Alan A. May

Alan A. May's Novel Selected for Prestigious Book Fair

Attorney and shareholder Alan A. May’s new book,
The Journey, has been selected for inclusion in the

Detroit Jewish Book Fair which promotes the global

art of Jewish storytelling. The 71
st Book Fair will run
from November 1-13, 2022, at The Jewish

Community Center.
May’s book chronicles the dangers and glories of
two friends’ experiences in Detroit before and after

World War II, as they face antisemitism, divided

loyalties and challenged value systems. His previous

novels include Article XII and Sons of Adam.

May is widely published in the field of probate law,

contributing articles to the Michigan Bar Journal,

NAWCC Bulletin, and the Michigan Probate and

Estate Planning Journal. He blogs frequently about

probate and baseball. In addition, he has appeared

in Martindale-Hubbell’s Register of Preeminent

lawyers 30 times, in Michigan Super Lawyers since

2007, in the Best Lawyers in America since 2010,

and has been named one of the top attorneys in

Michigan by the New York Times.




Ed Nahhat serves as counsel to Tuesdays With Morrie tour

In August and September, KKUE Shareholder Ed Nahhat served as Counsel to the Michigan premier tour of Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morrie, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication of the bestselling memoir of all time. People all over Michigan finally got to see the show live, and every night was a standing ovation. Mr. Nahhat is past chair of the Michigan State Bar Entertainment Law Section, and serves as volunteer founder and president of the Shakespeare Royal Oak outdoor summer festival.


You may contact  Mr. Nahhat at 248.619.2582 or via email.



DBusiness names Brian R. Jenney and Alan A. May Top Lawyers

Attorneys Brian R. Jenney and Alan A. May have been selected for inclusion in DBusiness Magazine’s 2023 list of Top Lawyers for Trusts & Estates. Thousands of votes were cast honoring excellence in 53 practice areas.

The list will appear in the November/December 2022 issue of DBusiness and online Monday, November 15 at





A Message from Brian H. Rolfe

The past few months have reminded me of what a wonderful group of people we have that work at and are associated with Kemp Klein. Our first charity golf outing was a resounding success with special thanks and gratitude to our clients, friends, and vendors as well as hardworking Kemp Klein team members. In addition to their efforts at the golf outing, our attorneys and staff have been out in the community doing a variety of interesting and impactful things. Whether they’re donating meals, writing books, supporting a national stage production, or winning top awards, these folks make us all proud to be part of the Kemp Klein team.



Kemp Klein Golf Outing to Benefit Forgotten Harvest

The Kemp Klein Foundation will host its inaugural charity golf outing on Monday, September 19, 2022 at the Links in Novi to benefit Forgotten Harvest. Forgotten Harvest delivers 144,000 pounds of surplus food per day to local charities, providing families in need with fresh and nutritious food free of charge. To register for the outing or to become a sponsor, please contact Robert Zawideh .

Full details are available here.



Brian R. Jenney presents at Institute for Continuing Legal Education: Elder Law Institute in Plymouth, MI on September 15, 2022

Mr. Jenney will discuss the differences between Developmentally Disabled Guardianships and Legally Incapacitated Individual Guardianships, alternatives to Developmentally Disabled Guardianships, Procedural Requirements, and the Interplay of Guardianship and Supportive Decision-Making.


You may contact Mr. Jenney at 248.740.5688 or via email.



Kemp Klein Welcomes Attorney Neal Nusholtz

Mr. Nusholtz specializes in all areas of Taxation, including Income Tax, Estate and Gift Taxation, Estate Planning, Business Transactions and Planning, Probate, Trust Administration, Audits, IRS Administrative Appeals, and Tax Litigation in Federal District Courts, the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the U.S. Tax Court, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. He serves on several committees of the State Bar of Michigan, is a frequent lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and he was selected by Corp Magazine as one of the Top Ten Business Attorneys in Southeastern Michigan. 


You may contact Mr. Nusholtz at 248.740.5677 or via email.



Kemp Klein Welcomes Attorney William E. Haines II

Mr. Haines specializes in Estate and Trust Administration, Medicaid Asset Protection Planning, and Probate Litigation. He is currently a member of the Probate and Estate Planning and Elder Law and Disability Rights sections of the State Bar of Michigan. William treats each legal question with compassion and focus as he determines the most efficient and direct solution.  




You may contact  Mr. Haines at 248.740.5692 or via email.



Three Reasons to Resolve Conflict Outside of Court

The high cost of litigation and number of cases flooding the courts have many judges and attorneys using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to significantly cut costs and improve the efficiency of the court system. Clients whose cases qualify for this process often find it simpler and easier than facing off in the courtroom.
What are the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution?
Alternative dispute resolution is an appealing option because it can be applied to virtually any type of civil case. In general, ADR involves a mediator, arbitrator, or panel of attorneys depending on the type of ADR chosen, who assists the parties in developing their own outcome to their unique disputes. Once in the courtroom, parties surrender that control over the outcome to the judge or jury to ultimately decide the case.
Reasons to settle disputes outside of court
Aside from the obvious reduction in cost, there are three main reasons ADR is more appealing than the formal litigation process. First, all types of ADR give the parties greater control over the procedure and outcome of their dispute than they would have in a courtroom. Next, in any type of ADR, parties have the freedom to add issues to their dispute when they arise as opposed to the courtroom where parties are tied to the issues stated in their pleadings. Last, ADR provides the parties with privacy that they would not have if their case were to be heard in court. The courtroom is generally open to the public, meaning anyone can walk into the courtroom and hear every detail of your case. Additionally, any papers that are filed with the court are also open to anyone upon request.
What is the difference between mediation and arbitration?
There are several types of ADR. Two of the most commonly used types are mediation and arbitration. We will discuss the details and benefits of each in future articles with relevant input from Joseph P. Buttiglieri, an attorney with 46 years of experience, 10 of which he has served as a certified mediator. In the meantime, if you are contemplating whether to address a legal issue but don’t want to drag it through the courts, contact us. We can provide information and options to help you move forward.


For further information regarding these matters, please contact Ms. Varlamos at 248.740.5662 or via email.



A Message from Brian H. Rolfe

I hope everyone is having a safe and relaxing summer. As usual, it has been busy around the Kemp Klein offices. Please help me welcome two attorneys who joined the firm this month: William E. Haines II and Neal Nusholtz. I would also like to congratulate Joseph P. Buttiglieri, Alan A. May and Ron Nixon on their recent court victories and accomplishments.
In this issue of the Commentator, we highlight our Alternative Dispute Resolution practice. This area of the law continues to heat up as clients increasingly choose to manage disputes outside of court. Our mediators are highly skilled and have excellent reputations in the courtroom setting as well as the ADR arena.
There are many great things happening at Kemp Klein this summer and we plan to continue this momentum throughout the rest of the year.