Ann Arbor area business briefs: Christensen Law and Truck Hero, Inc.

People & Achievements
From new hires and promotions to industry awards, here’s a roundup of achievements by businesses and individuals in the greater Ann Arbor area:

David Christensen 

• David Christensen, principal of Christensen Law, was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates and was named a 2016 Best of MichBusiness Award winner in the Community Leaders category. Christensen has served on the boards of many organizations treating addiction, including the Washtenaw Council on Alcoholism and Spectrum Treatment and Prevention Services. He also served as chairman of the board for the Ann Arbor-based Help Source Agency, whose work has included the operation of social safety agencies such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters, substance abuse programs, teen pregnancy programs and group homes for abused and neglected teens. Founder David Christensen earned his law degree, with honors, as well as a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan.

• Truck Hero, Inc. has announced the purchase of an office building in the Avis Business Park, Ann Arbor. The existing building will be renovated over the next two months and converted into headquarters office space for approximately 100 corporate positions. The new office totals 35,000 square feet, and is located near the Company’s existing facility at 5400 S. State Road.

• Chelsea-based United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) announced it has been recognized with EAGLE Accreditation, an elite faith-based distinction that sets it apart among U.S. senior living agencies, by the United Methodist Association. The organization is one of just 17 Eagle-Accredited older adult ministries in the nation, and Michigan’s first. The Accreditation applies to UMRC, the UMRC Foundation, Chelsea Retirement Community, the Cedars of Dexter and The Pines Senior Apartments. The award will be formally presented at the United Methodist Association annual meeting in May.

James Cleland 

• James Cleland, a shareholder in the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been named a 2017 Top Lawyer by the Detroit business publication, DBusiness Magazine. Cleland holds a J.D., cum laude, from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, cum laude, from the University of Michigan. The Top Lawyer list appears in the publication’s Nov./Dec. 2016 issue.

Paparazzi highlights photos of industry awards, corporate donations to a local charity or other business happenings in the greater Ann Arbor area.


The Washtenaw County Detachment 414 of the Marine Corps League is proud to support the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office’s Shop with a Cop program with a $1,000 donation. The detachment is honored to support a program that touches the community and its children in such an important way, and it thanks the Sheriff’s Office for all the amazing work it does for the county!

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