Michigan Lawyers Weekly Names Bodman’s Damali Sahu a “Women in the Law” Class of 2018

Bodman PLC is pleased to announce member Damali Sahu has been selected as one of 30 lawyers comprising Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Women in the Law” Class of 2018. Selected from dozens of nominations, “Women in the Law” are inspiring and accomplished leaders who have displayed a commitment to excellence in the practice of law. They serve as mentors and give back to their communities.

“It is truly an honor to be named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Women in the Law,” said Damali Sahu. “I have been fortunate to work with very passionate and knowledgeable women lawyers of whom I admire and respect. Sharing our strengths and serving makes working in this field even more rewarding.”

Over the years, Sahu served as a volunteer mentor at VIP Mentoring in Detroit and served on the Board of Directors as Vice President and Treasurer of University YES Academy. Sahu has particular expertise in lending transactions involving venture capital-backed emerging and established companies in the technology, energy, and life science industries. She has more than a decade of experience in transactions with companies in all stages of growth from seed/early stage to established pre-public stage companies.

“Damali is an important member of Bodman’s Banking Practice Group and Executive Committee” said Ralph McDowell, member and Chairman of Bodman’s Executive Committee. “Damali does a tremendous job representing clients; she has extensive experience structuring, negotiating, and documenting secured and unsecured commercial loans to borrowers in a variety of industries.  In addition, she makes many positive contributions to Firm life.”

Sahu is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the State Bar of California. To read her full profile, click here.

A luncheon celebrating the Class of 2018 will be held Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Detroit Marriott Troy. The “Women of the Year,” selected by a vote of the class, will be announced at the event.


ABOUT BODMAN

Bodman PLC is one of the Midwest’s leading business law firms, providing counsel to the region’s most successful companies and individuals on a broad range of issues. Deeply rooted in the communities they serve, Bodman lawyers provide clients with the personal attention of a small firm combined with the talent and knowledge expected of the nation’s leading attorneys. To learn more, visit www.bodmanlaw.com.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Kathryn Wood Named a “2018 Women in the Law” Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Kathryn S. Wood has been selected as a “2018 Women in the Law” Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Ms. Wood is a Member and Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation South Region and Labor & Employment Practice Group. She focuses her practice in the areas of employment litigation, commercial litigation, and appellate practice. She has experience with discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, complex commercial litigation, class and collective actions and defamation claims in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Ms. Wood also conducts harassment/discrimination investigations and provides employment counseling and litigation prevention.

Ms. Wood is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Detroit Bar Association. She sits on the ICLE Labor and Employment Advisory Board. She is recognized as a leader in her field by Best Lawyers in America, Legal 500, and Michigan Super Lawyers. Ms. Wood received her B.G.S. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Each year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly selects 30 lawyers to honor as “Women in the Law”. “Women in the Law” honorees are lawyers who are committed to excellence in the practice of law while inspiring and serving as mentors to other women in the profession. The “2018 Women in the Law” will be honored at an annual luncheon and awards celebration on September 20, 2018 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.


About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Deborah Brouwer named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law class of 2018

Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., is pleased to announce that Deborah Brouwer, a partner in the firm, has been included in the legal trade publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law class of 2018. Women in the Law recognizes women attorneys who have a commitment to excellence in the law, are inspiring and accomplished leaders in the profession, serve as a mentor to other women and contribute time and effort to volunteerism and pro-bono activities. All honorees will be recognized at a luncheon event on September 20 at the Detroit Marriott -Troy.

Brouwer’s practice at Nemeth Law focuses exclusively in labor and employment law, with particular experience in the defense of lawsuits against employers, including claims of race, age, religion, national origin, gender and disability discrimination, harassment and retaliation, as well as FLSA, FMLA and non-competition suits. She also provides harassment training and conducts discrimination and harassment investigations for employers. Brouwer has extensive experience in appearing before administrative agencies, including the EEOC, MDCR, MIOSHA, OSHA and the NLRB and also appears frequently before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a sought after speaker on legal issues impacting employers and insurers.

Brouwer is active in professional and civic activities. As Chair of the Board of Directors for Assured Family Services, she recently led the search for a new CEO following the retirement of the agency’s long-term CEO. She is also Board Treasurer of the Hannan Center, which provides services to senior citizens, and was recently elected Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel.

Brouwer set her sights on becoming a lawyer at an early age. For a junior high school assignment, she had to prepare a career notebook and interview someone in her chosen field. She interviewed a male attorney in her hometown of Midland, Michigan, who shared disheartening news—that as a woman, if Brouwer went into law, the only area she in which she had a chance of being successful would be divorce, and even then, only women would hire her. Because it was 1966, Brouwer believed him and abandoned her goal because she didn’t want to limit herself to one legal practice area before even getting started. Ten years later, after college and graduate school, she realized that this attorney had been wrong; with new determination, Brouwer headed to law school.

A seasoned litigator now, Brouwer was struck early on in her law career by how few female litigators she saw in court, especially given the relatively high numbers of women in law school even 35 years ago. She assumed the situation would change over time, and while it has to a degree, trial work remains heavily male dominated. While there were a few meaningful female mentor relationships along her early path, Brouwer had to learn how to navigate the legal environment largely on her own. When she joined Nemeth Law in 2004, Brouwer found new mentors at the woman-owned firm – even though she was then decades into her career – and continues to actively mentor the female (and male!) attorneys and clerks in the firm by bringing them to court with her, working on briefs and motions together, an engaging them in challenging conversations. The mentoring of which she is most proud, though, is that of her 25-year-old son, who interned for Nemeth Law while in college and went on to Georgetown Law School. He is now practicing law in Washington, D.C. and tells his mom he regularly holds her up to his friends and colleagues as an example of a successful litigator who also happens to be a woman – and his mother!

Brouwer hold a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, and Master of Arts, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a resident of Huntington Woods.


About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Established in 1992, Nemeth Law specializes in workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law, management consultation/training for private and public sector employers, and arbitration and mediation. 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.

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Legal publication names Jereck among top ‘Women in the Law’

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a news publication serving the state’s legal industry, has named Plunkett Cooney attorney Carolyn M. Jereck as one of its 2016 “Women in the Law.”

For 14 years, Jereck has served as a Department Leader at Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms. She is also the first female to hold the position, and her impact hasn’t gone unnoticed by colleagues.

“Carolyn is an outstanding attorney and leader. Truth be known, she’s a pioneer here at the firm,” said Dennis G. Cowan, Plunkett Cooney’s President and CEO. “She has provided steady leadership for over a decade. She’s been a tremendous influence on the strategic direction of the firm, and I’m privileged to have her as part of our management team.”

The 2016 Women in the Law honorees will be recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in a special section of the publication distributed in September that coincides with awards luncheon on Sept. 15 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy. Jereck will be among 30 women honored at the luncheon, and one member of the class of 2016 will be selected as the “Woman of the Year.”

The Michigan Lawyers Weekly editorial staff selected this year’s honorees, considering a number of criteria, including each nominee’s commitment to excellence in the practice of law; inspiration and accomplishments as leaders in the profession; mentorship other women; and significant contribution of time and effort to volunteerism and/or pro bono service.

Jereck is a member of the Plunkett Cooney’s Litigation and Labor and Employment practice groups. She is also a founding member of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Committee. She concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law, retail liability, premises liability, loss prevention litigation, liquor liability and product liability.

A recipient of Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating-AV Preeminent™ Peer Review rating, Jereck is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the Litigation Section and Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program of the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, The Association of Trial Defense Counsel and the Employment Subcommittee of the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar.

Jereck received her law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1988 and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1985.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs over 140 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional, insurance coverage and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2016.

For more information about the selection of Carolyn Jereck as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2016 “Women in the Law,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

McGiffert among legal publication’s 2015 ‘Women in the Law’

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – September 11, 2015 – Laurel F. McGiffert, a partner in the Detroit office of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, was recently selected as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “2015 Women in the Law.”

“Laurel is truly deserving of this award,” said Henry B. Cooney, Plunkett Cooney’s President and CEO. “She’s an outstanding trial attorney and a leader in our firm.”

The honorees were recognized in a special section of Michigan Lawyers Weekly and were honored yesterday at the sixth annual Women in the Law luncheon at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

A Lawyers Weekly editorial panel selected this year’s honorees, considering a number of criteria, including each nominee’s commitment to excellence in the practice of law; inspiration and accomplishment as leaders in the profession; mentorship other women; and significant contribution of time and effort to volunteerism and/or pro bono service.

A senior trial attorney in the public and private sectors, McGiffert concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of medical liability, labor and employment law, municipal law, civil rights and general litigation. In addition to her successful trial practice, McGiffert has extensive experience representing clients involved in Michigan’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system. She also has the distinction of serving as an independent arbitrator and mediator in ADR hearings.

McGiffert is a founding member of Plunkett Cooney’s Diversity Committee and a former member of the firm’s Board of Directors. Her involvement in professional organizations includes the State Bar of Michigan, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. McGiffert also serves on the Board of Directors for the Oakland Mediation Center and the Power Company Kids Club.

Listed among the Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Law, McGiffert has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating-AV Preeminent™ Peer Review rating and she received the Michigan Association for Justice Respected Advocate Award in 2012.

McGiffert received her law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1980 and her undergraduate degree from Vassar College in 1970.

Plunkett Cooney’s Torts & Litigation Practice focuses on the defense of civil litigation, including claims involving municipal law, construction disputes, employment law, motor vehicle negligence, liquor liability, product liability, toxic torts and premises liability, including slip and falls, trip and falls and open and obvious dangers.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional, coverage and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for 2015.

For more information about Laurel F. McGiffert’s selection as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “2015 Women in the Law,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.