Rehmann announces senior management promotions in Southeast Michigan

Rehmann is pleased to announce that several associates have been promoted to senior manager roles in the Southeast Michigan region.

Joe Ashor has been promoted to business valuation senior manager. He has more than 11 years of experience providing business valuation and financial advisory services to public and private businesses for numerous purposes, including estate and gift taxation, mergers and acquisitions, Subchapter C to Subchapter S conversions and other tax, corporate and litigation matters. Ashor is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in finance and is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) from the American Society of Appraisers.

Cheri Brown has been promoted to regional team lead senior manager. Brown has years of experience in the financial services industry, and has been with Rehmann for 14. Brown’s experience provides her the opportunity to support Rehmann’s financial advisors with complex client situations. Her responsibilities include staffing, training and development, and managing the financial service assistants in the Southeast and Greater Michigan regions. Brown has an associate’s degree in business management from Baker College.

Kristy Clark has been promoted to assurance senior manager. Clark began her public accounting career at a “Big Four” firm. Her experience includes internal audit and Sarbanes Oxley compliance at an auto financing company, and serving as a controller for a manufacturing company. There, she focused on month-end close, quarterly reporting, forecasting, budgeting, percentage of completion accounting, internal controls and financial analysis. She is responsible for on-site engagement management and supervision of staff on both external and internal audit engagements, servicing clients in the financial institution and manufacturing industries. Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oakland University.

Michelle Hodges has been promoted to assurance senior manager. Her experience includes planning, performing, and supervising audits for clients in a variety of industries including: franchising, manufacturing, not-for-profit and government. She is primarily responsible for on-site engagement management and supervision of staff. Hodges holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master in the Science of Accountancy degree from Western Michigan University.

Melissa Johnson has been promoted to assurance senior manager. She is responsible for the planning of engagements, as well as on-site assurance engagement management and supervision of staff. Johnson has experience in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, not-for-profits, and financial services. She is involved in firm-sponsored training programs to stay abreast of financial reporting, auditing, and industry-specific developments. Johnson is a graduate of Oakland University, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Mary Lou Miller has been promoted to accounting, consulting and tax senior manager. Miller has more than 10 years of experience with accounting, tax and audit for professional services practices, including medical, dental and attorney practices. She provides outsourced chief financial officer services, and her tax experience includes state and federal corporate, partnership and individual taxes, sales and use taxes, payroll taxes, and property taxes. Miller is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in accounting.

Kristin Pawlowski has been promoted to assurance senior manager. Pawlowski joined Rehmann’s assurance department in 2010 with over 20 years of experience in the financial institutions industry. She has extensive experience with internal audit services for financial institutions including lending, branch operations, anti-money laundering, retail operations, and asset liability management including assessment of interest rate risk and liquidity risk management. Pawlowski holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Davenport University and a Master of Science in finance from Walsh College.

Michael Ponke has been promoted to accounting, consulting and tax senior manager. He provides business and individual tax consulting and compliance services, as well as accounting services to a variety of clients. His responsibilities also include the preparation of financial statements, and compilation and review engagements. Ponke is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in finance and holds a Master of Science degree in taxation from Walsh College.

Casey Zaski has been promoted to government outsourcing senior manager. His experience includes general ledger maintenance, preparing and reviewing monthly bank reconciliations, financial statement preparation, grant reporting, budgeting, audit preparation and developing accounting policies. Additionally, Casey has auditing and consulting experience for a variety of governmental and nonprofit entity types. Zaski has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration in accounting from Baker College.


About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann has nearly 800 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

Fostering Futures Scholarship Benefit – Make a Dream Come True

September 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation: 20900 Oakwood Blvd.

                                                                        Dearborn, MI  48124

Carolyn Clifford, WXYZ TV-7, returns to emcee the sixth annual Detroit dinner event in the beautiful and historic Henry Ford Museum.  The event promises a night of exceptional entertainment by Betty Joplin, as well as an opportunity to hear from scholarship recipients and supporters.

Your $100 donation is tax deductible and reserves your seat to attend the evening’s event including a cocktail reception, dinner, program, silent auction, and raffles.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund for disbursement during the current academic year.  Together, let’s impact the futures of youth who have experienced foster care as they strive to make the dream of college a reality.

The Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund is a unit of the Michigan Education Trust Charitable Tuition Program, a Sec. 170 © nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide scholarships to former foster care youth enrolled at Michigan colleges and universities.

Registration:  Reserve your seats and see parking map at:  www.fosteringfutures-mi.com.

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Attorney Anna Robinson Helps Launch Pro Bono Trademark Clearinghouse Pilot Program

Brooks Kushman associate Anna Robinson has been working for the past four years with the International Trademark Association (INTA) Pro Bono Committee to develop a new program that would benefit the trademark community on a global level. This program, called the Pro Bono Clearinghouse Pilot Program, allows INTA to work as an intermediary and help match low-income clients, and/or nonprofits or charitable organizations in need of trademark assistance with the INTA’s attorney members, acting on a pro bono basis.

The goal of the INTA Pro Bono Committee is to develop INTA into a primary resource for pro bono advocacy and activity in the trademark community on a global level. INTA is a leading global association for trademark owners and professionals, and has a far reach with members in more than 190 countries. The committee believes that with international participation, the new program will not only be an asset to the greater trademark community and lead to greater brand protection, but it will also be a conduit for sharing the many benefits associated with pro bono work to more INTA members.

At this time, the committee is focusing its resources on providing useful information to professionals in more than 70 countries. The Clearinghouse Pilot Program, currently being implemented in the US, will also soon be launched in Germany with the help of the INTA’s International Pro Bono team.

Robinson is the Client Communications Group Leader within the Communications Subcommittee. In her role, she helps lead outreach to potential pro bono clients. This involves creating correspondence designed to spread awareness and reach nonprofit organizations and individuals that qualify for INTA’s pro bono clearinghouse services. The subcommittee has also developed a database of contacts and organizations for outreach purposes. Currently, they are working on a social media presence and an educational presentation about trademarks and the Clearinghouse.

Robinson’s practice focuses on the clearance, filing, maintenance and enforcement of trademark rights and copyright protection and enforcement work. It also involves trade dress, internet and entertainment law. Robinson has diverse experience managing client portfolios, providing clearance opinions, devising filing strategies, negotiating agreements and defending intellectual property rights. Robinson also remains dedicated to the State Bar of Michigan, Arts Communications Entertainment & Sports Section and has done so since she was in law school. She is also committed to helping artists and those in the creative sector protect and promote their intellectual property, and was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a “2016 Up & Coming Lawyer” for her professional success and commitment to pro bono work.


About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices across the nation, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com

Butzel Long attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2018

Sixty-three Butzel Long attorneys have been chosen by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC).

The 2018 edition marks the first time that 13 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers including: Mark E. Crane, Regan K. Dahle, Jennifer A. Dukarski, Geoffrey S. Gallinger, Debra A. Geroux, Michael Golab, Thomas R. McAskin, Mark T. Nelson, Robert P. Perry, Elissa Noujaim Pinto, Thomas B. Radom, T. Gordon Scupholm II, and John D. Selesko.

Moreover, the following firm attorneys have been named Lawyer of the Year (Metro): James C. Adams (Real Estate – Ann Arbor); John P. Hancock, Jr. (Labor Law – Management – Detroit); Justin G. Klimko (Corporate Governance Law – Detroit), and James J. Urban (Construction Law – Lansing).

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast more than five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The following Butzel Long attorneys were selected for the 2018 edition (‘***’ = First Year Listed):

Butzel Long – Ann Arbor Law office

James C. Adams
Real Estate Law
Regan K. Dahle
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Jennifer A. Dukarski ***
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Nancy Keppelman
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
George E. Kuehn
Corporate Law
Mark T. Nelson***
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Claudia Rast
CleanTech Law
Environmental Law
Information Technology Law
Diane M. Soubly
Employment Law – Management
Robert B. Stevenson
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation – ERISA
Andrew Stumpff
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Butzel Long – Bloomfield Hills office

Alexander B. Bragdon
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation – ERISA
Stephen A. Bromberg
Litigation – Real Estate
Real Estate Law
Mark E. Crane ***
Collaborative Law: Family Law
Carey A. DeWitt
Employee Law — Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment
W. Patrick Dreisig
Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law
Corporate Governance Law
Geoffrey S. Gallinger ***
Real Estate Law
Debra A. Geroux ***
Health Care Law
Michael Golab ***
Corporate Law
Beth S. Gotthelf
Environmental Law
D. Stewart Green
Litigation – Real Estate
Real Estate Law
David W. Hipp
Real Estate Law
Thomas Kabel
Real Estate Law
Sheldon H. Klein
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Antitrust
Bushra A. Malik
Immigration Law
Daniel P. Malone
Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Thomas R. McAskin ***
Health Care Law
Allan Nachman
Real Estate Law
Max J. Newman
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Robert P. Perry ***
Trusts and Estates
Elissa Noujaim Pinto ***
Immigration Law
R. Peter Prokop
Corporate Law
Tax Law
Thomas B. Radom ***
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Richard E. Rassel
Commercial Litigation
Dennis B. Schultz
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Real Estate
T. Gordon Scupholm II ***
Family Law
John D. Selesko ***
Trusts and Estates
Thomas L. Shaevsky
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation – ERISA
Jack D. Shumate
Environmental Law
Litigation – Environmental
Thomas C. Simpson
Litigation – Real Estate
Real Estate Law
David W. Sommerfeld
Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates
Daniel B. Tukel
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

Butzel Long – Detroit office

Linda J. Armstrong
Immigration Law
James C. Bruno
Corporate Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Arthur Dudley II
Corporate Law
David F. DuMouchel
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Eric J. Flessland
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction
John P. Hancock, Jr.
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Robert A. Hudson
Corporate Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Justin G. Klimko
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Securities/ Capital Markets Law
Securities Regulation
Gary W. Klotz
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Phillip C. Korovesis
Commercial Litigation
Mark R. Lezotte
Health Care Law
Clara DeMatteis Mager
Immigration Law
Donald B. Miller
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Reginald A. Pacis
Immigration Law
James S. Rosenfeld
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Bruce L. Sendek
Commercial Litigation
William B. Slowey
Antitrust Law
Nicholas J. Stasevich
Corporate Law
James E. Wynne
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Butzel Long – Lansing office

James J. Urban
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction

Butzel Long – Washington, DC office

Thomas Bick
Environmental Law
Thomas Earl Patton
Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Litigation – Securities


About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

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    12 Dickinson Wright Attorneys in Southeast Michigan Named Best Lawyers in America 2018 “Lawyers of the Year”

    Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that 12 of the firm’s lawyers in Southeast Michigan have been identified as the leading practitioner in their practice area by Best Lawyers in America® 2018. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year”.

    The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 compile its list of outstanding lawyers by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The lawyers being honored as Best Lawyers in America® 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” have received particularly high ratings by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

    The following Dickinson Wright lawyers were selected as Best Lawyers in America® 2018 “Lawyer of the Year”:

    Ann Arbor, MI
    John C. Blattner, Trademark Law
    James L. Hughes, Banking and Finance Law
    Jordan Schreier, Labor Law – Management

    Detroit, MI
    Phillip J. DeRosier, Appellate Practice
    Steven G. Howell, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Thomas G. McNeill, Litigation – Securities
    James A. Plemmons, Litigation – Bankruptcy

    Troy, MI
    Craig W. Hammond, Public Finance Law
    Anna M. Maiuri, Environmental Law
    Edward H. Pappas, Litigation, Real Estate
    Mark E. Wilson, Health Care Law
    Paul M. Wyzgoski, Municipal Law

    About Dickinson Wright PLLC
    Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 450 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 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.; 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 a 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.

    Nemeth Law founder listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

    Patricia Nemeth, founder of Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. Nemeth was recognized in the practice areas of Employment Law–Management; Labor Law–Management; and Litigation–Labor and Employment. This is Nemeth’s sixth 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 is an arbitrator and a certified mediator for all types of civil litigation, including employment. Her areas of legal 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.

    Nemeth holds a Bachelor of Arts 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.
    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.

    102 Dickinson Wright Attorneys in Michigan Ranked in Best Lawyers in America® 2018

    Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that 102 of the firm’s attorneys in Michigan have been included in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018.

    “Dickinson Wright congratulates the 102 Firm attorneys in Michigan ranked among the best lawyers in the country,” said William T. Burgess, CEO of Dickinson Wright. “They have superior legal talent and a combined track record that make Dickinson Wright an outstanding law firm. We’re extremely proud to have so many attorneys included on this prestigious list. Our clients, as well as our peers, recognize Dickinson Wright for consistently delivering excellent client service and exceptional results.”

    Dickinson Wright attorneys recognized on this year’s list include:

    Ann Arbor, MI
    John C. Blattner, Copyright Law, Litigation – Patent, Trademark Law
    John M. Dempsey, Energy Law
    Paul R. Fransway, Franchise Law
    Michael C. Hammer, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy
    Thomas D. Hammerschmidt, Tax Law
    Mark Heusel, Commercial Litigation
    James L. Hughes, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Health Care Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law
    James A. Samborn, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
    Jordan Schreier, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
    Colleen M. Shevnock, Banking and Finance Law
    Suzanne K. Sukkar, Immigration Law

    Detroit, MI
    Michelle L. Alamo, Litigation – Intellectual Property
    Dennis W. Archer, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
    Richard M. Bolton, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    William T. Burgess, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, International Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation – Bankruptcy
    Lawrence G. Campbell, Commercial Litigation, International Mergers & Acquisitions
    James N. Candler, Jr., Gaming Law, Real Estate Law
    Christopher A. Cornwall, Construction Law
    Bernadette M. Dennehy, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    David R. Deromedi, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
    Phillip J. DeRosier, Appellate Practice
    William E. Elwood, Tax Law
    K. Scott Hamilton, Appellate Practice
    Mark R. High, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law
    Edgar C. Howbert, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Steven G. Howell, Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy
    Timothy H. Howlett, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
    W. Anthony Jenkins, Corporate Law, Municipal Law
    John K. Lawrence, Banking and Finance Law
    Kenneth J. McIntyre, Commercial Litigation
    Thomas G. McNeill, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions, Litigation – Securities
    Sharon R. Newlon, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
    Francis R. Ortiz, Commercial Litigation
    Scott A. Petz, Commercial Litigation
    James A. Plemmons, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Bankruptcy
    Robert F. Rhoades, Litigation and Controversy – Tax
    William P. Shield, Jr., Banking and Finance Law
    James P. Spica, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates
    Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Bruce C. Thelen, International Trade and Finance
    Kathryn S. Wood, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
    L. Pahl Zinn, Litigation – Antitrust

    Grand Rapids, MI
    John G. Cameron, Jr., Construction Law, Real Estate Law
    Frank G. Dunten, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    Geoffrey A. Fields, Commercial Litigation
    Brian S. Fleetham, Health Care Law
    Daniel F. Gosch, Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Bankruptcy
    Leslee M. Lewis, Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law
    Scott G. Smith, Litigation – Municipal, Municipal Law
    Timothy A. Stoepker, Construction Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law
    Richard A. Wendt, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law
    Jeffrey G. York, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law

    Lansing, MI
    James W. Bliss, Public Finance Law
    Peter H. Ellsworth, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Gaming Law, Government Relations Practice
    Joseph A. Fink, Commercial Litigation, Health Care Law, Insurance Law, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
    David J. Houston, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
    Scott R. Knapp, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Commercial Litigation
    James E. Lozier, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
    Peter S. Sheldon, Corporate Law, Tax Law
    Kester K. So, Energy Law, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law, Utilities Law
    Robert W. Stocker II, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Commercial Litigation, Gaming Law, Government Relations Practice, International Mergers & Acquisitions
    Jeffery V. Stuckey, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Appellate Practice, Energy Law

    Saginaw, MI
    Michael H. Allen, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates
    James C. Foresman, Health Care Law

    Troy, MI
    Christian S. Allen, Immigration Law
    Timothy L. Andersson, Corporate Law
    John A. Artz, Patent Law
    Kevin M. Bernys, Trusts and Estates
    Margaret A. Coughlin, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
    Roger H. Cummings, Corporate Law, International Trade and Finance Law
    Stephen E. Dawson, Real Estate Law
    Joseph W. DeLave, Litigation – Construction
    J. Benjamin Dolan, Litigation – Real Estate
    Terence M. Donnelly, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law
    Deborah L. Grace, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    Roberta P. Granadier, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    Henry M. Grix, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Trusts and Estates
    Hanley M. Gurwin, Family Law
    Craig W. Hammond, Banking and Finance Law, Public Finance Law
    William H. Honaker, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law
    Robert P. Hurlbert, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
    Richard A. Jones, Patent Law
    Monica J. Labe, Real Estate Law
    Judith Fertel Layne, Trusts and Estates
    Elise S. Levasseur, Immigration Law
    Christopher C. Maeso, Corporate Law
    Anna M. Maiuri, Environmental Law, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
    Kelly M. Martorano, Environmental Law
    Cynthia A. Moore, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    John H. Norris, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law
    Edward H. Pappas, Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Real Estate, Mediation
    Robert V. Peterson, Real Estate Law
    Daniel D. Quick, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Intellectual Property
    Robert L. Schwartz, Public Finance Law
    Robert L. Stearns, Litigation – Intellectual Property
    Peter H. Webster, Land Use and Zoning Law
    Rhonda D. Welburn, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law
    J. Bryan Williams, Corporate Law, International Mergers & Acquisitions
    Mark E. Wilson, Health Care Law
    Laurence E. Winokur, Real Estate Law
    Paul M. Wyzgoski, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law
    Katheryne L. Zelenock, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law


    About Dickinson Wright PLLC
    Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 450 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 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.; 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 a 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.

    Why Detroit Drives Degrees Is ‘All In’ on Talent Retention

    By Sarah Craft

    Southeast Michigan has a talent retention problem.

    My three siblings and I were raised in metro Detroit. Two went out of state for college and never came back. One graduated from Michigan State University and immediately got a job in Austin. She’s never come back.

    After I earned my undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University, I moved to Detroit with eight of my closest college friends. Eight years later, I am the only one still living in the city. They’re never coming back.

    My personal experience isn’t unique.

    Every year, more than 60,000 students from Michigan’s 15 public universities obtain a degree. And every year, Michigan loses a massive amount of that talent; 51 percent left within six months after graduation in 2007 and 37 percent left in 2012.

    This challenge is bigger than losing friends and family to other states, it’s directly impacting our region’s economic prosperity and individuals’ household finances. City Observatory reports that a 1 percent increase in four-year degree attainment is associated with a $1,100 per year increase in average incomes throughout a metro area.

    At Detroit Drives Degrees, we want 60 percent of people living in our region to have a postsecondary degree (we’re currently at about 43 percent). We work throughout the entire talent development pipeline to reach our goal: To improve access to postsecondary opportunities, boost student success, and improve talent retention and attraction.

    We’re leading powerful initiatives on access and success, and when I joined the Detroit Regional Chamber in January, they had me focus a large percent of my time on strengthening our talent initiatives.

    The Talent Working Group is led by champions Kelly Kozlowski from Downtown Detroit Partnership and Samantha Harkins of Munetrix. Together we’ve re-established the working group to include a range of organizations working in the talent space: grassroots efforts like Soulcial Scene and Born and Raised Detroit; nonprofit partners like Detroit Experience Factory, Challenge Detroit, and Grand Circus; business partners like re:purpose, DTE and Rock Ventures; regional partners like Workforce Intelligence Network, St. Clair County and Macomb County; and statewide organizations like Michigan Future and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

    These partners, and so many more (we’re at nearly 100 working group members), are passionate about talent and have spent time researching, sharing and brainstorming strategies to improve outcomes in Southeast Michigan. This effort has been incredibly collaborative; talent is the one thing that brings us all together.

    We’ve come up with hundreds of ideas and we’re spending the next month narrowing and prioritizing based on research, focus groups, user testing and best practices. To start, we’re launching an online talent platform, but that sounds way more boring than what it is. Everything we do has to be talent-focused – focused on people. We know that to get people to stay, they need to be in love with their community, their friends and family, their job, and the future opportunities they dream about every day. That’s what we’re striving to do.

    But we need your help.

    Over the next few weeks, I’ll share highlights from our research and gear up to our soft launch this fall. I’ll also make specific asks of you and your organizations so that we can make this a real, impactful and engaging initiative that benefits everyone in our region.

    This goal is personal to me and I hope it’s personal for you, too. Maybe we can convince our siblings and friends to come back. Maybe we can improve ours and our neighbors’ quality of life by investing differently in our communities. Maybe we can boost our annual incomes by $1,100 just by keeping more college graduates here.

    There’s much more to come but if you want to get the conversation going now, feel free to reach out at scraft@detroitchamber.com. And if you haven’t already, please share your experiences and ideas by taking our Southeast Michigan Talent Retention and Attraction Survey.

    Sarah Craft is a program associate for Detroit Drives Degrees.