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Month: September 2019

The Dobrusin Law Firm Sponsors and Participates in the 4th Annual Ride 2 End Suicide

Now in its fourth year, the Ride 2 End Suicide brings together suicide survivors, their families, friends, supporters, and local biking enthusiasts to raise awareness about health and recovery and to raise money for life-saving suicide prevention programs.  The ride also honors the legacy of Marie Jozefiak, the inspiration for the annual bike event.

The Dobrusin Law Firm proudly sponsored this year’s event and also supported senior counsel Terry Finerman and building services manager Jim Luckhardt as they pedaled the 30-mile route with 300 other riders on September 7th.

Funds raised during the ride will assist KnowResolve and Common Ground. Both non-profit organizations provide suicide awareness and prevention services to the community, connect people struggling with available resources, and provide education, support, and crisis intervention programs.

KnowResolve recently established The Shed, a new community center located in Shelby Township for teens, by teens, with programs that focus on the arts with music, poetry readings, storytelling, open mic nights, art and photography exhibits, classes, and workshops. The center also offers support groups and drop-in counseling, as well as yoga, meditation, and restorative practices.

Rebecca Wilson Named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law

We are pleased to share that Michigan Lawyers Weekly has selected Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Rebecca Wilson to its 2019 class of Women in the Law! Becky, along with 29 other outstanding women lawyers, was celebrated at a special awards program on September 5, 2019. 

According to Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Women in the Law honorees are committed to excellence in the practice of law and are inspiring and accomplished leaders in the legal profession. They seek improvements to the legal community and the community at large, demonstrate leadership in advancing the justice system in Michigan, and contribute significant time and effort to volunteerism and pro bono activities.

Becky’s dedication to her clients, her community, and her family are incomparable, making her a most deserving recipient of the award.

Managing shareholder Kristen Pursley, a member of the 2013 Women in the Law class, served as a presenter at this year’s event.

We congratulate Becky and all of the remarkable women who received the award!

Daniela Walters Named to Oakland County Executive’s “Elite 40 Under 40”

We are pleased to share that Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Daniela Walters, was selected to the 2019 class of the Oakland County Executive’s “Elite 40 Under 40.” 

The prestigious honor spotlights top business and community leaders under the age of 40 who are making a difference in the Oakland County region. This year’s class was recognized at a private reception hosted by County Executive L. Brooks Patterson prior to his death. 

“I am humbled to be included in this select group of leaders,” said Daniela. “It is both inspiring and a privilege to be in the company of 39 other leaders who care so passionately about our communities and professions.”

A peer-review selection committee evaluated each nominee based on professional achievement, community leadership, and service, as well as other “elite” characteristics that made them standout candidates for the recognition.

Earlier this summer, Daniela received Main Street Oakland County’s Community Influencer Award for her efforts to preserve and energize their business and civic communities. She is co-founder and President of Main Street Pontiac, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization advocating for and fostering a vibrant, safe, and historic downtown Pontiac.

The Dobrusin Law Firm Proudly Sponsors LO Palooza, the Year’s Not-to-be-Missed Event!

If your end-of-summer plans don’t include LO Palooza, be sure to shuffle your schedule and join the Dobrusin Law Firm on September 14 for a fabulous day of live music, food trucks, face painting, and a fierce corn hole competition!

Now in its sixth year, LO Palooza is a joint effort between Orion Township and The Daisy Project – Michigan.  The event has helped fund significant improvements to area playgrounds and parks, including wheelchair swings, special playground equipment, and beach mats that enable wheelchairs to navigate sand and terrain that is otherwise inaccessible. Proceeds from this year’s event will help further adapt North Oakland’s Miracle Field, Michigan’s first baseball field for children with physical or cognitive disabilities.

LO Palooza will be held at the Wildwood Amphitheater and begins at noon.  Seven bands are scheduled throughout the day and into the evening, with food and beverages available to purchase from three food truck vendors and a beer tent. Admission is $15 per person if purchased online ($20 at the gate), and children under the age of 12 enter for free!

With the event just around the corner, there are still volunteer opportunities available. Click here to learn how you can help.

Five Dobrusin Law Firm Attorneys Named to 2019 List of Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

The Dobrusin Law Firm is pleased to announce that founding shareholder Eric Dobrusin and managing shareholder Kristen Pursley have been included on the list of Michigan Super Lawyers, and that shareholders Katherine Pacynski, Paul Palinski, and Daniela Walters were named Rising Stars.

  • Eric concentrates his practice in patent counseling and strategic patent prosecution, with particular emphasis in the fields of materials science (including plastics, ceramics, metals and electronic materials), biomedical technologies, and automotive technologies.  This marks Eric’s 14th appearance on the Michigan Super Lawyers list.
  • Kristen counsels tier-one automotive suppliers, medical diagnostic and device manufacturers, and consumer product and packaging producers in intellectual property matters. 2019 marks Kristen’s first appearance on the Michigan Super Lawyers list; she was named a Rising Star in each of the previous five years.
  • Katie focuses her practice on mechanical, chemical, and materials science arts, with emphasis on nonwoven materials and automotive applications, such as steering columns and other components. This is the first year Katie was named to the list of Rising Stars.
  • Paul concentrates his practice in patent counseling and strategic patent prosecution, with particular emphasis on mechanical, electromechanical, and biomedical technologies. This is his fourth appearance on the list of Rising Stars.
  • Daniela is a patent attorney and the face of many of the firm’s community outreach activities. Prior to her legal career, she worked as an engineer in the automotive industry. This is her third appearance on the list of Rising Stars,

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding attorneys across more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Rising Stars – lawyers who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less – are among the top up-and-coming attorneys in Michigan. Only five percent of lawyers are named Super Lawyers, while only two and a half percent are named Rising Stars.

Selections for this list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, an affiliate of Thomson Reuters. The multi-phase selection process includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, and a peer review.

The Dobrusin Law Firm is Celebrating its 20th Anniversary Throughout the Year!

Our 20th anniversary gives us a reason to celebrate throughout the year, and the Phoenix Derby Races provided the perfect backdrop to share our business and community pride with downtown Pontiac. Thank you to everyone who joined us during the Derby viewing party held outside our offices.  We thoroughly enjoyed your company and the fabulous fare provided by Alley Cat Café, Plain & Fancy, and Harold’s Italian Ice!

The Dobrusin Law Firm Helps Inspire the Pontiac Arts Scene

We are pleased to once again support Canvas Pontiac, a Main Street Pontiac initiative that brings the arts to downtown Pontiac and inspires the community.

Now in its seventh year, Canvas Pontiac is a collaborative effort with the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and the Pontiac Arts Commission.  The program invites artists from around the globe to submit and display their work in photography and handcraft mediums. Additionally, the program includes a scholastic category for Pontiac High School and International Technology Academy students.

The Dobrusin Law Firm is a proud sponsor and an active partner in Canvas Pontiac, with coordination and planning executed by the Firm’s Community Outreach Coordinator Marijayne Renny and shareholder Daniela Walters. Submissions were evaluated by a panel of judges with diverse art backgrounds – including Marijayne and three-time finalist Franklin Dobrusin – who considered more than 150 entries, ultimately selecting the top 25 submissions.

The final 25 selections were debuted at Fete de l’Art, a kickoff event presented by the DIA and hosted by Main Street Pontiac, and are now showcased on 8’x10’ canvases installed on various buildings throughout the downtown, creating an outdoor walking gallery and adding additional interest and aesthetic appeal. An estimated 18,000 commuters and visitors walking the streets of downtown Pontiac will see the new canvases.  The artists enjoy the opportunity for increased exposure and the top three artists in each category received a cash prize.

The Dobrusin Law Firm was delighted to work with Main Street Pontiac and the Pontiac Arts Commission to co-sponsor this important community program with the DIA, The Treasury, and McLaren Oakland. We invite you to walk the tour, celebrate this year’s winners, and support the arts in Pontiac. Click here to learn more.

Good Times at the Phoenix Derby Races!

What a great day it was at the 2019 Phoenix Derby Races!

Area middle and high school STEAM students put their minds to work to engineer and build the fastest wooden gravity-powered cars in Pontiac. Races for the checkered flag were hard-fought and the celebrations were well-earned by the students and their professional STEAM collaborators and mentors.

Speeding past the finish line first was team “Burnt Toast,” consisting of middle schoolers, with teams “City Girls” and “Missing Partz” as close second- and third-place finishers, respectively. A total of ten student teams participated in the student portion of the event.

At the conclusion of the student races, Main Street Pontiac, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with the City of Pontiac government, Oakland County Economic Development, and the Pontiac Downtown Business Association, awarded $1,000 scholarships to Shar’Day Hardiman, Jouchee Yang, and Rebecca Murray (pictured above) – three students intent on pursuing post-secondary educations in STEAM fields. The scholarships were made possible through sponsorship by McLaren Oakland, General Motors Pontiac Engineering Center, The Dobrusin Law Firm, and Main Street Pontiac.

The day-long event was topped off by friendly adult-bracket races. Competition for the fastest car was fierce, but in some races, winning had as much to do with speed as it did with style. Either way, efforts in both categories were impressive and entertaining! The top teams included independent racer Nick Walters and Dobrusin’s downtown business neighbors LocalHop and First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac.

Now in its second year, the Phoenix Derby Races are made possible through significant involvement from our community neighbors and partners. Special thanks to Dobrusin Law Firm shareholder Daniela Walters and Community Outreach Coordinator Marijayne Renny, two of the event’s primary coordinators. In addition to The Dobrusin Law Firm, sponsors and partners included:

  • General Motors Pontiac Engineering Center
  • DASI Solutions
  • M1 Concourse
  • Genisys Credit Union
  • Alley Cat Café
  • Marriott of Auburn Hills and Pontiac
  • The City of Pontiac
  • Pontiac Regional Chamber
  • Harmony Healing
  • STAR EMS
  • Honor Community Health
  • LocalHop

Thank you to everyone for making the Phoenix Derby Races such a great educational and family-friendly event. We look forward to next year’s competition!

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The Dobrusin Law Firm
29 W. Lawrence St.
Suite 210
Pontiac, MI 48342

Phone: 248-292-2920
Fax: 248-292-2910
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