Todd Skowronski and Evan Alexander have been named to the 2018 Michigan Rising Stars list.
Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.
More information on Super Lawyers – Rising Stars can be found on the the Superlawyers Website.
Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer PLLC has been named as one of the 2019 “Best Law Firms” in our region in Real Estate Law, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation – Construction, and Construction Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers. More information on “Best Law Firms” can be found on the U.S. News - Best Law Firm's website.
Mark Makower and Steve Guerra have been named by The Best Lawyers in America as two of the Best Lawyers in real estate law for 2019. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based upon peer review and is awarded to only a select few attorneys in each geographic area.
Steve Guerra has been named as the Board President of the Community Association Institute – Michigan Chapter (CAI) for the 2018-2019, and Steve began his term on June 1, 2018. More information on the Community Association Institute – Michigan Chapter can be found on the CAI Michigan Chapter's website.
In a recent case from the Michigan Court of Appeals, the court considered whether an Association properly ratified a circuit court bylaw violation lawsuit. The Association's Bylaws required a majority vote of co-owners prior to instituting litigation for a bylaw violation. The Bylaws specifically state the votes must be cast "in person or by proxy...at a given meeting of the members of the Association duly called and held." Although a majority of co-owners did ultimately vote to ratify the lawsuit, the Court of Appeals reversed the trial court's determination that this was a proper ratification. Specifically, there was no provision in the Bylaws allowing for such action without a meeting, even by consent vote to waive the meeting. The Board of Director's consent resolution which was circulated to collect votes stated the co-owners were agreeing to waive a formal meeting and notice of meeting for purposes of the vote. The court held that when a formality is required (here, votes to be placed at a meeting), this formality cannot be waived, even by co-owner consent. The fact that this vote lacked a required formality caused it to fail to ratify the litigation. The broader provisions contained in the Michigan Non-Profit Corporation Act (specifically, MCL 450.2407(3)) did not change this result because the more limiting requirement in the Condominium Bylaws was held to be controlling. Sawgrass Ridge Condominium Association v. Alarie, Unpublished, Case No. 335144, January 9, 2018.
Mark Makower, Steve Guerra, Jeff Vollmer and Doug Alexander were recommended by their peers and named as Leading Lawyers in real estate law for 2018 by Leading Lawyer’s Magazine. The designation as a Leading Lawyer is given to less than five percent of all lawyers licensed in each State. More information on Leading Lawyers can be found on the Leading Lawyer's website.
Jeff Vollmer, along with fellow attorneys Greg Gamalski and Mary Ann O'Neil, are featured in a seminar now available on the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) website. This presentation covers a wide range of issues affecting community associations and is available as a learning tool for other attorneys throughout Michigan.