Attorneys Todd Skowronski and Evan Alexander have been named to the 2018 Michigan Rising Star list by Super Lawyers Posted on: Wed Sep 19 2018

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 "Best Law Firms" Posted on: Sun Sep 16 2018

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.

Attorneys Mark Makower and Stephen M. Guerra have been named in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

Posted on: Wed Aug 29 2018

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 named as Board President of the Community Association Institute – Michigan Chapter Posted on: Wed Jun 06 2018

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.

Michigan Court of Appeals holds that Condominium Association could not satisfy pre-litigation approval requirement by after-the-fact ratification

Posted on: Thu May 31 2018

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 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.

Four Attorneys at Makower Abbate Guerra Wegner Vollmer have been named Leading Lawyers Posted on: Mon Mar 05 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 participates in ICLE seminar focused on Member-Controlled Community Associations.

Posted on: Fri Oct 27 2017

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.