CMDA Law Blogs

20 years ago this week, CMDA’s Jim Acho was a guest roaster for Lions HOFer Lem Barney

WJR’s own hall of famer, Frank Beckmann, who was in the audience, told his radio listeners the next day it was the funniest roast he had ever seen–live or on TV. Jim has been honored to represent Lem his entire 21 years as an attorney but moreover to call him a dear family friend.

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Jordan Fields Joins Livonia Office

Please join us in welcoming Jordan J. Fields to the Firm. He has joined CMDA as an attorney in the Firm’s Livonia office. Mr. Fields focuses his practice on insurance defense matters, including first-party auto no-fault, third-party auto negligence, insurance coverage disputes, and insurance fraud. He has additional experience in medical malpractice, family law, probate, and criminal defense. Prior to joining CMDA, he served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of […]

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Jim Acho quotes on former NFL player client

  Rocky Rosema’s family sheds light on Grand Rapids football icon’s late-life struggles, MLive, May 20, 2021.  

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John Gwyn and Joel Ashton Participate in CAI Great Exhibitor Outdoor Fair

Attorneys John Gwyn and Joel Ashton from the Firm’s Community Association and Real Estate Law practice group participated in the Community Associations Institute’s (CAI) Great Exhibitor Outdoor Fair on May 19, 2021 at Mill Race Park in Northville, Michigan.  John Gwyn was a speaker at the event’s Q&A Education Panel of Experts where he offered his legal expertise on a variety of questions regarding Homeowners’ Associations and Condo Associations. Both […]

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Attorney Carol Smith Obtains Impressive Trial Win in Federal Court

Carol Smith, an attorney in our Livonia office, and her paralegal, Suzanne Fuhrman, recently scored an impressive trial win in federal court. The plaintiff, a family physician from Chicago, was visiting the Silver Lake State Park in west Michigan when he rented a Jeep Wrangler from Carol’s corporate client to drive on the sand dunes. Following a one-hour guided tour by the client through the dunes, the plaintiff crested a […]

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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 v. Williamsburg Towne Houses Cooperative, Inc., No. 351813, 2021 WL 650475 (Mich. Court of Appeals, approved for publication on April 1, 2021). In this case, the Plaintiff, a member and resident of the Defendant housing cooperative, cleared snow from her […]

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Doug Curlew and Shane Nolan Named Partners of the Firm

We are pleased to announce that Douglas Curlew and Shane Nolan have been elected partners at CMDA. Both attorneys are recognized for their ability to lead, manage, and develop the Firm through their professional skills, client relations, and work effort. “Doug has demonstrated excellence in the area of appellate law and has a very strong work ethic,” said Chris Schultz, managing partner. “With his academic approach, pragmatic writing style, and […]

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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 law, and insurance defense. He is an experienced trial attorney who manages all phases of litigation, including the investigation, pleadings, and discovery through pre-trial, trial and settlement. Additionally, Mr. Wade writes briefs for submission to all levels of state and […]

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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, municipal law, law enforcement defense, and employment litigation. Ms. Garrett is an experienced litigator who secures positive results for her clients through a combination of skilled advocacy, early and detailed analysis of the facts and issues, and extensive preparation. She […]

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Communications with Personal Lawyer via Work E-mail are Discoverable

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that e-mail communications between an employee and his personal lawyer may be discoverable, if those communications were made through his employer-provided e-mail, the employer had reserved the right to monitor all e-mails, and the employee was notified or made aware of this policy. The case is Stevale v. Stevale, Docket No. 349472, Michigan Court of Appeals, June 11, 2020, and it has been […]

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