Fifty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

Aug 29, 2013

DETROIT, MICH. – Fifty-Seven Clark Hill attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America, with three attorneys recognized with the “Lawyers of the Year” distinction.

Daniel J. Bretz has been named the 2014 Detroit Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year."
William B. Dunn has been named the 2014 Detroit Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year."
David M. Hayes has been named the 2014 Detroit Litigation - Construction "Lawyer of the Year."

Birmingham, Mich.


  • Joel Applebaum, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • John Gierak, Education Law, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • Robert D. Gordon, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Edward C. Hammond, Employee Benefits (ERISA)
  • J. Thomas MacFarlane, Litigation-Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates
  • Paul S. Magy, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Real Estate Law
  • Daniel H. Minkus, Corporate Law
  • Robert L. Schwartz, Public Finance Law
  • Robert A.W. Strong, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Law
  • Thomas F. Sweeney, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates

Detroit, Mich.


  • Fred W. Batten, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • Thomas P. Brady, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • James E. Brenner, Appellate Practice
  • Daniel J. Bretz, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • Jennifer M. Buckley, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Connie M. Cessante, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • David M. Cessante, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Paul W. Coughenour, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Martin E. Crandall, Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • D. Kerry Crenshaw, International Trade and Finance Law
  • Thomas M. Dixon, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates
  • Thomas M.J. Hathaway, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • David M. Hayes, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
  • Kevin S. Hendrick, Arbitration, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction, Mediation
  • John J. Hern, Jr., Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Timothy M. Koltun, Real Estate Law
  • Peter B. Kupelian, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Labor &
  • William A. Moore, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • Michael P. Nowlan, Immigration Law
  • Andrew C. Richner, Government Relations Practice
  • Daniel J. Scully, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
  • Jeffrey A. Steele, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Duane L. Tarnacki, Corporate Law, Nonprofit/Charities Law
  • Reginald M. Turner, Jr., Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Government Relations Practice, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Litigation – Municipal
  • Timothy D. Wittlinger, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction

Grand Rapids, Mich.


  • Joseph A. Bonventre, Trusts and Estates
  • William B. Dunn, Real Estate Law
  • Ingrid A. Jensen, Real Estate Law
  • Douglas J. Rasmussen, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates
  • Barbara A. Ruga, Education Law
  • Scott G. Smith, Litigation – Municipal, Municipal Law
  • Stephen J. Tjapkes, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates
  • Stephen D. Turner, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • James L. Wernstrom, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Municipal

Lansing, Mich.


  • Roderick S. Coy, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Communications Law, Energy Law

Pittsburgh, Penn.


  • Jeffrey A. Conn, Banking and Finance Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Scott E. Henderson, First Amendment Law, Litigation – First Amendment, Media Law
  • Gary L. Kaplan, Information Technology Law
  • Sara A. Mercer, Trusts and Estates
  • Kurt A. Miller, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • Mark F. Nowak, Commercial Litigation
  • John C. Rodney, Tax Law
  • Kimberly Luff Wakim, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Keith H. West, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
  • William M. Wycoff, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Antitrust/Banking and Finance/Securities, Personal Injry Litigation – Defendants

Phoenix, Ariz.


  • Douglas P. Folk, Construction Law

Washington, D.C.


  • Roberta Freedman, Immigration Law

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