Archive for September 2013

Four Attorneys from Warner Norcross & Judd Have Been Selected to Participate in Community Leadership Programs

Four attorneys from Warner Norcross & Judd have been selected to participate in leadership programs in the communities served by the firm. They include Charles Ash, Jr., Julie Lam, Anissa Hudy and Kurt Brauer.

AshCharles Ash, a partner with the firm, will be among 35 business professional, nonprofit executives and government leaders to participate in Leadership Grand Rapids, a nine-month community leadership program from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. The 2014 class, which begins in September and wraps up in May 2014, will give current and emerging leaders the opportunity to explore issues connected with community building, including talent development, public safety, philanthropy, community health and others essential to a vibrant Grand Rapids.

Mr. Ash concentrates his practice in litigation and has extensive experience representing businesses in complex contract and tort litigation in state and federal trial courts throughout the country. He serves on the boards of the Student Advancement Foundation and Calvin College Alumni Association. He is a graduate of Leadership West Michigan.

LamJulie Lam, an associate, has been selected for the Inforum Executive Leadership Program. Ms. Lam will be among 32 business professional, non-profit executives and government leaders to participate in the four-month leadership program. The 2013 class, which begins in September and wraps up in December, will give personalized instruction and focused coaching that allows participants to explore their personal leadership style, understand what it takes to be an effective leader and receive personal coaching and feedback.

Ms. Lam concentrates her practice in civil litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.

 

HudyAnissa  Hudy, Senior Counsel at the firm, has been selected to participate in Leadership Macomb. Ms. Hudy will be among 30+ business professional, community and government leaders to participate in the nine-month community leadership program. The 2014 class, which begins in September and wraps up in June 2014, will give current and emerging leaders the opportunity to explore emerging issues that will impact Macomb County, Southeast Michigan and the bottom line of their own organizations.

Ms. Hudy concentrates her practice on real estate and commercial litigation with an emphasis on creditors’ rights. She is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation and serves on the Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review Fees Workgroup for the State of Michigan.

 

BrauerKurt  Brauer, a partner, has been selected to participate in Leadership Detroit. Mr. Brauer will be among 65 business professional, non-profit executives and government leaders to participate in the nine-month community leadership program of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce. The 2014 class, which begins in September and wraps up in May 2014, will give current and emerging leaders the opportunity to explore key issues that affect the Detroit region and explore ways to bring about positive change in the community through informed leadership.

Mr. Brauer counsels clients in economic development and environmental compliance and regulatory matters with an emphasis on brownfield redevelopment and business expansion incentive packages. He also assists them in resolving complex real estate matters. He is recognized in Best Lawyers in America and as a dBusiness Top Lawyer.

Warner Attorneys Participate in Workshop on Business Development for Women and Persons of Color

Workshop 9-10-13Nine Warner Norcross & Judd attorneys were among 52 attorneys who participated in “Growing Your Practice: A Workshop on Business Development,” targeted at female attorneys and attorneys of color.  The half-day workshop, which was held on September 10, 2013, was sponsored by the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative.

 The Workshop was conducted by Jane DiRenzo Pigott of R3 Group LLC.  Ms. Pigott brought a wealth of practical knowledge and insight gained by her many years in private practice. She served as chair of the environmental practices at both Katten Muchen and Winston & Strawn in Chicago.  At Winston & Strawn, she was the first woman to serve on the firm’s Executive and Compensation Committees.  In addition, she created and implemented the firm’s diversity initiative, for which the firm has been recognized multiple times with the prestigious Sager Award from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

 Following the workshop, the participants attended a luncheon where they had the opportunity to meet with their respective managing partners to discuss their business plans and the support they needed from their law firms.

 The Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative was formed in 2011 by 12 of the largest law offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in association with the Grand Rapids Bar Association, to promote diversity and inclusion in our firms and the profession. Conducting the annual workshop is one of 45 action steps in the Collaborative’s Action Plan adopted in 2012.