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Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Dan Quick is a panelist on the ICLE "Navigating the World of Noncompetes," available as an on-demand webcast.

Noncompetition agreements are alive and well in Michigan, though they continue to present challenges and hazards for the inexperienced. Quick and the other speakers discuss what works, what is likely to produce litigation, and how to assess whether your client will really benefit from this type of protection. Participants will learn the following:

-Assess and enforce (or attack) the various types of agreements.
-Plan your client's best approach in today's job market.
-Decide if and when to litigate.
-Advise your clients about hiring the competition.

Quick is joined on the Webcast by attorney Bernard J. Fuhs of Butzel Long and attorney Richard A. Gaffin of Koernke & Crampton PC. Participants can receive one CLE credit for watching the Webcast. To watch "Navigating the World of Noncompetes" Webcast, visit

Quick is a member in Dickinson's Troy office and is practice department manager for Commercial Litigation, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, ADR and Sports & Entertainment. He is a commercial litigation trial attorney who specializes in business torts (including minority shareholder and "business divorce" disputes, trade secrets, and noncompetes) and all facets of intellectual property litigation.

Quick frequently writes and lectures on business torts and is a coauthor of the national "Trade Secrets" portfolio published by BNA. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan.

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Jackson Lewis PC is pleased to announce Marlo Johnson Roebuck has been elevated to office managing shareholder of the firm's Detroit and Grand Rapids locations. Roebuck succeeds Maurice Jenkins who planted the Jackson Lewis flag in Detroit in February 2008 and will return to practicing law full-time.

"Maurice has been a great mentor, and under his management our offices in Detroit and Grand Rapids have developed excellent reputations in the local legal community," said Roebuck. "I am excited to take the reins and lead these highly skilled attorneys as we expand our footprint in Michigan and throughout the Midwest."

Roebuck represents employers of all sizes on the full spectrum of laws governing the workplace, including but not limited to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She has successfully attained on behalf of clients no cause verdicts in court and arbitration, and summary judgment, as well as procured reasonable settlements in mediation.

In addition, Roebuck is an information privacy professional, advising clients on the protection of employee data and social media issues. The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has certified her as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP). She also trains senior leadership and human resource professionals on maintaining compliance with EEO policies.

Roebuck, who has been recognized in "Who's Who Black Detroit" and included in Michigan Super Lawyers, received her B.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and her law degree from DePaul University's College of Law.

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Maddin, Hauser, Roth, & Heller PC is pleased to announce the addition of senior attorney Gary A. Kravitz to the firm's Real Estate, Corporate and Business, and Franchise practice groups.

The announcement was made by the firm's president and CEO, Steven D. Sallen.

Admitted to the bar in Michigan, Kravitz received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and earned his law degrees from George Washington University Law School and Wayne State University Law School.

Kravitz is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council's Commercial Real Estate Committee and the State Bar of Michigan's Law Related Education and Public Outreach Committee. He also serves as vice president of the Six Rivers Land Conservancy, an organization focused on conserving, sustaining and connecting natural areas, lands and waters.

In addition, Maddin Hauser is pleased to announce the addition of Erin A. Webley to the firm. As an associate in the Real Estate and the Corporate and Employment Practice groups, Webley will advise clients regarding a variety of corporate, employment and real estate matters.

The announcement was also made by Sallen.

Webley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. After college, she moved to New York City, performing in Broadway musicals such as "42nd Street," "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "West Side Story."

In 2011, Webley earned her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Following law school, Webley practiced law in Indianapolis for four years as an associate at Ice Miller LLP where she advised corporate and healthcare clients on a variety of litigation, regulatory and corporate matters. Throughout her time in Indianapolis, Webley regularly volunteered with School on Wheels, a non-profit organization that provides educational advocacy and one-on-one tutoring to school-aged children impacted by homelessness, serving as a tutor and the chair of the SPOKES Speakers Bureau.

Admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana, Webley's Michigan Bar appointment is currently pending.

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The Michigan Supreme Court today appointed two Michigan judges to business courts. Judge Lita M. Popke will serve in the 3rd Circuit Business Court in Wayne County, replacing retiring Judge Daniel P. Ryan. Judge Richard L. Caretti will serve in the 16th Circuit Business Court in Macomb County in a newly-added position.

Popke first joined the 3rd Circuit bench in 2000 and has served in the court's Civil Division since 2012. Popke previously practiced business law, appearing before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court. She is a former president and secretary/treasurer of the Michigan Judges Association, and has served as a faculty member for the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) Michigan Judicial Institute's "New Judges Seminar." Popke received her law degree from the University of Detroit Law School in 1983.

Caretti has served on the bench in the 16th Circuit Court since 2002 and currently serves as the presiding judge for the court's Civil Division. Caretti also served as a "Settlement Conference Judge" for the Michigan Court of Appeals. Previously, Caretti practiced business law for 23 years. He earned his law degree from the Detroit College of Law in 1980, after serving eight years as a cadet and police officer in the Detroit Police Department.

Business courts are intended to provide a case management structure that facilitates more timely, effective, and predictable resolution of complex business cases. Michigan's 17 business courts are an important example of how the Supreme Court is driving change to help trial courts measure performance and adopt best practices.

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The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed Judge Freddie G. Burton Jr. as chief judge of the Wayne County Probate Court. He replaces Chief Judge Milton L. Mack Jr. who was appointed State Court Administrator in July.

Burton joined the Wayne County Probate Court in 1987 and was most recently re-elected in 2012. Before becoming a judge, he practiced law and served as a Wayne County commissioner and a public administrator. He received his law degree from Wayne State University Law School.

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Barris, Sott, Denn, & Driker is pleased to announce that Todd Mendel has been elected president of the Detroit Regional Office of the American Jewish Committee.

Founded in 1944, AJC Detroit is part of AJC-a leading Jewish advocacy organization enhancing the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and advancing human rights and democratic values for all. AJC Detroit engages in global diplomacy, legislative advocacy, interreligious and intergroup relations, and media communications. Todd has served on AJC Detroit's Board since 1999.

Mendel focuses his practice on business litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He currently serves as Barris, Sott, Denn, & Driker's general counsel and chair of the Ethics Committee.

In addition, Barris Sott is pleased to announce that Dennis M. Barnes has been elected as the next treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan.

Barnes was initially elected to the State Bar Board of Commissioners in 2010, and has served on its Executive Committee since 2012. He has served in several different bar and professional organizations, and is a past-president of the Federal Bar Association's Eastern District of Michigan Chapter. Barnes also has an active record of service to the community, serving several charitable and community organizations in a wide variety of positions.

Barnes concentrates his practice on complex business litigation, including professional liability defense, insurance coverage litigation, intellectual property disputes, and other business tort and contract disputes. In addition, he has become a go-to mediator, facilitator, and arbitrator sought out by lawyers, clients and judges around the state when they want to resolve controversies outside of court. Barnes is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School, Hillsdale College, and Detroit Catholic Central High School.

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Several local Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn LLP attorneys have been recognized as 2015 IP Stars in the directory published by Managing Intellectual Property. The firm's "Stars" include Joseph V. Coppola Sr., James F. Kamp, Anessa Owen Kramer, and Leigh C. Taggart. Honigman, which serves clients nationally and internationally, was also noted as a highly recommended law firm.

Joseph V. Coppola Sr. is a partner in Honigman's IP Department and its Patent Practice Group. He represents clients on patent prosecution matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and foreign patent offices, and handles intellectual property licensing, patent opinions, design-around evaluations, due diligence investigations, and software copyright matters.

In his 27 years of practice, Coppola has represented clients in several technology sectors including aerospace, ecommerce, banking, consumer electronics, bio-medical devices, robotics, optics, lasers, engine and vehicle controls, hybrid vehicles, vision systems including thermal imaging, software including graph databases, parallel processing architecture, data encryption algorithms, and fuel processing.

James F. Kamp is a partner in Honigman's IP Department and the IP Litigation and Patent practice groups. Kamp uses his experience of more than thirty years to help clients navigate the interrelationship between law and science, whether in the courtroom, before patent offices, or in IP planning or negotiations.

Kamp's practice includes IP litigation, patent prosecution, patent opinions and licensing, and strategic counseling, particularly in the biotechnology and life sciences fields. His patent applications and opinions relate to bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics, biochemistry, imaging, microbiology, immunology, hematology, medical devices, biomaterials, and research, diagnostic and clinical tools. Kamp often writes on hot topics in IP litigation and patent prosecution.

Anessa Owen Kramer is a partner in Honigman's IP Department and its Trademark and Copyright and IP Litigation practice groups. She represents a number of owners of well-known brands, counseling them on issues such as global clearance and filing strategies, IP management, trademark enforcement and litigation, and trademark licensing.

Kramer also has experience advising clients on trade dress protection, dilution and anti-cybersquatting matters. She has handled more than 100 U.S. trademark oppositions and has been involved with litigation matters throughout the country. Kramer is frequently engaged to counsel clients on multi-jurisdictional trademark disputes, and is a frequent speaker and author on trademark issues.

Leigh C. Taggart is a partner in Honigman's IP Department and the in the IP Litigation, Patent, Trademark & Copyright and Private Equity Litigation practice groups. Taggart represents plaintiffs and defendants in patent, trademark, copyright, antitrust and trade secret cases throughout the United States. He has represented both individuals and some of the world's largest companies in patent disputes involving $25 million or more in damage claims, including several with over $100 million at stake.

Taggart serves clients in the medical device, silicon wafer, pharmaceutical, ophthalmic lens, automotive, consumer products and commercial jet engine industries. He also has significant experience in international trademark, unfair competition and commercial disputes in the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria, Lebanon and Australia. Formerly general counsel and secretary of an international consumer products company, Taggart also performs freedom to operate studies and provides IP licensing and portfolio counseling services. Taggart was also named an IP Star in 2014.

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Orlans Group announced the hiring of Michael Gerendasy as MAI chief commercial appraiser of eAMC, a nationwide appraisal management company. Alison Orlans, president and CEO of Orlans Group made the announcement.

In this role, Gerendasy will be responsible for leading the preparation of the firm's commercial appraisals and market rent studies, as well as market and demographic analysis. He will also oversee the valuations performed on a variety of real estate properties, including general and medical office, industrial, retail, vacant land, subdivisions, hotels and apartments.

Prior to joining eAMC, he served as an appraiser and held leadership roles within various national appraisal and real property organizations throughout the United States. He has also presented many in-house lectures and seminars on finance and real estate valuation topics at Moffit College and San Francisco Community College. He earned his bachelor's degree and his master's of business administration from the University of Michigan.

Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015