Richard was a co-recipient of the 2014 Pro Bono Recognition Award from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He was honored for volunteer service representing a plaintiff assigned by the court in a complex disability case featuring elements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Though elements of the case are still pending, Richard helped successfully argue that a wheelchair-bound muscular sclerosis patient is entitled to lifetime disability benefits. Richard is a partner and senior litigator in the Detroit office of the law firm Plunkett Cooney. He earned his bachelor’s degree at K in political science, and he received his law degree at Boston College.
Allison is working on applying to law school and eventually pursuing a career in advocacy. In the meantime she works as a legislative intern for Michigan State Senator Steve Bieda. She is also a teaching assistant at Grand Ledge (Mich.) Public Schools, and she does some freelance editing as well.
Jeff has joined the Boston-based intellectual property law firm Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C. as a shareholder. Jeff has nearly two decades of experience in corporate counseling, formation and execution of intellectual property strategy and patent prosecution and opinion work in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, health and beauty, agriculture, animal health, nutraceuticals, polymers, diagnostics and medical devices. He also advises on the development of intellectual property, and he is experienced in establishing infrastructure for it. He has counseled multinational chemical and pharmaceutical companies, emerging biopharmaceutical companies, venture capital and financial institutions and academic and governmental research institutions throughout the world. Jeff majored in chemistry at K and studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany. He earned his M.S. (chemistry) from Indiana University, his Ph.D. (biochemistry) from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Rutgers University. He is a co-inventor on two U.S. patents and co-author of several scientific publications.
Lynn was named one of 30 “Women in the Law” for 2016 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. An editorial panel selected the honorees based on their commitment to excellence in the practice of law, accomplishments as leaders in the profession, service as mentors to other women, and involvement in the community. Lynn was honored at a luncheon on September 15. She works in Detroit for the law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. At K she majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Italy.
Chris was appointed managing officer and general counsel and chief legal officer of Toyota Motor Corporation. He maintains offices in Torrance, California and Toyota City, Japan. He also will have an office in Plano, Texas, once Toyota’s new headquarters there are completed. Chris joined the company in 2007 and before this recent promotion served as general counsel and chief legal officer, Toyota Motor America, and group vice president, corporate secretary, chief environmental officer, and chief compliance officer, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Chris is a member of the American Bar Association and serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Urban League, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Lincoln Family Life Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.
Haans, an attorney and partner with Cunningham Dalman, P.C., presented on estate planning for business owners at the Midwest Trust and Wealth Management Conference for the Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio Bankers Associations. Haans has been named a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine. He has a master’s degree in taxation matters, is pursuing his M.B.A., and is a certified financial planner. He focuses his practice in the areas of business law as well as estate planning/elder law.
Dawn was named one of 30 “Women in the Law” for 2016 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. An editorial panel selected the honorees based on their commitment to excellence in the practice of law, accomplishments as leaders in the profession, service as mentors to other women, and involvement in the community. Dawn was honored at a luncheon on September 15. She works in Troy for the law firm Miller Canfield. At K she majored in political science and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany.
Gary was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM). CDAM is one of the leading nonprofit organizations in the criminal justice system in the state. In addition to serving on the board, Gary represents criminal defense attorneys in a district that covers the entire shoreline of Lake Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, and includes Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids, Hart, Ludington, Traverse City, and Marquette. “I am really honored to be a part of such a dedicated group of professionals,” said Gary. “CDAM members are committed to defending the accused in Michigan and supporting and defending our Constitution. They serve a critical role in the criminal justice system and provide a tremendous service to the public.” Gary has dedicated his entire career to the justice system, first as a F.B.I. special agent and then as a criminal defense attorney. “I get asked about that transition a lot,” Gary said, “and I tell people that my belief in the criminal justice system is common to both efforts. I worked hard as an agent to enforce the law and defend our Constitution, and now I work just as hard on the other side to defend our Constitution and the accused. No matter how zealously I defend my clients, the system is designed to produce a just result. And most of the time it works.” Gary is a partner at the criminal defense law firm of Springstead & Bartish Law, P.L.L.C., in Grand Rapids and Fremont, Michigan.
Jeffrey has joined the Grand Rapids office of the Miller Johnson law firm. Jeffrey, who most recently worked for another Grand Rapids law firm, is expected to continue his complex commercial litigation and corporate counseling practice at Miller Johnson. His experience extends also to alternate dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation. At K Jeffrey majored in history; he earned his law degree from the DePaul University College of Law. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and in Michigan Super Lawyers for business litigation and insurance coverage.