Detroit SHRM Chapter Announces Its Newest Board Members and Key Committee Directors




Detroit SHRM is proud to announce the appointment of two new board members:

  • Debra Williams is President Elect. Debra is an Executive Vice President with Right Management, a global talent and career management consulting firm. Her diverse career includes human resources and operations executive and senior leadership roles in healthcare, education and business
  • Michelle Hansel is the new Membership Services Liaison. Michelle is the Vice President for Human Resources at the Detroit Regional Chamber, and brings with her more than two decades of dedicated HR and strategic business partnership experience.

Also joining the DSHRM leadership team this year are the following Chapter Committee Directors:

  • Education Committee Director: Bill Fairlie. Bill has held several VP & Director-level HR leadership roles, most recently at Cinram & TriMas. Bill will be bringing his strategic & visionary HR leadership experience to ensure continued high-level HR educational & networking events.
  • Member Services Committee Director: Denis Nicole. Denis currently serves as the Interim Vice President, Human Resources for the Burroughs Corporation. He has more than three decades of HR experience and is also District Chief in the Farmington Hills Fire Department.
  • Marketing Committee Director: Kelly Houghteling. Kelly supports Talent Acquisition for North American Bancard, specializing in IT and hard-to-fill positions. Her university education was in the field of Marketing and Communication, and she worked for several years in that field, before transitioning into HR. She brings a unique, dual-industry focus to her Committee.
  • Strategic Partners Committee Director: Susan West. Susan is the founder and owner of QuadWest Associates, a strategic HR and management consulting firm with clients throughout Southeast Michigan. Prior to founding QuadWest in 2004, Susan earned an MBA and worked in a variety of Human Capital and Program Management roles.
  • Government & Community Affairs Committee Director: Kristi Stuetzer. With a graduate degree in Management and nearly two decades of professional HR experience, Kristi is an accomplished HR business leader with an impressive record of achievement. In addition, Kristi is an active community volunteer, donating her time to Easter Seals, the American Red Cross, and Oakland County Youth Assistance, in addition to her work with DSHRM.

The board and committee leadership work together to promote and foster Detroit SHRM’s Mission to help human resource professionals in Southeast Michigan develop their talent and build their networks. We wish you much success in your roles and look forward to the leadership you bring to DSHRM!

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Detroit SHRM is the largest Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)-affiliated chapter in Michigan with members representing diverse companies located throughout Southeast Michigan, including Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Plunkett Cooney attorneys among 2016 ‘Best Lawyers in America’

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Thirty Plunkett Cooney attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2016.

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which lawyers within their own geographic region nominate their peers. These lawyers are not allowed to select nominees from the same area(s) in which they practice. Inclusion in Best Lawyers (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC) is considered a singular honor because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.

Receiving special honors from Best Lawyers this year is Plunkett Cooney attorney Stanley C. Moore, III who was named Detroit “Lawyers of the Year” in Labor Law – Management. This designation is given to only a single attorney in each practice area in each community. Moore has been on the list of The Best Lawyers in America® since 2008.

An of counsel attorney at Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms in Michigan, Moore devotes his practice exclusively to representing management in labor and employment law matters. He has represented both private and public sector employers in all facets of labor and employment law in union and non-union settings. Moore has represented healthcare providers in all aspects of both state and federal labor and employment law since 1973.

Below is a list of additional Plunkett Cooney attorneys who have received the 2016 Best Lawyers designation:

Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Best Lawyers:

  • Michael P. Ashcraft (partner) – Legal Malpractice Law
  • Douglas C. Bernstein (partner) – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • William D. Booth (of counsel) – Personal Injury Litigation. He has the distinction of being named to the Best Lawyers list for over 25 years.
  • Charles W. Browning (partner) – Insurance Law
  • Lawrence R. Donaldson (of counsel) – Professional Malpractice Law
  • Michael A. Fleming (partner) – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Jeffrey C. Gerish (partner) – Appellate Law
  • Gregory Gromek (partner) – Personal Injury Litigation
  • Robert G. Kamenec (partner) – Appellate Practice
  • Mark S. Kopson (partner) – Health Care Law
  • David A. Lerner (partner) – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Mary Massaron (partner) – Appellate Law
  • Saulius K. Mikalonis (senior attorney) – Environmental Law
  • Scott H. Sirich (partner) – Construction Law and Litigation
  • Thomas P. Vincent (partner) – Commercial Litigation 

Plunkett Cooney’s Columbus, Ohio Best Lawyers:

  • Amelia A. Bower (partner) – Real Estate Litigation
  • Jack S. Levey (senior attorney) – Real Estate Law

Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit, Michigan Best Lawyers:

  • Loretta M. Ames (senior attorney) – Product Liability Litigation
  • Jennifer Andreou (partner) – Medical Malpractice Law
  • James R. Geroux (partner) – Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Laurel F. McGiffert (partner) – Medical Malpractice Law
  • Claudia D. Orr (senior attorney) – Employment Law
  • Stanley A. Prokop (partner) – Insurance Law
  • Mary Catherine Rentz (partner) – Insurance Law

Plunkett Cooney’s East Lansing, Michigan Best Lawyer:

  • David K. Otis (partner) – Municipal Law and Litigation

Plunkett Cooney’s Indianapolis, Indiana Best Lawyer:

  • Stephen J. Peters (partner) – Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law and Construction Litigation 

Plunkett Cooney’s Kalamazoo, Michigan Best Lawyers:

  • Michael S. Bogren (partner) – Municipal Law and Litigation
  • Keith A. Peterson (senior attorney) – Banking and Finance Law

Plunkett Cooney’s Petoskey, Michigan Best Lawyer:

  • Jerome A. Galante (partner) – Personal Injury Litigation 

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms and is listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2015. Plunkett Cooney has also received awards naming the firm as a top place to work within the legal industry.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s 2016 “Best Lawyers in America,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008;

OFCCP Publishes Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination Fact Sheet

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By: Karen L. Piper


To publicize the rights of applicants and employees of federal contractors and subcontractors to work in an environment free of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) has issued a new Worker Fact Sheet.  The Fact Sheet can be downloaded from

The Fact Sheet states employees are entitled to be free from harassment, demotion, termination, lesser wages, and less favorable treatment because of sexual orientation and gender identity.  Specifically, a federal contractor cannot:

  • Ask employees or job applicants for any information or identification that they do not ask for from all other employees or job applicants, including medical information related to their gender identity;
  • Refuse employees and job applicants the ability to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity;
  • Harass employees and job applicants because of their sexual orientation or gender identity;
  • Deny lawfully married same-sex spouses the same benefits they provide to opposite-sex spouses; or
  • Deny same-sex partners in civil unions or domestic partnerships the same benefits they provide to heterosexual partners in such relationships.

The Fact Sheet also provides information on how to file a complaint with the OFCCP or EEOC.

If you have questions about whether your organization is a federal contractor or subcontractor, contact the author or other experienced employment counsel.

This article was written by Karen L. Piper, who is Secretary of the Board of Detroit SHRM, a member of its Legal Affairs Committee, and a Member of the law firm of Bodman PLC, located in its Troy MI office. She can be reached at (248) 743-6025 or

Detroit SHRM encourages members to share these articles with others, inside and outside their organization, as long as its name and logo, and the author’s information, is included in the re-post of the article. August 2015.

Magazine names Plunkett Cooney national ‘Go-To’ firm for litigation

Plunkett CooneyBloomfield Hills, MI — For the third consecutive year, Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, has been named by American Lawyer Media (ALM) as a “Go-To” law firm in the area of litigation for companies ranking among the Fortune 500.

Law firms on the Go-To list are determined by the “Who Represents Corporate America” feature that appears annually in Corporate Counsel magazine. Each fall, the publishers of Corporate Counsel magazine choose a select group of firms as Go-To Law Firms® for the Top 500 companies.

Firms are chosen based on data obtained from ALM Legal Intelligence searches in public records such as Lexis CourtLink, as well as searches in PACER, a service that provides online access to U.S. appellate, district and bankruptcy court records and documents nationwide. This research determines which law firms represent America’s largest corporations in key litigation areas, including contract litigation, tort litigation and labor and employment law, among many others.

The 2015 Go-To Law Firms® were featured in ALM’s In-House Law Departments at the Top 500 Companies, a directory of the legal representation of the corporate elite. This directory was distributed to over 20,000 general counsel across the nation, including all subscribers of Corporate Counsel magazine. 

Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm’s litigation services include appellate law, business litigation, construction law, environmental liability, healthcare law, insurance law, labor and employment law, marine liability, motor vehicle liability, medical malpractice, municipal liability, product liability, professional liability, title insurance and workers’ compensation.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs over 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms and is listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2014. Plunkett Cooney has also received several awards naming the firm as a top place to work within the legal industry. 

For more information about Plunkett Cooney named as a Go-To Law firm, contact the firm’s Practice Development Manager John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008;