Firms, legislation, trends and awards


Bodman admits new member

Bodman PLC announced Lindsay M. Cummings, of the Grand Rapids office, was admitted as a member of the firm.

Mecosta woman files lawsuit against Meijer for contaminated food

Ven Johnson Law PLC recently filed a lawsuit in the Mecosta County Circuit Court against Meijer Inc. and Eagle Produce LLC, requesting more than $25,000.

Miller Johnson elects managing member

Grand Rapids-based law firm Miller Johnson announced David M. Buday was elected as managing member.

Local attorneys named to Lawyers of Color’s Hot List

Warner Norcross + Judd’s Ojone E. Ameadaji and Barnes & Thornburg's Erika Weiss were named to the 2020 Hot List by Lawyers of Color, a nonprofit organization that promotes diversity in the legal profession and advances democracy and equality in marginalized communities.

Varnum names executive director

Varnum LLP welcomed Patrick J. Reid to serve as its executive director.

Court rejects restriction on use of medical marijuana

TRAVERSE CITY — Judges can't prevent people from using medical marijuana while on probation for a crime, the Michigan Court of Appeals said.

Attorney opens firm in Norton Shores during pandemic

After becoming a licensed attorney in January 2020, Joe L. Rivet opened his law firm, Rivet Health Law PLC, in July.

Miller Canfield appoints first woman CEO

Detroit-based law firm Miller Canfield, which has a Grand Rapids office, named Megan Norris as its new chief executive officer, the first woman in the firm’s history to hold that title.

Bodman selects aviation practice group co-chair

Bodman PLC appointed Brian E. Kersey of its Grand Rapids office as co-chair of the Aviation Law and Finance Practice Group.

Legal online bets, gambling start fast

Momentum continues to bring more Michiganders into the world of online gambling and sports betting after it was legalized a few weeks ago.

West Michigan programs receive $150K in Project Safe Neighborhoods funding

Some West Michigan communities are recipients of $152,430 in Project Safe Neighborhoods grant funds from the Department of Justice to support the reduction and prevention of violent crimes.

Local legal professionals appointed to Justice for All Commission

The Michigan Supreme Court named Rob Buchanan, State Bar of Michigan president and Grand Rapids attorney, and Deborah Hughes, Kent County Legal Assistance Center’s executive director, to its newly created Justice for All Commission.

Court throws out convictions after misconduct by prosecutor

DETROIT — The Michigan appeals court threw out a man's conspiracy, theft and drug convictions and a six-year prison sentence after finding "true misconduct" by a prosecutor in a small county.

Colliers declares legal action against former advisers

Colliers International U.S. announced it has commenced proceedings against the group of senior brokers who recently departed to form their own firm, Advantage Commercial Real Estate Services.

Fiat Chrysler agrees to plead guilty, pay $30M in UAW probe

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $30 million fine for a corruption scandal at the union that represents its factory workers, authorities said Wednesday.

Detroit to dismiss some tickets issued during Floyd protests

The city of Detroit said Tuesday that it will dismiss most misdemeanor citations issued last spring during several days of protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Varnum welcomes four associate attorneys

Varnum LLP added associate attorneys Justin A. Allen, Tuo (Paul) Wang, William J. Whalen and Yezi (Amy) Yan, to its Grand Rapids office. They all served as summer associates at the firm.

H-1B visa changes may miss mark

When employers resume requesting H-1B visas for temporary foreign workers in specialty occupations this spring, they might have to rethink their wages.

Biden will pick a new judge for Detroit’s federal court

DETROIT — The federal court in Detroit could have one of President Joe Biden’s first judicial appointments.

Foster Swift elects shareholders

Foster Swift Collins & Smith P.C. elected Leslie A. Dickinson, Julie L. Hamlet and Michael C. Zahrt as shareholders of the firm’s Grand Rapids office.

West Michigan judge elected vice-chairperson

The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission has elected Hon. Jon Hulsing to serve as its vice-chairperson.

Attorneys: Ex-governor charged in wrong county over Flint

LANSING — Attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are striking back, telling prosecutors Tuesday that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county.

Dickinson Wright welcomes new member

Dickinson Wright PLLC elected Jessica Wood as a new member attorney of the firm’s Grand Rapids office.

Mika Meyers names committee members

Mika Meyers elected attorneys Benjamin A. Zainea, Scott E. Dwyer and Joshua D. Beard to its management committee for 2021.

Flint water probe brings charges against ex-governor, others

FLINT — A new investigation of the Flint water disaster led to charges against nine people, including former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and key members of his administration, who are accused of various crimes in a calamitous plan that contaminated the community with lead and contributed to a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, authorities said Thursday.