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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

Michael C. Decker
Butzel Long, Okemos
Michael C. Decker concentrates his practice in the areas of construction and construction litigation and business and business litigation. He represents and counsels construction companies and contractors on all aspects of both public and private projects. Mr. Decker has substantial experience with drafting and negotiating contracts, subcontracts, and other agreements and prosecuting and defending claims for performance, payment, and delay...View Full Bio

Cynthia Heenan
Constitutional Litigation Association PC, Detroit

Jordan M. Jones
Michigan Auto Law, Farmington Hills
Jordan M. Jones focuses his practice on representing plaintiffs in serious auto and trucking accidents. He is a member of the Michigan Association for Justice, the Minority Caucus and the Trucking Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, and the Washtenaw County Bar Association. Before joining Michigan Auto Law, Mr. Jones worked for the Free Legal Aid Clinic, Inc.,...View Full Bio

David M. Kramer
David M. Kramer PLLC, Royal Oak
David M. Kramer is a solo practitioner who practices in personal injury, contract disputes, and general civil claims. He began his legal career as an associate with Hilborn & Hilborn, PC, where he represented plaintiffs in automobile defect litigation, third-party automobile claims, no-fault litigation, and consumer protection claims. Mr. Kramer is a member of the Michigan Association of Justice and...View Full Bio

Silvia Alexandria Mansoor
Koussan Hamood PLC, Detroit
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

Maria L. Martinez
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit
Maria L. Martinez is a senior associate at her firm's Detroit office, focusing her practice primarily on complex commercial litigation. She is a current member of the Federal Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Detroit Bar Association, the Detroit Economic Club, and Inforum, as well as a 2016 Pathfinder for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Ms. Martinez...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

Naomi N. Oglesby
Ogletree Deakins, Birmingham
Naomi N. Oglesby advises and defends management-side clients against full-spectrum employment claims, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract, confidentiality agreements, medical leaves, wage and hour laws, and other employment-related administrative charges and lawsuits. She litigates these matters in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels, having prevailed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth...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

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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