Barbara M. Moore

  • Attorney
  • Riverside, California Office

Barbara M. Moore is an attorney in our Riverside office where she concentrates her practice on education law, employment and labor law, insurance defense, and litigation and appeals.

Overview

Barbara M. Moore is an attorney in our Riverside office where she concentrates her practice on public entity defense, insurance defense, personal injury, and litigation. Prior to joining the Firm, she worked as a civil litigation attorney where she was responsible for all litigation work, including drafting pleadings, motions and discovery, depositions, court appearances, mediations, arbitrations, and trials.

Ms. Moore received a Juris Doctor degree from Whittier College School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Education

Whittier College, School of Law – Los Angeles, CA, J.D., 1988University of California at Los Angeles
University of California at Los Angeles, CA, B.A., 1984

 

Memberships and Associations

State Bar of California

Published Articles

Sixth Circuit “Chalking” Case Goes Forward

The lawsuit against the City of Saginaw for “chalking” tires as part of the City’s parking enforcement continues. Previously, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held…

Jordan Fields Joins Livonia Office

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Slip and Fall on Sidewalk in Housing Cooperative

In dismissing a slip and fall case that occurred in a common area, the Michigan Court of Appeals delved into the differences between a housing cooperative and a condominium. Jeffrey-Moise…

Joseph Wade Joins Kansas City Office

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Ashley Garrett Joins Kansas City Office

Please join us in welcoming Ashley Garrett to the Firm. She has joined CMDA as an attorney in the Firm’s Kansas City office. She focuses her practice on insurance defense,…

Joseph Wade Joins Kansas City Office

Please join us in welcoming Joseph Wade to the Firm. He has joined CMDA as an attorney in the Firm’s Kansas City office. He focuses his practice on litigation, municipal…

Ashley Garrett Joins Kansas City Office

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Kristen Rewa Presents at MAMA Conference

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Kristen Rewa Presents at MAMA Conference

Kristen Rewa, an attorney in our Grand Rapids office, was a presenter at the 35th Annual Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) Advanced Institute Virtual Conference. She spoke to MAMA…

CMDA Mourns the Loss of Gerald C. Davis

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Attorney Joins Kansas City Office

Please join us in welcoming Joseph Ramirez to the Firm. He has joined CMDA as an attorney in the Firm’s Kansas City office. Mr. Ramirez focuses his practice on business…

CMDA Mourns Loss of Legendary Client

Gale Sayers, one of the most iconic players in NFL history, died today, September 23, 2020, at age 77 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Gale’s concussion lawsuit against the…

Insurance Defense Attorney Joins Firm

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CMDA Puzzle Booklets have Arrived

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COVID 19: Elder Law and Estate Planning Vlog

CMDA Attorney Norman E. Richards has started a daily vlog where he posts short videos to keep clients and friends informed of ways to handle elder law and estate planning…

COVID-19: Business and Legal Issues to Consider

Businesses are facing a diverse set of legal and business-critical challenges by the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Attorneys at Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, P.L.C. are closely monitoring…

Attorneys Participate in CAI Conference and Expo

Attorneys from the Firm’s Community Association and Real Estate Law practice group are at the Community Associations Institute (CAI) Annual Conference and Expo today, Friday, March 6.  If you are…

CMDA Hiring PIP Attorney for Livonia Office

CMDA is looking to hire a First-Party/PIP insurance defense attorney for the Firm’s Livonia office location. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years of first-party property claims…

CMDA Hiring Litigation Attorney for KC Office

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The SECURE Act and its Impact on Your Estate Plan

President Trump signed into law the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) effective January 1, 2020. The Act brings major changes to IRAs and 401(k)s, including…

Summary Disposition Granted in Homeowners Case

Attorneys Joel Ashton and Stanley Okoli recently had a homeowners case dismissed on summary disposition pursuant to MCR 2.116(C)(8) and (10). This case involved a residential property subrogation claim in…

CMDA Supports World Medical Relief’s Mission

CMDA was a proud supporter of World Medical Relief’s 66th Annual Anniversary Gala recently held at St. John’s Armenian Banquet Center. Over 450 volunteers, donors, community leaders, partner organizations and…

CMDA Supports World Medical Relief’s Mission

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Matt Cross Volunteers at Veterans Day Event

In observation of Veterans Day, the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association hosted a Wills for Vets event at the Traverse City Area District Library. Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for…

CMDA Proudly Supports WLAM Event

CMDA is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) Trivia Night, which will be held on October 24 at Detroit Vineyards. Trivia topics will include…

CMDA Announces Four New Equity Partners

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Join CMDA at Senior Day at the Detroit Zoo

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Paletta Feature Speaker at MDTC Annual Meeting

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CMDA Opens New York Office

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Acho Attends Dedication of Al Moran Field

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Acho Speaks to MDAHU

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Attorney Judges Admiralty Moot Court Competition

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Experienced Attorney Joins Firm

We are pleased to announce that Margaret A. Lourdes (Maggie) has joined our Firm as an Of Counsel attorney in our Livonia office.  Ms. Lourdes focuses her practice on commercial…

You’re Invited: Lunch & Learn Workshop Series

  Join us!  CMDA’s Livonia office is hosting complimentary Lunch & Learn Workshops on elder law, estate planning, and probate.  All Workshops will take place in our Livonia office. Lunch…

Three Attorneys Join Firm

We are very pleased to announce that three attorneys have recently joined our Firm. David Kowalski is an attorney in our Clinton Township office where he focuses his practice on…

Estate Planning for Retirement Years

Retirement is a highly-anticipated reward for years of hard work and child rearing. The “golden years” are viewed as a special season to pursue hobbies and enjoy life. Interestingly, while…

CMDA Supports SVAA Fundraiser Event

Attorneys Matt Cross, Greg Grant and Bradley Yanalunas attended the Saginaw Valley Adjusters Association’s 5th Annual Bowl for a Cause fundraiser event. The event, held at Stardust Lanes in Saginaw,…

Attorney Presents on Stepping into Retirement

On January 16, 2019 Gene Richards, a partner in our Livonia office, gave a presentation on Stepping into Retirement- A Practical Action Plan to over 30 members of the Association…

TC Attorneys Present to Law Enforcement Leaders

On January 15-16, 2019 Haider Kazim and Matt Cross, both attorneys in our Traverse City office, gave a presentation to law enforcement leaders throughout Northern Michigan on correctional law updates,…

Ashton Named Partner

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Stanley Okoli Joins Firm

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Definition of Gender Discrimination Expanded

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (the Federal Appeals Court which includes Michigan) recently reviewed the firing of a male funeral home director transitioning to female. Ms. Stephens was fired…

Shane Nolan Joins Firm

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Ryan Miller Named Partner of the Firm

We are pleased to announce that Ryan Miller has been elected a Partner at CMDA. Mr. Miller joined the Firm in 2011 and works out of our Riverside, CA office….

The Passing of a Great Man

It is with great sorrow that we share the sad news of the passing of our equity partner Tim Young peacefully in his sleep this week. We will miss his…

Combating the Rise of Cyber Crime

At the recent Securities Exchange Commission and Department of Justice Enforcement and Litigation Update Conference, speakers included the Director of the SEC Regional Office, Chicago, The Chief of the White…

Think Before You Joke

They say “laughter is the best medicine,” and it’s true. Studies show that laughing boosts immunity, eases anxiety and stress, improves mood, and decreases pain. Socially, laughing strengthens relationships. In…

The Elderly are at Risk – Even in the Courts

It’s a travesty when the court process designed to protect seniors is manipulated by unscrupulous professionals for personal profit. Without immediate, aggressive advocacy a person can be stripped of all…

Acho Quoted in NFL Anthem-Kneeling Article

Jim Acho, a partner in our Livonia office, was quoted in the latest issue of the New York Times publication Law360 Magazine regarding the legal aspects of the NFL player…

Moving Weekend is Here!

Moving 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…

CMDA is Moving!

Cummings, 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…

Law Enforcement Body-Worn Camera Privacy Act

On July 13, 2017 Michigan Gov. Rick Synder signed into law Public Act 85 of 2017. The Act, which has been labeled as the “Law Enforcement Body-Worn Camera Privacy Act,”…

CMDA Client’s TV Show Picked Up

Jim 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…

Acho Speaks at NFL Alumni Annual Event

Jim 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…

Estate Planning for Older Adults

Advocacy is an important need of older adults as they strive to preserve their independence and protect their interests.  For example, strong advocacy is needed to: protect life savings, deal…

Acho Guest Speaker at NFLPA Detroit Meeting

Jim Acho, a partner in our Livonia office, was the guest speaker at the 2017 NFL Players Association Detroit annual winter meeting at the Renaissance Center on February 23rd.

New Tools for Asset Protection and Estate Planning

Individuals in Michigan seeking to protect assets from creditors no longer have to transfer their assets to Delaware, Nevada or Alaska.  Effective February 5, 2017, the Qualified Dispositions in Trust…

Physical Disabilities in a Virtual World

Businesses and public entities who routinely utilize their website to conduct business should be aware that there has been a steady increase in the number of lawsuits filed by disabled…

Attorney Joins Traverse City Office

We are pleased to announce that Matt Cross has joined our Firm as an attorney in our Traverse City office. He focuses his practice in the areas of insurance defense,…

An Overview for Termination Decision Making

Patrick R. Sturdy is a partner in our Livonia office where he concentrates his practice on education law, intellectual property, business law, and employment and labor law. He may be…

Protecting Your Family in an Auto Accident

When you buy insurance for your automobile, you want to protect those in your car as much as a known person in another vehicle if someone is seriously injured.  Michigan…

Changes in Overtime Rules for Michigan Employers

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has changed the overtime rules for certain salaried workers, which will be applicable to Michigan employers.  The changes are to be implemented on December…

CMDA’s Annual Golf Outing 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016 The Wolverine Golf Course at Grand Traverse Resort 1:45 p.m. shotgun start Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres following play  

Estate Planning: A Continuous Process

Estate planning is a continuous process and estate plan documents should be reviewed at least every decade and upon any major changes in lifestyle or family structure. A basic estate…

Acho Featured in MiLW “Sidebar of the Week”

Jim Acho, a partner in our Livonia office, was featured in this week’s “Sidebar of the Week” in Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  The article focuses on his sports law practice, specifically…

CMDA Now Handles Patents

We are pleased to announce the addition of Patent Law services to the Firm’s established intellectual property practice group. Michael O. Cummings, an experienced and skillful Patent Law attorney, has…

Receptionist Joins Livonia Office

If you called CMDA this week, you might have heard a new voice answering your call.  Please join us in welcoming our new receptionist Becca to our Livonia office.  Dezaray, our previous receptionist, is still…

Employers Face More Compliance Challenges

This past January, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (MUI) mailed a new determination to employers – Form UIA 6367, Notice of Determination of Employer Charging (Notice). The MUI uses this…

CMDA Announces Newest Partner

We are pleased to announce that Brian Goldstein has been named a general partner at CMDA. Mr. Goldstein joined CMDA in 2014 and works out of our Kansas City office….

Black Ice is Not an Open & Obvious Danger

Black Ice Not an Open & Obvious Case Allowing Plaintiffs a Recovery: In any slip and fall case the Defendants in today’s system of justice always argue that the condition…

Secretary Celebrates 40th Anniversary at CMDA

We are delighted to be celebrating a very remarkable anniversary at the Firm. Vicki DeVitis is celebrating her 40th (yes, 40th!) anniversary at CMDA. Aside from those attorneys whose names…

Strategies to Minimize Joint Employer Liability

Employers should re-evaluate the creation of indemnity with clients where workers are placed at client work sites and also analyze any existing indemnity provisions of contracts with others where either…

Attorney Joins Livonia Office

We are pleased to announce that Jennifer A. Richards has joined our Firm as an attorney in our Livonia office. She focuses her practice on municipal law, insurance defense, law…

CMDA’s Courier Celebrates 25th Anniversary

A huge congratulates to Jim Glover who recently celebrated his 25th anniversary with the Firm. Jim is the Firm’s courier and is one of the most dependable and hardworking employees…

October’s 50 a Month Donation

CMDA is honored and appreciative for the trust our clients have placed in our Firm since 1965.  As a way to give back to the community as we celebrate our 50th anniversary,…

CMDA Donates School Supplies to School in Need

Children throughout Michigan dusted off their backpacks and headed back to school today. We wish them the best of luck as they begin the new academic year. To commemorate CMDA’s…

Secretary Celebrates 25th Anniversary at CMDA

We are pleased to announce that Kathy Ueberroth recently celebrated her 25th anniversary with the Firm.  Kathy is a legal secretary in our Livonia office and has worked with Mr….

Secretary Celebrates 25th Anniversary at CMDA

We are delighted to announce that Marie Jones recently celebrated her 25th anniversary with the Firm.  Marie is a legal secretary in our Livonia office and has worked with Mr….

August’s 50 a Month Donation

CMDA is honored and appreciative for the trust our clients have placed in our Firm since 1965.  As a way to give back to the community as we celebrate our 50th anniversary,…

The Importance of Federal Registration

Business owners and individuals should be concerned with protecting their brand identity, which means taking active steps to protect their trademark. The best avenue of protection is Federal Registration of…

July’s 50 a Month Donation

CMDA is honored and appreciative for the trust our clients have placed in our Firm since 1965.  As a way to give back to the community as we celebrate our 50th anniversary,…

50th Anniversary Client Appreciation Event

Thank you to clients and friends for attending CMDA’s 50th Anniversary Client Appreciation Event on Thursday, June 25 at the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College.  We enjoyed catching up with…

Client Appreciation RSVP Form

Join us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary Thursday, June 25, 2015 • 4-7 pm VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College 18600 Haggerty Road • Livonia, Michigan Wine and hors d’oeuvres…

Litigation: How to be Better Prepared

Under the American legal system, there is no realm of human activity that fails to spawn litigation. The financial cost of a potential judgment is easily recognized. Less understood is…

Dear Colleague Letter on Competency-Based Education Programs

The Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague Letter providing guidance on competency-based education programs and addressing the differences between direct assessment and credit hour competency-based education, requirements for establishing…

Acho Featured in Chaldean News

Jim Acho was featured in the May 1, 2015 Chaldean News.  Although Acho did not become the new Executive Director of the NFL Player’s Association (NFLPA), a lot of the…

Draft Discussion Guide on Measuring College Outcomes

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has issued a draft discussion…

May’s “50 a Month Donation” Recipient

CMDA is honored and appreciative for the trust our clients have placed in our Firm since 1965.  As a way to give back to the community as we celebrate our 50th anniversary,…

Happy Administrative Professionals Day

Happy Administrative Professionals Day to all the dedicated, hardworking, efficient and dependable office managers, administrative assistants and receptionists. Thank you for all that you do!  

Just Posted: CMDA’s April On Law Newsletter

CMDA’s focuses on our employment and labor law group. Patrick Sturdy discusses Public Act 152 of 2011 and outlines the “hard cap” and 80/20 options available to public employees.   Elizabeth…

April’s “50 a Month Donation” Recipient

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Just Posted: CMDA’s March On Law Newsletter

CMDA’s March On Law newsletter focuses on our municipal law group. Andrew Brege outlines the Recent Changes to the Freedom of Information Act that May Impact Local Communities. Linda Davis…

Your Attorney Needs You

Communication with your attorney is the key to a successful litigation outcome. The following are some tips to follow that will help your attorney to be a more effective advocate…

March’s “50 a Month Donation” Recipient

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Blamer Prevails in First Party No-Fault Case

In 2014, Robert L. Blamer handled a first party no-fault case which on its surface was very easy, but made very difficult by fighting insurance companies. Mr. Blamer won both…

Do You Have Appropriate Motor Vehicle Coverage?

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Education and Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and the U.S. Department of Education implemented regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender in federally assisted education…

#Socialmedia #Police

Whether you use it or not, we all know the impact that social media has had on today’s society. What you may not know is how police have been using…

Attorney Defeats Environmental Nuisance Claim

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Attorneys Selected as Michigan Super Lawyers

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Attorneys Selected as Michigan Super Lawyers

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Eleven Estate Planning Mistakes to be Avoided

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What is Elder Law?

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Jim Acho Featured in Detroit Legal News

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Our Thoughts are with the Bieniewicz Family

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Attorney Profiled as Crain’s American Dreamer

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Attorney Profiled as Crain’s American Dreamer

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Attorney Guest on Blessed 2 Play Show

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Creativity, 3D Printing and the Law

The marketplace for handmade and unique items is expanding thanks to websites like Etsy, eBay, and Pinterest.  These sites allow crafty entrepreneurs to reach a large network of consumers at a…

E-3 Visas: An Alternative to the H-1B Lottery

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Lowry Joins Firm

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Supreme Court Decides on Fourth Amendment Cases

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CMDA Announces New Managing Partner

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Grant Receives Boss of the Year Award

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Kazim Selected as Top Lawyer

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Grant Selected as Region’s Leading Attorney

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Rae-O’Donnell Joins Livonia Office

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Deciphering the Healthcare Law

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Use of Trademark Protected by First Amendment

A Federal Appeals Court ruled that an artist’s use of the University of Alabama’s trademark within his paintings was protected by the U.S. Constitution First Amendment Free Speech Clause. In…

Ferrand Obtain Dismissals of Employment Lawsuits

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Tax Breaks Extended to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

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2012 Tax Planning for Fiscal Cliff

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Preventing Molestation in Schools

A high school secretary is charged with statutory rape of a student. Another teacher is found with a student in his motel room. A middle school teacher is convicted of…

Good News for Private Sector Businesses

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has finally classified a longstanding dispute over whether certain “charge nurses” can be considered “supervisory” and therefore excluded from coverage under the NLRA. This…

Keep Your Neighborhood Sidewalks Safe

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Anticipate Legal Issues on Campus

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Jim Acho Named 2013 dBusiness Top Lawyer

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Firearms: Open Carry is Legal in Michigan

Firearms:  Open Carry is Legal in Michigan  Earlier this year Nicholas Looman walked into Aderdeen Elementary School in Grand Rapids, Michigan to vote wearing his holstered pistol on his hip. …

Michigan’s Child Protection Law

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Kazim Recipient of Rising Stars Award

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Intellectual Property in the Academic Setting

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Acho Featured in Chaldean News

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The Top Ten Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

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Young Saves Client Millions; Wins Attorney Fees

Tim Young, a partner in our Livonia office, won another outstanding victory for his client last month. A 13-year-old boy sustained horrific injuries, losing all of the fingers and the…

Grant Obtains Dismissal; Wins Attorney Fees

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What Is a Judgment Worth?

If a judgment becomes final, several considerations come into play in deciding how vigorously to pursue collection efforts. First and foremost is the collectibility of the judgment debtor. If the…

Clark Speaks on Act 222

Jeffrey Clark, a Partner in our Livonia office, recently spoke to a group of over 200 public service directors, water and sewer department supervisors and support personnel throughout Michigan at…

Effectively Handling Unique Elder Law Issues

In the past, articles have been written on the importance of having an estate plan in place. Going a little deeper, this article concentrates on how to correctly and appropriately…

Sturdy Elected President of AOH

Patrick Sturdy, an attorney in our Livonia office, was recently elected the Michigan State President for the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH).  The AOH is a Catholic, Irish American Fraternal…

Listen to Acho on the Frank Beckmann Show

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Will There be an NFL Season in 2011?

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Don’t Let the IRS Take 35% of Your 401(k)

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Acho Gets Lawsuit Dismissed

A former reserve officer in a metropolitan Detroit community and his wife filed a ten-count Complaint in Federal Court, alleging numerous civil and constitutional violations stemming from an arrest of…

dBusiness Names Top Attorneys of 2010

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Acho’s Super Bowl Clients go Head-to-Head

CMDA has a long track record of representing those in the sports world. Managing partner Joe Seward currently represents The Detroit Tigers, and numerous CMDA attorneys over the years have…

Acho Quoted on Several Sports Outlets

Jim Acho, an attorney in our Livonia office, was recently featured on ESPN Radio, Sporting News Radio and two local Detroit sports radio shows and was also quoted in both…

Vinson Wins Discrimination Case

Ethan Vinson, a Partner in the Firm’s Livonia office, recently won a discrimination case. In this case, an African-American female was employed by a local municipality as an Equipment Manager…

Jurisdiction and Court Admissions

California State Courts
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education

Whittier College, School of Law – Los Angeles, CA, J.D., 1988University of California at Los Angeles
University of California at Los Angeles, CA, B.A., 1984