Congratulations to Katherine Albrecht, Michael Gibbons, Jeffrey Haynes, and Mary Kucharek for being named to Best Lawyers in America for 2023!
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Katherine Albrecht is recognized in Best Lawyers for Trusts and Estate work. She has been practicing law for over 35 years with a focus in estate planning, probate estate and trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships, elder law, estate and gift tax, and fiduciary income tax. She is an expert in preparing comprehensive estate plans which include wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, beneficiary and guardianship designations, among others. Her vast experience helps her create custom approaches in serving her clients. Kathy has written many articles and has spoken at seminars across metro Detroit. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Wayne State University Law School. Click HERE to read more about Kathy.
Mike Gibbons is recognized in Best Lawyers for his expertise in Commercial Litigation. He has extensive experience representing businesses and their owners in litigating complex business and commercial disputes. He litigates in federal and state courts, both at the trial and appellate court levels, as well as in arbitration proceedings. He has been practicing law for over 28 years after graduating from the Detroit College of Law. Mike represents a diverse client base including nonprofits, closely and privately held businesses and publicly traded corporations. He regularly counsels clients on a wide range of business matters including business formation and succession planning, corporate governance, buy-sell agreements and minority protections, complex transactions, employment matters, and buying and selling businesses. Mike is the CEO of Beier Howlett and has been named a dBusiness Top Lawyer as well as a “Go To Lawyer” in Business Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Click HERE to read more about Mike.
Jeff Haynes has been recognized in Best Lawyers since 1989 in Environmental Law and Litigation. He is one of the most well-respected environmental attorneys in Michigan. He has represented Fortune 500 companies, municipalities, closely held companies, foreign governments, citizen groups and individuals in a wide range of environmental issues, including contaminated sites, riparian rights, air and water pollution, land use, criminal defense, and public lands. He is the editor of the Michigan Environmental Law Deskbook Second Edition, he is a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and he most recently was recognized as one of the world’s leading practitioners in Who’s Who Legal: Environment and Climate Change 2022. Click HERE to read more about Jeff.
Mary Kucharek is recognized in Best Lawyers for her mastery in Municipal Law. Her extensive experience and knowledge provides the best possible outcomes for her clients. She is the City Attorney for the City of Birmingham, the City of Orchard Lake Village, and the Village Attorney for Lake Orion. Mary is very active in her community having served on the Oakland County Mental Health Authority Board, an Oakland County Bar Association Inns of Court mentor, and has lectured yearly at high schools and to community groups regarding alcohol, drugs, and under age substance abuse. She also speaks to police officers regarding various changes in the law. Mary has been named a 2021 “Notable Women in Law” by Crain’s Detroit Business, a member of the 2017 class of “Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, and most recently she was inducted into the Who’s Who Biographical Registry for 2022. Click HERE to read more about Mary.