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Romaya Appointed to Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs

June 16, 2015

Varnum corporate attorney Michael Romaya was recently appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve on the newly-created Middle Eastern American Affairs Commission.

The commission will work within the Department of Civil Rights and will act in an advisory capacity to the Governor. The commission is charged with monitoring, evaluating and providing recommendations regarding issues facing the Middle Eastern Americans in Michigan. They will also work to enhance economic opportunity, prevent discrimination and spread awareness of the Middle Eastern American culture.

Snyder noted the significance of Michigan's comparatively large Middle Eastern American community in a press release announcing the establishment of the commission.

"The Middle Eastern American community plays an integral role in our state, and this commission will help ensure Michiganders from diverse backgrounds have the best opportunities to work together," Snyder said.

The 15-member commission includes five appointments each for two-, three- and four-year terms. Romaya was appointed to a three year term.

Romaya has practiced law for 9 years, focusing on commercial, asset-based and real estate finance. His experience includes loan restructuring and workouts as well as mergers and acquisitions. He also serves as the outside general counsel for numerous privately-owned businesses.

In 2014, Romaya was recognized by the Chaldean American Bar Association as "Attorney on the Rise," a new recognition by that organization. Michigan Super Lawyers named Romaya a 'Rising Star" in 2011, and in 2013 he was recognized as an "Up & Coming Lawyer" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, based on "outstanding professional accomplishments, mentoring and community involvement." Outside of his law practice, Romaya serves on the Board of Directors of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce.

More information about the Middle Eastern American Affairs Commission can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57577_57657_59871-357067--,00.html

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