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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Dickinson Wright Attorney Daniel Burkhart Selected as a 2019 Up & Coming Lawyer Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

DETROIT, Mich., October 21, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Daniel F. Burkhart has been selected as a “2019 Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Mr. Burkhart is an Associate in the firm’s Detroit office. His practice focuses on debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and workouts and restructurings. He has experience reviewing, drafting, and negotiating a wide array of commercial contracts, including loan origination and workout agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and corporate governance documents. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, is a member of the Board of Directors of Unified HIV Health and Beyond, and involved with the Ss. Peter and Paul Warming Center and H.E.L.P. Legal Aid Clinic. Mr. Burkhart is also a member of the Leadership Detroit Class XLI. He received his B.S. from John Carroll University and his J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Each year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly selects 30 lawyers to honor as “Up & Coming Lawyers.” These individuals have spent less than a decade in practice, but display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments to set them apart among their peers. The “2019 Up & Coming Lawyers” will be honored at an annual luncheon and awards celebration on December 5, 2019 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Plunkett Cooney attorney Nichols named ‘Up & Coming Lawyer’

Plunkett Cooney employment law attorney, Courtney L. Nichols, was recently named an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MLW), an industry publication serving the state’s legal community.

“I’m thrilled for Courtney to receive this honor,” said Theresa Smith Lloyd, the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group Leader who nominated Nichols for the honor. “She is very focused on her work and has quickly become a formidable advocate for her clients in the courtroom.”

Members of the MLW editorial staff reviewed numerous “Up & Coming Lawyer” nominations. Particular emphasis is placed on legal accomplishments within each nominee’s first 10 years of practice. After the nomination review process was completed, 30 honorees were selected and interviewed for a special section in the legal industry publication. Honorees will also be saluted by the newspaper and members of the state’s legal community during an “Up & Coming Lawyers Award Luncheon” on December 17 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Nichols represents employers in workforce-related litigation, including disputes involving allegations of wrongful termination, discrimination and whistleblower claims. She also represents and advises employers on important employment issues pertaining to various state and federal statutes, including ELCRA, FMLA, ADA, FLSA and Title VII.

Nichols received her law degree, cum laude, from Chicago-Kent College of Law. While there, she received several academic awards, including a CALI Award and merit scholarship, and she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. Nichols received her undergraduate degree from the James Madison College at Michigan State University in 2008.

Prior to joining the firm, Nichols completed an externship for the Honorable Samuel Der-Yeghiayan of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Labor & Employment Practice Group assist clients with human resource matters and defend employment actions brought against them in state and federal courts. Plunkett Cooney provides an array of services designed to assist employers with workforce management issues and to comply with state and federal employment requirements. These services include providing assistance with employee handbook reviews/updates, hiring and firing situations, employment policy reviews/updates, internal investigations, wage and hour issues and workplace safety compliance, as well as handling related litigation.

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 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms, and it was named by American Lawyer Media’s as a 2016 “go-to” law firm. The firm has also received several awards naming it among the top workplaces in the legal industry.

For more information about Courtney L. Nichols 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.