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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Browning named among 2021 ‘Leaders in the Law’

Plunkett Cooney partner Charles W. Browning was recently selected a 2021 “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MiLW), an industry publication serving the state’s legal community. This is the second time that Browning has been selected for this honor, having also been named a Leader in the Law in 2015.

Browning and the other class of 2021 honorees were selected for, among other things, their significant contributions to the practice of law in Michigan, their expertise and leadership, as well as for setting an example for other lawyers.

The annual Leaders in the Law awards ceremony will be held on Dec. 2 at the Detroit Marriott Troy. The “Lawyer of the Year,” as selected by a vote of the class, will be announced during the event. All of the 2021 honorees will be profiled in a special section of the Dec. 6 issue of MiLW.

Browning is a partner and Co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group, overseeing the firm’s national practice as coverage counsel for numerous major insurance companies.

In addition to this honor, Browning has been designated annually for several years as a Michigan Super Lawyer and has been annually recognized by The Best Lawyers in America since 2010. He is a Fellow in the American College of Coverage Counsel. Browning is also the 2016 recipient of Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) prestigious Albert H. Parnell Award, which is presented annually to honor members who created a particularly dynamic educational program.

Browning is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (Casualty Insurance Committee (Chair 2006-2008) and Reinsurance and Excess and Surplus Lines Committee); Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (Insurance Committee) and the American Bar Association (Litigation Section and Torts and Insurance Practice Section). He is also a member of the Board of Editors of the Defense Counsel Journal.

Browning has been admitted to practice law in the state courts of Michigan and several federal courts, and he has been admitted to practice law pro hac vice in more than 34 states. He received his law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University.

Plunkett Cooney is recognized as one of the nation’s leading law firms for insurance coverage litigation. They routinely handle cutting-edge coverage litigation, including such issues as COVID-19 business interruption and emerging environmental contaminants like polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS).

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 Charles Browning’s selection as a 2021 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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Murray re-appointed board member of Mackinac Island Community Foundation

James J. Murray, the managing partner of the Petoskey office of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, was recently re-appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.

“It’s such an honor to help the Mackinac Island community,” said Murray. “Continuing my service on the Board, and particularly as its Chair, provides me the opportunity to help focus the Foundation’s resources to promote the safety, health, strength and success of the Mackinac Island community.”

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation serves the general well-being of Mackinac Island residents and visitors. Its purpose is to raise permanent endowment and special-purpose funds, manage them and distribute the earnings for charitable purposes and to stimulate community-wide initiatives. For example, according to Murray, the Foundation responded to the impact of COVID-19 by establishing the Island Essential Needs fund for the benefit of Island residents and nonprofit organizations that were adversely impacted by the pandemic. In addition, recently the Foundation, in partnership with the City of Mackinac Island and others, helped develop and construct additional workforce housing. Murray credited the generosity and dedication of many to accomplish these goals.

As a member of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation, Murray works with his colleagues to advance the organization’s goals, which include assisting in raising and managing endowment assets and determining how to spend funds to best benefit Mackinac Island’s residents, visitors and the Island unique natural resources.

Since 1998, Murray has been a partner with Plunkett Cooney. His northern Michigan practice includes extensive experience in the areas of business law, real estate, banking, and estate planning. Murray serves as city attorney for the city of Petoskey.

Murray is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan, as well as a former Board member of the Michigan Legal Defense Fund and the Association of Municipal Attorneys. He is a past President of the Emmet-Charlevoix Bar Association and serves as a member of the grievance panel for the State Bar of Michigan.

Murray received his law degree, magna cum laude, and undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 1987 and 1982, respectively.

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.

For more information about James Murray’s reappointment to the Mackinac Island Community Foundation board, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Massaron to receive Michigan Bar Appellate Section’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The State Bar of Michigan’s Appellate Practice Section recently announced that it has selected Plunkett Cooney partner Mary Massaron as the recipient of its 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award will be presented to Massaron during the 2022 Appellate Bench Bar Conference next May. Anne Argiroff, who chairs the Appellate Practice Section, said Massaron was selected because of her tireless efforts to support the section and to improve appellate advocacy in Michigan.

“You continue to provide the standard to which we, as appellate attorneys, aspire: meticulous and zealous advocacy, an innate understanding of the law and its effects, and outstanding professional leadership,” Argiroff wrote in her award notification letter to Massaron. “This is most appropriate in light of your decades of work as co-chair of the Michigan Bench Bar Conference Foundation. Your involvement with the Conference, as well as other state and national organizations, has been instrumental in improving the appellate justice system and facilitating the relationships between the bench and bar.”

Massaron, one of Plunkett Cooney’s most accomplished appellate attorneys, will add the SBM Appellate Section Lifetime Achievement Award to a long list of other honors. She is a former president of DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar and the first woman president of Lawyers for Civil Justice. A member of the prestigious American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and American Law Institute, Massaron is also a past chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Amicus Curiae Briefs, a five-member committee that oversees preparation of ABA briefs for filing in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The list of Massaron’s appellate victories is long and distinguished, including an award-winning brief in Nexteer Automotive Group v. Mando America Corp in 2018. Cooley Law Review presented Massaron with its Distinguished Brief Award for her efforts in this case. She has also received distinguished service awards from the Michigan Municipal League in 2003 and Marygrove College in 2004, as well as the Leaders in the Law Award from Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2009. Additionally, Massaron received the 2020 Al Cortese Award for outstanding contributions to the cause of civil justice, which was presented to her by Lawyers for Civil Justice.

With over 100 appeals as lead attorney before the U.S. Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit, Massaron’s list of published cases in state appellate courts is equally as long and distinguished. She is admitted to almost every federal circuit court of appeals and has handled matters before the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth circuits. She has also handled cases in Alabama, California, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Ohio courts, as well as in the Tribal Court of Appeals.

Massaron, who has exclusively practiced in the area of appellate law for over 30 years, is perennially recognized by Best Lawyers in America for appellate law and has been repeatedly acknowledged as one of the top 100 lawyers, top 50 business lawyers, top 25 women business lawyers, top 50 female lawyers, and top appellate law practitioners by Michigan Super Lawyers. She was recognized as the Best Lawyers 2017 and 2021 Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year” for attorneys practicing in Bloomfield Hills. Dbusiness magazine has named Massaron its top appellate lawyer for the past five years.

Plunkett Cooney, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the nation, 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’s 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.

For more information about Mary Massaron’s State Bar of Michigan Lifetime Achievement Award, 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 2022 list of ‘Ones to Watch’

Ten Plunkett Cooney attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2022 edition.

The “Ones to Watch” awards are recognitions given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. The award recipients typically have been in practice for five to nine years, focusing on one or more of the 77 areas of expertise that were recognized.

The methodology for determining these awards remains the same as it did when Best Lawyers was founded almost 40 years ago: a 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, and it is not a fee-based listing.

Below is the list of Plunkett Cooney attorneys who have received the 2022 Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” recognition:

Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Best Lawyers Ones to Watch:

*Ryan M. Bates (Partner – Bloomfield Hills) – Insurance Law
*Stephanie M. Brochert (Associate – Bloomfield Hills) – Insurance Law
*Rochelle L. Clarke (Associate – Bloomfield Hills) – Education Law, Municipal Law
*Michael C. Dennis (Associate – Bloomfield Hills) – Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
*Justin J. Hakala (Senior Attorney – Bloomfield Hills) – Defendants: Medical Malpractice Law, Product Liability Litigation
*Michael D. Hanchett (Associate – Bloomfield Hills) – Municipal Law
*Katherine M. Nighswander (Associate – Bloomfield Hills) – Insurance Law

Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit, Michigan Best Lawyers Ones to Watch:

*Emily M. Coyle (Partner – Detroit) – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law / Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
*Michael A. Osman* (Associate – Detroit) – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Plunkett Cooney’s Grand Rapids, Michigan Best Lawyers Ones to Watch:

*Michele Dunsky Adams (Associate – Grand Rapids) – Insurance Law

Ones to Watch-awarded lawyers can be recognized for multiple years, but he or she cannot indefinitely remain recognized on the list. After a candidate has been in practice for 10+ years, he or she is eligible to be nominated for the traditional Best Lawyers designation.

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 2022 “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” 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 Orr among top ‘Women in the Law’

Plunkett Cooney attorney Claudia D. Orr was recently named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s (MLW) to its 2021 Class of “Women in the Law.”

“This is a tremendous honor for Claudia who is an outstanding employment law attorney,” said Thomas P. Vincent, Plunkett Cooney’s President and CEO. “She represents a range of employers from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits. She is also very involved in the southeast Michigan HR community, so this well-deserved on several levels.”

Orr was among 34 women honored at a luncheon on Sept. 9 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy where one member of the 2021 class was also named “Woman of the Year.” MLW, a leading publication serving the state’s legal industry, recognized this year’s honorees in a special section of the newspaper that was distributed yesterday.

The MLW editorial staff selected this year’s honorees because they made outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan and set an example for other lawyers. These women are pioneers and trailblazers, educators and role models. They have shown tremendous leadership and offer a wealth of expertise in diverse areas of the law.

A senior attorney in the firm’s Detroit office, Orr exclusively represents and advises employers in litigation, human resources matters and labor law disputes. These matters include hiring, discipline/discharge, ADA and FMLA leaves, workers’ disability compensation, public policy, unpaid commissions and whistleblower issues and many other areas of employment law.

Dbusiness magazine also named Orr a Top Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law in 2010, 2015 and 2020. Since 2014, she has been listed by Best Lawyers in America as one of the state’s top employment attorneys, and she has received the top peer review rating of AV-Preeminent as awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, an international peer review rating service.

Orr is a member of the Master Lawyers and Employment and Labor Law sections of the State Bar of Michigan, and she serves as a mediation panel member of the Special Employment Panel of Neutral Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association. A long-time member of Detroit-SHRM, Orr currently serves on its Legal Affairs Committee.

Orr received her law degree from the University of Detroit Law School, summa cum laude, in 1991, and she graduated from the University of Michigan – Dearborn with high distinction in 1986. She is admitted to practice in Michigan’s state and federal courts, as well as the in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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

For more information about Claudia Orr receiving the Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Women in the Law” honor, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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McGiffert named among ‘2021 Most Influential Black Lawyers’

Plunkett Cooney partner and Director of Diversity & Inclusion Laurel F. McGiffert was recently named one of the “2021 Most Influential Black Lawyers” by Savoy magazine.

McGiffert was appointed the firm’s first Director of Diversity & Inclusion in 2018 by Plunkett Cooney President & CEO Thomas P. Vincent. She is responsible for helping create a more diverse and inclusive workforce at the firm. These efforts include, but are not limited to, recruiting and hiring of more diverse candidates, and implementing strategies to retain our talented professionals and support staff.

McGiffert, who graduated from Vassar College in 1970 and Wayne State University Law School in 1980, joined the firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1991. Prior to undertaking her current role, her nearly 40-year legal career included the defense of clients in civil litigation involving employment law, medical malpractice, general liability and municipal liability.

According to Savoy magazine, a national publication covering the power, substance and style of the African American lifestyle, its annual list is comprised of the “best of the best” black lawyers who are partners in leading national law firms and corporate counsel for Fortune 1000 corporations. McGiffert was selected to be featured in the September edition based on criteria related to her success as a trial attorney, prominence of law firm, position, respect among peers, contributions as a speaker/writer and community outreach efforts.

A member of the firm’s Medical Litigation, Employment Law and Governmental Law practice groups, McGiffert remains active in various bar and professional organizations, including the State Bar of Michigan, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Wolverine, Detroit Metropolitan and Oakland County bar associations. She also serves as a member of the boards of directors for the Oakland Mediation Center and Power Company Kids Club.

McGiffert is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the 2017 Earl J. Cline/Sherwin Schreier Award for Excellence from the Negligence Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and the 2012 Respected Advocate Award from the Michigan Association for Justice. McGiffert is an AV-preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, and she has been named for multiple years as a Best Lawyer in America, a Michigan Super Lawyer and a Dbusiness magazine Top Lawyer. Crain’s Detroit Business named McGiffert to its 2017 list of Notable Women in the Law in Michigan, and she received “Hall of Fame” and “Women in the Law” honors from Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2021 and 2015, respectively.

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 Laurel McGiffert’s selection as a Savoy magazine Influential Black Lawyer, 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 attorneys selected as 2021 ‘Rising Stars’

Michigan Super Lawyers magazine has named 14 attorneys from Plunkett Cooney, one of Michigan’s oldest and largest law firms, to its 2021 list of “Rising Stars.”

New to the list this year are Rochelle L. Clarke, Katherine M. Nighswander and Michele Dunsky Adams. A Bloomfield Hills attorney and co-leader of the firm’s Governmental Law Practice Group, Clarke was selected for her civil litigation defense experience. Both Nighswander, an attorney in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, and Dunsky Adams, a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Grand Rapids, were selected for their insurance coverage expertise.

Published by Thomson Reuters, Michigan Super Lawyers compiles its annual list based upon a patented selection process that involves peer nominations, independent third-party research and peer evaluation by a highly-credentialed panel of attorneys.

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 2021 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
*Rochelle L. Clarke – Civil Litigation: Defense
*Ashley S. Dickey – Personal Injury: Defense
*Patrick C. Lannen – Banking
*Scott W. Malott – Civil Litigation: Defense
*Courtney L. Nichols – Employment & Labor
*Katherine M. Nighswander – Insurance Coverage
Nicole C. Ruggirello – Insurance Coverage
*Jesse A. Zapczynski – Insurance Coverage

Detroit office member:

*Kimberly K. Seibert – Civil Litigation: Defense

Grand Rapids office member:

*Michele Dunsky Adams – Personal Injury: Defense

Petoskey office member:

*Matthew W. Cross – Civil Litigation: 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.

For more information regarding Plunkett Cooney’s 2021 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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