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Sawusch Elected to Pine Lake Fund Board, Serving People with Disabilities

February 8, 2018

Varnum partner Bonnie Y. Sawusch was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Pine Lake Fund, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the training and placement of persons with disabilities attending the Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI).

Established in 1981, the Pine Lake Fund was established to support the goals and objectives of the MCTI, which is operated by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service’s Michigan Rehabilitative Services division. The Pine Lake Fund serves to advocate and provide for continuous strategic program direction for MCTI and serve the employment needs of persons with disabilities. The Fund and its programs encourage Michigan business leaders to become involved and invested in the training and job placement of persons with disabilities.

Sawusch has 25 years of experience representing people and families whose lives have been affected by catastrophic personal injury and death. She has been involved in investigating, litigating and resolving a wide variety of cases, including trucking and automobile collisions, airplane disasters, fires and explosions, burn injuries and electrocutions in multiple states. Her legal practice is strongly influenced by her previous 15-year career as a critical care nurse in a large acute care hospital. In addition to her law degree, Sawusch holds a B.S. in Nursing and continues to maintain her license to practice as a registered nurse.

As a frequent lecturer and writer, Sawusch is actively involved in educational programs for medical and legal professionals. She is recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers® and has attained an AV-Preeminent™ (the highest possible) rating from Martindale Hubbell. She has been recognized three times by Best Lawyers® as “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation, including for 2018. Along with her Varnum personal injury attorney colleagues, was a recipient of the 2016 Pamela Pucci Service Award presented by the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center in recognition of their longstanding support and commitment to the center.

Sawusch currently serves on the Burn Prevention Task Force for the International Association of Fire Fighters and on the American Burn Association Burn Prevention Committee.

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