Here’s To – February 8, 2018

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Here’s To is published the first Thursday of every month to celebrate the accomplishments of the Jewish community.

Mark Teicher won and was presented with the 2017 Michael Franck Award at the State Bar of Michigan annual meeting. The award is given annually to an attorney who has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the profession. Teicher served his 28 years on the Representative Assembly, 11 years on the Client Protection Fund and 18 years as an Attorney Discipline Board Hearings Panelist.
Named Top Speaking Coach of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals, Marjorie Saulson is the creator of VibrantVocalPower.com. In addition, she was also chosen to give the keynote address at the IAOTP Awards Gala at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New York. Saulson empowers reluctant speakers and entrepreneurs to uncover their own unique messages, acquire powerful presentation skills, and overcome their nerves and fear; so that they can feel calm and confident in any speaking situation.
Alexis J. Schostak was included in Crain’s Detroit Business’ inaugural list of Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan. Schostak, assistant practice group leader of Dykema’s Corporate Finance Practice Group, has extensive experience running deals, working closely with clients, colleagues and opposing counsel to provide creative, practical and cost-effective solutions. Her practice focuses on financing transactions, private equity and general corporate issues. Also involved in the community, Schostak is a board member of the Jewish Fund.
Michigan business law firm Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C. announced that First Amendment and media law expert Herschel Fink is now of counsel to the firm, where he will continue his practice representing news organizations, media and entertainment companies. Fink is legal counsel to USA Today Network’s six Michigan newsrooms, including the Detroit Free Press that he has represented for almost 35 years, and will continue to represent separately.
Carson Biederman, a Walled Lake Central High School senior, received a Friend of Diversity Award at a recent Martin Luther King celebration by Walled Lake Consolidated School District. Biederman was instrumental in bringing UMatter Week, which focused on starting conversations about a variety of mental health issues, to Central this past fall. She demonstrated outstanding leadership in creating an environment of inclusion and acceptance at her school by reaching out to students and encouraging friendship and support among her peers. The UMatter Program originated two years ago as one of the programs offered by the Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield.
Samuel A. Schiffer has been named partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C., a leading Michigan business law firm. He joined Jaffe as an associate in the firm’s distinguished Real Estate Practice Group in March 2012. He has a national real estate practice with a concentration on acquisitions, dispositions, financing and leasing of commercial, retail and hospitality properties. Schiffer has been admitted into the Michigan, New York and New Jersey state bars and is active in Temple Israel’s Cause We Care Community Outreach programs.
The American Meteorological Society named WDIV-TV meteorologist Paul Gross a Fellow at its recent annual meeting and conference. Gross is one of only four meteorologists in the world ever to be named a Fellow as well as a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the AMS. Gross is a resident of Farmington Hills and serves as immediate past president of Temple Kol Ami after serving the previous four years as co-president of the West Bloomfield synagogue.
Corporate, real estate and entertainment law firm Sklar Kirsh LLP announced the addition of a Litigation practice group, which will be led by Justin M. Goldstein. Sklar Kirsh LLP is a Los Angeles boutique law firm that provides sophisticated and expert advice in the areas of corporate, real estate and entertainment law as well as commercial and entertainment litigation. It was founded by former Detroiter Jeff Sklar.
The law firm of Goodman Acker, P.C. has named Jordan Acker as a partner. The firm is at 17000 W. 10 Mile Road between Greenfield and Southfield roads in Southfield. It handles all types of personal injury accident cases state wide, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents and more.
Attorney Amy M. Spilman has been accepted as a Fellow of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a national organization founded “to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.” Amy is a partner at Eisenberg & Spilman PLLC in Birmingham and specializes in family law.
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