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Image related to Commercial Real Estate Recovery: Not All Markets are Equal

When it comes to the post-recession commercial real estate recovery, it’s clear that not all markets are equal. While some are experiencing red-hot growth, some of the hottest have begun to cool a bit, some markets are lukewarm at best, and there is widening disparity among them.

Attendees at the recent Commercial Real Estate Finance Council and Mortgage Bankers Association-Commercial Real Estate Finance conferences had varying opinions. While there are clearly differences of opinion on whether the fundamental bellwethers of commercial real estate will grow, plateau or decline in 2017, the majority of real estate professionals are optimistic in their predictions of what the coming year will hold.

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Image related to Trump Trademark Registration in China Signals Positive Change In China IP Law

A short while ago, China finally granted the Trump Organization  a trademark registration after a 10-year struggle. The timing of the announcement has fueled concern because just days before, President Trump had a phone call with Mr. Xi Jinping, China’s president.  During the call the President reportedly told Mr. Xi that he would honor the U.S.’s “One China” policy, and also wished Mr. Xi a happy Chinese New Year.

Despite speculation that the approval was a favor by the Chinese government, offered in light of President Trump’s friendliness - after some unflattering comments about China during the Presidential campaign – the timing of the trademark approval was almost certainly a coincidence. The truth is that this particular trademark was provisionally approved on Nov. 14, 2016, and the registration granted after, like any trademark approved for registration in China, it had been published for a three-month opposition period.

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Image related to Should They Stay or Should They Go: Navigating Restrictions on Using Criminal Records in Employment Decisions

Employers often find themselves in the unenviable position of deciding whether to continue the employment of an individual who has been charged with – but not yet convicted of – criminal conduct.  How should an employer handle an employee who has been arrested and charged with assault and battery, who claims complete innocence, and whose trial is months away? 

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Image related to No Winter Blues Here: February is the Best Time of the Year at Miller Canfield

It might be hard to believe, but one of my favorite times of the year is February. It’s not because of Michigan’s winter weather. Nor is it because I’m a hopeless romantic who just loves Valentine’s Day. It’s because February is the time of year my colleagues from all over the world come to Michigan to gather for the firm’s annual meeting.

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Miller Canfield is proud to announce that Bill Danhof, the resident director of the firm's Lansing office, has been named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a Leader in the Law. Recognized for his outstanding legal skills and impact on the profession, Bill joined the firm in 1974 after he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. He has since then been instrumental in making the firm's Public Finance Group, the largest in Michigan and one of the largest in the Midwest, a premier provider of municipal and public finance legal services.

He established Miller Canfield's presence in Lansing when he agreed to open the firm's office near the Capitol in 1980, and has become the attorney that lawmakers call to accomplish the "undoable."

Bill started building political connections when he was just a teenager whose first job was cutting Gov. George Romney's lawn. He earned $1.10 an hour, and he started honing his diplomatic skills when he had to negotiate his own pay raises. Since then, he's built a network of colleagues,  contacts and friends that reads like a "Who's Who" of state and national politics.

Throughout his career,  he has been a pioneer in drafting legislation that has changed the way the state and its municipalities finance large capital projects. Each of the projects he has worked on have required Bill to not only craft solutions that will work, but to also make sure those solutions can achieve consensus among diverse groups of stakeholders who often have competing motivations, and philosophical and political approaches. His greatest strength as a leader is the ability to get people to believe that what he suggests is not only possible, but is also the reasonable approach.

Leaders in the Law honorees will be recognized at a luncheon on March 23 and will be profiled in an upcoming special section in Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Congratulations on your inclusion in Leaders in the Law Class of 2017, Bill!

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Image related to Miller Canfield Recognizes Thomas Linn, Winner of Richard J. Seryak Award for Pro Bono Service

Miller Canfield, a global law firm headquartered in Detroit, is pleased to  announce that Thomas Linn is the winner of the second annual Richard J. Seryak Award in recognition of his commitment to pro bono service. The announcement was made by CEO Michael McGee.

Linn joined Miller Canfield in 1976, and served as one of the firm’s managing directors for more than 20 years, and as CEO for nearly eight years.

“Throughout his career, Thom has shown a profound commitment to providing representation to those without financial means,” McGee said. “His work has been instrumental in growing the pro bono program at Miller Canfield.”

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Image related to Miller Canfield Chicago Attorneys Named in Super Lawyers

Miller Canfield, a global law firm based in Detroit, with offices in Chicago and throughout Michigan, announced today that six of its Chicago-based attorneys have been named in 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers and 2017 Illinois Rising Stars.

Miller Canfield’s Chicago attorneys named in 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers are:

  • Raymond A. Fylstra, who was newly designated a Super Lawyer in the practice area of construction litigation
  • Samuel H. Levine, construction litigation
  • Steven J. Rotunno, business litigation
  • Amy J. Zdravecky, employment and labor
  • Robert T. Zielinski, employment and labor

Additionally, Jeffrey M. Drake was named a 2017 Illinois Rising Star in the practice of intellectual property law.

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Image related to Miller Canfield Pushes Forward with Women in Law Initiatives

The Diversity Lab in collaboration with Stanford Law School and Bloomberg Law, brought together 54 high-level partners from leading AmLaw 200 law firms across the country—including Miller Canfield, a global law firm headquartered in Detroit —to develop innovative solutions aimed at advancing and retaining experienced women lawyers in law firms, and increasing gender parity in the top ranks of the legal profession. The group met over a period of six months and worked extensively with industry experts and Stanford Law students. 

Due to overwhelming interest in the innovative ideas presented at the conclusion of the Hackathon, Diversity Lab has now organized an ongoing “Hackathon Alliance” to work with 36 of those law firms to develop, pilot and implement specific plans in 2017.

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Image related to Auto Show Charity Preview Events are Priceless for Networking

Longtime Crain's Detroit Business editor Jennette Smith shared her thoughts on the powerful networking opportunities surrounding the North American International Auto Show and the various parties and events surrounding them. She spoke with Miller Canfield's Mike Palizzi to get an insider's view on how valuable this type of face time is when building client relationships. You can read the whole story here.

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Image related to Amy Zdravecky Talks with GRBJ about Labor Law in the Trump Administration

Miller Canfield Employment and Labor attorney Amy Zdravecky spoke recently with Grand Rapids Business Journal reporter Rachel Watson. The two discussed how the president-elect's administration may impact workers and employers, unions, overtime rules and immigration.

Read the full story here.

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