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Fox Selected for The National Advocates: Top 40 Under 40 (New)

Jessica S. Fox, Associate Attorney at the law firm of Nolan, Thomsen & Villas, P.C., has been selected for membership into The National Advocates: Top 40 Under 40 based upon her performance as an exceptional Matrimonial and Family Law attorney. Jessica is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ingham County Bar Association and Mid- Michigan Chapter of the American Inns of Court. She also serves on the Board of the Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc., of Barry & Eaton Counties. The law firm of Nolan, Thomsen & Villas, P.C., congratulates her on her this noteworthy accomplishment.

Fox Named to Michigan Rising Stars List for 2015 (New)

Jessica S. Fox, Associate Attorney at the law firm of Nolan, Thomsen & Villas, P.C., has been named to the Michigan Rising Stars List for 2015 by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine, a publication of Eagan, Minnesota based Thomson Reuters. She was recognized for her accomplishments in Family Law. Jessica is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ingham County Bar Association and Mid-Michigan Chapter of the American Inns of Court. She also serves on the Board of the Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc., of Barry & Eaton Counties. The law firm of Nolan, Thomsen & Villas, P.C., congratulates her on her this noteworthy accomplishment.

Nolan named to "Best Lawyers in America."
Lawyer of the Year 2016 (New)

Lawrence P. Nolan, an Eaton Rapids attorney has been named "Lawyer of the Year" for 2016 in the Lansing area in the field of Plaintiff's Personal Injury by "Best Lawyers in America". This is the second time in three years that Nolan has been named "Lawyer of the Year" in the practice of Plaintiff's Personal Injury Litigation.

Nolan practices statewide and is President of the Eaton Rapids law firm of Nolan, Thomsen & Villas, P.C.

Nolan currently serves as Vice-President of the State Bar of Michigan (SBM). He is an elected Member of the SBM Board of Commissioners, and the SBM Representative Assembly. He also serves as a member of the WMU Cooley School of Law Board of Directors and sits as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2011.

Nolan has just completed a two year term as President of the Diocese of Lansing Catholic Lawyers Guild (2013-2015).

He has served as President of the Ingham County Bar Association (2003-4); the Ingham County Bar Foundation (2005-9), the Thomas M. Cooley Chapter of the American Inns of Court (2004-6) and the Eaton Rapids Rotary Club (1985-6).

He is a fellow of the Ingham County Bar Foundation and the SBM Foundation. He was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2010.

Nolan also currently serves as the Secretary of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society. He has been listed in Michigan Super Lawyers since it's original publication and was named by the American Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Michigan from 2010 through 2015.

Nolan was the recipient of the Ingham County Bar Association's prestigious Leo Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award in 2009, the Thomas M. Cooley Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013 and was named a Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2013.

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Man Gets $1.6M in Suit Against Township


Dec. 5, 2012
Crash with officer left him disabled
By Kevin Grasha kgr6haoltj.com

MASON - A man who sued the Lansing Township Police Department after he was seriously injured in a crash with a township police car has been awarded $1.6 million by a jury, his attorney said.

The verdict was reached Tuesday after a five{ay civil trial in Ingham
County Circuit Court before Judge William Collette.

The crash happened the afternoon of March 6, 2009. Carl Mennare was driving on West St. Joseph Highway when Lansing Township police Officer Brett Ramsden pulled his police cruiser out of his home's driveway and struck Mennare's car, according to Mennare's attorney, Larry Nolan.

Nolan said Mennare, now 47, suffered a permanent traumatic brain injury, lost his job and is permanently disabled.

Since the crash" Nolan said, Mennare has experienced constant headaches as well as sensitivity to light and sound "He's facing a lifetime disability that the doctors have termed incurable," Nolan said. "He will be referred to palliative care ... which attempts to manage the pain" but they can't ever make it go away."

An attorney representing the township police department did not return a message seeking comment. Police Chief Kay Hoffman also did not return a message. On the day of the crash, Ramsden had stopped at home during his shift, Nolan said.

The officer was backing out of his driveway, and according to Nolan said he was in a hurry to get behind a speeding vehicle, when he struck a Suzuki subcompact car driven by Mennare.

Nolan said Mennare was driving his wife to her job as a security guard and was traveling 35 to 40 mph.

"(He) had no chance to do any evasive maneuver," Nolan said, adding: "They weren't doing anything wrong. They were just driving along and all of a sudden, (Ramsden) came out of his driveway."

Mennare's wife was knocked out in the crash, but was not further injured. Both were wearing seat belts and the car's airbags deployed, Nolan said.

$'1.6M Award in Lansing Twp.
Police Suit May Be Adjusted

LANSING TWP. - One day after a jury awarded a man $1.6 million in a civil case against the Lansing Township Police Department, the township's supervisor released a statement saying she believes that amount will be reduced.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Supervisor Kathleen Rodgers said: "The verdict form award will be adjusted and reduced. This final amount is undetermined at this time, as additional information is needed to finalize the calculations."

An attorney for 47-yeiar-old Carl Mennare who a jury found suffered debilitating head injuries in a 2009 traffic crash involving an on-duty township police officer – agreed that the amount will change. Attorney Larry Nolan said it will go both up and down as various factors such as interest, attorneys fees, court costs as well as an allowance for Social Security money Mennare received are calculated. Nolan also expects the township to be sanctioned for rejecting a settlement during case evaluation and never making a "reasonable offer."