Miller Canfield Announces 11 Hires Across 7 Offices

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Joanna Dreaver // Photo courtesy of Miller CanfieldMiller Canfield in Detroit has announced that nine associate attorneys have joined the firm in six of its key practice groups: corporate and transactions, employment and labor, energy and environmental, financial institutions, litigation and dispute resolution, and real estate.

Joanna Dreaver has joined the litigation and dispute resolution group in the firm’s Troy office. She comes to the firm after working as a contract attorney at Perdue Law Group in Grand Rapids. In 2015, Dreaver was a summer intern for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Judge Helene White. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Michigan.

Michael Fisher has joined the energy and environmental group in the firm’s Lansing office. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and he earned his Master of Public Administration from Central Michigan University and his bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from Ferris State University. He was a legal extern at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Appeals Board in Washington, D.C. Fisher was a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Kareem Gibson joined the financial institutions group in the Detroit office. He is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and the University of London, where he earned a graduate diploma of law. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina. While studying in London, Gibson was a student advisor at the Start-Ed Legal Clinic, where he helped clients with contractual and other business issues.

Dominique Giordano Gonzales joined the real estate group in the Chicago office. She comes to Miller Canfield from Cook County Circuit Court, where she was a clerk for Judge Celia G. Gamrath. Prior to her clerkship, she worked as a corporate counsel extern for Whirlpool Corp. in Benton Harbor. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and earned her bachelor’s degrees in political science and Spanish from Villanova University.

Arthur Griem joined the corporate and transactions group in the Ann Arbor office. He is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and earned his bachelor’s degree in leadership and management studies from New York University. Griem worked as a legal extern for TI Automotive in Auburn Hills. While at NYU, he was a captain of the university’s ice hockey team, which won the ACHA Division II national championship in 2015.

Vera Hansen joined the corporate and transactions group in the Detroit office. She is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and law at the University of Tübingen in Tübingen, Germany. She was a legal intern at Lear Corp. in Southfield and at Tata Motors in Pune, India.

Alyssa Hussein has joined the litigation and dispute resolution group in the Detroit office. She is a graduate of University of Detroit Mercy Law School and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She earned her bachelor’s degree in women and gender studies, political science, and history from the University of Toronto.

Erica Jilek has joined the employment and labor group in the Detroit office. She is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Central Michigan University.

Barbara Moore joined the employment and labor group in the firm’s Kalamazoo office. Moore comes to Miller Canfield from Varnum in Grand Rapids, where she was an associate in the firm’s employment and labor practice. Before joining Varnum in 2018, she was a legal intern at the United Community Housing Coalition in Detroit. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University.

In addition to the nine associates, the firm announced that senior counsel attorneys Howard Weissman joined the firm’s corporate and transactions group in Washington, D.C., and L. Steven Platt joined the employment and labor group in Chicago. Platt was previously a partner at the Chicago firm of Robbins, Salomon and Patt, where he headed the labor and employment practice with a special focus on employment litigation. Weissman comes to Miller Canfield from Baker and McKenzie, where he was part of the firm’s compliance and investigations practice since 2014. He had previously served as vice president and associate general counsel at Lockheed Martin Corp.

Miller Canfield has more than 220 lawyers practicing in all major areas of law and 18 offices in six countries.

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