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News & Moves January 2024


Michigan Bar Journal


EVAN CHALL with Wright Beamer is the firm’s newest partner.

KATHRYN EISENSTEIN with Mantese Honigman PC has been named partner.

JAKE W. HENDRICKS has joined Plunkett Cooney as an associate.

ROBERTS KENGIS has joined Lennon Miller as of counsel.

NATHAN LICHTMAN has joined Wright Beamer as an associate.

KIEL D. SMITH has been elevated to chief legal and administrative officer with automotive supplier Auria.

MARCUS SPROW with Foley & Lardner has been appointed managing partner of the Detroit office.

TIM ZELEK was appointed as counsel to the inspector general of the Marine Corps at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.


Twenty-five BUTZEL attorneys have been recognized as Top Lawyers in metro Detroit 2024 by DBusiness magazine.

J. TERRANCE DILLON, MICHAEL L. GUTIERREZ, DANIEL J. HATCH, and LEE T. SILVER with Butzel have been recognized on the list of top lawyers in the November-December 2023 edition of Grand Rapids magazine.

HOWARD GOLDMAN, a partner with Plunkett Cooney, was recognized on Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s inaugural Go-To Lawyers Power List for commercial real estate law.

MELISSA M. HORNE, counsel to Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney in Providence, Rhode Island, was recognized as a lawyer of the year by RI Lawyers Weekly.

Butzel president and CEO PAUL MERSINO has been named to the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leaders in the Law class of 2023.

PLUNKETT COONEY has been recognized by Best Companies Group as one of its 2023 Best Places to Work among Michigan law firms.

ELIZABETH ROGERS, a partner at Taft, has been recognized on Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Go-To Lawyers Power List for commercial real estate law. Four WARNER NORCROSS & JUDD team members have been recognized on Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Unsung Heroes list for 2023.


DREW S. NORTON with Drew S. Norton PC has successfully completed SCAO training in civil mediation and is now certified and available to perform civil mediations.


BUTZEL attorney and former Michigan Supreme Court Justice KURTIS T. WILDER had his portrait dedication during a special session of the Michigan Supreme Court on Nov. 29.


The INGHAM COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION hosts its Meet the Judges event on Thursday, Jan. 11.

MDTC hosts its The Defense Network event on Friday, Jan. 19, and its 8th Annual Legal Excellence Awards on Thursday, March 24.

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