Attorney Stephanie Brochert to lead Women’s Bar Association, Oakland Region

Plunkett Cooney associate attorney Stephanie M. Brochert was recently elected president of the Women’s Bar Association, Oakland Region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WBA | Oakland).

Brochert, who was sworn in during the WBA | Oakland annual dinner on May 26 at the Birmingham Athletic Club, will serve a one-year term as president.

Founded in 1919, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) works to advance the interest of women in the legal profession and promote equality and justice for all people. The organization has eight regions that provide wide-ranging educational, networking and advocacy programming for lawyers, judges and law students. WLAM has been actively supporting the advancement of women lawyers by seeking their appointment and election to public and professional positions.

A 2019 WLAM Regional Leadership Award recipient, Brochert has been an active member of the WBA | Oakland for several years. She has progressed through the organization’s leadership track, having previously served as president-elect, vice president and treasurer.

Brochert, who is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, practices primarily
in the area of insurance coverage. She represents major property and casualty insurance companies in coverage cases throughout the United States. Her work includes the defense of a variety of claims, including environmental contamination, construction defect and high-exposure product liability coverage disputes.

Admitted to practice law in Michigan, New York and New Jersey, Brochert has experience representing insurers in complex coverage disputes involving multi-million-dollar construction projects, severe personal injuries, exposures to toxic materials, and matters involving state and local government entities, including the city of New York.

Brochert received her law degree, cum laude, from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. in 2013 and her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Marist College in 2008.

Plunkett Cooney is recognized as one of the nation’s leading law firms for the defense of insurance coverage litigation. Several members of the firm’s Insurance Law Practice Group have been awarded the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. In addition to their litigation expertise, Plunkett Cooney attorneys work with their clients to develop new insurance products and to address emergent theories of legal liability.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the oldest and most accomplished law firms in the Midwest with offices in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which employs approximately 140 attorneys, has built a reputation as a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors.

Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms, and was named a Tier 1 National “Best Law Firm” in 11 practice areas, including insurance law, as determined by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2022.

For more information about Stephanie Brochert’s election as WBA | Oakland president, 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 welcomes Summer Associate Class of 2022

If you were to judge Plunkett Cooney’s 2022 summer associate class based solely on school mascots, the firm may be viewed as having one of the toughest sounding classes in the nation!

The firm recently welcomed “Warriors” Jamerika Ramsey and Marisa Thakady from Wayne State University Law School and “Spartan” Jake Hendricks from Michigan State University College of Law to participate in its 12-week summer associate program.

The summer associates will work with Plunkett Cooney partners and associates in the areas of governmental law, tort and litigation and commercial litigation. The program entails two six-week sessions during which the summer associates will receive hands-on experience with legal assignments and will enjoy various professional social events throughout the metropolitan Detroit area. The program will conclude on Aug. 12.

Hendricks is scheduled to receive his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law in 2023. He received his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in 2020. While there, Hendricks received the College of Business Administration Outstanding Student Award and was named Business Residential College Outstanding Student of the Year and Business Residential College Community Member of the Year.

Scheduled to receive her law degree in 2023, Ramsey is a Damon J. Keith Scholar, a mock trial junior member and the current president of her school’s Black Law Student Association. While in law school, Ramsey served as a judicial intern for Judge Linda V. Parker of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and as an intern for Volusia County Courthouse Court Administration in Florida. She received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude in 2020, from Bethune-Cookman University, which is in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Rounding out the Class of 2022 is Thakady who is set to receive her law degree in 2024. She received a full tuition academic merit scholarship to Wayne Law, and she is a member of the Women’s Law Caucus. A 2019 graduate from the University of Michigan, Thakady received university honors for all semesters and participated in the university’s study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the oldest and most accomplished law firms in the Midwest with offices in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys and has built a reputation as a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors.

Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms, and was named a Tier 1 National “Best Law Firm” in 11 practice areas as determined by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2022.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s 2022 Summer Associate Class, 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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Siewert Receives Accredited Fire Investigation Technician Certification

Plunkett Cooney attorney Nicholas W. Siewert was recently certified as a Fire Investigation Technician (IAAI-FIT®) by the International Association of Arson Investigators, which is one of the most respected accreditation organizations for fire investigators.

To become IAAA-FIT® certified, the candidate must have extensive experience in a fire investigation-related agency or industry, more than 40 hours of test training and pass an examination regarding all aspects of fire investigation. The Fire Investigation Technician Program encourages educational and professional development through recognition of an individual’s accomplishments in developing core abilities and competencies related to fire investigation.

Siewert is a member of the Bloomfield Hills office of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and most accomplished full-service law firms. He focuses his practice on insurance-related work involving No-Fault law and motor vehicle litigation, commercial and residential property losses, as well as on coverage disputes, entitlement issues and catastrophic personal injury claims. He also directly represents ride sharing companies, and he serves as defense panel counsel for the policyholders of some of the nation’s largest insurance providers.

Siewert has particular expertise handling claims involving fire and water damage, including arson and staged water losses. He has also handled assignments pertaining to business law, contract law and commercial litigation.

Siewert received his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2014, and he received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in 2008.

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 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 and was named a Tier 1 National “Best Law Firm” in 11 practice areas as determined by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2022.

For more information about Nicholas Siewert’s IAAI-FIT® certification, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com

Seibert named to Detroit Bar Association’s board of directors

Plunkett Cooney partner Kimberly K. Seibert was recently elected to the board of directors of the Detroit Bar Association.

Seibert, who was elected to a one-year term, will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to attain the Detroit Bar’s goals and objectives, for identifying new members and for developing new opportunities with strategic partners.

Founded in 1836, the Detroit Bar Association is one of the three oldest bar associations in the country. It serves the legal community in Southeast Michigan by supporting the ethical and successful practice of law and the fair administration of justice.

Seibert is a partner and co-leader of the Transportation Law Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and most accomplished law firms. Her practice centers on the areas of motor vehicle negligence and no-fault law. She routinely defending insurers, rental car companies, trucking companies and corporations in no-fault coverage disputes and negligence litigation.

A member of the firm’s Detroit office, Seibert has been named for the past five years as a Michigan Rising Star in Civil Litigation Defense by Michigan Super Lawyers. She received her law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 2011 where she received the Bronze Key Certificate. Seibert received her undergraduate degree from University of Michigan in 2008.

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 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 and was named a Tier 1 National “Best Law Firm” in 11 practice areas as determined by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2022.

For more information about Kimberly Seibert’s election to the Detroit Bar Association’s board of directors, 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 Re-elects Officers to Board of Directors

The board of directors of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and most accomplished law firms, recently re-elected three members to officer positions. Partners Michael S. Bogren, Michael P. Ashcraft, Jr. and Audrey J. Forbush were elected to one-year terms as chairman, secretary/treasurer and senior vice president, respectively.

Bogren has been a member of the firm’s board of directors since 2003, serving as chair since 2012. He is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Governmental Law Practice Group, and he focuses his practice in the areas of municipal law, civil rights, police liability 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 due process matters, first amendment issues, Michigan Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Act violations, zoning disputes and employment law.

Ashcraft, who serves as a co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Professional Liability Practice Group, is one of the state’s leading professional liability attorneys. He concentrates his practice primarily on the defense of attorneys, accountants, and their firms in professional liability and responsibility matters. A partner in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, he also represents judges, insurance brokers and agents, securities brokers and dealers, real estate brokers and agents, investment advisors, officers and directors, and notaries public in complex litigation in state and federal courts.

Admitted to state and federal courts in Michigan, 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 American Board of Trial Advocates, the State Bar of Michigan’s Professional Ethics Committee, the American Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Liability and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.

The managing partner of Plunkett Cooney’s Flint office and Co-Leader of the Governmental Law Practice Group, Audrey J. Forbush focuses her practice primarily in the area of municipal liability with particular expertise in police pursuits, alleged excessive force, civil rights cases, whistleblower claims, labor and employment issues, zoning disputes and personal injury litigation. In addition to her municipal practice, Forbush has extensive experience in the area of professional liability where she routinely defends physicians and hospitals in malpractice claims.

Forbush is a member of the Public Corporation Section of the Genesee County Bar Association and the Governmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar. Ms. Forbush also serves as legal advisor to the Law Enforcement Action Forum, an organization consisting of select law enforcement executives throughout the state of Michigan. Forbush received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 1988 and her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in 1984.

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 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 and was named a Tier 1 National “Best Law Firm” in 11 practice areas as determined by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2022.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s newly-elected board 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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Colonna joins Plunkett Cooney’s Estate Planning & Probate Group

Attorney Sean M. Colonna is the newest member of the Trusts & Estates Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney – one of the oldest and largest law firms in the Midwest.

Colonna, who recently joined the firm as an associate in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, focuses his practice on trust and estate planning matters, as well as probate litigation. He advises clients regarding revocable trust agreements, joint trusts, powers of attorney, funeral directives, retirement planning, charitable trusts and transfer tax planning. His litigation practice includes representation in claims involving alleged breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence and lack of mental capacity, as well as will/trust contests.

In addition to his estate planning and probate litigation practice, Colonna assists clients with business transactions and planning. He has created and implemented succession and management continuity plans for closely held businesses and corporations of various sizes, and he drafts and negotiates manufacturing contracts and agreements involving buy-sell, sales representatives, severances, licensing, redemption, pledges and suppliers.

A 2013 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Mr. Colonna has received numerous academic awards, including Book Awards for international taxation, Canadian law, and estate and trust planning. He received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in 2010.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Trusts & Estate Planning Practice Group focus their practice exclusively in the area of wealth management planning and probate litigation. Their expertise includes drafting trusts and wills, managing estates, administering trusts, preserving assets, addressing tax sensitive distribution of assets to beneficiaries, planning for retirement and planning for effective asset protection. They assist with the guardian selection process, and they utilize sophisticated techniques for tax and succession planning to the benefit of their clients.

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 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 and was named a Tier 1 National “Best Law Firms” in 11 practice areas as determined by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2022.

For more information about Sean Colonna joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Gilliam joins Plunkett Cooney’s Employment Law Practice Group

Attorney John S. Gilliam recently joined the Labor and Employment 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, Gilliam focuses his practice primarily in the area of employment law and related litigation. His expertise includes the defense of claims of alleged discrimination, retaliation and civil rights violations, among others.

Gilliam also advises municipalities and private-sector employers on a range of employment-related issues from policy drafting and updating to disciplinary proceedings and hiring/termination situations.

A 2011 graduate of the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Gilliam is admitted to practice in Ohio and the state and federal courts in Michigan and Kentucky. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in 2006.

Plunkett Cooney’s Labor and Employment attorneys provide a full range of employment-related legal services exclusively to employers, including human resources counseling, litigation defense representation, alternative dispute resolution, labor law assistance and regulatory compliance review and 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 140 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 and was named a Tier 1 National “Best Law Firms” in 11 practice areas as determined by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2022.

For more information about John Gilliam joining Plunkett Cooney’s Labor and Employment 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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Legal publication names Gross among 2021 ‘Unsung Heroes’

Longtime Plunkett Cooney Controller Karin Gross was recently selected as a member of the Class of 2021 “Unsung Heroes” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MiLW), an industry publication serving the state’s legal community.

Gross, along with 26 other law firm employees, was selected for consistently going above and beyond the call of duty, often behind the scenes. This honor is reserved for the state’s most talented and dedicated legal support professionals from accounting to firm administrators to legal marketers to paralegals.

Profiles of the honorees will appear in a special digital section later this month. In addition, they will be featured on the publication’s website and in the Daily Alert, a subscriber-based email focusing on the latest legal news.

Gross, who is Plunkett Cooney’s unsung hero in accounting, has been with the firm for over 30 years. After graduating from Walsh College in December 1985, she began her career with the firm as an accounting clerk. She then took on the role of accounting supervisor before she left the firm in 1996 for an opportunity in the health care industry. She returned shortly after to become the firm’s controller, a position she has held since late 2000.

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.

For more information about Karin Gross’ selection as a 2021 Unsung Hero, 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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Plunkett Cooney named among ‘Best Law Firms’ in America

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, has been named a Tier 1 National “Best Law Firms” in 11 practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2022.

“Each year Plunkett Cooney is listed as a Best Law Firm, and I consider it as a validation of the tremendous results our attorneys and staff obtain every day for our clients,” said the firm’s 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 metropolitan categories in Michigan and Ohio:

Appellate Practice
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Employment Law – Management
Environmental Law
Health Care Law
Insurance Law
Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Municipal
Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Municipal Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
Real Estate Law
The current edition of Best Lawyers recognizes the “Best Law Firms” on a national and regional-based scale with ranking based on practice and metropolitan areas. 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 among the most respected peer review publications in the legal profession. Recognition in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For four decades, the publication has compiled the lists by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

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” 2022 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 named among ‘Best Law Firms’ in America

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, has been named a Tier 1 National “Best Law Firms” in 11 practice areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2022.

“Each year Plunkett Cooney is listed as a Best Law Firm, and I consider it as a validation of the tremendous results our attorneys and staff obtain every day for our clients,” said the firm’s 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 metropolitan categories in Michigan and Ohio:

Appellate Practice
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Employment Law – Management
Environmental Law
Health Care Law
Insurance Law
Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Municipal
Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Municipal Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
Real Estate Law
The current edition of Best Lawyers recognizes the “Best Law Firms” on a national and regional-based scale with ranking based on practice and metropolitan areas. 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 among the most respected peer review publications in the legal profession. Recognition in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For four decades, the publication has compiled the lists by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

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” 2022 edition, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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