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Raheem among association’s 2018 ‘Trailblazers’

June 4, 2018

Rasul M. Raheem, a senior attorney at Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, Rasul Raheem Plunkett Cooney Senior Banking Attorney Bloomfield Hillswas recently selected as one of the honorees for the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association’s Trailblazers Award.

Raheem, along with two other award recipients, will be honored at a dinner on June 7 at The Community House in Birmingham. Selected by the association’s 25th Annual Trailblazers Dinner Committee, the award is presented to outstanding individuals who are pioneers in the legal community.

Established in 1990, the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association is a proactive organization of diverse attorneys with a mission of promoting legal practice opportunities for people of color and facilitating equal justice for all citizens in Oakland County and the region.

A 30-year veteran of the banking industry, Raheem works in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office as a senior attorney in the Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. His practice includes all aspects of banking law, as well as business transactions and regulatory law.

In his prior role as in-house counsel to Bank of America, N.A. (and previously to LaSalle Bank Corp and its predecessor Michigan National Bank), Raheem advised senior management on finance and lending relationships, credit issues, restructuring and recovery strategies, reputational risk, treasury services, bank policy and regulatory issues. He also managed outside counsel and related litigation with law firms across the country.

Raheem is active in the community, having been appointed by Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan to serve as a member of the Detroit Land Bank Authority Board of Directors. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion. Raheem serves as a hearing panel member for the state of Michigan’s Attorney Discipline Board. His bar memberships include the American, National and Oakland County bar associations.

Raheem received his Master of Law in Corporate Law and Finance and his juris doctorate degrees from Wayne State University Law School in 2003 and 1984, respectively. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1979.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Practice Group represent banks, savings and loan associations, mortgage companies, credit unions, finance companies and loan servicers. Group members, who have approximately 200 years of combined experience as in-house bank counsel prior to joining the firm, provide an array of services, including acquisition of new banking powers, regulatory law, loan origination and all aspects of litigation, including bankruptcy proceedings and creditors’ rights matters.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 300 employees, including over 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial law firms in the United States.

For more information about Rasul Raheem’s selection as a 2018 Trailblazer Award honoree, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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