Super Lawyers

The following alumni, all Michigan lawyers, listed with their firm, were named Super Lawyers of 2015 by the online publication Michigan Super Lawyers.

Gerard J. Andree ’72
Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, Southfield.

Derk W. Beckerleg ’81
Secrest Wardle, Troy.

Lawrence G. Campbell ’69
Dickinson Wright, Detroit.

Cheryl L. Chandler ’81
Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge, Ann Arbor.

Carole L. Chiamp ’65
Chiamp & Associates, Detroit.

P. Daniel Christ ’91
Giarmarcho, Mullins & Horton, Troy.

Jeffrey R. Clark ’81
Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, Livonia.

Eric P. Conn ’03
Segal, McCambridge, Singer & Mahoney.

Timothy J. Currier ’78
Beier Howlett, Bloomfield Hills.

Margaret T. Debler ’90
Johnson, Rosati, Schultz, Farmington Hills.

Paul T. Engel '00
Howard & Howard in Royal Oak.

William D. Gilbride Jr. ’84
Abbott Nicholson, Detroit.

John J. Gillooly ’88
Garan Lucow Miller, Detroit.

The Hon. Barry L. Howard ’73
Lipson Neilson Vole Seltzer & Garin, Bloomfield Hills.

Robert D. Ihrie ’76
Ihrie O’Brien, St. Clair Shores.

Daniel J. Kelly ’87
Giamarco, Millins & Horton, Troy.

Snthony S. Kogut ’80
Willingham & Cote, East Lansing.

Mark S. Kopson ’81, ’85
Plunkett Cooney, Bloomfield Hills.

Ronald S. Lederman ’85
Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, Southfield.

Peter A. Letzmann ’72
Letzmann, Peter Associates, Kentwood.

Thomas J. Manganello ’80
Watner, Norcross & Judd, Southfield.

Raymond W. Morganti ’76
Siemion Huckabay, Southfield.

Jeremy M. Mullett ’01
Zausmer, August & Caldwell, Farmington Hills.

David R. Nauts ’86, ’89
Tanoury, Nauts, McKinney & Garbarino, Detroit.

Peter W. Peacock ’77
Plunkett Cooney, Mt. Clemens.

Thomas G. Plunkett ’63
Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, Birmingham.

Jerome F. Rock ’72
Jerome F. Rock, Grosse Pointe Park.

Alan T. Rogalski ’90
Warner, Norcross & Judd, Southfield.

John C. Schrier ’84
Parmenter O’Toole, Muskegon.

Thomas R. Schultz ’85, ’88
Johnson, Rosati, Schultz & Joppich, Farmington Hills.

Robert P. Siemion ’71
Siemion Huckabay, Southfield.

Thomas L. Sparks ’69, ’75
Fraser, Trebilcock, Davis & Dunlap, Lansing.

William A. Tanoury ’78
Tanoury, Nauts, McKinney & Garbarino, Detroit.

David B. Timmis ’87
Vandeveer Garzia, Troy.

Scott R. Torpey ’82
Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss, Southfield.

Stephen K. Valentine ’62, ’66
Valentine & Associates, West Bloomfield.

James D. Wilson ’87
Wilson Young, Detroit.

The following Michigan attorneys, listed with their law firm, were named Rising Stars for 2015 by Super Lawyers.

Jessica (Dopierala) Hite ’08
Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, Clinton Township.

Laquita N. Hunter ’05
The Allen Law Group, Detroit.

Kellie C. (Lecznar) Joyce ’06
Secrest Wardle, Troy.

Chase M. Kubica ’10
Secrest Wardle, Troy.

Brian R. Padgett ’09
Zausmer, August & Caldwell, Farmington Hills.

Anthony A. Randazzo ’05
Secrest Wardle, Troy.

Leah M. Rayfield ’09
Secrest Wardle, Troy.

Kevin S. Toll ’06
The Toll Law Firm Royal Oak.

Mark C. Vanneste ’09
Secrest Wardle, Troy.

Nicholas A. Vesprini ’03
Vandeveer Garzia, Troy.

Javon L. Williams ’10
Secrest Wardle, Troy.

Alumni Class Notes

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Frank J. Catalano '64 was named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America. He was recognized for his work in copyright law and works for GableGotwals in Tulsa, Okla.

Mary Ellen Howard, RSM, '68 was keynote speaker at the October, 2015, Angel of Mercy Awards Banquet sponsored by the National American Arab Nurses Association.


Frederick Fromm Jr. '76 joined Dykema as senior counsel in the firm's Detroit office. He waspreviously vice president and general counsel of GM International Operations.

Mark Wollenweber '70, '72, was appointed by Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder to serve on the Allen Park Receivership Transition Advisory Board, an organization charged with helping the city transition from receivership to local control.

Tania (Pratnicki) Young '77 was named one of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry by Automotive News magazine. Young is head of the Dundee Engine Plant for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Chrysler, Powertrain.


Matt Cullen '83, president and CEO of Rock Ventures, was honored by the Detroit Police Department and Detroit Fire Department in November with the City Chnge Maker Award.

Robert DiPilla, D.D.S., '89, expanded his practice with a new office in downtown Detroit. He also has offices in Birmingham, Mich., and New York City.

Tunishai A. Ford '81 recently published a motivational book titled "This Isn't a Period in Your Life, It's a Comma."

Beth S. Gotthelf '85, attorney, shareholder and director of innovation and external relations for the Detroit-based law firm Butzel Long, has been elected president of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge.

Scott Lites '85,was appointed by Mich. Gov. Rick Snyder to serve on the Allen Park Receivership Transition Advisory Board, an organization charged with helping the city transition from receivership to local control.

James Vella '89, president of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, was elected chairman of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. and the Detroit Economic Growth Association board of directors.


Alex Block '96 was awarded the State of Illinois' John Wellborn Root Award for 2015 by the American Institute of Architects. The honor goes to architects licensed 10 years or less. He is a senior architect with Crawford, Murphy & Tilly in Springfield, Ill.

James Campbell, D.D.S. '94, has been selected by the National Consumer Advisory Board to the 2015 directory of America's Best Dentists. He was chosen based on training, experience and dedication to the field.

Laith Hermiz '96 has been promoted from executive vice president to chief operating officer at Agree Realty Corp in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Lana A. Julien '96 was named referee of the Branch County (Mich.) Friend of the Court. She had served for 11 years as the judicial service officer for Macomb County Friend of the Court.

Don Kaupp '96 has joined the hospitality studio at Baskervill, an architecture firm in Richmond, Va.

Andrea Kosloski '95 has been named vice president of legal and risk management for Lansing, Mich.-based Sparrow Health System.

He Jeffery S. Matis '94, was appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to fill a vacancy on the Oakland County Circuit Court in October, 2015. Matis is a lawyer with the Troy, Mich., firm Garan Lucow Miller, PC.

Dennis Ortman '95 published his sixth book, "Anxiety Anonymous: The Big Book on Anxiety Addiction," in December, 2015. He is a clinical psychologist in private practice in metropolitan Detroit.

Andrew W. Ottaway '93 has joined Flagstar Bank in Troy, Mich., as executive vice president and managing director of lending. He will be responsible for all non-mortgage lending. Additional areas of responsibility will include consumer finance, equipment finance, government banking, treasury management, and strategic alliances.

James L. Rainey III '95 and Ken Sigler '98 have written "Securing an IT Organization through Governance, Risk Management and Audit (Internal Audit and IT Audit." The book focuses on two cyber security methodologies and practical aspects to implementing and manging them.

Feras Shammami '97, '00 joined Level One Bank in Farmington Hills, Mich., as vice president and treasury management deposit officer.

Danielle Spehar '98 joined the executive committee of the Southfield, Mich., firm Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, as co-head of the firm's real estate practice group and a membeer of the firm's recruiting committee.

Denise Turman '97 was appointed to the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation board of directors. She is director of the medical and professional reimbursement policy-medical affairs department of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.


Bill Burnham '02, '07, business development manager at DSM was a speaker at Field Economy Detroit, a conference that brought together the stakeholders creating the fuel-efficient cars of tomorrow.

Larry Emmons Jr. '05 has been named managing director to lead the Detroit office of JLL, a national professional services and investment management firm.

Paul T. Engel '00, an intellectual property attorney with Howard & Howard in Royal Oak, Mich., was named a Rising Star for 2015 by the online publication Michigan Super Lawyers.

James J. Jolly '08 was appointed to complete a two-year term on the Livonia (Mich.) City Council. He is a former magistrate of the Michigan 16th District Court and current assistant provost at Lawrence Technological University.

Stephen J. Kontos '03 was named a member of Begin Bieneman PLC., a Detroit-based law firm specializing in intellectual property.

Carrie Lewand-Monroe '06 was named the acting executive director of the Detroit Land Bank Authority. She was previously the principal director of the authority.

Kori Loewe 08, '11 was named a Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund. She is treatment director at the Mariners Inn in Detroit.

Matthew R. Mowers '01 has joined Quinn Law Group PLLC, an intellectual property law firm in Novi, Mich., as a principal.

Dominic A. Paluzzi '04, '07 has joined the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., law firm McDonald Hopkins.

Bradley Peri '09 was honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in the publication's Up and Coming Class of 2015. He has been with the Southfield, Mich.,-based law firm of Goodman Acker since 2011, where he specializes in personal injury work.

Katheryn (Roersma) Rohrhoff '05 has started The Riley Katheryn Foundation, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit to provide financial help for funeral costs to Michigan families who have lost infants and to raise awareness about infant death.

Romina Tonucci '04 has been named an associate with Valerio Dewalt Train Associates, a Chicago-based architecture firm.

Tim Wiley '01, former New Baltimore, Mich., police chief, has joined the FBI's Detroit field office.

Roxana (Gale) Zaha '09 has been selected to participate in Leadership Oakland's LOXXVI Class, a premier leadership and networking organization serving southeast Michigan. Zaha is an attorney with the Detroit-based firm Butzel Long.


Joseph K. Gruber '14 has been named the Downtown Development Director for the city of Wyandotte, Mich.

Daniella Kawamba '15 was named the 2015-16 Mercy Volunteer at Cabrini Clinic in Detroit.

Javier Macias '15 joined the El Paso, Texas, law offices of ScottHulse. He will focus on labor and employment law, education law and litigation

Christien White '11 joined the immigration team of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and the Chaldean Community Foundation. She will be working to help with the foundation's advocacy efforts.

You'll find more Class Notes in the Spring issue of Spiritus Magazine.