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News & Moves September 2023


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ELIZABETH ABDNOUR has joined Abdnour Weiker as partner and recently opened the firm’s Lansing office.

AMY L. DIVINEY has joined Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office as a senior attorney.

LANA M. ESCAMILLA and STACI L. SALIS­BURY have joined Lewis Reed & Allen as shareholders.

BRIAN PATRICK MORLEY has joined Butzel as a shareholder.

HARAN C. RASHES has joined Vivacity In­frastructure Group as vice president and general counsel.

DAVID B. ROTH with Harvey Kruse has been promoted to shareholder.


D. SCOTT BRINKMANN with Butzel was recognized as a 2023 Go-To Lawyer in commercial real estate law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

DANIELLE CHIDIAC and CLAIRE D. VERGA­RA MACATULA with Plunkett Cooney were recognized on the Lawyers of Color maga­zine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Hot List for 2023.

A portrait of former Michigan Supreme Court Justice MAURA D. CORRIGAN was unveiled for the first time to the public at the Hall of Justice in Lansing on June 14.

HOWARD GOLDMAN with Plunkett Cooney was recognized as a 2023 Go-To Lawyer in commercial real estate law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

STEVEN M. GURSTEN received the Ameri­can Association for Justice Trucking Litiga­tion Group Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual convention in Philadelphia on July 17.

MARY MASSARON with Plunkett Cooney was recognized in the 2023 class of Influ­ential Women of Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

ZARGHOONA SAKHI and FRANCES SIL­NEY-BAH were among three law school students honored as winners of the Plun­kett Cooney Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion essay program. Sakhi completed her first year at Western Michigan University Thom­as M. Cooley Law School and will spend her 2L year at the University of Aberdeen School of Law in Scotland. Silney-Bah is a 3L at Cooley. For their efforts, each student received a $2,500 scholarship.

MICHAEL B. STEWART with Fishman Stewart has been included in the 2023 edition of the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals.

MITCHELL ZAJAC with Butzel was named to the Class of 2023 Rising Stars by 760 WJR and the Detroit Economic Club. The list is comprised of 10 local leaders under the age of 40 who are making an impact in their industries and communities.


JAMES G. CAVANAGH, senior counsel with Warner Norcross and Judd, has been ap­pointed to the Lansing Board of Ethics by Mayor Andy Schor.

JARED HAUTAMAKI was nominated to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Appellate Court as a reserve judge.

MARK LEZOTTE with Butzel was appointed chair of board of directors for SourceAmeri­ca, an organization that connects people with disabilities with employment opportunities.


Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sher­brook has become KITCH ATTORNEYS & COUNSELORS.

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