Alannah M. Buford-Kamerman, an associate in the firm’s Lansing office, is a member of the Tort & Litigation and Governmental Law practice groups.
Ms. Buford-Kamerman represents national insurance carriers, big box companies, national retailers, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and public-sector clients in matters involving negligence, premise liability, Michigan's Whistleblowers' Protection Act and the state’s No-Fault auto liability law.
Ms. Buford-Kamerman’s governmental law experience includes claims of racial discrimination and retaliation, First Amendment retaliation, jailhouse deaths, illegal search and seizures, takings claims, excessive force, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and wrongful arrest.
Since 2017, Ms. Buford-Kamerman has served as a Co-Chair of Plunkett Cooney's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and she is a member of the African American Associates' Collaborative of Detroit.
Representative Client Work
- Resolved a $1 million-exposure negligence claim involving a forklift accident. The matter involved deposing the plaintiff’s medical providers, prepping all of client’s witnesses, arguing motions in limine and negotiating a settlement that was significantly lower than the demand.
- Successfully drafted a motion for summary disposition and mediation brief regarding a highly contentious personal injury matter where retired attorneys brought seven intentional tort claims against Plunkett Cooney’s client. After the motion was granted, the plaintiffs moved to modify an existing personal protection order they had obtained against the firm’s client before filing suit to bolster their position on appeal. Following a three-day evidentiary hearing the court denied the plaintiffs’ requested modifications to the protection orders.
- Successfully obtained multiple dismissals on motions for summary disposition in a case involving a charter bus accident. The client was able to obtain a settlement afterward aided by the motion and supporting briefs that were filed with the court after appeal.
- Drafted a dispositive motion recognized by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for complex takings and due process claims in a property dispute that was litigated in state and federal court since 2001. The federal court specifically requested a copy of the brief to incorporate portions of it into its opinion. A motion for summary judgment was also granted on the brief and dismissal was affirmed on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
- Drafted numerous dispositive motions, many of which were granted; several of which were granted without oral arguments and after plaintiffs received case evaluation awards between $100,000 and $200,000
- Authored a successful brief for a motion for summary disposition in a case where the plaintiff asserted racial and disability discrimination claims against a municipality, resulting in dismissal for the client that was later affirmed on appeal by the Michigan Court of Appeals
- Successfully authored numerous alternative dispute resolution briefs, resulting in awards or settlement offers below the estimated reserves that were acceptable to the client. One case evaluation hearing returned an award of $0.
- State Bar of Michigan
Publications and Lectures
- "Legal Aspects of Business Entity Selection,” Presenter, 2014 – Present
- “Pregnancy Discrimination: How the US and EU Protect Women,” Author, Michigan State University College of Law's International Law Review, April 25, 2016
- “Treasure, Shipwrecks, and Property Law,” Author, Michigan State University College of Law's International Law Review, Jan. 4, 2016
Areas of Practice
- Michigan State University College of Law, magna cum laude, J.D., 2016
- Bard College at Simon's Rock, cum laude, B.A., 2012
- Michigan, 2016
Honors & Recognitions
- Michigan Rising Star in Personal Injury General Defense, Michigan Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters publication, 2018 - 2020