Bodman PLC Appoints New Associates

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Michigan-based law firm Bodman PLC has hired three new associate attorneys to join its firm: Annalise A. Lekas, Ameena R. Sheikh, and Nicholas Q. Taylor.

The new associates are all based in Bodman’s Detroit office and were all members of the firm’s 2015 class of summer associates.

Lekas is a member of the firms’s business practice group, and represents business clients involved in matters including corporate organizations, mergers, and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Bodman, Lekas worked in the office of U.S. Representative Tim Walberg in Washington, D.C., as an intern. While in law school, Lekas was editor for the Emory International Law Review.

Lekas, of Birmingham, is a graduate of the Emory University School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctor degree with honors. She also studied at the University of Michigan and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish and a minor in Chinese.

Sheikh, (right), is a member of Bodman’s litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice group. She represents clients involved in commercial litigation matters.

Prior to joining Bodman, Sheikh was a member of several Wayne Law Moot Court teams. She is active in pro bono and volunteer work, including the Detroit-based Family Adoption Program at Matrix Family Services and student mentoring with VIP Mentoring, Inc., in Detroit.

Sheikh, of Bloomfield Hills, is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School, where she received the Dean’s Scholarship and was the recipient of the Silver and Bronze Key Certificates for academic achievement.

Taylor, (left), works with both Bodman’s high net worth and tax practice groups, and he represents individual clients in connection with estate planning, related tax matter, and the administration of complex trusts and estates. He also represents charitable and tax-exempt organizations in securing and retaining exempt status, advising on corporate governance issues, and counseling on general operational matters.

Prior to joining Bodman, Taylor worked as a law clerk for the Farmington Hill law firm Zausmer, Kaufman, August, and Caldwell, where he gained experience in insurance litigation, eminent domain, and other areas.

Taylor, of West Bloomfield, is a graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude, and he was the article editor for the Indiana Law Journal. He was also the press and media chair for a local chapter of the American Constitution Society.

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