News Archive 2006

November 16, 2006

Connie R. Thacker, shareholder at the Grand Rapids law firm of Rhoades McKee, was elected by Michigan State Bar’s Family Law Council to serve a one-year term as chairperson of the Alternative Family Law Committee and the Domestic Violence Committee. She was also elected to chair the Family Law practice group at Rhoades McKee.

Thacker is the co-editor of the new Guardian Ad Litem Handbook for Divorce Practice, published by the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section. She is a trained and certified mediator of family law cases and is certified in domestic violence screening protocol.

November 9, 2006
Eric G. Lanning, an associate at Rhoades McKee, completed The Detroit FreePress/Flagstar Bank Marathon on October 29. Connie R. Thacker, shareholder at Rhoades McKee, completed The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon on October 22. Other Rhoades McKee marathoners include Peter J. Lozicki, Chicago & Traverse City marathons; Eric R. Starck, Chicago, Boston, and Columbus marathons; and Scott J. Steiner, Detroit marathon.

October 31, 2006

Stephen J. Hulst, James R. Poll, and Stephanie L. Stenberg have recently joined Rhoades McKee as associate attorneys.

October 20, 2006
Rhoades McKee to partner with The Lack’s Cancer Center at Saint Mary’s to provide free mammograms for women in need.
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October 18, 2006
Patrick R. Drueke, shareholder at the Grand Rapids law firm of Rhoades McKee, presented “Hot Topics in Real Estate Law” at the Michigan Association of CPA’s Real Estate Issues Conference on October 12 in Troy, Michigan. Drueke joined Rhoades McKee in 1998 and specializes in real estate law and commercial and civil litigation.

October 11, 2006
Connie R. Thacker, shareholder at the Grand Rapids law firm of Rhoades McKee, is the co-editor of the new Guardian Ad Litem Handbook for Divorce Practice, published by the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section. Thacker authored two chapters, “Domestic Violence and the GAL” and “Removal of the GAL,” and edited “The Child: Michigan Protocol.” The twelve-chapter handbook is available for purchase at Rhoades McKee. Thacker is serving a three-year term as a council member of the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section. She is a trained and certified mediator of family law cases and is certified in domestic violence screening protocol.

October 3, 2006
Dan E. Bylenga, Jr. was elected to a three-year term as vice president of marketing on the executive committee at Rhoades McKee. Mr. Bylenga’s practice includes general civil and commercial litigation, commercial transactions and bankruptcy with an emphasis on business reorganization, creditor's rights and litigation. Robert C. Shaver was elected to a three-year term as vice president of practice development on the executive committee at Rhoades McKee. Mr. Shaver joined the firm in 1990 and focuses his practice in the business transactional area, real estate sales/acquisitions and development, estate planning and general corporate counsel for closely held businesses and their owners.

September 27, 2006

Rhoades McKee attorneys Bruce A. Courtade, Robert J. Dugan, Thomas P. Hogan, John M. Lichtenberg, Bruce W. Neckers and Terry L. Zabel were all named Michigan Super Lawyers for 2006. Published by Law & Politics, Michigan Super Lawyers are selected by their peers.

June 28, 2006

Michelle F. Kitch has joined the law firm of Rhoades McKee as a non-equity shareholder. Kitch concentrates her practice in all aspects of personal injury defense litigation which includes a specialty in premises liability, products liability, automobile/no-fault liability, and dram shop liability defense litigation. She also handles first-party property litigation and subrogation matters.

June 13, 2006
Thomas L. Saxe was elected to a three-year term as a trustee of the Grand Rapids Bar Association. Saxe, a shareholder at Rhoades McKee, joined the firm in 1983. He practices family law and construction litigation.