Awards

 

Award Nomination Forms

2020 – 2021

 

Excellence in Defense Award

Golden Gavel Award

John P. Jacobs Appellate Advocacy Award (Note: Not awarded until 2022)

 

Award Recipients

2019 – 2020

Golden Gavel Award

  Javon Williams 2020 Recipient The Golden Gavel Award is given to a member who has not practiced law for a period longer than 10 years. Recognized by significant achievement within their area of practice, community, and the advancement of “young attorneys”....

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Volunteer of the Year Award

  Anita Comorski 2020 Recipient This award is given in recognition of his/her generous and enthusiastic contributions to the mission and goals of MDTC.           Anita ComorskiTanoury Nauts McKinney & Garbarino...

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Respected Advocate Award (RAA)

MDTC Recipient Jody L. AaronMcKeen & Associates PCjaaron@mckeenassociates.com MAJ Recipient Walter SmithKent E. Gorsuch & Associateswalter.smith.qetk@statefarm.comEvery year MDTC and MAJ each present a "Respected Advocate Award." The MDTC annually gives the...

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Presidents’ Special Recognition Award

In recognition of their tireless and exceptional leadership and extraordinary contributions to the mission and goals of MDTC.   2020 Recipient Richard Joppich The Kitch Firm richard.joppich@kitch.com Prior Recipients 2019 Cline, Cline & Griffin PC 2018 Michael J....

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MDTC John P. Jacobs Appellate Advocacy Award

  Susan Zitterman 2020 Recipient In 2017, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) established a new, major prestigious award entitled MDTC’s “John P. Jacobs Appellate Advocacy Award”. The award is designed to honor those civil appellate attorneys who have over a...

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Excellence In Defense Award

  Patricia Nemeth 2020 Recipient Established in 1992, the Annual Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC) "Excellence in Defense Award" is designed to honor those civil defense counsel who have over a number of years through their professionalism, intelligence,...

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DRI Award

DRI would like to honor those individuals who have supported and improved the standards and education of the defense bar by recognizing their contributions of the improvement of the administration of justice in the public interest.

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Judicial Award

  Judge Christopher Yates 2020 Recipient This award commends judges for their service to and on behalf of the civil bar, the legal profession, and the public. It was established to recognize judges who have demonstrated the highest standards of judicial excellence in...

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