent, who has received numerous legal industry honors and awards, graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 1981. He received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in 1977. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

In addition to the election of new board members, partner Michael S. Bogren was re-elected to a one-year term as chair of the firm’s board of directors. Bogren is the managing partner of Plunkett Cooney’s Kalamazoo office and has been a member of the board since 2003, serving as chair since 2012. He is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Governmental Law Practice Group and focuses his practice in the areas of municipal law, civil rights and labor and employment law.

A 1982 cum laude graduate of University of Detroit School of Law, Bogren has extensive experience representing municipalities in both state and federal court claims involving police liability, due process matters, first amendment issues, Michigan Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Act violations, zoning disputes and employment law.

Firm board members also elected Michael P. Ashcraft, a partner in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, to continue on in his role as the board’s secretary/treasurer for another one-year term. Ashcraft, who serves as the Plunkett Cooney’s Professional Liability Practice Group Leader, is one of the state’s leading professional liability attorneys. He concentrates his practice primarily on the defense of attorneys and accountants in malpractice claims. He also represents insurance brokers and agents, securities brokers, real estate brokers and agents, investment advisors, officers and directors, and notaries public in professional liability cases in state and federal courts.

Admitted to state and federal courts in Michigan and Nebraska, Ashcraft graduated, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 1992. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1987. Ashcraft is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Negligence Section, the State Bar of Michigan’s Professional Ethics Committee and the American Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and 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 Plunkett Cooney’s newly-elected board members and officers, 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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IPS Technology Services’ President Pradip Sengupta Appointed to Troy Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors

TROY, Mich., Oct. 21, 2014 — IPS Technology Services’ President Pradip Sengupta was recently appointed to serve on the Troy Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the term October 2014 – December 2017.

IPS Technology Services has been a proud member of the Troy Chamber of Commerce since 2009, when Pradip started IPS Technology Services out of his home in Troy. Over the last five years, IPS Technology Services has grown exponentially, both in size and in revenue. The company’s commitment to the Troy chamber, however, has also grown—with IPS becoming a top-level Platinum member in 2013.

“I feel that serving as a director for the chamber is an excellent opportunity to give back to this worthy organization,” says Pradip Sengupta. “The Troy Chamber of Commerce has always promoted my business throughout metro Detroit; we wouldn’t be where we are today without their ongoing support.”

As one of the Directors for the Troy Chamber of Commerce, Pradip Sengupta will join a group of elite business professionals who serve the community organization by making important decisions for the chamber—including who will serve in positions of leadership and fostering relationships among Troy Chamber members to promote business “within.” Members of the Board of Directors serve a three-year term.

For more information about the services and products offered by IPS Technology Services, please feel free to contact them at info@ipstechnologyservices.com or call 248-526-9000.

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:

1. IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
2. Technology Consulting, SharePoint, Enterprise Architecture, Best Practices
3. Web based Enterprise and Mobile Application Development and Integration
4. Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
5. Engineering IT services
6. Website development, Digital Marketing, and Social Media

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-526-9000, send an email to info@ipstechnologyservices.com or click www.ipstechnologyservices.com.