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1980's

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    Joseph V. Coppola, Sr. 88

    A partner in Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP's IP Department and its Patent Practice Group, Joseph Coppola, Sr. was recognized as one of the 2014 IP Stars in the directory published by Managing Intellectual Property. He represents clients on patent prosecution matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foreign patent offices, and handles intellectual property licensing, patent opinions, design-around evaluations, due diligence investigations, and software copyright matters. In his 25 years of practice, Coppola has represented clients in several technology sectors including aerospace, ecommerce, banking, consumer electronics, bio-medical devices, robotics, optics, lasers, engine and vehicle controls, hybrid vehicles, vision systems including thermal imaging, software including graph databases, parallel processing architecture, data encryption algorithms, and fuel processing.
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    Timothy R. Damschroder 88

    Bodman attorney Timothy R. Damschroder was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to a four-year term on the newly created Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board. The Fund's purpose is to benefit the health and wellness of Michigan residents with a focus on programs for children and senior citizens. Under a new law, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will contribute up to $1.56 billion to the Fund over 18 years. Mr. Damschroder is based in Bodman's Ann Arbor office. He chairs the Business Practice Group and is a member of the firm's executive management committee. An active community volunteer, Damschroder serves on the board of directors of the Washtenaw County Red Cross, the board of directors of the Washtenaw County United Way, the Major Gifts Committee of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, and various committees of Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor.
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    Michael J. Sullivan 83

    For the third consecutive year, Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff, P.C. Shareholder and President Michael J. Sullivan was named the 2013 Detroit Professional Malpractice Law — Defendants "Lawyer of the Year." Sullivan has nearly 30 years of litigation experience. In the professional liability arena, he has defended attorneys, physicians, accountants, architects, engineers, real estate appraisers, real estate brokers and title agents in defense of significant claims involving personal injury, property damage and business loss. The UDM Law alumnus also has substantial experience in product liability litigation, and maintains an active general civil litigation practice, including business disputes, insurance disputes, and personal injury defense.
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    Hon. Arthur J. Cotter 85

    Judge Cotter was appointed to the 5th District Court in Berrien County, Michigan by Governor Rick Snyder. The Berrien County prosecuting attorney since 2006, Judge Cotter spent 27 years in the prosecutor's office, having previously served as chief assistant prosecutor, chief trial attorney, assistant prosecutor of the family division, and assistant prosecutor to the criminal trial staff. He will serve the term through January 2015, needing to seek election for a full six-year term in November 2014.
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    Karen Smyth 89

    Karen Smyth, a partner at the law firm of Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer & Garin, P.C., will serve as president of the newly-formed Michigan chapter of the prestigious Claims & Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance. Individuals are extended membership by nomination from a CLM Fellow. Ms. Smyth has also successfully earned the designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP). During her two-year term, Ms. Smyth will be responsible for overseeing the Michigan chapter's officers and committees, helping to build membership and promoting the highest standards of claims and litigation management. Ms. Smyth has considerable professional liability experience representing lawyers, medical professionals and employers, both directly and through insurance carriers. She is a licensed in Michigan and New York.
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    George A. Contis 85

    Mr. Contis joined the law firm of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton in Troy.  He concentrates his practice in real estate acquisition and development, construction, mortgage and end-loan lending, participation loans, commercial and industrial leasing for landlords and tenants and business planning.
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    Henry B. Cooney 80

    Mr. Cooney, President and CEO of Plunkett Cooney, was named chair of the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference for the Detroit Regional Chamber. Mr. Cooney, who has led Plunkett Cooney since 1998, has been a longtime member of the Chamber's board of directors. The 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference drew approximately 1,500 attendees. The 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference will take place May 28 through May 30. In addition to his service as a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber, Mr. Cooney also serves on several other nonprofit boards, including the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion, Life Directions, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and the American Heart Association – Southeast Michigan.
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    John A. Forrest 81

    Mr. Forrest was elected as a new shareholder at Butzel Long at the Bloomfield Hills office. His practice focuses in the areas of franchise and distribution law, commercial contracts and business planning and corporate law.
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    Steven M. Raymond 80

    Mr. Forrest was elected as a new shareholder at Butzel Long at the Bloomfield Hills office. His practice focuses in the areas of franchise and distribution law, commercial contracts and business planning and corporate law.
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    Robert J. Haddad 88

    Mr. Haddad, principal and leader of the Product Safety Group at Miller Canfield, Troy, was elected to serve a two-year term as managing director. He is part of a five-person management administration that works with the CEO to oversee the firm’s offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Poland, and China. His 26 years of experience in the automotive and products industries includes coordinating national discover efforts for automotive manufacturers, litigating product liability and warranty issues, and representing OEMs and suppliers in regulatory matters before NHTSA along with other regulatory bodies.
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    Timothy Kroninger 85

    Mr. Kroninger joined Varnum LLP in the firm's metro Detroit office.  Previously, he was the principal of IPPES in Troy.  Prior to that, he was the associate general counsel and a senior vice president at Equity Management in Troy and a senior attorney with General Motors.
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    Michael J. O'Callaghan 89

    Mr. O'Callaghan, from the firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, has been included in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America@. Recognized for his work in Environmental Law, Mr. O'Callaghan has extensive experience in representing clients in RCRA, CERCLA, EPCRA and TSCA matters. He also regularly represents clients in a variety of commercial transactions involving environmental issues, including mergers and acquisitions and brownfields redevelopment projects.
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    Steven D. Sallen 84

    Mr. Sallen, President and CEO of Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller, PC, was among the featured panelists at the International Council of Shopping Center (ISCS) Michigan Idea Exchange at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. He participated in a discussion titled, “My Loan Went to the Special Servicer. Now What?” Mr. Sallen concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate law, environmental law, and corporate law.
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    Beth S. Gotthelf 85

    Mrs. Gotthelf was profiled in the Detroit Legal News for her work in environmental law. Now a shareholder in Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills office, she is co-chair of the Energy & Sustainability practice, chair of the Aerospace & Defense industry team, and the firm's new Director of Innovation and External Relations. She has specialized in environmental law since 1986, when she took on her first environmental case. Since then she has authored several articles, given presentations, created the first Wetland Bank in Michigan, and been responsible for the remediation, re-use, and redevelopment of local land. Mrs. Gotthelf is active in both the state bar and American Bar Association, the non-profit Women to Work Program, Michigan Israel Business Bridge, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, and many other organizations. She participates annually in the MS 150 – a 150-mile bike ride fundraiser in the battle against multiple sclerosis.
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    Elizabeth Rae-O'Donnell 87

    Mrs. Rae-O'Donnell has joined the law firm of Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) as an attorney in the Livonia, Michigan office. She focuses her practice on municipal law and labor and employment law. Prior to joining CMDA, Mrs. Rae-O'Donnell served as the assistant city attorney for the City of Southfield where she practiced all areas of municipal law, including prosecutions, tax appeals, zoning and planning, Freedom of Information Act and labor and employment matters. She is currently on the City of Farmington Hills Planning Commission.
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    Jennifer Andreou 85

    Ms. Andreou was elected to Plunkett Cooney's Board of Directors. Ms. Andreou, who previously served as a member of the board of directors from 2006 to 2009, is one of the firm's most experienced trial attorneys and co-chairs Plunkett Cooney's Medical Liability Practice Group. A member of the firm's Mt. Clemens office, she focuses her practice exclusively in the areas of medical liability litigation and licensure actions against medical professionals.
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    Joan E. Morgan 82

    Ms. Morgan has been named Deputy Defender attorney at the Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. and will be working in the Flint Office.
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    John Keenan & Jan (Austin) Keenan 80

    The attorneys at Keenan & Austin, P.C., a family owned and operated law firm in Redford, MI, have built a responsive website, understanding that consumers are looking for information more often on their phones and computers than in the yellow pages. Due to this fact, they plan to increase their investment into their online real estate, an important move for small business owners in an increasingly competitive market with large, brand name competitors. John Keenan has been involved in the community in the past as a Parks Commissioner and member of the Planning Commission in Redford, and Jan has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and is a standing member on the Downtown Development Authority. Mr. and Mrs. Keenan have been in business since 1982 and practice in Bankruptcy, Wills, Living Trusts, Real Estate Law, Personal Injury, Divorce, Probate, LLC's and Estate Planning.
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    Hon. Melanie Stanton 89

    The first ever female judge in Grand Traverse County history, Hon. Melanie Stanton was sworn in as judge of the county's probate court on January 2. Judge Stanton plans to maintain the use of specialty courts, like current juvenile sobriety and mental health courts. She also hopes to use the nonprofit Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council to access and improve the literacy of parties in her court. She replaced two-term Probate Judge David Stowe, who did not seek re-election. Judge Stanton was a nurse before she became an attorney. She's practiced family and probate law for more than two decades, and spent time as an assistant prosecutor in Leelanau County.
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    Robin Ferriby 87

    Vice President of Philanthropic Services for the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Robin Ferriby, was selected to serve as a member of the Michigan Nonprofit Council for Charitable Trusts. The Council acts as a communication vehicle to the Attorney General on issues related to charities and charitable giving in Michigan. A past shareholder of Berry Moorman P.C. and a former senior associate at Clark Hill PLC, Mr. Ferriby also serves on the Legislative and Regulatory Action Team of the Community Foundation Leadership Team of the Council of Foundations, providing comment on federal legislation and regulation affecting charitable giving and tax-exempt organizations. Ferriby currently is the president of The Advancement Network, Inc., a national nonprofit educational organization for development and donor service officers at community foundations. His past legislative involvement includes serving as co-author of the repeal of the Michigan inheritance tax, testifying on the repeal of the Michigan intangibles tax, and significant participation in the drafting and passage of the Michigan Estates and Protected Individuals Code (the probate code).
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    Mark S. Kopson 85

    Mark Kopson was elected chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Health Care Law Section for 2015-2016. Kopson serves as Plunkett Cooney's Healthcare Industry Group Leader.
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    Beth S. Gotthelf 85

    Beth Gotthelf was elected president of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge, a binational chamber of commerce. Gotthelf is a shareholder and director of Innovation and External Relations at Butzel Long.
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    Michele F. Hall 84

    Michele Hall became chief counsel of the Civil Law Group of Legal Aid and Defender Association. Hall joined LADA as deputy chief counsel of the Civil Law Group in 2002. She was previously managing attorney of the UAW Daimler-Chrysler Legal Services Plan.
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    Hon. Terrance A. Keith 84

    Judge Terrance Keith was honored by the Association of Black Judges of Michigan, the Wolverine Bar Association, and the Wolverine Bar Foundation for his service as president of the ABJM for 2014-2015.
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    Mark S. Kopson 85

    Mark Kopson was elected chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Health Care Law Section for 2015-2016. Kopson serves as Plunkett Cooney's Healthcare Industry Group Leader.
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    Thomas J. Manganello 80

    Tom Manganello, co-chair of Warner Norcross & Judd's Automotive Industry Group, has joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Board of Directors.
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    Hon. Denise Langford Morris 82

    Judge Denise Langford Morris is in her 23rd year as an Oakland County Circuit Court judge and is the first female judge to be the "Dean of the Bench" – the longest serving judge of the court. She is also the first African American to be the Dean of the Bench and the first African American to serve on the court.
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