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.
Patrick has been named a shareholder of Plunkett Cooney. He works in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills, Mich., office where he focuses on contested financial services liability cases and uniform commercial code disputes. He has extensive experience in troubled debt restructures, receiverships, workouts and insolvency proceedings. Patrick is active in the Federal Bar Association and Turnaround Management Association. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2009. At K he majored in political science and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.
Kim was appointed president of the Barristers Section of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. The Barristers Section, comprised of attorneys who have been practicing for less than 10 years, provides new lawyers with the opportunity to expand their leadership skills, become involved in community service projects, attend educational seminars and participate in networking activities. Kim is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department’s Wage and Hour Practice Group at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. At K she majored in political science and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany.
Megan was named to the Michigan Association of Justice executive board for the 2014-2015 term. The Michigan Association of Justice, formerly the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, is a trade association of more than 1,600 personal injury, workers’ compensation, and employment attorneys. Megan is a partner with the law firm, Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, which is located in Royal Oak, Michigan. Megan specializes in employment, civil rights, and wage and hour law. She earned her bachelor’s degree at K in political science and studied abroad in Caen, France.
Steven died on December 1, 2014. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business, and he studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He also was a fine Hornet football player and wrestler who won the Opie Davis Award in 1976 for Most Outstanding Athlete. After graduation he earned his law degree from Wayne State University Law School, where he served on the school’s Law Review. He was an accomplished attorney and a member of the State Bar of Michigan Business Law, Probate & Estate Planning, and Master Lawyer sections. Steven founded Stellar Building and Development in Hazel Park (Mich.) and ran it with his three brothers for more than 25 years. Steven gave of his time, money, and spirit, providing many hours of pro bono legal services, youth coaching, and mentoring. He was the first in his family to attend Kalamazoo College, starting a proud tradition that his extended family carried on with Derek Adams ’97, Rebecca Adams ’03, Matthew Kaiser ’04, Meghan Adams ’07, Jessica (Adams) Baranowski ’09, and Adam Baranowski ’09.