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Ninety Five Dykema Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers

More Than One in Four Dykema Practitioners Earn Distinction

August 23, 2012

DETROIT—Dykema announced today that nearly one hundred of the Firm’s lawyers, in multiple practice areas and in key regional markets, have been named in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America guide.

This total—representing more than 25 percent of all Dykema attorneys—is the highest in the Firm’s history, with 25 more Dykema attorneys earning the Best Lawyers honor in 2013 than in 2012. This significant year-to-year increase corresponds to the 25 Dykema attorneys who make their first-time appearance on the Best Lawyers list this year.

Best Lawyers (© 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC) is the pre-eminent national listing of outstanding attorneys. This annual guide is derived from exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The 2013 guide recognizes 95 Dykema attorneys in more than five dozen practice areas in nine of the Firm’s national offices.

Peter M. Kellett, Dykema’s Chairman and CEO, observes, “For so many of our lawyers to be judged outstanding practitioners is a great honor. Equally significant is that these evaluations have been made by one’s peers, whose broad-base of experience and standards of excellence make them an exceptionally discerning audience.”

The Dykema attorneys listed in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America guide, identified by market and the practice areas for which they have been recognized, follows:

Ann Arbor, MI 

Phyllis Donaldson Adams—Health Care Law

James M. Cameron, Jr.—Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Litigation - Land Use & Zoning , Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Municipal

Marie R. Deveney—Trusts and Estates

Melvin J. Muskovitz—Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor & Employment

Roselyn R. Parmenter—Health Care Law

Ronald J. Santo—Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management

Robert P. Tiplady—Trusts and Estates, Litigation - Trusts & Estates

Jill M. Wheaton—Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Maria B. Abrahamsen—Health Care Law

Bowden V. Brown—Public Finance Law

Brendan Cahill—Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Amy M. Christen—Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Michael G. Cumming—Trusts and Estates

Robert L. Duty—Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management

James P. Feeney—Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Adam M. Fishkind—Real Estate Law

Fred J. Fresard—Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Alan M. Greene—Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation - Land Use & Zoning

Dennis M. Haffey—Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - Trusts & Estates, Litigation - Securities, Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions

Howard B. Iwrey—Litigation - Antitrust

Joel D. Kellman—Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law

Joanne R. Lax—Health Care Law

Gerald T. Lievois—Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law

D. Richard McDonald—Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Mergers & Acquisitions Law

James D. Obermanns—Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Marilyn A. Peters—Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - Securities, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Environmental

Brittany M. Schultz—Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Sheryl L. Toby—Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy

Stephen L. Tupper—Information Technology Law 

Charlotte, NC

Donald C. Lampe—Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law

Chicago, IL 

Ross J. Altman—Construction Law, Real Estate Law

Richard M. Bendix, Jr.—Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Jay S. Berlinsky—Corporate Law

Michael C. Borders—Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Terrence M. Burns—Medical Malpractice Law

Derek Cottier—Real Estate Law

C. Elizabeth Darke—Real Estate Law

Thomas R. Hill—Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Michael S. Kurtzon—Real Estate Law

Neil T. Neumark—Real Estate Law

Andrew P. Scott—Land Use & Zoning Law

Michael F. Sexton—Real Estate Law

Ian M. Sherman—Insurance Law

Allan J. Sternstein—Litigation - Intellectual Property

Sharon Zaban—Real Estate Law

Dallas, TX

William Finkelstein— Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Brian R. Forbes—Real Estate Law

Mark K. Sales—Litigation - Trusts & Estates

Detroit, MI

Susan Artinian—Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants

J. Michael Bernard—Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Thomas S. Bishoff—Commercial Litigation

Eric T. Carver—Trusts and Estates, Litigation - Trusts & Estates, Tax Law

Michael P. Cooney—Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Samuel C. Damren—Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Mediation

James M. Elsworth—Trusts and Estates

John A. Entenman—Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management

Sherrie Farrell—Commercial Litigation

Robert J. Franzinger—Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation- Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Martin Jay Galvin—Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor & Employment

Grant P. Gilezan—Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental

Steven E. Grob—Litigation & Controversy - Tax, Tax Law

Mark Hauck—Commercial Litigation

James Hermon—Litigation - Labor & Employment

Patrick F. Hickey—Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Labor & Employment, Litigation - ERISA

Kathryn J. Humphrey—Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Margaret Adams Hunter—Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Mark D. Jacobs—Environmental Law

Peter M. Kellett—Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Antitrust, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Mediation, Litigation - Securities

Jin-Kyu Koh—Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Kathrin E. Kudner—Health Care Law

Mark A. Metz—Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation

Aleksandra A. Miziolek—Commercial Finance Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Cameron H. Piggott—Real Estate Law, Litigation - Real Estate

Carl Rashid, Jr.—Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Litigation & Controversy - Tax, Tax Law, Real Estate Law, Litigation - Real Estate

Joseph A. Ritok, Jr.—Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor & Employment

Thomas M. Schehr—Commercial Litigation

Rex E. Schlaybaugh, Jr.—Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Wilfred A. Steiner, Jr.—Real Estate Law

Thomas S. Vaughn—Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law

Grand Rapids, MI 

James S. Brady—Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, DUI/DWI Defense, Family Law, Litigation - Environmental, Personal Injury Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Litigation - First Amendment

John A. Ferroli—Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental

Stephen S. Muhich—Employment Law - Management, Litigation - Labor & Employment

Brian J. Page—Corporate Law, Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law

Wayne D. Roberts—Litigation & Controversy - Tax, Tax Law

Lansing, MI 

R. Lance Boldrey—Gaming Law, Native American Law

Sandra M. Cotter—Administrative/Regulatory Law,

Albert Ernst—Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Natural Resources Law

Ann D. Fillingham—Corporate Law, Public Finance Law

Gary P. Gordon—Administrative/Regulatory Law, Government Relations Practice

James P. Kiefer—Corporate Law, Public Finance Law

Lori McAllister—Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation - Banking & Finance

William J. Perrone—Banking and Finance Law, Government Relations Practice

W. Alan Wilk—Administrative/Regulatory Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law

Leonard C. Wolfe—Administrative/Regulatory Law, Gaming Law, Government Relations Practice

Los Angeles, CA 

Daniel J. Stephenson—Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Intellectual Property