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Clint David ’77

Clint merged the law firm he founded as a sole practitioner 30 years ago, David & Goodman, with the national law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP. The merger was effective October 1, 2014. David & Goodman had 18 attorneys, and all of them (as well as all of the staff) made the move to Fox. Fox Rothschild has 600 attorneys with 20 offices around the country. It was founded 107 years ago in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The merger with Clint’s firm marks Fox’s first entry into the Lone Star State. Clint has joined the firm as an equity partner, the managing partner of the Dallas office, and a member of the firm’s executive committee.

Michael Leib ’70

Michael launched LeibADR to provide metro Detroit law firms and the courts with mediation and arbitration services. Michael is an attorney who retired from trial law in 2014. During a 35-year career he tried cases in federal courts (including the bankruptcy court) and state courts and appeared before arbitration panels involving a wide range of complex commercial, insolvency, contract, real estate, probate and employment matters. Michael’s experience also includes roles as an arbitrator, case evaluator and mediator. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee and served as the chairperson of the State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Committee. At K Michael majored in psychology and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany. He is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Montana.

Jeffrey Raphelson ’82

Jeff has been elected president of the American Constitution Society’s Michigan Chapter. At K Jeff majored in math and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He works at the law firm Bodman, P.L.C., where he focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and commercial litigation, particularly related to the automotive industry.

David Porada ’02

David is project manager in the Detroit office of Tri-Merit LLC, a national leader in providing research and development tax-credit services to CPA firms and individual clients. He holds a law degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He previously served as an account executive at Robert Half Legal where he dealt directly with executives at corporations and partners at law firms to assess their needs and address complex issues. David also spent time as a research specialist with Thomson Reuters Westlaw.

Andy Portinga ’92

Andy was elected president of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan at the organization’s 2014 fall conference. Andy practices in the areas of general civil litigation, insurance coverage litigation, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation, and appellate litigation. He is co-chair of the Miller Johnson law firm’s ERISA litigation practice. He earned his bachelor’s degree in math at K and studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. Andy has a long history of active leadership with the State Bar of Michigan, and he has served as treasurer of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Lynn (Arsht) Gandhi ’83

Lynn  has been elected to the board of directors of The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The museum, which features contemporary art exhibitions and presentations, aims to fuel dialogue, collaboration and public engagement in Detroit. Lynn is a partner in the Detroit-based law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, where she serves as a state and local tax lawyer. She earned a master’s degree in taxation law from New York University School of Law and a juris doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. She earned her B.A. degree cum laude in business and economics from K.

Clint David ’77

Clint has been appointed to the board of directors of the Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery (AiRS) Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing women access to options and funding for breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomies due to breast cancer. Clint is the managing partner of the Dallas, Texas, office of the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP. At K Clint majored in political science and studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. He earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. He is deeply involved with the Dallas-area community. He is a member of the CEO President’s Club, has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greenhill School for 15 years and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance.

Thomas Meyers ’85

Thomas has joined Greenleaf Trust as a trust relationship officer, responsible for day-to-day trust administration and fiduciary compliance. His broad knowledge of trusts and legacy planning adds a valuable strategic perspective to the holistic wealth management plans at Greenleaf. Thomas practiced law for more than 20 years and has more than 20 years of experience in trust administration and fiduciary risk management. He is also a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor.

Stephen Borgsdorf ’99

Stephen was selected to a three-year term on the Ann Arbor Parks Advisory Commission. He is a senior attorney in the commercial litigation practice group at the Ann Arbor office of the law firm, Dykema. Stephen also volunteers in various other community roles. He has been a board member for the Ann Arbor YMCA, the Community Action Network Southeast, and the Old West Side Association. Stephen earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at K and studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. He earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin.