Plunkett Cooney names five attorneys as new shareholders

DATE: January 17, 2019

CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – January 17, 2020 – Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms, recently named five attorneys as its newest shareholders.

Abe Barlaskar, Sean M. Carty, Emily M. Coyle, Scott W. Malott and Jeffrey M. Schroder were recently approved by the firm’s Board of Directors as the firm’s newest shareholders. The promotion from associate attorney is based on the recommendations of the firm’s Shareholder Evaluation Committee and is effective January 1, 2020.

Barlaskar is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office who focuses his litigation practice on defending insurers and personal line carriers, rental car companies, trucking companies, and corporations and municipalities in negligence and general liability matters, No-Fault matters, insurance coverage disputes and extra-contractual claims. He also represents retail clients in litigation matters, including premises liability, food-borne illness cases, as well as other commercial disputes and criminal matters.

Admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Barlaskar has been named as a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2015. He is a 2011 cum laude graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and a 2005 graduate of the University of Michigan.

Carty is a member of the firm’s Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial loan originations, commercial leasing and real estate transactions. Carty represents various financial institutions in asset-based, real estate and construction loan originations covering a variety of industries. He also represents landlords and tenants in large commercial leasing transactions.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Carty graduated, cum laude, from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1991. He received his undergraduate degree, with distinction, from the University of Michigan in 1988.

Coyle is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office who focuses her practice in the areas of loan workouts and foreclosures, commercial real estate, and loan documentation and sales. Coyle’s practice also includes expertise with respect to investigating fraudulent or suspicious claims stemming from motor vehicle accidents.

Coyle graduated summa cum laude from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2010. She received her undergraduate degree from Juniata College in 2003.

Malott is a partner in the firm’s Transportation Law Practice Group who focuses his practice on insurance-related claims involving no-fault law, motor vehicle negligence, premises liability and property liability, including theft and damage.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Malott has been named a Michigan Rising Star in Civil Litigation Defense by Michigan Super Lawyers. He received his law degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, cum laude, in 2011 where he received several academic awards. Malott received his undergraduate degree from the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University in 2004.

Rounding out Plunkett Cooney’s 2020 class of new shareholders is Jeffrey M. Schroder, who is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office. Schroder serves as co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Cannabis Industry Group, and he is a member of the firm’s Healthcare and Governmental Law practice groups.

A former Assistant Michigan Attorney General, Schroder focuses his practice in the areas of cannabis and liquor license applications and compliance, healthcare compliance and audit defense, fraud and embezzlement recovery, municipal law, and zoning/land use. His practice includes all aspects of state and local regulatory compliance, as well as related business issues, including license approvals, transactions, real estate and related litigation.

Admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan, Schroder received his law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 2001 and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Albion College in 1997.

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 newest shareholders, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Merces Consulting Group’s Time Off, Retirement and Fringe Benefits Survey is now available for purchase

 

Date:  January 15, 2020

Contact:  Linda M. Budd, CCP

Merces Consulting Group, Inc. is pleased to announce their Time Off, Retirement and Fringe Benefits Survey is now available for purchase.  The report includes data on topics such as vacation/paid time off and retirement programs, tuition assistance, employee wellness and other benefits collected from over 100 manufacturing, banking and health center participants.  To purchase a copy of the report, contact Linda Budd, Merces’  Survey Administrator at 248.721.9561.

Mifsud joins Plunkett Cooney’s Insurance Coverage Group

DATE: December 30, 2019

CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

 

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – December 30, 2019 – Attorney Linda Mifsud recently joined the Insurance Law Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest full-service law firms.

A member of Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, Mifsud represents major property and casualty insurance companies in coverage cases throughout the Midwest. Her coverage work primarily includes drafting research and coverage opinions regarding general liability policy issues and disputes.

A member of the State Bar of Michigan, Mifsud is a 2019 graduate of Wayne State University Law School. While there, she worked as a judicial intern for the Hon. Judge George Caram Steeh of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, served as a member of the Wayne Law Moot Court and she served as Editor-in-Chief of Wayne’s Journal of Business Law. Mifsud received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2016.

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 Linda Mifsud joining the firm, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Walsh joins Plunkett Cooney’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group

DATE:  January 7, 2020

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

 

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – January 7, 2020 – Senior attorney Sean W. Walsh recently joined the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest full-service law firms.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Walsh focuses his litigation practice in the areas of business insolvency, bankruptcy, employment law, intellectual property, real estate law and commercial financing transactions.

“Sean has extensive experience handling business matters and related litigation, and his practice provides further depth to our team,” said Matthew J. Boettcher, Co-Leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. “In addition to his expertise, he’s dedicated to his clients and works tirelessly to get them the right results.”

Walsh represents business entities, stakeholders, officers and directors, among others, in an array of industries, including healthcare, construction, banking, automotive component part manufacturing and supply, to name a few.

Admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan, Walsh received his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1993. He received his undergraduate degree in 1989 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is fluent in Spanish.

Plunkett Cooney’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group represents a range of clients in litigation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution concerning matters that arise while conducting business. Practice group members have extensive experience in matters involving contract disputes, class action defense, business torts, real estate disputes, business ownership conflicts, bankruptcy, antitrust claims, corporate compliance issues, tax and finance issues, commercial collections, commercial landlord tenant, civil RICO, ERISA, intellectual property claims and many other areas.

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 Sean Walsh joining the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Mastery Training Services offering free Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace webinars

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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.