Fellow ACC Michigan members:


I hope everyone enjoyed their Summer and Fall is off to a great start for you. I can’t believe this is already my last President’s message. It was an honor to serve the ACC Michigan Chapter as President this past term, and I sincerely enjoyed connecting with members at our events.


In my first message last fall, I mentioned part of our strategic plan is to bring more career development programming to our members. This past term we partnered with Crain’s Detroit to bring back the Corporate Counsel Summit that included a panel of general counsel from some of Michigan’s largest employers discussing various topics including leadership and career growth. In addition, LegalEase hosted an event about leveraging technology to help drive performance, and Bush Seyferth hosted a panel on the benefits of mentorship and developing young attorneys. Our Programming Committee is planning for more events like these for next year that we are excited to share with you soon.


I also want to thank everyone who attended our 25th annual golf outing at Plum Hollow, including all of our sponsors. This event helps fund our scholarship program for law students. I had some FOMO as this was the first golf outing I missed since becoming an ACC member back in 2013 but I had a good excuse—my wife and I welcomed a baby girl into the world, and she decided to arrive a few weeks early. I hope those that attended had fun!


Finally, I want to welcome Pervin Taleyarkhan as the next President of ACC Michigan. Pervin is Global Legal Counsel, Transactions, Privacy, and Information Systems at Whirlpool, and she has served on the ACC Michigan Board with me for a number of years and was Vice President this past term. The Chapter is in great hands with Pervin, and I know she is focused on engaging our west Michigan members more next year. Please join me in welcoming Pervin into her new role.


As always, if you have any feedback on the programming you would like to see in the future or are interested in getting more involved with ACC Michigan, feel free to reach out to me directly or to michigan@accglobal.com.


Robert Fine


Assistant General Counsel, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

ACC Michigan President

2022-2023 Board of Directors Announced

The ACC Michigan Board of Directors is made up of a variety of members representing a wide range of corporate employers across the state of Michigan.

The board is eager to connect with prospective and new members. Please do not hesitate to reach out to make a personal connection or have a quick chat!

View the 2022-2023 Board of Directors

Welcome New ACC Michigan Members

Jyotsna Balakrishnan

Marta Bartolotti

Michael Bouts

Carrie Chelko

Tim Clise

Kaitlyn Cox

Brandon Duckworth

Donard Haggins

Ethan Hayward

Matthew Hegarty

Derek Vander Heide

Jay Lonick

Megan McCulloch

April Moore

Josh Moss

Nancy Novak

Laura Perkovic

Jason Puscas

Jordan Rattray

Holly Rodgers

Arthur Rogers

Tara Shelke

Aarani Stoneham

Anna Valk

Alexandra Welke

Melodie Wiseman

Lexi Woods

Madeline Young

New Member Spotlight

Lexi Woods

General Counsel

Great Lakes Commercial Finance

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Upcoming ACC National Events


2022 ACC Annual Meeting

October 23-26, 2022 | Resort World Las Vegas, NV, USA

We want you to get the most out of your Annual Meeting experience.

So this year, we've created even more learning paths for you to follow based on your practice needs and career goals. That's right — more curated content to help build your unique Annual Meeting experience. 


2022 ACC-Boston University Mini MBA for In-House Counsel

November 2-4, 2022 |Boston, MA, USA

Master the executive skills needed to ensure that you—and your organization—continue to move forward.

Highlights of Previous ACC Michigan Events

Intellectual Property Brand Management

Sponsored by: Howard & Howard

Members focused on key considerations that arise in connection with brand or portfolio of brands as the business matures. 

Transform Legal with Tech: Litigation, Contracts and More

Sponsored by: LegalEase Solutions LLC

The panel discussion focused on legal transformation and its impact on the contract and litigation space. Please click here for more photos.

Mentorship: How We can Succeed While uplifting the Next Generation of Attorneys

Sponsored by: BSP Law

The panel discussion highlighted the benefits of mentorship, training strategies, and how pro-bono opportunities help mold the next great generation of attorneys.

Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization: What It Means for Employers

Sponsored by: Jackson Lewis

Members enjoyed a virtual presentation regarding Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization: What it Means for Employers. The program discussed the state of the current legal landscape, highlighted key considerations, and shared evolving design options for employer-sponsored benefits.

Click here to view the recording of the presentation.

2022 ACC Michigan Annual Golf Outing

75 members/guests enjoyed a beautiful day of golf, fellowship and raising money for the scholarship fund. A special thank you to our sponsors. Without your support and dedication this event and raising money for the ACC-MI Scholarship Fund would not be possible. Please click here for more photos.


First Place Team

Jackson Buday, Jacob Stropes, Kevin Misler, and Nick Guttman

Closest to the Pin - Matt McNaughton

Longest Drive (Female) - Kaitlyn Cox

Longest Drive (Male) - Jordan Leaming

Straightest Drive - Gilliam Yee

Thank you to our Golf Outing Sponsors!


Beverage Cart

Kienbaum Hardy Viviano Pelton & Forrest, P.L.C.


Blue Filament Law PLLC


Bodman PLC


Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco, PLLC


Brooks Kushman P.C.


Bush Seyferth PLLC


Dickinson Wright PLLC


Foley & Lardner LLP


Quarles & Brady LLP


Troutman Pepper


ESi (Vinnie Pallisco)

Tee Box

Newman Hawkins Legal Search (Nancy Newman)

Tee Box

Warner Norcross + Judd

Tee Box


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Tee Box

Pro Bono Opportunities

Save the Date for the 2022 National Celebration of Pro Bono, October 23-29, 2022

Why Celebrate Pro Bono?

Pro bono work is a professional responsibility and an individual ethical commitment of each lawyer. The ABA committee launched the National Celebration of Pro Bono in 2009 because of the increasing need for pro bono services during harsh economic times and the unprecedented response of attorneys to meet this demand. Every October since 2009, legal organizations across America participate in the National Celebration of Pro Bono to draw attention to the need for pro bono participation and to thank those who give their time year-round. 

Learn More

Lakeshore Legal Aid Needs You

Lakeshore Legal Aid has several clients in need of great Pro Bono Attorneys like you. If you would like to assist a client through the Pro Bono Program, please contact Lindsey Basile-Goodlow, Department Administrator, Pro Bono Department, or call (313) 242-0811 x 1310.

Our client (Client) has a revoked license. She has been eligible to appeal since 20-Feb-2021, to request a SOS administrative hearing. Client reports she has been abstinent for several years, using meditation and attending church regularly where her brother is the pastor. Client’s inspiration is her family. She has six children who are doing well in school and society. She would like the assistance of an attorney to help her request and represent her at the administrative hearing so she can continue getting her life on track.

Volunteer to Staff Non-Partisan Call Center- Voter Protection Hotline

Michigan’s Election Protection Program is once again planning to staff a non-partisan call center within the Lawyers’ Committee’s 866-OUR-VOTE voter protection hotline. We’re looking for lawyers to volunteer to answer calls from voters. Voters call the hotline with basic voting-related questions (e.g., how to register, how to apply for an absentee ballot, etc.) and to report incidents of voter suppression and other concerns. Attorneys can indicate interest here!

On-Demand Online Training

Lawyers’ Committee will provide on-demand online training on the hotline platform and Promote the Vote will provide training on Michigan Election Law basics. In addition, volunteer captains will be on-call during your shift to answer all questions. You do not need to be licensed in Michigan to volunteer!

Call Center Hours

Our Michigan Call Center will be open from September 29 through November 8 and (except for Election Day) we will have two shifts per day: 10 AM - 1:30PM and 1:30 PM - 5 PM. On Election Day (November 8) we will have 4 shifts: 6:30 AM -10:30 AM, 10 AM - 2 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM and 5 PM - 9:30 PM.

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy W. Richards or call (313) 496-7532, Principal & Pro Bono Counsel, Miller Canfield. For technical questions, contact Adar Kalter, PTV’s Hotline Manager, at Hotline@promotethevotemi.com.

News & Articles

Pervin Taleyarkhan Recipient of the 2022 ACC Top 30-Something Award

The ACC Top 10 30-Somethings awards recognize in-house counsel between the ages of 30 and 39 for their innovation, approach to challenges, well-rounded perspectives, contributions to the in-house community, and pro bono and volunteer work.

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Five Things In-House Counsel Should Consider this Week on the Path to Managing Risk 

Sponsored by Jackson Lewis

Employers today are faced with a landscape fraught with unprecedented change. The legal landscape continues to evolve, with new and onerous obligations, the workplace is not entirely free of COVID-19, and it is harder today than ever before to find and retain a skilled workforce. Against this backdrop, risk management today poses some of the toughest challenges in decades. With this in mind, here are five things to consider this week as part of your risk management journey.

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State Bar of Michigan - Ipls Proceedings

Our State Bar of Michigan's Intellectual Property Law Section has a publication called "IPLS Proceedings." Each issue also includes very interesting articles we have collected on various IP-related topics. The latest issue features articles covering trade secrets, trademarks, and patent-related topics that would be particularly relevant to in-house counsels.

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Save the Date

October 6, 2022

4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Internal Investigations: Best Practices and Strategies to Protect Your Business

Register Here

October 19, 2022

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Pro Bono: Making A Difference - Creating or Enhancing Your In-House Programs

November 2, 2022

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

E-Discovery for Internal Investigations

November 10, 2022

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

State of the Law Program Symposium

Association of Corporate Counsel - Michigan Chapter
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