Maddin Hauser is pleased to announce that the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA) has awarded two committees led by Maddin Hauser professionals with its annual Committee of the Year Awards.
The OCBA Employment Law Committee, led by Shareholder Kaitlin A. Brown, has been recognized as one of the most active committees at the OCBA. The committee has been acknowledged for its efforts in securing dynamic speakers, spreading the word about the benefits of the OCBA and structuring the committee to encourage engagement. Some of the speakers who presented at the committee’s monthly meetings this year included: Gail Cober, Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Detroit; Sylvia Elliott, Director of Office of Legal Affairs for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights; and Terry Moran, Regional Director of Detroit Regional Office for the National Labor Relations Board.
The OCBA Paralegal Committee, led by Paralegal Patricia A. Allerton, has been recognized for a renewed energy in becoming one of the OCBA’s most active committees. It has been acknowledged for sharing best practices, spreading the word about the benefits of the OCBA and community outreach through its adoption of a family through Volunteers of America. In addition, this past winter, the committee donated 100 coats, as well as money for purchasing socks and hats in bulk, to the Hope Warming Center in Pontiac, Mich. Notable speakers at this year’s monthly meetings who provided insight into paralegal ethics, data analytics and legal research included: John Winkler of KLDiscovery and Diane Ebersole, Assistant Division Director of the State Bar of Michigan.
Both committees have been recognized for embodying the characteristics of what the OCBA committees are meant to be: communities of practice. The Committee of the Year awards are given each year at the OCBA’s Annual Meeting to those committees that have accomplished significant results.
The announcement was made by the firm’s President and CEO, Steven D. Sallen. “Katie and Pattie exemplify the leadership and engaged participation that creates positive results in their roles at the Oakland County Bar Association and within our firm. We are pleased that the committees they lead have been recognized for the hard work and dedication they both continuously display,” stated Sallen.
Brown is a shareholder in Maddin Hauser’s Corporate and Employment practice groups. Specializing in employment law, she focuses primarily on counseling employers to take proactive measures to prevent more costly claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and improper payment of wages. She has been recognized among Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2016 Up and Coming Lawyers, named a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers® from 2014-2017, received a Pro Bono Accomplishment Award from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and was recognized in 2017 with the Member of the Year Award from the Women's Bar Association.
Allerton has served as a Legal Assistant in Maddin Hauser’s Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group for more than 15 years. In 2009, she earned her paralegal certificate from Oakland University's ABA approved paralegal program. In 2017, Allerton was elected Chair of the OCBA’s Paralegal Committee.