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Crain’s Detroit Business Honors Four Bodman Attorneys as Notable Women in Law

By: Bodman PLC


PLC is pleased to announce that Crain’s Detroit Business has honored four Bodman attorneys – Sarah L. Cylkowski, Susan M. Kornfield, Jennifer M. Oertel, and Damali A. Sahu – as members of its 2021 class of “Notable Women in Law.”

Notable Women in Law honorees were profiled in a special section of Crain’s published on April 19, 2021. Honorees were selected by a team of Crain’s Detroit Business editors based on their career accomplishments, track record of success in the field, and mentorship of others.

Cylkowski, of Bodman’s Detroit office, is vice chair of the firm’s Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group. She litigates complex matters in state and federal courts, with a particular focus on commercial health care disputes, class actions, e-discovery and antitrust cases. Her clients include insurance companies, banks, automotive manufacturers and various other corporate commercial litigants.  Cylkowski has extensive experience counseling clients through large-scale discovery, including multidistrict litigation discovery. She helps her clients navigate the preservation, collection and production of significant volumes of data while minimizing disruptions to their day-to-day business operations.

Kornfield, of Bodman’s Ann Arbor office, is chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. She handles both transactional and litigation matters and has been selected as an expert witness, mediator, and arbitrator in intellectual property disputes. Her clients include organizations in the financial services, health care/medical, automotive, sports and entertainment, higher education, and technology industries, as well as cultural institutions and nonprofit foundations. She has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School for over 20 years, teaching Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Practice, and Entertainment Law.

Oertel, of Bodman’s Ann Arbor office, is co-chair of the firm’s Exempt Organizations and Impact Investing Practice Group. She provides strategic business advice and practical legal guidance to a broad range of tax-exempt organizations. She has an extensive business law background in securities, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate governance, which she leverages to further the business interests of her tax-exempt clients and the investors who support them. Oertel’s clients include impact funds, individual impact investors, social enterprises, family and corporate foundations, community foundations, public charities, national and statewide membership organizations including philanthropic serving organizations, and chambers of commerce. She is the co-chair of the Nonprofit Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Sahu, of Bodman’s Detroit office, is a member of the firm’s Banking Practice Group and a member of the firm’s executive management committee. She concentrates her practice in representing financial institutions in general commercial loan transactions and real estate transactions, including single lender, syndicated and second lien loan transactions, and small business administration guaranteed loans. She has extensive experience structuring, negotiating, and documenting secured and unsecured commercial loans to borrowers in a variety of industries. Sahu has particular expertise in lending transactions involving venture capital-backed emerging and established companies in the technology, energy, and life science industries. She has more than a decade of experience in transactions with companies in all stages of growth from seed/early stage to established pre-public stage companies.

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