2020 – 2021 WBA Officers

Katherine Pacynski
President

Katherine Pacynski is a patent attorney and shareholder at The Dobrusin Law Firm, an Intellectual Property firm located in Pontiac, Michigan.  Her practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting patent applications, filed in the U.S. and internationally, with a number of clients involved in the automotive industry.

Ms. Pacynski graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, and she was also a member of the varsity cheerleading team.  She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law, graduating magna cum laude, where she served as a Managing Editor of the Michigan State Law Review.

Katie is currently the President of the Women’s Bar Association and an active member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court.  She is also involved with Art&Soul, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing awareness to and inspiring adoption of foster children in Michigan.


Kristina Bilowus
President-Elect

Kristina Bilowus is an experienced family law attorney who specializes in all types of family law cases. She is known for being a passionate and hardworking advocate. Upon joining Kizy Law, Kristina has had the opportunity to expand her practice with criminal defense, which has been a career goal to pursue. She is committed to achieving great results for her clients and for ongoing communication throughout the case.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Kristina realized how daunting and often intimidating the legal process can be for anyone going through it. As such, she has made communication and explaining the process to her clients a priority in all her cases. One of the most rewarding aspects of her job is to be a sound legal guide to clients as they navigate through complex legal matters. Kristina considers it to be an honor to be entrusted with her clients’ confidence and be their confidant through their individual legal experiences.

In addition to her work as practitioner, Kristina is an adjunct professor at WMU Cooley Law School where she teaches practical skill classes to second and third year law students. By teaching the practical application of the law, she empowers her students to be more confident advocates upon entering the legal field.

She is the President-Elect of the WBA, Secretary of the SBM YLS, Treasurer of the HBA, Director-at-Large for WLAM, Chair of Gender and Equity for WLAM, and Vice Director of the OCBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee.


Stephanie Brochert
Vice President

Stephanie Brochert is an associate in Plunkett Cooney PC’s Insurance Coverage practice group.  Ms. Brochert handles coverage cases throughout the United States, representing and counseling national insurance companies in complex coverage disputes in the areas of construction defect, personal injury, premises liability, and toxic tort.  A native New Yorker, Stephanie practiced coverage litigation in New York and New Jersey prior to moving to Michigan.

Stephanie earned a bachelor’s degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York in political science, with a concentration in political communication.  She graduated cum laude from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC where she was a Note and Comment Editor for The Catholic University Law Review, and interned for the Department of Justice and Department of the Army.  She is currently serving a three-year term on the Alumni Council for the Law School.


Brittany Mouzourakis
Recording Secretary

Brittany Mouzourakis is Complex Litigation Counsel at General Motors. Prior to joining General Motors, Brittany was a Litigation Associate at Dykema, where she focused on complex litigation matters in federal court, with particular emphasis on class action, contract, and warranty cost-recovery litigation in the automotive industry. Brittany was named a 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star in Class Actions and Mass Torts Defense.

Brittany graduated magna cum laude (top 5%) from Penn State Law School, where she served as the Managing Editor of the Penn State Law Review. After graduating from law school, Brittany was a judicial law clerk at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.

Brittany is currently the Recording Secretary of WBA, the Secretary of the Hellenic Bar Association, and a Board Member at Sanctum House, a non-profit helping survivors of domestic human trafficking.


Kristin Fernandez
Communications Secretary

Kristin practices in the general and automotive liability group at Collins Einhorn & Farrell, focusing her practice on the defense of general and automotive liability claims.

Kristin graduated from Detroit Mercy Law in 2019. During law school, Kristin was the Founder and President of the Detroit Mercy Mentorship Program, where she would assist incoming student in acclimating to the law school environment. Kristin served student government in multiple leadership positions, including as Class President, and was the American Constitution Society’s Vice President.

In addition to serving as the Communications Secretary for the WBA, Kristin also serves as a Director for the Oakland County Bar Association New Lawyers Committee.

Kristin resides in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys being active, good food and entertaining friends and family at her home.


Tanya Murray
Treasurer

Tanya Murray is an associate in Plunkett Cooney’s insurance coverage practice group. Ms. Murray’s practice focuses on representing and counseling leading property and casualty insurance companies throughout the Midwest. In particular, she provides coverage opinions and drafts corresponding coverage position letters regarding claims under commercial general liability, homeowners, umbrella and professional liability insurance policies. She also litigates coverage disputes arising from a variety of claims, including bodily injury, personal and advertising injury, construction defects and environmental contamination.

Tanya received her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2017. While there, she received several academic accolades, including her induction into the Frank Murphy Honor Society, and she served as an Associate Editor for the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review.


Nicole Gettler
WLAM Representative

Nicole Gettler is an insurance defense litigation attorney at Zausmer, P.C. handling first-party No-Fault and third-party automobile negligence claims.  She also has experience handling medical malpractice, family law, estate planning, quiet title actions, and general civil matters.

Ms. Gettler earned dual bachelor’s degrees, magna cum laude, in English and Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  After graduation, she worked as a newspaper reporter in Western New York before moving to Michigan to pursue her legal career.  She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she was an assistant editor of the Law Review.  She also supplemented her education as an habeas corpus extern with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and as a student attorney with the Family Law Assistance Project.


Erin Flynn
Immediate Past President

Erin Flynn is an associate attorney at Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach, and Buiteweg, working out of both their Ann Arbor and Bloomfield offices. Erin’s practice focuses on all aspects of family law, including divorce, paternity, child custody and parenting time, as well as child and spousal support.

In addition to being WBA’s Immediate Past President, Erin is an active member of the OCBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and WLAM’s Legislative Committee. Erin’s community involvement includes the Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan and Impact100 Oakland.

Erin resides in Plymouth with her husband and step-son and looks forward to expanding her family in December 2020.