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Bodman PLC Admits Four New Members

By: Bodman PLC


Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that Emily A. Cross, Alan J. Gocha, Erin M. Haney, and Justin R. Wheeler have been admitted as members of the firm.

Cross, Gocha, and Haney were previously senior associates and Wheeler was previously a senior attorney with Bodman.

Cross practices in Bodman’s Troy office and is a member of the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Automotive and Industrial practice groups. She represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters, including securities litigation, contract disputes, constitutional litigation, and administrative law matters, and in a broad range of other commercial and business disputes. Cross also has significant automotive industry experience and handles transactional and litigation matters for clients in the automotive industry.

Cross is active in pro bono matters including representing clients in immigration appeals to the Ninth Circuit and representing asylum and u-visa applicants in immigration applications and proceedings. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and received her undergraduate degree from Rice University.

Gocha is based in Bodman’s Grand Rapids office and is a member of the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Law, and Intellectual Property practice groups. He represents business clients in complex litigation matters. He has successfully represented clients ranging from small startups to Fortune 10 corporations in a broad array of business disputes.

Gocha is active in the pro bono representation of indigent individuals and community-based nonprofits, earning a place on the State Bar of Michigan’s 2024 A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll for over 100 hours of service. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

Haney practices in Bodman’s Grand Rapids office and is a member of the Aviation Law and Finance, Business, and Tax practice groups. A former senior auditor for the Michigan Department of Treasury, Haney has handled Michigan tax compliance and controversy matters from both the government and taxpayer perspectives. Her background in state and local tax benefits clients seeking assistance with multi-jurisdictional compliance matters ranging from apportionment and revenue sourcing to navigation of nexus and filing requirements. At the federal level, she has successfully assisted clients in navigating IRS notices and exams, disputing audit findings and assessments, addressing tax liens and remedying past compliance issues.

Haney is listed in Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch under Tax Law, in Grand Rapids Magazine’s Top Lawyers for Tax Law, and has been named a Michigan Rising Star in Tax. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and received her undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University, magna cum laude.

Wheeler is based in Bodman’s Grand Rapids office and is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. He assists clients with all types of real estate matters, with a particular focus on complex commercial real estate leasing transactions. He routinely reviews, drafts, and negotiates commercial leases for both lessors and lessees for office, retail, and industrial properties. Wheeler has significant experience drafting and negotiating commercial leases, amendments, extensions, assignments, subleases, SNDA’s, estoppels, and more. He also assists clients in the sale and acquisition of commercial real estate properties.

Wheeler is listed as a Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Go-To Lawyer” for Real Estate and Condominium Law and was named a Grand Rapids Magazine Top Lawyer for Real Estate Law. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Davenport University, with honor.

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