Secrest Wardle is proud to announce that Executive Partner, Derk W. Beckerleg, and Senior Partner, Daniel P. Makarski, have received Best Lawyers 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” awards in their respective categories in Troy, Michigan. “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions are presented to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one attorney is recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.

Derk W. Beckerleg has received the Best Lawyers 2020 Litigation – Land Use and Zoning-Troy, Michigan “Lawyer of the Year” Award. Mr. Beckerleg is a member and Chair of the Firm’s Governmental Litigation, Municipal, and Real Estate Practice Groups. He serves as the Managing Partner of the Municipal Law Practice Group. In 2017, Derk Beckerleg received the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award. Mr. Beckerleg has been selected to Super Lawyers Magazine’s list of Michigan Super Lawyers from 2007 to 2018. Mr. Beckerleg has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for 10 years and for 2020 has been listed in Troy, Michigan, in the Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Litigation – Municipal, and Municipal Law categories. In 2013, he was named Detroit Area Litigation-Municipal Lawyer of the Year by the Best Lawyers in America© publication. From 2012 to the present, Mr. Beckerleg has been named to dbusiness magazine’s list of “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit.” In 2019, he was listed in the Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law categories. Mr. Beckerleg has also earned an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubble.

Daniel P. Makarski has received the Best Lawyers 2020 Litigation – Insurance – Troy, Michigan “Lawyer of the Year” Award.
Mr. Makarski is a member of the Firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group and serves as Chair of the Group. Mr. Makarski’s stature in the Alternative Dispute Resolution field has been recognized state-wide and locally. He is a recipient of the prestigious Respected Advocate Award from the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association. He has also received the Civility Award from the Macomb County Bar Association and has maintained an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubble for over 30 years. Additionally, Mr. Makarski has been named to dbusiness magazine’s list of “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit.” In 2019, he was listed in the Arbitration and Mediation categories. From 2018 to the present, Mr. Makarski has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© and for 2020 has been listed in Troy, Michigan, in the Arbitration, Insurance Law, and Litigation – Insurance categories.
Mr. Makarski was also selected to Super Lawyers Magazine’s list of Michigan Super Lawyers in 2018 in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Secrest Wardle is a law firm specializing in defense litigation and counsel for insurance, municipal, and commercial clients headquartered in Troy, Michigan, with additional offices in Grand Rapids and Lansing. For additional information, please visit www.secrestwardle.com.