News Archive 2008
For the last four 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 – William Oltman
Congrats to Leigha, Lisa and Will! View the winning card (pdf).
Thomas L. Saxe moderated and presented at the 7th Annual ICLE Family Law Institute, held in Plymouth, Michigan on November 20-21, 2008.
Connie R. Thacker was re-elected to the State Bar of Michigan's Law Council for an additional three-year term and re-elected to its Executive Committee.
Bruce A. Courtade has been elected Treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan for the 2008-2009 bar year. He was recently sworn in as an officer of the organization of more than 40,000 members during the SBM Annual Meeting in Dearborn on September 17.
Dan E. Bylenga, Jr., Bruce A. Courtade, Todd A. Hendricks, Thomas P. Hogan, John M. Lichtenberg, Paul A. McCarthy, Bruce W. Neckers, Robert C. Shaver and Gregory G. Timmer were all named Michigan Super Lawyers for 2008. Published by Law & Politics, Michigan Super Lawyers are selected by their peers.
LaRissa D. Hollingsworth has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for ten years or less. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.
Eric R. Starck completed an Ironman in Madison, Wisconsin on September 7. The Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles on a bike and a 26.2 mile run. Eric finished 104th out of 2,082 participants, with a finish time of 10:19:10.
Paul A. McCarthy, Peter J. Lozicki, David E. Bevins and Patrick R. Drueke completed The Rhoades McKee Reeds Lake Triathlon on September 6, 2008. David Bevins was one of seven participants who chose to compete in the Chariot Division of the Triathlon. The Chariot Division consists of pulling a disabled child in a kayak/raft for the one-half mile swim, in a buggy behind the bike for 17.2 miles and then finishing up in a jogging buggy for the 4.9 mile run. David’s overall finish time was an amazing 2:15:37 for the entire race.
On May 1, 2008, the Grand Rapids Bar Association honored Bruce W. Neckers with its Donald R. Worsfold Distinguished Service Award at the Association’s Annual Law Day Luncheon. The Worsfold award is given to recognize a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association for a career of service to the Bar, the profession, and the community. This award, not given every year, is presented when the Bar wishes to acknowledge and honor the contributions of a member whose service stands out for its extraordinary impact on the life of the community.
Rhoades McKee attorneys Mark E. Fatum, Edward B. Goodrich, Thomas P. Hogan, Richard G. Leonard, Paul A. McCarthy, and Bruce W. Neckers were all named in West Michigan’s Best Lawyers for 2008. They are part of 229 West Michigan lawyers in 32 specialties, excerpted from “The Best Lawyers in America® 2008.” West Michigan’s Best Lawyers are selected by their peers.
Rhoades McKee was named one of “West Michigan’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For” by the Michigan Business & Professional Association.
Rhoades McKee is pleased to announce that three summer associates have joined the firm. They are: Allison E. Horton, Marc Aldwin M. Landoy, and Erin M. Lyon.
Allison Horton received a Bachelor of Arts in international economics from Michigan State University, Honors College. She attends Valparaiso University School of Law where she anticipates receiving a Juris Doctor in 2009. Ms. Horton is a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and a member of the Valparaiso University Law Review.
Marc Landoy received a Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from Aquinas College. He attends the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where he anticipates receiving a Juris Doctor in 2010. Mr. Landoy is a member of the UDM Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association and the UDM International Law Society.
Erin Lyon received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Grand Valley State University and is currently working on her Masters in Business Administration from GVSU. She also attends Michigan State University College of Law where she anticipates receiving a Juris Doctor in 2009. Ms. Lyon is the Vice-President of the Business Law Society, Co-President of the Spartan Law Student Society, and a member of the Journal of International Law.
Rhoades McKee’s summer associate program is designed to provide law students challenging opportunities for professional growth. Throughout the summer, Rhoades McKee assigns projects to ensure that the summer associate explores the firm, its members, various practice areas, and the Grand Rapids community.
Brian K. Lawson has joined Rhoades McKee as a shareholder. Mr. Lawson graduated from the Indiana University School of Law. Brian will concentrate his practice in the areas of personal injury and commercial litigation.
John T. Klees has joined Rhoades McKee as a shareholder. Mr. Klees graduated from the Detroit College of Law and received his Master of Law (Ll.M.) in taxation from the New York University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the United States Tax Court. John has over 18 years of experience in basic and high-net-worth estate planning, wills and trusts, post-death estate and trust administration, estate and gift tax planning, business organization and succession planning, tax and probate litigation, and non-profit organizations.
Emily A. Green, associate at the Grand Rapids law firm of Rhoades McKee, has been elected vice chairperson of the Environmental Law Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association for 2008. Eric R. Starck, shareholder at Rhoades McKee, has been elected as chairperson of the Environmental Law Section of the Grand Rapids Bar Association. They concentrate their practices in the areas of real estate and environmental law.
Thomas S. Flickinger has joined Rhoades McKee as an associate. Mr. Flickinger graduated from Ave Maria School of Law, magna cum laude, obtaining his law degree in 2003. He will continue to concentrate his practice in the areas of business transactions, estate planning, and real estate law.
Mary Ann Cartwright has been elected President to the board of Re-entry Employment Resource Center, a non-profit organization. RERC assists parolees in successfully re-entering into the employment arena and is funded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and the Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative.
Eric R. Starck has been promoted to Shareholder status as of January 1, 2008. Mr. Starck graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1997. He received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2001 and was admitted to the Michigan Bar and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan in 2001. Mr. Starck concentrates his practice in the areas of environmental law and real estate law.