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Honigman elects eight new partners

January 11, 2012

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has elected eight of its attorneys as new partners in the firm effective January 1, 2012. Honigman’s new partners are listed below.

Kara L. Hoorn practices in the Corporate and Securities Department in the firm’s Kalamazoo office. Hoorn’s law practice includes private securities offerings, venture capital financings, and other corporate matters, with an emphasis on biotechnology, medical device and drug development issues. She is also experienced in corporate creation and records management for start-up businesses. Hoorn earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Richmond School of Law and a B.A. in psychology from Kalamazoo College.

Adam Jahnke practices in the Real Estate Department in the firm’s Detroit office. He counsels clients in many aspects of real estate law, including development, leasing, financing and entity formation and restructuring. His experience spans a variety of industries, including retail, office, industrial, multifamily and casino gaming. Jahnke earned a J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and a B.B.A., with high distinction, in finance and marketing from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Adam K. Keith practices in the Commercial Law, Bankruptcy and Reorganization Department in the firm’s Detroit office. Keith counsels manufacturers and other businesses throughout the supply chain in their relationships with suppliers, customers and lenders. He also counsels buyers and sellers of distressed and non-distressed businesses and assets with a special emphasis on automotive- related transactions. Keith earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.S., cum laude, in economics from Michigan State University.

Matthew Keuten practices in the Health Care Department in the firm’s Detroit office. Keuten’s practice focuses on advising health care providers in connection with affiliations, mergers and acquisitions and compliance matters, including the Stark Law, Anti-kickback Statute, and laws and regulations affecting tax-exempt entities. He also advises managed care companies with regard to enrollment, certification and various other third-party payer issues. He earned a J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School and a B.A., with high honors, in political economy from Michigan State University.

Brett A. Krueger practices in the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group in the firm’s Oakland County office. Krueger counsels clients on identifying, evaluating, procuring, enforcing and licensing intellectual property rights, as well the avoidance of infringement risks. His experience includes patent prosecution and opinions in the areas of mechanical engineering, robotics, automation, medical devices and software. Krueger earned a J.D., cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S., with high honors, in mechanical engineering with a bioengineering option from the University of Illinois.

Evan J. Leibhan practices in the Corporate and Securities Department in the firm’s Detroit office. Leibhan focuses his practice primarily on the representation of private equity funds and their portfolio companies in many aspects of their businesses. His experience includes structuring, negotiating and advising on various acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, senior and subordinated debt financings, growth equity and venture capital investments, restructurings, commercial business transactions, executive compensation arrangements, corporate governance matters and other general corporate matters. Leibhan earned a J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School and a B.A., with high honors, in general business administration from Michigan State University.

Steven J. Rypma practices in the Real Estate Department in the firm’s Kalamazoo office. Rypma counsels buyers, sellers, investors and lending institutions in the purchase, sale, leasing and financing of commercial real estate, as well as negotiating and drafting commercial leases for office, retail and industrial spaces. In addition, he advises clients on general corporate and business transactions, including entity formation, structuring, interest transfers, stock sales and joint ventures. Rypma earned a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, a B.A., cum laude, in business administration from Hope College and a B.S. in geology with an environmental emphasis also from Hope College. He earned LEED GA (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design) certification in 2010.

Shawn A. Strand practices in the Tax Department in the firm’s Detroit office. Strand advises clients regarding corporate and partnership taxation, mergers and acquisitions, tax-exempt entities, individual tax collection matters and taxation of captive insurance companies. He also advises clients regarding captive domiciles, ownership structure and operations for legal and tax purposes, as well as counsels individuals on various aspects of estate and wealth transfer planning, including the preparation of wills and trusts, and the formation and operation of private foundations and public charities. Strand earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.S. in computer science from the University of Michigan.