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Howard & Howard Welcomes New Associates (Thursday, July 11, 2013)

Royal Oak, Michigan, July 11, 2013:  Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Alexander M. Leonowicz, La Toya McBean and Evonne Xu have joined the firm.  All three will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak Office.

Alexander M. Leonowicz concentrates his practice on a wide range of litigation matters and disputes focusing primarily on business and corporate law as well as commercial litigation. 

Prior to joining Howard & Howard, Mr. Leonowicz was a Summer Associate with the firm.  During law school, he worked in the Oakland County Circuit Court as a clerk for the Chief Circuit Court Judge Pro Tempore Shalina Kumar.  Mr. Leonowicz is also the President and Founder of the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Bar Association.

Mr. Leonowicz received his B.A., cum laude, from Kalamazoo College in 2008 and his J.D., cum laude, from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2012 where he was President of the Student Bar Association, Vice-President of Sports and Entertainment Law Association as well as a member of the Law Review.  He is licensed to practice in the State of Michigan.

La Toya McBean concentrates her practice in commercial and corporate litigation.  Prior to joining Howard & Howard as an Associate, she worked as a Summer Associate with the firm.  During law school, Ms. McBean clerked for Magistrate Judge Mark A. Randon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and for Judge Cynthia D. Stephens of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. McBean worked with federal, state, and local government policymakers to improve the criminal justice system.  She worked on Capitol Hill in the personal office of a congressman and on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.  She later worked as a policy analyst with the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center to develop public safety policies in several states, including Michigan.   Ms. McBean facilitated a consensus-driven process involving Governor Jennifer Granholm’s administration, legislative leaders, and a myriad of stakeholders (judges, prosecutors, county commissioners, and law enforcement executives) to reform the state’s criminal justice policies.  She has testified before state budget and judiciary committees and has drafted numerous policy briefs.  She recently directed the Inner-City Neighborhood Project, a public safety and national service project to reduce crime in Detroit, Benton Harbor, Saginaw, and Grand Rapids.

Ms. McBean received her B.A. from Stony Brook University in New York, and her M.A. in Public Policy from Regent University, where she received the Outstanding Scholar Award (graduating student with the highest GPA).  She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2013, where she served as the Scholarly Writing Editor for the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review. 

Ms. McBean is a certified Mediator having completed a 40-hour training program by the Oakland County Mediation Center.  She is licensed to practice in the State of Michigan.

Evonne Xu is a member of the Corporate Advisory Services Practice Group and concentrates her practice in the areas of automotive, manufacturing, technology and international law. She has been successful in uniting and providing legal services to Chinese and U.S. entities involving transactions in intellectual property commercialization, real estate transactions, foreign investments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and labor and employment. In addition, Ms. Xu deals with domestic and international general corporate issues and provides legal opinions for tax matters.

Prior to joining Howard & Howard, Ms. Xu’s work experience included working as In-House Counsel at a major Internet company in Shanghai, China and as a practicing lawyer in People’s Court in Ningbo, China.

Ms. Xu received her LL.M., cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law in 2012 and her LL.B. from Shanghai University School of Law in 2011. She is a board member of the Detroit Chinese Engineers Association. Ms. Xu is licensed to practice in Michigan and New York as well as in the People’s Republic of China. 

Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners.  The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); and Las Vegas, Nevada.  Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: business and corporate; commercial litigation; construction law; creditors’ rights; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; intellectual property; international; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities and tax.  Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive; energy and utilities; financial services and gaming.


  • Stacey M. Parzuchowski
    Marketing & Communications Manager
    Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC
    450 West Fourth Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067
    (248) 723-0412
    SParzuchowski@howardandhoward.com

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