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Joel Ashton Speaks at NAIFA Auto No-Fault Reform Conference

Joel Ashton, a partner in our Livonia office, was recently a featured speaker at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors’ (NAIFA) Auto No-Fault Reform Conference held in Lansing.  His presentation focused on the amendments to the Michigan No-Fault Act and its impact on Michigan residents, non-residents, insurance agents and financial advisors as well as related health insurance, Medicaid and Medicare issues. Mr. Ashton is extremely knowledgeable on the […]

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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 which a leak from a water supply line for a toilet resulted in approximately $290,000 in damages. Pre-suit investigation supported that the subject water supply line, as well as other toilets in the home, showed evidence of having been improperly […]

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Greg Grant and Braeden Willoughby Named Partners of the Firm

We are pleased to announce that Greg Grant and Braeden Willoughby have been elected partners at CMDA. “In addition to being tremendous lawyers, they are both greatly admired for their unique achievements,” said Chris Schultz, managing partner. “Greg possesses outstanding legal skills and maintains exceptional relationships with his clients. Braeden has displayed excellent leadership qualities since joining CMDA. We recognize the work he has done for our clients and look […]

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Katie Stearns Selected as WLAM’s Member of the Month

Please join us in congratulating Katie Stearns on being selected as December’s Member of the Month by the Women Lawyers Associtation of Michigan (WLAM).  An attorney in our Livonia office, Ms. Stearns has been an active member of WLAM since graduating from law school.  “I have always been amazed at how willing WLAM members are to mentor young attorneys.  This mentorship has been absolutely invaluable to me.  I became a […]

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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 board members attended the event and were inspired by keynote speaker Steven Stirling, President and CEO of Medical Assistance Programs.  The event raised $15,000 to support World Medical Relief’s mission of providing the needy in Detroit and abroad with medical […]

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State Court dismisses Lawsuit against HOA in Real Property Dispute involving the State of Michigan

Recently, a Circuit Court Judge in Michigan agreed with CMDA that claims made in a lawsuit filed by a group of subdivision homeowners against a neighboring homeowner’s association (HOA) in a pending real property civil action should be dismissed. The underlying facts showed that a collective of Plaintiff homeowners that reside in a subdivision that borders a lake maintained for many years a private road that courses along a canal […]

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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 estate planning were prepared for Veterans at no charge.  Matt Cross, an attorney in our Traverse City office, provided his legal services pro bono for the afternoon. He was pleased to provide an opportunity to give thanks to those who […]

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Jim Acho Quoted in New York Times Re: NFL Injuries

Jim Acho, a partner in our Livonia office is a sought-after interview subject on sports law topics. As a practicioner of sports law at CMDA and as a professor of Sports law at Madonna University, Jim routinely speaks on radio shows and to newspapers on topics relating to the health and welfare of retired NFL and MLB players. As such, he has been interviewed by the New York Times on […]

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Summary Disposition Granted on Serious Impairment in Trucking Case

Attorneys Joel Ashton and Stanley Okoli recently had a third party automobile negligence action dismissed on summary disposition pursuant to MCR 2.116(C)(10) based on the finding that the plaintiff’s alleged impairment had not affected her general ability to lead her normal life. The subject accident involved a significant sideswipe accident by the defendant semi-truck.  The Motion was filed after the conclusion of discovery.  Prior to the filing of the Motion, […]

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Upcoming Seminar: Why Families Feud in Probate Court and How to Prevent the Mayhem

CMDA invites you to attend a free educational workshop on Why Families Feud in Probate Court and How to Prevent the Mayhem on Wednesday, October 30th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Novi Civic Center. Attorney Gene Richards draws on his years of experience to highlight the common causes of family fights in probate court and practical ways to keep the peace in your family. He will explain how probate works, […]

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