News & Events

Fall, 2014
  • Couzens Lansky will be presenting a seminar entitled "2014 Critical Legal Developments" on Monday morning, October 20, 2014. This seminar is offered to CPAs, Accountants and Insurance and Financial Professionals. Seminar topics include "Trending Estate Planning Issues", "Essentials When Your Client Buys or Sells a Business", Understanding Preferences and Foreclosures" and "Tax Updates and Insights". RSVPs must be submitted by October 15. Contact Kelly Gibson (our seminar coordinator) at 248.489.8600 or Kelly.Gibson@couzens.com for information about registering for any of the Firm’s seminars. Registration is limited. Prior seminars have been at full capacity.

Fall, 2014
  • The firm is pleased to announce 10 attorneys from the Farmington Hills office have been named as Michigan Super Lawyers for 2014. Attorneys are chosen based on peer recognition and professional achievements in their practice area. The following attorneys from Couzens Lansky have been recognized in 2014:


    * These attorneys have also been recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition for their outstanding achievement in their area of business practice.
    ** These attorneys have also been recognized in Super Lawyers Women's Edition, a separate national publication, for their exceptional achievement in their area of business practice.

Summer, 2014
  • Couzens Lansky is pleased to announce that Monica D. Moons is now a shareholder of the firm.

    Ms. Moons is a frequent speaker and recently she participated in the National Business Institute's continuing education program The Probate Process from Start to Finish. Ms. Moons' topic for the seminar was "Litigating the Case in Probate Court". She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, tax planning, probate and tax litigation and real estate.

Summer, 2014
  • Phillip J. Neuman, a shareholder of the firm, recently gave a speech on the topic of evictions at the Midwest Affordable Housing Management Association's (MAHMA) 2014 Regional Affordable Housing Conference.

    He was also a panel member at the Michigan Land Title Association's Spring Education Seminar. The panel topic was: Oh, No - the "C" Word - Claims! An Overview with Stories and Lessons. Mr. Neuman practices in the areas of real estate litigation, including quiet title actions, mortgage priority disputes, real estate fraud and landlord-tenant matters.

Spring, 2014
  • Gregg A. Nathanson, a shareholder at Couzens Lansky, recently spoke on the topic of title insurance at the International Council of Shopping Centers 2014 Michigan Continuing Education Program For Real Estate Professionals. The program theme was Back in the Driver’s Seat: The Michigan Retail Resurgence. Mr. Nathanson's primary concentration areas include real estate law, environmental law, finance, corporate and business law.

Spring, 2014
  • Ronn S. Nadis recently spoke at the International Council of Shopping Centers program Real Estate Professional, 2014. Mr. Nadis' topic was "Negotiating Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements -- Beware of Unintended Consequences". Mr. Nadis, a shareholder of the firm, concentrates his practice on commercial real estate transactions, including development, financing and leasing. Among others, he represents real estate developers and investors, financial institutions and both large and small businesses in complex transactions.

Fall, 2013
  • Couzens Lansky will be presenting a seminar entitled "2013 Critical Legal Developments" on Tuesday morning, November 12, 2013. This seminar is offered to CPAs, Accountants and Insurance and Financial Professionals and qualifies for 4 CPE, CFP and CE Credits. Seminar topics include "Update on State and Federal Tax Laws", "Update on the Affordable Care Act", "Tax and Employee Benefit Impact of U.S. Supreme Court Decision for Same-Sex Marriages" and "Current Estate Planning Ideas". RSVPs must be submitted by November 4. Contact Kelly Gibson (our seminar coordinator) at 248.489.8600 or Kelly.Gibson@couzens.com for information about registering for any of the Firm’s seminars. Registration is limited. Prior seminars have been at full capacity.

Fall, 2013
  • Kathryn Gilson Sussman, a shareholder of Couzens Lansky, and Monica Moons, of counsel to the Firm, were elder care attorneys on the panel discussion portion of "Safeguarding the Golden Generation", Starjack Entertainment's national tour to end the financial exploitation of senior citizens, held at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts. The film, Last Will and Embezzlement, featuring Mickey Rooney, was shown prior to the panel discussion. Ms. Sussman's primary concentration areas include estate planning law, non-profit organizations, probate law and elder law. Ms. Moons concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, tax planning, probate and tax litigation and real estate.

Fall, 2013
  • Gary Schwarcz recently gave a speech titled "Partnership Allocations 101" at a seminar sponsored by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA). The seminar discussed partnership and limited liability company allocations of income, gain, loss, deduction or credit under the Internal Revenue Code. Mr. Schwarcz concentrates his practice in the areas of business planning, estate planning and taxation.

Fall, 2013
  • Monica Moons spoke on the topic "Drafting Powers of Attorney and Patient Advocate Designations" at the Fundamentals of Estate Planning Seminar sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). Ms. Moons' main areas of concentration include estate planning, estate and trust administration, tax planning, probate and tax litigation and real estate.

Fall, 2013
  • Kathryn Gilson Sussman recently spoke at a seminar entitled "Taking the Mysteries out of the Probate Court." Ms. Sussman discussed estate planning techniques to avoid probate, when it is appropriate to do so. She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning law, non-profit organizations, probate law and elder law.

Fall, 2013
  • Gregg A. Nathanson, a shareholder of the Firm, had several recent speaking engagements, including, the Michigan Land Title Association's (MLTA) Fall 2013 Education Seminar on the topic of "Title Meets Escrow"; a series of continuing education classes sponsored by the Commercial Board of Realtors (CBOR) on the topic of "1031 Exchanges"; and at the Jacksonville, Florida offices of the Fidelity National Title Group on the topic of "The Michigan Construction Lien Act." Mr. Nathanson's primary concentration areas include real estate law, environmental law, finance, corporate and business law.

Fall, 2013
  • Jeffrey A. Levine, a shareholder at Couzens Lansky, was a speaker at the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) 36th annual Small Firm Practitioners Conference. Mr. Levine's topics at the roundtable discussions included: The Facts Behind the Numbers, the rules of various 990 forms; and Bankruptcy - What To Do Once It's Through. The bankruptcy material included what filing chapter to use, steps to take after bankruptcy and possible future complications. Mr. Levine's primary areas of concentration include business mergers and acquisitions, business and individual tax law, estate planning and employee benefits law.

Fall, 2013
  • Phillip J. Neuman, a shareholder of the Firm, recently obtained a favorable ruling from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, in First American Title v Pazdzierz . Mr. Neuman represented First American Title. First American Title had taken an assignment of several mortgage notes signed by the defendant, who subsequently filed for bankruptcy relief. First American Title sought a ruling that the debt under the notes is not discharged because of fraud in connection with the mortgage loans. The Sixth Circuit confirmed that Michigan assignment law does not bar First American Title Insurance Company from asserting that Pazdzierz’s debt is non-dischargeable. Mr. Neuman concentrates his practice on real estate litigation, including quiet title actions, mortgage priority disputes, real estate fraud and landlord-tenant matters.

Fall, 2013
  • Ten Couzens Lansky attorneys have been named as Michigan Super Lawyers for 2013. Selections are made on a state-by-state basis and attorneys are chosen based on peer recognition and professional achievements in their practice area. The following attorneys from Couzens Lansky have been recognized:


    * These attorneys have also been recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition for their outstanding achievement in their area of business practice. Each attorney receiving this award exhibits excellence in the practice of law and has also been included on a Super Lawyers list in 2013.

    ** These attorneys have also been recognized in Super Lawyers Women's Edition, a separate national publication, for their exceptional achievement in their area of business practice. The attorneys receiving this award demonstrate excellence in the practice of law and have also been included on a Super Lawyers list or Rising Stars list in 2013.

Summer, 2013
  • Couzens Lansky has been named in the "Michigan's Largest Law Firms 2013 Directory", which is published by Michigan Lawyers Weekly Magazine. Our firm is one of the 75 largest law firms in the state.

    Couzens Lansky has experienced continual growth over the years and in the past 12 months we added five attorneys to our team. We are proud of our growth and ongoing commitment to providing expert and innovative service to our clients.

Summer, 2013
  • Gary Schwarcz recently spoke at the MACPA (Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants) Management Information and Business Show, where the firm was also an exhibitor. Mr. Schwarcz spoke on the topic of Partnership Distributions and Disguised Sales. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business planning, estate planning and taxation.

Summer, 2013
  • Ronn S. Nadis and Lawrence F. Schiller have been named to the dbusiness Top Lawyers 2013 list for the Detroit metropolitan area. dbusiness is a leading business journal in Detroit. Mr. Nadis, a shareholder of the firm, was selected for his work in Real Estate Law. Mr. Schiller, Of Counsel to the firm, was selected for his work in Employee Benefits Law.

Spring, 2013
  • Couzens Lansky is pleased to announce that we are celebrating 25 years of legal service to the community with a focus on business, tax, estate planning, litigation, real estate and commercial law. We have offices in Oakland and Wayne Counties with over 65 employees to serve you. We are privileged to be celebrating 25 years in business. We thank our clients and friends for the opportunity to work together. We will continue to provide expert, cost effective guidance to our clients and service to the community.

Spring, 2013
  • Jack S. Couzens, II, a shareholder of the firm, is a Detroit area 2013 Five Star Wealth Manager recipient. Candidates were nominated by their peers and evaluated on criteria which identifies professionals who provide quality service to their clients. The award was given by Five Star Professional, a market research business based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Couzens' primary concentration areas include estate planning law, corporate law, qualified planning law and employee benefits law.

Fall, 2012
  • Ten attorneys from the Farmington Hills office have been named as Michigan Super Lawyers for 2012. Selections are made on a state-by-state basis and attorneys are chosen based on peer recognition and professional achievements in their practice area. The following attorneys from Couzens Lansky have been recognized:


    * Business Edition 2012

    If Business Edition, 2012 has been noted, these attorneys have been recognized in a separate national publication for their outstanding achievement in their area of business practice. Each attorney receiving this award exhibits excellence in the practice of law and has also been included on a Super Lawyers list in 2011.

Fall, 2012
  • Couzens Lansky is pleased to announce that Jerry M. Ellis, a shareholder of the firm, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for both the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation and the Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families. He is also serving as a Board Member and was the former President of the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Ellis specializes in the areas of bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, commercial law, corporate law and litigation.

Fall, 2012
  • Donald M. Lansky, a shareholder of the firm, spoke at a Financial Planning Seminar sponsored by the Botsford Commons Senior Community. He discussed estate and tax planning strategies for seniors. Mr. Lansky’s primary concentration areas include business mergers and acquisitions, business law, estate and charitable planning law, tax law related to local, State, Federal and International Law.

Fall, 2012
  • Couzens Lansky is pleased to announce that Ronn S. Nadis, a shareholder of the firm, has been elected to serve as Chair of the Real Estate Section of the State Bar of Michigan. His primary concentration areas include real estate law, commercial and real estate litigation, business law and probate.

Fall, 2012
  • Couzens Lansky will be presenting a seminar entitled "2012 Critical Legal Developments: Health Care and Taxes - Destination Unknown" on Tuesday morning, October 30, 2012. This seminar is offered to CPAs, Accountants, Insurance and Financial Professionals and qualifies for 4 CPE, CFP and CE Credits. Seminar topics include "Update on State and Federal Tax Laws", "Dealing with Health Care Reform" and "Tax Planning Today for an Uncertain Future". Contact Kelly Gibson (our seminar coordinator) at 248.489.8600 or Kelly.Gibson@couzens.com for information about registering for any of the firm’s seminars. In light of prior full-capacity seminars, registration is limited.

Summer, 2012
  • Couzens Lansky is pleased to announce that the lawyers and staff formerly with Nadis & Neuman, P.C. have joined the firm and will work in the Farmington Hills office. Ronn Nadis and Phillip Neuman have become shareholders of the firm. Michael Dorocak and Sarah Heisler Gidley have become associates and Robert Berlow is of counsel.

    The attorneys joining Couzens Lansky concentrate on commercial real estate transactions, including development, finance and leasing; all real estate litigation including title litigation, mortgage priority disputes, real estate fraud, boundary disputes, and zoning disputes; landlord-tenant matters; commercial and corporate law, including business disputes; and appellate litigation. They represent real estate developers and investors, financial institutions, and both large and small businesses in routine to complex transactions.

Summer, 2012
  • Four attorneys from the Farmington Hills office have been named as 2012 FIVE STAR Wealth Managers. Wealth managers help their clients manage financial matters and/or implement aspects of their financial strategies. These attorneys represent a select group of highly qualified individuals who were chosen because of their distinguishing attributes among financial services professionals. Additionally, award recipients must satisfy 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria to be considered. The following attorneys from Couzens Lansky have been recognized this year:

Summer, 2012
  • Alan C. Roeder, a shareholder of the Firm, serves on the Oakland County Business Roundtable and acts as an Ambassador for Oakland County. He is also serving on the Facility Committee at the Detroit Athletic Club. Mr. Roeder's primary concentration areas include real estate development and/or syndications law, federal income law, estate planning law and gift taxation law.

Spring, 2012
  • Couzens Lansky is pleased to announce that Donald C. Harms, Of Counsel to the firm, has been invited to assist with an estate planning seminar sponsored by Family Life Radio at two churches in the Detroit area. Mr. Harms' primary concentration areas include commercial and business law, residential and commercial real estate transactions, business succession planning, estate planning and non-profit organizations.

Spring, 2012
  • Renard J. Kolasa, an attorney at the Farmington Hills office, spoke on the topic of Business Succession Planning at a recent Michigan Agency Alliance seminar. He also spoke on Estate Planning and Charitable Giving for the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas. Mr. Kolasa's primary concentration areas include small business law, estate planning law and non-profit organizations law.

Spring, 2012
  • Alan C. Roeder and Mark G. Landau, shareholders of Couzens Lansky, have been contributing speakers at several seminars for the NAIFA Greater Detroit, the Detroit Financial Group, the Flint NAIFA and Northwestern Mutual. They spoke on topics including LLCs in Estate and Business Planning, Common Mistakes in Estate Planning, Ethics and Who Should be the Beneficiary of your IRA? They also participated at several Client Appreciation Seminars.

    Mr. Roeder's primary concentration areas include real estate development and/or syndications law, federal income law, estate planning law and gift taxation law. Mr. Landau concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, estate administration, buy sell agreements and taxation.

Winter, 2012
  • Couzens Lansky is pleased to announce that Jerry M. Ellis, a shareholder of the firm, has been elected to the Board of Directors for Botsford Hospital. Mr. Ellis specializes in the areas of bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, commercial law, corporate law and litigation.

Winter, 2012
  • Christopher M. Williams, an attorney in the firm, has been appointed to the Executive Board of the Great Lakes Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The Great Lakes Conference consists of over 80 churches throughout the states of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Mr. Williams specializes in the areas of business law and real estate law.


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