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Plunkett Cooney attorneys among Michigan ‘Super Lawyers’ 2011


Michigan Super Lawyers magazine recently named 32 attorneys from Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, to its 2011 list of “Super Lawyers.”

The designation is based on statewide balloting by Michigan attorneys, research conducted by Thomson Reuters, which publishes Michigan Super Lawyers magazine, and a peer review process that encompasses 60 different practice areas. Those named to the list represent only five percent of the state’s licensed practitioners.

Mary Massaron Ross, Plunkett Cooney’s Appellate Law Practice Group Leader, received special recognition by the magazine for the fifth consecutive year when she was included among the top 100 attorneys and the top 50 women lawyers in Michigan. In addition to being a member of the prestigious American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and numerous other honors, Massaron Ross was recognized last August as one of the state’s “Most Influential Attorneys” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a publication covering the legal industry for the past 25 years. She currently serves as the first vice president of DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar and will become the organization’s president in 2012.

Below is a list of Plunkett Cooney’s partners who have received the 2011 Michigan Super Lawyer designation:

Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office members:

  • Michael P. Ashcraft, Jr. – Professional Liability: Defense
  • Douglas C. Bernstein – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • William D. Booth – Alternative Dispute Resolution 
  • Charles W. Browning – Insurance Coverage
  • Henry B. Cooney – Civil Litigation Defense
  • Dennis G. Cowan – Land Use/Zoning
  • Jerome A. Galante – Construction Litigation
  • Jeffrey C. Gerish – Appellate
  • Robert G. Kamenec – Appellate
  • Theresa Smith Lloyd – Employment & Labor
  • Stanley C. Moore, III – Employment & Labor
  • Scott H. Sirich – Construction Litigation
  • Leslie J. Stein – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • D. Jerry Watters  – Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
  • Michael D. Weaver – Personal Injury Defense: Products

Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit office members:

  • Loretta M. Ames – Personal Injury Defense: General
  • Ernest R. Bazzana – Appellate
  • James R. Geroux – Workers’ Compensation
  • Kenneth C. Newa – Insurance Coverage
  • Christine D. Oldani – Appellate
  • Stanley A. Prokop – Insurance Coverage
  • Mary Catherine Rentz – Insurance Coverage
  • Mary Massaron Ross – Appellate
  • James C. Thomas – Criminal Defense: White Collar

Plunkett Cooney’s East Lansing office member:

  • David K. Otis – Government/Cities/Municipalities

Plunkett Cooney’s Flint office members:

  • Audrey J. Forbush – Government/Cities/Municipalities
  • H. William Reising –Civil Litigation Defense

Plunkett Cooney’s Grand Rapids office members:

  • Mark H. Verwys – Personal Injury Defense: Products

Plunkett Cooney’s Kalamazoo office member:

  • Michael S. Bogren – Government/Cities/Municipalities

Plunkett Cooney’s Mount Clemens office members:

  • D. Jennifer Andreou - Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice
  • Lawrence R. Donaldson – Alternative Dispute Resolution

Plunkett Cooney’s Petoskey office members:

  • Steven L. Barney – Professional Liability: Defense

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs more than 160 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, 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, a leading, international directory of law firms.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s 2011 Michigan Super Lawyers,” contact the firm’s Practice Development Manager John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008;

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