Jay W. Belle Isle

Before becoming LegalReader's Editor-in-Chief, Jay W. Belle Isle worked as a freelance copywriter with clients on four continents. Jay has a degree in Business Administration from Cleary University and a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Jay has also worked as a contracts administrator for a DOD contractor specializing in vehicle armor.


Maddin Hauser Secures Multi-million Dollar Property Settlement Against Pontiac

After more than six years of contentious litigation, the City of Pontiac and the owners of the Ottawa Towers office building have settled their long-running dispute. Southfield, Michigan law firm, Maddin Hauser Roth & Heller, PC, which won multiple favorable interim-rulings against the City of Pontiac, has won a settlement in favor of the owners of the Ottawa Towers office buildings for more than $7 million.







John F. Schaefer Recognized as Super Lawyer

The national legal rating service Super Lawyers recognized John F. Schaefer, founder of Birmingham, Michigan-based The Law Firm of John F. Schaefer as a Top-Rated Family Law Attorney. This will be his 13th consecutive year for this distinction. Schaefer was also included in Super Lawyers’ Top 50 Consumer Michigan Super Lawyers list.



Three Maddin Hauser Attorneys Named Best Lawyers® 2019 Detroit “Lawyers of the Year”

Last month, Southfield, Michigan firm Maddin, Hauser, Roth, & Heller, P.C., announced that Best Lawyers® has recognized Harvey R. Heller as the 2019 Detroit Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year,” Kathleen H. Klaus as the 2019 Detroit Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year,” and Julie Beth Teicher as the 2019 Detroit Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year.” Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored with a “Lawyer of the Year” award.


Asbestos Continues to be a National Threat

Asbestos. The mere mention of the word brings thoughts of “miners, millers & manufacturers or insulators and shipbuilders,” working during a time where there were limited protections. It brings to mind old homes and commercial structures built long ago. But, the worst thing it brings to mind is likely a horrible disease called mesothelioma. Wait! Wasn’t asbestos done away with? Aren’t there regulations in place banning this known carcinogen? Yes, and no. Sadly, mostly no.