Bernstein named American College of Bankruptcy Fellow

Douglas C. Bernstein, a partner at Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, was recently selected as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Fellows are selected on an invitation-only basis. Recommended by the Circuit Admissions Council in each federal judicial circuit, nominees for fellowship are extended a request to join based on a record of achievement in the insolvency process by professionals who have distinguished themselves in their practice and in their contribution to the insolvency field.

“Doug is highly respected by his clients and colleagues because of his expertise, character and integrity,” said Thomas P. Vincent, Plunkett Cooney’s President & CEO. “He represents the highest standard of professionalism in the law, and his selection to the American College of Bankruptcy is well deserved.”

The college board approved Bernstein’s nomination to become a fellow during its October meeting in Las Vegas. He is the only Michigan attorney, as well as the only attorney from the federal Sixth Circuit, nominated for the 2018 class. He will join 21 other attorneys from Michigan who are also fellows in the college.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office and the firm’s Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group Leader, 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. He subsequently joined the Standard Federal Bank Legal Department when the bank merged with Michigan National Corporation in 2001.

Bernstein earned his undergraduate degree in 1978 from Wayne State University and his law degree in 1982 from the Detroit College of Law. He has received several honors for his legal work, including an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer-to-peer professional ratings service, and selection as a Michigan Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine from 2008 to 2017 and a Best Lawyers in America® from 2014 to 2018.

Criteria for selection in the college includes the highest standard of professionalism, ethics, character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership in contributing to the enhancement of bankruptcy and insolvency processes; sustained evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing or writing on bankruptcy or insolvency; and commitment to elevate knowledge and understanding of the profession and public respect for the practice.

In order to be selected for fellowship, judges, lawyers, international fellows, and accountants must be licensed to practice for at least 15 years, work primarily in the bankruptcy and insolvency areas for at least 10 years, and in the case of judges, serve on the bench for five years. The college’s board of regents is responsible for the nomination and selection of qualified candidates to fellowship.

Organized in 1989, the college has over 800 fellows, and it is the largest financial supporter of bankruptcy and insolvency-related pro bono legal service programs in the United States. The college plays an important role in sustaining professional excellence and supports educational and pro bono efforts in local communities around the country.

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

For more information about Douglas Bernstein’s selection as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Orlans PC Expands Across Midwest, Mid Atlantic, Northeast

The mother-daughter team of Linda and Alison Orlans launched Orlans PC today, the second largest Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified women-owned law firm in the United States. Linda Orlans will serve as Executive Chair, and Alison Orlans will assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer.

Orlans PC is the result of a merger of Orlans Associates P.C. (Troy, Mich.), Orlans Moran PLLC (Waltham, Mass.) and Atlantic Law Group LLC (Leesburg, Va.).

Combining teams and resources allows Orlans PC to enhance client service by refining processes, leveraging shared technology and increasing collaboration. Clients now have the benefit of national firm capabilities and resources with localized, face-to-face service. The merger also allows the firm to maintain top compliance standards to meet the growing needs of existing clients, while leveraging a broader range of capabilities to attract new clients.

“The future goes to those prepared to change ahead of the times,” Linda Orlans said. “The legal world is changing and our mission is to be on the forefront and help affect that change for the better. This unified law firm represents a dramatic step forward in creating a more capable, more responsive and more efficient entity to serve a growing client base.”

Orlans PC provides legal services to local and national banks, credit unions, consumer loan finance companies, loan servicers, investors, government agencies, landlords, municipalities, utilities, title insurance companies and private individuals. It operates in eight jurisdictions including Washington DC, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Virginia, and is headquartered in Troy, Mich. The firm is certified by (WBENC), as women owned and operated.

Linda Orlans launched Orlans PC in the Detroit area in 1998, and has expanded over the years to serve hundreds of clients in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Over the past decade, the number of women-owned law firms has grown five times faster than the national average, and Linda has been at the forefront of a new wave of woman-owned law firms opening across the country.

“Legal expertise fused with lean six sigma principles has allowed us to build a different kind of firm, where our attorneys can perfect legal processes, collaborate, and focus on results,” said Alison Orlans. “This merger allows us to think more creatively – and more entrepreneurially – about the services, support and process we put in place for our clients.”

About Orlans PC

Established in 1998 by Linda Orlans, Orlans PC is a Michigan-based law firm that serves the real estate and financial services industry. Decades of extensive experience includes: representing investors, lenders, banks and servicers in loan transactions, default, bankruptcy proceedings, land contract disputes and default, title issues, secured and unsecured asset recovery and real estate transactions.

Veteran Banking Attorney Raheem Joins Plunkett Cooney Law Firm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What employers need to know to remain compliant in 2017 is the focus of Nemeth Law’s Raising the Bar series on Jan. 18

Raising the Bar, an educational series raising employer awareness of current issues in employment and labor law and offered by Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., returns Jan. 18 to cover the topic of How Labor and Employment Law has Changed Over the Past Year and What You Need to Know to Remain Compliant in 2017.

The past year was a roller coaster ride for employers and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down in 2017, according to Terry Bonnette, a partner at Nemeth Law.

“In mid-2016, the Department of Labor issued new overtime regulations that would have affected 4.2 million exempt salaried employees if those regulations had not been blocked in November by a federal court order. Plus, a Presidential election always brings numerous questions about the new administration’s policies and how they will influence federal agencies, the Supreme Court and multiple areas of labor and employment law – and this election perhaps even more so,” Bonnette said.

At the Jan. 18th Raising the Bar session, Nemeth Law attorneys will discuss how these changes can affect employment practices over the coming year. Topics include:

  • The impact of the new administration on employment, labor and employee benefits law: what employers should expect and what they shouldn’t
  • The current status of the overtime regulations and best practices for employers
  • The EEOC’s new expansive anti-retaliation guidance
  • Transgender employee bathroom access: litigation trends and federal agency guidance
  • Hot Button Issues – the EEOC’s new Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2017-2021
  • Sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII: Are protections for LGBT expanding or contracting?
  • Supreme Court, EEOC and NLRB regulatory and litigation updates

Raising the Bar will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Management Education Center, 811 West Square Lake Road, Troy, 48098. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. with one 15-minute break. The cost of the event is $75 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail Pamela Perkowski at pperkowski@nemethlawpc.com or call 313.567.5921.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.

Celebrating 25 years in 2017, Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Plunkett Cooney named among nation’s largest, best for female diversity

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has published its annual list of the largest law firms and Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest, has received two important designations.

A perennial member of the NLJ Top 350 list of largest law firms, Plunkett Cooney ranked 252nd nationally with 152 attorneys self-reported in 2015. The firm also reported 84 equity partners, 10 non-equity partners, 54 associate attorneys and 14 attorneys in the “other” category, which includes of counsel lawyers.

In addition to being included among the nation’s largest law firms, Plunkett Cooney was identified as one of the best nationally for female diversity with 30 percent of its 152 attorneys being women. In 2015, 23 percent of its partners were female and 50 percent of the associates were female.

“It’s always nice to be included on the NLJ list, but I’m particularly focused on growing our firm and adding even more depth in terms of diversity,” said Plunkett Cooney’s President and CEO Dennis G. Cowan. “Our clients understand that in order to grow their businesses, they must reflect the communities they hope to reach. We apply that same philosophy, because diversity is truly one of our strengths as a law firm.”

Data included in the largest law firms report is collected through the annual NLJ 500 Survey, which is sent to hundreds of firms throughout the country. The statistics reported above reflect the average full-time equivalent number of attorneys at Plunkett Cooney in 2015.

With respect to its focus on diversity, Plunkett Cooney has established a plan that includes 10 specific goals designed to increase the size of the firm’s diversity pool of employment candidates and to retain them once they have joined the firm.The firm’s commitment to diversity serves to advance each of the strategic goals, which includes policies to recruit, train and maintain a diverse team of exceptional professionals, paralegals and support staff.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney currently employs approximately 140 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation defense services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms.

Plunkett Cooney has received numerous honors related to its diversity efforts in the workplace and as a member of the legal community. The firm has also been recognized for several consecutive years as a top place to work.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s placement on the NLJ’s 2016 list of largest law firms, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Nemeth Law founder listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

Patricia Nemeth, founder of Nemeth Law, P.C., a Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. Nemeth was recognized in the practice areas of Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation- Labor and Employment. This is Nemeth’s fifth year on the Best Lawyers’ list.

Nemeth founded Nemeth Law as a solo practitioner in 1992. The firm is now the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Nemeth’s areas of expertise include all aspects of traditional labor and employment litigation law, including complex employment investigations and analyses, discrimination/harassment, age, disability, sex, race, whistleblowers, wrongful discharge, union organizing activities and union issues, and multi-party lawsuits. She is also an arbitrator and a certified mediator for all types of civil litigation, including employment.

Nemeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate and LLM in Labor Law from Wayne State University School of Law. In April 2016, she received a Distinguished Alumni award from the Wayne State University School of Law at its annual Treasure of Detroit celebration, honoring those who have made significant contributions to the practice of law, as well as the growth and success of the Law School. Nemeth is an ABA Foundation Fellow and a member of the Michigan, Illinois, Federal and the United States Supreme Court Bar.

About Best Lawyers®
Inclusion in Best Lawyers® is based entirely on peer reviews, using a sophisticated and transparent survey process. The methodology is designed to capture as accurately as possible the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical and legal practice area. More information is available at the Best Lawyers website.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

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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Associate attorney joins Detroit-based Nemeth Law

Patricia Nemeth, founder of Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, Nemeth Law, P.C., is pleased to announce Nicholas Huguelet has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

At Nemeth Law, Huguelet focuses his practice on traditional labor law, counseling, and employment litigation. Immediately prior to joining Nemeth Law, Huguelet worked as an attorney at Collins & Blaha, P.C., and focused his practice on labor and employment, including employment contract disputes, collective bargaining and union elections for community colleges, public school districts and corporations.

Huguelet earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Toledo, College of Law. While attending Michigan State University, Huguelet was elected Chairman of two University-created student judicial boards and was a member and coach of the Michigan State University Mock Trial Team.

Huguelet is licensed to practice in Michigan state courts, Ohio State courts, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan and U. S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. He is a member, State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section and Litigation Section, and member, Ohio State Bar Association. Huguelet’s community service activities include serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Equity Education Detroit.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Plunkett Cooney moves Detroit office to Madden Building

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, announces that its Detroit office will have moved to the Madden Building in the city’s financial district, effective Feb. 22.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to move to the heart of Detroit’s revitalization near the riverfront,” said the firm’s President & CEO Dennis Cowan. “The Madden Building is an excellent facility, and this location will provide our attorneys with immediate access to local courts, businesses and government facilities. Our move reaffirms our commitment of over a century to the city of Detroit.”

The firm’s new offices will be located on the 8th floor of the building overlooking the Detroit River. An open floor plan and contemporary design will welcome clients and guests upon their arrival. The office will also feature inviting collaboration spaces and state-of-the-art conference rooms.

As of Feb. 22, the firm’s new office address will be:

150 West Jefferson
Suite 800
Detroit, MI 48226
General: (313) 965-3900
FAX (248) 901-4040

Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit office will initially be home to 21 attorneys, along with paralegals and support staff members who provide a range of legal services to clients in the public and private sectors. The firm has maintained a major office presence in Detroit since its founding in 1913.

Plunkett Cooney provides an array of transactional and litigation services to clients in such diverse industries as healthcare, manufacturing, professional services, retail, insurance, banking and finance, real estate and many others. The firm’s clients include Fortune 500 corporations, privately-held companies, municipalities and nonprofits.

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

For more information about the firm’s new office location, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John E. Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Hopko joins Plunkett Cooney’s Trusts, Estates Practice Group

An experienced attorney in the area of estate planning and elder law, Andrew M. Hopko recently joined the Trusts & Estates Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms.

“Andrew is a very experienced attorney, and we are fortunate to have him as part of the team,” said Laura Brownfield, Plunkett Cooney’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group Leader. “In addition to his estate planning and probate experience, his background in elder law will allow us to provide a whole new level of service to our clients.”

Hopko, who is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, elder law, special needs planning and probate litigation. He works with clients in all aspects of estate planning and probate law, from helping clients identify and create their estate plans to post-death administration of trusts and estates. Hopko also has extensive experience in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.

Hopko works extensively with elder law clients to protect their assets while establishing eligibility for Medicaid and other government programs to help with the costs of long-term care. In the area of special needs planning, he works with clients to create plans that provide continuing long-term financial support while helping beneficiaries retain eligibility for government benefits. Additionally, Hopko has extensive experience in family law and residential real estate.

Hopko is a member of the Macomb County Probate Bar Association and the Probate & Estate Planning, Elder Law & Disability Rights and Family Law sections of the State Bar of Michigan. He received his law and undergraduate degrees from Wayne State University and a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group recognize that planning is an ongoing process for one’s future, as well as surviving family members. Several Plunkett Cooney attorneys specialize in estate planning, including the drafting trusts and wills, managing estates, administering trusts, preserving assets, addressing tax sensitive distribution of assets to beneficiaries, planning for retirement and planning for effective asset protection. They assist with the selection process for guardians, and they utilize sophisticated techniques for tax and succession planning to the benefit of their clients.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs over 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms, and it was named by American Lawyer Media’s as a “ go-to” law firm in 2016. The firm has also received several awards naming it among the top workplaces in the legal industry.

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