Kemp Klein


We are proud that our firm and attorneys have been recognized for excellence in the practice of law from our peers and the legal community. 

The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system is utilized to estimate the legal ability and ethical standards of an attorney. AV Preeminent®: The highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers. Kemp Klein attorneys Rated as AV Preeminent by Matindale-Hubbell: William B. Acker, C. Leslie Banas, Richard Bruder, Joseph P. Buttiglieri, Ralph A. Castelli, Jr., James P. Davey, Earle E. Endelman, Mark R. Filipp, Alan A. May, Raymond L. Morrow, Norman D. Orr, Thomas C. Rauch, Amy A. Stawski, Thomas V. Trainer, Michael D. Umphrey, Robert S. Zawideh.

The 2023 Edition of Super Lawyers has recognized 9 Kemp Klein attorneys as Super Lawyers and 3 Kemp Klein attorneys as Rising Stars for their work in their respective practice areas. Super Lawyers: C. Leslie Banas (Business & Corporate Law), Joseph P. Buttiglieri (Estate & Trust Litigation), Ralph A. Castelli, Jr. (Business & Corporate Law), Mark R. Filipp (Employment Litigation – Defense), Brian R. Jenney (Estate & Probate), Alan A. May (Estate & Probate), Brian H. Rolfe (Estate & Probate), Amy A. Stawski (Family Law), Thomas V. Trainer (Elder Law). Rising Stars: William E. Haines II (Estate & Probate), Austin W. Probst (Estate & Probate), Suzan Gabbara (Criminal Law)

Kemp Klein has been ranked in the Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 14 practice areas. Firms included in the 2024 Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Kemp Klein received the following rankings in the 2024 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”:

Regional Tier 1

Troy – Corporate Law, Elder Law, Litigation – Trusts & Estates, Real Estate Law, Tax Law, Trusts & Estates Law

Regional Tier 2

Troy – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Business LawCommercial LitigationLitigation – Tax

Regional Tier 3

Troy – Arbitration, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Family Law, Litigation – Labor & Employment

The 2024 Edition of Best Lawyers in America® has recognized 23 Kemp Klein attorneys as Best Lawyers and 4 Kemp Klein attorneys as Ones to Watch. Best Lawyers: William B. Acker (Tax Litigation and Controversy, Real Estate Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates), C. Leslie Banas (Corporate Law, Real Estate Law), Cynthia E. Brazzil (Corporate Law), Richard C. Bruder (Business Organizations, Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law), Joseph P. Buttiglieri (Family Law, Trusts & Estates Litigation), Ralph A. Castelli Jr. (Corporate Law, Trusts and Estates Litigation), James P. Davey (Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation), Mark R. Filipp (Commercial Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation), Faith M. Gaudaen (Commercial Litigation), Brian R. Jenney (Elder Law, Trusts and Estates), David D. Marsh (Real Estate Law), Alan A. May (Trusts & Estates Litigation, Trusts and Estates), Edward M. Nahhat (Appellate Practice, Trusts and Estates Litigation), Ronald S. Nixon (Commercial Litigation), Neal Nusholtz (Tax Law, Trusts and Estates), Norman D. Orr (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Corporate Law), Thomas C. Rauch (Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law), Brian H. Rolfe (Commercial Litigation), Amy A. Stawski (Family Law), Thomas V. Trainer (Elder Law, Trusts and Estates), Cynthia L. Umphrey (Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Trusts and Estates), Michael D. Umphrey (Business Organizations, Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Trusts and Estates), Robert S. Zawideh (Arbitration, Trusts and Estates Litigation). Ones to Watch: Casey Callahan (Business Organizations, Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Corporate Law), William E. Haines II (Trusts and Estates Litigation), Austin W. Probst (Commercial Litigation, Family Law, Trusts and Estates Litigation), Beth Schlosser (Trusts and Estates Litigation, Trusts and Estates).

Kemp Klein has eight Attorneys which have been selected for inclusion in the DBusiness Magazine 2024 list of Top Lawyers. Brian R. Jenney, Thomas V. Trainer, Robert S. Zawideh, Joseph P. Buttiglieri and Alan A. May for their practice in Trusts & Estates. C. Leslie Banas for her work in Corporate Law. William B. Acker and Michael D. Umphrey for their work in Tax Law. The DBusiness Top Lawyers selection is based on an online peer-review survey sent out to the certified lawyers within the metro Detroit area. Inclusion in DBusiness Magazine’s Top Lawyers list is based solely upon one’s standing within their peer group.

Go To Lawyers Commercial RE 2023

Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s program Michigan’s Go To Lawyers identifies and honors the top lawyers in a particular field of law as nominated by their peers. Kemp Klein attorney C. Leslie Banas was recognized as a Go To Lawyer for her practice in Commercial Real Estate.

Kemp Klein has been nominated for the Community Impact Award at the Troy Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. The Community Impact Award recognizes organizations and companies that are positively impacting their communities in ways that inspire integrity and respond creatively to needs in underserved communities. The nomination reads: ”The Kemp Klein Law Firm has made a significant impact in the community. Their recent Golf Outing Benefitted SAY Detroit, which provides housing and needs for people in underserved communities. They have also sponsored many community events for local initiatives such as Stage Nature Center, Oakland Literacy Council, The Mighty Gobbler 5K and more.” To read more about this honor please click here.