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Forbush among publication’s 2023 Class of Leaders in the Law


Plunkett Cooney partner Audrey J. Forbush was recently selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MiLW) as a member of its 2023 Class of  “Leaders in the Law.”  

The annual Leaders in the Law awards luncheon will be held on Dec. 5 at Petruzzello’s Banquet and Conference Center in Troy. The “Lawyer of the Year,” as selected by a vote of the class members, will be announced live during the event. Each of the 2023 honorees will be profiled in a special section of the Dec. 18 issue of MiLW, an industry publication serving the state’s legal community.

Forbush and the other class of 2023 honorees were selected by MiLW for, among other things, their significant contributions to the practice of law in Michigan, their expertise and leadership, as well as for setting a positive example for other lawyers.

Forbush serves in several leadership roles at Plunkett Cooney, which is one of the Midwest’s oldest and most accomplished law firms, including as senior vice president of the firm’s Board of Directors. She also serves as managing partner of Plunkett Cooney’s Flint, Michigan office, co-leader of the firm’s Governmental Law Practice Group and co-chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.

Forbush focuses her trial practice primarily in the area of municipal liability with particular expertise in police liability cases, including searches and seizures, alleged use of excessive force, pursuits and correctional law. She also has extensive experience in the defense of litigation involving medical and employer liability.

Forbush is a member of the Genesee County Bar Association, and she chairs the Governmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Additionally, she serves as legal adviser to the Michigan Municipal League’s Law Enforcement Action Forum, an organization consisting of select law enforcement executives throughout Michigan. She is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Plunkett Cooney's Governmental Law Practice Group features the collective talents of attorneys who focus on the defense of all manner of municipal litigation, and they provide direct representation to Michigan’s cities, villages, townships and counties. Group members have expertise in such areas as charter law, constitutional matters, election law, employment liability, ordinance drafting and revisions, public safety liability, and zoning and planning.

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, Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. Plunkett Cooney recently received Mansfield Rule Certification for midsize law firms, which recognizes leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion within the legal industry.

For more information about Forbush’s selection by MiLW as a 2023 Leader in the Law, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or via email at



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