Eric S. Klein Appointed to Lead Dykema’s Health Care Practice Group

Eric S. Klein Appointed to Lead Dykema’s Health Care Practice Group

Detroit – June 3, 2019 — Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Eric S. Klein, a member in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, has been appointed as Leader of Dykema’s Health Care Practice Group.

Throughout his career, Klein has devoted his practice to representing clients in the health care sector with respect to corporate and regulatory issues, including hospitals, physician groups, ambulatory surgery centers, dental service organizations, medical billing companies, and managed care organizations. In particular, he has provided counsel to clients on compliance and reimbursement issues as well as health facility and physician practice acquisitions and other changes of ownership, including related licensure and Medicare/Medicaid certification matters. Klein has also advised clients regarding governmental investigations, compliance programs, and structuring businesses and transactions while addressing anti-kickback, Stark and other legal restrictions.

Prior to joining Dykema, Klein gained experience working for Health Net, Inc., a health insurance company, where he developed financial models to analyze hospital, physician group, and ancillary contracts.

Klein received a J.D., with honors, from George Washington University and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 13 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement.

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Reappoints Kyle R. Dufrane to the Michigan Military Appeals Tribunal

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Reappoints Kyle R. Dufrane to the Michigan Military Appeals Tribunal

Detroit – April 30, 2019 — Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that Kyle R. Dufrane, Detroit-based member in the Firm’s Financial Services Litigation Practice Group, has been reappointed by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the State’s Military Appeals Tribunal for a term that expires in April 2023. Dufrane has now been appointed by Governors from both major political parties, with his first appointment to the Tribunal coming from Governor Rick Snyder in 2011.

The Military Appeals Tribunal was created by Act 523 of the Public Acts of 1980. It consists of five members and has appellate jurisdiction, upon petition of an accused, to hear and review the record in all decisions of a court-martial after the review provided in the Michigan code of military justice. It sits as a panel of three members with the concurrence of two members necessary for a decision. The tribunal also may promulgate administrative rules.

Dufrane’s law practice focuses on litigating consumer financial services disputes for national financial institutions, pharmaceutical and medical device defense, automotive product liability defense, toxic tort, complex commercial litigation, and insurance litigation. He represents some of the nation’s largest financial institutions in matters concerning mortgage and consumer lending.

Dufrane also maintains an active role in several professional and legal organizations. In addition to the Military Appeals Tribunal, he was also previously appointed to serve as a Hearing Panelist for Michigan’s Attorney Discipline Board, and continues to serve the State Bar of Michigan in this position.
Dufrane earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Detroit and a A.B. from the University of Michigan.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 13 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement.

Dykema Named a Diversity & Inclusion Leader by Lawyers of Color

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced that Lawyers of Color named the Firm one if it’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Leaders. As published in the Black Student’s Guide to Law Schools & Firms, Dykema is ranked 38th amongst large law firms with 4.85 percent black attorneys.

According to Lawyers of Color, the D&I Leader designation is presented to law firms with a black attorney percentage of 3.8 percent or more based on data collected in the Black Student’s Guide to Law Schools & Firms, the first ever comprehensive listing of black attorney percentages at nearly 400 law firms, including the nation’s largest firms.

About Lawyers of Color

Lawyers of Color is a 501(c)(3) devoted to promoting diversity in the legal profession and advancing democracy and equality in marginalized communities. It conducts and commissions research and studies regarding the intersection of the legal profession and social justice. It also creates and curates articles, blogs, studies, and videos. Its global online community advocates for the well-being of marginalized communities. It mobilizes to eradicate injustice. It gives change agents a vehicle to respond quickly and forcefully to oppressive and damaging policies and systems. It motivates business, political, and community leaders to effect change and advance equality.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 13 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement.

Chambers USA Ranks 17 Dykema Attorneys and 10 Practices in 2019 Edition

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced that 17 attorneys from multiple offices and practice areas received individual rankings and 10 practice areas have been recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide.

Published annually, Chambers has been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990, and now cover 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. Chambers ranks both lawyers and law firms based on the investigations of more than 200 researchers who conduct in-depth confidential interviews with lawyers and clients.

Chambers USA recognized the following Dykema practices:

USA – Nationwide
• Product Liability & Mass Torts
District of Columbia
• Insurance: Insurer
Illinois
• Real Estate
Michigan
• Banking & Finance
• Corporate/M&A
• Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
• Labor & Employment
• Litigation: General Commercial
• Real Estate
Texas
• Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Chambers USA recognized the following Dykema attorneys, as identified by jurisdiction and practice area:
USA – Nationwide
• Lance Boldrey—Native American Law
District of Columbia
• Lewis K. Loss—Insurance: Insurer
• Thomas J. Judge— Insurance: Insurer
Illinois
• Michael S. Kurtzon—Real Estate
Michigan
• J. Michael Bernard—Corporate/M&A
• Robert A. Boonin—Labor & Employment
• Amy M. Christen—Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
• Adam M. Fishkind—Real Estate
• James P. Feeney—Litigation: General Commercial
• Dennis M. Haffey—Litigation: General Commercial
• Kyle R. Hauberg—Real Estate
• Margaret Adams Hunter—Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
• Jin-Kyu Koh—Corporate/M&A
• Cameron H. Piggott—Real Estate
• Thomas S. Vaughn—Corporate/M&A
Texas
• Mark E. Andrews—Bankruptcy/Restructuring
• Deborah D. Williamson—Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Dykema Matter Wins Global Competition Review Litigation of the Year

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that a case the Firm was involved in was named the winner of the Litigation of the Year – Cartel Defence at the Global Competition Review’s 9th annual GCR Awards. The award recognizes the decision from the Eastern District of Michigan denying class certification in Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation in which Dykema served as Counsel to AB SKF, a leading Swedish-based bearings technology provider.

Dykema attorneys involved in the matter include Howard Iwrey, Cale Johnson, Cody Rockey and Brian Moore. The award-winning decision by the Court was the first certification ruling in long-running multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving 44 separate lead cases alleging price-fixing and bid-rigging against dozens of Tier 1 suppliers of 44 separate parts.

In its ruling, the Court ruled first that the direct purchase plaintiffs (aftermarket distributors of bearings impacted by one type of alleged conspiracy) failed to demonstrate that their claims were typical of other putative class members (which included OEMs allegedly impacted by other types of conspiracies) or that they could adequately represent the interest of all putative class members.

The Court also ruled that the plaintiffs failed to satisfy the Rule 23(b) predominance requirement (that questions of law or fact common to class members predominate over any questions affecting only individual members). The Court (following the Supreme Court’s decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend) reasoned that the plaintiffs failed to isolate the effects of a given conspiratorial effort upon all or a significant portion of the proposed class, rejecting experts’ regression analyses and testimony about the overall nature and characteristics of the market for bearings.

GCR editors selected the finalists in each category, and readers voted on the winners. The awards were presented at a ceremony on March 26 in Washington, D.C.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 13 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement.

Dykema and Loss, Judge & Ward Announce Combination

Dykema, a leading national law firm, and Loss, Judge & Ward, LLP, a Chambers-ranked Washington, D.C., firm, today announced their strategic combination. The combination takes effect on January 1, 2019, and will double each firm’s Washington, D.C., presence. The depth and experience of Loss, Judge & Ward’s nationally-recognized complex commercial insurance practice complements and strengthens Dykema’s existing Insurance Industry Group. Dykema’s expansive practice capabilities and national platform will enhance the range of services available for current Loss, Judge & Ward clients.

“The combination of Dykema and Loss, Judge & Ward provides us a compelling opportunity to further grow the firm’s Washington, D.C., presence and enhance the offerings of our Insurance Industry Group by adding more extremely talented and successful practitioners in that space,” said Peter Kellett, Chairman and CEO of Dykema. “Our two firms share similar values, work ethics and collaborative cultures. Between our shared client service focus and highly-credentialed teams, the partnership makes sense for our businesses and for the sophisticated clients we each serve.”

“Joining Dykema will give us a national platform for our national practice, which will allow us to better serve our clients,” said Lewis K. Loss, Managing Partner of Loss Judge & Ward. “Because the firm’s center of gravity is not on the high-cost East or West Coasts, we will be able to maintain a rate structure that works well for our clients. Most importantly, Dykema shares our commitment to excellence and the highest ideals of our profession. We could not be more pleased.”

For more than a century, Dykema has served business entities worldwide—as well as public bodies and nonprofit organizations—on a broad range of complex legal issues. With this combination, Dykema will have more than 400 professionals with offices in California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas and Washington, D.C.

Dykema’s Washington, D.C., office was founded in 1978 and initially focused on government relations work, but has since grown to include an IP practice focused on trademark work, a litigation team focused on product liability, class actions, and commercial matters, a product safety and regulatory practice, and capabilities in business services focusing on SEC-related issues.

The move announced today comes three years after Dykema’s 2015 combination with the Texas-based Cox Smith firm. Dykema has a proven history of successful law firm integrations thanks to its emphasis on partnering with those that match its collaborative and collegial culture, its values, and its focus on delivering outstanding client service. In addition to its 2015 combination with Cox Smith, Dykema’s other successful integrations include a 2004 merger with Rooks Pitts (Chicago) and its 2008 addition of Schwartz Cooper (Chicago).

Loss, Judge & Ward’s well-known commercial insurance litigation and counseling practice offers decades of experience and knowledge in matters of bad faith, general liability and virtually every type of professional liability including, directors and officers, lawyers, accountants, bankers, business and computer consultants, architects and engineers, real estate agents, insurers, insurance agents, title agents, health care organizations, health professionals and many more. The firm also enjoys a substantial practice representing risk retention groups and is frequently called upon by insurers in connection with claims under specialized cyber and many other types of policies.

In addition to its commercial practice, Loss, Judge & Ward has served for many years as general counsel to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the nation’s preeminent sponsor of televised general election presidential debates.

Dykema Nationally Ranked in 12 Practice Areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for 2019

Dykema Nationally Ranked in 12 Practice Areas by
U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for 2019

Detroit – November 1, 2018 — Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that the firm was nationally ranked in 12 practice areas in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list, as well as receiving a total of 127 metropolitan rankings representing various areas of law.
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a “Best Law Firms” ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer included on the 2018 Best Lawyers in America list for that particular practice area and metropolitan area.
Practices are ranked and classified in three different tier levels in both national and metropolitan categories. Dykema’s recognized practices are listed below:

NATIONAL TIER 1
• Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
• Land Use & Zoning Law
• Litigation – Real Estate
• Real Estate Law

NATIONAL TIER 2
• Commercial Litigation
• Insurance Law
• Litigation – Tax

NATIONAL TIER 3
• Corporate Law
• Environmental Law
• Litigation – Labor & Employment
• Mergers & Acquisitions Law
• Securities / Capital Markets Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 1
Ann Arbor
• Commercial Litigation
• Employment Law – Management
• Health Care Law
• Labor Law – Management
• Litigation – Trusts & Estates
• Trusts & Estates Law

Austin
• Corporate Law

Bloomfield Hills
• Arbitration
• Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
• Commercial Litigation
• Corporate Governance Law
• Corporate Law
• Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Health Care Law
• Land Use & Zoning Law
• Litigation – Antitrust
• Litigation – Banking & Finance
• Litigation – Bankruptcy
• Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
• Litigation – Real Estate
• Litigation – Securities
• Litigation – Trusts & Estates
• Mergers & Acquisitions Law
• Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Public Finance Law
• Real Estate Law
• Securities / Capital Markets Law
• Trusts & Estates Law

Chicago
• Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Real Estate Law

Dallas
• Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
• Commercial Litigation
• Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Real Estate Law

Detroit
• Commercial Litigation
• Corporate Law
• Employment Law – Management
• Environmental Law
• Litigation – Environmental
• Litigation – Labor & Employment
• Litigation – Real Estate
• Litigation – Tax
• Mediation
• Mergers & Acquisitions Law
• Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Securities / Capital Markets Law
• Tax Law

Grand Rapids
• Corporate Law
• Environmental Law
• Litigation – Environmental
• Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Lansing
• Administrative / Regulatory Law
• Arbitration
• Corporate Compliance Law
• Corporate Law
• Energy Law
• Gaming Law
• Government Relations Practice
• Litigation – Banking & Finance

Minneapolis
• Litigation – Real Estate
• Patent Law

San Antonio
• Arbitration
• Banking and Finance Law
• Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
• Commercial Litigation
• Corporate Law
• Employment Law – Individuals
• Employment Law – Management
• Energy Law
• Labor Law – Management
• Labor Law – Union
• Litigation – Environmental
• Litigation – Labor & Employment
• Litigation – Patent
• Litigation – Trusts & Estates
• Real Estate Law
• Securities / Capital Markets Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 2
Ann Arbor
• Appellate Practice
• Litigation – Labor & Employment

Austin
• Environmental Law
• Litigation – Patent
• Securities / Capital Markets Law
• Water Law

Bloomfield Hills
• Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions
• Securities Regulation

Chicago
• Insurance Law
• Land Use & Zoning Law

Dallas
• Employment Law – Management
• Litigation – Environmental
• Litigation – Labor & Employment

Detroit
• Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
• Litigation – Antitrust
• Litigation – Securities
• Real Estate Law

Grand Rapids
• Commercial Litigation
• Criminal Defense: General Practice
• Criminal Defense: White-Collar
• DUI/DWI Defense
• Employment Law – Management
• Litigation – Labor & Employment
• Litigation – Real Estate
• Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• Real Estate Law

Lansing
• Banking and Finance Law
• Commercial Litigation
• Corporate Governance Law
• Public Finance Law

McAllen
• Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
• Litigation – Bankruptcy

Minneapolis
• Commercial Litigation
• Litigation – Banking & Finance
San Antonio
• Litigation – Banking & Finance
• Litigation – ERISA
• Litigation – Intellectual Property
• Litigation – Real Estate

METROPOLITAN TIER 3
Austin
• Litigation – Intellectual Property
• Patent Law
• Trademark Law

Dallas
• Appellate Practice
• Criminal Defense: White-Collar
• Insurance Law
Grand Rapids
• Family Law

Lansing
• Insurance Law
Lansing
• Litigation – Intellectual Property

San Antonio
• Mediation
• Oil & Gas Law
• Tax Law

About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 13 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement.

The American Law Institute Inducts Dykema’s Nicholas Wittner as a Life Member

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that Nicholas Wittner was inducted as a Life Member of the American Law Institute (ALI). He is Of Counsel to the firm and is located in its Bloomfield Hills office. ALI bestows the honor on members who have devoted 25 years of service, contributing to ALI’s pivotal projects that have shaped the law.

Wittner received the honor at the May ALI Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., where U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G Roberts, Jr. awarded Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg the Henry J. Friendly medal. Associate Justice Elena Kagan and former Solicitor General Paul Clement were also featured as speakers at the Members Reception.

ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. According to the ALI website, “Membership in The American Law Institute is a distinct professional honor,” and the number of members that may be elected is limited to 3,000. The elected membership consists of eminent judges, lawyers, and law professors from all areas of the United States and from many foreign countries, selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law.

Wittner, who is also Professor of Law in Residence at the Michigan State University’s Law College, was elected as an ALI member in 1993. At that time, he was serving as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Product Liability Committee, which was working with ALI leadership on its Restatement, Third: Product Liability project.

After joining the ALI, Professor Wittner worked on some of the most prominent Restatement projects, and especially the seven-year long new Restatement of Product Liability project. He has also been selected as a Restatement project Adviser, recognizing particular knowledge, experience, and perspective. In total, he worked on more than 10 projects, as well as serving as a webinar Chair and speaker on emerging legal issues.

According to ALI, “1993 WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR” – “Each of the [then-admitted members] is distinguished, as evidenced by their election to this prestigious institution. Their achievements are many, diverse, and remarkable.”

Professor Wittner earned a J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School, where he was a Senior Associate Editor of the Law Review and recipient of a Silver Scholarship Medal, and a B.S., with high honor, from Michigan State University.

Dealmakers Increasingly Optimistic About M&A Market and U.S. Economy in Dykema’s 13th Annual M&A Survey

DEALMAKERS INCREASINGLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT M&A MARKET AND U.S. ECONOMY IN DYKEMA’S 13TH ANNUAL M&A SURVEY

Smaller and Middle Market Deals Expected to Lead Activity in 2018

Respondents to Dykema’s 13th Annual M&A Outlook Survey expressed an overall bullish viewpoint of the economy and U.S. M&A market, bringing a new level of optimism, not seen in several years.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents in this year’s survey expect the M&A market to strengthen over the next 12 months, up from 33-percent last year and 37-percent in 2015. With a record-breaking robust stock market and uncertainty surrounding the presidential election fading, this revelation mirrors the 60-percent of respondents who predict a strong U.S. economy in the next 12 months, doubling last years’ results.

“With the uncertainty around the presidential election in the rearview, our survey respondents are abandoning the ‘wait and see’ mantra, with an increasing number predicting that deal activity is back on the rise,” said Thomas Vaughn, co-leader of Dykema’s M&A practice. “In this year’s survey, we are, however, still hearing that uncertainty around the Trump administration’s priorities and regulations will have the greatest impact on M&A from a global perspective.”

Over half (55-percent) of respondents expect Donald Trump to be a positive force in U.S. markets as a whole this year. Likely factors playing a role in this optimistic sentiment include expected reduction in corporate tax rates, more favorable business regulations, and the Trump administration’s perceived business-friendly positive economic policies.

The survey yielded a number of other interesting conclusions, including:

 Half of respondents said President Trump will have a positive impact on the U.S. economy and M&A market in 2018.
 Seventy-percent of respondents predict the volume of small deals (under $50 million) will increase over the next 12 months, with 53-percent predicting an uptick in deals valued between $50 million and $100 million.
 Sixty-eight-percent of respondents said they would be involved in an acquisition in the next 12 months, which is fairly consistent with 2016’s 70 percent.
 For the fourth consecutive year, respondents expect technology and healthcare to see the most M&A activity in the next year. Fifty-nine-percent of respondents also predict an increase in M&A activity between fintech startups and established financial services organizations in 2018.
 Almost 80-percent of respondents expect an increase in M&A activity involving privately owned businesses in the next 12 months, increasing by 10-percent from last year’s results.
 Mirroring prior years, dealmakers say the leading driver of cross-border deals will be companies seeking growth via entrance into foreign markets. More companies in Asia are expected to pursue deals in the U.S., and outbound M&A activity from the U.S. to Mexico and Canada is expected to increase in the next year, despite ongoing public statements by the Trump administration around the renegotiation of the North American Fair Trade Act (NAFTA).

“The middle market is quickly becoming the focus of M&A,” said Jeff Gifford, co-leader of Dykema’s M&A practice. “Technology and healthcare are two of the more active spaces, with fintech becoming an increasingly popular area of interest. Megadeals have lost some of their steam and we are seeing more and more companies pursuing small to middle market strategic transactions.”

Survey results are being released this week at Dykema’s exclusive annual M&A Outlook events in Detroit and Chicago. The full report is available here.


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101 Dykema Attorneys Named to MI Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 70 of its attorneys from the firm’s nine Michigan and Texas offices—and from multiple practice areas—were named to the 2017 Super Lawyers list by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine and Texas Super Lawyers Magazine. Additionally, 20 of the firm’s attorneys were named to the 2017 Michigan Rising Stars list. In March of this year, 11 of the Firm’s attorneys were also included on the 2017 Texas Rising Stars list.
Of those recognized in Michigan and Texas, seven of the firm’s practitioners were also included on Super Lawyers “Top Lists.” These honorees, and the Top List(s) they have been included on, are:
• Robert A. Boonin – Top 100: 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers
• Alan M. Greene – Top 100: 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers
• Christopher D. Kratovil – Top 100: 2017 Texas Super Lawyers; Top 100: 2017 Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers
• Brian M. Moore – Top 50: 2017 Michigan Business Super Lawyers; Top 100: 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers
• Arlene Switzer Steinfield – Top 50: 2017 Women Texas Super Lawyers
• Jill M. Wheaton – Top 25: 2017 Women Business Michigan Super Lawyers; Top 50: 2017 Women Michigan Super Lawyers
• Deborah D. Williamson – Top 50: 2017 Women Texas Super Lawyers; Top 50: 2017 Central/West Texas Super Lawyers
The Super Lawyers designation, conferred upon the most respected legal practitioners in the state, is based upon peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than five percent of the lawyers in each state are selected by the research team to receive this honor.
The Dykema attorneys named on the 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers list, identified by office and the practice area(s) for which they are being recognized, are:
Ann Arbor
• Maria B. Abrahamsen – Health Care
• Marie R. Deveney – Estate Planning & Probate; Tax: Consumer
• Kathrin E. Kudner – Health Care; Food and Drugs; Business/Corporate
• Ronald J. Santo – Employment & Labor
• Robert P. Tiplady – Estate Planning & Probate
• Jill M. Wheaton – Appellate; Civil Litigation: Defense; Personal Injury – Products: Defense
Bloomfield Hills
• Brendan J. Cahill – Business/Corporate; Mergers & Acquisitions; Securities & Corporate Finance
• Michael G. Cumming – Estate Planning & Probate; Tax: Consumer
• Stephen R. Estey – Land Use/Zoning; Eminent Domain; General Litigation
• James P. Feeney – Personal Injury – Products: Defense; Civil Litigation: Defense; Class Action/Mass Torts
• Adam M. Fishkind – Real Estate: Business
• Alan M. Greene – Land Use/Zoning; Eminent Domain; Construction Litigation
• Dennis M. Haffey – Business Litigation; Professional Liability: Defense; Securities Litigation
• Kyle R. Hauberg – Real Estate: Business
• Margaret Adams Hunter – Employee Benefits
• Howard B. Iwrey – Antitrust Litigation; Franchise/Dealership; Securities Litigation
• Joanne R. Lax – Health Care; Family Law
• Mark G. Malven – Technology Transactions; Mergers & Acquisitions; Business/Corporate
• Bonnie Mayfield – Employment Litigation: Defense; Personal Injury – Products: Defense; Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense
• D. Richard McDonald – Securities & Corporate Finance; Mergers & Acquisitions
• Brian M. Moore – Business Litigation; General Litigation; Real Estate: Business
• Paul L. Nystrom – Business Litigation; Personal Injury – Products: Defense; Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense; Land Use/Zoning
• Rex E. Schlaybaugh, Jr. – Securities & Corporate Finance; Mergers & Acquisitions
• Sheryl L. Toby – Business/Corporate; Bankruptcy: Business; Creditor Debtor Rights: Business
• Stephen L. Tupper – Technology Transactions; Mergers & Acquisitions
Detroit
• J. Michael Bernard – Mergers & Acquisitions; Business/Corporate; Securities & Corporate Finance
• Robert A. Boonin – Employment & Labor; Employment Litigation: Defense; Schools & Education
• Lisa A. Brown – General Litigation; Business Litigation
• Michael P. Cooney – Personal Injury – Products: Defense; Business Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation; Class Action/Mass Torts
• Samuel C. Damren – Business Litigation; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Closely Held Business
• Sherrie L. Farrell – Business Litigation; Business/Corporate; Bankruptcy: Business
• Grant P. Gilezan – Environmental; Energy & Natural Resources; Environmental Litigation
• Steven E. Grob – Tax: Business; Estate Planning & Probate
• James F. Hermon – Employment Litigation: Defense; Employment & Labor
• Kathryn J. Humphrey – Aviation and Aerospace; Personal Injury – Products: Defense; General Litigation
• Mark D. Jacobs – Environmental; Utilities; Administrative Law
• Peter M. Kellett – Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense ; Business Litigation; Personal Injury – Products: Defense
• Joel D. Kellman – Real Estate: Business; Banking; Nonprofit Organizations
• Jin-Kyu Koh – Mergers & Acquisitions; Business/Corporate; Healthcare
• Cameron H. Piggott – Real Estate: Business
• Thomas M. Schehr – Business Litigation
Grand Rapids
• James S. Brady – Criminal Defense; Civil Litigation: Defense
• Brian J. Page – Real Estate: Business; Business/Corporate; Banking
Lansing
• Ann D. Fillingham – Government Finance; Business/Corporate
• Lori McAllister – Business Litigation; Insurance Coverage; Securities Litigation; Class Action/Mass Torts; Administrative Law

The Dykema attorneys named on the 2017 Texas Super Lawyers list, identified by office and the practice area(s) for which they are being recognized, are:
Austin
• Keith A. Shuley – Environmental; Construction Litigation: Business; Transportation/Maritime
• Phillip M. Slinkard – Business/Corporate; Mergers & Acquisitions; Securities & Corporate Finance
Dallas
• Thomas B. Alleman – Insurance Coverage; General Litigation; Environmental Litigation
• Mark E. Andrews – Bankruptcy: Business; Business Litigation
• William Frank Carroll – Business Litigation; Appellate; Antitrust Litigation
• Lea F. Courington – Health Care; Criminal Defense: White Collar; Business Litigation; Antitrust Litigation
• Bob H. Feroze – Real Estate: Business
• Jeffrey R. Fine – Bankruptcy: Business; Business/Corporate; Business Litigation
• William B. Finkelstein – Bankruptcy: Business; Business/Corporate; Business Litigation
• Victor C. Johnson – Intellectual Property Litigation; Intellectual Property; Civil Litigation: Defense; Business Litigation
• Christopher D. Kratovil – Appellate; Business Litigation; General Litigation
• Arlene Switzer Steinfield – Employment & Labor: Employer; Employment Litigation: Civil Litigation: Defense; Alternative Dispute Resolution
San Antonio
• Diann M. Bartek – Creditor Debtor Rights: Business; Civil Litigation: Defense; Bankruptcy: Business
• Kerry T. Benedict – Real Estate: Business
• Ramon D. Bissmeyer – Employment Litigation: Defense; Employment & Labor; Employee Benefits
• C. David Kinder – Business Litigation
• Donna K. McElroy – Employment Litigation: Defense; Employment & Labor: Employer
• Thomas E. Sanders – Business Litigation; Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense; Insurance Coverage
• Brett W. Schouest – Business Litigation; Insurance Coverage; Construction Litigation: Business
• Phylis J. Speedlin – Alternative Dispute Resolution
• John B. Stewart – Real Estate: Business; Banking
• James M. (Marty) Truss – Business Litigation; Energy & Natural Resources
• David B. West – Business Litigation; Estate Planning & Probate; Banking
• Deborah D. Williamson – Bankruptcy: Business
• Harry W. Wolff, Jr. – Estate Planning & Probate; Real Estate
Rising Stars are those up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years of age or younger and have practiced law for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team to receive this honor.
The Dykema attorneys named on the 2017 Michigan Rising Stars list, identified by office and the practice area(s) for which they are being recognized, are:
Ann Arbor
• Anthony Frasca – Tax: Consumer; Estate Planning & Probate; Nonprofit Organizations
• David M. George – Class Action/Mass Torts; E-Discovery; Consumer Law; General Litigation; Antitrust Litigation
• Noah S. Hurwitz – Business Litigation; Employment & Labor; Civil Litigation: Defense
• Cody D. Rockey – Antitrust Litigation
Bloomfield Hills
• Michael J. Blalock – Business Litigation; Civil Litigation: Defense
• Jong-Ju Chang – Business Litigation
• Courtney F. Kissel – Government Relations; Appellate; Constitutional Law
• William C. Lentine – Tax: Business; Estate Planning & Probate; Mergers & Acquisitions
• Christyn M. Scott – Civil Litigation: Defense; Real Estate: Business; Appellate; Family Law
• Matthew D. Shell – Tax: Business; Business/Corporate; Estate Planning & Probate; Nonprofit Organizations; Securities & Corporate Finance; State, Local & Municipal
• Thomas H. Trapnell – Business Litigation; Franchise/Dealership; Consumer Law
• Michael R. Vogt – Real Estate: Business
• Jeanne M. Whalen – Technology Transactions; Mergers & Acquisitions; Health Care
Detroit
• Jennifer Boueri Chilson – Business Litigation
• Janet L. Conigliaro – Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense; Business Litigation; Personal Injury – Products: Defense
• Robert Hugh Ellis – Business Litigation; Insurance Coverage; Closely Held Business
• Nasseem S. Ramin – Business Litigation
• Boyd White, III – Class Action/Mass Torts; Personal Injury – Products: Defense; Business Litigation
Grand Rapids
• Elisa J. Lintemuth – Employment Litigation: Defense; Business Litigation; Employment & Labor
• Dawn N. Williams – Consumer Law
The Dykema attorneys named on the 2017 Texas Rising Stars list release in March of this year, identified by office and the practice area(s) for which they are being recognized, are:
Austin
• Jesse Tyner Moore – Banking; Consumer Law; Bankruptcy: Business
• Travis E. Plummer – General Litigation; Business Litigation; Construction Litigation: Business; Civil Litigation: Defense; Insurance Coverage; Health Care
• Kristina M. Williams – Appellate; Business Litigation
Dallas
• Alison R. Ashmore – Business Litigation; Employment Litigation: Defense
• Gemma R. Galeoto – Business Litigation
• Zachary Q. Hoard – Business Litigation; Health Care
• Aaron M. Kaufman – Bankruptcy: Business
• Virgil Ochoa – International; Bankruptcy: Business
• R. Craig Woods – Business Litigation; General Litigation; Personal Injury – Products: Defense; Health Care; Business/Corporate
San Antonio
• Rodrigo Figueroa – Real Estate: Business; State, Local & Municipal; Utilities
• Nicholas J. Monaghan – Business/Corporate
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