We’re proud to announce the appointments of Sarah Stempky-Kime, managing partner, to the Michigan State Bar Negligence Section Council, and of Nora Hanna, trial attorney, to the Executive Board of the Michigan Association of Justice.
Kime brings extensive experience in plaintiff personal injury and law firm management to her role with the organization. Overseeing the firm’s day-to-day business operations, she focuses on developing a collaborative, client-centric practice, and the delivery of excellence in strategic legal services.
After earning her Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law, Sarah joined firm founder David Christensen as his trial partner. Career highlights include several multiple million-dollar verdicts and settlements, including a record-setting $17.8 million award for a traumatic brain injury case, and a recent $9.5 million verdict in a wrongful death suit. An accomplished litigator, she is one of few young female partners in personal injury in the state of Michigan and is lauded for her legal prowess, as evidenced by her recent recognition as an Influential Woman of the Law by MILW.
An advocate for disabled equity and social inclusion, Kime is involved with organizations supporting epilepsy and brain injury and sits on the Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan.
“Sarah has long been a fierce proponent of justice for those impacted by negligence and will bring tremendous insight to effecting the Section’s goals and to the betterment of litigation within the state’s trial and appellate courts;” says partner David Christensen, “we are extremely proud of her achievements.”
Nora Hanna began her tenure with Christensen Law in 2022, where she quickly proved her skill as a trial attorney in medical malpractice, personal injury, and civil rights cases. A trailblazer for expanding access to justice and educating the public about the rights she vehemently protects, recent wins include verdicts for the wrongful death of a 2-year-old child and plaintiffs in a complex fatal aviation case, as well as her efforts in preventing the unlawful deportation of hundreds of Michigan Iraqi nationals.
Hanna graduated from Wayne State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication and rhetoric and earned her JD from Wayne State University Law School in 2015. Her success in the courtroom has earned her numerous accolades including Super Lawyers Rising Stars, MILW Up & Coming Lawyers, and the Michigan State Bar’s Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.
Committed to her Chaldean roots and community, Nora serves as a board member of the Chaldean Community Foundation and Cultural Center Museum, and as a member of the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce.
“A tenacious defender of victims’ and civil rights, Nora’s commitment will undoubtedly make a significant contribution to the work of the MAJ,” says Christensen. “She is a powerhouse both in the courtroom and in the community and her confident voice will positively impact people’s lives through her efforts with the organization.”