Royal Oak, Michigan, August 19, 2014:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that thirteen of our attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” More…

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Hessel, Zook, Miller and Veselich Named “Lawyers of the Year”

The law firm of Lewis Rice is pleased to announce Best Lawyers in America® has named St. Louis members John M. Hessel and Tom W. Zook and Kansas City members Charles F. Miller and Lisa A. Veselich among their “Lawyers of the Year” for 2015.

John Hessel has been named the St. Louis Litigation – Municipal Lawyer of the Year. He previously received the “Lawyer of the Year” award for municipal law in 2011 and 2013 and for first amendment litigation in 2014. Best Lawyers has included him in their annual list since 2009.

Tom Zook has been named the St. Louis Securities / Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year. He has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers since 2007.

Charles Miller has been named the Kansas City Real Estate Lawyer of the Year. Best Lawyers honored Mr. Miller with the same title in 2010 as well as the Kansas City Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year award in 2012. Mr. Miller has been listed in Best Lawyers since 1997.

Lisa Veselich has been named the Kansas City Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year. Best Lawyers awarded her the same “Lawyer of the Year” title in 2013. She has been included in their annual list since 2012. More…

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45 Lewis Rice Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers in America®

Lewis Rice is proud to announce 45 of its attorneys have been named to the 2015 Best Lawyers in America® annual list. The Firm is represented in 34 areas of law between the St. Louis and Kansas City offices. Lewis Rice also congratulates John Hessel, Charles Miller, Lisa Veselich and Tom Zook as being honored as Best Lawyers’ “Lawyers of the Year” for 2015. More…

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On August 14, 2014, in East Durham Wind, Inc. v. The Municipality of West Grey, 2014 ONSC 4669 (“East Durham”), Ontario’s Divisional Court found that the Municipality of West Grey’s entrance permit policy and oversize/overweight vehicle by-law (collectively referred to as “permitting by-laws”) frustrated, pursuant to section 14(2) of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, c.15 (“Municipal Act”), the purpose of East Durham Wind, Inc.’s Renewable Energy Approval (“REA”) issued for the construction of a 14 turbine wind farm. As a result, the Court ruled that the permitting by-laws must be held inoperable to the extent of their conflict with the REA pursuant to section 14(2) of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, c.15 (“Municipal Act”). More…

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What happens when a beneficiary is criminally responsible for the deceased’s death?

In the Fenotti Estate case, Chief Justice Hinkson considered a thought-provoking (and troubling) issue:  what occurs when a beneficiary of a deceased’s estate was criminally responsible for the deceased’s death?

In this case, the deceased did not leave a Will.  As a result, the deceased’s estate (the “Estate”) would pass on intestacy to the deceased’s four children.  However, one of the deceased’s children had pled guilty to the deceased’s murder.  The administrator of the Estate asked the Court for directions regarding the portion of the Estate that was supposed to pass to that child.

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DAVIS MALM ATTORNEYS NAMED TO Best Lawyers in America© 2015

Davis Malm is pleased to announce that three of its shareholders have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

We congratulate the following shareholders chosen for work in their respective fields:

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Accomplished workers’ compensation attorney Jo Ann Wasil joins McDonald Hopkins

CLEVELAND, Ohio (August 19, 2014) – JoAnn Wasil, a highly regarded workers’ compensation attorney, has joined McDonald Hopkins to practice law in the firm’s national Labor and Employment Group, which represents management in all aspects of workplace law. Wasil is the co-author of the 1,200-page Ohio Workers’ Compensation  Law Practic

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1st Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Tax Refund In False Claims Act Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the district court’s decision allowing Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. (f/k/a National Medical Care, Inc.) to deduct $95 Million from a $385 Million dollar civil settlement under the False Claims Act (“FCA”).  Accordingly, the First Circuit affirmed the district court’s tax refund judgment in […]

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BMP Partner Elected To Membership of ABOTA

August 2014


HOUSTON – Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, L.L.P. is proud to announce that Scott Marrs, a trial lawyer in its Houston headquarters, has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is an invitation-only organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Elected members are some of the nation’s most experienced and respected trial lawyers. Marrs has over 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer providing legal counseling in international, energy, intellectual property, and complex commercial matters, both domestically and internationally. He is also on the Board of the General Counsel Forum (Houston Chapter), serves on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Energy Law (IEL), has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Business Litigation Committee, and was previously in the Legal, Natural Gas, and Land departments of a major energy company.

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Security Interest Reborn

Over two years have now passed since the introduction of the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (PPSA) and we are now finally starting to see the courts provide some guidance on practical issues secured parties have been faced with since its inception.

In SFS Projects Australia Pty Ltd v Registrar of Personal Property Securities [2014] FCA 846, Justice Gleeson of the Federal Court rejected the Registrar’s argument for a narrower interpretation of the PPSA favouring a more practical application that will come as welcome relief to anybody dealing with the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR). More…

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