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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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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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Image related to Voice of Miller Canfield: The Auto Show Matters More than Ever

The North American International Auto Show is welcoming thousands of journalists and industry executives to town next week, and Jan. 14-22, some 800,000 car enthusiasts will flock to Cobo Center to get a sneak peek at what’s new and exciting in the industry.

It’s one of the most important annual events in the automotive industry. We’re expecting more than 40 reveals from car makers from around the world. The prestige, the flashy reveals and the futuristic concept cars make NAIAS the place to connect … and to impress.

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Image related to Voice of Miller Canfield: Year-End Reflections

As the year 2016 comes to a close, many of us are reflecting on what has been a year of ups and downs, challenges and opportunities. As I look back on the year, a few things stand out and make me feel especially proud of my colleagues and my firm and the ways we’ve grown this year and the many ways we have supported our clients, our communities and each other. Among them:

They are generous. The staff and attorneys I work with are some of the most giving people I know. Whether they are contributing money to support worthy charitable causes, or giving of their time through pro bono work and volunteerism, my colleagues never fail to make me proud. This year alone, the firm contributed more than $1.8 million and thousands of volunteer hours to endeavors that promote the greater good in our communities. These contributions included more than 5,000 hours of pro bono service performed by our lawyers. And Leo Goddeyne, a senior attorney in the firm’s Kalamazoo office, was recognized by the State Bar of Michigan as the recipient of the John Cummiskey Award in recognition of his outstanding service in pro bono. Finally, this year Wendy Richards joined the firm as Pro Bono Counsel, which will help our attorneys make even deeper commitments to give back in 2017 and beyond.

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Two recent client victories in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put the City of Detroit’s post-bankruptcy recovery on much firmer footing.

The first case began two years ago when some residential customers of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department filed a complaint in the City of Detroit’s bankruptcy case. They asserted the city should be forced to set water rates based on customers’ income rather than on the cost of providing the service as required by Michigan law. 

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Miller Canfield is pleased to announce that it has again been named a Client Service A-Team 2017 firm by client service ranking firm BTI Consulting.

The ranking measures service excellence based on in-depth interviews with C-level executives who revealed the most important specific activities that drive superior client relationships.

“BTI researches some 300 of the largest and best known law firms in the country,” said Miller Canfield CEO Michael McGee. “Based on hundreds of client interviews, they identify the firms that truly distinguish themselves as being the most invested in their clients’ successes and providing the most value to the client/law firm relationship.”

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