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ALFA International Names Plunkett Cooney its Law Firm of the Year


ALFA International (ALFAI), one of the world’s leading law firm referral networks, has selected Plunkett Cooney as its 2022 Law Firm of the Year.

ALFAI’s leadership team announced the firm’s selection as its top law firm during the organization’s annual business meeting held recently in Dublin, Ireland. 

“We are truly honored to receive this award,” said Plunkett Cooney’s President & CEO Thomas P. Vincent. “I am proud of our firm’s ALFAI team members, all of whom have worked tirelessly to advance this outstanding organization and to help deliver training, information and resources to ALFAI clients and other member firms.”

In selecting the firm, ALFAI noted Plunkett Cooney’s attorneys serve on nine practice group steering committees, including the organization’s Business Litigation, Construction, Hospitality & Retail, Insurance, Labor & Employment, Product Liability & Complex Torts, Professional Liability, Transportation and the Women’s Initiative practice groups. Plunkett Cooney attorneys and staff are also involved in ALFAI’s special interest groups, including the Future Leaders Forum, Marketing Managers Group and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum.

In addition, many Plunkett Cooney attorneys hold leadership positions within ALFAI. Matthew J. Stanczyk of the firm’s Detroit office recently completed his three-year term on ALFAI’s Board of Directors, and he serve as chair emeritus of the Product Liability & Complex Torts Practice Group. Jeffrey S. Hengeveld chairs ALFAI’s Professional Liability Practice Group. Courtney L. Nichols, who accepted the Law Firm of the Year Award on behalf of the firm in Dublin, is the current program chair and vice-chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group. 

Plunkett Cooney was also instrumental in helping ALFAI exceed its fundraising goal this year in support of Ukraine by matching the individual donations of the firm’s attorneys and staff.

“Our attorneys and staff made this possible by being invested in various levels of ALFAI,” said Stanczyk. “Attorneys serve as speakers at seminars and editors of several compendiums, and they have participated in round tables, mini regionals and multiple practice groups. Our directors of diversity and marketing also participate in quarterly meetings to help with ALFAI projects and to help achieve the network’s diversity objectives. This is teamwork at its best.”  

ALFA International is a legal network of over 140 member firms, constituting over 10,000 total attorneys. Clients benefit from the knowledge, services and resources of many excellent law firms throughout the U.S. and globally through ALFAI’s extensive network. Each year, ALFAI selects a “Law Firm of the Year” to recognize a firm that has been particularly instrumental in that particular year in the evolution of this ever-evolving organization. 

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 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 and was named earlier this year as one of the best law firms in the nation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s selection as the 2022 ALFAI Law Firm of the Year, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or via email at