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Eighty-One Dykema Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists

September 2, 2014

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 58 of its attorneys from the firm’s five Michigan offices, and from multiple practice areas, were named to the 2014 Super Lawyers list by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine. Additionally, 23 of the firm's attorneys were named to the 2014 Rising Stars list. In total, the 81 Dykema attorneys listed represent more than 40 percent of the firm’s Michigan-based lawyers.

The Super Lawyers designation, conferred upon the most respected legal practitioners in the state, is based upon peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than five percent of the lawyers in each state are selected by the research team to receive this honor. Rising Stars are those up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years of age or younger and have practiced law for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team to receive this honor.  

The Dykema attorneys named on the 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers list, identified by Michigan office and practice area(s) for which they are being recognized are:  

Ann Arbor

  • James M. Cameron, Jr. – Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Marie R. Deveney – Estate Planning & Probate, Tax
  • Joseph K. Erhardt – Insurance Coverage, Business Litigation
  • Kathrin E. Kudner – Health Care, Food & Drugs, Business/Corporate
  • Ronald J. Santo – Employment & Labor
  • Robert P. Tiplady – Estate Planning & Probate
  • Jill M. Wheaton – Appellate, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury – Products

Bloomfield Hills

  • Maria B. Abrahamsen – Health Care 
  • Brendan J. Cahill – Corporate Finance
  • Michael G. Cumming – Estate Planning & Probate, Tax
  • Joseph A. Doerr – Business Litigation
  • Robert L. Duty – Employment Litigation, Employment & Labor
  • James M. Elsworth – Estate Planning & Probate
  • Stephen R. Estey – Land Use/Zoning, Eminent Domain, General Litigation
  • James P. Feeney – Personal Injury – Products, Civil Litigation, Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Adam M. Fishkind – Real Estate
  • Alan M. Greene – Land Use/Zoning, Eminent Domain, Construction Litigation
  • Dennis M. Haffey – Business Litigation, Professional Liability, Securities Litigation
  • Kyle R. Hauberg – Real Estate
  • Howard B. Iwrey – Antitrust Litigation, Securities Litigation, Franchise/Dealership
  • Joel D. Kellman – Real Estate, Nonprofit Organizations, Banking
  • Mark G. Malven – Technology Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate
  • Bonnie Mayfield – Employment Litigation, Personal Injury – Products, Class Action/Mass Torts
  • D. Richard McDonald – Securities & Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Brian M. Moore – Business Litigation, Real Estate, General Litigation
  • Paul L. Nystrom – Business Litigation, Personal Injury – Products, Land Use/Zoning 
  • Marilyn A. Peters – Business Litigation, Construction Litigation
  • Rex E. Schlaybaugh, Jr. – Securities & Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions 
  • Brittany M. Schultz – Personal Injury – Product, Civil Litigation, Personal Injury – General
  • Sheryl L. Toby – Bankruptcy, Creditor Debtor Rights, Business/Corporate
  • Stephen L. Tupper – Technology Transactions


  • J. Michael Bernard – Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance, Business/Corporate
  • Robert A. Boonin – Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation, Schools & Education
  • Eric Thomas Carver – Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate, Business/Corporate
  • Michael P. Cooney – Personal Injury – Products, Class Action/Mass Torts, Business Litigation
  • Samuel C. Damren – Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Closely Held Business
  • John A. Entenman (retired) – Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation
  • Sherrie L. Farrell – Business Litigation
  • Robert J. Franzinger (retired) – Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property
  • Martin Jay Galvin (retired) – Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation
  • Grant P. Gilezan – Environmental, Environmental Litigation, Energy & Natural Resources
  • Steven E. Grob – Tax, Estate Planning & Probate
  • Mark E. Hauck – Business Litigation
  • Patrick F. Hickey – Business Litigation, Employment Litigation
  • Kathryn J. Humphrey – Aviation and Aerospace, Personal Injury – Products, General Litigation
  • Mark D. Jacobs – Environmental, Utilities, Administrative Law
  • Benjamin W. Jeffers – Business Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts, Insurance Coverage
  • Peter M. Kellett – Class Action/Mass Torts, Business Litigation, Personal Injury – Products 
  • Jin-Kyu Koh – Mergers & Acquisitions, Business/Corporate, Health Care
  • Cameron H. Piggott – Real Estate, Energy & Natural Resources 
  • Thomas M. Schehr – Business Litigation

Grand Rapids

  • James S. Brady – Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation
  • Brian J. Page – Real Estate, Banking, Business/Corporate
  • Wayne D. Roberts – Tax


  • Richard J. Aaron – Utilities
  • Albert Ernst (retired) – Utilities, Energy & Natural Resources, Administrative Law
  • Ann D. Fillingham – Government Finance, Business/Corporate
  • Lori McAllister – Class Action/Mass Torts, Administrative Law, Business Litigation

  The Dykema attorneys named on the 2014 Rising Stars list, identified by Michigan office and practice area(s) for which they are being recognized are:   Ann Arbor

  • Noah S. Hurwitz – Business Litigation, Employment & Labor, Civil Litigation

Bloomfield Hills

  • Lauren C. Baucus – Consumer Law, Business Litigation, Administrative Law
  • Michael J. Blalock – Business Litigation, Civil Litigation
  • Jong-Ju Chang – Business Litigation
  • David J. Council – Business Litigation, General Litigation, E-Discovery
  • William C. Lentine – Tax 
  • Matthew Mitchell – Business Litigation, Personal Injury – General 
  • Christyn M. Scott – General Litigation, Real Estate
  • Michael R. Vogt – Real Estate
  • Jeanne M. Whalen – Technology Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions 


  • Lisa A. Brown – General Litigation
  • Jennifer Boueri Chilson – Business Litigation
  • Andrew J. Kolozsvary – Business Litigation
  • Timothy M. Kuhn – Personal Injury – Products 
  • Christopher R. Mikula – Employment & Labor
  • Nasseem S. Ramin – Business Litigation 
  • Todd C. Schebor – Environmental, Environmental Litigation 
  • Boyd White, III – Personal Injury – Products 
  • Paul A. Wilhelm – Employment Litigation, Personal Injury – Products 

Grand Rapids

  • Amy R. Jonker – Banking
  • Elisa J. Lintemuth – Business Litigation


  • Jason T. Hanselman – Gaming, Schools & Education, Legislative & Governmental Affairs
  • Shaun M. Johnson – Utilities, Energy & Natural Resources, Administrative Law

About Super Lawyers Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit