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Kristen Rewa Obtains Dismissal of Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

Kristen Rewa, a partner in our Grand Rapids office, recently obtained dismissal of an employment discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a county and sheriff. The plaintiff, a former deputy, filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging sex discrimination and retaliation against her former employer. She alleged that she experienced a culture of sexism and hostility, incidents of inappropriate behavior from a supervisor, difficulties in receiving backup on calls, reassignment of […]

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Kevin Campbell Quoted in Article on MLB Pension Fight

Kevin Campbell, an attorney in the Firm’s Livonia office, agreed to take on the plight of Gary Cooper (the ballplayer, not the actor) who is one game short of qualifying for his pension under MLB’s vesting requirements. Falling one game short was due to something unforeseen as you will see in this piece in today’s AndScape, an ESPN substack. CMDA partner Jim Acho, who heads up CMDA’s sports law section, […]

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CMDA Attorneys Participate in Annual CAI Conference and Expo

Attorneys John Gwyn and Gary Klein 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 15.  If you are attending the Conference, please plan on stopping by CMDA’s booth (#201). We look forward to sharing information on the various legal services our Firm’s Community Association and Real Estate Law practice group provides.

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CMDA Remembers Longtime Client Ernie Clark

Former Detroit Lions’ Ernie Clark, a longtime CMDA client, passed away on March 10, 2024 at 86 years old. Mr. Clark was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1963 and was the team’s first Black linebacker. He played five seasons with the Lions and was defensive co-captain with another late CMDA client, Mike Lucci, in 1967. Mr. Clark went on to a successful teaching and coaching career and later was […]

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The Legal Implications of Michigan Adopting the Uniform Partition of Heirs of Property Act

An important issue currently facing many Michiganians who inherit real estate is how they will be able to preserve their wealth moving forward. In many situations where families do not plan appropriately, there are no due process protections in place for heirs of property owners, and they remain vulnerable to court-ordered partitions. This can occur when an interested party, outside of a family relationship, has a fractional interest in the […]

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The Legal Implications of the State of Michigan Adopting the Uniform Partition of Heirs of Property Act

An important issue currently facing many Michiganians who inherit real estate is how they will be able to preserve their wealth moving forward. In many situations where families do not plan appropriately, there are no due process protections in place for heirs of property owners, and they remain vulnerable to court-ordered partitions. This can occur when an interested party, outside of a family relationship, has a fractional interest in the […]

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John Gwyn’s Article on Aging in Place Featured in OCBA Laches

The latest issue of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Laches publication highlights an article on “Michigan Community Associations Should Begin Preparing Now to Accommodate Senior Residents Aging in Place” written by John D. Gwyn. With the last of the baby boomers turning 60 in 2024, community associations should begin preparing now to deal with residents aging in place. The article offers tips and suggestions on how to best assist the […]

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Carol Smith Obtains No Cause Verdict

CMDA congratulates Attorney Carol Smith on another trial victory. Carol represented a trucking company and its driver who admitted negligence for an automobile accident. At issue were the injuries of a 31-year-old plaintiff who underwent two cervical spine fusions and is left with what his Beaumont surgeon testified is likely permanent nerve damage. The plaintiff denied any prior neck pain and, though there was a question of whether that was […]

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Carol Smith Named to MiLW Class of 2024 Up & Coming Lawyers

Please join us in congratulating Carol Smith on her selection to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Class of 2024 Up & Coming Lawyers. She is one of only 25 attorneys in Michigan to be selected to this year’s class. Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Up & Coming honorees have excelled in the profession and are standouts among their peers — all in their first 10 years of practice. These lawyers are establishing themselves as […]

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Jim Acho, Gary Klein Obtain $780,000 Settlement for Client in Employment Case

Jim Acho and Gary Klein represented a terminated CFO with a tech company in a racial discrimination case. The client is based in San Francisco, and the tech company is based in Los Angeles. CMDA’s client was fired by a new CEO, and CMDA believed his ouster was discriminatory. The case settled without the necessity of filing a lawsuit. Jim Acho handled negotiations with the company’s general counsel. Jim says […]

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