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Jim Acho and CMDA congratulate client Randy Gradishar on his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Randy Gradishar is one of the most dominant inside linebackers in the history of pro football. A 9-time All Pro selection, and a man many experts feel should have been in the hall many years ago. Last year, one of Jim Acho’s longtime clients, Ken Riley, was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This year it is Randy Gradishar, giving CMDA back-to-back clients to be inducted into […]

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Jeff Rock Recipient of Michigan Lawyers Weekly Unsung Legal Hero Award

Please join us in congratulating Jeffrey H. Rock who was recently named to the 2023 Class of Unsung Legal Heroes by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The award “honors law firm employees who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty, often behind the scenes. It is reserved for the state’s most talented and dedicated legal support professionals.” Mr. Rock has served as CMDA’s Informational Technology (IT) Manager since 2017. […]

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Richards’ Article on Estate Planning Made Simple Featured in Urban Aging News

The latest issue of Urban Aging News highlights an article on Estate Planning Made Simple written by Norman “Gene” Richards. In this insightful article, Mr. Richards’ offers practical steps that may make getting your personal affairs, including important legal documents, in order a little more manageable and a little less scary. Urban Aging News is a quarterly publication that provides information, insight, and inspiration for Metro Detroit’s maturing adults. Check […]

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The Corporate Transparency Act: What to Know

In 2021, Congress enacted the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”), which is intended to strengthen existing federal money laundering and tax fraud statutes by way of improving structural (i.e., ownership) transparency in business entities. While governmental oversight traditionally focuses on big businesses and their related hot-button issues in any given period (e.g., corporate tax inversion), the CTA was crafted with small entities in mind. To wit, the CTA’s ostensible goal is […]

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Cross Wins Dismissal for Municipality in Marijuana Case

Matthew Cross, a partner in CMDA’s Traverse City office, recently defended a Southeast Michigan municipality against a lawsuit filed by an applicant who was unsuccessful in obtaining a license to sell marijuana in the municipality. The Court granted summary disposition on Plaintiff’s claims under the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act and the Open Meetings Act, dismissing the case in its entirety. Mr. Cross focuses his practice in the […]

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Paletta and Cervantes Present at MPR Annual Fall Conference

Jacklyn Paletta and Joshua Cervantes, both partners in CMDA’s Kansas City office, were presenters at the Midwest Public Risk (MPR) 40th Anniversary Annual Members Meeting & Fall Conference held at the Branson Conference Center in Branson, Missouri. Their presentation, “Significant Developments in Governmental Law during 2022-2023,” provided MPR members with recent updates in the law, insight into legal trends, as well as offering practical tips and best practices for entities […]

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Gene Richards Named to 2024 DBusiness Magazine’s List of Top Lawyers

We are pleased to announce that Norman (Gene) Richards, a partner in CMDA’s Livonia office, has been named to DBusiness Magazine’s 2024 List of Top Lawyers in the Trusts & Estates category. DBusiness’ Top Lawyers List is based on an exclusive peer-review survey open to all area lawyers. Thousands of votes were cast honoring excellence in 53 practice areas. Mr. Richards focuses his practice on estate planning and elder law. […]

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Impact Michigan House Bill 5028 May Have on Community Associations in Determining the Best Policies for their Residents

A critical issue that could impact the autonomy of community associations in Michigan regarding green energy and energy efficiency policies is pending in the Michigan Legislature. House Bill 5028 may affect Condominium and Homeowner Associations (HOA) associations regarding their governance as to green energy and energy efficiency policies that affect residents.  Specifically, communities must determine the most effective ways to implement eco-friendly initiatives while also preserving the democratic rights of […]

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Attorneys Paletta and Gillen Serve on SAHA Legal Panel

Jacklyn Paletta and John “Jay” Gillen, both attorneys in the Firm’s Kansas City office, recently served on the Springfield Apartment & Housing Association (SAHA) Legal Panel: “You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know- Day-to-Day Issues” held at the Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Missouri. Topics covered by the legal panel included the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), emotional support and service animals, eviction cases, lease contents, security deposit reconciliations, […]

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Partner Joshua Cervantes Returns to CMDA

We are pleased to announced that Joshua J. Cervantes has returned to the Firm’s Kansas City office. Please join us in welcoming him back to CMDA. Mr. Cervantes focuses his practice on insurance defense, municipal law, labor and employment law, and business law. Mr. Cervantes manages an active litigation docket and zealously represents his clients in all aspects of litigation, including in both state and federal courts. His passion for […]

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