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Robin Wagner Joins PMP&R as Associate

The firm is pleased to announce that Robin Wagner has joined our firm as an associate. Before joining the firm, Robin served as a law clerk for the Hon. Judith E. Levy of the Eastern District of Michigan. And prior to clerking for Judge Levy, Robin clerked for the Hon. Michael H. Dolinger, Magistrate Judge, Southern District of New York. A native of Baltimore and a third-generation woman lawyer, Robin graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 2014, summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, with a certificate in public interest law. During law school, she received a scholarship from the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago to intern at Lambda Legal after her 1L year. She also received a scholarship from the Public Interest Law Association of Chicago to intern at the ACLU of Illinois after her second year of law school. Robin was a staff member of the DePaul Law Review and authored, "Are Gay Rights Clearly Established? The Problem with the Qualified Immunity Doctrine," 63 DEPAUL L. REV. 869 (2014). Before finally accepting the fact that she needed to follow in her mother and her grandmother's footsteps, Robin's career path was in academia. For many years, she worked in higher education administration as an associate dean, dean, and vice president at various institutions. She has been responsible for new curriculum development at both non-profit and for-profit colleges, directed study abroad programs in Asia, and conducted strategic planning at the University of Chicago. She also developed educational programs at the Field Museum in Chicago and is a self-professed dinosaur geek. (Her favorite is Archaeopteryx) Robin's undergraduate degree is in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and she earned her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Robin is fluent in Mandarin. Robin and her wife Sharon live in Ann Arbor, where Sharon works as Professor and Chair of Architecture Programs at the University of Michigan. They enjoy playing golf together and traveling. Their recent adventures include Berlin and Prague, southwest China, and Greece.

M. Pitt Cited in MLive Report on Midland Area Couple's Claim Filed Against the Federal Energy Resource Commission in Edenville Dam Collapse

Michael Pitt was quoted in MLive coverage of the claim filed against the Federal Energy Commission by a Midland Couple for property and personal damages caused by flooding after the collapse of the Edenville Dam in May 2020. The firm is representing Dan and Cathy Miller and filed a $1.25 million claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Read entire article here.

Midland Daily News -- "Lawsuit Blames State Agencies for Dam Failures"

Mike Pitt, Ted Leopold and Paul Stephen were referenced as plaintiffs' attorneys in a Midland Daily News report on the lawsuit filed June 25 in the Michigan Court of Claims. The coverage notes that the suit's 15 plaintiffs owned property and homes which were damaged or destroyed in the May 19 Midland area flooding caused by the collapse of the Edenville Dam. Read full article here.