Let’s Detroit: A New Way For Young Talent to Connect With the Community and Each Other

Provide the young professionals on your team a new way to connect with their community and each other. Let’s Detroit, the Chamber’s talent attraction initiative is recruiting ambassadors to help connect recent college graduates to the region, which will strengthen the talent pool for employers.

What is a Let’s Detroit Ambassador?

Ambassadors make the Let’s Detroit strategy unique. By authentically promoting the region, ambassadors answer questions and share insights on their career, things to do, and favorite places to eat and drink. As an Ambassador for Let’s Detroit, individuals have new opportunities to connect with young and seasoned professionals throughout the region.

Eastern Market After Dark

For the second year, Let’s Detroit will participate in Eastern Market After Dark, a millennial-centric event happening September 19. . Let’s Detroit will host a lounge in Eastern Market Shed 2 featuring a life-size collage for attendees to submit their favorite things to do in the region. Ambassadors will also be in attendance to answer questions and share more about Let’s Detroit and how to get involved.

Young professionals looking to get more involved in the community and share experiences can learn more about becoming an Ambassador by filling out the form below.

Member of the Month: Detroit Vineyards Invests in the Community Through Educational Programming and Hosting Events

Editor’s note: The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Member of the Month designation recognizes a Chamber member working to improve their community in Southeast Michigan or grow the regional economy in alignment with the Chamber’s programs or policy agenda.

Detroit Vineyards was named the Detroit Regional Chamber’s member of the month for August because of their partnerships with local nonprofits, like The Greening of Detroit and Avalon Village, that create community spaces and educate Detroit residents around horticulture and grape harvesting. They currently operate a prototype space on Mack and Beaconsfield in the Morningside community.

Thomas Roberes, community affairs coordinator at Detroit Vineyards, mentioned that his organization makes an effort to do more projects in the communities in Detroit that don’t normally get press or publicity.

“We really want to involve residents in the process,” Roberes said. “By 2023, we expect to operate one of the largest urban vineyards in the world right in the Morningside community in Detroit. Our plan is to build the foundation for the space and then step back and allow the residents to take over.”

The vineyards started as an idea between two people with a love for horticulture and Detroit. Blake Kownacki and Thomas Roberes met in 2014 when Kownacki was developing a much smaller-scale vineyard in Detroit. The two found a real connection in wanting to give back to Southeast Michigan, where they both were born. They began working on small batch wine, and eventually their endeavors grew into the newly opened Detroit Vineyards near Eastern Market.

Detroit Vineyards’ brick-and-mortar space houses a full display of wines and meads. The space can be used as an event or meeting space by local businesses. They also host “Lyrics and Libations” on Wednesday nights for local poets and musicians as well as ballroom dancing classes open to the public every Tuesday night.

“We opened this space to be used by Detroit residents,” Roberes said. “Please contact the winery for reservations or visit our website for more information.”

What “Medicare for All” Means for Employers and Patients

Get the Facts on “Medicare for All”

When it comes to health care, the Detroit Regional Chamber believes businesses and individuals should have access to options. Quality, affordable, and convenient health care is key to ensuring the wellness and productivity of employees. As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, many candidates are discussing their opinion on “Medicare for All.”

 

What You Need to Know

Employees currently have more choice and control than anywhere else in the world when it comes to coverage, doctors, and treatments. Health care decisions should be made by patients and their doctors – not politicians and bureaucrats. Whether it is called “Medicare for All,” buy-in, or a public option, one-size-fits-all health care will never allow us to lower costs, enhance quality, and foster innovation.

An expansion of “Medicare for All” will create a one-size-fits-all government health care system resulting in higher taxes, lower quality and politicians in control of health care.  New government insurance systems will force your employees to pay more to wait longer for worse care.

 

Cost

  • Health care costs are too high.
  • Independent analysts estimate the cost of some one-size-fits-all proposals could be as high as $60 trillion over 10 years.
  • A government insurance system will result in higher taxes for all Americans and higher private plan premiums.
  • Some studies show “Medicare for All” could results in the equivalent of tripling payroll taxes or more than double all other taxes.
  • “Medicare for All” will not lower costs for every American, nor will it build on what is working and fix what is broken.
  • Medicare is already at risk. The government’s existing commitment to Medicare must be honored to fix and improve the system before it can be expanded.

 

Quality

  • A one-size-fits-all government health care system will result in Americans paying more to wait longer for worse care.
  • Wait times to see a doctor and get treatment would significantly increase
  • Access to quality care would decrease for the millions in Medicare.

 

Current Options

In Michigan and across the nation, we have put in place proven successful strategies to expand health care coverage.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) features the expansion of health coverage through Medicaid in 38 states, including Michigan. Under the ACA, health care options are offered to workers in low-wage jobs that do not offer health insurance. The ACA has recently expanded to include the ability for children to stay on their parents’ plan through age 26, eliminating denied coverage for a pre-existing condition, and The Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

The Healthy Michigan Plan provides benefits to low-income Michigan residents at a low cost so that more people can have health care coverage. This plan covers over 650,000 Michigan residents and has reduced the state’s medical costs since launching in 2014.

 

Leaders Weigh In

Detroit News: Opinion: Medicare for all won’t work for Michigan

The Washington Post: Democratic Strategists See ‘Danger’ In Costly Health Care Proposals

America’s Health Future: Rural Hospital Administrator: Government Insurance System ‘Will Make Our Challenges Even Greater’

Kane Polakoff Joins UHY Advisors to Launch Client Accounting Advisory Services

Kane Polakoff has joined UHY Advisors as practice leader of the Client Accounting Advisory Services (CAAS) practice. The CAAS mission is to provide high-value solutions and exceptional customer service to clients by allowing client management additional time to run their enterprise. Within his role, he will work with existing and new clients to deliver customized programs to meet clients’ individual needs.

Over 22 years, Polakoff has had national and international executive roles in management consulting, business process outsourcing and business transformation. He has been responsible for successfully delivering end-to-end solutions to small, midsize, and Fortune 100 companies within different business sectors such as health care, retail, not-for-profit and manufacturing. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California at Riverside. He will sit within the firm’s Great Lakes region, but will serve all of the firm’s offices across the country.

“It is an exciting time to be on the leadership team of the CAAS practice as automation and innovations through enhanced technology stacks enable UHY to expand service to clients in these ever-changing competitive times.” Polakoff said.

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About UHY Advisors
UHY Advisors, Inc. (“UHY Advisors”) operates in an alternative practice structure with UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm, collectively forming one of the top professional services firms in the country, providing comprehensive audit, attest, tax and business advisory services to a wide range of clients principally in the dynamic middle market. To learn more visit www.uhy-us.com. UHY LLP and UHY Advisors are US members of UHY International (“UHYI”), a network of independent accounting and consulting firms. UHYI is ranked among the top international accountancy networks and a full member of the Forum of Firms.

Robert Michalak, Promoted to SVP Business Development, Venteon Holdings LLC

Troy based Venteon Venteon is pleased to announce that Bob Michalak has been promoted to Senior Vice President – Business Development at Venteon. In his new position Bob will be responsible for working with clients on Business Development activities.

Venteon is a professional services search, staffing, and consulting firm with three primary divisions: Venteon Finance, Venteon Technical, and Venteon Partners. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Michalak spent 14 years building Venteon Finance’s Search Practice, where he was responsible for overseeing the direct placement of all accounting, finance, tax, and treasury professionals. This included all new business development, candidate recruiting, staff development, training, and existing account management. In addition to the above responsibilities, Mr. Michalak was responsible for running an active desk and has been Venteon’s top producer since joining the organization.

Mr. Michalak began his career in accounting, working for Plante & Moran, one of the largest regional public accounting firms in the country, where he earned his CPA. After four years in public accounting, Mr. Michalak spent four years at a national recruiting firm, where he earned “Rookie of the Year” honors and was the top producer two years in a row. Mr. Michalak then left recruiting to take on a business development role with Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and strategic advisor. Upon leaving Marsh he joined Venteon.

Mr. Michalak received his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Oakland University, which he attended on a baseball scholarship. Mr. Michalak is a Certified Public Accountant.

SSDM Makes the Inc. 5000 List

Troy, MI – SSDM, a nationally recognized, integrated digital marketing agency, has been ranked at 2,344 on Inc. Magazine’s list of Top 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies.

Companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2015 to 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015, and be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent, as of December 31, 2018.

According to Inc. Magazine, Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp and Zillow all gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“It’s hard to believe that just eleven short years ago, SSDM was a home-based start-up and today we’re on the Inc. 5000,” says Nick Skislak, SSDM founder and CEO. “I can’t tell you how incredibly proud I am of our team and the amazing work they produce every day.”

SSDM also has won several creative awards in 2019, as well as a Killer Content Award and two Interactive Marketing Awards, including Best Small Interactive Marketing Agency.

About SSDM
Now in its 11th year, SSDM is an award-winning digital marketing and advertising agency in Troy, Michigan, focused on the customer journey. For more information about the IMA Best Small Interactive Marketing Agency of the Year, please visit https://ssdm.co.

Eleven Dickinson Wright Attorneys in Southeast Michigan Named Best Lawyers in America® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year”

TROY, Mich., August 15, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that 11 of the firm’s lawyers in Southeast Michigan have been identified as the leading practitioner in their practice areas as a Best Lawyers in America® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year”. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year”.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 87,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and over 10 million evaluations are received on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. The lawyers being honored as Best Lawyers in America® 2020 “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® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year”:

Ann Arbor, MI
Colleen M. Shevnock, Banking and Finance Law

Detroit, MI
Timothy H. Howlett, Litigation – Labor and Employment
Thomas G. McNeill, Litigation – Banking and Finance
James A. Plemmons, Litigation – Bankruptcy

Troy, MI
Margaret A. Coughlin, Litigation – Environmental
Terence M. Donnelly, Municipal Law
Henry M. Grix, Nonprofit/Charities Law, Trusts and Estates
Craig W. Hammond, Banking and Finance Law
Anna M. Maiuri, Environmental Law
Edward H. Pappas, Arbitration
Laurence E. Winokur, Real Estate Law

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 Lawyer, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Butzel Long attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2020

DETROIT, Mich. – Sixty Butzel Long attorneys have been chosen by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020 (copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC).

Moreover, the following firm attorneys have been named Lawyer of the Year — Lansing — : James J. Urban (Construction Law); and Detroit –: Robert A. Hudson (International Trade and Finance).

Notably, David Devine (Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law) – Detroit; William Kliffel (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants) – Detroit; William A. Penner (Trusts and Estates) – Bloomfield Hills; and, Robert H. Schwartz (Health Care Law) – Bloomfield Hills; have been named to Best Lawyers for the first time.

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 2020 edition:

Butzel Long – Ann Arbor Law office

— Regan K. Dahle
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

— Jennifer A. Dukarski
Litigation – Intellectual Property

— Nancy Keppelman
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

— George E. Kuehn
Corporate Law

— Claudia Rast
CleanTech Law
Environmental Law
Information Technology Law
Privacy and Data Security Law

— Diane M. Soubly
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – ERISA

— 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

— Carey A. DeWitt
Employment 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
Litigation — Environmental

— David W. Hipp
Real Estate Law

— Thomas A. Kabel
Real Estate Law

— Sheldon H. Klein
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Antitrust

— Bushra A. Malik
Immigration Law

— Allan Nachman
Real Estate Law

— Max J. Newman
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law

— William A. Penner
Trusts and Estates

— Robert P. Perry
Trusts and Estates

— R. Peter Prokop
Corporate Law
Tax Law

— Thomas B. Radom
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law

— Richard E. Rassel
Commercial Litigation

— Brett A. Rendeiro
Commercial Litigation

— Dennis B. Schultz
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Real Estate

— Robert H. Schwartz
Health Care Law

— 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

— David Devine
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization 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
Mergers and Acquisitions Law

— William Kliffel
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

— 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

— 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

— Mark T. Nelson
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Litigation – Trusts and Estates

— Reginald A. Pacis
Immigration Law

— James S. Rosenfeld
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

— Bruce L. Sendek
Commercial Litigation

— 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 and Shanghai. 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

106 Dickinson Wright Attorneys in Michigan Ranked in Best Lawyers in America® 2020 Edition

TROY, Mich., August 15, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that 106 of the firm’s attorneys in Michigan have been included in Best Lawyers in America® 2020 edition.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 87,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and over 10 million evaluations are received on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, 7.8 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 60,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. To learn more about Best Lawyers in America®, please visit www.bestlawyers.com.

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

Ann Arbor, MI
John S. Artz, Patent Law
John C. Blattner, Copyright Law, Litigation – Patent, Trademark Law
Paul R. Fransway, Franchise Law
Michael C. Hammer, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy
Thomas D. Hammerschmidt, Jr., Tax Law
Mark Heusel, Commercial Litigation
John C. Nishi, Litigation – Intellectual Property
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
William M. Thacker, Employment Law – Management

Detroit, MI
Dennis W. Archer, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
Allison R. Bach, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
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
Dawn R. Copley, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Christopher A. Cornwall, Construction Law
David R. Deromedi, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
Phillip J. DeRosier, Appellate Practice
K. Scott Hamilton, Appellate Practice
Mark R. High, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate 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
Andrew W. MacLeod, International Mergers & Acquisitions
Kenneth J. McIntyre, Commercial Litigation
Thomas G. McNeill, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Merger and Acquisitions, Litigation – Securities
Sharon R. Newlon, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
Francis R. Ortiz, Commercial Litigation
James B. Perry, Employment Law – Management
James A. Plemmons, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, 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 Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Bruce C. Thelen, International Trade and Finance Law
L. Pahl Zinn, Litigation – Antitrust

Grand Rapids, MI
Ronald A. Bultje, Municipal Law
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
Edward P. Perdue, Commercial Litigation
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
Scott R. Knapp, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Commercial Litigation
James E. Lozier, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Peter S. Sheldon, Corporate Tax, Tax Law
Kester K. So, Energy Law, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law, Utilities Law
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
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
John P. Gonway, Real Estate Law
Deborah L. Grace, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Roberta P. Granadier, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Eric W. Gregory, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Henry M. Grix, Nonprofit/Charities Law, Trusts and Estates
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
Robert B. Joslyn, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
Monica J. Labe, Real Estate Law
Judith Fertel Layne, Trusts and Estates
Elise S. Levasseur, Immigration Law
Elizabeth L. Luckenbach, Trusts and Estates
Christopher C. Maeso, Corporate Law
Anna M. Maiuri, Environmental Law, Litigation – Regulatory and 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
Scott A. Petz, Commercial Litigation
Elissa N. Pinto, Immigration Law
Daniel D. Quick, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Intellectual Property
William L. Rosin, Corporate Law
Robert L. Schwartz, Public Finance Law
Lynn Capp Sirich, Family 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
Kathryn S. Wood, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
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 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.

Michigan Reconnect Letter to Legislature

Michigan businesses are dealing with a severe talent shortage. Our economy is strong and across the state there are jobs to fill. Michigan is home to a large pool of hard-working, able-bodied men and women ready and willing to take on the jobs of today and tomorrow. But first they need the proper training and education. The Michigan Reconnect proposal (SB 268 [Horn], HB 4456 [Frederick]) is a large scale response to this urgent need.

Earlier this year, Governor Whitmer put forward a plan to address state’s growing skills gap in the form of the Reconnect and MI Opportunity Scholarship programs. Our organizations remain fully supportive of these initiatives. However, in the interest of beginning the hard work of filling the skills gap, we ask that you consider implementing Reconnect now as part of the 2019-2020 budget.

Specifically, Reconnect provides Michiganders who are at least 25 years of age and have not earned a college degree “last dollar” support to obtain an Associate’s Degree or Occupational Certificate. It provides Michiganders everywhere a chance to “upskill” and enhance their career prospects while also growing the pool of skilled labor that employers are desperate to access. Community Colleges and students would be held to a rigorous set of accountability standards in order to continue receiving financial support.

Reconnect will have an enormous and immediate impact on both employers and employees which is exactly what our state needs. Since 2010, most jobs added to our nation’s economy have gone to workers with at least some post high school attainment. Michigan needs 175,000 new university graduates, and 126,000 new certificate/associate graduates by 2020. And demand for a skilled workforce will only increase in the future.  It is time to get aggressive in addressing our state’s skills gap.

We are well aware that there are many important needs competing for state budget dollars, but no other program will address the state’s talent shortage as quickly and effectively as Reconnect. We believe it is critical that action be taken this fall to move to get the Michigan Reconnect grant program up and running as soon as possible.

This is an opportunity to have a substantial and positive impact on the economy without having a large impact on the budget. Reconnect can be fully funded for a year and a half by simply allocating dollars from within Michigan’s Marshall Plan for Talent that are meant for community colleges anyway.

We, as representatives of the Michigan’s business community, are asking for you to make passage of Reconnect legislation a priority this fall including its insertion into the 2019-2020 budget. We believe it is the right path forward for our state’s workers and employers, and hope you feel the same way.

Sincerely,