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Mohamed Ali Abed Banoon
AT Law Group PLLC, Dearborn

Daimeon Cotton
Cotton Law Center PLLC, Highland Park
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

Salam F. Elia
Elia Law PLLC, Warren
Salam F. Elia is the principal attorney and founder of Elia Law, PLLC, specializing in commercial and business transactions. She is a member of the Business Law, Marijuana Law, Real Property Law, and Young Lawyers Sections of the State Bar of Michigan. Ms. Elia sits on the board of the Chaldean Chamber of Commerce and is involved in many humanitarian...View Full Bio

Justin A. Hanna
Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC, Southfield
Justin A. Hanna's expertise centers on corporate law, with a strong emphasis on middle-market mergers and acquisitions in which he has advised clients on transactions from $1 million to over $1 billion in value. Among other areas, his corporate focus extends to contract analysis and negotiation, corporate governance, business planning, and other general corporate matters. He also advises real estate...View Full Bio

Amy M. Kwiatkowski
Dickinson Wright PLLC, Detroit

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 has been named as a Rising Star by "Michigan Super Lawyers" every year from 2010 to 2019. In 2014, Ms. LeDuc was also named an Up and Coming...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

Michael S. Melfi
Bodman PLC, Ann Arbor
Michael S. Melfi practices in the areas of intellectual property and business, focusing on financing and fundraising, intellectual property protection, technology licensing, tax planning, acquisitions and dispositions, and general corporate matters. Before joining his current firm, Mr. Melfi founded and served as chief operating officer and general counsel of a national multimedia company, pioneering various experiential and digital marketing campaigns...View Full Bio

Shivangee Pandya
Lexis Nexis, East Lansing
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

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

Maximillian (Max) H. Matthies
ICLE Advisory Board Liaison
Maximillian (Max) H. Matthies joined ICLE in May 2017. Working with ICLE contributors, he produces on-demand seminars in a variety of practice areas as well as develops other ICLE products, including How-To Kits, Top Tips in Ten Minutes, and online training programs. Before joining ICLE, Mr. Matthies spent 12 years handling civil litigation, estate planning, transactional law, property tax law,...View Full Bio
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