Dickinson Wright Receives Top Rankings by Chambers USA Guide, 27 Attorneys in Michigan Recognized as Leaders in their Fields

DETROIT, Mich., April 25, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession, has ranked seven of the firm’s practices in Michigan and 27 of the firm’s Michigan attorneys in the 2019 Chambers USA Guide.

London-based publisher Chambers & Partners conduct research into the strengths and reputations of U.S. law firms by state, through in-depth interviews with peers and competing firm attorneys, in-house counsel and significant purchasers of legal services.

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright practices that are listed in Chambers USA 2019:

Banking & Finance
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Litigation: General Commercial
Real Estate

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright attorneys who are listed in Chambers USA 2019:

Banking and Finance
Craig W. Hammond, Troy
Colleen M. Shevnock, Ann Arbor
William P. Shield, Jr., Detroit
Rachel Wolock, Detroit

Banking and Finance: Bankruptcy
Steven G. Howell, Detroit
James A. Plemmons, Detroit
Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, Detroit

Richard M. Bolton, Detroit
Mark R. High, Detroit
Andrew W. MacLeod, Detroit
Michael T. Raymond, Troy

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Roberta P. Granadier, Troy
Cynthia A. Moore, Troy
Jordan Schreier, Ann Arbor

General Commercial Litigation
Thomas G. McNeill, Detroit
Edward H. Pappas, Troy
Daniel D. Quick, Troy

Intellectual Property
John S. Artz, Troy
William H. Honaker, Troy
Richard A. Jones, Troy
John C. Nishi, Ann Arbor

Labor & Employment
Timothy H. Howlett, Detroit

Real Estate Law
John G. Cameron, Jr., Grand Rapids
James N. Candler, Jr., Detroit
Stephen E. Dawson, Troy
Monica J. Labe, Troy
Katheryne L. Zelenock, Troy

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 is available online here.

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.

HELLA further expanding presence in USA

  • New 115,000 square-foot building will have modern design and collaborative open workspaces
  • Building will be flexible to adapt to future marketplace demands

Plymouth, Mich., Dec. 18, 2017. The lighting and electronics expert HELLA reinforces its presence in the USA. The automotive supplier will open a new administrative and technical center in Northville, Michigan, at the beginning of 2019. The new, modernized facility will be at least 115,000 square-feet and will address the company’s continued growth as well as provide flexibility to adapt to dynamic marketplace shifts in the coming years. Official groundbreaking was in November 2017.

HELLA’s U.S. headquarters and technical center will replace its existing U.S. headquarters in Plymouth Township approximately three miles away. Within the next two years, the number of employees there is expected to expand from currently 350 to approximately 400. The focus of activities is on developing electronics products and lighting technology solutions. The location also houses company functions, such as purchasing, sales, information management as well as finance and controlling for the North American region.

“With the new location, we will create an important foundation for further pursuing our growth path in the North American market,” says Steve Lietaert, President of HELLA Corporate Center USA. “We will have more space for required additional resources while also being able to further optimize the work environment for our employees.” The new location will implement a flexible and open office concept with modern office equipment, project rooms, meeting areas, lounge and cafeteria sections as well as fitness activities for employees. To bring the project to fruition, HELLA has partnered with Michigan-based REDICO as the developer, Biddison Architecture + Design and Amson Development.

Note to Editors:
This text and corresponding photo materials can also be found in HELLA’s press database at www.hella.com/press

HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA, Lippstadt: HELLA is a global, family-owned company, listed on the stock exchange, with around 38,000 employees at over 125 locations in some 35 countries. The HELLA Group develops and manufactures products for lighting technology and electronics for the automotive industry and also has one of the largest retail organizations for automotive parts, accessories, diagnostics, and services within Europe. With nearly 7,000 people working in research and development, HELLA is one of the most important innovation drivers on the market. Furthermore, with sales of 6.6 billion euros in the fiscal year of 2016/2017, the HELLA Group is one of the top 40 automotive parts suppliers in the world and one of the 100 largest German industrial companies.

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Markus Richter

Company spokesman


Rixbecker Strasse 75

59552 Lippstadt


Phone: +49 (0)2941 38-7545

Fax: +49 (0)2941 38-477545




Tanner Friedman Honored with 2019 International Hermes Creative Awards

Farmington Hills, Mich. (April 24, 2019) – The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) has awarded Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications two international 2019 Hermes Creative Awards for its successful communications campaigns. The team earned a strategic program platinum award and a video gold award in their respective categories.

Based on the evaluation of AMCP judges, Tanner Friedman’s entries earned the following awards:

  • Platinum – Gleaners Community Food Bank collaborative campaign supporting Gleaners’ urgent need for volunteers over the winter
  • Gold – Realcomp Super REALTOR® video, encouraging Realcomp subscribers to adopt new lock box technology

The Hermes Creative Awards honors communications work in more than two hundred categories, distributed under the headings: Print Media, Public Relations/Communications and Electronic/ Social/Interactive Media. In addition to strategic tactics like advertising, publications, websites and videos, categories also include strategic campaigns and media placements.

Consisting of several thousand creative professionals who contribute their unique talents to public service and charitable organizations, the AMCP administers and judges the Hermes Creative Awards and has reviewed more than 200,000 entries from over 100 countries since its formation in 1994.


Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging technology. Administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, Hermes Creative Awards recognizes work of companies and individuals whose talent sets standards for excellence.


Tanner Friedman is a strategic communications firm specializing in helping clients tell their stories through the development and implementation of innovative, targeted and multi-platform initiatives. Tanner Friedman is located at 30600 Northwestern Highway, Suite 403, in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit tannerfriedman.com or connect on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

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Contact: Don Tanner or Matt Friedman

(248) 626-0006


Announcing the 2019 Mackinac Future Leaders, Powered by Bank of America

The Detroit Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the 2019 Mackinac Future Leaders, powered by Bank of America. The program provides a select group of forward-thinking individuals representing a diverse set of business and community organizations across Southeast Michigan an opportunity to attend the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference. Attendees are able to participate in all Conference programming while also enjoying a fully immersive experience tailored specifically toward cultivating their professional growth.

Mackinac Future Leaders are entrepreneurs and rising professionals who are making a significant contribution or working to solve problems in their business, industry, or community. Participants are nominated by their peers, community leaders, and members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

For more information on the Mackinac Future Leaders program, contact Devon O’Reilly, director of entrepreneurship and PlanetM Landing Zone for the Detroit Regional Chamber, at doreilly@detroitchamber.com.

2019 Mackinac Future Leaders

Sirene Abou-Chakra
Deputy Chief Development Officer
City of Detroit

Nicole Bates
Deputy Director, Workforce Development
City of Detroit

Megan Blue
Health Policy Analyst
Beaumont Health

Charity Dean
Director, Department of Civil Rights Inclusion and Opportunity
City of Detroit

Lauren Hoffman
Venture Community Liaison
Rock Ventures LLC

Arielle Johnson
Founder and CEO
Fierce Staffing & Consulting

Dr. Ashley Johnson
Executive Director
Detroit College Access Network

Matthew Jozefczyk
Operations Project Leader
DTE Energy

Anil Kapoor Jr.
Director, National Merrill Performance Manager
Bank of America

Linda Little
President and CEO
Neighborhood Service Organization

Paul Mack
Executive Director
Detroit Experience Factory

Stacey Matlen
Senior Mobility Strategist, Office of Mobility Innovation
City of Detroit

Brian McKinney
Founder and CEO
Gayanga Co.

Angie Perkins
Treasury Management Officer
PNC Bank

John Paul Rea
Executive Director, Planning and Economic Development
Macomb County

Justin Remington
Vice President
Remington Group LLC

Gabe Rodriguez-Garriga
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Partnerships
Detroit Regional Partnership

Matthew Roling
Interim Accounting Department Chair
Wayne State University

Max Schmidt
1701 Bespoke, Commonwealth Sewing Co. 

Sarida Scott
Executive Director
Community Development Advocates of Detroit

Courtney Smith
Founder and Executive Director
Detroit Phoenix Center

Kevin Smith
Project Leader
Boston Consulting Group

Paul Thomas, M.D.
Plum Health DPC

Kelly Benedetti Walsh
Michigan Marketing Leader

Tonie Wells
Lambert & Associates

Michael Alan Williams
Special Assistant to the President
The Kresge Foundation

Richard Wolney
Vice President, Investment and Finance
Bedrock Detroit

Regional Leaders Share Strategies for Saving on Health Care Costs

“To save on health care costs, the first step is to educate employees on how to use it, when to use it, and why to use it,” said Daniel B. Russell Sr., president of Chorus HR Group at the Middle Market Forum on Managing Health Care Costs.

At this Detroit Regional Chamber event on April 17 at the Detroit Golf Club, a keynote speaker and panel of diverse leaders shared insights with regional business leaders on how to save on inflating health care costs.

Atheer Kaddis, vice president of pharmacy services for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan delivered a keynote discussion on trends in the pharmacy market. He focused on some strategies employers and providers can use to save on increasing prescription drug expenditures.

A few examples Kaddis provided include using biosimilars, an almost identical copy of a drug produced by a different company and often available at a lower cost, instead of name brand drugs. Kaddis did advise, however, that the use of biosimilars does require physician involvement before a prescription can be written.

Following this keynote presentation, a panel of experts representing diverse viewpoints on health care provided their tips for saving on health care costs.

Joining the panel was Michelle Costa, regional HR director of North/South America for SMR Automotive Systems USA Inc.; Dr. Stephenie Lucas, medical director of the Diabetes Treatment Center; and Daniel B. Russell Sr., president of Chorus HR Group. This panel was moderated by Bob Riney, president of healthcare operations and chief operating officer of Henry Ford Health Systems.

Key strategies that were shared during this discussion:

  • Get in front of your employees and have discussions with them on their benefits. If they don’t know what benefits are available to them, they won’t use them.
  • Develop innovative approaches for your company that show that you truly stand behind supporting a healthy workplace. For example, Henry Ford Health Systems provides support to current employees who smoke to help them quit.
  • Be transparent with your employees about the costs you accumulate managing their health care.
  • Educate employees on virtual care as an easier, faster option for receiving care on certain conditions. Riney shared that when patients can schedule their own appointments, there is less than a 1% no-show rate, versus a 20-30% no-show rate when a doctor schedules an appointment for patients.
  • Empower patients to take their health into their own hands. Connect employees with organizations or spaces in the community where they can receive the support they need.
  • Live the healthy lifestyle you are encouraging your employees to live. Encourage standing or walking meetings and provide healthy snacks to employees.

Watch the full video of the event or get additional tips for developing a healthy workplace by subscribing to Wellness Works.

Personal Workplace Wellness Challenge Winner Selected

Congratulations to Angelica Jessup of Oakland University for winning Wellness Works’ Personal Workplace Wellness Challenge. As the winner, Jessup will receive a Fitbit Versa and be featured on the Wellness Works website.

To win the Challenge, Jessup had to answer the question “How do you encourage healthy behavior in the workplace?” Jessup said that she has an accountability partner in her office. She and her partner hold each other accountable by asking each other about workout plans and occasionally exercising together. She also keeps gym clothes in her office for workouts or lunch time walks throughout the week.

Jessup also participates in Oakland University’s Poker Walk every year. The Poker Walk is a fun 1.5-mile walk celebrating National Employee Health and Fitness Day alongside Oakland University’s Heart Walk Initiatives put on by Oakland University’s Recreation and Well-being initiative. For this event, departments are encouraged to come up with a team name and creative costumes to wear during the walk.

Jessup and her team dressed up as budget trolls for the Poker Walk this year.

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Detroit Promise Path Boosts Full-Time Enrollment, Persistence, and Credit Accumulation by Detroit Community College Students

The first-year effects are among the largest seen in higher ed evaluation research
(Detroit, April 24, 2019) — A study conducted by MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research firm, shows that the Detroit Promise Path increases the likelihood that students will enroll full time, persist in school, attend summer sessions, and earn more credits. The Detroit Promise Path is a program put in place by the Detroit Regional Chamber in partnership with MDRC that adds evidence-based college support services to the promise scholarship model. The study was released at the Michigan College Promise Symposium, a gathering of business, education and government leaders.

The Detroit Promise Path provides students with campus coaches and financial stipends to help them both successfully enroll in college and persist beyond the first semester. Results from MDRC’s rigorous random assignment evaluation show that Detroit Promise Path has particularly strong effects in the first year. For example:

  • Student participants were 8.1 percentage points more likely to enroll in their second semester than students who received the scholarship but did not participate in the Path program (62.7% vs. 54.6%) — and 10.3 percentage points more likely to enroll full time (32.9% vs. 22.6%).
  •  Student participants were nearly three times more likely to enroll in the summer session their first year (20.5% vs. 7.0%). Research has shown that students who enroll in summer courses are more likely to persist and graduate.
  • Perhaps most notably, students were nearly twice as likely to complete 24 or more credits their first year (10.8% vs. 5.6%), an important marker of being on a successful path to completion.
  • Students reported positive experiences in the program, especially in their relationships with their coaches.

“The effects of the Detroit Promise Path on persistence and full-time enrollment in the second semester are among the largest we’ve seen in rigorous tests of higher education interventions,” said Alexander Mayer, deputy director of postsecondary education at MDRC, who presented the results at the Michigan College Promise Symposium. “It’s good news for the larger College Promise field, and we look forward to learning whether these results persist and eventually translate into higher graduation rates for Detroit Promise Path students overall.”

Although it is too early to reach a conclusion about the effects in the second year of the study, the early findings are encouraging. Based on data from the first group of enrollees in Detroit Promise Path, second-year findings are positive, but not all are statistically significant and the effect on credits earned is smaller.

“Providing Detroit high schools students access to college is one part of a solution to ensuring student success. It is equally important to understand and address the barriers students in order to help them persist in college,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “The MDRC results on the program are promising, and we look forward to continuing to remove barriers to education for Detroiters.”

“We at the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation (MEEF) are thrilled at the results of the evaluation of the Detroit Promise Program. Our goal from the beginning is to ensure that every student has the opportunity for a postsecondary education and for the support needed for success. Working with our partner funders like the Kellogg Foundation and others, we’re pleased their investment has yielded this kind of success and that the program has quickly become a national model,” said Peter Remington, president of Michigan Education Excellence Foundation.

“We know that access to quality higher education is a critical pathway for economic mobility. The Detroit Promise Path program demonstrates that an evidence-based approach can lead to improved student outcomes, and open more opportunities for more Americans,” said Michele Jolin, CEO, and co-founder of Results for America, a national nonprofit that helps decision-makers at all levels of government harness the power of evidence and data to solve problems.

The study was unveiled and discussed during the National College Promise Symposium at the Detroit Regional Chamber in partnership with the College Promise Campaign, The Kresge Foundation and United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

“Michigan is a leader in college promise programs, and it again has provided valuable insights. Our national partners will be examining this research to better understand how we can all create more support that can bolster student persistence and completion. Closing the guidance gap is key to creating a college-going culture,” says Martha Kanter, executive director, College Promise Campaign. The nonprofit, nonpartisan campaign reports that supporters have started over 300 college promise programs in 44 states, with over 20 states having statewide promise programs.

“MDRC’s analysis of the Detroit Promise Path provides critical proof points demonstrating that well-targeted student supports alongside reduced financial barriers are at the heart of improving student outcomes,” said Bill Moses, managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s Education Program. “Student success is central to our mission at Kresge and we are proud to support research that illuminates effective methods of helping more students from low-income households and students of color succeed in college.”

“A postsecondary degree can be a game changer for young people and their families,” said Dr. Darienne Driver Hudson, president and CEO, United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “It is critical that our high-school-focused investments in College and Career Pathways serve as a bridge to postsecondary opportunities. As this report demonstrates, access to wraparound supports are integral to ensuring children are equipped to compete in today’s global economy.”

The new report, A Path from Access to Success: Interim Findings from the Detroit Promise Path Evaluation, is available on MDRC’s website. MDRC also released a report from its College Promise Success Initiative describing ways in which promise programs have designed and implemented similar student support components to boost student success. The report points to several tools on MDRC’s website that promise programs around the nation can use to improve their own offerings to students.

The Detroit Promise Path program and evaluation are primarily funded by the Michigan Education Excellence Foundation, with additional support from W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Ford Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and The Kresge Foundation. The Detroit Promise Path evaluation is affiliated with MDRC’s College Promise Success Initiative, which is funded by Ascendium Education Group.

View or download the full study.

• John Hutchins, MDRC, 212-340-8604, john.hutchins@mdrc.org
• Kelly Weatherwax, Detroit Regional Chamber, 313-596-0360, kweatherwax@detroitchamber.com

Three Dynamic Speakers to Deliver Mackinac Moments at #MPC19

Steven Kiefer to Talk Distracted Driving Legislation








Steven Kiefer, senior vice president of global purchasing and supply chain for General Motors Co. will deliver a Mackinac Moment during the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference. His session falls under the Conference pillar of “Grow Michigan.” Mackinac Moments are sponsored by PNC Bank.

In conjunction with his role at General Motors Co., Kiefer is the founder of The Kiefer Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to end distracted driving and all associated traffic deaths and injuries. In 2016, Kiefer’s son Mitchel Kiefer was tragically killed in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver. The Kiefer Foundation was established to end distracted driving through awareness, policy, and technology.

Ari Weinzweig to Share His Passion for Michigan








Ari Weinzweig, co-founding partner of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, co-founded Zingerman’s Delicatessen in 1982 with a $20,000 bank loan, two-person staff, and small selection of specialty foods. Today, Ann Arbor-based Zingerman’s is a broad community of businesses, employing more than 500 people.

During his Mackinac Moment, Weinzweig will share his entrepreneurship journey and love for Michigan-made products. His session falls under the Conference pillars of “Grow Michigan” and “Love Michigan.”

Alisyn Malek to Deliver Mackinac Moment on Next-Generation Mobility








Alisyn Malek, chief operating officer and co-founder of May Mobility will also deliver a Mackinac Moment at the Conference.

Malek, an engineer and entrepreneur, co-founded May Mobility, an Ann Arbor-based startup transforming transportation through self-driving vehicles and other services. She will bring a unique perspective to the table, discussing how the automotive and technology industries can converge to foster next-generation mobility.

Flashpoint 4/21/19: Celebrating two decades on air with a look at show’s most memorable moments

April 19, 2019

Click On Detroit

Devin Scillian 


In 2004, Devin Scillian and Emery King hosted a special primetime edition of Flashpoint on race issues in southeast Michigan.

Recorded during a session at the Mackinac Policy Conference, the original show was full of candid admissions and honest conversation about a variety of ways in which people experience race.

The 2004 show also contained clips from a frank conversation on race during a dinner party hosted by Walbridge CEO John Rakolta.

During the course of the discussion, many participants came to new realizations about their personal experiences regarding race.

Roundtable guests on this week’s Flashpoint continued the conversation, discussing what has changed regarding race over the intervening 15 years, including how race factors into regional challenges like transit and housing.

Watch the episode here

MICHauto Investors Gather in Lansing for Annual Meetings with Legislators

“Meeting with legislators is crucial to ensuring that policymakers understand the industry’s issues, opportunities, and our collective economic impact,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

On Tuesday, April 16, the Chamber’s MICHauto initiative gathered executives from 25 automotive companies to meet with 25 legislators in Lansing for the 2019 Automobility Day at the Capitol. Automotive experts and executives discussed the industry’s impact with legislators including MICHauto’s 2019 policy priorities. This year’s priorities focus on the further development of talent, technology, and trade as the key drivers of progress.

“The MICHauto policy priorities were created with the automotive industry and represent their thoughts on what we need to focus on to ensure future economic success,” Stevens said.

MICHauto values the opportunity to foster collaboration between industry leaders and the state government, which will ultimately strengthen Michigan’s economy and reinforce its standing as the automotive capital of the world. Many individuals contribute to this shared effort, and each year MICHauto recognizes one of them for their commitment to supporting the automotive and mobility industry in Michigan.

This year, MICHauto named Rep. Rebekah Warren Legislator of the Year for her dedication to driving next-generation vehicle R&D, her sponsorship and creation of the framework to allow the establishment of the American Center for Mobility, and her appointment on the Michigan Council on Future Mobility.

The sixth annual Automobility Day at the Capitol highlighted how a strong partnership with Michigan’s political leadership will continue to promote a promising future for the state’s automotive and mobility industry.