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David M. Blanchard
Blanchard & Walker PLLC, Ann Arbor
David M. Blanchard, a founding partner at the firm, practices in the areas of employment litigation, civil rights, and discrimination, with a focus on individual, class, and collective cases regarding unpaid wages, overtime pay, minimum wage, and other injuries arising from misclassification or other wage theft. He also represents whistleblowers in qui tam litigation and individual retaliation cases in federal...View Full Bio

Thomas H. Blaske
Blaske & Blaske PLC, Ann Arbor
Thomas H. Blaske practices in the areas of legal and medical malpractice and plaintiff personal injury litigation. In addition to being a frequent lecturer for ICLE, he teaches trial advocacy skills throughout the country for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Blaske has authored more than 200 books and articles on a variety of legal subjects mostly related to...View Full Bio

Cynthia Heenan
Constitutional Litigation Association PC, Detroit

David M. Kramer
David M. Kramer PLLC, Royal Oak

Hon. David M. Lawson
U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan, Detroit
Hon. David M. Lawson was nominated to the U.S. District Court by President Clinton in 1999 and began service in 2000 after a unanimous confirmation by the Senate. Before that, he served clerkships in the Oakland County Circuit Court (Hon. John N. O'Brien) and the Michigan Supreme Court (Hon. James L. Ryan) and practiced law in small, medium, and large...View Full Bio

Silvia Alexandria Mansoor
Koussan Hamood PLC, Southfield
Silvia Alexandria Mansoor practices in the areas of corporate, real estate, and labor and employment law, focusing on start-up companies, entrepreneurship, and technology. In addition to the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association, she is also an active member of the Oakland County Bar Association and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan--Oakland Region. While obtaining her JD...View Full Bio

James M. McAskin
Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco PLLC, Birmingham
James M. McAskin concentrates his practice in commercial and business litigation. He has successfully represented various commercial clients, including automotive suppliers, franchises, dealerships, lending institutions, and medical centers in state and federal court and in commercial arbitration forums. Mr. McAskin has been named a Rising Star in business litigation by Michigan Super Lawyers. He is a member of the American...View Full Bio

Paul M. Mersino
Butzel Long, Detroit
Paul M. Mersino is a shareholder in the firm and member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group, where he represents public and private companies as both plaintiff and defense attorney. He practices in a number of areas, including complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, noncompetition and trade secret disputes, automotive supplier disputes, construction litigation, and landlord-tenant disputes, and he represents...View Full Bio

John C. Philo
Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, Detroit
John C. Philo is of counsel to Constitutional Litigation Associates, practicing personal injury, constitutional tort, and employment law litigation, and he is the executive and legal director of the Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice. He is a former president of the Detroit and Michigan chapters of the National Lawyers Guild and serves in the...View Full Bio

D. Andrew Portinga
Miller Johnson, Grand Rapids
D. Andrew Portinga practices in the area of litigation, particularly general commercial litigation, insurance coverage litigation, ERISA litigation, appellate litigation, and products liability defense. Practicing law since 1996, he has extensive experience in both federal and state courts, representing both Fortune 500 companies and family-owned businesses in complex cases involving myriad issues. Mr. Portinga is an active member of the...View Full Bio

Herbert A. Sanders
The Sanders Law Firm PC, Detroit
Herbert A. Sanders practices in the area of labor law. Admitted to practice in both Michigan and the District of Columbia, he has successfully litigated cases against numerous Fortune 500 companies, winning a $1.18 million verdict recognized as the highest in state history for a union member’s effort to freely exercise his First Amendment right to freedom of speech and...View Full Bio

Maureen T. Taylor
Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco PLLC, Birmingham
Maureen T. Taylor practices in the areas of commercial litigation, products liability defense litigation, product safety, and automotive regulatory issues. She was formerly a member of Butzel Long's electronic discovery team and had experience in high profile national cases defending catastrophic product liability and tort litigation involving a wide array of automotive component parts, power tools, and pharmaceuticals. Ms. Taylor...View Full Bio

John B. Swift II
ICLE Advisory Board Liaison
John B. Swift II works with ICLE contributors to produce on-demand seminars in a variety of practice areas. Mr. Swift also develops other ICLE products, including How-To Kits, Top Tips in Ten Minutes, and online training programs. While in law school, Mr. Swift worked as a student intern on policy issues for the Office of the Governor of Michigan and...View Full Bio
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Christopher J. Schneider
Miller Johnson
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Christopher J. (CJ) Schneider practices commercial litigation, including insurance coverage cases, contract disputes, class actions, and issues involving the Affordable Care Act. He was a member of the law review, the Trial Practice Institute, and...