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107 Miller Canfield Lawyers Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in 2014; Cranmer Again Named Top Lawyer in Michigan

September 11, 2014

Miller Canfield announced today that 107 of its lawyers have been recognized in Super Lawyers in 2014.  Seventy-one lawyers were named as “Super Lawyers” in Michigan; three in Illinois; and one in Ohio. Twenty-seven lawyers in Michigan were named as “Rising Stars;” four in Illinois; and one in New York.

Special recognition went to Thomas W. Cranmer, whom the publication ranked as the top lawyer in Michigan. Cranmer is the leader of Miller Canfield’s Litigation Practice Group.  His practice focuses largely on white-collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation and "bet-the-company" litigation. This is the third time in four years that Cranmer has been hailed as the top lawyer in the state.

Megan P. Norris (Employment and Labor, Detroit office) was also ranked within the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan.

Norris was also one of three Miller Canfield lawyers listed among the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan, as well as Amy M. Johnston (Personal Injury Defense: Products, Detroit office).

Miller Canfield lawyers named in Super Lawyers Michigan 2014 (* denotes new to the list.)

 Ann Arbor office

Joseph M. Fazio, Real Estate
Sonal Hope Mithani, Civil Litigation Defense
Thomas C. O’Brien, Criminal Defense
Stephen G. Palms, Real Estate 

Detroit office

Marjory G. Basile, Intellectual Property Litigation
William B. Beach, Government/Cities/Municipalities
Orin D. Brustad, Employee Benefits/ERISA
Harold W. Bulger, Jr., Bonds/Government Finance
Beverly Hall Burns, Employment and Labor
Michael P. Coakley, Securities Litigation
Donna J. Donati, Employment and Labor
Lawrence M. Dudek, Real Estate
W. Mack Faison, Business Litigation
Adam S. Forman, Employment and Labor
Joseph F. Galvin, Litigation
Leonard D. Givens, Employment and Labor
Jonathan S. Green, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights
Saul A. Green, Criminal Defense
Michael W. Hartmann, Litigation
Irene Bruce Hathaway, Litigation
Todd A. Holleman, Business Litigation
Amy M. Johnston, Personal Injury Defense: Products (Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers)
Stephen S. LaPlante, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights
Michael P. McGee, Bonds/Government Finance
Jeffrey M. McHugh, Tax
Megan P. Norris, Employment and Labor (Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers and Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers)
A. Michael Palizzi, Business Litigation
Joel L. Piell, Government/Cities/Municipalities
Clarence L. Pozza, Jr., Business Litigation
Steven A. Roach, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights
Jerry T. Rupley, Bonds/Government Finance
Jennifer L. Sabourin,* Employment Litigation: Defense
Larry J. Saylor, Business Litigation
Brian M. Schwartz,* Employment Litigation: Defense
Michael H. Traison, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights
Amanda Van Dusen, Bonds/Government Finance
Richard A. Walawender, Mergers and Acquisitions
Richard W. Warren, Jr.,* Employment & Labor
Jerome R. Watson, Employment Litigation Defense
John H. Willems, Employment and Labor

Grand Rapids office

Robert L. DeJong, Litigation
Joseph M. Infante, Business Litigation
Charles (Sandy) Mishkind, Employment Litigation Defense
Stanley J. Stek, Litigation
Trent J. Taylor, Banking 

Kalamazoo office

Ronald E. Baylor, Environmental
Douglas L. Callander, Employment and Labor
Don M. Schmidt, Government/Cities/Municipalities
Kurt N. Sherwood, Employment and Labor
John G. Van Slambrouck,* Estate & Probate 

Lansing office

William J. Danhof, Bonds/Government Finance
Christopher J. Dembowski, Bonds/Government Finance
Michael J. Hodge, Employment Litigation Defense
Harvey J. Messing, Utilities
Thomas C. Phillips, Environmental
Sherri A. Wellman, Energy & Natural Resources

Troy office

James L. Allen, Real Estate
Matthew P. Allen,* Business Litigation
Thomas G. Appleman, Securities and Corporate Finance
Brad B. Arbuckle, Securities and Corporate Finance
Thomas W. Cranmer, White-Collar Criminal Defense (#1 Ranked Michigan Super Lawyer)
Gerald J. Gleeson II, Litigation
Gary R. Glenn, Tax
Kal G. Goren, Employee Benefits/ERISA
Ronald E. Hodess, Real Estate
David D. Joswick, Securities and Corporate Finance
Kenneth E. Konop, Estate Planning and Probate
Stephen J. Ott, Personal Injury Defense: Products
Ronald H. Riback, Banking
Dawn M. Schluter, Estate Planning and Probate
James A. Simpson, Banking

Miller Canfield lawyers named “Rising Stars” in Super Lawyers Michigan 2014

Ann Arbor office

David D. O’Brien, Criminal Defense
Kimberly L. Scott, Intellectual Property Litigation

Detroit office

Laura M. Bassett, Bonds/Government Finance
Colin M. Battersby, Business Litigation
Kimberly A. Berger, Intellectual Property Litigation
Steven M. Frank, Bonds/Government Finance
Shawn N. Hopper, Banking
Lara L. Kapalla, General Litigation
Robert E. Murkowski, Business Litigation
Adam B. Norlander, Banking
Nelson O. Ropke, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor
Saura James Sahu, Employment and Labor
M. Misbah Shahid, Employment and Labor
Michael C. Simoni, Business Litigation
Christopher M. Trebilcock, Employment and Labor
Joseph G. Vernon, Business Litigation

 Kalamazoo office

Paul D. Hudson, Appellate
James L. Liggins, Jr., Business Litigation
Leigh M. Schultz, Employment and Labor
Matthew B. Van Dyk, Real Estate 

Lansing office

Paul M. Collins,* Environmental
Scott R. Eldridge, Employment Litigation Defense
G. Alan Wallace, Government/Cities/Municipalities

Troy office

Eric C. Bartley, Banking
Alexander J. Clark, Real Estate
Mary Kate Griffith, Information Technology/Outsourcing
Ryan J. Riehl,* Tax

Miller Canfield lawyers named in Super Lawyers Illinois 2014 

Chicago office

Darryl R. Davidson, Bonds/Government Finance
Cara M. Houck, Business Litigation
Robert T. Zielinski, Labor and Employment

Miller Canfield lawyers named “Rising Stars” in Super Lawyers Illinois 2014

Chicago office

Jeffrey M. Drake, Intellectual Property Litigation
Kathleen E. Koppenhoefer, Business Litigation
Blake E. Schulman,* Real Estate
Ryan C. Williams,* Litigation

Miller Canfield lawyers named “Rising Stars” in Super Lawyers New York Metro 2014

New York office

Amita Gopinath,* Business/Corporate

Miller Canfield lawyers named in Super Lawyers Ohio 2014 

Cincinnati office

Paul E. Perry, Creditor Debtor Rights: Business

Super Lawyers magazine names lawyers in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through independent research. Rising Stars names the state’s top up-and-coming lawyers. It combines peer nominations and evaluations with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

Michigan Super Lawyers is published annually in September in a special advertising supplement in The New York TimesIllinois Super Lawyers & Rising Stars is published annually in February in a special advertising section in Chicago magazine. New York Metro Super Lawyers is published annually in The New York Times Magazine. Ohio Super Lawyers & Rising Starts is published annually in December in a special advertising supplement in Cincinnati Magazine, Columbus Monthly, Cleveland Magazine and Inside Business