Elena Djordjeski Joins Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

Elena joins the firm as an associate in the firm’s Family Law Group. Elena focuses her practice on family law, criminal defense, and civil litigation.

Elena received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, where she was an Honors Scholarship recipient. While in law school, Elena received numerous academic awards, including Certificates of Merit for earning the highest class grade in Constitutional Law; Criminal Law; Evidence; Advanced Evidence; Personal and Professional Responsibility; Secured Transactions; and Trial Skills. Elena also served as Senior Associate Editor of the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review.

While in law school, Elena was a member of the National Moot Court Team and a semifinalist at the 2014 American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also took first place at the Thomas M. Cooley First-Year Mock Trial Competition and later competed as a member of her school’s National Trial Team.

Elena is currently a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. She also serves on the executive board of the Zeta Tau Alpha Detroit Metropolitan Alumnae Association.

Elena Djordjeski

United States Supreme Court will consider Timothy Mullins and Kenneth Chapie’s case of the disabled girl and her dog

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to consider the case of a 12-year-old-girl from Jackson, MI with cerebral palsy. The girl, Ehlena, was denied to keep her service dog in the classroom by the Jackson County Intermediate School District in 2009. Her parents, Stacy and Brent Fry, brought a case against the Napoleon Community Schools and the Jackson County Intermediate School District in 2012 under the American Disabilities Act.
The school districts, represented by GMH’s attorneys Timothy J. Mullins and Kenneth E. Chapie, felt a human aide was sufficient for Ehlena’s needs, and also support the fact that if the family had followed standard procedure, the dispute would have been resolved in just months. The Fry family failed adhere to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act procedures, which the districts believe prolonged the case unnecessarily. Both the U.S. District Court and the 6th Court have ruled in favor of the school districts, but final judgement will be determined by the Supreme Court, with hearings starting in October.

Click here to read the full article.

Timothy J. Mullins

Kenneth B. Chapie
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Mark S. Papazian and Geoffrey S. Wagner published in the May 2016 issue of the Family Law Journal of the American Bar Association.

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that Mark S. Papazian and Geoffrey S. Wagner have been published in the May 2016 issue of the Family Law Journal of the American Bar Association.

The article is titled The I-864 Affidavit: Practice Pointers for Dealing with a Complex, Confusing, and Potentially Very Costly Legal Document. Click here to view the article.

The article covers a client’s divorce case. The client’s wife came to the U.S. from China less than a year after: a brief online courtship and a spontaneous wedding in Las Vegas. Once his wife received her Conditional Green Card, she packed her bags, moved out and filed for divorce. When the client sponsored his wife’s permanent residency, he signed an Affidavit of Support known as Form I-896 Affidavit. The client agreed to support his wife and her son at 125% of the U.S. poverty level and to reimburse the government in the event that one of them ever makes a claim for public assistance. This support obligation does not terminate upon divorce and could mean that the client’s obligation could exceed $1,000.000.000

The article by Mark Papazian & Geoffrey Wagner covers step by step how they minimized the impact of the I-864 Affidavit resulting in a win for their client. Mark Papazian and Geoffrey Wagner hope the practice pointers they discussed in the Article will prove to be helpful if and when the issue arises in your practice.

Mark Papazian



Geoffrey Wagner



Bruce W. Haffey to Attend Annual Conference of National Association of Dealer Counsel

We are pleased to announce that Bruce W. Haffey, a senior business and corporate attorney and a member of the Board of Directors of GMH will attend the Annual Conference of the National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC) next week in Palm Beach, FL.

NADC is a nationwide association of lawyers who represent automobile and other vehicle dealers. The annual conference will provide important, up-to-date information on current issues, including sessions on the latest efforts of the FTC to regulate auto financing, compliance management systems, and top legal issues for dealers in 2016.

Bruce W. Haffey has a long track record of representing dealerships in corporate and business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, family and non-family business succession, formation and structuring of business and investment companies, executive compensation and benefits, facilities issues and dealing with OEMs.

If there are particular issues of interest to you that might be addressed at the NADC conference, feel free to reach out to Mr. Haffey at bhaffey@gmhlaw.com or (248) 457-7140.

Bruce Haffey


Alexander Lebedinski Speaking at Small Business Forum

Alexander Lebedinski, of GMH, speaking at Small Business Forum
The Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that Alexander Lebedinski will be a speaker at the Global Business Coming Local-Helping Foreign Business Locate in Michigan presentation hosted by the Small Business Forum of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The presentation will take place Thursday, June 23, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Center, located at 201 W. Big Beaver Rd. Troy, MI, 48084.

GMH attorney, Alexander Lebedinski will be speaking on the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program – the road to green cards through direct investment in the United States.  Other subject matter that will be discussed is how the MEDC assists foreign direct investments in Michigan, brownfield and economic incentives relative to commercial real estate and tax considerations for U.S. inbound investors – capitalize and structure, added tax compliance and tax planning opportunities.

To register for the presentation, please visit http://ow.ly/4nq31J. The cost is $25 that includes a light dinner. You can register online or by mail. The deadline for registration is Monday, June 20, 2016.

Alexander Lebedinski is a shareholder with GMH and concentrates his practice in the areas of international law, business transactions, health care and immigration law.  As part of his practice, he assists foreign investors and entities with establishing operations in the U.S., prepares and negotiates contracts for international supply, joint venture, agency and distributor relationships, and capital equipment purchase agreements and technology license agreements.  Alexander Lebedinski also assists international and U.S. employers, both established and start-ups, with selecting and obtaining employment based visas, visa extensions and permanent residence (Green Cards) for business executives, investors, professionals and their families.  Over the years, Alexander Lebedinski has represented clients from the Russian Federation, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, India, Brazil, Canada and Ukraine, and is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian languages.

Alexander Lebedinski



John Anderson Speaking in Live Webinar Stark Law Regulations: Significance to Your Firm

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that John Anderson will be a speaker for the Live Webinar assembled by The Knowledge Group titled, CMS Final Rule Modifying the Stark Law Regulations: Significance to Your Firm Explored! The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have recently published the final CY 2016 Physician Fee Schedule rule. This rule modifies the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark Law), and sets in stone new exceptions for Recruitment of Non-Physician Practitioners (NNPs).

The webinar is a review of the Physician Self-Referral Law, significant modifications and new exceptions, key regulatory considerations and challenges. Mr. Anderson will be breaking the rule into easy to understand sections and discussing the legal risks and traps of the modification.

Participants that would benefit from the webinar include organizations, finance executives and service providers; as well as hospital executives, medical directors, health insurance companies and finance lawyers. To register for the Live Webinar and to receive more information, please visit: http://ow.ly/108xca.

John Anderson is co-chair of the healthcare practice group at the law firm of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. in Troy, Michigan. He represents physicians, group practices, ancillary providers, Accountable Care Organizations, clinical labs and hospitals, among others. He regularly helps clients navigate regulatory issues and structures business arrangements in the constantly evolving healthcare environment. He’s the former Board Chair of Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc, Michigan and he currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Ascension Health, Michigan where he also chairs the Quality & Safety Committee for that state-wide Board. John also sits on the Board of Directors of the Genesys Physician Hospital Organization, which operated one of the original Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations and which currently operates a Shared Savings Plan ACO.

John Anderson


Albert Taylor Nelson, Jr. Reappointed to the State Board of Ethics

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that Gov. Rick Snyder recently reappointed Albert Taylor Nelson, Jr., to the State Board of Ethics. The seven-member board serves as an advisory and investigatory committee which determines the ethical conduct of classified state employees and public officers in the executive branch of the Michigan state government. “These individuals are exceptional choices for this board,” Snyder said. “I am confident their backgrounds, skills and experiences will assist the board in maintaining the highest ethical standing across state government.” This is Mr. Nelson’s second, four-year term on the State Board of Ethics, he was first appointed to the board in 2012.

Mr. Nelson is president of the defense practice firm Albert Taylor Nelson, Jr., PLC and has served of counsel to Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. since 2008. He specializes in litigation and workers’ compensation. Prior to practicing law, he taught Social Studies at the nationally renowned Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Nelson has been active in the community, involving himself with numerous civic and professional organizations. Further, he has been nominated as a dbusiness Magazine Top Lawyer, a Super Lawyer and a Leading Lawyer.

Albert Taylor Nelson, Jr.


John McNew of GMH, Published in Real Property Law Section, March 2016

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that John McNew has published an article in the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan’s e-Newsletter. The article is titled Insurance Proceeds: No Double Dips and is about the ruling in the case of Howard v. National City Mortgage (Mich App No. 323118, January 12, 2016, unpublished).

John McNew writes about how the implications of the full credit bid rule led to the predictable result, a mortgagee is not entitled to insurance proceeds for a loss occurring prior to a foreclosure sale if the mortgagee made a full credit bid extinguishing the debt. The link for the full article is:  http://www.michbar.org/eBlasts/realproperty_enews

John McNew is an associate in the firm’s Business Practice Group. John concentrates his practice on corporate law, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, business formation, information and technology transactions and digital media issues. John’s clients include startups and small and middle market businesses.

John McNew

Gregory J. Gamalski of GMH, Moderates ICLE Homeward Bound Series 2015-2016 (Webinar)

Gregory J. Gamalski of GMH, Moderates ICLE Homeward Bound Series 2015-2016 (Webinar)

Cosponsored by the Real Property Law Section

 Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that Gregory J. Gamalski is the moderator in ICLE Homeward Bound Series 2015-2016: Salvaging Abandoned Properties Webinar.  The Webinar is titled Bring Your Clients’ Abandoned Properties Back to Life and was cosponsored by the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Greg Gamalski, along with the webinar’s other contributors, discussed navigating matters related to abandoned properties such as tax foreclosures, traditional foreclosure sales and issues arising between senior and junior mortgagees and the secondary market. The link for registration is www.icle.org/hb, or call (877) 229-4350.

Gregory Gamalski


Mark Papazian, of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C., Named a Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers 2015

Mark Papazian has been named a Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers 2015.  Mr. Papazian is a partner in Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.’s litigation department. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Mr. Papazian specializes in divorce, custody and related family matters, commercial and business litigation and represents numerous media celebrities, recording artists and professional athletes. Mr. Papazian also has considerable experience working with government law, real estate and sports and entertainment representation and marketing. This is due to his background in music and nightclub industries. He has over 40 years of law experience, has tried cases throughout the State of Michigan and has been appointed as a “receiver” by the Oakland County Circuit Court.

Mr. Papazian has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability.  He also has been named a Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine, and has been selected as a Best Lawyer and Leading Lawyer by various publications.

Mark Papazian