Scott Mahoney ’80

Scott has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Scott is a partner with the Las Vegas law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP that specializes in labor and employment law, labor and employment litigation, employee benefits law, and immigration law. The firm has more than 300 attorneys in 31 cities. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 79,000 leading attorneys are eligible to vote.

Sangeeta (Gandhi) Shah ’90

angeeta (Gandhi) ShahSangeeta is shareholder, co-chair of post-grant proceedings, and chief diversity officer in the Southfield, Mich., office for Brooks Kushman, a law firm focused on intellectual property rights. Sangeeta’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property litigation, prosecution and counseling. She has handled numerous patent, trade secret, trademark and unfair competition cases involving parties in the chemical, software, automotive and metallurgical industries. She has also litigated design patent and copyright infringement cases in such diverse areas as architectural building designs, automotive parts and consumer products. Sangeeta received her J.D. degree from Wayne State University and her B.A. degree in chemistry and economics from Kalamazoo College. At K she studied abroad in Caen, France.

Carol (Markov) Bast ’74, J.D.

Carol has published a new textbook titled Florida Courts (5th Edition), designed for law students and those thinking about a legal career. Carol is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida, where she has taught for the past 24 years. She is the author of a previous textbook  titled Foundations of Legal Research and Writing. Her areas of research and writing include eavesdropping and wiretapping, plagiarism, legal ethics, legal research, legal writing, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. At K Carol majored in Spanish and studied abroad in Madrid. She earned her law degree (magna cum laude) from New York Law School.

Ben Imdieke ’99

Ben received one of three Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Fellowships presented by the Ohio State Bar Association this year. The annual fellowships are awarded to exceptional first- or second-year students from Ohio law schools and are designed to honor Moyer’s commitment to improving access to courts, advancing civility and ethics, working with national and international organizations to promote the rule of law, and promoting civic education. Fellowship recipients receive $3,000 from the Moyer Legacy Fund and $1,000 from their law schools to fund a summer opportunity advancing these principles. Ben is a student at the University of Toledo College of Law who will graduate in 2016. He will apply the fellowship to a two-phase research project. In the first phase he plans to survey the state of urban and metropolitan land-use law and conduct a holistic inquiry into land-use plans in Toledo, Detroit, and Cleveland. He will conduct interviews with local stakeholders to gather first-person accounts of land-use law that strengthen the community. He hopes to reduce his findings to a report outlining the state of the law, both demonstrating its application and highlighting best practices. In phase two, he will explore the feasibility of an advanced land-use practicum at the UT College of Law, in which students would partner with local organizations to learn about how land-use decisions happen on the ground and how redevelopment policy can shape the trajectory of the Glass City over the next decades. Ben has a master’s degree from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, where he was a Jane Addams-Andrew Carnegie Fellow. His former positions include vice president of development at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and senior consultant at the national fundraising-consulting firm Campbell & Co.

Jon Muth ’67

Jon was honored by The Green Bag, which, in cooperation with George Mason University School of Law, creates an annual list for “Exemplary Legal Writing.” Jon and Patrick Jaicomo were honored for the Amicus Curiae Brief they filed to the Michigan Supreme Court on the 2014 hearing of People v. Carp. They filed the brief on behalf of the students of Father Gabriel Richard High School (Ann Arbor, Mich.) Jon and Jaicomo were among 23 honorees selected Green Bag nation-wide in 2014. Both attorneys work at the law firm of Miller Johnson. Although they signed and submitted the brief, its substantive author was Matilyn Sarosi, an honor student at Father Gabriel. Jon and Jaicomo lent support by writing the introduction and handling citations and formatting. The submitted brief included the signatures of 452 fellow students at Father Gabriel (85 percent of the student body). Sarosi argued that the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama–which held that juveniles cannot be automatically sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole–should be retroactively applied to those individuals already in prison for crimes committed as juveniles. (Raymond Carp was convicted of participating in a murder when he was 16.) For her work the State Bar of Michigan presented Sarosi with the Liberty Bell Award at its annual conference in September 2014.

Nicholas Jones ’12

Nicholas JonesNick has joined the law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He is an associate in the firm’s corporate department and works out of its Detroit office. He earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Josh Sherbin ’85

Josh has been promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of TriMas Corporation, a global manufacturer of engineered and applied products. He has worked for TriMas for more than 10 years and has 25 years of legal experience with companies such as Valeo and Kelly Services. Josh earned his J.D. from Wayne State University. At K he majored in political science and studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Billee Lightvoet-Ward ’94

Billee has joined the Detroit-based law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC. She specializes in health care law, corporate law, and commercial transactions. Previously with the Miller Canfield law firm, Billee represents health care providers, medical device manufacturers and other health care-related entities in corporate and transactional matters. Billee earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and studied abroad in Caceres, Spain. She earned her law degree from DePaul University College of Law. A member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Kalamazoo County Bar Association, she has been recognized by her peers as a Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in health care law.

Ryan Plecha ’04

Ryan has been named a partner at the law firm Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein (Birmingham, Mich.). Last year he was recognized as a “Super Lawyer Rising Star” and an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Ryan focuses his practice on all aspects of both civil and complex commercial litigation, and he plans to further expand his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and class actions. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology. He served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Gerald E. Rosen ’73, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ryan earned his J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.