Carrie Geroux Barrett

Managing Partner

Our attorneys offer our clients experience, integrity, and commitment. We provide legal representation in the areas of workers’ compensation, appellate advocacy, and civil litigation. In addition, our Of Counsel attorneys specialize in areas including wills, estates and trusts, probate, business matters, bankruptcy, social security, Medicare/elder law, and family law.

Admitted to the Bar in 1989
Admitted to U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan 1991

Education
Kalamazoo College (B.A., 1986)
University of Detroit School of Law (J.D., 1989)

Recipient: Moffat Scholarship, 1989;
Public Corporation Law Section Scholarship, 1987;
Best Oral Advocate Moot Court Award, 1987.
Activities: Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, Business Law Journal.

Memberships
State Bar of Michigan (Workers’ Compensation Section)
Michigan Self-Insurers’ Association
Kids’ Chance of Michigan (Fundraising Committee)

Practice Areas
Workers’ Compensation Law

Dawn M. Drobnich

Partner

Admitted to the Bar in 1990, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Education
Tulane University School of Law (J.D.,1990)
University of Michigan (B.A., Cum Laude, 1987)

Recipient: American Jurisprudence Awards in Interschool Junior and Senior Trial Competitions;
Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association Moot Court Award.

Memberships
American Bar Association
Michigan Self-Insurer’s Association, Executive Secretary
Michigan Council of Self-Insured Group Administrators
Moot Court Board, 1989-1990
National Trial Team, 1989-1990
National Council of Self Insurers Association (Board of Managers)
Order of the Barristers
Oakland County Bar Association
Public Risk Management Association
Polish Advocates Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

Practice Areas
Worker’s Compensation Law Section

Gerald M. Marcinkoski

Of Counsel

Jerry is semi-retired and currently acts as of counsel to the firm. He was the head of the firm’s appellate division and argued many of the most prominent workers’ compensation cases in the Michigan Supreme Court over the past decades. He is a fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers and has served as a member and president of the Michigan Board of Law Examiners. He has also served as executive secretary of the Michigan Self Insurers’ Association, a special assistant attorney general, a council member of the workers compensation section of the state bar, and case law editor of the state bar’s workers’ compensation newsletter. He was editor of the monthly periodical “Michigan Workers’ Comp Reporter,” and co-authored the book “Michigan Workers’ Comp Fundamentals.” He has won a Distinguished Brief award for a Supreme Court brief. He has been listed consistently in “Best Lawyers in America” since 2001.

Education
University of Detroit School of Law, J.D.
1980 Wayne State University, B.A. 1974

Memberships
State Bar of Michigan
United States Supreme Court
Sixth Circuit court of Appeals

D. Michael McCann

Of Counsel

Admitted to the Bar in 1977,  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1990

Education
Western Michigan University (B.S., 1973)
University of Detroit School of Law (J.D., 1977)

Memberships
Attorney Discipline Board Panel Member
Employment Discrimination and Labor Law
Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
State Bar of Michigan

Practice Areas
Negligence Law
Trial Practice and Workers’ Compensation Law.

Kathleen McNichol Behn

Of Counsel

Admitted to the Bar in 1981, Michigan and U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan; 1992, U.S. Supreme Court; 1996, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan.

Education
Michigan State University (B.S. with honor, 1975)
Wayne State University (M.B.A., 1978; J.D., 1980)

Memberships
State Bar of Michigan
Oakland County Bar Association
Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
Mediation Tribunal Association
Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

Practice Areas
Civil Practice, Negligence, Insurance Defense Law.

J. Patrick O’Neill

Partner

Admitted to the Bar in 1987, Michigan and US. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Admitted to Florida Bar, 1990

Education
Wayne State University (B.S., 1980)
Detroit College of Law (J.D., 1987)

Memberships
State Bar of Michigan (Workers’ Compensation Section)
Michigan Self Insurers’ Association
State Bar of Florida

Practice Areas
Workers’ Compensation, Patent Intellectual Property, Social Security Disability Law.
Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2014

Robert H. Orlowski, Jr.

Partner

Admitted to the Bar in 1990, State of Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Education
University of Michigan (B.A., 1987)
Wayne State University (J.D., 1990)
American Jurisprudence Award (Trusts and Decedents’ Estates).

Memberships
State Bar of Michigan (Workers’ Disability Compensation Section)
Michigan Self-Insurers’ Association
Workers’ Disability Compensation Section and Federal Bar Association

Practice Areas
Workers’ Compensation Law

Robert L Beardslee

Of Counsel

Admitted to the Bar in 1978, Michigan and U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 1988, U.S. Supreme Court

Education
Michigan State University (B.A., 1973)
Wayne State University (J.D., 1977)

Memberships
State Bar of Michigan (Business Law, Family Law, Probate and Estate Planning Sections).
Creditor’s Rights, Estate Planning law
State Bar of Michigan (Workers’ Compensation Section)
Council of Workers’ CompensationSection of the Michigan State Bar
Advocates Bar Association; Michigan Self Insurers’ Association.
Presents talks on workers’ compensation matters to the Michigan Self Insurers’ Association, the Association of General Contractors, the Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Evaluation Specialists, and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

Practice Areas
Appellate Practice
Workers’ Compensation
Personal Injury Law
Workers’ Disability Compensation Section and Federal Bar Association

Sean J Powers

Partner

Admitted to the Bar in 1989, State of Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Education
University of Michigan (B.A., 1986)
Wayne State University (J.D., 1989)

Recipient: American Jurisprudence Award. Litigator: Moot Court. Elected Officer: The Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies.

Memberships
State Bar of Michigan (Workers’ Compensation Section)
Michigan Self-Insurers’ Association

Practice Areas
Workers’ Compensation Law.

Michael R Sugar

Of Counsel

Admitted to the Bar in 1975, Michigan.

Education
University of Michigan (B.A., 1970)
Wayne State University (J.D., 1974)

Memberships
State Bar of Michigan

Practice Areas
Workers’ Compensation
Social Security Disability
Medicare and Elder Law

Ronald A Weglarz

Senior Associate

Admitted to the Bar in 1981, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. Supreme Court in 1986

Education
University of Michigan (B.A. 1978, With Distinction)
University of Detroit School of Law (J.D., 1981)
Wayne State University (L.L.M. Labor Law, Pending Completion of Thesis)

Memberships
State Bar of Michigan (Workers’ Compensation & Labor Law Sections)
Michigan Self-Insurers’ Association
ALFA International (Workers’ Compensation Section)

Practice Areas
Workers’ Compensation
Appellate Law

Dennis E Zacharski

Of Counsel

Admitted to the Bar in 1977, Michigan and U.S. District Court,
Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1988 and U.S. Court of
Appeals Sixth Circuit in 1990
Admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1993
Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan

Education
University of Michigan (B.B.A., 1973)
Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., Cum Laude, 1976)

Memberships
Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Michigan State Bar Association
Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
Mediation Tribunal Association 
Michigan Super Lawyers 2009-12
Ohio State Bar Association

Practice Areas
Insurance Law
Negligence
Trial Practice