Michigan Super Lawyers Articles

Books and Cable Shows and Podcasts, Oh My!

A Q&A with Henry Gornbein about his many irons in the fire

Featuring Henry S. Gornbein

Finding My America

Six immigrants share their journeys to become Michigan attorneys

Featuring Carrie Pastor-Cardinale, …

Sheila Eddy’s Stout Defense

The IP attorney uses humor to protect a brewery and fight off the band LMFAO

Featuring Sheila Eddy

The Way Back Home

Homayune Ghaussi works to bring law back to Afghanistan

Featuring Homayune A. Ghaussi

Notes from Justice Souter

Clerking for a SCOTUS judge left a lasting impact on Riyaz Kanji

Featuring Riyaz A. Kanji

Scott Stewart

Mr. Bursch Goes Back to Washington

John Bursch has had 14 U.S. Supreme Court cases, and won 10 of them

Featuring John J. Bursch

A Chemical Action

Bud Roegge litigates an agricultural disaster

Featuring L.R. "Bud" Roegge

Their Greatest Gift

What Amy Tripp’s grandparents taught her about life and elder law

Featuring Amy R. Tripp

Local Counsel with Jody B. Lipton

The Southfield attorney tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Featuring Jody B. Lipton

Scott Stewart

The Classic American Urban Story

“Lifetime Detroiter” Saul Green fights every day for his city and its people

Featuring Saul A. Green

Scott Stewart

The Conversationalist

Disciplined for talking too much in school, Kathleen Lang now uses those skills to relate to others in the courtroom

Featuring Kathleen A. Lang

Walking in Their Shoes

How Barone Defense Firm uses psychodrama to help clients cope with traumatic events

Featuring Patrick T. Barone

‘Pretty Damn Obvious’

How Doug Donnell and John Anding busted Huntington National Bank

Featuring Douglas A. Donnell, …

Horse Sense

Julie I. Fershtman brings legal knowledge to the equine industry

Featuring Julie I. Fershtman

Clean Water Runs Deep

Mike Turco helps provide potable water to the communities that need it most

Featuring Michael R. Turco

Discovery with Raquel A. Salas

The Wyoming attorney doesn’t need coffee to feel refreshed—just travel, laughter and ABBA

Featuring Raquel A. Salas

Scott Stewart

Last Gladiator Standing

Civil rights and employment attorney Deborah L. Gordon gets in the pit

Featuring Deborah L. Gordon

Scott Stewart

The Benefits of Raising Your Hand

Scott A. Wolfson of Wolfson Bolton in Troy on bittersweet boom times and how a bankruptcy lawyer wound up trying a freedom of religion case

Featuring Scott A. Wolfson

Walking Tall

Riyaz A. Kanji goes to bat for tribal clients

Featuring Riyaz A. Kanji

Scott Stewart

The Natural

Litigator E. Powell Miller loves the national pastime and has one of his own: winning multimillion-dollar cases

Featuring E. Powell Miller

Scott Stewart

Defending People after the Worst Day of Their Life

Criminal defense attorney Margaret Sind Raben of Gurewitz & Raben shares stories of incorrect paperwork, double jeopardy and the legal definition of a dating relationship

Featuring Margaret Sind Raben

Solid Foundation

Ronald Strote keeps his feet on the ground in his construction law and ADR practice

Featuring Ronald P. Strote

Something More Than Civil

Darcie R. Brault embodies the Midwestern qualities of Michigan’s labor and employment bar

Featuring Darcie R. Brault

Scott Stewart


Taking a ride through Divorce Land with family law attorney Susan E. Cohen

Featuring Susan E. Cohen

She Isn’t Afraid of ERISA

Mary Jo Larson demystifies the world of employee benefits law

Featuring Mary Jo Larson

Scott Stewart

Broke, But Not Broken

Ralph E. McDowell, bankruptcy attorney at Bodman PLC, talks about the supply and demand balancing act, and his belief that Detroit can prevail through hard times.

Featuring Ralph E. McDowell

Scott Stewart

The Low-Key Litigator

Keefe Brooks stays calm in the courtroom

Featuring Keefe A. Brooks

Scott Stewart

Love of the Deal

Aleksandra “Aleks” Miziolek, the director of Dykema’s automotive industry group, follows the golden rule of transactional law: get the deal done


Shannon Smith’s Calling

She represents clients accused of some of Michigan’s worst crimes

Featuring Shannon M. Smith

Scott Stewart

David Kotzian Shoots From the Hip

The employment law attorney prides himself on being straightforward with clients and colleagues

Featuring David A. Kotzian

From the Fields to the Courtroom

Former migrant worker Cirilo Martinez is determined to help immigrants

Featuring Cirilo Martinez

Scientific inquiry

Sharon M. Woods, of Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, applies scientific thinking to her business litigation practice

Featuring Sharon M. Woods

The Ride of a Lifetime

Through nearly four decades of litigation, Jon Muth says it’s the people along the way who count


The Star-Studded Career of R. Terrance Rader

Meet the attorney who trademarked the KISS faces and patented Neil Young’s model-train control—and hadn’t even planned to go into law


Sue Ellen Eisenberg: Writing History

She helped level the playing field for women and minorities

Featuring Sue Ellen Eisenberg

Whistler’s Lawyer

Qui tam lawyer David Haron helps clients come forward

Featuring David Haron

Tell Aviv

To Joseph Aviv, positive word-of-mouth speaks louder than academic accolades

Featuring Joseph Aviv

Wheels of Justice

Four lawyers tell why they defend—or do battle with—the troubled auto industry

Featuring James P. Feeney, …

You Can Call Him Mayor

Or you can call him counselor. Ralph A. Castelli Jr. wears both hats well

Featuring Ralph A. Castelli, Jr.

The Networker

Raj A. Malviya believes in people power

Featuring Raj A. Malviya

The Spirits Move Her

But life hasn’t always been smooth pouring for liquor-law expert Kelly Allen

Featuring Kelly A. Allen

The Slam-Dunker

Cary McGehee plays above the rim

Featuring Cary S. McGehee

Talking the Walk

Henry S. Gornbein takes law to the airwaves

Featuring Henry S. Gornbein

Rx for Hospitals: Q&A with Robert P. Roth

Robert P. Roth practices medical malpractice defense at Portnoy & Roth in Bloomfield Hills. He recently became a troubleshooter for Hospital Corporation of America, the nation’s largest hospital chain

Featuring Robert P. Roth

The Grand Plan

To Richard Victor, nothing can take the place of a grandparent        

Featuring Richard S. Victor

Heart of the Matter

To George Googasian, every case is personal        

Featuring George A. Googasian

Supreme Thrill

Three local lawyers get their day in the nation's highest court        

Featuring Michael E. Cavanaugh, …

Ties That Bind

Families who litigate together stay together  

Featuring George A. Netschke, IV, …

Master Mentor

Atleen Kaur means business when it comes to helping Michigan's South Asian community

Featuring Atleen Kaur

In Brian Etzel’s Perfect World …

... hodgepodge city planning just wouldn't exist  

Featuring Brian E. Etzel

The "Aw, Shucks" Lawyer

David Christensen, a knight of the Order of the Dannebrog, hasn’t lost the common touch

Featuring David W. Christensen

That's Entertainment

With clients ranging from rappers to famous authors, Howard Hertz’s career is a roller coaster. Just how he likes it.

Featuring Howard Hertz

Beyond the Water Cooler

When tensions reach the breaking point between bosses and employees, it’s time for the lawyers to sort things out

Featuring Joseph A. Golden, …

Order in the Chorus

Justin Klimko’s musical parodies target most everyone

Featuring Justin G. Klimko

The Lawyer Who Takes Your Temperature

Gretchen Colter moonlights as a nurse

Featuring Gretchen Ann Colter

The Good Fight

Lisa Gleicher's victory for cancer patients


The Storyteller

Eugene Driker on preparation, inspiration and the essence of the case

Featuring Eugene Driker

The Team Player

Dennis Archer has been a state Supreme Court justice, two-term mayor of Detroit and president of the ABA — and he still considers it a privilege to practice law

Featuring Dennis W. Archer

Playing Atticus

Jon March is one of the best lawyers in the state, but last fall he got to play the greatest of them all

Featuring Jon G. March

Justice at Abu Ghraib

Since 9/11, Shereef Akeel has fought for American Muslims; but his biggest case is a class action lawsuit on behalf of the prisoners of Abu Ghraib

Featuring Shereef H. Akeel

Our Prisoners, Ourselves

Deborah LaBelle is using the state Legislature and international law to reform U.S. prisons

Featuring Deborah A. Labelle

What's Going On?

Henry Baskin represented Marvin Gaye and hosts a cable law program, but his legacy may be in family law

Featuring Henry Baskin

When the Revolution Didn't Happen

John Willems went from representing unions to management, but he still preaches the same gospel

Featuring John H. Willems

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