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Thomas G. Appleman
Miller Canfield PLC, Troy
A senior principal in the firm, Thomas G. Appleman is a deputy leader of the firm's Corporate and Securities Group, leader of the firm's China business team, and a member of its Global Automotive Industry team. He focuses his practice on inbound and outbound foreign direct investment and multinational cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and joint venture transactions. Mr. Appleman also helps...View Full Bio

Mohamed Ali Abed Banoon
AT Law Group PLLC, Dearborn

James R. Cambridge
Kerr Russell and Weber PLC, Detroit
James R. Cambridge practices in the areas of business, finance, and real estate law. He served as chair of the legislative drafting committee of business and tax lawyers responsible for drafting the Michigan Limited Liability Company Act. Mr. Cambridge is a member and past chair of the State Bar of Michigan's Business Law Section and is a member of the...View Full Bio

Daimeon Cotton
Cotton Law Center PLLC, Detroit
Daimeon Cotton has built his experience in a broad range of legal services. As an advisor and litigator, he has represented companies and individuals in commercial matters and disputes. Mr. Cotton currently practices in the areas of employment law, real estate law, alternative dispute resolution, and business law. Particularly, he advises businesses on compliance with state and federal employment...View Full Bio

Rachel A. Doxsie
Doxsie Law Firm PLLC, Macomb
Rachel A. Doxsie concentrates her practice in the areas of business law and estate planning, focusing on assisting the business owner. Before forming Doxsie Law Firm, PLLC, she was a partner at the Oakland County firm of Shea, Aiello & Doxsie, PLLC, responsible for business owners' estate and business planning matters. Ms. Doxsie also previously served as a law clerk...View Full Bio

Lisa S. Gretchko
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, Royal Oak
Lisa S. Gretchko concentrates her practice in creditors' rights and commercial litigation. She has represented nearly every constituency in bankruptcy courts around the country, has litigated many of the issues that arise in the context of bankruptcy law, and has experience in real estate litigation. Ms. Gretchko is very active in the American Bankruptcy Institute and currently serves as its...View Full Bio

Mark R. High
Dickinson Wright PLLC, Detroit
Mark R. High practices in the areas of business law, finance, and international transactions. He has been practicing law for over 30 years and serves as counsel to both public companies and closely held businesses, as well as to the domestic operations of Canadian and other foreign companies. Mr. High is a past chairperson of the Business Law Section of...View Full Bio

Robert B. Labe
Williams Williams Rattner & Plunkett PC, Birmingham
Robert B. Labe practices in the areas of estate planning, trusts and estates, probate, business law, business planning, and taxation. He is a frequent lecturer and writer for the State Bar of Michigan, ICLE, and the National Business Institute. Mr. Labe is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association (past chairperson, Probate, Estate and Trust Committee and Business Law...View Full Bio

Melissa Demorest LeDuc
Demorest Law Firm PLLC, Royal Oak
Melissa Demorest LeDuc practices in the area of business law, including business formation and mergers and acquisitions, as well as provides guidance in employment, real estate contract, and other business matters. She was named as a Rising Star by "Michigan Super Lawyers" from 2010 to 2015. In 2014, Ms. LeDuc was also named an Up and Coming Lawyer by "Michigan...View Full Bio

Leslie S. Lott
Lott Legal PLLC, Detroit
Leslie Lott is the founder and principal attorney of her firm. Focusing her practice on providing attentive and cost effective outside general counsel services to start-ups and established businesses, she has experience in a wide range of matters, including entity formation, contract negotiation, and complex real estate transactions. Before starting her own legal practice, Ms. Lott represented businesses in transactional...View Full Bio

Daniel H. Minkus
Clark Hill PLC, Birmingham
Daniel H. Minkus practices in the areas of business planning and commercial transactions. He is a recognized expert in limited liability companies (LLCs) and corporate law. Mr. Minkus is a past chairperson of the State Bar of Michigan's Business Law Section (BLS) and served as chairperson of the BLS LLC and Partnership Committee for over 20 years. He is a...View Full Bio

Joseph R. Morrison, Jr.
Bodman PLC, Detroit
Joseph R. Morrison, Jr., is an associate at Bodman, PLC, and focuses on representing start-up companies and venture capital firms. He has experience in a wide range of matters from formation to financing to general operational concerns related to insurance and employment issues. Mr. Morrison also represents clients in intellectual property matters, including trademark registration, maintenance, and renewal; enforcement and...View Full Bio

Shivangee Pandya
Shivangee Pandya is a licensed attorney with a strong background in advocacy. She has a long history of working with legal aid services, starting with the Michigan Unemployment Advocacy Project while in law school--where she focused on appellate litigation and public policy--and working for Lakeshore Legal Aid as an intake attorney postgraduation. In addition, Ms. Pandya has worked for Michigan...View Full Bio

William A. Shaheen, Jr.
Shaheen Law Firm PC, Flint
William A. Shaheen, Jr., practices in the areas of probate and estate planning, commercial transactions, and business law, including entity formations. He is a member and past president of the Flint Estate Planning Council, as well as a member of the Taxation, Business Law, Probate and Estate Planning, and Real Property Law Sections of the State Bar of Michigan, and...View Full Bio

Laura Volkmann
Volkmann Legal, Marshall
Laura Volkmann practices in the areas of estate planning, guardianships, real estate, small businesses, and mental health. Before starting her firm, she served as law clerk for six years to Hon. J. Richardson Johnson (now retired) of the 9th Circuit Court. Ms. Volkmann is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and its LGBTQA Section as well as a...View Full Bio

Cindy M. Huss
ICLE Advisory Board Liaison
Cindy M. Huss practiced for over 20 years before joining ICLE's staff in 2006. In her current role as the director of publications and online products, Ms. Huss oversees the publications department and ICLE staff lawyers and manages the development and production of ICLE print and online resources. Before joining ICLE, Ms. Huss worked as an assistant general counsel at...View Full Bio
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