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Legal Publication names Cooney to 2020 ‘Hall of Fame’ Class


Plunkett Cooney partner and former President & CEO Henry B. Cooney was recently named to the Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MLW) “Hall of Fame” Class of 2020.

Cooney, along with 18 other attorneys, professors and judges, was recognized as one of Michigan’s legal leaders over the age of 60 who has had a successful career and made valuable contributions to the community. The hall also includes attorneys who have practiced for 30 years or more.

On Sept. 3, MLW will host the 2nd annual Hall of Fame awards ceremony as a virtual online event broadcast from 6 to 7 p.m. The honorees will also be profiled in a special section appearing in the Sept. 7 issue of MLW.

Cooney has the distinction of having served as PC’s President & CEO for 18 years (1998-2015). Following his tenure, he returned to the full-time practice of law and continues to defend his clients in complex litigation involving products, construction and commercial liability.

Cooney’s involvement in the legal community includes serving as a past president and member of the board of directors of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and membership in numerous other professional organizations, including the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association and Defense Research Institute.

Cooney chaired the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, and he remains a member of the chamber’s executive board. He served as a member of the organization’s board of directors from 2014 to 2015.

One of Cooney’s most notable philanthropic efforts has been his more than a decade of service to the American Heart Association’s Southeast Michigan Chapter. He was a longtime member of the Executive Leadership Team that is responsible for fund-raising and coordinating the organization’s annual Detroit Heart Walk.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 150 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm has also been selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Hank Cooney’s selection as a 2020 Hall of Fame member, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or via email at