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111 Miller Canfield Lawyers Named Best in U.S.

Firm Leads Michigan in Number of Lawyers Named

September 22, 2009

Miller Canfield announced today that 111 of its lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in the pre-eminent legal referral guide, The Best Lawyers in America® 2010 published by Woodward/White, Inc.  The firm has more lawyers named than any other firm in Michigan.

In addition, Miller Canfield ranks number one in Michigan with the most lawyers named in the categories of Banking, Commercial Litigation, Construction, Criminal Defense, Energy, Environmental, Information Technology, Labor and Employment, and Public Finance; and the firm has more lawyers listed from the cities of Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo and Troy than any other law firm in Michigan.

Following is a list of Miller Canfield attorneys honored in Best Lawyers® 2010. Twenty-two lawyers were named for the first time this year (*).

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mark T. Boonstra, Antitrust, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation; Paul R. Dimond, Real Estate; Bettye S. Elkins, Health Care and Information Technology; Joseph M. Fazio, Real Estate; Robert E. Gilbert, Real Estate; Linda O. Goldberg, Labor and Employment; Marta A. Manildi, Information Technology and Intellectual Property; Sonal Hope Mithani, Commercial Litigation; Thomas C. O’Brien, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Non-White Collar Criminal Defense, White-Collar Criminal Defense, Personal Injury Litigation; Stephen G. Palms, Real Estate; Roselyn R. Parmenter, Health Care; Erik H. Serr, Corporate; Timothy D. Sochocki, Health Care


Darryl R. Davidson, Public Finance; Robert T. Zielinski*, Labor and Employment

Detroit, Michigan

Frederick A. Acomb*, Commercial Litigation; Marjory G. Basile, Intellectual Property; Bruce D. Birgbauer, Corporate and International Trade and Finance; Orin D. Brustad, Employee Benefits; Harold W. Bulger, Jr., Public Finance; Beverly Hall Burns, Labor and Employment; Thomas D. Colis*, Public Finance; Donna J. Donati, Labor and Employment; Lawrence M. Dudek, Construction and Real Estate; W. Mack Faison,  Commercial Litigation; Adam S. Forman*, Labor and Employment; Brant A. Freer, Public Finance and Tax;Joseph F. Galvin, Land Use & Zoning, Municipal and Real Estate; Leonard D. Givens, Labor and Employment; Jonathan S. Green, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights; Michael W. Hartmann, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice and Professional Malpractice; Donald W. Keim, Public Finance; Douglas M. Kilbourne, Banking; Stephen S. LaPlante, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights; Thomas W. Linn, Banking; Anthony J. Mavrinac*, Banking; Michael P. McGee*, Public Finance; Patrick F. McGow*, Public Finance; Jeffrey M. McHugh, Public Finance; Samuel J. McKim III, Tax; David K. McLeod, Banking; Christopher A. McMican, Employee Benefits; Megan P. Norris, Labor and Employment; Kathryn L. Ossian, Information Technology; A. Michael Palizzi*, Intellectual Property; Thomas G. Parachini, Commercial Litigation; Joel L. Piell, Public Finance; Clarence L. Pozza, Jr., Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation; Steven A. Roach, Banking; Jerry T. Rupley, Education and Public Finance; Larry J. Saylor, Antitrust;P. Rivka Schochet*, Franchise; Richard J. Seryak, Labor and Employment; Michael H. Traison, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights; Amanda Van Dusen, Public Finance, Education and Banking; Carl H. von Ende, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, and Banking; Peter W. Waldmeir, Energy; Jerome R. Watson, Labor and Employment; John H. Willems*, Labor and Employment

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Robert L. DeJong, Commercial Litigation; Richard A. Gaffin, Intellectual Property; John M. Sommerdyke, Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Funds; Stanley J. Stek, Commercial Litigation and Eminent Domain and Condemnation; Robert E.L. Wright, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Ronald E. Baylor, Environmental; Eric V. Brown, Jr., Corporate; John R. Cook, Corporate; Harold J. Decker*, Biotechnology and Commercial Litigation; Pamela C. Enslen, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation; J. Patrick Lennon*, Real Estate; Robert R. Lennon, Corporate and Real Estate; John M. Novak*, Banking; Don M. Schmidt, Municipal, Public Finance and Real Estate; James E. Spurr, Construction; Thomas H. Van Dis*, Health Care; John G. Van Slambrouck*, Trusts and Estates; James G. Vantine, Jr.*, Banking and Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights; B. Jay Yelton III, Commercial Litigation

Lansing, Michigan

Ronald W. Bloomberg, Energy; Douglas W. Crim, Environmental; William J. Danhof, Public Finance and Banking; Christopher J. Dembowski, Public Finance; Michael J. Hodge, Administrative; Harvey J. Messing, Administrative, Energy, Natural Resources and Oil & Gas; Thomas C. Phillips, Environmental; Brad S. Rutledge*, Public Finance; Sherri A. Wellman, Energy

New York City

Gregory L. Curtner, Antitrust and Sports

Saginaw, Michigan

James C. Foresman*, Health Care

Troy, Michigan

James L. Allen, Banking and Real Estate; Frank L. Andrews*, Environmental; Thomas G. Appleman, Corporate and Securities; Brad B. Arbuckle, Corporate and Securities; Thomas W. Cranmer, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense, White-Collar Criminal Defense, Commercial Litigation and Ethics and Professional Responsibility; Gregory V. DiCenso, Trusts and Estates; Kalman G. Goren, Employee Benefits; Robert J. Haddad, Mass Tort Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation; Ronald E. Hodess, Construction and Real Estate; Brian R. Jenney*, Elder Law; Amy M. Johnston*, Personal Injury Litigation; David D. Joswick, Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Banking; Kenneth E. Konop, Trusts and Estates; Matthew F. Leitman, Non-White Collar Criminal Defense and White-Collar Criminal Defense; Anna M. Maiuri, Environmental; Stephen J. Ott, Mass Tort Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation; James A. Simpson, Banking; David M. Thoms, Non-Profit/Charities and Trusts and Estates; J. Kevin Trimmer, Real Estate, Brian S. Westenberg, Mass Tort Litigation; James W. Williams, Trusts and Estates; Mark E. Wilson*, Environmental

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