Member News & Notes
Warner Norcross Chosen as Go-To Law Firm by a Fortune 500 Company
Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 12, 2013 – For the third consecutive year, the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has been recognized as a “Go-To Law Firm” by ALM.
Warner Norcross was nominated by Whirlpool Corp. for its work in contracts litigation. Warner serves as national business litigation counsel for Whirlpool, which is a leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances based in Benton Harbor, Mich. Recognition on the list was based on independent research of several factors. Data was gathered from Fortune 500 Companies’ general counsel and through research in key databases to determine which law firms Fortune 500 companies rely upon for outside counsel in a number of key practice areas.
David Skidmore Appointed to Broadway Grand Rapids Board
Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 10, 2013 – David L.J.M. Skidmore, a partner with the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been appointed to the board of directors of Broadway Grand Rapids.
Rhoades McKee Achieves Top Metropolitan Rankings in US News– Best Lawyers “Best Firms”
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 18, 2013 – Rhoades McKee earned recognition in the top three ranking levels established by US News in 15 specialties for the Grand Rapids Metropolitan area. These include Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law Litigation – Real Estate, Mediation, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation, Real Estate Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights and Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Legal Malpractice – Defendants, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Construction, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants, Corporate Law Environmental Litigation, Tax Law.
Attorney Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 1, 2013 — Charles H. Worsfold has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. The induction ceremony at which Mr. Worsfold became a Fellow took place recently during the recent 2013 Annual Meeting of the College in San Francisco, California.
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers Recognize Miller Johnson Practice Areas with Top Ranking for Fourth Year
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 1, 2013 — U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers released the 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings today. Miller Johnson received top rankings for 25 practice areas in the Grand Rapids Metro area and 8 in Kalamazoo.
Smith Haughey Listed as a 2014 Top-Tier Law Firm by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 2013 - Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked among the top law firms in the United States in the publication “Best Law Firms” 2014, published by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers.
Frederick Dilley elected Vice-Chair of MSU College of Law Board of Trustees
Lansing, Mich., October 31, 3013 – Fredrick D. Dilley, a shareholder in Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC's Grand Rapids office, was elected to serve as Vice-Chair on the Board of Trustees for the Michigan State University College of Law.
Warner Norcross Welcomes Five New Attorneys to the Firm
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 31, 2013 – Warner Norcross & Judd LLP today welcomed five new attorneys to the law firm.
Court of Appeals Chief Judge William B. Murphy reappointed by Michigan Supreme Court
GRAND RAPIDS, MI, October 30, 2013 – Court of Appeals Judge William B. Murphy, who was appointed to the Court in 1988 and has served as chief judge since January 2009, will continue as chief judge through 2014.
As chief judge, Murphy administers internal operations including finances, case management, and work assignments. “Leadership, vision, and administrative skills are essential, and Chief Judge Murphy has all those qualities, plus innovative ideas about improving the courts,” said Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr.
28 Warner Norcross Attorneys Recognized as Rising Stars by Michigan Super Lawyers
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 6, 2013 – Twenty-eight attorneys with the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP have been recognized as Rising Stars by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine.
57 Warner Norcross Attorneys Recognized as Michigan Super Lawyers
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 6, 2013 – Fifty-seven attorneys with the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP have been named Super Lawyers in the eighth annual publication of Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine.
Two Cooley Faulty Members Selected as "Best Law Teachers" in the Nation
LANSING, Mich., Sept. 11, 2013 –Thomas M. Cooley Law School has the distinction of being the only law school in the country with two members of its faculty featured in the recently published book What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2013). The book names Associate Dean Nelson Miller and Professor Phillip J. Prygoski as two of the 26 “best law teachers” in the United States.
Rhoades McKee Attorneys selected by peers for Michigan Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars 2013
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 12, 2013 — Rhoades McKee attorneys Bruce A. Courtade, Mark E. Fatum, John M. Lichtenberg, Paul A. McCarthy, Bruce W. Neckers, Harold E. Nelson and Mary Jane Rhoades were all named Michigan Super Lawyers® for 2013. Thomas S. Flickinger, Emily A. Green and Stephen J. Hulst have also been selected as Michigan Rising Stars. Published by Thomson Reuters, Michigan Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars are selected by their peers.
Twenty-Seven MILLER JOHNSON ATTORNEYS Recognized as SUPER LAWYERS and Four as Rising Stars
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 16, 2013 – Twenty-seven attorneys from Miller Johnson have been selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers 2013 released this month. Five attorneys are new to the list: Jeffrey J. Fraser, James R. Peterson, John T. Piggins, Connie R. Thacker, and Matthew L. Vicari. Also, four attorneys are recognized as “Rising Stars:” Dustin J. Jackson, Raj A. Malviya, Neil J. Marchand, and Robert D. Wolford.
Law Weathers Named Among 101 of "West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ "
Grand Rapids, MI, March 22, 2013 — In keeping with its culture of service-oriented and collaborative professionals, Law Weathers law firm was named among the 101 “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” for 2013.
This is the ninth year the firm was named to the exclusive list of West Michigan employers chosen by the Michigan Business & Professional Association. Law Weathers is one of three law firms that received this award.
“This honor considers not only best employer practices but also community involvement,” says Bob Buchanan, president of Law Weathers. “Our firm has always emphasized public service as part of our culture, and we encourage our employees to be leaders in their communities.”
The 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For is an awards competition providing the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. Law Weathers will be honored at a gala for award winners in May 2013.
Law Weathers has provided practical and effective legal counsel and representation to businesses, individuals, and local governments since 1868, with attorneys focusing on creditor’s rights, business, employee benefits, environmental, estate planning, family law, health care, labor, litigation, municipal law, real estate and water law. For more information visit www.lawweathers.com or call 616.459.1171.
MARY ANN CARTWRIGHT APPOINTED TO SERVE ON OTTAWA COUNTY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH BOARD
Grand Rapids, MI – March 27, 2013 – Rhoades McKee Labor and Employment Attorney, Mary Ann Cartwright was re-appointed to the Ottawa County Community Mental Health Board for a three year term. Cartwright is a member of its Executive Committee and Chair of the Finance Committee. Cartwright has served as a board member since 2007.
According to their website, Community Mental Health of Ottawa County partners with the mentally ill and developmentally disabled as well as the broader community to improve lives and be a premier mental health agency in Michigan.
Cartwright concentrates her practice in the areas of Labor and Employment, School and Public Sector, Health Care and Workers Compensation. She represents public, private and non-profit organizations and handles litigation in administrative, state and federal courts. She is a frequent speaker on all types of labor and employment topics including but not limited to: Sexual Harassment, Family Medical Leave, Union Campaigns, Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and Workers Compensation.
Warner Norcross Named One of West Michigan’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies,
John Inhulsen appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Grand Rapids March of Dimes and member of the Michigan March of Dimes Board of Directors,
Warner Norcross Elects Three Members to Management Committee, read more.
Richard A. Roane Joins the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers,
Scott Keller to Chair Warner Norcross Technology and Intellectual Property Group, read more.
Chambers USA 2013 Recognizes Warner Norcross as Leading Michigan Law Firm, read more.
Michigan Lawyers Weekly Names Bruce A. Courtade a Leader in the Law,
Christine P. Gilman has been named Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan. Chris has been with the Center for a number of years as both an active mediator, a board member, and most recently as interim ED. Learn more about the DRCWM at their website
Eugene E. Smary Appointed to the governing council of the International Bar Association's Section of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Infrastructure Law,
Rodney D. Martin Recognized as Leader in the Law,
Chambers Announces Seven Miller Johnson Attorneys are "Leaders in Their Field,"
Brower Recognized as Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly,
March Honored with 2013 Hillman Award,
Miller Johnson Announces Leadership Positions, read more.
Rodney D. Martin Appointed Co-Chair of State Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee,
Attorney Aileen Leipprandt Honored as Preeminent Woman Lawyer,
Michael B. Quinn and Christine A. Tracey named practice group chairs at Miller Johnson,
Three Foster Swift Attorneys Elected as Shareholders, read more.
Gov. Rick Snyder reappoints Christian E. Meyer to the Electronic Recording Commission,
Warner Norcross Opens New Office in Midland, MI to Serve Great Lakes Bay Region,
Smith Haughey Welcomes Kate Flewelling to Traverse City Office,
Smith Haughey Client Receives "One of the Largest Jury Awards in Leelanau County's History",
Martin Axelrod Joins Dykema in Grand Rapids,
Willis Law has been named to the State Bar of Michigan’s 2012 Pro Bono Circle of Excellence, read more.
Michael J. Willis, J.D., C.P.A., and Attorney Benjamin J. Herbert, J.D., Present Asset Protection to Morgan Stanley and Prudential, read more.
Attorney Don Smith joins Willis Law,
Price Heneveld adds two attorneys to its growing practice,
Kenneth P. Tableman has relocated his practice to the Waters Building in Grand Rapids.
Warner Norcross Announces Winners of MLK Essay Contest,
Nicole L. Huston joins Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge as the firm's Marketing Specialist,
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Announces three new shareholders and the 2013 board members,
Stephen J. Hulst and James R. Poll Elected Shareholders at Rhoades McKee,
Varnum Names Four New Partners,
Warner Norcross & Judd Names Four Attorneys as Partners,