Moving Weekend is Here!

Schoolcraft Move DayMoving Weekend has arrived.  As we say goodbye to a building that many of us have called “home” for several decades, there is a mixture of emotions, ranging from some trepidation and sadness to lots of enthusiasm and excitement.  We will be in our new location at 17436 College Parkway in Livonia at 8 a.m. on Monday.

Please note our phone system will be completely shut down from around 2-4 p.m. this afternoon.  You can still reach us by e-mail at all times.  We look forward to greeting everyone in our new location soon!

CMDA is Moving!

17436 college parkway photoCummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. (CMDA) is pleased to announce the relocation of our Livonia office. Effective September 25, CMDA will be located in Livonia’s College Park Development at 17436 College Parkway.

“This is the perfect time for us to relocate. We were outgrowing our space, and the new location will enable us to accommodate our clients more effectively and efficiently,” said Bob Blamer, an Equity Partner of the Firm who is overseeing the move.

The move, designed to punctuate the Firm’s growth and wide-ranging legal services, provides a “modern, broad, open space” that can embrace additional staff members and attorneys, explained Chris Schultz, Managing Partner of the Firm. In addition to increased space, high-tech advantages and room for growth, the Firm’s new building is conveniently located just west of I-275 and north of Six Mile Road and is easily accessible to our clients and professionals.

The move from the familiar brown building at the northwest corner of Schoolcraft and Stark is bittersweet for many attorneys and staff as it holds countless special memories. Founders Owen Cummings and Bernie McClorey built the large three-level building in 1973. When CMDA first moved into the building just a couple attorneys were working there. The Firm occupied one small corner of the building, with other tenants occupying the rest. Over time, CMDA took over the entire building and occupied all three levels.

The continuous and steady growth of CMDA, in its over 50 years of existence, is a true testament to the hard work attorneys and support staff put into our Firm and the superb level of service we offer clients. This growth and longevity only occurred because of the outstanding clients that we have been blessed to serve. We look forward to greeting clients at our new location.

Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C.
17436 College Parkway
Livonia, Michigan 48152
Telephone: (734) 261-2400
Fax: (734) 261-4510
www.cmda-law.com

Acho Featured on Sports Radio/Quoted in Article Regarding Ezekiel Elliott Suspension

Jim Acho 2016Jim Acho, a partner in our Livonia office, was recently featured on sports radio in Dallas and quoted in the latest issue of the New York Times’ publication Law360 Magazine regarding Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott, who was suspended by the NFL following a domestic violence incident.  The article and interview focused on the fairness of the NFL’s disciplinary process.

Please click here to read the full article.

 

 

Attorneys Selected as 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

super lawyers 2017We are pleased to announce that several CMDA attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars List.  Please join us in congratulating the following attorneys:

2017 Michigan Super Lawyers
Jim Acho, Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney
Jeff Clark, Top Rated State, Local and Municipal Attorney
Haider Kazim, Top Rated State, Local and Municipal Attorney
Jim Schuster, Top Rated Elder Law Attorney
Allan Vander Laan, Top Rated State, Local and Municipal Attorney
The Super Lawyers List recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in Michigan.

2017 Michigan Rising Stars
Kevin Hirzel, Top Rated Real Estate Attorney
Larry Opalewski, Top Rated General Litigation Attorney
Joe Wloszek, Top Rated Real Estate Attorney
The Rising Stars List recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in Michigan.

Christopher Schultz, managing partner of the Firm, explains, “Having several attorneys from CMDA selected as 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars is validation for the hard work they put into the Firm and the superb level of service they offer clients.  Congratulations to each of them on their well-deserved title.”

Jim Acho Speaks at 60th Anniversary Tribute for 1957 Detroit Lions

Acho and Zatkoff Jim Acho took part in a 60th anniversary tribute luncheon for the 1957 Detroit Lions, the last NFL championship team in this town. The show was hosted by the Detroit Free Press and moderator Dave Birkett, who asked Jim to say a few words.  Jim and CMDA have served as legal counsel to retired Detroit Lions for many years.

Pictured in the photo is Roger Zatkoff, first team All-Pro in 1954 and 1955. Zatkoff’s salary in 1957 was $5,300 and the player bonus for winning the NFL championship was $3,800. Zatkoff took the $3,800 and started a very successful industrial seals business that he still operates today. At 86, Zatkoff also still manages to get in at least two rounds a week at Oakland Hills Country Club.

Look for a major interactive feature on the 1957 team this fall in the Detroit Free Press. Jim was proud to take part in this great tribute luncheon and is proud of CMDA’s association with all retired Detroit Lions.

 

Ron Acho was on the Frontline during Detroit Riots of 1967

RonAchoUpdatedRon Acho has had a long career as an attorney at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C.  What many people may not realize is that his legal career was an indirect result of the Detroit riots of 1967.

In 1967 Mr. Acho was a hardworking 21 year old working seven days a week at his family’s market in Detroit.  He had future plans of expanding his family’s market and opening a chain of grocery stores.  Everything changed in an instance on that Sunday afternoon in July when his family’s market was burned to the ground only a few hours after the riots began.

Mr. Acho vividly remembers seeing two men with torches walking toward the market. He recalls it like a scene from a horror movie, except it wasn’t a movie.  It was real life. The men were only two blocks away, and Mr. Acho knew these men were coming for his family’s market.  He and his brother took whatever cigarettes they could carry and the cash from the store and fled the market right before the men began breaking the windows and lighting it on fire.

His family had invested their life savings into this market.  “We had no building ownership.  The little insurance that we had did not even cover the cost of the inventory.  We were left pretty much broke,” he explained.

As you can imagine, the aftermath of the riots was devastating for his family.  Left with virtually nothing, Mr. Acho realized he needed to set aside his dream of opening a chain of grocery stores and follow another career path.  Mr. Acho’s older brother, Andy, helped him secure a job as a clerk at Ford Motor Co.’s Rouge Plant.  He stayed with the automaker for eight years while earning a bachelor of arts in business administration and marketing, and graduating summa cum laude from University of Detroit Mercy.  (The most wonderful blessing occurred as a result of the riots because he had to go back to get his degree and met the love of his life, Rita, and they have been married 48 years.)  He went on to earn his law degree from the Detroit College of Law but was unable to land a job in Ford’s legal department, something that turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Mr. Acho joined CMDA in 1974, and, within a year, was made an Equity Partner. The Detroit riots of 1967 still impact the way Mr. Acho conducts business. He has been practicing law for 43 years, so it would not be uncommon for him to begin taking on a lighter load.  However, Mr. Acho is still often the first to arrive in the office and works longer hours than many younger attorneys.  He explains that every day he walks through CMDA’s door he has the mindset that nothing is a guarantee and it could all be gone tomorrow.  He values the importance of maintaining a strong and lasting relationship with current clients and fostering efforts to grow the Firm to ensure it continues to prosper for many years to come.

 

Jim Acho Retained by Lapeer County to Represent County in Counter Lawsuit Against Sitting Judge

Jim Acho 2016Jim Acho has been retained by Lapeer County to represent the County, former Lapeer County Prosecutor–now US Attorney–Tim Turkelson, current Lapeer County Administrator John Biscoe, current Lapeer County Treasurer Dana Miller and others in an contentious action involving sitting Lapeer County Judge Byron Konschuh.

Due to the unusual nature of the case, the case is starting to be covered by the media, and Jim appeared on WJR yesterday to discuss the matter and the position of client Lapeer County.  Please click here to listen to the podcast.

Brandan Hallaq Successfully Handles MLB Pension issue For Acho Client

Acho Ray HerbertBrandan Hallaq, an associate in our Livonia office, recently brought a successful result to a pension issue for a retired MLB great and client of Jim Acho.

Ray Herbert was a 17-year MLB vet (1949-1966) and the American League’s starting pitcher in the 1962 All Star game. Even more meaningful to Jim is Mr. Herbert is a 1945 graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School, where a number of CMDA attorneys, including Jim and Ray Richards are alumni. Said Jim “Brandan put a great man’s mind at ease through his diligence in dealing with the Pension Board and is such a fine young lawyer that I knew I could trust him to take care of a valued client like Ray. Ray is very pleased with Brandan and even told me ‘Jim next case I want that kid as my lawyer  instead of you’…and I don’t blame him one bit.”

CMDA Client’s TV Show Picked Up

Burgess Acho LaMarrJim Acho has been LaMarr Woodley’s attorney since he turned professional with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Today LaMarr is retired after an All Pro career and has turned his attention to Hollywood and acting and producing. LaMarr filmed six episodes of a TV show he hosts called “Tackle My Ride,” which aired this year on NFL Network and Spike TV. The networks have ordered the show for two seasons and LaMarr will start filming very soon, in addition to hosting his weekly radio talk show on 910 AM in Detroit.

In the photo, LaMarr is on the right and fellow CMDA client (and groom) Prescott Burgess is on the left. Jim attended Prescott’s wedding on Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Chicago, where LaMarr served as Prescott’s best man.  Jim says, “I’ve known both of these men since they were 18 years old and to see the type of men they are today – great husbands and fathers and compassionate, civic minded people, it’s truly heartening. I’m proud of our association with Wood and Prescott on a business level, but far more proud on a personal level.”

Acho Speaks at NFL Alumni Annual Event

IMG_0209Jim Acho appeared at the NFL Alumni Annual dinner at Tam O’Shanter Country Club on June 12, 2017. Jim spoke to retired players and gave an update on the new Baseline Assessment Plan implemented pursuant to the NFL Concussion Class Action Settlement, of which Jim and CMDA are one of the law firms involved.

Photo: Jim Acho with Lions legends and CMDA clients Mike Lucci and Eric Hipple. Lucci was the middle linebacker on the Cleveland Browns last championship team of 1963 and is a member of several Halls of Fame. Hipple, a former quarterback, now runs the Eisenhower Center for military vets suffering with PTSD.