At the 60th Annual Attorney General's Awards Ceremony, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Lytle was honored with the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, the second highest award for employee performance bestowed by the Department. The award recognized the investigation and prosecution of former New Orleans Congressman William J. Jefferson for corruption-related offenses. Jefferson was convicted and is serving a 13-year prison sentence in Texas, the longest sentence ever imposed for a current or former member of Congress. The Jefferson prosecution was one of 14 awards presented for Distinguished Service. Also included in the award were Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rebeca Bellows and Jack Hanly and Technical Assistant Jermaine Ragin from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia; Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division's Fraud Section Charles Duross; and FBI Special Agents John Longmire and Timothy Thibault and retired Special Agents Edward Cooper and Daniel Gallagher.
Thaddeus E. Morgan 92
Fraser Trebilcock attorney Thaddeus E. Morgan has been named Best Lawyers® 2015 Construction Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Lansing. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Mr. Morgan is the immediate past president of Fraser Trebilcock, a position he held from 2010-2013, and he currently serves as the firm’s State Capital Group voting representative. A former assistant prosecutor and assistant attorney general, he has over 20 years of litigation experience. He has been named a Best Lawyer in America® in the area of commercial litigation since 2013.
Dean W. Amburn 92
Howard & Howard attorney Dean Amburn was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Mr. Amburn was recognized for his work in Trademark Law. Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners. The firm has offices in Michigan, Illinois, and Nevada.
Patrick M. McCarthy 93
Howard & Howard attorney Patrick McCarthy was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Patrick M. McCarthy was recognized for his work in Commercial Litigation. He was also named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2013 for his work in Business Litigation, placing among the top 100 lawyers in Michigan.
Hon. Stephen P. Carras 94
Judge Carras, of the 75th District Court in Midland, Michigan, will serve as chief judge of Midland County's circuit, probate, and district courts. He was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court. Judge Carras previously served as chief judge pro term of the Midland courts. He succeeds the former chief judge, and will serve the balance of the term which ends December 31, 2013.
Hon. Jennifer M. Faunce 90
Judge Faunce, a Warren district court judge, was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the Macomb County Circuit Court bench. A native of Warren, Michigan, Judge Faunce began serving her first term in 2003 at 37th District Court, which serves Warren and Center Line. She was a Republican state representative for Warren and Sterling Heights from 1999-2003 and chaired the House criminal justice committee. Previously, she was a Macomb County assistant prosecutor. Judge Faunce is a member of the Michigan and Macomb County bar associations, and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, among other community groups.
Michael M. Antovski 97
Michael Antovski has joined Detroit-based law firm Bodman PLC as a member of the firm's Business Practice Group. Antovski is based in Bodman's Detroit office. He concentrates his practice in representing business clients, including corporations, LLCs, and partnerships, in matters involving tax planning, acquisitions and dispositions, and general corporate law. Before joining Bodman, Antovski practiced with another large Detroit-area business law firm. He has authored several articles, lectures on tax-related topics, and is a contributor to the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). Antovski served two terms as chair of the Oakland County Bar Association Tax Committee (2008-2009 and 2009-2010) and one term as vice chair (2007-2008). He serves as an officer on the State Bar of Michigan Tax Section Council. He has been named a "Rising Star" by Michigan Super Lawyers in Business/Corporate, M&A, and Tax Law. Antovski is fluent in Macedonian.
Brian M. Akkashian 96
Mr. Akkashian joined Anthony R. Paesano at Paesano, PLC to form Paesano Akkashian, PC in downtown Birmingham, MI. Paesano Akkashian, PC specializes in corporate and business litigation and transactional work as well as estate and trust planning.
David C. Anderson 98
Mr. Anderson, a shareholder at Collins Einhorn Farrell PC, was recently elected to vice president of the Oakland County Bar Association, the largest voluntary bar association in Michigan with over 3,000 members. Anderson has more than 16 years of litigation experience. In the professional liability arena, he has defended attorneys, insurance agents and brokers, accountants, architects, engineers, real estate appraisers and 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.
Randal Cole 96
Mr. Cole, a member of the firm of Dawda Mann, delivered a presentation before the American Society of Employers Conference Employment Law Workshop, titled "Terminations from A through Z and Minimizing the L (Lawsuits)." Cole, a Bloomfield Hills resident, concentrates his practice on labor and employment law, including employment defense litigation. He has represented clients before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. Cole has authored several articles on the Family Medical Leave Act and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Problem Resolution Procedure. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section, and has served as vice-chairman and chairman of the Oakland County Bar Association's Employment and Labor Law Committee.
Terrance Gilsenan 95
Mr. Gilsenan has been reappointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. This task force is an 18-member panel consisting of professionals with knowledge and experience relating to the criminal justice system and issues of child physical abuse, child neglect, child sexual abuse and exploitation, and child maltreatment related fatalities. Gilsenan is an attorney in private practice and has experience in probate court and is considered a professional guardian.
John P. Hale 94
Mr. Hale was named to the Board of Directors of the Detroit Opera House. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and is President and co-owner of Corporate Travel Service, Inc. in Dearborn Heights, MI.
Mark D. Kleinlein 95
Mr. Kleinlein has joined the firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP as a partner in its Insurance Department's Captive Insurance Practice Group, working in the firm's Detroit Office. Mr. Kleinlein brings a wealth of experience to Honigman from an 18-year career as an attorney, and as a former insurance broker and claims manager. He will assist clients with captive insurance matters, including feasibility studies, captive formations and ongoing operations. His experience includes policy drafting and interpretation, reinsurance contract review and coverage analysis. In addition to his J.D., Mr. Kleinlein holds an MBA with honors in risk management and insurance from the University of Wisconsin. He also earned a B.A. in political science and pre-law from Michigan State University.
John A. Mullett 93
Mr. Mullett has joined the Grand Rapids office of McGraw Morris P.C. He comes to McGraw Morris as a seasoned defense attorney with more than 20 years of experience. His practice areas include professional liability, insurance defense, coverage review, municipal litigation and business law. Mr. Mullett has litigated cases to successful completion in Michigan's state and federal courts and has prevailed at the state and federal appellate level. Throughout his career, he has also served as a mediator for many complex, high-exposure matters across the United States and District of Columbia, and been retained as an expert/consultant in professional liability cases.
Gabriel Orzame Jr. 94
Mr. Orzame was named to head the legal department of Macomb County, Michigan. The appointment to corporation counsel was announced by County Executive Mark Hackel. Mr. Orzame brings nearly two decades of varied legal experience to the position. For the past 13 years, he has done in-depth legal research and provided counsel to courts in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Mr. Orzame spent five years as a research attorney for the Macomb County Circuit Court and the past four years as a management analyst for the U.S. District Court in Detroit.
Anthony R. Paesano 99
Mr. Paesano began Paesano, PLC in downtown Birmingham, MI. Brian M. Akkashian ('96) joined Paesano to form Paesano Akkashian, PC. Paesano Akkashian, PC specializes in corporate and business litigation and transactional work as well as estate and trust planning.
Alan T. Rogalski 90
Mr. Rogalski is now the co-chair of the Life Sciences Industry Group for Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. He will share leadership responsibilities of the 12-attorney practice group, which provides counsel in the U.S. and foreign patent license applications, FDA regulatory compliance, product liability, licensing and technology agreements, technology transfer and related areas to assist companies from multi-national firms to start-ups. Mr. Rogalski is a licensed clinical pharmacist, bringing to his new role with the firm nearly two decades of experience in counseling physicians, hospitals, health plans, pharmacies, universities and other healthcare providers. He practices in the firm's Southfield, Michigan office.
Michelle L. Alamo 99
Ms. Alamo has been appointed vice chair of the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) Intellectual Property Committee. She previously served as the Committee's 2014 Program Chair. Alamo is a Member in the firm's Detroit office of Dickinson Wright PLLC where she focuses on intellectual property and patent litigation, complex commercial & business litigation, and eDiscovery.
Maria F. Angileri 91
Ms. Angileri was promoted to shareholder at the firm Brooks Kushman PC. Angileri focuses her practice on domestic and foreign trademark protection along with specializing in global branding strategy, trademark and domain name counseling, clearance, protection and enforcement for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups.
Terese L. Farhat 91
Ms. Farhat joined the Birmingham, Michigan office of Clark Hill, PLC as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. Her expertise involves numerous aspects of health care law, including litigation, transactional matters, regulatory compliance, labor and employment, risk management and patient safety, and medical investigational research involving human participants. In addition to providing health care legal services to various clients, she is the director of the firm’s Health Care Compliance Program.
Janet M. Saura 93
Ms. Saura – Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Assistant Secretary for Lowe’s Companies – has been selected by the editors of Inside Counsel magazine to the R3-100 Class of 2014. The August 2014 issue of Inside Counsel will profile her as one of the 100 high potential women who are likely to become General Counsel in Fortune 500 companies over the next three years. Saura is responsible for all Litigation, Business Transactions, and Employment & Labor Law for Lowe’s and its subsidiaries.
Beth I. Debaptiste 96
Ms. deBaptiste was elected as a new shareholder at Butzel Long at the Bloomfield Hills office. Her practice concentrates in the areas of construction law, construction and title insurance litigation, real estate law and litigation and civic business litigation.
Philip D. Fracassa 96
Philip Fracassa will be named chief financial officer of an independent publicly traded company when the Timken Company separates its steel business from its bearings and power transmission business via a spinoff next year. Until Mr. Fracassa becomes chief financial officer of the $3.4 billion global bearings and power transmission-focused Timken Company, he will continue to lead planning and development at Timken and assumes new responsibility for overseeing the project management office charged with facilitating the split of the two businesses. Mr. Fracassa was named senior vice president of planning and development in 2012. He joined Timken in 2005 and held a variety of senior finance positions including vice president of tax, senior vice president of tax and treasury, and senior vice president and group controller of B&PT.
David C.C. Eberhard 94
The law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP named new partners, including David C.C. Eberhard, who is the co-chair of the firm's Construction Law Practice Group and focuses his practice in the areas of real estate, construction, financial services, corporate and business law. He serves on Business Advisory Board for Macomb-Oakland University INCubator and on the boards of the Church Extension Fund, Historic Trinity Lutheran Church and Lutheran Heritage Foundation. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, ABA, State Bar of Michigan and Macomb County Bar Association.
Mark Nettleton 95
The Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) has awarded the Distinguished Municipal Attorney of the Year award to attorney Mark Nettleton of Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC, Grand Rapids. The award is given for outstanding contributions to the practice of municipal law on behalf of cities and villages throughout Michigan, and acknowledges the highest level of professional accomplishment while also serving their colleagues through professional organizations. Mr. Nettleton was also recently elected Secretary-Treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan Public Corporation Law Section. Nettleton serves as the Village Attorney for the Village of Middleville, and is general and special legal counsel for numerous villages, cities, townships, counties and public authorities throughout Michigan. He specializes in the public finance needs of Michigan's municipalities. He is a member of MAMA as well as the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Public Corporation Law Section, National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Grand Rapids Bar Association. He also serves on the board of directors for the Public Corporation Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Nettleton chairs Mike Meyers Local Government Practice Group.
Mark A. Wisniewski 90
UDM Law alumnus and Alumni Association President Mark A. Wisniewski (’90) has been selected by De La Salle Collegiate High School to be the honoree at the school’s 33rd Annual Christian Brothers’ Dinner on May 1, 2014. Wisniewski, a 1983 graduate of De La Salle, is the head of the Mass Tort Litigation Department of his law firm, Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti and Sherbrook, and is Firm Manager Elect. Nearly 1,000 men, including alumni and supporters of the Christian Brothers and the Lasallian mission, will attend the dinner and awards ceremony at Penna’s in Sterling Heights. Over the past 10 years, the event has raised more than $1.5 million for De La Salle, an all-boys’ Catholic high school located in Warren, MI. In announcing Wisniewski’s selection, Brother Thomas Lackey, FSC, President of De La Salle, said, “When I think about what Mark has done for De La Salle and the Brothers, I am in awe. He is not only an ambassador for the school to his classmates, but also to the larger community.” Honoree Wisniewski said, “We know there are fathers and mothers out there today who want the best educational opportunity for their sons. They just want to give their sons a fighting chance in this ever-changing world. They know that education is the greatest gift they can give their sons. We support the dinner to make sure that Catholic education, and more importantly Lasallian education, is affordable to those who want to attend.” Wisniewski is the youngest of four sons of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald (Betty Lou) Wisniewski. The four Wisniewski brothers all attended St. Raymond Grade School in Detroit, and all are graduates of De La Salle Collegiate High School. Wisniewski went on to attend the University of Michigan before earning his J.D. at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He joined the Detroit office of the 100-member law firm of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti and Sherbrook in 1990, and in 2012 he was selected as Firm Manager Elect. As head of the Mass Tort Litigation Department, he has served as first chair in several multi-million dollar property damage lawsuits, with a particular emphasis on cases involving asbestos. Wisniewski is also experienced in medical malpractice, products liability, and premises liability defense. He has been elected as a Michigan Super Lawyer every year since 2008. In addition to being the President of the Alumni Association at UDM School of Law, he is also an adjunct professor of trial practice at the School.
Christy J. Benton 95
Christy Benton joined Swanson, Martin & Bell as a shareholder in Chicago. She was previously Associate General Counsel – Litigation at John Crane Inc. Benton focuses her practice on Asbestos Litigation, Toxic Tort Litigation, and Product Liability.
Daniel P. Dalton 90
Dan Dalton received the Silver Service Award from the nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom in recognition of his work defending the right of Christian churches and other institutions to practice religious freedom. Dalton is co-founder of Detroit-based Dalton & Tomich, PLC and represents churches and others in land use and zoning cases.
Pamela V. Lysaght 90
Pamela Lysaght was appointed Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Accreditation Committee for 2015-2016.
Jeffery S. Matis 94
Jeff Matis of Garan Lucow Miller was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Oakland County Circuit Court.
Jacqueline Hourigan Rice 97
Jacqueline Hourigan Rice joined Target Corp. as senior vice president, chief risk and compliance officer, and she leads centralized oversight of enterprise risk management, compliance, vendor management, and corporate security. Rice was previously chief compliance officer for General Motors.