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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 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 Chrysler-Jeep Superstores American Power Boat Association (APBA) Gold Cup races on the Detroit River.

“The Gold Cup race is one of the oldest traditions not only in Detroit but in all of sports,” said Bernstein, who currently serves as Plunkett Cooney’s Banking, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group Leader. “Next year will mark the centennial anniversary of the Gold Cup race, so I am particularly proud to play a small role in the long history of this great event on the Detroit riverfront.”

The 2009 Chrysler Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup will be held on the Detroit River, July 10-12, 2009. 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 had served as general counsel for the Hydro-Prop Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series from 2002-2004. He was also recently elected to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

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 2008 Michigan Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms with more than 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms.

For more information regarding Bernstein re-elected to the DRRA board of directors, contact Plunkett Cooney’s Practice Development Manager John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008.

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