Five Associates Join Bodman
Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that five associate attorneys have joined the firm: Megan Baxter-Labut, Jaron M. Bentley, Serena G. Rabie, Christopher Rambus, and Tyler D. Schofield. All were members of the firm’s 2016 class of summer associates.
Baxter-Labut is a member of Bodman’s Banking Practice Group in the Detroit office. Before becoming an attorney, she gained diverse business experience as a border service officer with the Canada Border Service Agency. In that role, she worked extensively on matters involving Canadian commercial importation and immigration laws, NAFTA, the Canadian Customs Act, and other laws and regulations affecting cross-border commerce. She also worked as a quality control supervisor for Canada’s national statistics agency, Statistics Canada, and as a human resources officer for multiple organizations. At Wayne State University Law School, Baxter-Labut received numerous academic awards and honors and participated in a variety of student organizations. She won Wayne Law’s transactional law competition and participated in the corporate counsel externship.
Bentley is based in the firm’s Ann Arbor office and is member of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. He represents clients in connection with intellectual property transactions and dispute resolution processes, trademark registrations and brand protection matters. He was a judicial intern to Judge Mark A. Goldsmith of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and worked as a legal writer in the Ann Arbor office of a global corporate immigration law firm. A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Bentley served for several years as an adjunct instructor at Rochester College in the Department of Religion.
Rabie is a member of the Litigation Practice Group practicing in Bodman’s Troy office. She represents clients involved in complex commercial litigation matters. She served as a summer judicial clerk for the Hon. Stephen J. Murphy, III of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. While at the University of Michigan Law School, Rabie was an executive editor on the Journal of Race and Law and participated in the law school’s Civil Mediation Clinic, which allowed her to mediate cases in Ann Arbor’s small claims courts. She is fluent in Arabic.
Rambus is a member of the High Net Worth practice group, representing individual clients in connection with estate planning and related tax matters and the administration of complex trusts and estates. In addition to serving as a summer associate with Bodman, Rambus served as a law clerk with a southeast Michigan-based litigation defense law firm. He also worked as a client services executive with a global business consulting firm, as a sales and marketing intern with an international software company, and as a development intern and small banking liaison for the Urban Affairs Coalition, a Philadelphia-based community development organization. While at Wayne State University Law School, Rambus received the Dean’s Scholarship and was named a Damon J. Keith Scholar based on academic achievement.
Schofield is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group in Bodman’s Detroit office. He represents businesses and individual clients in connection with commercial and significant residential real estate transactions. Prior to his summer with Bodman, he served as a legal extern to Judge Kathleen Kennedy of the Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division. He has held a variety of roles with sports organizations dedicated to baseball and hockey, including as bookkeeper, head coach, and general manager. Schofield is a graduate of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.