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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Plunkett Cooney attorneys named to Michigan ‘Super Lawyers’ 2021 list

Michigan Super Lawyers magazine has named 12 attorneys from Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, to its 2021 list of “Super Lawyers.”

Receiving special recognition by the magazine with inclusion among the state’s top 50 women lawyers are Mary Massaron and D. Jennifer Andreou. Massaron, one of Michigan’s most accomplished appellate attorneys, has been included among the top 50 for the 15th consecutive year. Andreou, who serves as a leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Medical Liability Practice Group, once again joins the top 50 list of women attorneys, her seventh such honor during the past 12 years.

Below is a list of Plunkett Cooney partners who have received the 2021 Michigan Super Lawyer designation:

Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office members:

Michael P. Ashcraft, Jr. – Professional Liability: Defense
Douglas C. Bernstein – Bankruptcy: Business
Charles W. Browning – Insurance Coverage
Robert G. Kamenec – Appellate
Mark S. Kopson – Health Care
Mary Massaron – Appellate
Scott H. Sirich – Construction Litigation
Thomas P. Vincent – Business Litigation
Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit office members:

Jennifer Andreou – Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
Laurel F. McGiffert – Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
Matthew J. Stanczyk – Personal Injury Defense: Products
Plunkett Cooney’s Flint office members:

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

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 150 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading international directory of law firms.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s 2021 “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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Charles Bogren joins Plunkett Cooney’s Governmental Law Practice Group

Attorney Charles L. Bogren recently joined the Governmental Law Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms.

A member of the firm’s Grand Rapids office, Bogren focuses his practice in the area of governmental law and related litigation. His expertise includes the defense of municipalities and other public entities in First Amendment disputes, due process claims, Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act matters, civil rights cases and employment-related litigation.

In addition to his public-sector practice, Bogren has extensive experience handling general business litigation, including bankruptcy, commercial disputes, real estate and insurance coverage with an emphasis on matters stemming from bankruptcy filings.

Admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Michigan, Bogren is a member of multiple sections of the State Bar of Michigan, including the Government Law, Business Law and Litigation divisions. He is also licensed to practice in Illinois.

Bogren graduated from the University of Kansas Law School in 2018. While there, he served as Business Manager and Staff Editor for the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy and as a member of the University of Kansas School of Law Moot Court Council. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2012.

Plunkett Cooney’s Governmental Law Practice Group members have represented hundreds of municipalities in litigation brought in Michigan’s state and federal courts. The firm’s attorneys have handled virtually every aspect of government liability, including claims against public officials and allegations related to police misconduct, First Amendment disputes and injuries occurring on public property. The firm also directly represents numerous municipalities and governmental agencies, providing services and advice in their roles as outside counsel.

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.

For more information about Charles Bogren joining Plunkett Cooney’s Governmental 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 Plunkett Cooney among America’s largest law firms

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and most accomplished law firms, is once again ranked by the National Law Journal (NLJ) among the 350 largest and most distinguishable firms for female diversity in the United States.

Plunkett Cooney ranks 275 in the 2021 survey, moving up 58 places in the ranking from last year. According to a recent NLJ article, the firm was also one of the top five in the nation for percentage growth at 16.8% in 2020.

In determining its list of the top law firms, The NLJ, one of the leading legal industry newspapers, surveyed more than 900 law firms to identify the 500 largest in the United States during the previous calendar year. The attorney totals are based on the average number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) attorneys for the period Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020.

In addition, the NLJ has ranked Plunkett Cooney 148 nationally on its “Women in Law Scorecard 2021.” Of the attorneys employed at the firm, 34.2% are female. From this grouping, 24.7% are partners and 45.2% are associates. The Women’s Scorecard is produced as part of the annual NLJ 500 firm head count report, and it only includes FTE attorneys. Data on gender diversity at firms is collected simultaneously with lawyer totals. The largest 350 firms are eligible for the Women’s Scorecard.

Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of litigation and transactional services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm represents clients in such diverse practice areas as appellate law, banking law, bankruptcy, business litigation, construction law, corporate law, environmental liability, governmental relations, healthcare law, insurance law, labor and employment law, mergers and acquisitions, motor vehicle liability, medical malpractice, municipal liability, product liability, professional liability, real estate law and title insurance.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 150 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s inclusion among the largest 350 law firms in America and the Women’s Scorecard, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Former Michigan Senate Chief of Staff joins firm’s government affairs group

Peter J. Langley, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Michigan Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekof, recently joined Plunkett Cooney as a senior attorney in the firm’s Lansing office.

A member of the Plunkett Cooney’s Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Practice Group, Langley also assists clients as a member of the firm’s Environment, Energy and Resources Group.

“We are excited to add Pete to our growing team,” said Government Relations Practice Group Leader and former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, Tom Leonard. “His strong reputation and experience at the highest levels of the Legislature and as an executive director for the American Petroleum Institute make him an invaluable resource to our clients.”

Langley’s public- and private-sector background includes consulting, business development and planning, contract management, strategic planning, government relations, advocacy and lobbying, coalition and public-policy development, and legislation drafting.

Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney, which is one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, Langley served as President of Strategic Policy Solutions, a full-service government relations and advocacy firm, specializing in energy, healthcare and regulatory issues. Langley also previously served as executive director of the American Petroleum Institute of Michigan where he represented some of the world’s largest energy producers. While there, he developed coalitions to move forward large infrastructure projects and energy priorities in the state.

In addition to his government relations and public policy expertise, Langley assists clients in the areas of environmental and energy law, regulatory compliance and related matters. He received his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2007 and his undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University in 1997.

Plunkett Cooney’s Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Practice Group focuses on policy development, strategic collaboration, coalition and relationship building, legislation monitoring and bill tracking. The firm works with clients in numerous industries to develop creative and proactive solutions designed to meet the challenges of dealing with local, county and state government.

Plunkett Cooney has also been a decade’s long partner in the effort to provide traditional energy sources and to develop and bring to market sources of alternative and renewable energy. Members of the firm’s Environment, Energy and Resources Law Group include attorneys with specific expertise in transactional and government-related areas of practice. These services include contract negotiation, employment law, business litigation, energy regulatory compliance, environmental matters, governmental relations, finance 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 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 Peter Langley joining Plunkett Cooney’s 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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