Goodman Mucha joins firm’s Healthcare Industry Group

DATE: December 5, 2019

CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

Bloomfield Hills, MI — December 5, 2019 — Karen Goodman Mucha recently joined the Healthcare Industry Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest law firms.

“It’s great to have Karen on board as a member of our healthcare team,” said Mark S. Kopson, Plunkett Cooney’s Healthcare Industry Group Leader. “She’s an exceptionally skilled attorney, and her diverse in-house counsel experience will be of tremendous benefit to our clients.”

An of counsel attorney in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Goodman Mucha focuses her practice primarily in the area of healthcare law. She has extensive experience drafting commercial and governmental managed care contracts; managing complex health care and employment litigation; handling health care transactions for a variety of providers; ensuring Medicare and regulatory compliance for health care providers with a particular focus on home health and hospice providers; and reviewing, drafting and revising health system vendor agreements, including those for information technology.

Goodman Mucha has over 30 years of experience as in-house counsel for a home health and hospice provider, physician organizations, medical centers and managed care organizations. She has handled a variety of industry-related issues, including compliance and code of conduct programs, fraud and abuse, HIPAA, patient care issues, and agreement disputes with professional service, educational affiliation, system-wide vendor and vendor procurement and payors.

Goodman Mucha received her master’s degree from the Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University in 1986. She received her law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1983 and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. Goodman Mucha is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Health Care Compliance Association, from which she earned a Certificate in Health Care Compliance.

Plunkett Cooney’s Healthcare Industry Group was formed to meet the unique needs of clients in the increasingly complex business of healthcare. Using a multi-specialty approach, the firm’s attorneys solve and work to prevent problems on behalf of all types of healthcare providers, payors and health-related businesses. The firm’s clients include physicians and physician networks, single- and multi-specialty professional practices, physician-hospital organizations, integrated delivery networks, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, long-term care facilities and many others.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Karen Goodman Mucha joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development  John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

DBusiness names Plunkett Cooney attorneys among Top Lawyers

DATE: December 2, 2019

CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

Bloomfield Hills, MI — December 2, 2019 —DBusiness magazine recently named 20 metro Detroit attorneys from Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, to its 2020 list of “Top Lawyers.”

The DBusiness Top Lawyers list was compiled based on a peer-review survey open to all metro Detroit lawyers. The publication polled 19,000 attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties to nominate lawyers among 50 practice areas. There is no commercial relationship to the listings, and no payment is required to be listed and listings cannot be purchased. The list was published in the November/December edition.

Below is a list of the Plunkett Cooney attorney who received the 2020 Top Lawyer honor from DBusiness:

Jennifer Andreou (Partner, Detroit) – Medical Malpractice Law

Michael P. Ashcraft, Jr. (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Legal Malpractice Law

Hilary A. Ballentine        (Senior Attorney, Bloomfield Hills) – Appellate Law

Douglas C. Bernstein    (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights Law, Banking & Financial Service Law

Charles W. Browning    (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Insurance Law

Dennis G. Cowan           (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Land Use & Zoning

Lawrence R. Donaldson (Of Counsel, Bloomfield Hills) – Legal Malpractice

Jeffrey C.  Gerish           (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Appellate Law

Robert G. Kamenec       (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Appellate Law, Medical Malpractice Law

Mark S. Kopson             (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Health Care Law

Mary Massaron              (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Appellate Law

Laurel F. McGiffert        (Partner/Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Detroit) – Labor and Employment Law, Medical Malpractice

Kenneth C. Newa           (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Insurance Law, Litigation – Construction

Claudia D. Orr                (Senior Attorney, Detroit) – Litigation, Labor Employment Benefits

Stanley A. Prokop          (Of Counsel, Detroit) – Insurance Law

Mary Catherine Rentz    (Partner, Detroit) – Insurance Law

Anthony J. Rusciano     (Of Counsel, Bloomfield Hills) – Health Care Law

Scott H. Sirich                (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Litigation – Construction

Matthew J. Stanczyk      (Partner, Detroit) – Product Liability

Thomas P. Vincent        (President & CEO, Bloomfield Hills) – Labor and Employment Law

DBusiness is the region’s only independently-published, general-interest business magazine. It provides timely, local business intelligence and insights to over 150,000 readers, including business owners and decision-makers throughout metro Detroit.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s 2020 DBusiness “Top Lawyers,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Firm adds two attorneys to its transportation law practice group

DATE:  November 22, 2019

CONTACT:  John E. Cornwell (248) 901-4008

Bloomfield Hills, MI — November 22, 2019 — Attorneys Jamie Lynn McCutcheon and Michael A. Osman recently joined the Transportation Law Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest law firms.

A member of the firm’s Detroit office, McCutcheon focuses her practice on the defense of first- and third-party auto liability cases on behalf of national insurance companies and their policyholders. These matters include potentially high-exposure litigation involving complex and catastrophic injuries. She also has experience handling subrogation matters.

A member of the State Bar of Michigan, McCutcheon is a 2010 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and a 1998 graduate of Eastern Michigan University.

Osman is also a member of the firm’s Detroit office who focuses his practice in the areas of first- and third-party automobile negligence. He represents employers and insurance policyholders in civil litigation involving Michigan’s No-Fault Law. These claims involve personal injury protection, uninsured/underinsured motorist disputes and bodily injury.

In addition, Osman has prior experience working with and defending the Michigan Automobile Insurance Placement Facility (MAIPF), an organization designed to provide auto insurance to eligible individuals who were uninsured at the time of a motor vehicle accident. He assisted the MAIPF with determining the eligibility of uninsured applicants and ultimate entitlement to personal injury protection insurance benefits.

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Osman is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. He received his law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 2014 and his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Wayne State University in 2011.

Plunkett Cooney’s Transportation Law Practice Group includes the talents of more than 20 attorneys who provide an array of litigation and risk management services, including expertise in the areas of trucking liability, first- and third-party auto liability, cross-border claims with Canada, fraud investigation services and emergency accident response.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also recently selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Jamie Lynn McCutcheon and Michael A. Osman joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Plunkett Cooney named among ‘Best Law Firms’ in America

Date: November 25, 2019

Contact: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

Bloomfield Hills, MI — November 25, 2019 — For the 10th consecutive year, Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, has been ranked as one of the “Best Law Firms” in the nation in 2020 by U.S. News and Best Lawyers®.

Rankings were given to law firms in 188 metropolitan areas and eight states based on rankings of more than 14,000 firms in 127 specialties. Using a tiered rather than a ranked system, Plunkett Cooney was recognized in the following first- and second-tier metropolitan categories:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Litigation – Municipal
  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Real Estate Law

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The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro.

Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its scope of practice, understanding of business and needs, expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, civility and client reference.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world. For more than 30 years, the Best Lawyers in America list recognizes the top lawyers in each practice area and metropolitan region in the country. U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and information.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, another leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year winner.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s recognition as a 2020 “Best Law Firm,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Plunkett Cooney attorney Ruggirello named ‘Up & Coming Lawyer’

DATE: November 8, 2019

CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

Bloomfield Hills, MI — November 8, 2019 — Plunkett Cooney insurance coverage attorney, Nicole C. Ruggirello, was recently named to the 2019 Class of “Up & Coming Lawyers” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MLW), an industry publication serving the state’s legal community.

Members of the MLW editorial staff reviewed numerous “Up & Coming Lawyer” nominations. Particular emphasis is placed on legal accomplishments and community involvement within each nominee’s first 10 years of practice. After the nomination review process was completed, 30 honorees were selected. Each will be interviewed for a special section in the legal industry publication’s Dec. 9 edition. Honorees will also be saluted by the newspaper and members of the state’s legal community during an “Up & Coming Lawyers Award Luncheon” on Dec. 5 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Nicole represents several major property and casualty insurance companies in coverage cases throughout the Midwest. Her coverage work includes handling environmental contamination, construction defect and high-exposure product liability claims.

Admitted to practice in Wisconsin and in the state and federal courts in Michigan and Illinois, Ruggirello received both her law and undergraduate degrees, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 and 2008, respectively.

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Plunkett Cooney is recognized as one of the nation’s leading law firms for insurance coverage litigation. Several members of the firm’s Insurance Law Practice Group have been awarded the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. In addition to their litigation expertise, Plunkett Cooney attorneys work with their clients to develop new insurance products and to address emergent theories of legal liability.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year. 

For more information about Nicole C. Ruggirello receiving the MLW “Up & Coming Lawyer” honor, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development  John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

DSHRM is proud to congratulate Ms. Dandridge Floyd on her Crain’s Detroit 40 under 40 recognition

Dandridge Floyd, 37

Assistant Superintendent of Human Relations and Labor Relations, Oakland Schools

Throughout Dandridge Floyd’s careers — whether as a social worker, attorney or assistant superintendent of Oakland Schools — making change has always been a center point.

When United Way pitched a framework to Oakland Schools for a countywide breakfast program to address poor nutrition as a way to improve academic achievement, Floyd — who experienced food insecurity growing up — knew firsthand the powerful impact it could have.

To secure the needed funds, Floyd led a team that earned support from all 28 local districts to finance the program — despite the fact that a majority of them would see no benefit.

“The local districts were phenomenal,” Floyd said. “The biggest surprise was how quickly it happened. Education is a democratic system and democracy can be very slow, but this happened in six to seven months. That showed how committed people were to making sure the students of Oakland County have everything they need to be successful.”

In a county where over 7,000 children suffer from hunger, and only two in five eligible students access a school breakfast, Floyd said a common misperception is that “Oakland County is rich.”

“That makes this program all the more important, because if that is the bias or the thought process people have about Oakland County, then these kids would have never gotten help.”

In a groundbreaking public/nonprofit partnership between the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, Oakland Schools and United Way, Oakland County is Better with Breakfast was born.

“I’m impacting lives now,” Floyd said. “I know the effect food insecurity had on me and my peers growing up, and this was an opportunity to make a change that I wish an adult could have made for me.”

Photography by Jacob Lewkow for Crain’s

Stanczyk elected to ALFA Board of Directors

DATE:  October 29, 2019 

CONTACT:  John E. Cornwell (248) 901-4008

Stanczyk elected to Board of Directors of international organization

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – October 29, 2019 – Matthew J. Stanczyk, a partner of Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and most accomplished law firms – was recently elected to the Board of Directors of ALFA International.

Stanczyk was elected to the three-year term at the conclusion of the ALFA Attorney Business Meeting in Chicago on Oct. 24. The board consists of 16 member-firm attorneys from the United States and around the world who together ensure proper governance of the organization.

The selection process includes peer nomination to a nominating committee that then selects individuals for the open board positions (typically four). The nominating committee then submits the names to the board of directors for approval. Following board review and approval, the candidates are submitted to the membership, which includes members from across the world, which casts their votes at ALFA’s annual business meeting to finalize the election process.

“My election to the board is an honor and a privilege,” said Stanczyk, who was also recently selected to serve as Chair of ALFA International’s Product Liability & Complex Torts Practice Group. “I look forward to working with this group of remarkable attorneys and ALFA management and collaborating with them to capitalize on opportunities for the organization and to address challenges in our profession.”

Founded in 1980, ALFA International is the premier network of independent law firms in the world with 150 member firms. ALFA’s 80 U.S. firms maintain offices in 95 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas, and the consortium’s 70 international firms are located throughout Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, Canada, Mexico and South America.

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A member of Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit office, Stanczyk serves as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and co-leader of Torts & Litigation Practice Group, which focuses on a range of litigation issues, including product liability, complex torts, general liability, retail liability, and foodservice and hospitality law.

A 1986 graduate of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and a 1983 graduate of the University of Michigan, Stanczyk is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Detroit Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan (Negligence and Consumer Law sections), American Bar Association, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, among others.

In addition, Stanczyk is the recipient of such professional honors as Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating-AV Preeminent™, the Michigan Super Lawyer designation for his product liability expertise and selection by Dbusiness magazine as a Top Lawyer in the area of product liability.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Matthew Stanczyk serving on the Board of Directors of ALFA International, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Senior attorney Puricelli joins firm’s employment law group

DATE:  October 22, 2019

 CONTACT:  John E. Cornwell (248) 901-4008

Bloomfield Hills, MI — October 22, 2019 — A former Deputy Commissioner for the city of Detroit Fire Department, senior attorney Sydney R. Puricelli, is now putting out fires on behalf of the labor and employment clients of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and most accomplished law firms.

“Sydney is a great addition to our firm,” said President & CEO Thomas P. Vincent. “Her experience in the public and private sectors makes her exceptionally qualified to provide legal representation to our clients in employment litigation and complex labor disputes.”

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Puricelli has over 15 years of experience in the areas of labor and employment law with particular expertise in labor dispute resolution, contract negotiations, grievance resolution and related arbitration proceedings. She also has extensive experience resolving litigation involving claims of workplace violence, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and whistleblower claims.

Admitted to practice law in Michigan’s state and federal courts, Puricelli is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan.

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Puricelli received her master of laws and law degrees from Wayne State University Law School in 2009 and 2002, respectively. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1999.

Prior to joining the firm, Puricelli worked as assistant corporation counsel in the Labor & Employment Section of the city of Detroit Law Department and as a 2nd Deputy Commissioner of the Detroit Fire Department, where she developed particular expertise working with the city’s fire and EMS unions. Puricelli is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician in the state of Michigan.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group provide a full range of employment-related legal services, including human resources counseling, litigation defense representation, alternative dispute resolution, labor law assistance and regulatory compliance review and defense.

 Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about labor and employment law attorney Sydney R. Puricelli joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.