Plunkett Cooney Names Two Attorneys as New Shareholders

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, recently named two attorneys as its newest shareholders.

Josephine A. DeLorenzo and Courtney L. Nichols were unanimously approved by the firm’s Board of Directors as the firm’s newest shareholders. The promotion from associate attorney is based on the recommendations of the firm’s Shareholder Evaluation Committee and is effective January 1, 2018.

DeLorenzo focuses her practice in the areas of appellate and insurance law. She has experience with governmental law, professional liability, no-fault law and insurance coverage.

Prior to joining the firm, DeLorenzo worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Kurtis T. Wilder of the Michigan Court of Appeals, as well as a prehearing attorney for the court.

Selected by Michigan Super Lawyer magazine as a “Rising Star” in Appellate Law for three years, DeLorenzo is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Michigan, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. DeLorenzo received her law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2008 and her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from University of Notre Dame in 1991.

Nichols serves as the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group Leader. She focuses her litigation practice in the area of employment law, including harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims brought under state and federal statutes. In addition, Nichols provides counsel to employers of all sizes regarding complicated employment and labor issues prior to litigation, including compliance with the ADA, FMLA, and FLSA. She also advises institutions of higher education with respect to Title IX sexual assault claims on campus.

Nichols has been designated by Michigan Super Lawyer Magazine as a “Rising Star” in the area of employment & labor law for two years and she received the “Up & Coming Lawyer” Award from Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2015. Nichols is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar. Admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Michigan, she received her law degree, cum laude, from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2011. Nichols received her undergraduate degree from the James Madison College at Michigan State University in 2008.


Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, 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, a leading, international directory of law firms. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial firms in the United States.

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

 

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.

AG’s Office Appoints Donovan Macomb County Public Administrator

Michelle R.E. Donovan, a partner at Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms – was recently appointed to the position of Macomb County Public Administrator.

Public Administrators (PAs) are appointed pursuant to Michigan Act 194 of 1947, specifically MCL 720.201. Michigan State Public Administrator and Assistant Attorney General Michael Moody appointed Donovan to the position.

“This is a great opportunity to engage in public service and to give back to my community,” said Donovan, who is a resident of New Baltimore in Macomb County, Michigan. “I’m grateful for this appointment, and I look forward to applying my probate and real estate law experience to benefit Macomb County residents.”

A graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Donovan has extensive experience in all facets of probate law, including trust and estate administration, guardianship and conservatorships. In addition, her practice also focuses on all aspects of real estate and general civil litigation, which complement her duties as a Public Administrator.

As Public Administrator, she will serve in a number of court appointed positions, including personal representative of decedents’ estates, guardian and conservator of mentally incapacitated individuals and other special fiduciary positions as determined necessary by the Macomb County Probate Court.

Donovan was appointed to the American Indian Law Committee of the State Bar of Michigan. In addition, she is a member of the Macomb County Bar Association, Macomb County Probate Bar Association, Wayne County Probate Bar Association and the Italian American Bar Association.

Admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Michigan, Donovan is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court. She received her undergraduate degree in 1991 from the University of Detroit.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group focus their practices exclusively in the area of asset planning and probate litigation. They have particular expertise in 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 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 Michelle Donovan’s appointment to serve as Macomb County Public Administrator, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

 

Plunkett Cooney Expands Chicago Office With Addition of Two Firms

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, announces the expansion of its office in downtown Chicago, Illinois with the addition of attorneys and staff from the law firms of Crowley & Lamb, P.C. and Larson & Associates, P.C.

“We are very excited to welcome the outstanding attorneys, paralegals and support staffs from Crowley Lamb and Larson and Associates to our Chicago office,” said Plunkett Cooney President & CEO Thomas P. Vincent. “These folks are tremendously successful and skilled at what they do, and they are seen as leaders in their respective areas of expertise.”

Effective Nov. 1, the following professionals joined Plunkett Cooney from the law offices of Crowley & Lamb, P.C.:

James M. Crowley joins the firm as a partner in the Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. A 1982 graduate of DePaul University College of Law, Crowley has over 35 years of experience representing financial institutions and other companies in business transactions, bankruptcy proceedings and commercial litigation. His practice also includes a particular focus on the construction industry where he has successfully represented contractors and engineers in a variety of transactional matters and litigation.

A partner in the Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, John F. Sullivan represents financial institutions, developers, title insurers, realtors and other commercial clients in litigation. With more than 20 years of experience, Sullivan maintains a vertically integrated practice offering his clients expertise with respect to regulatory compliance, trial counsel, appellate advocacy and business transactions. Sullivan is a 1981 graduate of DePaul University College of Law.

Jennifer E. Walker is an associate in Plunkett Cooney’s Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group who focuses her practice in the areas of residential and commercial mortgage foreclosure litigation and collection disputes. Her trial practice includes experience in the areas of fraud, breach of contract, mechanic’s lien disputes and creditors’ rights litigation. Walker is a 2009 graduate of DePaul University College of Law.

Matthew L. Hendricksen is an associate in the firm’s Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group who focuses his commercial litigation practice on the advocacy of large national banks and smaller regional banks, as well as other commercial clients in a variety of banking and business matters. Hendricksen is a 2008 graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He has successfully represented financial institutions and creditors in high exposure matters involving collections, bankruptcy, loan modifications, evictions and related appellate matters.

For nearly 40 years, Patrick D. Lamb has practiced in the state and federal courts in Illinois. He joins Plunkett Cooney as an of counsel attorney, providing extensive experience and expertise in the areas of commercial litigation, banking law, corporate and business law, real estate, trusts and probate issues, and general litigation. A former real estate broker and title examiner, Lamb has practical business experience having personally developed and owned commercial real estate. He is a 1980 graduate of John Marshall Law School.

The professionals joining Plunkett Cooney, effective Nov. 1, from the law practice of Larson & Associates include:

James A. Larson, a partner in the firm’s Title Insurance Practice Group, is an accomplished real estate and commercial litigation attorney whose practice extends throughout much of the state of Illinois. A 1987 graduate of University of Iowa College of Law, Larson focuses his real estate practice in the areas of property development, sales/acquisitions, leasing, title insurance defense and other real estate litigation. He also maintains an extensive lender services practice focused on foreclosures, evictions, REO closings, bankruptcy, lender liability and real estate litigation involving municipalities.

Timothy P. Collins is an associate who focuses his practice in the areas of insurance defense, real estate law and commercial litigation. He is a 2013 graduate of John Marshall Law School who has extensive experience representing lenders and property owners in litigation involving residential foreclosures, quiet title actions, breach of contract disputes and related-real property matters. His expertise includes handling all aspects of REO property transactions, collections and real estate matters, including leasing agreements and eviction proceedings.

An associate in the firm’s Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, Nathan B. Grzegorek focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense and real estate law. A 2011 John Marshall Law School graduate, Grzegorek’s litigation practice involves the representation of lenders and property owners in complex litigation matters. He also represents lenders in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings, and he has extensive experience representing victims of fraudulent wire transfer schemes.

Julie Handy is a paralegal who supports the members of Plunkett Cooney’s Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights and Transactional Law practice groups. With over 30 years of experience, her practice is focused in the areas of title insurance law, foreclosures and real estate law.

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 Plunkett Cooney’s new Chicago professional staff members, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Plunkett Cooney Appoints Jereck to Board of Directors

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

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

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

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

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

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

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms, and it was recently named among the best in the nation for female attorney diversity by The National Law Journal. The firm has also received several awards naming it among the top workplaces in the legal industry.

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

Plunkett Cooney Attorneys Among Legal Industry ‘Rising Stars’

In its annual review of the state’s top young attorneys, Michigan Super Lawyers magazine has awarded 17 lawyers from Plunkett Cooney, one of Michigan’s oldest and largest law firms, its “Rising Star” honor.

Published by Thomson Reuters, Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars compiles its annual list based upon a patented selection process that involves the creation of a candidate pool; evaluation of candidates by an in-house research department; and a peer evaluation process.

To be considered a Rising Star, candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or licensed to practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of eligible attorneys receive the “Rising Star” designation.

Below is a list of Plunkett Cooney attorneys who have received the 2017 Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star designation:

Bloomfield Hills office members:
• Hilary A. Ballentine – Appellate
• Abe Barlaskar – Personal Injury: Defense
• Alexander R. Baum – Personal Injury: Defense
• Karen E. Beach – Appellate
• Josephine A. DeLorenzo – Appellate
• Jeffrey S. Hengeveld – Professional Liability: Defense
• Marc P. Jerabek – Bankruptcy: Business
• Chase M. Kubica – Personal Injury: Defense
• Megan P. McKnight – Business Litigation
• Lauren B. McMillen – Insurance Coverage
• Courtney L. Nichols – Employment & Labor
• Olivia M. Paglia – Insurance Coverage
• Patrick E. Winters – Insurance Coverage

Detroit office member:
• Joseph A. Campbell – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense
• Paul J. Dwaihy – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense
• Kimberly K. Seibert – Civil Litigation: Defense


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 145 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms.

For more information regarding Plunkett Cooney’s 2017 Michigan “Rising Stars,” contact the firm’s Practice Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Plunkett Cooney Attorneys Among Michigan ‘Super Lawyers’

Michigan Super Lawyers magazine recently named 24 attorneys from Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, to its 2017 list of “Super Lawyers.”

Super Lawyers features a patented selection process involving three steps: (1) creation of a candidate pool; (2) evaluation of candidates by the research department; and (3) peer evaluation by practice area. Those named to the annual list represent only five percent of the state’s licensed practitioners.

For the eleventh consecutive year, Mary Massaron, Plunkett Cooney’s Appellate Law Practice Group Leader, has received special recognition by the magazine – inclusion among the state’s top 100 attorneys and top 50 women lawyers.

Below is a list of Plunkett Cooney’s partners who have received the 2017 Michigan Super Lawyer designation:

Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office members:
• Michael P. Ashcraft, Jr. – Professional Liability: Defense
• Douglas C. Bernstein – Bankruptcy
• Charles W. Browning – Insurance Coverage
• Henry B. Cooney – Civil Litigation Defense
• Lawrence R. Donaldson – Alternative Dispute Resolution
• Jeffrey C. Gerish – Appellate
• Robert G. Kamenec – Appellate
• Mark S. Kopson – Health Care
• Stanley C. Moore, III – Employment & Labor
• Kenneth C. Newa – Insurance Coverage
• Anthony J. Rusciano – Business Litigation
• Scott H. Sirich – Construction Litigation
• Thomas P. Vincent – Professional Liability: Defense
• Michael D. Weaver – Employment Litigation Defense

Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit office members:
• D. Jennifer Andreou – Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
• James R. Geroux – Workers’ Compensation
• Laurel F. McGiffert – Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
• Stanley A. Prokop – Insurance Coverage
• Mary Catherine Rentz – Insurance Coverage
• Matthew J. Stanczyk – Personal Injury Defense: Products

Plunkett Cooney’s East Lansing office members:
• David K. Otis – Government

Plunkett Cooney’s Flint office members:
• Audrey J. Forbush – Government

Plunkett Cooney’s Petoskey office members:
• Jerome A. Galante – Personal Injury Defense: Products


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 145 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

 

Plunkett Cooney Among Top 100 Firms for Female Attorney Diversity

The National Law Journal (NLJ) recently named Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms – among the best in the nation for female attorney diversity.

The firm’s 79th place rank within the top 100 is based on statistical data obtained as part of the NLJ’s annual survey of the 500 largest law firms in the nation. The National Law Journal is a monthly magazine that exclusively covers issues important to attorneys in public and private practice, judges and other members of the legal community.

“Obviously, we’re pleased to rank this highly in the NLJ survey, but we can do even better,” said Plunkett Cooney President & CEO Thomas P. Vincent “Our focus on diversity over the years has been very successful. It’s particularly gratifying to see so many of our women attorneys now in firm leadership positions.”

According to the report, which was published in the July edition of the NLJ magazine, Plunkett Cooney has a “Women in the Law Score” of 57.7. This statistic is determined by adding the percentage of female attorneys and percentage of female partners. The firm has 33.60% female attorneys with 22.10% female partners and 44.30% female associates.

In addition to its ranking for female diversity, Plunkett Cooney ranked 268 out of the 500 largest firms nationally with 149 attorneys firm wide.

Since 2002, Plunkett Cooney has maintained a formal diversity program focused on attracting and retaining attorneys and staff from diverse backgrounds. Many of these efforts have been coordinated by the firm’s Diversity Committee, which includes partners, associate attorneys and members of the administrative support staff.

For more about the firm’s diversity efforts, go to http://www.plunkettcooney.com/diversity.html.


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 Plunkett Cooney’s inclusion on the NLJ list of top law firms for female diversity, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

 

Schroder to address attendees at public meeting on medical cannabis

Attorney Jeffrey Schroder of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, will be among the featured speakers on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at a public meeting sponsored by Clinton Township on the topic of medical cannabis.

Schroder, who is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Government Affairs Practice Group and Cannabis Industry Group, is a former Michigan Assistant Attorney General. The other featured speakers will include Dr. Saqib Nakadar, an internal medicine specialist, and Justin Dunakiss, a lobbyist from Dunaskiss Consulting and Development, Inc.

The public meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Macomb County Community College, Center Campus, University Center (UC1), located at 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township. According to a township press release, the purpose of this public presentation is to “educate, not advocate” for medical cannabis.

Schroder and the other guest speakers will each have 15 minutes to discuss the topic of medical cannabis with the remainder of the time reserved for attendees who will each have up to three minutes to speak on the subject.

In 2008, Michigan voters approved a ballot measure to allow the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. In 2016, the state’s Legislature passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) to establish parameters for the growth, distribution and use of medical cannabis.

Municipalities are now at a decision point – they must decide whether to allow medical cannabis businesses to operate within their borders or to prohibit them. For those choosing to allow such businesses, they will do so following regulations currently under development by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

“This is a crucial time for municipalities, and there is a lot to consider, including income tax land use, public safety, and community revenue implications,” said Schroder of Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office. “My goals in speaking tomorrow night are to help residents and elected officials understand the potential implications of a medical cannabis business in their community.”

Plunkett Cooney is one of the first Michigan law firms to establish a Cannabis Industry Group dedicated to representing the interests of commercial clients that are already licensed at the local level to operate grow, dispensary and support services companies. The members of the firm’s industry group publish The Cannabiz Law Blog, which is designed to help members of the cannabis industry stay updated on news, legislation, regulations and other developments in cannabis law.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs nearly 300 employees, including approximately 140 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as 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 attorney Jeffrey Schroder’s speaking engagement at the Clinton Township Medical Marijuana Presentation, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

 

Thomas Vincent elected Plunkett Cooney’s new President & CEO

The shareholders of Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms – have elected their colleague, attorney Thomas P. Vincent, as the firm’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.

An accomplished trial attorney and former Oakland County Prosecutor, Vincent works in the firm’s corporate headquarters in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He succeeds Dennis G. Cowan who returns to the full-time practice of law at Plunkett Cooney and will continue to lead the firm’s Government Affairs Practice Group.

“This is a tremendous honor, and I look forward to the challenge,” said Vincent, who was elected by acclamation to a three-year term, effective Sept. 1. “Plunkett Cooney is an outstanding law firm, and it’s my privilege to help build on our more than a century of service to our clients and community.”

Vincent is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Torts & Litigation and Labor & Employment Law practice groups. With over 100 cases tried to jury verdict, he is one of the firm’s most experienced trial attorneys with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to financial institutions and their insurance providers. His areas of expertise include commercial litigation, employment litigation, professional liability and general liability.

Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney, Vincent served as Chief Trial Attorney in the Oakland County Prosecutor’s office. He then joined the firm in 1985 and became a shareholder four years later. In 1999, he was elected to serve as a trustee of Plunkett Cooney’s board of directors, a position to which he was re-elected six more times.

In addition to his legal practice, Vincent finds time to give back to several religious and community organizations, including Gesu Parish in Detroit, St. Fabian Catholic Church in Farmington Hills, University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Angela Hospice and Mercy High School.

Licensed to practice in the state and federal courts in Michigan, Vincent received his law degree in 1981 from Michigan State University College of Law. His professional affiliations include the Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association and American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Vincent, who received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in 1977, has received several honors, including selection by DBusiness magazine as a Top Lawyer in the areas of business litigation, employment law and general litigation. Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer review rating service in the legal industry, has honored Vincent with its highest rating of AV-Preeminent. He has also received recognition by Best Lawyers in America and Leading Lawyers for his expertise in the areas of commercial litigation, as well as by Michigan Super Lawyers for his work in the area professional liability.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs nearly 300 employees, including approximately 140 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as 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 the election of Thomas P. Vincent as Plunkett Cooney’s new President & CEO, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.