Collins Einhorn is pleased to announce that attorney Mary C. Aretha has been included in Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Up & Coming Lawyers class of 2020. Mary was one of thirty honorees selected via committee based on criteria which include having established a name for themselves, going above and beyond, and displaying the ambition, drive, determination, and accomplishments that set them apart from their peers. Only attorneys in their first ten years in practice are eligible for this prestigious award.
Mary dedicates her practice to defending professionals and employers. As an active member of the firm’s Professional Liability and Employment Practices Liability practice groups, Mary has successfully defended various professionals, including attorneys, insurance agents, architects, engineers, and accountants. She has taken cases from the pre-suit stage to the eve of trial. Mary has also successfully defended employers against all forms of discrimination claims in the EEOC/Michigan Department of Civil Rights and litigation in state and federal court.
Mary is an active leader in the legal community, where she engages in many associations and groups. It is evident from her hard work and extensive involvement that she genuinely cares about advancing the legal community. As a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, Mary is a barrister with the Inns of Court and the Membership Committee. She currently serves as the Employment Law Committee Chair, where she assists in developing seminars and panel events on employment law topics. Mary recently moderated a panel event regarding the changing COVID-19 employment law landscape to an audience of more than 100 attendees. Mary also contributes significant efforts to the State Bar of Michigan as a member of the Litigation Section, Insurance Section, Appellate Section, Labor/Employment Section, and Negligence Section. Additionally, Mary is a member of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel.
Mary cares deeply about attorney mental health. She has written insightful articles on the subject for the firm’s blog. Mary was recently appointed to the State Bar of Michigan’s Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program, where she looks forward to providing insight and assistance to improve the LJAP program and end the stigma of mental health in the profession.
Mary is consistently using her expertise to impact those around her, whether at Collins Einhorn or in the legal community. Mary volunteers at Lakeshore Legal Aid Pro Bono Clinics, where she helps individuals rehabilitate their criminal/driving records to obtain a better job. Mary also cares deeply about providing direction and insights to the next generation of attorneys. Mary serves as a Michigan State University College of Law/University of Detroit Mercy Moot Court Judge, where she provides developmental feedback to 1L and 2L law students.
Theresa Asoklis, CEO of Collins Einorhn, states: “Mary has demonstrated that she has what it takes to become a future leader of the civil defense bar. She has the ability to deftly handle even the most complex professional-liability or employment cases. Her outstanding oral and writing skills have led to numerous favorable outcomes for her clients. Mary is very deserving of being recognized as an Up and Coming Lawyer.”