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Bernstein re-elected to Gold Cup race board


Douglas C. Bernstein, a partner at Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms, has been re-elected to a second-consecutive three-year term on the Detroit River Regatta Association (DRRA) Board of Directors.

The DRRA recently announced Bernstein’s re-election along with the other officers and directors of the nonprofit organization, which promotes the annual Detroit Yacht Club American Power Boat Association (APBA) Gold Cup races on the Detroit River.

“I have been involved with the DRRA for over six years,” said Bernstein, who currently serves as Plunkett Cooney’s Banking, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group Leader. “Each year the association does an outstanding job promoting the APBA Gold Cup, and it’s an honor to help continue this long-standing tradition in Detroit.”

The 2012 Detroit APBA Gold Cup, which is presented by the Detroit Yacht Club, will be held on the Detroit River, July 13-15, 2012. For tickets and additional information, contact the DRRA office at (586) 774-0980 or see the DRRA website at: 

A long time race fan and supporter, Bernstein currently serves as general counsel for the Air National Guard H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series, and is a member of its Board of Directors, and served as general counsel for the Hydro-Prop Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series from 2002-2004.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Bernstein concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, loan restructuring, commercial loan documentation, loan workouts, bankruptcy, banking-related litigation and appeals.

Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney, Bernstein worked as an in-house attorney at Michigan National Corporation for over 20 years.  He subsequently joined the Standard Federal Bank Legal Department when the bank merged with Michigan National Corporation in 2001.

Bernstein earned his undergraduate degree in 1978 from Wayne State University and his law degree in 1982 from the Detroit College of Law. He has received several honors for his legal work, including an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer-to-peer professional ratings service, and selection as a Michigan Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine from 2008 to 2011.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms with over 160 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has also achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell.

For more information regarding Douglas C. Bernstein’s re-election to the DRRA Board of Directors, contact Plunkett Cooney’s Practice Development Manager John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008;

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