Plunkett Cooney continues to expand transportation group

Plunkett Cooney, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the Midwest, continued the growth of its Transportation Law Practice Group with the recent addition of attorney Michael C. Dennis.

Dennis is an associate in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office who concentrates his practice on the defense of insurers, corporations and individuals in a broad range of civil litigation matters.

While previously serving as in-house counsel for a Fortune 1000 property and casualty insurance company, Dennis developed expertise with first-party no-fault and third-party automobile negligence litigation, insurance coverage disputes and subrogation claims. He also has extensive experience defending personal injury, premises, product and general liability cases throughout Michigan.

Dennis received his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2011. While there, he received awards for outstanding achievement in trial practice and served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Judge Joseph A. Costello Jr. He also clerked for the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office.

Plunkett Cooney’s Transportation Law Practice Group includes the talents of more than 20 attorneys across the states of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Group members provide an array of litigation and risk management services, including particular expertise in the areas of trucking liability, first- and third-party auto liability, cross-border claims with Canada, fraud investigation services and emergency accident response.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 150 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. The firm was also recently selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Dennis joining Plunkett Cooney’s Transportation Law Practice Group, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Practice Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or

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New Program Seeks to Improve Public Education with Help from Business Leaders

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New Program Seeks to Improve Public Education with Help from Business Leaders

February 8, 2019, Detroit, Mich. – To identify and prepare local leaders to serve on the governing boards of Southeast Michigan public charter schools, the Detroit Regional Chamber has partnered with Central Michigan University (CMU) and Grand Valley State University (GVSU) to create the Detroit Board Leadership Program.

The board leadership program aims to connect business leaders who have the right mix of skills and a desire to help Detroit’s kids succeed academically, with open seats on public charter school boards.

“The goal of the Detroit Board Leadership Program is to be intentional about improving the quality of these public charter school boards, and we are seeking leaders who have a passion for education who can be ambassadors for a school’s accomplishments and challenges,” said Dan Piepszowski, senior director of Community Leadership Development for the Chamber.

Public charter schools educate approximately 80,000 children in Southeast Michigan and are responsible for $730 million in state and federal funds. Unlike school districts, whose board members are elected, public charter schools are governed by volunteers who are publicly appointed to their position by the board of trustees of the authorizing body that has chartered their school. Each board member is vetted to ensure that they are free from conflicts of interest and will govern in the best interest of the students their school serves. Their actions are overseen by their school’s authorizing body.

CMU and GVSU, the largest public charter school authorizing bodies in the state, collectively authorize more than 43 percent of the public charter schools in southeast Michigan.

“Great public charter schools all have one thing in common: They are governed by effective boards that operate with integrity, focus on community and, most importantly, are committed to academic excellence,” said Rob Kimball, associate vice president for charter schools at GVSU.

“We’re excited to partner with the Chamber on the Detroit Board Leadership Program. It is an innovative way to connect the exceptional skills of the region’s business leaders to schools in a role where they can have an immediate impact on kids and families in their very own neighborhoods.”

In addition to providing ongoing training and leadership for potential board members, the program is designed to create a pipeline for those who are prepared to fill the vacancies that can occur on public charter school boards.

“These individuals play a vital role in addressing educational inequities and making key decisions that will determine educational outcomes for thousands of children,” said Corey Northrop, interim executive director for CMU’s Center for Charter Schools. “When a vacancy occurs, that particular school and board are serving with one less leader, so the cultivation process and development of a direct channel to have potential board members ready, and waiting to serve, is a real game-changer.”

The comprehensive training provides interested board applicants a deep-dive into board governance and responsibilities; a broad understanding of the current education landscape; insight into how public charter school boards work with their school authorizers and operators, and; the importance and value of boards being connected to the communities that they serve.

Leaders who complete the training will be introduced to local public charter school boards that are seeking new members and will receive support in advancing through the public appointment process necessary to be considered to serve on that board.

Interested candidates can apply by visiting

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About Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

About The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University

CMU is a state and national leader in the charter public school movement, with over 20 years of experience launching, supporting and overseeing charter public schools. CMU created The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools to support the schools it charters. The University currently authorizes 58 schools serving more than 28,000 students throughout the state.

About Grand Valley State University

GVSU currently authorizes 78 K-12 charter public schools that serve more than 36,000 Michigan children. GVSU’s schools are diverse and innovative in their programming as each are designed to meet the unique needs of the communities and families that they serve.

Daniel Howes

Howes, Daniel-editDaniel Howes is the columnist and associate business editor of The Detroit News. Prior to that, Howes served as the News’ European correspondent and automotive columnist, as well as senior automotive writer and an investigative and projects reporter. He is the recipient of numerous awards including multiple International Wheel awards for column writing, and a four-time winner of Northwestern University’s Medill award for general markets coverage. He is a regular contributor on NewsTalk 760 WJR in Detroit and Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor.

Foster Swift Elects New Shareholders

Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C. attorneys Matthew S. Fedor, Clifford L. Hammond, Ryan E. Lamb and John W. Mashni have been elected as shareholders of the firm.

Fedor practices in in the areas of business law, estate planning, probate, trust and estate administration and elder law matters; writing content for the firm’s elder law blog at He provides legal counsel to small business owners on general corporate matters and business succession planning, and assists families with elder law matters including estate planning. Fedor practices in the firm’s Southfield office.

Hammond focuses on employment and labor law counsel and litigation in both the Lansing and Southfield offices. He has extensive experience in collective bargaining, employment litigation, and dispute resolution among other labor and employment matters and regularly conducts seminars to national and local business groups.

Lamb primarily practices business and tax law, immigration, estate planning, and real estate law from the firm’s Holland and Grand Rapids offices. With a background in finance, he has extensive experience counseling businesses of all sizes and stages of growth. Lamb also serves as the leader of Foster Swift’s Immigration Practice Group.

Mashni practices in the areas of business, tax, and intellectual property, and has a strong focus in the areas of nonprofits, cybersecurity, technology, and entertainment. As a former entrepreneur, business owner, and manager, John has a deep understanding of the decisions that entrepreneurs and business owners face. His legal skill, paired with his understanding of entrepreneurship, provides him with invaluable insight to assist clients.

Walsh Named Silver-Level Military Friendly® School

TROY, Mich., Feb. 5, 2019 – Walsh has been named a 2019-2020 Silver-level Military-Friendly® School by VIQTORY, a Pittsburgh-based, veteran-owned organization dedicated to connecting the military community to civilian opportunity. Of the more than 8,800 school evaluated nationwide, Walsh is one of 19 schools in Michigan to be named a Military-Friendly® School and only one of four schools in Michigan to earn the Silver distinction. Schools were assessed based on their ability to meet threshold for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence and loan default rates for all students and specifically veteran students.

“Veterans represent an important talent pool for our state,” said Dr. Michael Rinkus, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Walsh and U.S. Army veteran. “About 7.5 percent of Michigan adults are military veterans, according to the last U.S. Census. Our goal at Walsh is to provide personal, dedicated support to veterans so they have a clear pathway from education to successful careers.”

Walsh is committed to helping veterans transition from military service to a college degree to successful career. The college waives the application fee for veterans and offers personalized assistance to help with education benefits. Walsh has licensed professional counselors on staff to assist during the transition process as well as a student organization for veterans that is sponsored by veteran faculty.

“The hard work and sacrifice you put in for this country make you incredibly deserving of an education,” said Kyle Richardson, a 2017 Walsh accounting alumnus who served in the military. “Many veterans believe there is not enough time, they have to go back to work full-time after starting a life based on full-time military pay, or they do not know how to utilize their benefits. Walsh helps you with all these areas to ensure you are set up for success.”

While at Walsh, veterans have access to veteran-specific scholarships, extended payment due dates for GI Bill® users and personalized help with education benefits. Walsh’s Troy location also has a dedicated space for veterans.

Walsh was also awarded Gold-level status as a Veteran-Friendly School for the third consecutive year by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency in December 2018 and was named a 2018 Top College for Military Personnel by Military Advanced Education, a journal of higher learning for service members.

To learn more about Walsh’s veteran services, visit


Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (

UHY Advisors Appoints Five New Managing Directors, Four from Michigan Practice

UHY Advisors Michigan, Inc., announced the appointment of four new managing directors: Michelle Felmlee, Brent Jones, Chad Kime and Todd Tigges. A fifth person from Missouri also made managing director, Jill Starrs.

Additionally, UHY Advisors Michigan, Inc. promoted 73 other employees, including five principals: Kevin Burns, Cory McNeley, Andrew Molokac, Stephanie Rosenbaum and Jeff Solis.

The firm’s Michigan practice is the fifth largest accounting firm in southeast Michigan with over 400 employees.

Michelle Felmlee is a managing director of UHY Advisors MI, Inc. and partner of UHY LLP. Felmlee specializes in providing audit and review services for both public and privately owned companies, including reporting on internal controls. She is responsible for implementing new accounting standards and appropriate application of GAAP and SEC reporting requirements across a diverse client base. Felmlee received her B.B.A. in Accounting from Western Michigan University and M.B.A. from Walsh College. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Michigan.

Brent Jones is a managing director of UHY Advisors MI, Inc. and partner of UHY LLP. Jones built his practice in serving the manufacturing, franchise and transportation industries. He works closely with business owners to protect their assets and is also instrumental in the development and implementation of strategic turnaround plans and securing financing for growth and buy/sell opportunities. Jones performs year-end tax planning, tax compliance, financial statement, audit preparation and reviews and compilation services. He received his B.A. in Accounting from Michigan State University and M.B.A. in Tax from Wayne State University. Jones is a licensed CPA in the state of Michigan.

Chad Kime is a managing director of UHY Advisors MI, Inc. and partner of UHY LLP. Kime is a leading member of the Enterprise Business Services team where he provides financial reporting, tax and advisory services to his clients. He creates innovative business plans for business owners, implements estate and succession plans that allow for flexibility and maximize wealth retention, and assists business owners throughout the process of a purchase, sale or merger. Kime specializes in freeing capital to allow businesses to meet growth strategies and financial and business management strategies with an emphasis on turnaround and strategic planning. He received his B.S. in Accounting from Northwood University and is a licensed CPA in the state of Michigan.

Todd Tigges is a managing director of UHY Advisors MI, Inc. and partner of UHY LLP. Tigges possesses extensive knowledge related to tax compliance issues, federal, state and local tax planning, and works with clients that have multiple related entities, all structured to minimize tax liability and preserve wealth. He serves middle-market clients in a wide range of industries with an emphasis on staffing, health care and real estate companies. Tigges was instrumental in addressing concerns surrounding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and he serves as the firm’s resident authority for matters concerning the Affordable Care Act. He received his B.A. in Accounting from Western Michigan University and is a licensed CPA in the states of Michigan and Ohio.

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About UHY Advisors
UHY Advisors provides tax and advisory services to entrepreneurial and other organizations, principally those enterprises in the dynamic middle market. UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm, provides audit and other attest services to publicly traded, privately owned and nonprofit organizations in a number of industry sectors. UHY Advisors, operating in an alternative practice structure with UHY LLP, forms one of the largest professional services firms in the US. While that scale might provide confidence for some clients, others tell us our greatest value is the way we bring these resources to bear to help address today’s evolving business challenges. It’s a philosophy we call “The Next Level of Service”. To learn more visit

All of the above entities are members of Urbach Hacker Young International Limited (“UHYI”), a worldwide network of independent professional services firms that provide audit, tax and advisory services around the globe. UHYI is ranked among the top international accountancy networks and a proud member in good standing of the Forum of Firms. Collectively, the US operating entities (UHY Advisors and UHY LLP) are the largest independent members of UHYI with significant participation, bringing the power of the international network to serve the individualized needs of US clients.

UHY Advisors, Inc. provides tax and business consulting services through wholly owned subsidiary entities that operate under the name of “UHY Advisors.” UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities. UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities are not licensed CPA firms. UHY Advisors, Inc. and UHY LLP are US members of UHYI, a UK company, and form part of the international UHYI network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. “UHY” is the brand name for the UHYI international network. Any services described herein are provided by UHY Advisors, Inc. and/or UHY LLP (as the case may be) and not by UHYI or any other member firm of UHYI. Neither UHYI nor any member of UHYI has any liability for services provided by other members.

Former U.S. Rep. David Trott Receives Honorary Doctorate From Walsh


Sharon Stanton
Communications Specialist

TROY, Mich., Feb. 1, 2019—David Trott, Former U.S. Representative for Michigan’s Eleventh Congressional District, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws and delivered the keynote address to 345 graduates, their families and friends at Walsh’s 112th commencement ceremony on Jan. 26 at Zion Christian Church in Troy, Michigan.

Trott shared his top ten lessons from 30 years in business and politics, including, “be confident but humble”, “confront your deficiencies” and “call your mother every Sunday.” He also spoke about the importance of compromise and forbearance. “Reagan was the standard in compromise,” said Trott. “He had very little in common with Speaker O’Neil, but every week they met for lunch, and through a series of compromises, got a lot done for our country.”

Distinguished Alumni Alan C. Young (Walsh ’85) also addressed the audience. Young holds a Master of Taxation from Walsh and is the founder, managing director and CEO of Alan C. Young & Associates, one of the top 25 largest CPA firms in metro Detroit according to Crain’s Detroit Business, and one of the largest minority-owned firms in Michigan. Young received the Distinguished Alumni Award in October 2018 at Walsh’s annual Leadership Awards Dinner.

Student speaker Elizabeth Bond DePaoli, Master of Science in Finance graduate, also shared her Walsh story with the audience.

Walsh’s 112th Commencement class included 345 graduates, ages 19 to 68, from eight countries. Several graduates were U.S. veterans, and five individuals were recognized for achieving a cumulative 4.0 grade point average. They join a network of nearly 29,000 alumni, 85 percent of whom live and work in Michigan.

Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Our nationally ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit
Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (

Attorney Daniel Quick Elected to the Council of the ABA’s Section of Litigation

TROY, Mich., February 4, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Daniel Quick has been elected to the governing Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. In this capacity, he will help establish policy and guide the Section, one of the ABA’s largest and most active groups, and the premier organization for trial lawyers in the United States.

“It’s an honor to be able to share my expertise and devotion to this profession and help this important institution,” says Mr. Quick. “The ABA provides strong leadership on issues ranging from protecting the rule of law to stopping human trafficking. I look forward to helping any way I can to extend, expand and improve upon those good works.”

The election is the culmination of Mr. Quick’s years of involvement with the ABA. During that time, he has chaired the Trial Practice Committee and the Intellectual Property Litigation Committee; served as a member of the Federal Practice Task Force; written for the esteemed Litigation magazine; and served as a regional chair for the ABA’s Federal Rules Roadshow program.

The ABA’s Section of Litigation often is at the center of the latest legal trends and debates. The section has funded pro bono projects, training lawyers from Darfur, and championed children’s rights while performing cutting-edge research on legal trends facing our justice system and the legal profession. To learn more about the ABA’s Section of Litigation, please click here.

Mr. Quick is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. He is a commercial litigation trial attorney who specializes in business torts (including minority shareholder and “business divorce disputes”, trade secrets, and noncompetes) and all facets of intellectual property litigation. Mr. Quick is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, and DBusiness. Mr. Quick also serves on the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan and is the current president-elect of the Oakland County Bar Association. Mr. Quick received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Michigan.

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.