Dickinson Wright PLLC Names Three Members to Management Positions

March 22, 2011

Dickinson Wright PLLC recently named three members of the firm to management positions, effective March 1, 2011.

Jason P. Klingensmith, a member in the firm’s Detroit office has been appointed to the firm’s Management Group. As one of the Management Group’s six members, Mr. Klingensmith is responsible for the firm’s associates, legal assistants and human resources, as well as the firm’s law school and associate recruitment efforts. Mr. Klingensmith will continue his law practice, in which he has extensive litigation experience, at both the trial and appellate levels, in Federal and State courts and before Arbitration panels. He focuses his practice in commercial litigation, automotive litigation, bankruptcy litigation, franchise and distribution litigation, financial services litigation and real estate litigation. Mr. Klingensmith is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association, and University of Michigan Alumni Association. For several years, he has been listed in Michigan Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Business Litigation. He holds a B.A. (With Distinction) from The University of Michigan and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

Monica J. Labe is a member in the firm's Bloomfield Hills office and has been appointed to the firm’s Management Group. As one of the Management Group’s six members, Ms. Labe is responsible for the firm’s Finance and Marketing areas. She was the Practice Department Manager for Real Estate, Energy and Sustainability, and Environmental practice areas for the past three years. Ms. Labe will continue her law practice, in which she has extensive experience representing large corporations, developers, real estate private equity firms, lenders and real estate investment companies in the acquisition, development, leasing, financing, construction and disposition of complex real estate projects throughout the U.S. For more than 17 years, she has represented a major Tier 1 Automotive Supplier and its related companies in significant real estate projects and transactions nationwide. Ms. Labe has been named in Chambers USA as one of the “Leaders in Michigan”; Best Lawyers in America; Michigan Super Lawyers; and dBusiness “Top Lawyer”. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, State Bar of California, Detroit Bar Association, Oakland Bar Association, and Board Member, Anti-Defamation League of Michigan. She holds a B.A. from University of Michigan and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law (Arlyn Miner Writing Book Award).

Leslee M. Lewis is a member in the firm's Grand Rapids office and has been appointed Practice Department Manager for Dickinson Wright’s Real Estate, Energy and Sustainability, and Environmental Law practice areas firm wide, including its five Michigan offices, Las Vegas, Nashville, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and Toronto, Ontario. Ms. Lewis has over 15 years experience in large corporate and middle market loan originations, multi-million dollar strategic real estate leasing, development, finance, construction, acquisition and disposition projects, and a significant practice representing wind farms and nonprofit organizations in real estate and corporate matters. She is a seasoned speaker and author for the American Bar Association, American Law Institute - American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), ICSC, USGBC and the State Bar of Michigan on matters relating to real estate, banking and green building. She is a member of the American Law Institute, is on the National Editorial Board for ALI-ABA’s The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, is Co-Chair of the Residential Transactions Committee for the State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section, and a member of Women Lawyers Alliance. She is President of the Board of Directors of Lake Michigan Academy. Leslee is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Alma College and Notre Dame Law School.

For more information, please visit www.dickinsonwright.com.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright PLLC has over 260 lawyers in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Lansing, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; and Washington, D.C.. Dickinson Wright LLP has over 25 lawyers in Toronto, Canada.

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