Paul Thursam Accepted into Crain’s Leadership Academy

Partner Paul Thursam has been accepted into Crain’s Leadership Academy, a nomination-based program focused on developing the strengths of rising leaders in the community. This program includes development sessions focused on personal discovery, civic discovery, and discussions with leading figures in the community.

 

Mr. Thursam is a shareholder in GMH’s Business Practice Group, and Real Estate Practice Group. Since beginning his career in 2008, Paul has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by dbusiness magazine for 2012-21014 and 2016, and as a “SuperLaywer – Rising Star” for 2012-2016. He was also selected for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s “Leadership Detroit” program. He serves on the State Bar’s Representative Assembly, representing the 6th Circuit; on the Board of Review for Grosse Pointe Shores; on the Board of Directors for the Wayne State Law School Alumni Association; and he is the President of the Italian American Bar Association for Michigan. Paul co-chaired two symposiums at U of D Mercy Law School, and is published in the Michigan Real Property Law Section Journal.

 

Much congratulations to Mr. Thursam on his nomination and selection!

 

Timothy Mullins and John Miller Argue Case Against Gun Advocates

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George Contis, Shareholder at GMH

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that George Contis is now a shareholder with the firm.

Mr. Contis concentrates his practice in the areas of, real estate acquisition and development, construction, mortgage and end-loan lending, participation loans, commercial and industrial leasing for landlords and tenants (including master leases, ground leases and subleases) and business planning.

Mr. Contis regularly works with lenders, owners and court appointed receivers in the sale of distressed office, commercial and industrial properties and manufactured home communities. He represented LA Fitness International and negotiated leases on its behalf for the establishment of its first 6 fitness facilities in Southeastern Michigan.

Mr. Contis earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982 and received his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Detroit in 1985. While at the University of Detroit, Mr. Contis participated in several local and national Moot Court competitions and was selected for membership to the Order of Barristers.

Mr. Contis has an “AV” Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability.
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Keela Johnson Gracey, Shareholder at GMH

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that Keela Johnson Gracey is now a shareholder with the firm.

Keela specializes in complex divorce litigation in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. She is involved in cases that impact all aspects of the family including high conflict custody and parenting time disputes, guardianships and conservatorships. She is frequently appointed as a Guardian ad Litem on behalf of children in custody disputes.

Keela is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Committee; Oakland County Bar Association & Foundation; Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and the Michigan Interprofessional Association on Marriage, Divorce and the Family. She is a past Chair of the OCBA, Family Court Committee. She is also an Oakland County Bar Foundation Fellow.

Keela received her J.D., cum laude, from Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she was on the Dean’s List and an Honors Scholar. She also holds a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Upper Iowa University.

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Timothy Mullins argued Ray v Swager in the Michigan Supreme Court

During the Philko trial, Timothy Mullins argued Ray v Swager in the Michigan Supreme Court. The case was argued in the River Rouge High School auditorium with numerous elected officials/judges in attendance. The Michigan appeals court ruled in favor of the coach.  Below is a photo from the argument.

Click here to view the article as published in the Associated Press. 

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GMH Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

The following Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

John A. Anderson has been selected as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America in the areas of Corporate Law and Health Care Law.

Andrew T. Baran has been selected as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America in the areas of Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment.

Bruce E. Bigler has been selected as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America in the area of Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants.

Thomas P. Cavanaugh has been selected as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America in the area of Litigation – Trusts and Estates.

Gregory J. Gamalski has been selected as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America in the area of Real Estate Law.

Julius H. Giarmarco has been selected as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America in the area of Trusts and Estates.

Gilbert Gugni has been selected as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America in the areas of Family Law and Family Law Mediation.

William H. Heritage, III has been selected as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America in the areas of Health Care Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law.

William L. Hooth has been selected as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America in the area of Labor Law- Management.

William H. Horton has been selected as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America in the area of Commercial Litigation.

George D. Mercer has been selected  as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America in the area of Real Estate Law.

Timothy J. Mullins has been named as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America in the area of Education Law.

Ryan L. Perry has been named as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America in the area of Education Law.

LeRoy H. Wulfmeier, III has been named as a 2017 Best Lawyer in America in the areas of Family Law, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants.

23 GMH Attorneys Named 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

23 attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers, published by Law & Politics magazine, is a consumer guide to outstanding attorneys based on a multi-step selection process including a survey and peer review.

Super Lawyers 2016
John A. Anderson
Andrew T. Baran
Thomas W.H. Barlow
David Binkley
Julius H. Giarmarco
Gilbert Gugni
Bruce W. Haffey
William H. Heritage, III
Stephen J. Hitchcock
William H. Horton
Daniel J. Kelly
George D. Mercer
Timothy J. Mullins
Albert Taylor Nelson, Jr.
Mark S. Papazian
Ryan L. Perry
Jennifer M. Savel
LeRoy H. Wulfmeier, III

Rising Stars 2016
Victoria S. Lehman
Christopher Ryan
Paul A. Thursam
Jared M. Trust
Geoffrey S. Wagner

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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