Mayor Mike Duggan Proclaims Oct. 7-12 Mobility Week in Detroit

Mayor Mike Duggan has joined businesses across the city and region to celebrate Detroit’s global leadership in automotive next-generation mobility technology by issuing a proclamation that recognizes this week, Oct. 7-12, “Mobility Week” in Detroit.

Through collaborative efforts by the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto initiative, Quicken Loans Community Fund and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and PlanetM, TechStars Mobility and Henry Ford Health System, a number of events will take place across Detroit to showcase the industry highlighting career opportunities, the cross-section between health care and mobility, and the transformational technology being developed.

“Detroit has historically been the center of the automotive universe, and now our city is leading the way into the next generation of the industry,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “It makes perfect sense to shape the future of mobility right here in Detroit, and I’m proud to proclaim this week as Mobility Week.”

Many of the region’s assets will be on display, including Detroit’s growing startup ecosystem, technology development of the region, and the work Detroit’s Transportation and Mobility Office is engaging in the city and neighborhoods around transportation solutions.

“This proclamation calls attentions to the diverse players in mobility to celebrate our leadership in next-generation mobility,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of Automotive and Mobility Initiatives for the Chamber. “We have come so far, and it is important to share and celebrate the new technology the industry offers with the public.”

Learn more about some of the Mobility Week Detroit events, including the 2018 MICHauto Summit below or visit www.mobilityweekdetroit.com.

MICHauto Summit: Explore Your Automobility Future

Oct. 10
The Beacon at One Woodward

MICHauto’s signature event engages automotive industry leaders with students and interns from regional universities, colleges and trade schools for a full day of programming. The Summit offers a unique opportunity to discuss the evolution of the automotive industry and its career pathways. Automotive and mobility industry professionals will share the career pathways with more than 160 students and interns. Conversations and topics will examine the future of the automotive, mobility and technology fields and how the industry is rapidly changing from decades past.

 

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The Eye, The Brain & The Auto
Oct. 7-9
MotorCity Casino

 

The 8th World Research Congress on Vision and Driving is focusing on the autonomous vehicle technology and its impact on health care. The three-day world congress will look at the way mobility technology is disrupting the way IT, big-data management and health care does business. Sessions will touch on how vision and cognition will play a key role in connected and autonomous vehicles, their development and how users interact with them. It also will highlight how the medical field can contribute and benefit from the development of driverless cars, trusts and other forms of transportation.

 

TechStars Demo Day 
Oct. 9
Detroit Film Theater

 

 

The 2018 Class of startups enrolled in the Techstars Mobility Accelerator will be center stage as they graduate from this unique mentoring program. More than a thousand investors, community members, students and representatives from the automotive and transportation industries will be in the audience to hear about new technology, autonomous advances and mobility answers from the Techstars participants. The event is the largest single-day startup and innovation event nationwide, organizers say, giving these up-and-coming entrepreneurs a venue to share their ideas and network with industry executives in real and substantial ways. Techstars with its worldwide network that focusing on helping entrepreneurs succeed offers its mobility program solely in Detroit. Its current class of 11 companies is the most diverse to date, has businesses that span a wide array of mobility solutions and comes from countries across the globe, including Hong Kong and London.

 

Detroit Moves
Oct. 10-11
Spirit Plaza

 

This free and family-friendly two-day outdoor festival brings people together with mobility companies, industry leaders and the latest in technology at Detroit’s Spirit Plaza. Now in its second year, Detroit Moves is a showcase for connected and autonomous vehicles as well as the people who make these high-tech machines, organizers say. The festival also includes art exhibits, musical performances, food and family-orientated activities such as a mobility-themed scavenger hunt. Additional activities include an educational village featuring STEM careers and area universities such as Wayne State and the Center for Creative Studies, a startup village with mobility-related startup companies and a social hour featuring food, beverage and entertainment from 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 11. Some exhibitors included May Mobility, which has an autonomous transport that takes Bedrock Detroit employees around the downtown core, as well as MoGo, Maven, Chariot, Airspace and America’s Automotive Trust.

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.

Detroit Regional Chamber Launches “Let’s Detroit” Talent Attraction and Retention Tool

LetsDetroit.com engages talent by connecting them to their peers through a website, one-of-a-kind texting function, social media and events.

DETROIT, Sept. 20, 2018 – With 36 percent of Michigan college graduates leaving the state within a year of graduation, the Detroit Regional Chamber and its partners created Let’s Detroit to attract and retain the talent to Southeast Michigan. Using a website, “Text a Detroiter” function, and social media engagement, the platform aims to achieve three main objectives: improve the narrative around Detroit and Southeast Michigan, increase the number of graduates retained, and cultivate an innovative, engaged and culture-focused business community to drive economic prosperity.

“Regional businesses have continued to indicate the No. 1 issue they have is attracting and retaining talent,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Let’s Detroit will increase retention of talented professionals fleeing to cities like New York City, Chicago or Los Angeles by helping them connect to the Detroit region, in a way they will respond to.”

Let’s Detroit showcases local ambassadors in several focus areas and creates a platform for others to connect and find their community. There are texting and employment ambassadors that are the voices representing the Detroit region to their peers. These individuals are the young professionals and others who are immersed in their communities and want to help others get connected.

  • Employment ambassadors are people currently engaged with a Southeast Michigan professional industry group willing to connect with users about their field of work via LinkedIn, Twitter, email, or potentially text. Users will reach out to ask questions, get advice, and how to expand their network.
  • “Text a Detroiter” ambassadors are people who love to text and want to share knowledge about their communities with others. Texting ambassadors select topics they want to talk about (i.e. networking events, nightlife, places to eat, etc.) and users connect through a protected, third party number to ask questions, get recommendations and learn.

The Chamber conducted global and local research on what successful regions are doing to retain and attract talent and it revealed key findings that led to Let’s Detroit:

  • Human resource professionals need help attracting talent to the region.
  • Young professionals don’t want to be marketed to; they want to make a difference in their communities; and they need an “in” to help navigate career, social and other aspects of the region.
  • Talent in Southeast Michigan cares most about their career path, as well as other quality of life aspects like regional transit, placemaking and recreation.

To ensure the process was collaborative, the Chamber brought together a talent retention working group of nearly 100 public, private, nonprofit and grassroots organizations across Southeast Michigan to provide insight and feedback throughout the process.

The launch of Let’s Detroit was generously supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). In addition, The Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED) is an active partner in the development of Let’s Detroit in coordination with their statewide “Choose Michigan” initiative. Through this effort, Let’s Detroit can serve as a wireframe for other regions in the state if they want to implement a similar talent strategy. To continue to be successful, the Chamber is seeking additional support for the Let’s Detroit platform. Please visit LetsDetroit.com to explore and learn more.

 About Let’s Detroit

Let’s Detroit was created by the Detroit Regional Chamber to retain the young talent leaving the state. Using a website, texting communication, and social media engagement, the program aims to achieve three main objectives: improve the narrative around Detroit and Southeast Michigan, increase graduates in Southeast Michigan, and cultivate an innovative, engaged and culture-focused business community to drive economic prosperity. Let’s Detroit was launched to help achieve the Chamber’s goal of increasing postsecondary education attainment in the region to 60 percent by 2030. Explore at LetsDetroit.com.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

Media contact: Kelly Weatherwax, kweatherwax@detroitchamber.com, 313.596.0360

 

Berry Moorman Attorneys Selected as 2018 Super Lawyers

The following Berry Moorman attorneys have been named to the 2018 Super Lawyers list:

Donald F. Carney Jr. – Estate and Trust Litigation

Sheryl A. Laughren – Employment and Labor

John J. Schrot Jr. – Family Law

Harvey B. Wallace II – Estate Planning and Probate

Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Every year Super Lawyers selects up to only 5% of attorneys from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas to comprise this list.

Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Every year Super Lawyers selects up to only 5% of attorneys from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas to comprise this list.


About Berry Moorman

Since 1926, Berry Moorman P.C. has proudly served as trusted advisors to businesses, business owners, individuals, and families who rely on the firm for sage advice and practical solutions.  One of Michigan’s oldest law firms with offices in Detroit, Birmingham, and Ann Arbor, its practice includes business and corporate law, estate and succession planning, family law, labor and employment, litigation, non-profit law, real estate, tax, and international law.

Detroit

535 Griswold, Suite 1900

Detroit, Michigan 48226

Telephone: (313) 496-1200

Birmingham

255 E. Brown Street, Suite 320

Birmingham, Michigan 48009

Telephone: (248) 645-9680

Ann Arbor

3135 S. State Street, Suite 103

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108

Telephone: (734) 668-4031

Walsh Professor Brings International Conference to Detroit

Professor and Chair of Walsh’s Economics and Finance Department John Moore, Ph.D., CPA, was recently elected president of The Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) during its 43rd annual international conference in Finland. Established in 1975, EBHS fosters interdisciplinary scholarship in business and economics, history and how historical perspective applies to current issues. Its members are an international community of historians, economists, business professionals, social scientists and others living in the United States, Canada, Western Europe and the Far East.

The 44th international EBHS conference will be held in Detroit in June 2019. “Many of my EBHS colleagues have said Detroit will be a fascinating location for the conference,” said Moore. “There was strong enthusiasm among members to travel here.”

Moore attended his first EBHS conference in Portugal in 2010, after which he published an essay in the EBHS scholarly journal, Essays in Economic & Business History and was awarded Best Published Journal Article by a New Author (2011). He joined EBHS that year.

The keynote speaker for the 2019 EBHS conference will be Paul Ballew, Vice President and Global Chief Data & Analytics Officer of Ford Motor Company, who was also a Walsh adjunct instructor in the 1980s. “We are excited to have Paul as our speaker. He is a tremendous scholar and embodies the balance between a practical career and significant intellectual contribution, which aligns with Walsh values,” said Moore.

The conference will be held at the Hotel Fort Shelby and Moore will encourage his students to attend. “Having your eyes opened to the wider world is an important part of the educational experience,” he said.


ABOUT WALSH

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Five Years After Bankruptcy: See How Detroit Is Transforming

When the city of Detroit filed its historic bankruptcy, the Detroit Regional Chamber was one of the first organizations to openly support the decision as the only realistic way to resolve the city’s systemic issues and become globally competitive again. Watch Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah’s 2013 interview about Detroit’s bankruptcy on CNBC.

“Bankruptcy is the bold step needed to finally address Detroit’s financial problems in a meaningful and sustainable way. While nobody welcomes the concept of bankruptcy, it is necessary to solve the long-term structural financial challenges of this historic city. This decision puts the city on a path to achieve its most essential function – providing Detroiters the services they deserve – and sets the stage for a growing, vibrant Detroit,” Baruah said at the time.

Today, the city is experiencing an unprecedented rebirth on the world stage. From a bustling restaurant scene and a growing tech entrepreneurial ecosystem to multimillion-dollar development downtown and growth in the city’s neighborhoods.

Here are just some ways the city has transformed itself into a dynamic urban community in recent years:

1. Look at the Data:

  • Attracting Talent: The city’s population between the ages of 25 and 29 has seen the largest growth at 24 percent. Since 2013, millennials with a bachelor’s degree or higher in downtown grew by 91 percent.
  • Jobs: Detroit added nearly 12,000 jobs.
  • Unemployment: The unemployment rate for the city of Detroit for 2017 was 9.3 percent, down from 18.9 percent in 2013.
  • Office Space: Office vacancy rates for Detroit/the Pointes submarket is 8.1 percent, down 8.3 percent from a vacancy rate of 16.4 percent five years ago. Office vacancy rates in the Central Business District declined to 7.8 percent.

2. Follow the Investment: 

  • Large Projects: $5.6 billion in major investment in the past five years (2013-2017). This includes announced, planned, under construction and completed projects of $5 million and above. Milestone projects include: Beacon Park, the QLine Detroit, The District Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena, Ford Train Station, and the Hudson Site.
  • New Retail, Restaurants, Bar Openings: There are 1,105 new retail establishments and 540 new restaurants and bars with a founding date of 2010 and 2018. Source: DnB.
  • Major Businesses: Fifth Third Bank, Ally Financial and Microsoft all opened headquarters in downtown. Two of the largest automotive seat makers in the world and Lear Corp. moved operations into the city. ArcelorMittal, a global steel company, moved into the I-94 Industrial Corridor.

3. Explore the Human Impact:

  • Pathways to College: Detroit became the first major city to guarantee a tuition-free path to college through the Chamber’s Detroit Promise scholarship program.
  • Connections to the Workforce: 8,000 Detroit youth placed in jobs this summer through the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent internship program.
  • A Safer Detroit: Project Greenlight received national attention for its success in reducing crime with nearly 300 businesses participating to date.

4. Tally the Rankings:

  • Detroit selected for Forbes’ Opportunity Cities – September 2014
  • Detroit ranked “18th Most Walkable Large City in the United States” – April 2015
  • Detroit ranked “Best American City for Sports Travel” by Hotels.com – March 2015
  • Detroit designated “Talent Hub” by Lumina Foundation – May 2018

5. Read the National Headlines:

Bernstein to join panel on fifth anniversary of Detroit’s bankruptcy

Plunkett Cooney bankruptcy attorney Douglas C. Bernstein was one of the many professionals involved in the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy, which remains the largest Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy ever filed. To commemorate the fifth anniversary of this historic event, Bernstein will participate in a panel discussion on July 18.

Hosted by DBusiness magazine from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Gem Theatre in Detroit, the panel discussion is part of the DBusiness Breakfast Series. The event, titled: “Detroit’s Bankruptcy: Five Years Later – Past, Present and Future,” will feature Bernstein along with former Detroit City Council Member Sheila Cockrel, Patrick O’Keefe of O’Keefe financial advisors and John Naglick, Chief Deputy CFO / Finance Director for the city of Detroit.

“It’s remarkable how Detroit made it through the bankruptcy process. It had a perfect cast of leaders to see the process through. It was historic and the solutions were very creative,” said Bernstein who serves as the Business Law Department Leader of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms. “Here we are five years later, and there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done. But hopefully the city will continue to have the same financial discipline in the future.”

During the city’s bankruptcy proceedings, Bernstein represented foundations that donated to the so-called “Grand Bargain” to ease pension cuts and spin off the Detroit Institute of Arts. He also served, and continues to serve, as a resource to local, regional and national media on Detroit’s emergency financial status and issues generally related to Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy.

Tickets for the July 18 panel discussion cost $65 and are available at the DBusiness website. Groups of 10 cost $50 per person. Prior to the start of the discussion, there will be networking reception and strolling breakfast available from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

A member of Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, Bernstein concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, loan restructuring, commercial loan documentation, bankruptcy, banking-related litigation and appeals. Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney, Bernstein worked as an in-house attorney at Michigan National Corporation for over 20 years.

Bernstein earned his undergraduate degree in 1978 from Wayne State University and his law degree in 1982 from the Detroit College of Law. Earlier this year, he became the only Michigan attorney inducted into the 2018 class of Fellows of the American College of Bankruptcy, a prestigious national organization focused on fostering excellence in bankruptcy and insolvency practice.


Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs 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 Douglas Bernstein’s participation in the DBusiness magazine panel discussion on July 18, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

 

PVS Chemicals Announces Leadership Changes: Jim M. Nicholson Elevated to Co-Chairman of Board, David Nicholson to President and CEO

PVS Chemicals Announces Leadership Changes: Jim M. Nicholson Elevated to Co-Chairman of Board, David Nicholson to President and CEO.

As part of a planned succession transition, the board of directors of PVS Chemicals voted to make two leadership changes in the management of the 73-year-old family-held global firm headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.

Effective July 1, 2018, Jim M. Nicholson, 51, elevates from president and CEO of PVS Chemicals to Co-Chairman of the Board. James B. Nicholson, 75, will continue in his role as Co-Chair. David A. Nicholson, 48, takes on the role of President and CEO of PVS Chemicals after serving as Group CEO for PVS manufacturing assets.

During his 23-year tenure, most recently as President and CEO, Jim M. Nicholson presided over top-and bottom-line growth, a workforce increase of over 30 percent, and the largest acquisition (ISSI) in PVS Chemicals’ history. PVS teams enhanced and upgraded the firm’s IT infrastructure, and expanded the PVS footprint with additional facilities and capabilities around the globe.

“It’s been an honor to lead the PVS Chemicals team in managing ever greater complexity over the past several years,” Jim M. Nicholson said. “Thanks to strong board guidance, our organization is well positioned for new growth. I am confident David and the PVS team will execute our strategies and manage the market opportunities inherent in our dynamic industry.”

David Nicholson joined PVS in June 1999 after beginning his career in banking and private equity. He oversaw the expansion of the PVS Minibulk distribution business from three Midwest markets to 12 markets nationally. He also restructured PVS European businesses in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany before moving to the company’s corporate headquarters where he leads the teams focusing on manufacturing as well as mergers and acquisitions.

“I look forward to leading PVS and working with my brothers Tim, as COO, and John, as Executive Vice President,” David Nicholson said. “We plan to build on the successes forged by our father and our brother Jim, as we focus on delivering growth and shareholder value while staying true to our vision, especially our commitment to safety.”

“I couldn’t be prouder of the success we’ve earned under Jim M. as president,” James B. Nicholson said. “I’m looking forward to sharing the chairman’s role with him, and we both have great expectations as David takes the reins as President and CEO.”


About PVS Chemicals, Inc.

PVS Chemicals, Inc. was founded in Detroit in 1945. Today the company has more than 1,300 employees worldwide working in 13 companies and subsidiaries. PVS has facilities and operations in the U.S., Europe, Canada and Asia. PVS holds multiple world-class certifications, and follows Responsible Care® and Responsible Distribution® chemical safety and sustainability codes. For more information, visit www.pvschemicals.com.

Chamber Chief Financial Officer and Elite Member Executives Among Crain’s ‘Notable Women in Finance 2018’

Crain’s Detroit Business recently released its “Notable Women in Finance” report, distinguishing women who work in finance roles for Michigan companies. This year, Karen Belans, chief financial officer for the Detroit Regional Chamber, as well as 11 Elite member company executives, were awarded the distinction. These women were nominated by their peers and are being recognized for their ability to navigate restructurings, advise on acquisitions, and lead mergers. View the list of Chamber member companies below:

  • Marlene Beach, Principal, UHY LLP
  • Karen Belans, Chief Financial Officer, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Rita Sola Cook, Midwest Region Executive, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Bridgett Feagin, Chief Financial Officer, DMC Harper-Hutzel and Detroit Receiving Hospitals
  • Gretchen Holloway, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, ITC Holdings Corp.
  • Pamela May, Partner, UHY LLP
  • Christine Moore, Executive Vice President and General Auditor, Comerica Inc.
  • Margaret Scheske, Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, AAA – The Auto Club Group
  • Tosha Tabron, Vice President and Relationship Manager, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Terri Weems, Chief Financial Officer, Detroit Employment Solutions Corp.
  • Loni Winkler, Principal, UHY LLP
  • Donna Zuk, Vice President, Financial Operations, Beaumont Health

View the full list of 2018 Notable Women in Finance here.

McGiffert Joins Firm’s Management Team as First Director of Diversity

Laurel F. McGiffert, a partner at Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms – has been appointed as the firm’s first ever Director of Diversity & Inclusion.

Plunkett Cooney President & CEO Thomas P. Vincent announced the appointment yesterday, indicating that McGiffert, who is a founding member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and a member of the Detroit office, will join his administration immediately.

“Laurel is an outstanding trial attorney who has been dedicated to improving diversity and inclusion within our firm and the Metro Detroit legal community for years,” Vincent said. “She understands our firm well and has great ideas about how we can continue to advance our efforts internally and on behalf of our clients.”

In her new role, McGiffert will be responsible for leading the firm’s efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. She will work alongside the firm’s management team, diversity committee members and administrative department leaders to accomplish this goal.

“I’m honored and excited to have been given this opportunity by Tom and the firm to focus on an issue about which I’m truly passionate,” said McGiffert, who is a member of several organizations focused on diversity, including the African American Partners Collaborative. “Plunkett Cooney has been a leader on diversity in the legal community for years. This new position will allow me to focus on helping to take that work to the next level.”

McGiffert, who graduated from Vassar College in 1970 and Wayne State University Law School in 1980, joined the firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1991. Her practice includes the defense of clients in civil litigation involving employment law, medical malpractice, general liability and municipal liability.

A member of the firm’s Medical Litigation, Employment Law and Governmental Law practice groups, she is active in several bar organizations, including the Wolverine Bar Association, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and American Board of Trial Advocates. She also serves as a member of the boards of directors for the Oakland Mediation Center and Power Company Kids Club.

McGiffert is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the 2017 Earl J. Cline/Sherwin Schreier Award for Excellence presented by the Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and the 2012 Respected Advocate Award from the Michigan Association for Justice. She is an AV-preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, and she has been named for several years as a Best Lawyer in America, a Michigan Super Lawyer and a Dbusiness magazine Top Lawyer. Crain’s Detroit Business named McGiffert to its 2017 list of Michigan’s Notable Women in the Law, and she was named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly to its class of Women in the Law for 2015.


Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs nearly 300 employees, including approximately 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 firms in the United States.

For more information about Laurel McGiffert’s appointment as Plunkett Cooney’s first Director of Diversity & Inclusion, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.