Retired Major General Michael A. Stone has returned to the Southfield-based law firm Warner Norcross and Judd LLP after an active-duty deployment of nearly a year commanding Task Force 46 in its fight against COVID-19.
Stone announced his retirement from the Michigan Army National Guard after a 33-year career culminating with his position as the Commanding General of the 46th Military Police Command. Stone was deployed on three occasions, including combat tours in the Persian Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Stone led the force that was originally created to handle catastrophic chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents in the United States. The 46th, comprised primarily of soldiers from Michigan, quickly mobilized to provide support for U.S. Army North and the Department of Defense in the federal COVID-19 response.
While in command, the unit worked closely with civilian hospitals across the country to provide equipment and support medical staff from the Department of Defense. In his new role at Warner, Stone will resume his position as co-chair of the firm’s aerospace and defense and government services industry group.
He also uses his experience as chair of the National Guard Association of the U.S. Cyber Task Force and as a former member of the Michigan Governor Cyber Executive Team to participate in the firm’s cybersecurity and privacy practice group.
“We’re delighted to welcome Mike back to Warner and appreciate his significant contributions on the COVID front lines,” says Linda Paullin-Hebden, executive partner of Warner’s Southfield office. “Mike’s unwavering commitment to service and relevant experience working within the Armed Forces are a real asset to the firm and to our clients.”
Stone received several honors for his leadership of Task Force 46, including being named an honorary Texan by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
“The Warner culture is closely aligned to the military values that I’ve come to appreciate, a fact evidenced by its support of my role as a citizen soldier,” says Stone.
Warner is a corporate law firm with 230 attorneys practicing in eight offices throughout
Michigan: Grand Rapids, Southfield, Midland, Clinton Township, Muskegon, Kalamazoo,
Holland, and Lansing.