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Booth awarded prestigious professionalism award

06.10.2011

William D. Booth, a senior shareholder and former managing partner of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, recently received one of the Oakland County Bar Association’s (OCBA) highest honors – the Professionalism Award.

The OCBA Professionalism Award is presented each year to an individual who is a model of civility and respect in the legal profession.

Booth, who just celebrated 50 years of service with the firm on June 1, received the award during a special presentation prior to the OCBA annual meeting on June 2 at the Centerpoint Marriott Hotel. According to the official notification letter sent by OCBA Executive Director Lisa Stadig Elliot, Booth’s nomination for the award “spoke of your consistent adherence to the highest standards of integrity, fairness and excellence in the practice of law.”

Taking the podium to accept his award, Booth reminisced with the audience about his career path that ultimately led him to prominence in Oakland County. He told the attendees how he was hired by then firm leaders Robert Rutt and William Cooney, who reinforced the importance of integrity within the legal profession and quickly informed the young Booth about his future, saying “… you’re going to be our Oakland County lawyer.”

Booth is one of Plunkett Cooney’s senior litigators who focuses his practice in the areas of professional liability – architects’ and engineers’ liability, product liability and alternative dispute resolution.

Recognized as one of the most accomplished attorneys in the nation, Booth has numerous honors and awards to his credit. In particular, he has been honored by his peers for 24 consecutive years with his nomination for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America ® for Personal Injury Litigation (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). Booth is also a member of numerous prestigious legal organizations, including the International Association of Defense Counsel, American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow) and the International Society of Barristers (Fellow).

Booth, who joined the firm in 1961, graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1962. He served as OCBA President in 1996-1997 and as a member of the board of directors from 1985-1997. He has held several other leadership positions within the association, including designation as an OCBA Foundation Fellow.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 160 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation defense services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms.

For more information about William D. Booth receiving the Oakland County Bar Association’s Professionalism Award, contact the firm’s Practice Development Manager John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008.

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