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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Legal Publication names Cowan among ‘Leaders in the Law’

Plunkett Cooney partner Dennis G. Cowan was recently nominated as a member of the Class of 2020 “Leaders in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MLW), an industry publication serving the state’s legal community.

Cowan and the 29 other honorees were selected for, among other things, their significant contributions to the practice of law in Michigan, their expertise and their leadership in improving the state’s justice system, as well as seeking improvements to the legal and local communities and setting an example for other lawyers.

The 12th Annual Leaders in the Law awards ceremony will be held virtually on Aug. 3 starting at 6 p.m. The “Lawyer of the Year,” as selected by a vote of the class, will be announced during the COVID-compliant online event. All of the 2020 honorees will also be profiled in a special section of the MLW issue that will be distributed beforehand.

A Co-leader of the firm’s Governmental Affairs and Business Planning & Transactions practice groups, Cowan has the distinction of having previously served as President & CEO of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms.

Currently, Cowan focuses his legal practice on obtaining governmental approvals for clients at the local, county and state levels. He has particular experience advocating on behalf of clients who are seeking zoning, site plan and other land use approvals. Cowan also represents clients before state administrative boards, as well as with the Michigan Attorney General’s office.

Additional areas of his expertise include banking law, business law and transactions and cannabis law.

A 1984 magna cum laude graduate of the Detroit College of Law, now known as the Michigan State University College of Law, Cowan has been involved in some of the state’s largest and most significant business deals, including a bid to build a Detroit casino, securing approvals for multi-million-dollar developments in suburban communities, and assisting with the financing package that helped make the city of Detroit’s “Grand Bargain” bankruptcy possible in 2014.

Cowan, who received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts/Boston in 1978, is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association; the Real Property Law, Corporation and Business Law, and Public Corporations Law sections of the State Bar of Michigan; and the State and Local Government Section of the American Bar Association.

During his more than 30 years of practice, Cowan served 14 years as a member of the Royal Oak City Commission. After six years as a City Commissioner, he was elected and served four consecutive two-year terms as Royal Oak Mayor. As a result of his extensive experience as a public official, Cowan offers a unique perspective to advising clients on legal issues related to all levels of government.

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 Dennis Cowan’s selection as a 2020 Leader in the Law, 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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Kopson elected to second term on American Health Lawyers Association board

A shareholder at Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, Mark S. Kopson was recently elected to a second term on the board of directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA).

Kopson, who leads Plunkett Cooney’s Health Care Industry Group, was reelected to a three-year term beginning on July 1. He also was elected to serve a one-year term as an At-Large member of the association’s Nominating Committee.

With over 13,000 members, the AHLA is the nation’s largest, nonpartisan, nonprofit educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field. The organization, whose members include attorneys practicing in law and consulting firms, academic institutions, corporate legal departments and in the public sector, seeks to foster excellence in health law by educating and connecting the health law community.

Resident in Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, Kopson has been a member of the AHLA since 1987 and has served the organization in a number of roles, including as chair and vice chair of the Payers, Plans and Managed Care Practice group, as chair of the Managed Care Contracting Affinity Group, and as a member of several board of directors committees. In addition, he frequently speaks at AHLA programs and is a contributing author for several AHLA publications.

Kopson has practiced health care law for 33 years with special emphasis on matters related to managed care. He represents plans, payers and providers in Michigan and throughout the United States.

He has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of clinically integrated networks of hospitals, physicians, ambulatory surgery centers and ancillary providers; managed care negotiation; contracting and dispute resolution; value-based reimbursement and revenue cycle; as well as regulatory compliance and agency investigation response.

Kopson is a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan’s Health Care Law Section and previously served as its chair and secretary. A recipient of numerous honors, Kopson has been named a Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law, a Michigan Super Lawyer in Health Care by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine, a Leading Lawyer in Health Law by Leading Lawyers magazine Michigan, and a Top Lawyer in Health Care Law by Dbusiness magazine. Kopson also has received the highest peer review rating – AV® Preeminent™ – awarded by Martindale Hubbell, an international legal industry directory.

Plunkett Cooney’s Healthcare Industry Group serves the needs of clients in the increasingly complex business of healthcare. Using a multi-specialty approach, the group’s attorneys develop strategies and both prevent and solve problems on behalf of all types of healthcare providers, payers, plans and health-related businesses. The firm’s clients include clinically integrated networks, health plans, behavioral health providers, for-profit and non-profit health systems, single- and multi-specialty professional practices, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, and long-term care facilities.

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, 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 Mark S. Kopson’s reelection to the AHLA 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 elects board of directors members, officers

At the recent annual meeting of Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms – three shareholders were elected by their colleagues to serve three-year terms as members of the board of directors.
David R. Stechow was elected for the first time while Audrey J. Forbush and Scott K. Lites were re-elected.

In addition, the firm is pleased to announce that shareholders Michael S. Bogren, Michael P. Ashcraft Jr. and Forbush were re-elected by the members of the board of directors to one-year terms as chairman, secretary/treasurer and senior vice president, respectively.

Stechow, who serves as Co-leader of the firm’s Construction Law Practice Group, has successfully litigated both jury trials and arbitrations on behalf of builders, contractors, management companies, manufacturers and suppliers. A member of the firm’s Detroit office, he received his law degree in 1996 from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and his undergraduate degree in 1992 from Michigan State University. A member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Steering Committee of ALFA International’s Construction Group, Stechow was selected in 2010 as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary trial lawyer society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

The managing partner of Plunkett Cooney’s Flint office and Co-leader of the firm’s Governmental Law Practice Group, Forbush focuses her practice in the areas of municipal and medical liability. She has particular expertise representing municipalities in police liability matters. Forbush is a member of the public corporation section of the Michigan and Genesee County bar associations, and she serves as legal advisor to the Law Enforcement Action Forum, an organization consisting of select law enforcement executives throughout Michigan. Forbush received her law degree, magna cum laude, from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 1988 and her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in 1984.

Lites, who is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, is one of the firm’s most accomplished business attorneys with over 30 years of experience representing clients in their acquisition, financing, investment, development and disposition activities. He routinely negotiates and closes multi-million dollar financial transactions, real estate development projects and franchise agreements. He also has the distinction of having served as special counsel to a Michigan-based public employee pension system and as an appointed member of the state of Michigan’s Receivership Transition Advisory Board for the City of Allen Park. Lites received his law degree in 1985 from the University of Detroit School of Law and his undergraduate degree in 1982 from the University of Michigan.

A member of the firm’s Grand Rapids office, 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 has extensive experience representing municipalities in both state and federal courts in police liability claims, First Amendment law, due process claims, Open Meetings Act claims, FOIA claims, zoning matters, civil rights cases and employment litigation. A 1982 cum laude graduate of University of Detroit School of Law, Bogren is a member of the Public Corporations Section of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association and the Civil Rights Section of the Federal Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Western Michigan University in 1979.

Ashcraft, who serves as a Co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Professional Liability Practice Group, concentrates his practice on the defense of attorneys, accountants, and their firms on professional liability and responsibility matters. A partner in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, 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. Ashcraft graduated, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 1992, and he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1987. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, 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 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 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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Former House Speaker Tom Leonard to launch Plunkett Cooney’s government relations group

Former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Tom Leonard has joined Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and most accomplished law firms – as a partner and leader of the firm’s new Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Practice Group.

“I’m extremely pleased to welcome the former Speaker to our firm,” said Plunkett Cooney’s President & CEO Thomas P. Vincent. “Tom’s knowledge of the state’s political system and business community will be invaluable in helping our clients navigate legislative and regulatory issues and to create more effective business strategies.”

Plunkett Cooney’s new Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Practice Group will focus on policy development, strategic collaboration, building relationships and coalitions, legislative monitoring, and bill tracking. Leonard will lead a team of Plunkett Cooney attorneys in the East Lansing office who share his passion for public affairs, solving problems and tackling cutting edge issues. To better assist these efforts, the firm will be re-locating its East Lansing office to Lansing in the near future.

“Plunkett Cooney is one of the Midwest’s top law firms, and its reputation is second-to-none,” said Leonard. “This is a tremendous opportunity to lead a dedicated team and build out a top-notch government relations and regulatory practice focused on meaningful policy reforms and long-lasting solutions.

“As a legislator, business owner and now attorney at Plunkett Cooney, my focus has always remained the same – helping propel the State of Michigan toward becoming a Top 10 location for businesses and families. This is the right role at the right time to continue that work and continue to make a significant impact on our State’s future.”

Leonard served three terms in the House of Representatives. In his third and final term, his colleagues unanimously selected him to serve as Michigan’s 75th House Speaker. Prior to running for public office, Leonard served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan and as a prosecutor in Genesee County where he was assigned to the Special Crimes Division. Leonard graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2007 and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2004.

As a legislator, Leonard earned a reputation as a straight shooter who often worked across the aisle to solve complex problems. Reforming Michigan’s teacher pension fund, creating a bi-partisan task force to tackle Michigan’s broken mental health system, updating “Kevin’s Law,” ending driver’s responsibility fees, modernizing the State’s health insurance code, and re-writing the State’s preliminary exam law are just some of his signature achievements during his tenure.

In 2019, Leonard founded “MiStrategies, LLC, a public policy development and strategic collaboration firm that partnered with companies, associations, and industry advocates committed to making Michigan a “top-10 state.” The MiStrategies portfolio focused on public policy initiatives like insurance, criminal justice reform, mental health, transportation, infrastructure, tax policy, public safety, and education – all key building blocks for Michigan’s long-term success.

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

For more information about former Michigan Speaker of the House of Representatives Tom Leonard joining Plunkett Cooney as leader of the Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory 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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Murray joins Plunkett Cooney’s Insurance Coverage Group

Attorney Tanya M. Murray recently joined the Insurance Law Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest full-service law firms.

A member of Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, Murray represents and counsels leading property and casualty insurance companies throughout the Midwest. She provides coverage opinions and drafts corresponding coverage position letters regarding claims under commercial general liability, homeowners, umbrella and professional liability insurance policies. She also litigates coverage disputes that involve claims of bodily injury, personal and advertising injury, construction defects and environmental contamination.

Murray is an associate member of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Inns of Court, and she is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Member of the Year award by the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Oakland Region.

Murray is a 2017 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. While there, she received several academic accolades, including book awards and the Frank Sengstock Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, and she served as Associate Editor of Mercy’s Law Review. Murray received her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2012.

Plunkett Cooney is recognized as one of the nation’s leading law firms for 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 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. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Tanya Murray joining the firm, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.
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Goodman Mucha joins firm’s Healthcare Industry Group

Karen Goodman Mucha recently joined the Healthcare Industry Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest law firms.

“It’s great to have Karen on board as a member of our healthcare team,” said Mark S. Kopson, Plunkett Cooney’s Healthcare Industry Group Leader. “She’s an exceptionally skilled attorney, and her diverse in-house counsel experience will be of tremendous benefit to our clients.”

An of counsel attorney in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Goodman Mucha focuses her practice primarily in the area of healthcare law. She has extensive experience drafting commercial and governmental managed care contracts; managing complex health care and employment litigation; handling health care transactions for a variety of providers; ensuring Medicare and regulatory compliance for health care providers with a particular focus on home health and hospice providers; and reviewing, drafting and revising health system vendor agreements, including those for information technology.

Goodman Mucha has over 30 years of experience as in-house counsel for a home health and hospice provider, physician organizations, medical centers and managed care organizations. She has handled a variety of industry-related issues, including compliance and code of conduct programs, fraud and abuse, HIPAA, patient care issues, and agreement disputes with professional service, educational affiliation, system-wide vendor and vendor procurement and payors.

Goodman Mucha received her master’s degree from the Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University in 1986. She received her law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1983 and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. Goodman Mucha is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Health Care Compliance Association, from which she earned a Certificate in Health Care Compliance.

Plunkett Cooney’s Healthcare Industry Group was formed to meet the unique needs of clients in the increasingly complex business of healthcare. Using a multi-specialty approach, the firm’s attorneys solve and work to prevent problems on behalf of all types of healthcare providers, payors and health-related businesses. The firm’s clients include physicians and physician networks, single- and multi-specialty professional practices, physician-hospital organizations, integrated delivery networks, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, long-term care facilities and many others.

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

For more information about Karen Goodman Mucha joining Plunkett Cooney, 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 attorney Ruggirello named ‘Up & Coming Lawyer’

Plunkett Cooney insurance coverage attorney, Nicole C. Ruggirello, was recently named to the 2019 Class of “Up & Coming Lawyers” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MLW), an industry publication serving the state’s legal community.

Members of the MLW editorial staff reviewed numerous “Up & Coming Lawyer” nominations. Particular emphasis is placed on legal accomplishments and community involvement within each nominee’s first 10 years of practice. After the nomination review process was completed, 30 honorees were selected. Each will be interviewed for a special section in the legal industry publication’s Dec. 9 edition. Honorees will also be saluted by the newspaper and members of the state’s legal community during an “Up & Coming Lawyers Award Luncheon” on Dec. 5 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Nicole represents several major property and casualty insurance companies in coverage cases throughout the Midwest. Her coverage work includes handling environmental contamination, construction defect and high-exposure product liability claims.

Admitted to practice in Wisconsin and in the state and federal courts in Michigan and Illinois, Ruggirello received both her law and undergraduate degrees, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 and 2008, respectively.

Plunkett Cooney is recognized as one of the nation’s leading law firms for 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 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. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Nicole C. Ruggirello receiving the MLW “Up & Coming Lawyer” honor, 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 among Michigan ‘Super Lawyers’

Michigan Super Lawyers magazine recently named 18 attorneys from Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, to its 2019 list of “Super Lawyers.”

For the thirteenth 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. Massaron is one of the firm’s most experienced appellate attorneys and serves as co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Class Action & Mass Tort Practice Group.

Below is a list of Plunkett Cooney’s partners who have received the 2019 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
• Henry B. Cooney – Civil Litigation Defense
• Jeffrey C. Gerish – Appellate
• Robert G. Kamenec – Appellate
• Mark S. Kopson – Health Care
• Anthony J. Rusciano – Business Litigation
• 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
• Stanley A. Prokop – Insurance Coverage
• Mary Catherine Rentz – Insurance Coverage
• Matthew J. Stanczyk – Personal Injury Defense: Products

Plunkett Cooney’s East Lansing office member:

• David K. Otis – Government

Plunkett Cooney’s Flint office member:

• Audrey J. Forbush – Government

Plunkett Cooney’s Petoskey office member:

• Jerome A. Galante – Personal Injury Defense: Products

Super Lawyers features a patented selection process involving three steps: (1) creation of a candidate pool; (2) evaluation of candidates by the research department; and (3) peer evaluation by practice area. 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 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 and as one of its 2019 Cool Places to Work in Michigan.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s 2019 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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