Foster Swift Elects Four Shareholders

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. –Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C. attorneys Mark J. DeLuca, Taylor A. Gast, Rachel G. Olney and Tyler J. Olney have been elected as shareholders of the firm entering 2022. All four joined the firm together as associates in 2015.

Mark DeLuca practices from Foster Swift’s Lansing office as a member of the trusts and estates practice group. DeLuca advises and counsels clients in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, business organization and planning, and probate litigation. DeLuca also serves as a board member for the Capital Region Community Foundation, Sparrow Foundation, and Highfields, Inc.

Taylor Gast practices from the firm’s Lansing office. Gast helps businesses and organizations of all sizes and at all stages of development grow and solve problems. He provides practical and thoughtful advice on issues including technology law, data privacy and cybersecurity, startups, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, employee benefits and contracting.

Rachel Olney is a litigator in the firm’s Southfield office where she focuses her practice on a broad range of complex insurance coverage litigation matters including first and third party no-fault, insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, business and commercial litigation, and mass tort defense cases.

Tyler Olney focuses his practice in general litigation and workers’ compensation defense from the firm’s Southfield office. Olney has extensive experience representing employers, insurance carriers, and third-party administrators in workers’ compensation matters throughout the state. He is experienced in counseling employers on labor and employment issues and the intersection between employment and workers’ compensation laws.

Three Former Summer Associates Join Foster Swift


Southfield, Mich. —Foster Swift welcomes new associates Anthony M. Dalimonte, Jim W. Scales and Mariah M. Silverstein to the firm. All three are members of Foster Swift’s litigation practice group.

At a time when most firms cancelled their summer programs due to the severity of the pandemic, all three participated remotely as Foster Swift summer associates at the firm in the summer of 2020.

All three were sworn in at the Michigan Supreme Court in Lansing on Tuesday, November 16.

An alumni of Wayne State University Law School, Dalimonte practices from the firm’s Southfield office where his experience includes conducting legal research and drafting memos, briefs, and dispositive motions on matters concerning general and commercial litigation.

Scales is based in the Grand Rapids office. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and his experience includes appeals briefs, wrongful death, contract breaches, personal injury, probate estates, employment matters and religious liberty & religious organizations.

Silverstein is based in the firm’s Lansing office. She received both her undergrad and law degree from the University of Michigan and her experience includes conducting legal research and drafting motions for criminal and civil cases in both state and federal court.


Foster Swift Welcomes Litigation Attorney to Southfield

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. —Foster Swift welcomes associate Kathrine A. Ruttkofsky to the firm’s Southfield office as a member of the litigation practice group. Kathrine joins Foster Swift as a lateral hire from her previous Troy-based law firm.

Kathrine’s practice is primarily in insurance defense, toxic tort defense and personal injury litigation.

Kathrine graduated cum laude with her Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2013.

Fershtman Reappointed to Serve on the ABA House of Delegates

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The State Bar of Michigan (SBM) Board of Commissioners has reappointed Foster Swift Shareholder Julie I. Fershtman to serve another term on the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates. It is a two-year term beginning in August 2021.

The ABA House of Delegates is the policy-making body of the association. Control and administration of the ABA is vested in the House of Delegates. As the national representative of the legal profession in the United States, the 596-member House of Delegates debates and adopts recommendations on issues facing the justice system, the profession, and the public.

A past president of the State Bar of Michigan, Fershtman’s practice focuses on business litigation, insurance law, civil litigation, insurance coverage, and equine law. She has tried cases in four states. Fershtman has authored four books and spoken at conferences in 29 states. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Insurance Law and Commercial Litigation. Michigan Super Lawyers® listed her among the “Top 100” Lawyers in Michigan and one of the state’s “Top 50 Women Lawyers.”

Howard & Howard Expands Royal Oak Office; Welcomes Esshaki and Lee


ROYAL OAK, Mich., April 2, 2019 – Royal Oak-based law firm Howard & Howard is pleased to announce that Eric S. Esshaki and Timothy D. Lee have joined the firm. They will both practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak office.

Eric S. Esshaki concentrates his practice in all aspects of litigation including securities litigation, white collar and regulatory defense, employment, investigations, and shareholder disputes.

He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2016 and his B.I.S., summa cum laude, from Oakland University in 2012. He also received his associates in applied science/nursing from Oakland Community College in 2010 and previously worked as a Registered Nurse. Eric returns to Michigan after practicing law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York City.  He is licensed to practice in New York and sat for the Michigan bar examination in February.

Timothy D. Lee’s practice focuses on representing borrowers and lenders in a variety of secured and unsecured commercial financing transactions including syndicated and single-lender transactions, asset-based and commercial real estate loans, and cross-border, mezzanine and acquisition financings. In addition, he provides guidance to clients seeking to navigate the complex regulatory environment of the financial services industry.

Timothy graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law, as one of the top students in his class. He also received his B.A. from The College of Wooster in 2009. Prior to attending law school, Timothy worked in numerous legislative capacities within Michigan’s state government, ending his tenure as Legislative Director for the Chairman of House Banking and Financial Services Committee where he was named 2011 Legislative Staff Person of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League and Affiliates. He is licensed to practice in the state of Michigan and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

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Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice, providing legal services to businesses and business owners. With more than 160 attorneys, the firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak), Illinois (Chicago and Peoria), Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles, California.  For more information, please visit


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Nighswander joins Plunkett Cooney’s Litigation Department

Attorney Katherine M. Nighswander recently joined the Transportation Law and Torts & Litigation practice groups of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms.

Nighswander, who is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, focuses her practice in the areas of transportation law and litigation. She represents insurers and its insureds in matters involving no-fault law and motor vehicle negligence, premises liability, dramshop and general negligence allegations.

In addition to no-fault automobile and first-and third-party motor vehicle cases, Nighswander has experience defending personal injury claims, including dog bites; slips/trips and falls; falling objects; negligent hiring, training and supervision of employees; vicarious liability of employees; and product liability matters; as well as allegations of food contamination; foodborne illness and foreign materials in food.

A member of the State Bar of Michigan and Oakland County Bar Association, Nighswander received her law degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 2013 and her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in 2010 from Saginaw Valley State University.

Plunkett Cooney’s Torts & Litigation Practice Group features the collective talents of attorneys who focus on the defense of all manners of civil litigation, including

construction disputes, motor vehicle negligence, liquor liability, retail liability, toxic torts and premises liability, including slip and falls, trip and falls and open and obvious dangers.

Plunkett Cooney’s motor vehicle liability practice includes attorneys in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio and extends to the resolution of cross-border claims stemming from disputes in Canada. The firm’s attorneys serve as panel counsel to some of the largest insurance providers in the world, providing litigation defense representation in the areas of motor vehicle liability, fraudulent claims, no-fault law and trucking liability.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the nation’s oldest and largest law firms with approximately 300 employees, including over 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial law firms in the United States.

For more information about Katherine Nighswander joining Plunkett Cooney’s Litigation Department, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or

Buford joins Plunkett Cooney’s Tort & Litigation Practice Group

A 2016 magna cum laude graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, attorney Alannah M. Buford recently joined the Torts & Litigation Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms.

Buford, who is a member of the firm’s East Lansing office, focuses her practice in the areas of municipal law, general liability and medical malpractice defense. She represents clients in matters involving land use, personal liability, false imprisonment and arrest, drone liability, construction accidents and claims arising from Michigan’s Wrongful Death Act.

A member of the State Bar of Michigan, Buford received several academic awards while in law school and served as a senior associate member of the International Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, in 2012 from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, which is located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Plunkett Cooney’s Torts & Litigation Practice Group features the collective talents of attorneys who focus on the defense of all manners of civil litigation, including construction disputes, motor vehicle negligence, liquor liability, retail liability, toxic torts and premises liability, including slip and falls, trip and falls and open and obvious dangers.

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 145 attorneys in nine 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.

For more information about Alannah M. Buford joining Plunkett Cooney’s Torts & Litigation Practice Group, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or

Seasoned labor and employment attorney joins Nemeth Law

Nemeth Law, P.C., a Detroit-based labor and employment law firm, announced that Michael J. Bommarito, J.D., has joined the firm as a senior attorney. The announcement was made by Nemeth Law founding partner Patricia Nemeth.

“We are very pleased to add Mike Bommarito to our roster of labor and employment attorneys,” Nemeth said. “With a strong background in traditional labor law in addition to ERISA and benefits litigation experience, Mike brings a solid resume of accomplishments to Nemeth Law.”

Immediately prior to joining Nemeth Law, Bommarito was an attorney with an Oakland County firm where he litigated cases in state, federal and appellate courts and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, the EEOC and other administrative agencies and tribunals. His legal experience, which involved several multi-million dollar cases, included healthcare class action lawsuits, ERISA collections, benefits, employment discrimination and unfair labor practices.

Bommarito also worked for the City of Detroit Labor Relations Division where he was involved with grievances, Act 312 arbitration and collective bargaining agreements for multiple unions in a variety of occupations. He worked in a two attorney firm immediately out of law school, where the largest client was a major Michigan healthcare professional association. Bommarito has practiced in Michigan circuit courts, the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, federal district courts (eastern and western districts) and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bommarito holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Michigan State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree in civil engineering, cum laude, from Wayne State University. He attended both undergraduate school and law school on full academic scholarships. He is a resident of Lake Orion.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.

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.

Miller Canfield Among Top 15% of Complex Employment Litigation Firms in America

Miller Canfield is pleased to announce that the BTI Litigation Outlook 2017 has ranked the firm in the top 15 percent of all U.S. law firms in Complex Employment Litigation.

Miller Canfield’s employment litigation team is regularly ranked alongside the best known major national law firms. With attorneys licensed in several states and admitted to more than 30 federal courts, the team has the capacity to litigate cases throughout the United States and Canada, including: wage and hour disputes; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission harassment, retaliation, discrimination and civil rights claims; Family Medical Leave Act and Americans wth Disabilities Act claims; wrongful discharge, whistleblower and employment-related tort claims; non-compete disputes; and employment-related arbitrations.

The BTI Litigation Outlook reports on client behavior and spending, how it is changing in 2017, and what law firms can do to adapt and strengthen their client relationships. BTI is predicting that there will be little change in spending on litigation, but opportunities for law firms remain strong as many clients are increasingly looking to their existing law firms to do both everyday litigation work and complex litigation. The report noted that specific areas of growth include employment, class action and intellectual property litigation, while commercial litigation spending is expected to decrease in the coming year.

About Miller Canfield
With over 250 lawyers practicing in all major areas of law and 14 offices in five countries, Miller Canfield is among the 200 largest law firms in the U.S. Our lawyers are recognized by the most prestigious legal referral guides and organizations around the world, including Chambers USA and the 2016 edition of “Best Law Firms” published by U.S. News & World Report, in which Miller Canfield received national first-tier rankings in Public Finance Law, Labor & Employment Litigation and Labor Law-Management. Miller Canfield was also named by corporate counsel as a “Standout in Complex Labor Litigation” in the BTI Litigation Outlook 2015 report, the third consecutive year. The firm is also recognized for superior client service in the 2015 BTI Client Service A-Team report.

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Brooks Kushman Recognized as Gold-Standard Firm in Patent 1000 Listing for Third Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, Brooks Kushman has been listed as a gold-standard patent firm in Intellectual Asset Management’s (IAM) annual Patent 1000 guide. The Patent 1000 recognizes the world’s top patent law firms and practitioners in key jurisdictions. Of six Michigan firms listed in the directory, Brooks Kushman is the only firm listed as a gold-standard patent firm.

In addition to the firm’s recognition, President Mark A. Cantor and Shareholders William G. Abbatt, John E. Nemazi, Sangeeta G. Shah, and Frank Angileri were also recognized as patent leaders in Michigan. Cantor and Angileri are both recognized for their intellectual property litigation experience, while Abbatt, Nemazi and Shah are each recognized for their extensive experience in patent prosecution. Nemazi, Shah and Angileri’s practices also include post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

“We are proud to be listed as Michigan’s only gold-standard firm for the third consecutive year,” said Cantor. “This honor is a direct reflection of our incredible team of patent prosecution and IP litigation attorneys and the exceptional work of our staff.”

According to IAM, the annual guide is compiled through an extensive five month research process. More than 1,500 interviews are completed by in-house counsel and partners at law firms around the world. Only firms and individuals who receive sufficient positive feedback from peers and clients with knowledge of their practice and the market in which they operate qualify for inclusion in the publication.

Brooks Kushman employs more than 90 IP professionals handling a full range of IP matters nationally and around the world.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, 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, World Trademark Review, and Intellectual Property Today.

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