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Updates and Accomplishments
Kreuza Gjezi has been named partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. She joined as an associate in the law firm’s Immigration and Litigation Practice Groups in 2014. Her practice focuses on immigration matters. Gjezi is the current chairperson of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Liaison Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Michigan Chapter. She also serves as vice president of the Albanian American Bar Association of Michigan. She was recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Plunkett Cooney recently named Kimberly K. Seibert as one of its five newest shareholders. Unanimously approved by the firm’s Board of Directors, the promotion from associate attorney is based on the recommendations of the firm’s Shareholder Evaluation Committee.
Roquia K. Draper, an attorney with Warner Norcross + Judd has been named a partner. Her practice is focused on family law. Draper has been named to Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Stars list since 2015, as well as Michigan Super Lawyers Top Women Super Lawyers list in 2018. She is a member of the Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, Grand Rapids Bar Association and Wayne County Family Law Bar Association. She serves as vice president of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan.
Joseph R. Owens, an attorney with Warner, Norcross + Judd has been named a partner. His practice is focused on trust and estate, tax and business succession planning, as well as general business law. He has been named to the Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star list since 2013 and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Macomb County Bar Association and Macomb County Probate Bar. Owens also is a member of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Macomb County.
Keith Alan Johnson, died December 9, 2018. He worked as an Industrial Engineer for Axalta Coating Systems for more than 25 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing and anything that had to do with the great outdoors. He was also actively involved in Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society. Johnson is survived by his wife of 29 years, Sandra; brother, John Shannon (Imelda) Johnson; nieces and nephews Sarah, Anna, Richard, Madaline and Joseph; and great nephew Arden.
Martin "Marty" C. Zonca, M.D., died in October 2018. He was a gastroenterologist at Henry Ford Hospital where he dedicated his entire medical career. Zonca, a U.S. Army veteran who earned the Bronze Star medal for valor, was know for his incredible work ethic and compassion for his patients. He never retired, continuing to work until the time of his death. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and travelling to more than 20 countries around the world with his wife of 52 years, Barbara, whom he met at Wayne State when they were students. In addition to Barbara, he is survived by his children David and Mary and brothers Charles (Barbara) and Norbert (Maryann).