Plunkett Cooney Appoints Jereck to Board of Directors

Plunkett Cooney – one of the oldest and largest law firms in the Midwest – announced today that partner Carolyn M. Jereck has been appointed to the firm’s board of directors.

Jereck, who has served as the firm’s Litigation Department Leader for over 15 years, was appointed by the existing Board members to fill the vacancy created by Thomas P. Vincent who resigned from the board earlier this year to become Plunkett Cooney’s new President & CEO. Jereck will serve until the board’s January 2018 business meeting at which time she will be eligible for election by the firm’s shareholders.

“Carolyn has been a tremendous department leader for many years, and I know her insights and experience will be invaluable to the board,” said Michael S. Bogren, Chair of Plunkett Cooney’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to her fresh perspective relative to the firm’s overall strategic development and growth.”

A member of the firm’s Litigation and Labor and Employment Law practice groups, Jereck concentrates her litigation practice in the areas of employment law, retail liability, premises liability, loss prevention disputes, liquor liability and product liability.

Jereck represents corporate and individual clients directly as well as through various insurance providers and third-party claim administrators. Her practice includes matters throughout Michigan in both state and federal courts. She is also a frequent speaker/lecturer concerning issues, updates and pertinent changes in Michigan law pertaining to her areas of expertise.

Jereck is a member of several professional organizations, including the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar where she serves as a member of the Employment and Retail Subcommittees, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel as well as ALFA International’s Labor and Employee and Women’s Initiative Committees.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 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, and it was recently named among the best in the nation for female attorney diversity by The National Law Journal. The firm has also received several awards naming it among the top workplaces in the legal industry.

For more information about Carolyn Jereck’s appointment to Plunkett Cooney’s board of directors, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or via email at jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Legal publication names Jereck among top ‘Women in the Law’

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a news publication serving the state’s legal industry, has named Plunkett Cooney attorney Carolyn M. Jereck as one of its 2016 “Women in the Law.”

For 14 years, Jereck has served as a Department Leader at Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms. She is also the first female to hold the position, and her impact hasn’t gone unnoticed by colleagues.

“Carolyn is an outstanding attorney and leader. Truth be known, she’s a pioneer here at the firm,” said Dennis G. Cowan, Plunkett Cooney’s President and CEO. “She has provided steady leadership for over a decade. She’s been a tremendous influence on the strategic direction of the firm, and I’m privileged to have her as part of our management team.”

The 2016 Women in the Law honorees will be recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in a special section of the publication distributed in September that coincides with awards luncheon on Sept. 15 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy. Jereck will be among 30 women honored at the luncheon, and one member of the class of 2016 will be selected as the “Woman of the Year.”

The Michigan Lawyers Weekly editorial staff selected this year’s honorees, considering a number of criteria, including each nominee’s commitment to excellence in the practice of law; inspiration and accomplishments as leaders in the profession; mentorship other women; and significant contribution of time and effort to volunteerism and/or pro bono service.

Jereck is a member of the Plunkett Cooney’s Litigation and Labor and Employment practice groups. She is also a founding member of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Committee. She concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law, retail liability, premises liability, loss prevention litigation, liquor liability and product liability.

A recipient of Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating-AV Preeminent™ Peer Review rating, Jereck is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the Litigation Section and Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program of the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, The Association of Trial Defense Counsel and the Employment Subcommittee of the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar.

Jereck received her law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1988 and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1985.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs over 140 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional, insurance coverage and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2016.

For more information about the selection of Carolyn Jereck as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2016 “Women in the Law,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.