Nemeth Law’s Erin Behler named an Up & Coming Lawyer

Detroit, Mich. —Nov. 24, 2014 — Nemeth Law, P.C., a Detroit-based management labor and employment law firm, is pleased to announce attorney Erin Behler has been named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers’ Weekly. The legal trade publication recognized 30 Michigan attorneys throughout the state with less than 10 years of legal experience, “who are establishing a name for themselves, go above and beyond, and display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments that set them apart among their peers.” An award ceremony to honor the Up & Coming Lawyers will take place on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, Mich.

Behler joined Nemeth Law in 2009 as an attorney after starting with the firm as a law clerk in 2007. She focuses her practice on management labor and employment law and represents clients in litigation before State and Federal Courts and Administrative Agencies. She also conducts workplace investigations and trains employers on avoiding discrimination and harassment in the workplace, as well as other employment issues. Behler is a frequent author on articles regarding workplace employment trends. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Michigan State University.

Behler is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association (Co-Chair of the RISE Committee), the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, the Voice of the Defense Bar, and the Detroit Regional Chamber (Chair of Leads to Business); she is a Detroit Economic Club Young Leader. In addition to being named an Up & Coming Lawyer, Behler was also recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2013 and 2014.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law, mediation and arbitration and management consultation 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.

Dickinson Wright Announces James Stapleton as Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer

November 24, 2014 (Detroit, MI) – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that James J. Stapleton has joined the firm in the newly created role of Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer. He will be resident in the Detroit office.

Mr. Stapleton will oversee the direction and implementation of business development growth strategies and tactics. His primary focus will be to improve demand generation, drive increased breadth of client relationships, and accelerate Dickinson Wright brand growth across key target markets.

”Dickinson Wright has a tremendous client service platform, a distinctive focus on core industry sectors and a record of embracing innovative business approaches,” Mr. Stapleton stated. “Our leadership has a dynamic vision, and every attorney focuses on delivering value through high quality legal skills and exceptional client service. I could not be more excited about helping Dickinson Wright take our brand to the next level.”

“Jim’s appointment is an important illustration of Dickinson Wright’s recruitment and retention of top-level talent to complement our continuing commitment to excellence in client service,” said CEO William T. Burgess. “Given his business development expertise and his experience working with corporate counsel, we expect that he will bring a fresh approach to our business development program. Jim is the right person to lead our continuing expansion, building on our momentum as one of North America’s leading business law firms for companies that compete in a global market.”

Mr. Stapleton was previously the managing principal of LEAP Legal, a consulting firm that helped inhouse counsel optimize their relationships with their law firms. Prior to that, he served as Chief Marketing Officer at Fenwick & West and Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer at Littler Mendelson. He has also held international marketing and business development roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen.

Mr. Stapleton has written and spoken extensively on topics as varied as client service, business development, sales, marketing and best-in-class operational metrics. He is widely recognized as a marketing operations expert and teaches a master class in marketing and business development metrics for law firms. He received his B.S.C. in Finance from Santa Clara University.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 380 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, they have fourteen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Saginaw) and seven other domestic offices in Columbus, Ohio; Phoenix, Arizona; Nashville, Tennessee; Las Vegas, Nevada and Washington, D.C. Their Canadian office is located in Toronto.

The firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality across the firm. 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 by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Richard Gilfillan, M.D.

President and CEO, Trinity Health

Gilfillan, Rick-editRichard Gilfillan is president and CEO of Trinity Health, a $13-billion Catholic health system that serves communities in 20 states with 86 hospitals and 109 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs.

Gilfillan has been a leader in U.S. health care for more than 25 years, building successful organizations in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. As the first director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), he launched the Center in 2010 and worked with customers and providers to develop innovative models for improving patient care and reducing costs.

Prior to joining CMMI, Gilfillan was president and CEO of Geisinger Health Plan and executive vice president of insurance operations for Geisinger Health System. Previously, he served as senior vice president for national network management at Bethesda, Md.-based Coventry Health Care. He earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Georgetown University.

Jeffrey Kullgren

Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJeffrey Kullgren is an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and a research scientist in the Center for Clinical Management Research at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Health System.

Kullgren’s research aims to improve patient decisions about preventive behaviors and utilization of health care services. The main focus of his work is identifying effective and scalable approaches to promote modification of behavioral risk factors among patients at high risk for developing chronic diseases. His research involves controlled trials of behavioral economic interventions, like financial and social incentives, to promote weight loss and physical activity. A secondary focus of his work is identifying strategies to improve decision making among patients facing high levels of health care cost-sharing.

Kullgren earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Michigan State University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan.

Ronald McDonald House of Detroit to hold its first-time telethon on WDIV on Dec. 1st with promotional outreach during America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Detroit … Ronald McDonald House of Detroit will build awareness for its $3 million expansion campaign during the WDIV-Local 4 broadcast of America’s Thanksgiving Parade, leading up to its first-time telethon, Dec. 1, on WDIV. The nonprofit is four months into the campaign as it prepares to move to a new location and broaden its services to families who stay at the House while their children are hospitalized.

The House is moving from a building adjacent to Children’s Hospital of Michigan, one-half mile north to 4727 St. Antoine, the Hutzel Professional Building. The entire second floor is being renovated for its exclusive use and should be completed in February 2015.

“Our ‘Hearts, Hands and Home’ expansion campaign, with the tie-in to the Thanksgiving parade, is history-making for our organization,” said Jennifer Litomisky, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit. “We have never had this kind of public outreach before – the parade coverage and a day-long telethon are expected to reach more than one million viewers.”

This year’s parade grand marshals are Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who are also the House’s honorary campaign chairpersons.

Litomisky will be interviewed in a live segment during the parade about the work of the House and how it benefits families with children who are undergoing medical care.

The Dec. 1 telethon airs on a day known as Cyber Monday, typically the highest-volume day for online holiday shopping. As people open their wallets, Litomisky and her campaign team, headed by McDonald’s owner/operator Teresa Saputo of Oakland Township, are counting on a spirit of goodwill to help the expansion campaign get closer to its $3 million goal.

During the telethon, vignettes of families who have stayed at the house will be broadcast on WDIV; the vignettes will also be shown on Comcast. The telethon will also be supported by awareness ads on WDIV’s website:, from Thanksgiving Day until Dec. 31.

The telethon, hosted by Kim Adams, will run from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. as a backdrop to the station’s regular programming with 90-second segments of the phone bank and related updates shown throughout the day. Gold Medalists Meryl and Charlie will help answer phones. The number, 844-RMH-GIFT, will be live starting Nov. 22 through Dec. 1.

Meryl and Charlie noted, “We are honored to support the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit’s expansion campaign to help give families and their children the best ‘home away from home’ experience possible. Your gift will help provide a warm, safe and comforting place for families to stay while their children receive medical care.”

Litomisky said, “We are thrilled to have the support of Meryl and Charlie, who can bring greater awareness of the needs of the families who stay at the House while caring for children afflicted by cancer, genetic conditions and other severe illnesses.”

The new House will have 28 private rooms, including five-long term stay rooms, each with a private bathroom; a teen room; a serenity garden and a high-tech media room so family members can keep in touch through wi-fi access. It will also feature a larger kitchen in which families can prepare their own meals or gather for meals prepared by service groups, who tend to come more often during the holidays.

“The move will double our space and allow us to offer additional services to provide both the comforts of home and the latest technology so parents can focus on helping their children recover faster,” said Litomisky. One of the new services is a van that will transport families between the House and Children’s Hospital.

The House depends on support from businesses, individuals and foundations. To raise awareness, McDonald’s Corp.’s ad agency, Moroch, has donated billboards that focus on the support that parents receive from the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit.

Litomisky and board members were delighted to obtain a rate of $1 for a 100-year lease from Tenet Healthcare, owners of the Detroit Medical Center. The low-cost rent allows the House to build up its endowment fund, one of the goals of the expansion campaign. No family is turned away from staying at the House, now in its 36th year, due to a lack of funds.

Donations to the campaign can be made online at any time at


The Passing of a Dear Friend and Supporter of Leadership Detroit

Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues and Clients

He was the love of my life for 30 years. He was my travel buddy, my confidante, my business partner and my best friend. I thought we would grow old together, but God had other plans, which I do not question. So now we will grow together in a different way, one that it is more spiritual in nature, but nonetheless powerful. My heart, though, is absolutely broken.

It is with a broken heart that I share the news of Larry Mack’s homegoing. He made his transition on Tuesday November 4th and has now assumed his rightful place among the Ancestors. A Memorial Service/Celebration of Life is scheduled for Friday 11/21/14 at 7:00 PM. It will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Mount Vernon, NY.

Many of you have asked how you can help. As you know, Larry was passionate about scuba diving and was an excellent scuba instructor. He was particularly fond of his work with disabled veterans through the Wounded Warriors Project. He was also part of a military family. I know he would be honored to have people donate whatever they wish to the work of this organization. Here is the direct link:

Alternatively, a group of my former students and one of our clients have joined together to create an online memorial fund. You may also donate there:

If you need to be in touch I can be reached via this email at You can also contact me via voice or text at (914) 441-6823, or by voice at (914) 969-1993. Due to volume, it may take a little bit of time to get back to you, but I promise that someone will return your call, text or email.
To borrow from Oprah Winfrey, what I know for sure is that Larry is absolutely fine! He has made certain that I know that, and I am passing that word on to all of you who loved him so dearly.

Be well.


Robyn Brown-Manning, PhD, M.Phil, LMSW
President, Kriya Associates, Inc.

Dykema Earns Top Marks in 2015 Corporate Equality Index

Detroit – November 19, 2014 – Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Dykema joins the ranks of 366 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“We are honored and proud to have earned a perfect rating in the Corporate Equality Index,” said Peter Kellett, Dykema’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “A truly inclusive environment comes as a result of each person within an organization helping to foster an atmosphere of equality, and I want to thank and congratulate everyone that has helped Dykema achieve this recognition.”

The 2015 CEI rated 971 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Dykema’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

“In order to achieve a perfect score, a company has to show a deep and serious commitment to treating their LGBT employees fairly and equally on the job,” said Chad Griffin president of the Human Rights Campaign. “We also look at whether a company is speaking out in the public square to advocate for LGBT equality here in this country and around the world. Dykema not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values.”

For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

About The Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 12 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. To learn more, visit and follow Dykema on Twitter at

Advocacy Team Active in Solution to Fix Michigan Roads

The Detroit Regional Chamber applauds the Michigan Senate for taking a critical step to address Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure. The Senate voted 24-13 last week to modify how gas taxes are calculated in order to raise at least $1 billion to fix state roads and make strategic infrastructure investments. Leveraging its bipartisan reputation, the Chamber’s advocacy team worked closely with key legislators to push for the bill’s passage, a top legislative priority for the organization.

Improving roads and other transportation infrastructure is paramount to the economic vitality of the region and state. The legislation passed by the Senate provides a comprehensive, sustainable solution to a problem that would otherwise continue to cost businesses and residents much more in the long run. The Chamber calls on the Michigan House to approve the Senate’s bill to send to Gov. Rick Snyder prior to the end of the legislative session in December.

Detroit Scholarship Fund Seen As Major Resource for Students

From: WDET

November 19, 2014

Speaking on WDET, Author and Associate Dean of College Counseling at Cranbrook Kingswood School Patrick O’Connor commended the Detroit Scholarship Fund, a program administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, for its work providing Detroit residents a tuition-free path to community college.

Bonnie Mayfield Receives Women of Color Achievement Award

Detroit – November 12, 2014 – Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that Bonnie Mayfield received the Women of Color Achievement Award from the 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, in partnership with the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO).

Mayfield was one of a select group of honorees who received the award at a special reception on Oct. 29. The recipients are a small group of powerful women from a variety of industries who have made a significant impact and are exceptional role models. Each was recognized for her distinguished success as an accomplished leader and exemplary service to the community.

“Being a part of this group of phenomenal women is truly an honor,” said Mayfield, who was the only attorney to receive the award.

In addition to her impressive track record as a trial and appellate attorney, Mayfield is the Vice Chair of Diversity Initiatives for the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Diversity Committee. Significantly, Mayfield’s writings and speaking activities teach individuals and organizations how to recognize and systemically overcome unconscious bias, and advance diversity and inclusion. She recently co-authored an article—“Tangible Results Speak Louder Than Well-Intentioned Diversity And Inclusion Words”—that identifies concrete steps to help embrace women and women of color, thereby leading to sustained positive diversity and inclusion outcomes.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. is dedicated to improving the quality of life within the community and enhancing educational and economic opportunities for all African-Americans. The WPO is a non-profit membership organization for women owners and leaders of multimillion-dollar companies.

Based in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Mayfield is a member of the Litigation and Labor & Employment Law practice groups. She has successfully litigated product liability and labor and employment matters for a variety of clients. Mayfield is also one of 28 lawyers on Dykema’s National Trial Team, which was launched in March, 2014. She recently co-led a trial team that obtained a nearly $225,000 restitution award for a victim of human trafficking.

Mayfield received her B.A. from Dillard University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law where she was a member of the NYU Law Review. After receiving her degrees, she clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 12 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. To learn more, visit and follow Dykema on Twitter at

About the 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc.
The mission of the 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. is to improve the quality of life within our communities and use our collective resources, abilities and experiences to enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. As a 501 (c)(3) community organization, with over two decades of experience helping local men, women and families, the 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. is part of the 100 Black Men of America Inc., with 110 chapters worldwide. Our resolute commitment is to help African American youth achieve success in education, health & wellness and economic development through structured and purposeful mentoring.

About Women Presidents’ Organization
The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) is the ultimate affiliation for successful women entrepreneurs worldwide, connecting women who lead and own multi-million dollar companies. In monthly meetings across the world, women from diverse industries invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more information, call 212-688-4114 or visit Follow us on twitter @womenpresidents.