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John J. Conway—John J. Conway PC, Royal Oak
Timothy A. Dinan—Dinan & Associates PC, Grosse Pointe Park
Diane Ebersole—Practice Management Advisor, State Bar of Michigan, Lansing
Carolyn Elefant—MyShingle.com, Washington DC
C. Denise Fawcett—Law Office of C. Denise Fawcett, Ann Arbor
Daniel T. Geherin—Simon & Geherin PLLC, Ann Arbor
Roy S. Ginsburg—Roy S. Ginsburg JD, Minnetonka, MN
Jennifer M. Harvey—Harvey Legal Group PLLC, Ann Arbor
Barron K. Henley—Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, OH
Carrie E. Huff—Alane & Chartier, PLC, Lansing
Elizabeth C. Jolliffe—Your Benchmark Coach, Ann Arbor
Mark E. Kellogg—Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap PC, Lansing
William A. McNeil—vLawyer Consulting LLC, Orlando, FL
Randy Arden Musbach—Law Office of Randy Musbach, Chelsea
David L. Rogers—Rogers Mantese & Associates PC, Farmington Hills
David L. Shaltz—Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices PLLC, East Lansing
Lawrence Shoffner—Lawrence Shoffner Esq., Detroit
Elizabeth A. Silverman—Elizabeth A. Silverman PC, Farmington Hills
F. Martin Tieber—Tieber Law Office, Lansing
Janet K. Welch—Director, State Bar of Michigan, Lansing

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John J. Conway  
John J. Conway has been in solo law practice since 1999 handling a wide range of litigation matters. He represents clients in matters involving commercial litigation, employment law, employee benefits, and ERISA, as well as other general litigation matters. Mr. Conway also serves of counsel to Fildew Hinks, PLLC and maintains his office within their firm. He previously worked for the Michigan Court of Appeals as a prehearing attorney, and as a trial attorney at the firm of Mantese, Miller, and Mantese, PC in Troy. Active in the American Bar Association, Mr. Conway is a past member of the Young Lawyers Division Council and a member of the Litigation Section and the Labor and Employment Law Section, where he serves on the ERISA and Employee Benefits Litigation Subcommittee of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee.
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Timothy A. Dinan  
Timothy A. Dinan has experience in civil practice representing insurance and real estate interests and also has an active interest in cases involving firearms and claims of self-defense. His practice also encompasses representing individuals before the Attorney Grievance Commission and the State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on Character and Fitness. Mr. Dinan is currently an adjunct professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law teaching a class in bar preparation. A member of ICLE's Criminal Law Advisory Board, he is active in various bar associations and has been recognized by "Michigan Super Lawyers" and Martindale-Hubbell.
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Diane Ebersole  
Diane Ebersole is a practice management advisor for the State Bar's Practice Management Resource Center (PMRC). The purpose of the PMRC is to help bar members operate their law practices more efficiently and effectively by providing information, training, resources, and hands-on assistance through a broad-based clearinghouse, thereby enhancing their practice management skills. Ms. Ebersole provides training and educational opportunities specific to the bar members' work environment. Ms. Ebersole has over 20 years of information technology (IT) experience at educational institutions and most recently as the IT director for the regional office of a Fortune 500 company.
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Carolyn Elefant  
Carolyn Elefant is a practicing lawyer in Washington DC who blogs, writes, consults, and speaks about going and growing solo in the 21st century. Her blog, MyShingle.com, launched in 2002, is the longest running blog on solo and small firm practice and has been included in the American Bar Association's (ABA's) Blawg 100 Hall of Fame. Ms. Elefant is also author of Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be (Lawyer Avenue 2011), the most up-to-date book on starting a law practice, and coauthor of Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier. She was named a 2010 ABA Legal Rebel.
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C. Denise Fawcett  
C. Denise Fawcett practices in the areas of divorce and family law. She does private arbitration and private mediation for counsel and parties involving family law disputes. As a primary focus, Ms. Fawcett offers services as a consultant in divorce matters to attorneys by assisting counsel in the handling of their cases at any stage. She also offers private counsel to clients experiencing the divorce process. Ms. Fawcett is a former vice president of the Washtenaw Trial Lawyers Association and a past member of the Friend of the Court Liaison Committee of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. She has served as a judge for the University of Michigan mock trials and has been a judge at competitions for the University of Michigan, Detroit College of Law, and Wayne State University Law Schools. Ms. Fawcett has also spoken at many ICLE seminars.
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Daniel T. Geherin  
Daniel T. Geherin focuses his practice in criminal defense, juvenile delinquency, drunk driving defense, and driver license restoration cases. A graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, he is licensed to practice law in both Michigan and California. Prior to becoming a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Geherin was a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles, California, prosecuting criminal offenses such as gang offenses, sexual assaults, major narcotics violations, juvenile delinquency, and complex white-collar criminal offenses. He is a member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association, and the Washtenaw County Bar Association, where he is the past chair of the Criminal Law Section.
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Roy S. Ginsburg  
Roy S. Ginsburg is a lawyer coach who works with attorneys across the nation to help them achieve individualized practice goals and career satisfaction. Hundreds of individual attorneys across the country have turned to him for expert support in these areas. Mr. Ginsburg also helps lawyers sell their practices, either acting behind the scenes as a strategic advisor or as a broker by actively selling the practice on the retiring attorney's behalf. Like the people he coaches, he is a lawyer. Mr. Ginsburg has practiced for more than 30 years, in law firms large to small and as in-house counsel. As a currently active solo with a part-time practice in legal marketing ethics (with Thomson Reuters as a client), he is completely familiar with the challenges working lawyers face each and every day of their professional lives. Mr. Ginsburg is also a skilled, popular, and accredited CLE speaker who regularly presents programs nationwide on business development, client services and career management to bar association as well as law firm audiences. In addition, he guest blogs on lawyerist.com, myshingle.com, attorneyatwork.com, and solopracticeuniversity.com.
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Jennifer M. Harvey  
Jennifer M. Harvey focuses her practice on estate planning, probate, real estate, and business contracts. She is an active member of the State Bar of Michigan, serving on the Client Protection Fund Committee and on the Young Lawyers Section Council. Ms. Harvey has completed the Probate and Estate Planning Certificate Program developed by ICLE in cooperation with the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. A graduate of Ave Maria School of Law, she is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Toledo College of Law. Ms. Harvey has been featured in Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Detroit Legal News, and Detroit Free Press and has been published in Michigan Bar Journal and Inter Alia.
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Barron K. Henley  
Barron K. Henley is an attorney, a "legal technologist" since 1990, and a founding member of Affinity Consulting Group, Columbus, Ohio, a firm that handles all aspects of law practice automation. He heads Affinity's HotDocs document assembly and software training departments and has authored legal-specific manuals on HotDocs document assembly, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Acrobat. Mr. Henley received his J.D. from The Ohio State University and is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), and the Columbus Bar Association, as well as the Worthington Estate Planning Council. He is also a member of the ABA Law Practice Management Section and a former chair of the OSBA Law Office Automation and Technology Committee. Mr. Henley teaches continuing legal education (CLE) classes covering practice management, document management, file management, server and personal computer issues, remote access, mobile lawyering, scanning and paper reduction strategies, electronic case filing, Word, Excel, Outlook, WordPerfect, HotDocs document assembly, Adobe Acrobat, malpractice avoidance, and many other topics. He speaks throughout the U.S. for the ABA; numerous state and local bar associations; CLE organizations in Indiana, Michigan (ICLE), and Virginia; the Law Society of British Columbia; the Seattle University School of Law; the National Association of College and University Attorneys; and many others.
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Carrie E. Huff  
Carrie E. Huff focuses her practice in the areas of domestic relations and family law, personal protection litigation, real estate litigation, and general civil litigation. She is a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a member of the New York State Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan, where she is a member of the Family Law and Real Property Law Sections. Ms. Huff is also a member of Ingham County Bar Association, cochair of its Family Law Section, and a member of the Real Estate Section. She has served on several local city and township committees and boards. Ms. Huff has authored and published several articles in the Real Estate Power Report on such topics as post-judgment collection, landlord tenant proceedings, and residential investing. She has presented on issues related to personal protection orders and moderated for ICLE on various family law issues, including custody, parenting time, paternity, adoption, bankruptcy, and property settlement issues. Ms. Huff was named a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011 and 2012.
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Elizabeth C. Jolliffe  
Elizabeth C. Jolliffe is a career management and business development coach for lawyers. She founded her coaching practice in 2008 after being a partner, a former recruiting committee chair, and a commercial litigator at Clark Hill PLC, a large Detroit-based firm, for 19 years. Ms. Jolliffe is the president of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, a board member of the Washtenaw County Bar Association, an officer of the State Bar of Michigan's Law Practice Management and Legal Administrators Section, and an active member in the Wayne and Washtenaw Regions of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, she was certified as a professional coach in 2009 by the Coaches Training Institute. Ms. Jolliffe is also a case evaluator for the Wayne County Mediation Tribunal. She speaks frequently within firms and bar associations on the subjects of career management and business development, with an emphasis on raising one's profile, networking, and developing business through a niche market.
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Mark E. Kellogg  
Mark E. Kellogg practices in the areas of taxation, estate planning, business succession planning, commercial transactions (including mergers and acquisitions), nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, real estate transactions, and corporate and probate law. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law. Mr. Kellogg is a member of the State Bar of Michigan (Taxation, Probate & Estate Planning, Elder Law & Disability Rights, and Business Law Sections) and the Ingham and Clinton County Bar Associations. He is currently a member of the board of directors and treasurer of the Mid-Michigan Planned Giving Council and a member of the Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council (former board member). Also a certified public accountant (CPA), Mr. Kellogg is affiliated with the Family Firm Institute, the Michigan Association of CPAs, and American Association of Attorney-CPAs. In addition, he has been an active member in several community and charitable organizations and served on the City of Lansing Income Tax Board of Review. Mr. Kellogg has been a frequent program speaker, covering a variety of topics including estate planning, trusts and trust administration, buying and selling businesses, business valuations, real estate matters, like-kind exchanges, and other tax planning topics
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William A. McNeil  
William A. McNeil lives in Orlando, Florida, and practices criminal law in Michigan by leveraging technology. He is the founder of McNeil Law Office PLC and the cofounder of vLawyer Consulting, where he provides Internet marketing services for clients nationwide. Mr. McNeil is a frequent speaker on the topic of websites, Internet marketing, and virtual law practices. He coauthored an article published in the December 2010 issue of Michigan Bar Journal on Internet marketing.
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Randy Arden Musbach  
Randy Arden Musbach practices in the area of no-fault insurance law, representing clients with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other catastrophic injuries. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan (past chair of the District G Character and Fitness Committee, past member of the Special Committee on Electronic Filing Task Force), the Washtenaw County Bar Association (past president; chair of the Technolgy Committee), and the Washtenaw Association for Justice (past "Lawyer of the Year") and a past chair of the Washtenaw County Trial Court Case Evaluation Committee. Mr. Musbach is a frequent lecturer on technology issues for ICLE and various other state, local, and trial bar associations. He exclusively uses Apple products in his paperless law practice, including an iPad, an iPhone and a MacBook.
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David L. Rogers  
David L. Rogers practices in the area of health care law. He focuses primarily on representing health care providers and professionals in matters such as contracts, third-party payer audits and reimbursement, fraud and abuse issues, business organization, professional license disciplinary actions, legislative issues, and joint ventures. Mr. Rogers is a member of the State Bar of Michigan's Health Care Law Section (fellow; past chair); the American Health Lawyers Association; the Federal Bar Association-Detroit Chapter (cochair, Health Law Committee); and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. At Wayne State University (WSU), Mr. Rogers has been an active member of the boards of visitors for the honors college, the law school, the law school alumni association, and the medical library of the School of Medicine. He is also a past member of the integrative medicine faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine residency program of the WSU School of Medicine. Mr. Rogers has been selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer in health care law every year since Super Lawyers began rating Michigan lawyers. He has also been selected for several years as a dBusiness Top Lawyer and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. He is a frequent speaker and author on health law topics and has been a presenter at many of the annual ICLE Health Law Institutes since their inception in 1995.
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David L. Shaltz  
David L. Shaltz practices in the areas of elder law and administrative law. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the State Bar of Michigan's Elder Law and Disability Rights Section, Administrative and Regulatory Law Section, and Probate and Estate Planning Section. Mr. Shaltz is a former chapter author for Michigan Guardianship and Conservatorship Handbook (ICLE rev ed) and a former chapter author and editor of Advising the Older or Disabled Client (ICLE 3rd ed). His most recent publication is the 2013 edition of the Primer on Michigan's Medicaid Program, published by Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. Mr. Shaltz was honored by that organization with the 2010 Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Award and, in 2012, the Michigan Campaign for Quality Care presented him with the Nadene Mitcham Courage and Heart Award for his advocacy on behalf of long term care consumers. He has been an ICLE contributor for many years and is a frequent trainer on elder law topics for community groups, professional organizations, and nonprofit organizations that serve older and disabled persons
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Lawrence Shoffner  
Lawrence Shoffner practices in the areas of commercial leasing and real estate-related litigation. He is a past chair of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan; a member of the section's council since 2000; a past chair of the section's Special Committee on Commercial Leasing; and a current member of SBM's Publications and Website Advisory Committee. Mr. Shoffner is coauthor of ICLE's Michigan Lease Drafting and Landlord-Tenant Law and the author of numerous articles on commercial leasing and real estate-related litigation for Michigan Real Property Review and Michigan Bar Journal. A frequent speaker for ICLE and other organizations, including the American Bar Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers, he is a member of ICLE's Executive Committee and Real Property Law Advisory Board and a long-time contributor to ICLE's online Formbank.
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Elizabeth A. Silverman  
Elizabeth A. Silverman has been a member of the State Bar of Michigan since 1984, and has twice been chair of the General Practice—Solo & Small Firm Section, has served in every officer position of the Section, and is currently serving on the Section Council. She also served on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for the State Bar of Michigan. A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Ms. Silverman began her legal career with Carson Fischer Potts in Birmingham working with local celebrities such as Rich Fischer and Bill Bonds. She became a sole practitioner in 1990 and has focused her practice in domestic relations. Ms. Silverman was most recently mother's counsel in Mueller v. Mueller, in which the trial court decision to prohibit father's girlfriend from spending overnights when he had parenting time was upheld in the Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court.
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F. Martin Tieber  
F. Martin Tieber practices in the area of criminal law. He is in private practice, representing criminal defendants on direct appeal and in state postconviction and federal habeas litigation. He retired from the State Appellate Defender Office after nearly 29 years of service. For 24 years Mr. Tieber directed the Lansing office of the State Appellate Defender, concentrating on complex state and federal appellate litigation and legislative advocacy. For nearly two decades he taught several courses at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing. Mr. Tieber is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a past president of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan. He has written articles for the Michigan Bar Journal in his practice area, federal habeas practice, and has conducted statewide training in this area for nearly a decade. For six years Mr. Tieber sat on the state's Criminal Justice Training Commission. He also founded Michigan's Innocence Project and served as the first chair of the Innocence Project Commission in 2000-2001.
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Janet K. Welch  
Janet K. Welch is executive director of the State Bar of Michigan, Lansing. She has had an extensive career in state government, beginning in the Michigan Legislature where she served as a legislative analyst in the House and as the first director of the Senate's nonpartisan legislative analysis office. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Ms. Welch was a law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Griffin. She stayed at the Court for over a decade in a variety of positions, culminating in a position as Supreme Court counsel. In 1998, the Council of State Governments named her a Toll Fellow for outstanding achievement and service to state government. Ms. Welch is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government's Senior Executive Program at Harvard University and was a Fulbright Scholar in comparative literature in the former Yugoslavia.

 

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