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Vergara, Siacon elected to Michigan Asian-Pacific American Bar Association Board

02.02.2024

Plunkett Cooney associate attorneys Claire D. Vergara and Aleanna B. Siacon were recently appointed to executive positions on the  Michigan Asian-Pacific American Bar Association (MAPABA) board of directors.

Vergara was elected to serve as board president. Siacon was elected as the association’s new treasurer. Both will serve a one-year term in their executive leadership roles beginning on Feb. 10.

As president, Vergara will preside over all of the association’s membership and executive board meetings, and she will act as liaison of the MAPABA to other affiliate groups and organizations. In her role as treasurer, Siacon will supervise the custody of MAPABA funds.

Stemming from the civil rights trials arising out of the 1982 hate-crime murder of Vincent Chin in Detroit, the MAPABA was formed to promote the legal interests of Michigan’s Asian-American community. The association’s mission is to promote improvements in the administration of justice, to advance relations between the legal profession and public, to secure social equality for Asian-Pacific Americans, to advocate the interests of Asian-Pacific Americans in the legal profession, and to promote equality and social justice for all people.

Vergara is a member of the Detroit office of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms. She focuses her litigation practice in the areas of medical liability, trucking litigation, first-party No-Fault auto insurance disputes and third-party motor vehicle negligence claims. She also has experience handling insurance-related matters involving personal injury and general negligence.

Licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts in Michigan, Vergara received her law degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2012. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2009. Her professional organization involvement also includes the State Bar of Michigan.

Siacon is a member of Plunkett Cooney's Torts & Litigation and Governmental Law practice groups. She maintains a diverse litigation practice that includes the defense of premises liability, municipal liability and product liability claims, as well as cases involving general negligence.

Prior to graduating from Wayne State University Law School in 2022, Ms. Siacon worked as a summer associate at Plunkett Cooney and as a civil division intern for the U.S. Attorney's office in the Eastern District of Michigan. In addition, she has the distinction of having served as a judicial intern for Judge Mark Goldsmith of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Siacon received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Wayne State University in 2019.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business law 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.

For more information about Claire Vergara and Aleanna Siacon’s service as officers of the Michigan Asian-Pacific American Bar Association board of directors, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.     

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