Plunkett Cooney named among ‘Best Law Firms’ in America

For the 11th consecutive year, Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, has been named one of the “Best Law Firms” in the nation in 2021 by Best Lawyers®.

“This is a tremendous honor for Plunkett Cooney and further validation of the tremendous results our at-torneys and staff obtain every day for their clients,” said Plunkett Cooney President & CEO Thomas P. Vincent. “National recognition like this is reserved for the very best firms in the country, and there is no doubt that Plunkett Cooney is among the best of the best.”

Using a tiered rather than a ranked system, tier positions were assigned to law firms in 127 metropolitan areas in 75 specialties, based on 8.3 million evaluations of over 110,000 individual leading lawyers from more than 22,000 firms. Plunkett Cooney was recognized in the following first- and second-tier metropoli-tan categories:
• Appellate Practice
• Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
• Commercial Litigation
• Environmental Law
• Insurance Law
• Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Litigation – Construction
• Litigation – Municipal
• Litigation – Real Estate
• Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
• Municipal Law
• Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Real Estate Law

The Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” are recognized on a national and regional-based scale. Firms that received a tier designation reflect the highest level of respect a firm can earn among other leading lawyers and clients from the same communities and practice areas. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must first have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world. For almost 40 years, the Best Lawyers in America list recognizes top lawyers in each practice area and metropolitan region in the country. U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and information.

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 150 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, another leading, international directory of law firms.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s recognition in the “Best Law Firms” 2021 edition, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Plunkett Cooney attorneys named DBusiness Top Lawyers

DBusiness magazine recently named three metro Detroit attorneys from Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, to its 2021 list of “Top Lawyers.”

Robert G. Kamenec and Mark S. Kopson of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office and Stanley A. Prokop of the Detroit office received this year’s Top Lawyer honors. Kamenec was included on the list as one of the region’s leading appellate attorneys, and his partner Kopson was honored as a standout in the area of health care law. Prokop, who has been practicing since 1968, was name to the list for his expertise in the area of insurance coverage.

DBusiness is Detroit’s premier business journal, providing daily news coverage about the business climate in southeast Michigan. Its annual Top Lawyers list, which was published in the November edition, was compiled based on a peer-review survey open to all metro Detroit lawyers. The publication polled 19,000 attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties to nominate lawyers among 50 practice areas. There is no commercial relationship to the listings, no payment is required to be listed, and listings cannot be purchased.

A Co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Appellate Law Practice Group, Kamenec is recognized throughout the Midwest as a leading appellate advocate. He focuses his practice primarily in the areas of appellate law, insurance coverage and medical liability with a concentration on high-verdict and high-exposure matters. Kamenec is a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and is personally responsible for numerous published decisions in state and federal appellate courts.

Kopson represents a range of health facilities, health plans, professional practices, integrated delivery systems and managed care organizations in Michigan and throughout the United States. He has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of commercial and governmental managed care contracting, revenue cycle, regulation and dispute resolution, hospital sales, mergers and acquisitions, ASCs and much more. He is a fellow of the State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section and a member of the board of directors of the American Health Law Association.

Prokop, who has earned the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation, focuses his practice exclusively on insurance law litigation and coverage issues, including property damage cases, declaratory judgment actions, subrogation matters, fidelity claims and errors and omissions matters. He has the distinction of having represented some of the world’s largest insurance providers and having successfully resolved cutting-edge and often high-stakes coverage litigation.

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 150

attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s 2021 DBusiness “Top Lawyers,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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McPherson joins Plunkett Cooney’s Transportation Law Practice Group

Attorney Corey J. McPherson recently joined the Transportation Law Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, McPherson focuses his practice on first- and third-party automobile liability. He routinely represents insurance carriers, corporations and individuals in No-Fault matters involving claims of bodily injury and coverage of uninsured and underinsured motorists. He also represents insurers in fraud disputes with medical providers.

McPherson is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association.

McPherson received his law degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 2015. While there, he served as editor of the College’s Journal of Medicine and Law, and he is a former president and treasurer of the Family Law Society. McPherson received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Oakland University in 2012.

Plunkett Cooney’s Transportation Law Practice Group includes the talents of more than 30 attorneys who provide an array of litigation and risk management services, including expertise in the areas of first- and third-party auto liability, cross-border claims with Canada, trucking liability, fraud investigations and emergency accident response.

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 150 attorneys in seven 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 Corey McPherson joining Plunkett Cooney’s Transportation Law 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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Former Michigan Court of Appeals Chief Judge Henry Saad joins Plunkett Cooney

Plunkett Cooney, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the Midwest, has taken its appellate law practice to a new level with the addition of retired Judge and former Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, Henry W. Saad, as an of counsel attorney.

“We are extremely excited that Judge Saad has decided to join our already outstanding, nationally recognized appellate team,” said Plunkett Cooney President & CEO Thomas P. Vincent. “Judge Saad will share with our clients the expertise he has acquired from 40 years in practice, including 23 years as a member of Michigan Court of Appeals.”

Saad works closely with clients and colleagues in Plunkett Cooney’s Appellate Law Practice Group to review and prepare complex and often high-profile appellate matters, including multi-district litigation and class actions. His expertise is particularly valuable with respect to issue spotting during the litigation process, creating trial and post-trial strategy and formulating persuasive appellate arguments.

In high stakes appellate litigation, Saad and the appellate team at Plunkett Cooney know that conducting mock oral argument is the best method for presenting a persuasive case and for anticipating tough questioning by appellate court judges. Plunkett Cooney’s appellate team is prepared to conduct mock oral argument in person and virtually in order to best position complex cases for success.

“I have always loved appellate practice and held Plunkett Cooney and its impressive appellate lawyers in the highest regard,” said Saad, who authored more than 75 published majority appellate decisions. “In my experience, Plunkett Cooney appellate lawyers are the best at their profession. I’m thrilled to be working with them and look forward to helping the firm’s clients achieve successful appellate outcomes.”

Saad, who was appointed to the Michigan Court of appeals by Gov. John Enger in 1994, retired from the bench in 2017, re-entering private practice with Young & Associates. Prior to becoming a judge, he

worked for 20 years at the law firm of Dickson Wright. Saad also has the distinction of having been nominated by President George H.W. Bush to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

In addition to his public service, Saad has been involved for many years with several charitable and community organizations, including Detroit Public Television, Michigan Heart Association, McLaren Macomb Hospital and Brother Rice High School, where he served as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Saad graduated with honors from Wayne State University Business School in 1971 and from Wayne State University Law School, magna cum laude, in 1974. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Special Order of the Coif, the Salute to Justice John O’Brien Award and the Civic and Humanitarian Award presented by the Arab-American and Chaldean Council.

Plunkett Cooney is one of only a few Midwest law firms with a dedicated team of appellate attorneys. The members of the Appellate Law Practice Group are responsible for over 1,500 cases decided by state and federal appellate courts, including all Michigan appellate courts, the Ohio Supreme Court, the Indiana appellate courts, the California Court of Appeals, and numerous federal circuit courts of appeal. Plunkett Cooney appellate attorneys are routinely retained to handle cutting edge appeals involving issues of first impression or to seek reversal of large adverse judgments. They have also prepared numerous amicus curiae briefs on behalf of firm clients for filing in state and federal courts.

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 150 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. 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 Judge Henry Saad joining Plunkett Cooney’s Appellate Law 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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McGiffert to join legal publication’s diversity webinar panel

Plunkett Cooney’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Laurel F. McGiffert, will serve as a panelist for a half-day diversity and inclusion webinar on Oct. 12 sponsored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MLW).

Titled: “The Way Forward: A Plan for Boosting Diversity and Inclusion in Law Firms,” the webinar, which will take place from 8:15 a.m. to noon, will feature two sessions moderated by city of Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia.

The first session will focus on the Mansfield Rule, an innovative approach to improving law firm diversity through the adoption of a formal agreement focusing on metrics. McGiffert will then join four colleagues from other metro Detroit law firms to discuss “Racial Justice and Equality, and How to Realize that Commitment” during the webinar’s second session.

“This is a very important discussion that needs to take place in our community,” said McGiffert, a partner in Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit office. “I’m looking forward to this discussion with a group of people capable of bringing about significant change in their firms.”

McGiffert and her fellow panelists are members of the African American Partners Collaborative, a group of partners from major metro Detroit law firms seeking to advance opportunities for African American attorneys in the legal industry. The panelists will describe the progress their firms have made with respect to improving diversity and inclusion, and they will share practical recommendations for advancing the goals and initiatives of attendees.

A leading publication covering news in Michigan’s legal industry, MLW is making this virtual event available for free to all members of the bar and the business community. Simply click here to register online. To view the full agenda, click here.

Since 2002, Plunkett Cooney has had in place a Diversity & Inclusion Committee focused on the recruitment and retention of minority attorneys. Committee members also work to advance diversity training, mentoring of young attorneys, female attorney leadership opportunities and community outreach that provides financial support and encourages employee volunteerism to positively impact race relations in our communities.

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 150 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. 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 Laurel McGiffert’s participation in the MLW Diversity and Inclusion webinar on Oct. 20, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Plunkett Cooney supports OCBA’s Anti-Racism Statement

Plunkett Cooney, one of Michigan’s oldest and largest law firms, is among the growing list of law firms that supports the Oakland County Bar Association’s (OCBA) Anti-Racism Statement.

The OCBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee crafted an interactive statement that requests more than performative allyship. The statement invites individuals and law firms to join the OCBA in combating systemic racism by completing a short online form that states signatories publicly oppose systemic racism.

“I’m proud to stand up and be counted as the leader of a firm that has been working hard to improve not only its diversity and inclusion efforts but to stand up against racism,” said Plunkett Cooney’s President & CEO Thomas P. Vincent. “This is a powerful statement by the OCBA and a stark reminder that Plunkett Cooney and the legal profession have a long way to go to reflect the diversity of our communities and to end systems that harbor racism in any form.”

Joining Vincent in personally signing the OCBA statement is Plunkett Cooney’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion Laurel F. McGiffert, who is also a member of the African American Partners Collaborative, a group of partners from major metro Detroit law firms seeking to advance opportunities for African American attorneys in the legal industry.

“It’s wonderful to see the OCBA and so many other groups taking affirmative steps to acknowledge that systematic racism exists and clearly stating that the time has come to stamp it out in all of its forms,” McGiffert said. “Each of us can play a part in this fight, so I’m hopeful that our firm members and others continue to add their names to this important document.”

Since 2002, Plunkett Cooney has had in place a Diversity & Inclusion Committee focused on the recruitment and retention of minority attorneys. Committee members also work to advance diversity training, mentoring of young attorneys, female attorney leadership opportunities, and community outreach that provides financial support and encourages employee volunteerism to positively impact race relations in the community.

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 150 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. 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 regarding Plunkett Cooney’s commitment to the OCBA’s Anti-Racism Statement, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Super Lawyers Magazine selects Plunkett Cooney attorneys as ‘Rising Stars’

In its annual review of the state’s top young attorneys, Michigan Super Lawyers magazine has awarded 11 lawyers from Plunkett Cooney, one of Michigan’s oldest law firms, its “Rising Star” honor.

Published by Thomson Reuters, Michigan Super Lawyers compiles its annual list based upon a patented selection process that involves the creation of a candidate pool, evaluation of candidates by an in-house research department, and a peer evaluation process.

To be considered a Rising Star, candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or licensed to practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of eligible attorneys receive the “Rising Star” designation.

Below is a list of Plunkett Cooney attorneys who have received the 2020 Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star designation:

Bloomfield Hills office members:

Hilary A. Ballentine – Appellate
Abe Barlaskar – Personal Injury: Defense
Ryan P. Bourjaily – Estate & Trust Litigation
Ashley S. Dickey – Personal Injury: Defense
Chase M. Kubica – Personal Injury: Defense
Patrick C. Lannen – Banking
Scott W. Malott – Civil Litigation: Defense
Courtney L. Nichols – Employment & Labor
Nicole C. Ruggirello – Insurance Coverage (New to the list)
Detroit office member:

Kimberly K. Seibert – Civil Litigation: Defense
Lansing office member:

Alannah M. Buford-Kamerman – Personal Injury: Defense
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 150 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. 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 regarding Plunkett Cooney’s 2020 Michigan “Rising Stars,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Plunkett Cooney attorneys named to 2020 Michigan ‘Super Lawyers’ list

Michigan Super Lawyers magazine recently named 13 attorneys from Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, to its 2020 list of “Super Lawyers.”

For the 14th consecutive year, Plunkett Cooney appellate attorney Mary Massaron has received special recognition by the magazine with its inclusion of her among the state’s top 50 women lawyers. Partner D. Jennifer Andreou, who serves as a co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Medical Liability Practice Group, returns to the top 50 list of women attorneys.

Below is a list of Plunkett Cooney partners who have received the 2020 Michigan Super Lawyer designation:

Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office members:

Michael P. Ashcraft, Jr. – Professional Liability: Defense
Douglas C. Bernstein – Bankruptcy
Charles W. Browning – Insurance Coverage
Jeffrey C. Gerish – Appellate
Robert G. Kamenec – Appellate
Mark S. Kopson – Health Care
Mary Massaron – Appellate
Scott H. Sirich – Construction Litigation

Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit office members:

Jennifer Andreou – Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
Laurel F. McGiffert – Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
Matthew J. Stanczyk – Personal Injury Defense: Products

Plunkett Cooney’s East Lansing office members:

David K. Otis – Government

Plunkett Cooney’s Flint office members:

Audrey J. Forbush – Government

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. Those named to the annual list represent only five percent of the state’s licensed practitioners.

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 150 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. 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 Plunkett Cooney’s 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Plunkett Cooney attorneys among 2021 ‘Best Lawyers in America’

Twenty five Plunkett Cooney attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021.

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which lawyers within their own geographic region nominate their peers. These lawyers are not allowed to select nominees from the same area(s) in which they practice. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.

In addition to inclusion on the list this year, David K. Otis received the Best Lawyers™ 2021 Municipal Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” award in Lansing, Michigan and Mary Massaron was named the Best Lawyers® 2021 Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year” in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Lawyer of the Year is a designation awarded to only a single attorney in each practice area in each community.

Below is the complete list of Plunkett Cooney attorneys who have received the 2021 Best Lawyers designation:

Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Best Lawyers:

Michael P. Ashcraft (partner) – Legal Malpractice Law. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]
Douglas C. Bernstein (partner) – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law / Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law / Real Estate Law
William D. Booth (of counsel) – Personal Injury Litigation. [Named to Best Lawyers list for over 30 years]
Charles W. Browning (partner) – Insurance Law. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]
Lawrence R. Donaldson (of counsel) – Professional Malpractice Law
Michael A. Fleming (partner) – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Jeffrey C. Gerish (partner) – Appellate Law
Robert G. Kamenec (partner) – Appellate Practice. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]
Mark S. Kopson (partner) – Health Care Law
David A. Lerner (partner) – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Mary Massaron (partner) – Appellate Law. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]
Lauren B. McMillen (partner) – Insurance Law. [New to the list this year]
Saulius K. Mikalonis (senior attorney) – Environmental Law
Kenneth C. Newa (partner) – Insurance Law
Scott H. Sirich (partner) – Construction Law and Litigation. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]
Thomas P. Vincent (partner) – Commercial Litigation

Plunkett Cooney’s Columbus, Ohio Best Lawyers:

Amelia A. Bower (partner) – Real Estate Litigation. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]
Daniel J. Hurley (senior attorney) – Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation

Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit, Michigan Best Lawyers:

D. Jennifer Andreou (partner) – Medical Malpractice Law
Laurel F. McGiffert (partner) – Medical Malpractice Law
Claudia D. Orr (senior attorney) – Employment Law, Labor and Employment Litigation
Stanley A. Prokop (partner) – Insurance Law
Mary Catherine Rentz (partner) – Insurance Law

Plunkett Cooney’s East Lansing, Michigan Best Lawyer:

David K. Otis (partner) – Municipal Litigation and Law. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]

Plunkett Cooney’s Grand Rapids, Michigan Best Lawyers:

Michael S. Bogren (partner) – Municipal Law and Litigation. [Named to Best Lawyers list for 10 years]

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 150 attorneys in seven 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 Plunkett Cooney’s 2021 “Best Lawyers in America,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Legal Publication names Cooney to 2020 ‘Hall of Fame’ Class

Plunkett Cooney partner and former President & CEO Henry B. Cooney was recently named to the Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MLW) “Hall of Fame” Class of 2020.

Cooney, along with 18 other attorneys, professors and judges, was recognized as one of Michigan’s legal leaders over the age of 60 who has had a successful career and made valuable contributions to the community. The hall also includes attorneys who have practiced for 30 years or more.

On Sept. 3, MLW will host the 2nd annual Hall of Fame awards ceremony as a virtual online event broadcast from 6 to 7 p.m. The honorees will also be profiled in a special section appearing in the Sept. 7 issue of MLW.

Cooney has the distinction of having served as PC’s President & CEO for 18 years (1998-2015). Following his tenure, he returned to the full-time practice of law and continues to defend his clients in complex litigation involving products, construction and commercial liability.

Cooney’s involvement in the legal community includes serving as a past president and member of the board of directors of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and membership in numerous other professional organizations, including the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association and Defense Research Institute.

Cooney chaired the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, and he remains a member of the chamber’s executive board. He served as a member of the organization’s board of directors from 2014 to 2015.

One of Cooney’s most notable philanthropic efforts has been his more than a decade of service to the American Heart Association’s Southeast Michigan Chapter. He was a longtime member of the Executive Leadership Team that is responsible for fund-raising and coordinating the organization’s annual Detroit Heart Walk.

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 150 attorneys in seven 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 has also been selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Hank Cooney’s selection as a 2020 Hall of Fame member, 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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