Board of Directors

Attorney Joseph McGill, President

Principal at Foley, Baron & Metzger, PLLC

Joseph McGill, PresidentMr. McGill has extensive litigation and transaction experience in commercial law, business and estate planning, and complex corporate, probate and real estate matters. He advises clients for compliance with regulatory and procedural requirements in multiple areas. Mr. McGill’s practice includes complex litigated matters such as business torts, construction litigation, coverage disputes, creditor rights, employee benefits, real property title disputes, subrogation/recovery, tax appeals and family law. In addition, he has experience in environmental matters, including contamination originating from UST’s, AST’s, and industrial air quality. He actively participates in emergency release response, pre-purchase/pre-sale due diligence, and defense of environmental contamination contribution actions across the nation. His environmental experience includes defense of mold related injury claims, lead contamination litigation and municipal sewage defect claims. Mr. McGill is a Principal at the firm.

Education

Wayne State University School of Law – Master of Laws, Taxation – 2001 Wayne State University School of Law – Master of Laws, Corporate and Finance Law -1994 The University of Detroit School of Law – Juris Doctorate – 1990 The University of Detroit School of Business – Master of Business Administration – 1990 Michigan State University – Bachelor of Arts, Finance – 1987

Professional Background and Licensure

Mr. McGill is licensed in the states of Michigan and Ohio. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Court of Veterans Appeals, United States Tax Court and several US District Courts. He has been admitted to practice in numerous state courts, including Missouri, Texas, New Jersey and California. He has completed advanced training in probate and estate planning through the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. McGill is also a certified Medicare Set-Aside Allocation consultant. He serves as Emeritus Director and past President of the Catholic Lawyers Society of Detroit and is a board member of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers. He is a 2009 Michigan Super Lawyer.

Publications & Presentations (Selected)

Author, “Medicare Liability Set Asides” Michigan Defense Quarterly, January, 2010. Co-author, “Court Rejects Environmental Plaintiffs’ Efforts at ‘Windfall’ Damages,” Washington Legal Foundation, Legal Opinion Letter, January, 2007. Fall Conference, Michigan Self Insurers’ Association, October 2006, Medicare Set-Aside Compliance and Enforcement. Spring Rehabilitation Conference, May 2006, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Wright & Fillipis, Medicare Set-Aside Compliance and Enforcement. State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Commercial Litigation Committee, Mid-Year Meeting, 1994, Enforcement of Non-Compete Agreements. “Enforcement of Shrink-Wrap and Click-Wrap Agreements Under the USS: Mutual Assent is Pivotal,” The Michigan Business Law Journal, Summer, 2006. “Franchisor Franchisee Relationships Under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act,” The Michigan Business Law Journal, May 1997. “Corporate Directors and Officers Duties and Other Common Law Bases for Liability,” The General Practitioner, September 1993. “Equitable Subordination of Claims in Bankruptcy: An Overview,” The Michigan Business Law Journal, August 1993. “Private Actions Under the False Claims Act,” The Michigan Business Law Journal, May 1991. “Limitation of Remedies in the Commercial Context,” The General Practitioner, December 1991

Personal Interests

Skiing, scuba diving, cycling, golf, swimming, softball, racket ball, distance running, and backpacking.

Meghan Kennedy Riordan

Meghan Kennedy Riordan Meghan Kennedy Riordan has 25 years of experience in all aspects of immigration law but is a specialist with regard to corporate-based employment matters including both inbound/outbound corporate migration. Meghan is also licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Foreign Legal Consultant.

As a solo-practitioner for over 11 years she was responsible for conducting business development and developed unique strategies to attract and retain corporate immigration clients for Kennedy Riordan & Associates. Recently, she has developed a successful immigration law practice group for the Kitch Law Firm in Detroit. Meghan is Past-President of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers (ISIAL) and a member of the Daughters of Erin.

She has three children (Jeremiah, Molly and Fiona) all involved in various Irish activities ranging from Gaelic Football to competitive Irish Dance. Meghan is looking forward to the opportunity to promote Irish entrepreneurs and possible cross-border activities with Canada.

Timothy P. Higgins, Major (USA Ret), MBA. Printer Extraordinaire.

Timothy P. Higgins, Major (USA Ret), MBA.

General Manager, Kinkelder Saw, Canton, Michigan.

www.kinkelderusa.com

Tim Higgins is the General Manager of Kinkelder Saw, maker of industrial steel cutting saw blades for the automotive and pipeline industries. Kinkelder was founded in the Netherlands in 1945 and opened it’s Canton Michigan location in 1982. Before this, he owned the International Minute Press of Western Wayne County from 2003 to 2017. Before becoming a printer, he spent seven years with Circuit City’s Product Service Division culminating in his being promoted to Service Manager for all of Michigan and Northwest Ohio.

Tim is a veteran of the US Army’s Corp of Engineers. He served on active duty for ten years before joining Circuit City in 1995. He was recalled to active duty and posted to Germany after the attacks on September 11, 2001. Tim retired from the Army as a Major. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (1st Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1st Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Devise, Army Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze “M” devise, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd award), as well as, being an expert marksman with pistol and rifle.

Tim is third generation Irish from County Clare on his mother’s Sullivan side and fourth generation Irish on the Higgins side. Joining the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) in 1994, he is the President of the AOH Patrick Ryan Division completing six consecutive terms and is now in his seventh term. He also served four years as President of the AOH Wayne County Board. Currently he serves as the Secretary on the AOH Michigan State Board.

Active is the Knights of Equity, Tim is a past Sir Knight (President) of Court Six in Detroit, having served as in this roll for two consecutive terms. He is currently serving as the Supreme Sir Knight (National President) of the Knights of Equity Supreme Council.

Tim also has served as a delegate to the United Irish Societies of Detroit (UIS) since 2002. Tim was chosen to be a judge for both the UIS’s Maid of Erin and the LAOH Court of St. Brigid pageants. Tim is a member of the Gaelic League and Irish American Club, Msgr. Clement Kern Council of the Knights of Columbus, Pope John XXIII Assembly of the Knights of Columbus and the Lloyd H. Green American Legion Post #147.

Tim is originally from Youngstown Ohio and attended Youngstown State University on an Army ROTC Scholarship graduating in1984. He eared his MBA from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1994.

Tim is married to the former Kathleen (Kittie) Loftus from Youngstown Ohio. Tim and Kittie have been married thirty three years and have four children Virginia, Katie, Patrick and John. They make their home in Northville and have lived there for sixteen years. They are long time parishioners of St. Thomas a’Becket Parish in Canton.

Ward Gahan

Ward Gahan Ward Gahan has been the CEO of Biddy Murphy Irish Gifts based in Michigan since 2004. Ward travels frequently to Ireland building relationships with family owned manufacturers in Ireland; many of whom, have been in business for generations. The Biddy Murphy branded jewelry, clothing accessories and home goods are designed, sourced and shipped by our marvellous team of Michiganders to our loyal customers all around the world.

He was born and raised in Clonmel Co. Tipperary and graduated from University of Limerick, B. Eng. Electronics in 1983. He was a R&D engineer with Donnelly Mirrors at their European Manufacturing facility in Ireland until, in ‘85, he started working with the OEM automotive parts supplier out of their US HQ in Holland MI.

Having worked for 10 years in the automotive business Ward had been a partner in manufacturing, engineering and consulting businesses before deciding to set up BiddyMurphy.com and bring the best in authentic Irish made and Irish themed products to the Irish Diaspora. The market for Biddy Murphy (named after his mother Bridget Murphy from Killenaule, Co Tipperary) has expanded exponentially with their eCommerce hub in South Haven, MI. Ward loves to be able to share and work to preserve the expertise, traditions and vanishing skills of Irish based businesses and bring the unique, authentic Irish products to the Irish Diaspora and beyond.

Ward is certified by the Federation of Jewellery Manufacturers of Ireland (FJMI).He has served on the board of the North American Celtic Buyers Association, the South Haven Chamber of Commerce and has presented at Internet Retailers Conferences & Exhibition in Chicago and been interviewed by the Economist Magazine about eCommerce business trends.

Ward appreciates the opportunity to work with and contribute to the success of the many business owners on the MIACC. And as Ward says ”you don’t need to be Irish to have great taste”.

And as you can see in his photo he is more than willing to be your brand ambassador too!!

 

Peter McGrath

Peter McGrathPeter McGrath is a commercial real estate professional with Colliers International, a full-service commercial real estate firm. Since joining the firm in 2013, Peter has been recognized as one of the rising stars in the commercial real estate industry-utilizing his relationship skills and analytical capabilities to get difficult transactions across the finish line. While familiar with all facets of the business, Peter specializes in representing local and national office and industrial occupiers, assisting with lease renewals, relocations, acquisitions, and dispositions in the Detroit market and on a global basis.

Peter earned a Masters of Urban Planning and Real Estate Development from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts in History from Wayne State, and a Bachelor of Arts from John Carroll University. Peter serves as the Co-Chair for the Michigan Crohn’s and Colitis foundation Young Professionals Board, President of the Detroit Chapter of the John Carroll Alumni Association, and has lent his time to many other non-profit organizations.

Outside of the office, Peter enjoys traveling, watching Michigan football (Go Blue!), golfing, and relaxing with family and friends. Peter welcomes the opportunity to assist the members of the Michigan Irish Chamber of Commerce on any and all commercial real estate matters.

Dave O’Connor, MBA, MS-IA, Immediate Past President

Dave O’ConnorDave is a Cyber Security professional at Ford Motor Company who specializes in Incident Response and Threat Hunting. He is also the Founder and President of Premiere Cyber Shield, LLC a Cyber Security Consulting firm providing training and education, policies and procedures development for small and medium sized businesses. Dave is very proud of his Irish roots in Detroit, as he is one of the great-grandson’s of Charles J. Rogers.  Charlie became one of the most prominent Irish business owners in Detroit, as his company C.J Rogers Trucking is known for the excavation work for many of the major highways in Michigan.  Like Charlie, Dave is passionate about business and innovation, as he has over 15 years of business development experience within the Pharmaceutical and Financial Services industry’s winning numerous sales awards including the coveted President’s Leadership Award with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

His strong Cyber skills combined with his business acumen led Dave to publish recommendations for social media usage within Corporate settings.  In addition, Dave has been recognized for his academics in Cyber Security by the NSA and Homeland Security through UDM’s Center of Excellence in Cyber Security.  Dave is very involved within the Irish community as he is proud of launching the MIACC in 2012 with his friends retired Hon. Daniel P. Ryan and Attorney Joseph McGill.  In addition, he is an active member of the Knights of Equity and enjoys visiting Corktown often.

Education

University of Detroit Mercy – Masters of Science in Information Assurance – 2016 – Masters of Business Administration – School of Management – 2012 – Northern Michigan University – Bachelor of Science – Psychology & Biology (Neuroscience) 1996

Publications

Standard Principles for Installing a Social Media Control Framework for Supply Chain Risk Management. EDPACS, 54:3, 11-17

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07366981.2016.1217730

Special Interests

Football, Hunting, Gardening, Politics, History

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