Honigman named 2010 Law Firm of the Year by Community Legal Resources
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP (Honigman) has been named the 2010 “Law Firm of the Year” by Community Legal Resources (CLR). The mission of CLR is to support and empower nonprofit community organizations in Michigan that serve low-income individuals and communities, with an emphasis on community economic development, by providing pro bono legal services and technical assistance.
According to Sara Jean Baker, Communications & Development Manager for Community Legal Resources, “Honigman has always been an important partner to CLR, but the work and commitment demonstrated this year truly needs to be honored. The firm has increased the number and type of referrals accepted, is stepping up in accepting referrals from outside SE Michigan, and made massive contributions to both the ROOF and FLOOR legal teams, which is noteworthy.”
The pre-foreclosure agreement Foreclosure Limitation, Owner Occupancy Retention (FLOOR) and the post-foreclosure agreement Retaining Occupancy on Foreclosure (Roof) are tools available to lenders, servicers, owners, tenants and housing advocates to workout arrangements for continuing occupancy of affected single-family residential properties in order to reduce community wide vacancies caused by foreclosure.
Honigman Real Estate Partner Mitchell R. Meisner serves on the CLR Board of Directors and chaired the legal teams that drafted the FLOOR and ROOF agreements. I. W. Winsten and Nicholas B. Gorga, both Partners in Honigman’s Litigation Department, serve as Co-chairs of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Other attorneys involved in the project and their Honigman office location include:
- Joscelyn C. Boucher, Kalamazoo
- Audrey P. DiMarzo, Ann Arbor
- Rebecca L. Donnini, Bloomfield Hills
- Thomas W. Forster II, Bloomfield Hills
- Margaret E. Greene, Detroit
- Karl A. Hochkammer, Detroit
- Ann T. Hollenbeck, Detroit
- Karissa M.W. Holmes, Detroit
- Kara L. Hoorn, Kalamazoo
- Barbara A. Kaye, Ann Arbor
- Donald J. Kunz, Detroit
- Jeffrey H. Kuras, Detroit
- A’Jené M. Maxwell, Detroit
- Kenneth J. Phillips, Detroit
- G. Scott Romney, Detroit
- Jill S. Schloff, Bloomfield Hills
- Abby M. Stover, Detroit
- Kimberly A. Yourchock, Detroit
In 2008, Honigman was named Pro Bono Law Firm of the year by the Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. This organization is Michigan’s largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents serving metropolitan Detroit.
About ROOF and FLOOR
The ROOF and FLOOR Agreements were generated by a Detroit-area volunteer legal team that includes attorney representatives of housing advocacy groups, mortgage servicing firms, general commercial law firms (including lending, bankruptcy and banking lawyers), commercial borrower counsel and commercial bank in-house real estate counsel. Honigman Real Estate Partner Mitchell R. Meisner chaired the legal team, which acted in conjunction with the Detroit Office of Foreclosure Prevention and Response and Community Legal Resources. The model FLOOR and ROOF documents are complete and in various stages of evaluation and implementation by the affected parties. The agreements have also been widely circulated among local, state and federal agencies involved in dealing with the mortgage foreclosure crisis.
The mission of Community Legal Resources is to support and empower nonprofit community organizations in Michigan that serve low-income individuals and communities, with an emphasis on community economic development, by providing pro bono legal services and technical assistance. Founded in 1998, CLR has provided over $9 million in free legal assistance to over 900 nonprofits in Michigan and vacant property related assistance to over 200 community organizations in Detroit. Find CLR at www.clronline.org and on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.