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- Michigan Financial Exploitation Prevention Act
Bodman’s David W. Barton has published an article on Michigan’s Financial Exploitation Prevention Act in the Fall 2022 issue of the Michigan Business Law Journal. Click here for a PDF copy of David’s article.
- Contract Basics for Every Student-Athlete NIL Deal
NCAA Student-Athletes (“SAs”) and companies around the country should recognize the extraordinary potential that exists in the market now that SAs control the rights of their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”). Still, the biggest issue in capitalizing on this potential…
- What Every Student-Athlete Needs to Know: Six Key Issues for Name, Image, and Likeness Deals
In a policy reversal many years in the making, the NCAA now allows student-athletes (“SAs”) to benefit from the use of their name, image, and “likeness,” such as their nickname or voice (“NIL”). The policy change includes not just current…
- The ABCs of CBD and Hemp: A Primer
Gregory G. Gamalski of Bodman’s Real Estate Practice Group has published a new article, “The ABCs of CBD and Hemp: A Primer,” in the Spring/Summer 2021 edition of Michigan Real Property Review. Click here for a PDF copy of Greg’s article.
- What do M&M’s Candy and Complex Contract Reviews Have in Common?
If you know music, you know Van Halen. The Hall of Fame rock band turned out several hit singles and was known for their virtuoso guitar riffs, great hair, lavish lifestyles, and a penchant for M&M candies. That’s right, M&Ms.…
- A Primer on Real Estate and Cannabis Under Michigan Law
Gregory G. Gamalski of Bodman’s Real Estate Practice Group has published a comprehensive review of real estate and cannabis under Michigan law in the February 2020 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal. Click here for a PDF copy of Greg’s…
- Czapski Takes a Bow as Term as DRI Commercial Litigation Committee Chair Draws to a Close
Congratulations to Bodman’s Michelle Thurber Czapski, who recently concluded a two-year term as chair of the Defense Research Institute’s 1,600-member Commercial Litigation Committee. Czapski is a long-time leader of the Committee, also having served for two years as vice chair…
- ARTICLE l Disclaimers of Extra-Contractual Fraud Claims in M&A Transactions Under Delaware Law
Purchase agreements, whether in the form of asset, stock, merger, or other similar agreements (each generically referred to as an “Agreement”) are typically heavily negotiated documents derived from many hours of discussions, diligence, and negotiation among sophisticated parties and their…
- ARTICLE | State Court Docket Watch
Donovan Asmar and Thomas Rheaume, Jr., members of Bodman PLC’s commercial litigation and appellate practice groups published an article in the State Court Docket Watch: 2018 Edition presented by The Federalist Society. Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution v. Secretary of State…
- ARTICLE | PA 572 Amends Marketable Title Act
On December 28, 2018, the Michigan Legislature passed Senate Bill No. 671 amending the Marketable Record Title Act, Act 200 of 1945 (MTA). Once a lame duck long shot, PA 572 becomes effective March 29, 2019. While brief, PA 572…
- ARTICLE | Don't Be Fooled By These Brand Protection Scams
Scams seem to overrun the internet. Most scams, like selling counterfeit goods or phishing (fake emails used to obtain private information), try to confuse your customers. This makes sense. Why would an internet outlaw pick a fight with you, the seasoned…
- ARTICLE | Managing the Outsourced Document Review Project
Originally published in The Business Suit, the newsletter of the Commercial Litigation Committee of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), vol. 21, no. 4 (August 15, 2017) With the proliferation of electronic discovery and the large volume of documents gathered for…
- Bodman Teams Up With Life Remodeled to Beautify Detroit Neighborhood
On August 3, thirteen Bodman PLC attorneys and summer associates teamed up with Detroit-based nonprofit Life Remodeled to lend a helping hand in a Detroit neighborhood. The Bodman crew was assigned to the neighborhood surrounding Osborn High School with a…
- ARTICLE | Taking Advantage of Existing Tax Relief for Qualified Agricultural Property
As the price of agricultural land soars in Michigan, it pays, or at least saves, to review the qualified agricultural property exemption. To read more of Gregory J. Gamalski’s co-authored article in the June/July 2017 issue of Laches, an Oakland…
- PRO BONO PORTRAIT | Man Serving Life In Prison Granted Clemency
A team of Bodman PLC attorneys led by Pro Bono Counsel Kimberly Paulson recently obtained clemency for the firm’s client – a man serving life in prison. Melvin grew up in a bad neighborhood and ran with the wrong crowd,…
- QUOTED | Bodman Chairman Ralph McDowell Quoted in National Law Journal
Recently, Bodman Chairman Ralph E. McDowell was quoted in a National Law Journal article about the resurgence of the city of Detroit and its effect on local law firms. To read the article on the National Law Journal website, please…
- ARTICLE | Between the Client and the Vendor
Bodman's Enterprise Procurement Group focuses on drafting and negotiating its business clients' agreements with virtually every kind of vendor — from human resources service contracts to sponsorship deals to armored delivery work — lifting the grunt work from in-house counsel and giving companies a solid budget and cost certainty from which to work.
- PRO BONO PORTRAIT | Forgotten Harvest Enters into Co-Branding Agreement with Michigan Food Producers
Through Bodman's Pro Bono Program, attorneys from our Intellectual Property practice helped nonprofit organization Forgotten Harvest create a trademark license to brand/co-brand local food products — similar to Paul Newman's "Newman's Own" model — that allows local food companies to partner with the nonprofit and sell their products with Forgotten Harvest's logo. A portion of each sale will go to Forgotten Harvest.
- Super Lawyers Honors Bodman’s Pro Bono Program; Firm is One of Only Two Law Firms Recognized Nationally
Bodman is pleased to announce that the nationally recognized publication Super Lawyers selected Bodman as one of only two law firms nationally to receive its 2013 Pro Bono Award. An article profiling the Firm’s Pro Bono work appears in a…
- Potential Benefits of Proper Estate Planning Magnified in 2012 By $5.12 Million Gift Tax Exemption
For every $1.00 the business owner adds to his net worth, the IRS takes its share in estate taxes, currently 35% but increasing to 55% in 2013 under current law. Proper planning today can save the family millions of dollars in the future. This article gives an overview of several strategies that Bodman's wealth management lawyers are currently discussing with its business owner clients.
- PRO BONO PORTRAIT | Bodman Attorneys Help the Homeless Resolve their Legal Impediments
March 2013 saw the kick-off of sessions of the Detroit H.E.L.P. program (Homeless Experience Legal Protection). During March, six Bodman attorneys, Susan Kornfield, Kim Paulson, Nathan Dupes, Karen Piper, Kate Kokotovich, and Bridget Hathaway, volunteered on Wednesday mornings to meet…
- PRO BONO PORTRAIT | Zack Risk and Kim Paulson Help Single Mom Losing Her Home
Ms. L came to Bodman through Street Outreach Court Detroit. After ten years of marriage, Ms. L’s husband received a Chrysler buy-out and up and left her and their three children. As if his sudden departure was not bad enough,…
- PRO BONO PORTRAIT | Persistence Pays Off as Karen Piper Achieves Expungement for Pro Bono Client Despite Procedural Obstacles
Due to a myriad of obstacles, Mr. B almost didn’t get his expungement. But Karen Piper worked through all the procedural difficulties and, although it took two years, won an expungement for her client. In 2011, Mr. B contacted Legal…
- Damali A. Sahu Featured in Crain's Detroit Business Article on Law Firm Diversity
Bodman Member Damali A. Sahu, co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, was featured in a Crain’s Detroit Business cover article on law firm diversity published on January 27, 2014. In the article, Sahu provides commentary on a recent National Association…