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ACG/TMA co-host “Women In Leadership,” a panel of leading Detroit-based female executives discussing opportunities and challenges for women; Kerr Russell a silver sponsor

March 7, 2018

On March 7 at The Townsend Hotel, the Association for Corporate Growth Detroit Women's Forum & Turnaround Management Association Detroit Network of Women hosted “Women In Leadership,” a panel of leading Detroit-based female executives discussing opportunities and challenges for women in this C-level role. Kerr Russell is a silver-level sponsor of TMA.

Fred Herrmann (litigation member), Katherine Cser (labor and employment associate), and Roy Sexton (director of marketing) attended on behalf of the firm.

Panelists included Jana Brownell, President and CEO, Kirlin Lighting; Sharon Koenig, CPA, Chief Financial Officer, Fisher Unitech LLCZoryana Lisna, Senior Vice President of Finance, Global LT, Inc.. Moderator was Kim VanCleef, Director of Business Development, BDO USA, LLP. Topics for discussion included ... “Landing a Spot in the C-suite: The Journey to Becoming a CFO / CEO” and “Work-Life Balance: What Does This Look Like for a Busy Female CFO / CEO?” Speaker bios: https://lnkd.in/dfh9WBc

Fred Herrmann maintains a diverse litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice across a wide range of industries. He has substantial experience in class action defense, multidistrict litigation, antitrust, patent and other intellectual property litigation, attorney and other professional liability defense, and contract disputes, as well as supply chain and other disputes implicating the Uniform Commercial Code.  Fred has tried cases in state and federal courts, has filed briefs and argued cases in state and federal appellate courts, and has mediated resolutions for complex disputes on behalf of his clients. Fred is also available to serve as a neutral mediator.

Fred is the immediate past Chair of the Representative Assembly, the final policymaking body of the State Bar of Michigan.  He has also served on the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan, and is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation.

In the federal arena, Fred is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Fred is listed in Best Lawyers in America© by Woodward/White, Inc. for Antitrust Law.  He was named a Michigan “Super Lawyer” in Commercial Litigation, and a “Top Lawyer” in dbusiness Magazine. He was named a 2018 "Leader in the Law" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Prior to practicing law, and following graduation from the United States Naval Academy, Fred served as a logistics officer in the United States Marine Corps, where he deployed overseas with Second Battalion, Ninth Marines, and then served on the logistics staff of the First Marine Division. He subsequently served as a reservist with Detroit’s own First Battalion, Twenty-fourth Marines, as a logistics officer and H&S Company Commander.

  • Click here for "Of Interest" profile of Fred written by his Kerr Russell colleague Joanne Swanson for the State Bar of Michigan magazine.

Katherine Cser focuses her practice on labor and employment issues. She counsels and advises business owners, managers and human resources professionals on workplace issues including discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour laws, medical leave laws, among other concerns.

She has also practiced as a commercial litigator on a wide variety of commercial disputes in federal and state courts and arbitral proceedings.  Katherine has experience in commercial transactions litigation, as well as restrictive covenants and intellectual property and related tort claims.

Before joining Kerr Russell, Katherine was an attorney in the New York City office of a national law firm.  In 2014 and 2015, she was named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list.  In 2016 and 2017, Katherine was named to the Michigan Super Lawyers' Rising Stars list.  

  • Katherine's article "The Real Estate Industry Must Be Cautious with Social Media" was published by the American Bar Association and can be reviewed here.
  • Katherine's article “Proposed Tip-Pooling Regulation: Impact on Restaurateurs” was published by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Employment and Labor Relations Law and can be viewed here.

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