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Cude, Hermiz join Plunkett Cooney’s Transportation Group


Attorneys Heather Cude and Krystal D. Hermiz recently joined the Transportation Law Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms.

A member of the firm’s Detroit office, Cude focuses her practice on the defense of first- and third-party auto liability on behalf of national insurance companies and their policyholders. Additionally, she has experience handling personal injury cases that involve trucking liability, bus liability, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents, pet attacks and claims of alleged police misconduct.

Cude received her law degree, cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 2015. While in law school, she interned for the Hon. Judge Gerald E. Rosen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Wayne County Corporation Counsel. Cude received her undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University in 2013.

Hermiz, who is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, focuses her practice in the areas of first- and third-party motor vehicle negligence. She represents insurers, corporations and individuals in a variety of automotive liability matters, including cases involving complex legal and factual issues such as coverage, fraud and rescission, and uninsured/underinsured motorist benefits, as well as claims involving premises liability.

Selected a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine since 2013, Hermiz is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association and the Chaldean American Bar Association for which she is a past president. 

Admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Michigan, Hermiz is a 2008 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and a 2004 graduate of the University of Michigan.

Plunkett Cooney’s Transportation Law Practice Group includes the talents of more than 30 attorneys who provide an array of litigation and risk management services, including expertise in the areas of first- and third-party auto liability, cross-border claims with Canada, trucking liability, fraud investigations and emergency accident response.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 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 was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Heather Cude and Krystal Hermiz joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008;

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