‘Up & Coming Lawyers’ for 2011 announced

The 20 honorees for Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2011 Up & Coming Lawyers have been selected.

These attorneys have practiced law for 10 years or less, yet have already distinguished themselves in the practice of law, and appear poised for even greater things. They were chosen for their noteworthy cases, unique practice areas, and interesting community or bar association efforts.

In this annual salute to the rising stars of the bar, the honorees will be acknowledged at Lawyers Weekly’s Up & Coming Lawyers luncheon Dec. 8 at the Detroit Marriott Troy. They also will be recognized in a special section Nov. 21, in which we will feature profiles of each.

Our 2011 honorees are:

• Heather J. Atnip, Romanzi Atnip, P.C.

• Hilary A. Ballentine, Plunkett Cooney

• Darryl G. Bressack, Fink + Associates Law

• Katherine (Katie) Donohue, Butzel Long

• Paul R. Hage, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C.

• Sarah Riley Howard, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

• Thomas W. James, Michigan Auto Law

• Kaveh Kashef, Clark Hill PLC

• Russell A. Kavalhuna, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District

• Channelle Kizy-White, Channelle Kizy, PLLC

• Caralyce M. Lassner, Caralyce M. Lassner, JD, PC

• Susan Lumetta, Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C.

• Maureen M. McGinnis, Donald E. McGinnis Jr., P.C.

• Rajesh K. Prasad, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office

• Kristen E. Ray, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

• Christyn M. Scott, Dykema Gossett PLLC

• Benjamin C. Stasa, Brooks Kushman P.C.

• Melonie L. McKenzie Stothers, Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, P.L.L.C.

• Zana Tomich, Dalton & Tomich, PLC

• Erin L. Toomey, Foley & Lardner LLP

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And the winners are … MiLW names 2010 Up & Coming Lawyers

Michigan Lawyers Weekly is proud to name the 2010 Up & Coming Lawyers. These up-and-comers have been in practice for fewer than 10 years, and have already made their mark on the profession.

They were selected from a large group of nominees, for their leadership and professional accomplishments, and for their activities in professional organizations.

They will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Nov. 9, 2010, and will be profiled in the Oct. 25 issue of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

The winners are:
Lori D. Becker
Valerie J.M. Brader
Geoffrey M. Brown
Stephen P. Dunn
Sara E.D. Fazio
Homayune A. Ghaussi
Devon R. Glass
Jessica L. Gustafson
Clifford L. Hammond
Scott S. Holmes
Stephanie D. Jones
Brian E. Koncius
Donna M. MacKenzie
Derek W. Meinecke
Sarah S. Prescott
Nicole L. Proulx
Brittany M. Schultz
Hope V. Shovein
Jeffrey M. Stefan II
Nicole E. Wilinski

Michigan Lawyers Weekly names Up & Coming Lawyers

Congratulations to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2007 Class of Up & Coming Lawyers!

  • Rachel Bissett: Fresh out of law school, this attorney helped Gordie Howe, “Mr. Hockey,” resolve a civil stalking suit against his neighbors.
  • Marla A. Linderman: If there’s a wrong, no obstacle can stop this crusading young lawyer from making it right.
  • Rolf E. Lowe: This Royal Oak attorney is bridging the gap between health care and labor law, forging a path in a newly emerging practice area.
  • Mark C. Rossman: The challenge of complex litigation plus total client dedication equals a winning combination for this partner of a Troy firm.
  • Michael J. Willis and Shaun P. Willis: Steadfast faith in Jesus Christ is the heart of the young brothers’ livelihood – a growing business law practice, loving families and the need to give back.

Read their profiles in the Nov. 19 issue.