News Archive 2007

December 2007

Rhoades McKee has recently elected Robert C. Shaver as President and Chairman of the Executive Committee, succeeding Bruce W. Neckers. The 2008 Executive Committee is comprised of Dan E. Bylenga, Jr., Vice-President of Marketing; Peter J. Lozicki, Vice-President of Finance; Mary Jane Rhoades, Vice-President of Practice Development; and David E. Bevins, Vice-President of Practice Profitability.

December 2007
For the last three years, Rhoades McKee has partnered with Kendall College of Art & Design for a Holiday Card contest. Each winner receives a scholarship check. This year's winners are:
1st  Leigha Kenny
2nd Lisa Ambrose
3rd Brandon Creger
Congrats to Leigha, Lisa and Brandon! View the winning card (pdf).

December 2007
William M. Newman has joined Rhoades McKee as senior counsel. Mr. Newman graduated from Wayne State University, magna cum laude, obtaining his law degree in 1970. He will continue to concentrate his practice in the areas of medical malpractice and insurance defense.

October 2007

Craft & Bake Sale
October 4 & 5, 2007 from 8 am to 2 pm
Waters Building, 1st Floor Lobby 161 Ottawa Avenue NW
KidsFirst Inch by Inch Carpet Fundraiser
In partnership with The Waters Corporation and our building tenants, joins in supporting KidsFirst.
The KidsFirst home, that houses children in need of emergency shelter and care, is in urgent need of new carpeting. For more information about KidsFirst, please see www.stjohnshome.org. You can also support the Inch by Inch Carpet Fundraiser by making a financial contribution. Envelopes will be available in the Waters Building 1st Floor Lobby (St. John's Home will provide a tax deductible receipt). Our goal is to raise $11,000.

September 2007

Rhoades McKee attorneys Dan E. Bylenga, Jr., Bruce A. Courtade, Thomas P. Hogan, Michelle F. Kitch, John M. Lichtenberg, Paul A. McCarthy, Bruce W. Neckers, and Robert C. Shaver were all named Michigan Super Lawyers for 2007. Published by Law & Politics, Michigan Super Lawyers are selected by their peers.

September 2007
Congratulations to all the participants in the Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon. The event, held on a beautiful morning September 8, had 1,114 registered participants the largest turnout in its 24-year history.
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July 2007

Rhoades McKee is the new title sponsor for the Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon. The triathlon, consisting of a half-mile swim, 17.2-mile bike ride, and 4.9-mile run around Reeds Lake, will take place September 8. Rhoades McKee is contributing $10,000 a year for three years to the city of East Grand Rapids for the event, and also aims to raise money for St. John's Home through contributions from participants.

July 2007
Bruce A. Courtade, shareholder at Rhoades McKee, was re-elected to another three-year term on the State Bar of Michigan's Board of Commissioners.

May 2007

David E. Bevins, shareholder at Rhoades McKee, has been appointed to the board of Catherine's Care Center.

April 2007

Mark E. Fatum, shareholder at Rhoades McKee, has been named the Best Defense Attorney in Michigan by American Physicians.

April 2007
LaRissa D. Hollingsworth, associate attorney at Rhoades McKee, has accepted a three-year appointment to the 13-member Board of Trustees of the Grand Rapids Christian Schools. Hollingsworth was named one of 10 Lawyers of the Year by Lawyers Weekly USA. A graduate of Michigan State University and Wayne State University Law School, Hollingsworth joined Rhoades McKee in 2003. Her practice includes civil litigation, commercial and business litigation and criminal defense.

April 2007
Eric G. Lanning, associate attorney at Rhoades McKee, has been selected to serve a three-year term as a Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan. The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia in 1974. since then, more than 200 Houses have been licensed around the world, all with a common mission of providing a "home away from home" for the families of children needing care. The 19,000 square-foot West Michigan House, located on Cedar NE in Grand Rapids, opened its doors on March 23, 1990.

Lanning is a 1999 graduate of the Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington, and practices in the areas of estate planning, tax law, and business and corporate law.

March 14, 2007

Rhoades McKee was named one of “West Michigan's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business & Professional Association.

March 6, 2007
Bruce A. Courtade, shareholder at Rhoades McKee, has been appointed to the board of directors at West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology.

February 14, 2007

Mary Ann Cartwright, shareholder at Rhoades McKee, has been appointed to the Ottawa County Mental Health Board for a three year term beginning April 1, 2007.

February 12, 2007
LaRissa Hollingsworth, associate attorney at Rhoades McKee and member of the firm's diversity committee, is serving as a panelist at Michigan State University's College of Law's diversity roundtable. The roundtable is part of Diversity Week being held at the college February 12-16.

February 7, 2007
John M. Lichtenberg, shareholder at the Grand Rapids law firm of Rhoades McKee, has joined the Board of Governors at Pine Rest Foundation. Pine Rest Foundation raises funds for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.

January 24, 2007

David E. Bevins, shareholder at the Grand Rapids law firm of Rhoades McKee, has been named Volunteer of the Month for February 2007 by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. Bevins sits on the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce's Member Benefits Committee. He chaired the Grand Rapids Bar Association Young Lawyers Section from 1998 to 1999, and has since participated on various Grand Rapids Bar Association and State of Michigan Bar Association committees.

Bevins focuses his practice on assisting lending institutions of all sizes in their residential and commercial loan workout departments. He also has broad experience in construction, commercial and real estate litigation and counseling.

January 16, 2007
Emily A. Green, associate at the Grand Rapids law firm of Rhoades McKee, has been elected secretary of the Environmental Law Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association for 2007. Eric R. Starck, associate at Rhoades McKee, has been elected to a one-year term as vice chairperson of the Environmental Law Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association. Green and Starck concentrate their practices in the areas of real estate and environmental law.