Law firm hires its 'most diverse' attorney class
A statewide law firm has hired five new local attorneys who make up the “most diverse” class in its history.
Warner Norcross & Judd said this week that it has hired Ashley Chrysler, Mi-Hae Kim, Danyale Phillips, Kent Sparks and Amber Underhill.
They have all been admitted to the State Bar of Michigan.
“Our new associates have impressive academic backgrounds and practical experience in a wide array of professional internships,” said Douglas Wagner, managing partner, Warner Norcross & Judd. “The new class is also the most diverse in our firm’s history."
Wagner said the firm looks forward to the contributions they will make “professionally and in the Grand Rapids community."
Warner Norcross employs 230 attorneys at eight offices throughout Michigan.
Chrysler received her law degree from the Michigan State University College of Law, summa cum laude, where she was senior managing editor of The Michigan State Law Review.
She holds a B.A., summa cum laude, in political science and criminal justice from Saginaw Valley State University.
Chrysler has held numerous internships: Michigan Court of Appeals Research Division; Ingham County Probate Court; Saginaw County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; and Bay County Personnel Department.
She also won the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition.
Kim received her law degree from the MSU College of Law, magna cum laude, where she was managing editor of The Michigan State International Law Review.
She holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan.
Kim has served as judicial clerk for the Hon. John C. Griffin of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago.
She also served as managing member of Citridian Logistics in Grosse Pointe.
Phillips received her law degree from the MSU College of Law, where she worked with the State Appellate Defender Office as a student attorney for the Plea and Sentencing Clinic.
She holds a B.A. in political science from Spelman College in Atlanta.
Phillips has served as legal intern for Spectrum Health and administrative support specialist for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
Sparks received his law degree from the MSU College of Law, summa cum laude, where he was senior notes editor for The Michigan State Law Review.
He holds a B.A. with high distinction in education from the University of Michigan.
Sparks is a trained civil and domestic mediator.
He taught science and history at Northville High School prior to attending law school.
He also served as an elected member of the board of education for Whitmore Lake Public Schools from 2009-2012.
Underhill received her law degree from Notre Dame Law School.
She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Grand Valley State University.
Underhill externed with the University of Notre Dame’s Office of General Counsel and has served as intellectual property paralegal for Warner Norcross.