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Mazel tov to these December Here’s To Jewish community members for their various success stories: promotions, awards, volunteering, starting new positions and community accolades!

Karen R. Katanick
Karen R. Katanick Jackie Headapohl | Detroit Jewish News

Karen R. Katanick is the art and art history teacher at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe. She has a piece of art in a national exhibition sponsored by the National Art Education Association in Virginia. The exhibit features artworks from association members worldwide and will be on display until Jan. 4, 2019, at the NAEA Virtual Gallery in Alexandria, Va.

Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller P.C., is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers has recognized Harvey R. Heller as the 2019 Detroit legal malpractice law-defendants’ Lawyer of the Year; Kathleen H. Klaus as the 2019 Detroit professional malpractice law-defendants’ Lawyer of the Year; and Julie Beth Teicher as the 2019 Detroit bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law Lawyer of the Year. Steven D. Sallen has been selected for inclusion in Top Attorneys of North America 2018-2019 edition of Who’s Who.

Max Mittleman
Max Mittleman Jackie Headapohl | Detroit Jewish News

Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss recently hired Max Mittleman as an associate. He joined Jaffe’s Real Estate and Privacy & Data Security Groups, where he will concentrate his practice on providing legal services in the areas of commercial, industrial, retail and residential real estate to private and institutional developers, builders, management companies, real estate brokers and individuals.

Alan Reinstein
Alan Reinstein | Detroit Jewish News

Alan Reinstein’s co-authored paper, “Sustainability Reporting in the Auto Industry: The Case of Ford Motor Company,” was presented in Hartford Conn., last month, at the 2018 Northeast Regional Meeting, American Accounting Association; it earned the Best Educational Paper Award.

Michael Karson
Michael Karson Jackie Headapohl | Detroit Jewish News

Michael Karson is the new president and CEO of Area Agency on Aging 1-B, which provides direct and indirect services to older and disabled adults, including in-home care, Meals on Wheels (home-delivered meals), wellness classes, Medicare and Medicaid assistance, along with caregiver support. Karson has broad experience in health care delivery. He previously served in executive-level positions at United Health Care and HAP, Center for Senior Independence and Brookdale Senior Living.

Michelle Rubin
Michelle Rubin Jackie Headapohl | Detroit Jewish News

Michelle Rubin of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C. was named to the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up and Coming Lawyers Class of 2018. The recognition honors 30 lawyers who have spent less than a decade in practice and have achieved accomplishments that set them apart from their peers. Rubin, an associate in Jaffe’s Estate Planning Practice Group, focuses on helping her clients successfully manage life’s transitions.

Sara Smoler
Sara Smoler Jackie Headapohl | Detroit Jewish News

Sara Smoler, formerly of West Bloomfield, was recently recognized on Forbes 30 Under 30 Marketing & Advertising List for 2019. She manages new business development at Ogilvy Advertising Agency in New York. Sara led the agency to secure business from many clients such as Coca-Cola, Nationwide and Kimberly-Clark. She also forged a partnership between Ogilvy and Columbia University’s Start-Up Lab, providing pro-bono marketing consulting to recent graduates’ companies.

Marcia Gershenson
Marcia Gershenson Jackie Headapohl | Detroit Jewish News

The Board of Commissioners’ Democratic Caucus met to determine leadership positions for the 2019-2020 term, when they will become the Democratic Majority Caucus for the first time since the 1970s. Next year, Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (D-Bloomfield Twp.) will become vice chairperson.

DBusiness magazine has selected several Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C. attorneys as Top Lawyers for 2019. Among them are: Peter Alter, Joshua Borson, Robert Gordon, Ira Jaffe, Mark Kowalsky, Susan Lichterman, Eli Maroko, Mark Rubenfire, Aaron Sherbin, William Sider, Arthur Siegal, David Steinberg, Peter Sugar, Jeffrey Weiss and Richard Zussman.


The law firm of Rotter & Stone P.C. of Franklin announced that Harriet B. Rotter has been named to The Best Lawyers in America for the 26th consecutive year. This recognizes her work in the practice of family law. Rotter was also featured on the cover of the latest issue of Leading Lawyers, which was accompanied by an article extolling her many awards, including Super Lawyers list of the top 50 Women Lawyers in the state of Michigan and one of the top 25 consumer lawyers.