BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Williams, Williams, Rattner and Plunkett , P.C. (WWRP), a law firm consistently included among the top law firms in Michigan, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month by giving back to the community. The Birmingham-based legal services provider will donate $40,000 -- $10,000 for each decade the firm has been in business -- to each of four non-profit organizations in the metro Detroit area.
WWRP's 22 lawyers practice in a wide range of fields from business, commercial and corporate, M&A and litigation to real estate, family law and trusts and estates and estate planning. The firm prides itself on the people it employs and, despite opportunities to merge or consolidate, has chosen to remain mid-sized and independent.
"We've had an incredible run with a lot of growth and success over these past four decades and we thought the best way to celebrate it is to give back to the community," said R. Jamison "Rick" Williams, managing partner. "Our partners and associates volunteer their services at a variety of not-for-profit organizations and together we felt each of these four community-based organizations represent extraordinarily worthwhile recipients."
Recipients of the $10,000 gifts include:
- The Birmingham Community House – This Birmingham institution helps strengthen communities by providing educational, cultural and wellness programs, and scholarships to help improve people's personal and professional lives.
- Grace Centers of Hope – Formerly the Pontiac Rescue Mission, Grace Centers of Hope is the largest and oldest faith-based outreach to homeless and disadvantaged individuals and families in the area.
- Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center –As the only hospital in Michigan focused solely on cancer, Karmanos is one of 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the U.S. designated by the National Cancer Institute and treats more than 6,000 new patients annually.
- Oakland County Bar Foundation - The Oakland County Bar Foundation's mission is to improve the accessibility and affordability of legal services to the indigent.
Williams noted that The Birmingham Community House is at the heart of most activities in WWRP's Birmingham hometown and provides services for virtually everyone from infants to seniors.
Grace Centers of Hope has been "a constant presence doing outstanding and very necessary work in our area for more than 70 years," Williams said.
"Karmanos Cancer Center has provided intensive and compassionate care to thousands, but is especially close to us because we lost two of WWRP's original co-founders, and my close friends, Jim Williams and Ed Ruby, to cancer," Williams said. "This particular donation is made in Jim and Ed's honor."
Finally, Oakland County Bar Foundation's cause for affordable legal services to the indigent is a "tip of the hat" to Oakland County and its Bar Association where WWRP lawyers, who represent clients nationally, have called their home for these forty years, Williams said.
"When you've been around as long as we have and seen the tremendous unmet community needs all around you, we agreed that we wanted to help these organizations which are all doing something about it," Williams said. "We're not saving the world with these gifts but we're at least trying to make it a little bit better. We think it's the best possible way to commemorate our first 40 years of success."
About Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, P.C.
WWRP has been serving the business community of Southeastern Michigan for 40 years gaining invaluable experience and a wealth of first-hand knowledge of the area's issues and complexities. Big enough to handle any case, yet small enough to adapt to specific challenges, WWRP's 22 attorneys take pride in providing the highest level of legal service to clients. To learn more, visit www.wwrplaw.com
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