Vincent to join Detroit Regional Chamber’s board of directors

Thomas P. Vincent, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Plunkett Cooney, was recently elected to serve as a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s board of directors.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Vincent, whose one-year term is set to begin on July 1. “Plunkett Cooney is a long-standing member of the Chamber, and in this leadership role, it will be my privilege to help continue the Chamber’s legacy of economic growth and prosperity for the city of Detroit and its diverse business community.”

The Detroit Regional Chamber, which has served the city’s business community for more than 100 years, is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. It is led by a board of directors dedicated to moving the economic needle and propelling Michigan forward. With members in an 11-county southeast Michigan region, the chamber’s mission includes creating a business-friendly climate and value for its members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at its annual Mackinac Policy Conference.

A former senior trial attorney with the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office, Vincent has served as President and CEO of Plunkett Cooney since 2017. In this role, he dedicates a significant amount of his time to managing the firm’s 150 attorneys and 300 employees in 10 offices across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. He also focuses on achieving the firm’s mission of providing world class service to clients, recruiting and retaining high-quality attorneys and staff, and giving back to the communities in which firm members live and work.

Vincent is also one of the firm’s most accomplished trial attorneys with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to financial institutions, as well as insurance providers. His litigation expertise includes commercial liability, complex disputes, class actions and employment liability.

Vincent joined Plunkett Cooney, which is one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, in 1985 and became a shareholder four years later. In 1999, he was elected to serve as a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Board of Directors, a position he was re-elected to six times before he was elected President and CEO of the firm.

A native Detroiter and the eighth of 12 children, Vincent was educated from elementary through law school in the city. He received his law degree from the Detroit College of Law (currently Michigan State University College of Law) in 1981. Licensed to practice in Michigan’s state and federal courts, Vincent’s professional affiliations include the Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association and American Association for Justice.

Vincent has received numerous honors, including selection by DBusiness magazine as a Top Lawyer, inclusion on the list of Best Lawyers In America®, the Michigan Super Lawyer designation and Corp! magazine’s Most Valuable Professional honor, as well as a rating of AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, a leading peer review rating service in the legal industry.

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.

For more information about the election of Thomas P. Vincent as a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s board of directors, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Cowan elected Plunkett Cooney’s new President & CEO

Cowan elected Plunkett Cooney’s new President & CEO

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Sept.16, 2015 – The shareholders of Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms – have elected their colleague, attorney Dennis G. Cowan, as the firm’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.

Cowan, an accomplished business and government affairs attorney in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, will begin his three-year term on Jan. 1, 2016. He will succeed Plunkett Cooney’s longtime President & CEO, Henry B. Cooney, who has served in the role since 1998.

“I’m honored that my partners have placed their confidence in me to lead the firm,” said Cowan, who previously served in firm management as Business Law Department Leader. “Today’s legal environment is a challenging one, and I look forward to continuing the firm’s strategic focus on obtaining the right result for our clients in every engagement we undertake.”

The election of Cowan as the firm’s new managing partner is part of a firm succession plan. Cooney, who is required by firm governance rules to step down from leadership at age 65, would not be eligible to complete another three-year term had he run for reelection. Cooney will remain a partner of the firm and will transition his role with the firm over the next year.

Cowan is a member of the firm’s Real Estate/Transactional and Governmental Affairs practice groups, where he specializes in assisting clients with real estate projects that involve approvals at the local, county and state levels. He also has extensive expertise representing clients before county and state boards and the Michigan Attorney General’s office.

Cowan’s practice has been wide ranging and includes such noteworthy accomplishments as representing foundation clients in the Detroit bankruptcy “Grand Bargain” transaction, serving the City of Pontiac as lead counsel while under the supervision of a state-appointed emergency financial manager, and successfully completing numerous multi-million-dollar development projects in the metropolitan Detroit region.

Cowan also has the distinction of having previously served 14 years as an elected member of the Royal Oak City Commission, including four two-year terms as Mayor from 1993 to 2001. In addition, he has been appointed by former Michigan Gov. John Engler and Gov. Rick Snyder to several state boards and committees.

A 1984 graduate of the Detroit College of Law, Cowan said Plunkett Cooney’s three-state footprint provides the firm with a distinctive service advantage.

“Our depth and breadth of experience in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio gives us the ability to assign matters to attorneys who have extensive knowledge of the local courts and industries,” Cowan said. “Whether in the boardroom or the courtroom, our Plunkett Cooney team delivers value to clients by helping them achieve their strategic objectives.”

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, 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, a leading, international directory of law firms. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial firms in the United States.

For more information about the election of Dennis G. Cowan as Plunkett Cooney’s new President & CEO, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.