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ERIC S. FAULKNER is an attorney with Roetzel & Andress; where he focuses his practice in construction law, medical defense and liability defense. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division; Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association; and the Federal Bar Association, Judiciary Division. Mr. Faulkner earned his B.A. degree from the University of Central Florida; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Akron. (Grand Rapids and Saginaw locations)
BRIAN P. FENECH is the sole practitioner with The Law Office of Brian P. Fenech, PLLC. Mr. Fenech practices in the areas of drunk driving, controlled substance charges, minor in possession of alcohol, medical marijuana, driver's license restoration and criminal record expungement. He is a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Mr. Fenech is admitted to practice in Michigan. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan at Dearborn and his J.D. degree from the Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing. (Southfield location)
BRANDON GARDNER is the founder of Brandon Gardner & Associates, PLC. Mr. Gardner focuses his practice on cannabis law, criminal defense and juvenile law. He is admitted to practice throughout Michigan, the Federal District and Bankruptcy courts for the Western and Eastern districts of Michigan, as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. His professional memberships include the Marijuana Law Section and Children's Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and the Grand Rapids Bar Association. Mr. Gardner earned his B.S. degree from California State University and his J.D. degree from Michigan State University College of Law. (Grand Rapids location)
WILLIAM C. LENTINE is a partner with Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, where his practice areas include business and corporate services, tax, trusts and estates, tax planning, and funds and investment services. Mr. Lentine is admitted to practice in Michigan and before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; and the U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Lentine earned his B.A. degree from Michigan State University and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law. (Southfield location)
JOHN D. MACKEWICH is an attorney and of counsel in the Detroit, Michigan office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, where he represents domestic and international companies and individuals in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions, debt and equity financing, franchising, business structures and relationships, securities and venture capital. Mr. Mackewich has experience with public company securities compliance, including SEC periodic reporting, proxy materials, registration issues, public disclosure issues and corporate governance. He provides oversight and advice on international business operations and transactions for American companies as well as foreign companies entering the United States. Mr. Mackewich also counsels employers and management on executive employment agreements, compensation plans, stock options, and bonus plans, as well as participates in litigation to enforce and defend such agreements. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Toledo and Ohio State bar associations. Mr. Mackewich has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers since 2014. He received his B.S. degree from Wayne State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. (Saginaw location)
TIMOTHY J. MCGRAW is an attorney in Brighton who has focused in tax law and employee benefits. He also offers counsel in medical marijuana and tax law. Mr. McGraw is a member of the State Bar of Michigan (Taxation and Medical Marijuana sections). He earned his B.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, School of Business Administration, and his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School. (Grand Rapids, Saginaw and Southfield locations)
GREGORY M. MEIHN is a partner in the Detroit office of Foley & Mansfield. Mr. Meihn focuses his transactional and litigation practice in the core areas of employment and school law. He also has an active construction law practice. Mr. Meihn represents and consults with insurance companies, cities, townships, municipalities, schools, and employers on employment and labor issues including but not limited to discipline, harassment, terminations, unions, discrimination, unemployment, employment hiring practices, non-competition agreements, and issues involving the Michigan Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act, Title VII, ADEA, ADA, and related statutes. He earned his B.B. degree from Eastern Michigan University, his J.D. degree from the University of Toledo Law School, and his M.S. degree from Michigan State University. Mr. Meihn is a member of the American Association of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the American Inns of Court - Flint Chapter, the Genesee County Bar Association, the Michigan Defense Trial Association, the Michigan Nature Association, the Michigan Professional Ethics Committee, and the State Bar of Michigan. (Grand Rapids, Saginaw and Southfield locations)
MATTHEW RIZZO is a director, CPA and CVA with O’Keefe & Associates. He provides business valuation expertise in many types of transactions including but not limited to mergers and acquisitions, shareholder disputes and gift tax valuations, providing objective, independent valuations according to facts and circumstances surrounding your individual engagement. Mr. Rizzo earned B.S. degree from Arizona State University and his M.B.A. degree from Davenport University. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and is accredited by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) as a certified valuation analyst (CVA). Mr. Rizzo is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), and the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). He received the Emerging Leader award from the M&A Advisor in 2017 and is a member of the MICPA Emerging Leaders Task Force. (Grand Rapids and Southfield locations)