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Vergara joins Michigan Asian-Pacific American Bar Association Board


Plunkett Cooney associate attorney Claire D. Vergara was recently appointed to the executive board of the Michigan Asian-Pacific American Bar Association (MAPABA).

In addition, Vergara has been elected by her colleagues to serve as the board’s secretary. She will serve a one-year term on the board and in her executive leadership role.

As secretary, Vergara will assist in creating communications for the MAPABA social media platforms, promote new and renewed membership and assist with planning bar association events, including its flagship celebration, the Lunar New Year Dinner.

Stemming from the civil rights trials arising out of the 1982 hate-crime murder of Vincent Chin in Detroit, 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 law 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 includes the State Bar of Michigan.

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 serving as secretary of the Michigan Asian-Pacific American Bar Association, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008;

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