Michigan Lawyers Weekly names its 2012 Lawyer of the Year

Michigan Lawyers Weekly named Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. as its Lawyer of the Year today.

MiLW recognized Young at its annual Leaders in the Law awards luncheon for his banner year as Chief of the state’s highest court, and his leadership in the efforts to streamline the state judiciary. Young has been one of the major driving forces behind the implementation of the State Court Administrator Office’s Judicial Resources Recommendation report. The report called for a significant reduction of the state bench.

Before this year, the state had shed just one judgeship in the last 10 years. But Young was able to build consensus in the bench and bar, which was necessary for the legislature to pass a series of bills that eliminates a total of 36 trial judgeships and four Michigan Court of Appeals seats over the next 10 years.

Watch for coverage of Leaders in the Law and our Lawyer of the Year in the March 19 and 26 editions of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

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2012 Leaders in the Law honorees announced

Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 25 “Leaders in the Law” for 2012 have been selected.

The honorees will be recognized in a special section to be published Feb. 27, and at the fourth annual Leaders in the Law luncheon, taking place March 15 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy. At the awards ceremony, Lawyers Weekly will reveal the 2012 Lawyer of the Year.

After reviewing nominations from peers, colleagues and associates, a Lawyers Weekly editorial panel considered such details as:

• Exemplifying the noble tradition of the legal profession, coupled with commitment to practicing law in Michigan.

• A record of winning cases, solving problems or coming to judicial conclusions that reflect the utmost integrity.

• Possessing the ability to achieve success in his or her respective practice, while also displaying the strength of character that transcends results.

• Being passionate and aggressive on behalf of both clients and the legal community.

The 2012 roster reflects a diverse array of practice areas, from business startups, civil rights and toxic tort, to intellectual property, eminent domain and medical malpractice. In addition, two prosecutors and two judges — including the chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court — were selected.

This year’s honorees are:

John W. Allen, Varnum LLP

Andrew R. Basile Jr., Young Basile Hanlon & MacFarlane PC

Mark J. Bernstein, The Sam Bernstein Law Firm

Thomas P. Branigan, Bowman and Brooke LLP

John V. Byl, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

John G. Cameron Jr., Dickinson Wright PLLC

David E. Christensen, Michigan Auto Law

Jerry Dorsey IV, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office

Darius W. Dynkowski, Ackerman, Ackerman & Dynkowski P.C.

Brian D. Einhorn, Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff, P.C.

Geoffrey N. Fieger, Fieger Law PC

Hon. Nanci J. Grant, Oakland County Circuit Court

Craig E. Hilborn, Hilborn & Hilborn, P.C.

Maurice G. Jenkins, Jackson Lewis LLP

Craig H. Lubben, Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey, P.L.C.

Barbara J. Morrison, Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office

Steven L. Oberholtzer, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

Jesse M. Reiter, Reiter & Walsh, P.C.

Rebecca Simkins, Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, P.L.L.C.

Phillip D. Torrence, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Jonathan Tukel, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan

Jerome R. Watson, Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.

Anne Widlak, Nemeth Burwell, P.C.

Hon. Robert P. Young Jr., Michigan Supreme Court

Rodger D. Young, Young & Susser, P.C.

Leaders in the Law: Almost everyone will be there

By now, you should have seen, and followed, a link to the Leaders in the Law 2008 Honorees on our website.

Next Thursday, April 24, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, and our sister publication, Midwest In-House, will honor and celebrate these 20 in-house counsel from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Laurel Manor, 39000 Schoolcraft Rd. in Livonia. They’re being recognized for their outstanding professional accomplishments in the legal community and within their company. The honorees were nominated by colleagues, clients and other legal professionals and were selected by a panel of judges from their profession.

We’d like to report that everyone will be there. Inevitably, there were a few scheduling conflicts. And, as it turns out, one of the honorees, James D. Robb, the General Counsel and Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations for Thomas M. Cooley Law School, is also a cast member of A (Habeas) Chorus Line. Robb and the rest of the troupe have an engagement at another event that – ah-hem – is running at the same time as ours.

The show must go on – both of them.

We’re pretty sure our food will be better.

We still have a few tickets left. Call 800-678-5297 for more information.