William Heritage, III Recognized selected to DBusiness Detroit 500 Business Leaders in Metro Detroit.

Congratulations William H. Heritage, III

Mr. Heritage was Recognized by DBusiness for inclusion in Detroit 500 Business Leaders in Metro Detroit.

DBusiness magazine, presents Detroit 500, a comprehensive list of the most powerful executives in more than 30 industries across metro Detroit and Michigan. The most highly selective biographical database of business leaders in our region and state, the resource list of individuals was compiled based on a number of factors including the size of a given company or organization, growth rate, geographical reach, and extensive personal contacts.

William H. Heritage, III

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. Welcomes Paul J. Palgut to the Firm

Mr. Palgut joins the firm with over 35 years of experience working with cases involving workers compensation. Paul J. Palgut grew up in the Detroit Corktown area and sustained a rewarding career lasting more than 35 years. However, even after retiring, he couldn’t tear himself away from the people who needed him most: his clients. He continues to practice his skills on workers compensation cases through assisting other attorneys with medical depositions, mediations, and facilitations for injured workers.

Paul Palgut

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. Welcomes Salvatore Amodeo to the Firm

Sal Amodeo joins the firm as an attorney in the firm’s Municipal and Education Practice group. Mr. Amodeo represents public school districts, municipalities, and employers in claims of wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, retaliation, wage and hour laws, and family medical leave laws. Additionally, Mr. Amodeo assists public and intermediate school districts with civil rights suits and constitutional law claims, Title IX claims, peer-on-peer harassment claims, and personal injury claims.

Before joining Giarmarco, Mullins, & Horton, P.C., Mr. Amodeo practiced in the area of Plaintiff and Defense Medical Malpractice, litigating cases in all aspects of civil litigation, from initial investigation through trial.

Salvatore A. Amodeo

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. Is pleased to announce Jill A. Duffy has joined the firm

Ms. Jill Duffy is a member of the firm’s Family Law Group, joining the firm with eight years of practicing exclusively in family law and litigation.

Ms. Duffy has always had a passion for family law. She was the president of the Family Law Society while attending Michigan State University College of Law. Additionally, she was the treasurer of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and competed on Michigan State University College of Law’s Negotiation Competition Team for the American Bar Association Law Student Division Regional Negotiation Competition, with a focus on family law issues.

During law school, Ms. Duffy clerked for the Honorable Joseph J. Farah at the Genesee County Circuit Court, and assisted with the Michigan Pension Rights Project at Elder law of Michigan. As a student intern, Ms. Duffy assisted with prosecuting misdemeanors in the 68th District Court in Flint, Michigan. Her first years of practice also included working for a small firm as a summer associate, and criminal, civil and divorce litigation.

The last eight years of Ms. Duffy’s practice have been dedicated to family law litigation and mediation. Ms. Duffy has handled simple and complex divorce case through the State of Michigan.

Best Lawyers names LeRoy H. Wulfmeier, III as the “Detroit Best Lawyers Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants Lawyer of the Year” for 2018

Best Lawyers has named LeRoy H. Wulfmeier, III as the “Detroit Best Lawyers Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants Lawyer of the Year” for 2018

Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities.  Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.  The lawyers honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in the surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.
Mr. Wulfmeier is a partner in our Litigation Group with over 35 years of experience defending health care providers in complex medical malpractice cases.  Mr. Wulfmeier has acted as chief trial counsel in over 400 medical malpractice cases, and has represented physicians in all specialties as well as dentists, nurses, and hospitals in a variety of malpractice and disciplinary proceedings.

With more than 75 successful defense jury verdicts under his supervision, Mr. Wulfmeier has served as a special mediator and arbitrator in serious injury malpractice and personal injury cases.

Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate LeRoy H. Wulfmeier, III on being selected as the ‘Detroit Best Lawyers Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants Lawyer of the Year’ for 2018.”

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is ranked as the 12th largest law firm in Michigan.  Founded 40 years ago, located in Troy, Michigan, it is a full service law firm with 66 attorneys.  Areas of practice include family law, corporate and business law, health care law, business transactions, estate planning, commercial litigation, governmental law, real estate, creditors’ rights, criminal law, employment and labor law, and workers’ compensation.  Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is named in Best Law Firms in America 2018, Tier 1.  Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is based on peer review in the legal profession.

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.   Troy, Michigan

R. Gilchrist (248-457-7190) rgilchrist@gmhlaw.com

April 12, 2018


LeRoy H. Wulfmeier, III

Justin Morgan Joins Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

Justin Morgan has joined Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. as an Associate in the firm’s Business Litigation Group. His primary areas of practice are commercial litigation, employment and real estate matters.

Prior to joining our firm, Justin litigated in Washington state in real estate, probate and commercial litigation with a Seattle firm. He began his career as a corporate attorney at Honeywell International where he negotiated both international and domestic multi-million dollar sale and procurement contracts.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Justin graduated magna cum laude from Central Michigan University in 2005 with a degree in Public Relations, and then graduated magna cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law in 2012.

Justin is admitted to all Michigan and Washington state courts and Federal Court in Washington.

Justin Morgan

Alexis Gipson-Goodnough Joins Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

Attorney Alexis Gipson-Goodnough recently joined Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C., as a member of its Medical Malpractice Group.

Ms. Gipson-Goodnough focuses her practice primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense. She also has experience resolving premises liability and general negligence claims.

Ms. Gipson-Goodnough graduated from The University of Toledo College of Law, where she served as Head Chair for the Trial Advocacy Team. She currently sits on the board for the Public Interest Law Association, where she assists and volunteers in many community based initiatives. In this capacity, she advocates for human trafficking victims and assists in lectures speaking on the of modern day risk throughout undergraduate facilities. Ms. Gipson-Goodnough was also the 2017-2018 recipient of the Order of the Barrister for her success in the practice of trial advocacy and mock trial.

Alexis Gipson-Goodnough

Matt Weaver and Keela Johnson Meet as Part of Orientation on Cooley’s Auburn Hills Campus

Giarmarco, Mullins and Horton Attorneys Matt Weaver and Keela Johnson were invited to speak to first year law students about the importance of ethics in the legal profession at Western Michigan Cooley Law School as part of the Professionalism in Action program. The Professionalism in Action program was created in coordination with the State Bar of Michigan. Attorneys Weaver and Johnson were privileged to accompany the current State Bar President, Don Rockwell, Judge Carl Marlinga, Judge John Gilbreath and the head of the Attorney Grievance Commission Alan Gershel, as well as other notable attorneys to speak to the new law students about a variety of ethical scenarios.


John R. Fleming Joins Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that JOHN R. FLEMING is now an Associate with the firm.

John joins the firm as an Associate in our Business Litigation Group. His primary area of practice is in defending physicians of all specialties and hospitals in complex medical malpractice lawsuits.

He is a graduate of the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he received awards for outstanding academic performance in Contracts and Torts. During law school, John worked as a legislative aide in the Michigan House of Representatives and completed an externship at the Michigan Supreme Court with the Hon. David F. Viviano. Following graduation, John joined Bufalino and Palazzolo, P.C., where he focused his practice on commercial litigation, family law, probate and estate planning, and criminal defense.

John was the lead trial attorney on a complex contractual business dispute leading to a favorable result for his clients in Macomb County Circuit Court. He has successfully negotiated settlements on business disputes and has represented leading safety technology companies in multi-million dollar lawsuits. John was instrumental in every facet of the litigation and settlement of complex medical malpractice claims. He has given presentations to hospital and insurance company representatives on pertinent legal issues in the health care industry.

John currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce, the Macomb Foundation, and Macomb Advocacy for Business. He has formerly served on the City of Fraser’s Zoning Board of Appeals and was an acting board member for the Macomb Children’s Hands on Museum. He has a long history of community and charitable involvement, including service with numerous Optimist, Rotary, and Kiwanis clubs in his community.

John is admitted to practice in all Michigan courts and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Mark Papazian featured in Crain’s Detroit Business’ Annual Book of Lists

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. attorney Mark Papazian has been featured in an article in Crain’s Detroit Business’ Annual Book of Lists. Mr Papazian has also been named one of Crain’s Leading Lawyers. Mr. Papazian has had the honor of being recognized as a Leading Lawyer since 2015; he has also been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer (2013–2015), a dbusiness Top Lawyer (2012–2016), and has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for demonstrating the highest levels of ethical standards and legal ability.

To be selected as a Leading Lawyer, an attorney must be recommended by Michigan Lawyers, and the nomination must be approved by the Leading Lawyers advisory board. From there, only the top lawyers become eligible for Leading Lawyers membership.

Mr. Papazian has practiced law for over 40 years and serves as a partner in the firm’s litigation department, where he specializes in family law, commercial litigation, and representation of celebrities. His business background has provided Mr. Papazian with the ability to craft favorable financial settlements for his clients, as well as connection with celebrity clients. He is also gifted with the ability to deal with the complex relationships and the emotional aspect of family law, which, though outside of the legal issues presented by divorce and custody matters, is critical to effectively helping clients in these situations.

In addition to his multifarious business interests, including association with The JukeBox nightclub, Mr. Papazian has an enduring love of automobiles, stemming from childhood days. He devotes time to his interest in cars, including his Cadillac CTS-V, as well as his family.

Read more about Mr. Papazian in the Crain’s Book of Lists article found here: Download Mark Papazian Article  (786 kb PDF)