Stanczyk chairs international product liability, complex torts practice group

Matthew J. Stanczyk, a partner of Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and most accomplished law firms – recently became Chair of ALFA International’s Product Liability & Complex Torts (PL&CT) Practice Group.

A member of the firm’s Board of Directors, Stanczyk assumed the PL&CT Chair position at the conclusion of the group’s seminar in Marana, Arizona on Sept. 25-27. His term will expire in the fall of 2021.

“I’m extremely proud that my ALFA colleagues have trusted me with this leadership position,” said Stanczyk, who is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit office. “We have an outstanding group that is focused on educating clients about these complex areas of litigation and to making a difference for the defense bar.”

The members of ALFA’s PL&CT Practice Group focus on the areas of general business counseling, litigation, mediation and arbitration, lobbying and legislation, product recalls and hearings, regulatory and licensing issues, warnings and labels, standards setting, public relations and media management, and trade association relations.

Founded in 1980, ALFA International is the premier network of independent law firms in the world with 150 member firms. ALFA’s 80 U.S. firms maintain offices in 95 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas, and the consortium’s 70 international firms are located throughout Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, Canada, Mexico and South America.

In addition to his involvement in ALFA International, Stanczyk serves as co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Tort & Litigation Practice Group, which focuses on a range of litigation issues, including product liability, complex torts, general liability, retail liability and foodservice and hospitality law.

A 1986 graduate of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and a 1983 graduate of the University of Michigan, Stanczyk is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Detroit Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan (Negligence and Consumer Law sections), American Bar Association, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, among others.

In addition, Stanczyk is the recipient of such professional honors as Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating-AV Preeminent™, the Michigan Super Lawyer designation for product liability and selection by Dbusiness magazine as a Top Lawyer in product liability.

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 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. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Matthew Stanczyk as chair of ALFA International’s PL&CT Practice Group, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Stanczyk to Chair International Product Liability Seminar

Plunkett Cooney partner and product liability attorney Matthew J. Stanczyk will chair the ALFA International Product Liability & Complex Torts Practice Group (PLCT) Seminar on Oct. 4 – 6.

The seminar, titled: “When Legal Nightmares Become Reality,” will take place at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta (Santa Barbara), California. It will feature national and international speakers who will address a range of issues from crisis management and cybersecurity, to investigative technology, to defense of recalled products and much more.

“This event has been a year in the making and has one unique feature of a fact pattern running through the entire seminar” said Stanczyk, who also serves as the Product Liability Practice Group Leader at Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms. “The ALFA PLCT practice group membership is a virtual who’s who in product liability work across the country so I was honored to be chosen to lead this seminar. I had a vision right off the bat of the framework and theme, but it took the tremendous hard work of the ALFA attorney and client panel members, our steering committee, client advisory board and ALFA staff to make it reality. We are all extremely excited to see the end results.”

In his role as the PLCT program chair, Stanczyk is responsible for many aspects of the seminar, including location, creating various deadlines, development of the fact pattern, roughing out many topics, participating in selection of speakers, approving client attendees, approving social activities, review of written material and power points and a variety of other items necessary for the event. Following this event, Matt will take over the role of Vice Chair of the practice group and in 2019 will become its Chair.

ALFA International is the premier network of independent law firms. Founded in 1980, ALFA International was the first and continues to be one of the largest and strongest legal networks. It has 150 member firms throughout the world, and the 80 American firms represent 95 of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. The organization’s 70 international firms are located throughout Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, Canada, Mexico and South America.

A member of Plunkett Cooney’s board of directors, Stanczyk concentrates his practice in various areas of complex litigation, including toxic torts, product liability, fire-related litigation, construction litigation and commercial warranty litigation. His clients include product manufacturers, general contractors, construction managers, transportation firms, property restoration and remediation firms, commercial property owners and managers with matters in Michigan and Ohio state and federal courts.

Stanczyk, who received his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1986, is admitted to practice in state and/or federal courts in Michigan and Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1983. In addition to his involvement with ALFA International, Stanczyk is a member of the Detroit Metropolitan and the American bar associations, the Negligence and Consumer Law sections of the State Bar of Michigan, the Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association, the North American Society of Scaffold Professionals, the Scaffold Industry Association and the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar.


For over a century, Plunkett Cooney has been a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 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.

Plunkett Cooney has developed a reputation as one of the Midwest’s premier product liability defense firms, effectively representing product manufacturers and distributors across numerous industries. The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience dealing with the range of business issues faced by product manufacturers and distributors, such as risk management and loss prevention, warning development, product marketing and distributor agreements, regulatory compliance, document retention and supply chain claims among others.

For more information about Matthew J. Stanczyk’s role as program chair of the upcoming ALFA International PLCT seminar, contact Plunkett Cooney’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

 

Plunkett Cooney elects members, officers to board of directors

At the recent annual business meeting of Plunkett Cooney – one of the oldest and largest law firms – partners Jeffrey C. Gerish, Jeffrey S. Hengeveld, Matthew J. Stanczyk and Thomas P. Vincent were elected to the firm’s board of directors.

Re-elected to three-year terms were Vincent and Gerish. Hengeveld and Stanczyk were elected to the board for the first time. In addition, partners Michael S. Bogren and Michael P. Ashcraft, Jr. were elected to serve as chairman and secretary/treasurer of the board, respectively.

A member of Plunkett Cooney’s Appellate Law Practice Group, Jeffrey C. Gerish practices in the areas of appellate law, insurance coverage and commercial litigation. He has successfully represented clients in numerous published decisions issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He is also a member of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group.

Licensed to practice in Michigan and Indiana, Gerish, who is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, the American Bar Association and the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar.

Jeffrey S. Hengeveld, who is also a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, focuses his practice primarily in the area of professional liability with an emphasis on litigation brought against attorneys, accountants, insurance agents and real estate professionals.

A member of the firm’s Professional Liability Practice Group, Hengeveld is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan. He received both his law and undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University in 2003 and 1999, respectively. Hengeveld is member of the Oakland County, American and Federal bar associations, as well as the State Bar of Michigan, ALFA International and the members’ attorney program of the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals.

Matthew J. Stanczyk serves as Plunkett Cooney’s Product Liability Practice Group Leader. He is a member of the firm’s Detroit office and his practice includes complex litigation involving toxic torts, fire-related claims, construction issues and commercial warranty matters. He represents product manufacturers, general contractors, construction managers, transportation firms, property restoration and remediation firms, commercial property owners and managers, among others who have litigation matters in the state and federal courts in Michigan and Ohio.

Stanczyk received his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School in 1986 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1983. He’s a member of numerous associations, including the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, the Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association and the Scaffold Industry Association, among others.

Thomas P. Vincent is a partner in Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office and is one of the firm’s most accomplished trial attorneys having tried over 100 cases to jury verdict. His practice includes the areas of employment law, commercial disputes and general litigation claims. A member of the firm’s board of directors since 1999, Vincent’s clients include academic institutions, major retailers, financial institutions, high net worth individuals and the policy holders of some of the world’s largest insurance companies.

Vincent, who has received numerous legal industry honors and awards, graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 1981. He received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in 1977. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

In addition to the election of new board members, partner Michael S. Bogren was re-elected to a one-year term as chair of the firm’s board of directors. Bogren is the managing partner of Plunkett Cooney’s Kalamazoo office and has been a member of the board since 2003, serving as chair since 2012. He is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Governmental Law Practice Group and focuses his practice in the areas of municipal law, civil rights and labor and employment law.

A 1982 cum laude graduate of University of Detroit School of Law, Bogren has extensive experience representing municipalities in both state and federal court claims involving police liability, due process matters, first amendment issues, Michigan Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Act violations, zoning disputes and employment law.

Firm board members also elected Michael P. Ashcraft, a partner in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, to continue on in his role as the board’s secretary/treasurer for another one-year term. Ashcraft, who serves as the Plunkett Cooney’s Professional Liability Practice Group Leader, is one of the state’s leading professional liability attorneys. He concentrates his practice primarily on the defense of attorneys and accountants in malpractice claims. He also represents insurance brokers and agents, securities brokers, real estate brokers and agents, investment advisors, officers and directors, and notaries public in professional liability cases in state and federal courts.

Admitted to state and federal courts in Michigan and Nebraska, Ashcraft graduated, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 1992. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1987. Ashcraft is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Negligence Section, the State Bar of Michigan’s Professional Ethics Committee and the American Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Liability.

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 nine Michigan cities, 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 named by American Lawyer Media’s as a “ go-to” law firm in 2016. The firm has also received several awards naming it among the top workplaces in the legal industry.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s newly-elected board members and officers, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or via email at jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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