Sunday, December 30, 2012

Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz and Lebanese Officials announce plans to build Eye Center


Michigan Accident Attorney Joumana Kayrouz and Lebanese Officials
announce plans to build Eye Center

Detroit – Prominent Michigan Accident attorney Joumana Kayrouz and leaders of the Government of Lebanon agreed to build an eye center in Southern Lebanon that will provide health care services to disabled individuals facing eye loss and sight issues.

Kayrouz also announced that as a way to give back to her country she will open a charitable donor’s fund in Lebanon called The Joumana Kayrouz and Daughters Foundation, to also honor her daughters Stephanie and Nathalie Shamma.

The announcements came during an 6-day tour of Lebanon where Kayrouz was invited to lecture to over 400 students, professors and politicians at Beirut Arab University (BAU) about her personal success and achievements in the United States, and on the role women in Lebanon can play in strengthening society.

During the tour, Kayrouz met with Randa Berri, the Second Lady of Lebanon and the wife of the Speaker of the House Nabih Berri. Also the head of the Lebanese Welfare Association for the Handicapped, Randa Berri and Joumana Kayrouz discussed their mutual concern for the plight of disabled victims, especially children.


Randa Berri and Joumana Kayrouz


“Randa Berri and I spent about 8 hours discussing the concerns we share to help people in Lebanon, especially those marginalized by Lebanese society and the Lebanese government. I was beyond being moved by her commitment, activism, and her ability to overcome challenges over the years to bring support to people in need,” said Kayrouz.

“We seemed to share so much and I immediately identified with her commitment to those who need help.”

Kayrouz was led on a tour of the disability center by Berri and saw firsthand the ongoing needs, including helping people to walk and also speak for the first time in their lives among many other circumstances. So moved by what she saw, Kayrouz immediately donated $50,000 to Berri’s center.

The visit concluded with an intimate, private dinner with Berri at her and Speaker Nabih Berri’s home, where they discussed the need for the eye center. Berri immediately announced the eye center would be inaugurated in the name of Joumana Kayrouz. Berri asked Kayrouz to accept an invitation to travel to Southern Lebanon to officially open its doors when completed.

Kayrouz said the Second lady of Lebanon reminisced that while she was pregnant she would deliver food and much needed supplies to people in need in Southern Lebanon during the dangerous times.

“She shared with me how bombs were exploding behind her as she was driving but she believed that God would get her through it safely because she was doing His work,” said Kayrouz, who stressed that Berri was an activist long before she became the wife of a Lebanese politician.

During the trip, Kayrouz met with several high government and political leaders and gave multiple TV interviews. She also attended the inauguration of a lecture hall at BAU and was honored to offer the first lecture.

Kayrouz said she spoke with many students at the BAU about the challenges they face and one that really impressed her was the concern many of the young women had about overcoming societal limits on the role of women.

“I told them about my story overcoming the obstacles that many women face in struggling to be successful in a still male-dominated society in America and they connected immediately,” Kayrouz said.

“Afterwards, the students spoke about the lack of scholarships for their education and how difficult it is for women to find jobs and break through the glass ceiling that holds women down in Arab society. They said Arab women often only rise to power when they are in partnership with prominent male figures in their lives, like a father, husband, or brother but that rising independently on their own merits is difficult.”

Kayrouz said a part-time security guard at the University explained how she was holding down two other jobs just trying to survive, but wanted desperately to get a college education to advance her career.

After speaking with the woman, Kayrouz said she decided to fund her entire education for four years at the BAU.

“I told the students when I spoke that sometimes, you can’t take on everything but that you could make a difference in the world by helping someone,” Kayrouz said.

“Mother Theresa once said ‘Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.’ I believe that instead of being discouraged by the challenges, that we begin by helping someone. I told them I was Grateful to God that He has so blessed me that I am able to help some others like this student.”

For more information visit www.JoumanaKayrouz.com.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

AC Milan and prominent attorney Joumana Kayrouz kick off world class soccer tournament in Michigan this weekend



AC Milan and prominent attorney Joumana Kayrouz
kick off world class soccer tournament in Michigan this weekend

Detroit, MI – Young future soccer stars will be competing in an international challenge hosted by one of the sport’s greatest teams, AC Milan, this weekend in Pontiac, Michigan co-hosted by prominent Michigan accident attorney Joumana Kayrouz who is a presenting sponsor.

AC Milan (Associazione Calcio Milan) is one of the world’s most famous football clubs, founded in Italy in 1899, said local organizer and AC Milan Marketing Director AJ Kreiss. The football club has won four world titles, more than any other team and is considered the most successful football club in the world.

Kayrouz will be presenting opening remarks at the ceremonies Friday and trophies to the winners Sunday.

“I am very proud to be a sponsor of this world class event. Soccer, or football as it is called in Europe, has become very popular here in the United States. It’s a very athletic sport and not only promotes healthy competition for our youth but also engages our young people in a sport that requires physical agility and mental stamina,” Kayrouz said.

AC Milan officials said that more than 1,355 kids in more than 34 teams will participate in the AC Milan “Audi Cup” competition and tournament this weekend Friday December 28 and Sunday December 30.

Kayrouz noted that AC Milan has academies in Dubai, Hong Kong and Sydney and has launched a team tournament in Michigan called “AC Milan Detroit.” AC Milan is looking forward to building its new club, a fourth soccer academy, located in Michigan.

“We start training in January and we will begin offering a local tournament now at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, the first indoor soccer tournament in the world,” Kreiss said.

The schedule features: Opening ceremonies at 5:30 pm at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas, 867 S. Boulevard East, Pontiac; and, Closing Ceremonies at 3 pm Sunday also at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas, followed by the Detroit Pistons game at 7:30 pm at the Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills, Michigan.

In addition to the backing of Joumana Kayrouz, the tournament weekend features support from Vespa of Dearborn, Josef’s Pastry Shop, Audi and Audi Detroit dealers, Roma Sposa Altier Bridal, Redsmoke, Marriott and Michigan Bucks Soccer.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            Ray Hanania
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Joumana Kayrouz endorses three candidates for Michigan Supreme Court, donates 30 billboards to help promote their candidacies


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Joumana Kayrouz endorses three candidates for Michigan Supreme Court,
donates 30 billboards to help promote their candidacies

Declaring women must continue to fight for equality in today’s society, attorney Joumana Kayrouz endorsed three women for the Michigan Supreme Court in the Nov. 6 election.

Kayrouz donated 30 billboards from her vast array of marketing billboards endorsing University of Michigan Law Professor Bridget Mary McCormack, 3rd Circuit Judge Connie Kelley and 46th District Chief Judge Pro Tem Shelia Johnson.

“These three experienced and highly qualified members of our judicial and legal system are proven champions of the rights of families and children,” Kayrouz said in announcing her support and donation.

“Their legal knowledge will bring strength and consistency to the Michigan Supreme Court. Running together as a team, Professor McCormack, Judge Kelley and Judge Johnson will strengthen the role of women not only in our judicial system but in our society.”

All three candidates have received strong endorsements from the media and political organizations and professional law associations.

Kayrouz said the billboards went up last month to help raise public awareness of the important Michigan Supreme Court race reaching more than 3 million people each day.

“Too often in past elections, the voter turnout for judicial races has been low, yet these judicial offices are among the most important,” Kayrouz said.

McCormack is a veteran litigator, legal scholar and educator. A law professor, she is Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Michigan Law School.

Judge Kelley practiced law for 27 years representing victims of illegal discrimination before being elected to the Wayne County Circuit Court as a family law judge in 2008 in the 3rd Circuit District.

Judge Johnson worked as both a trial judge in the 46th District, serving 8 years as Chief Judge Pro Tem, and in private practice defending the rights of people in the community.

Joumana Kayrouz is the owner of the Michigan Center for Personal Injury and the Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz PLLC.

She is one of the most recognized attorneys in Michigan, and the only woman attorney to own a major personal-injury law firm in the state.

Kayrouz is as a pioneer in her field, breaking down barriers to serve those in need of her services, growing an immensely successful enterprise.

Kayrouz was named a “Top Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 by members of the Michigan Legal Industry.

Kayrouz received the prestigious 2012 American Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) “Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award” at their 20th Annual Banquet celebration, and was honored as a “Presenting Sponsor” during the 50th Anniversary gala of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In 2010 Kayrouz received the Trailblazer Award from the Lebanese American Club of Michigan during their 15th Annual dinner for her achievements in the legal field.

Her web site is www.JoumanaKayrouz.com.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Joumana Kayrouz honored for support of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital


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Joumana Kayrouz honored for support of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Prominent attorney Joumana Kayrouz was honored Thursday at the 50th Annual Gala Banquet hosted by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for her support of the organization’s mission.

Kayrouz, who is of Lebanese American heritage, was recognized as a “Presenting Sponsor” for her generous donation of $50,000 to the organization which was founded in 1962 by the late Hollywood actor Danny Thomas.

Thomas was born in 1912 in Deerfield, Michigan, to Maronite Catholic immigrants from Lebanon, Charles Yakhoob Kairouz and his wife Margaret Taouk. When he first entered acting, Thomas vowed that if he succeeded in Hollywood, he would open a shrine dedicated to St. Jude, which he did in 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee.

“Danny Thomas is a role model for every American, whether they are immigrants or whether they are born in this country of immigrant parents or grandparents, who came here to embrace opportunity,” Ms. Kayrouz said.

“Not only did he succeed in this country reaching great heights as an iconic American actor in Hollywood and on television with the popular Make Room for Daddy TV series, but he also took it one step further by taking his success and using it to help others.”

Ms. Kayrouz said that building St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which helps so many children in need is one of the most significant accomplishments of any American Arab in this country.

“I am very proud and honored that I can follow in his footsteps and use my own success to help others, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” she said.”

Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries.

Ms. Kayrouz is the owner of the Michigan Center for Personal Injury and the Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz. As one of the most recognized attorneys in Michigan, and only woman attorney to own a major personal-injury law firm in Michigan, Ms. Kayrouz has served as a pioneer in her field, as she has effectively broken down barriers to reach out to those in need of her services, thus growing an immensely successful enterprise.

Kayrouz has received many recognitions for her community leadership and professional achievements as a lawyer. She was named a “Top Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 by members of the Michigan Legal Industry. Ms. Kayrouz also received the prestigious 2012 American Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) “Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award” at their 20th Annual Banquet celebration.

In 2010 Ms. Kayrouz received the Trailblazer Award from the Lebanese American Club of Michigan (LACOM) during their 15th Annual dinner for her achievements in the legal field.

For more information, visit www.JoumanaKayrouz.com.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Joumana Kayrouz to receive Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award from American Arab Chamber of Commerce at 20th Anniversary Gala


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Joumana Kayrouz to receive Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award
from American Arab Chamber of Commerce at 20th Anniversary Gala

Prominent attorney Joumana Kayrouz Wednesday said she is thrilled to be one of the recipients of this year’s prestigious American Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) “Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award.”

The award will be presented to Ms. Kayrouz at the AACC 20th anniversary Building Economic Bridges Gala at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center on Friday Oct. 26.

Ms. Kayrouz is the owner of the Michigan Center for Personal Injury and the Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz. In addition, John Antakli, President of INTRACO, will also receive an award.

Both will receive their honors in recognition by the Detroit business and leadership community “for their commitment to excellence and leadership in their respective fields,” said Fay Beydoun, AACC Executive Director.

"Joumana Kayrouz has served as a trailblazer, not only within the Arab American community, but within the business community as a whole,” Beydoun said. 

“Her innovative business sense has allowed her to grow a prosperous enterprise, provide sought after legal counsel to her clients and give back to the community that she is a part of.  We are pleased to recognize her incredible accomplishments during our 20th Anniversary Gala."

As one of the most recognized attorneys in Michigan, and only woman attorney to own a major personal-injury law firm in Michigan, Ms. Kayrouz has served as a pioneer in her field, as she has effectively broken down barriers to reach out to those in need of her services, thus growing an immensely successful enterprise.

“I am very honored to receive the Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award from the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, its board and members,” Ms. Kayrouz said.

“I have dedicated my life to championing the rights of individuals injured in everyday life, and also to stand with individuals, groups and organizations to strengthen their rights and to bring organizations and leaders together for the betterment of our community through network empowerment.”

Ms. Kayrouz called the American Arab Chamber of Commerce “one of the most important organizations serving the people of the Detroit region.”

In addition to honoring Mr. Antakli and Attorney Kayrouz, the 20th Annual Gala will also serve as an opportunity for the AACC to recognize its founding members and current board, who have been instrumental in the organization’s growth over the past 20 years. The event will also serve to further promote the mission of the organization, which is to build economic bridges by promoting and empowering the business community it serves on a local, national and international level.

AACC Officials said, “During a key election year, where job growth and the economy remain a priority for candidates and voters, we are pleased to announce its two distinguished award recipients, who have served as key contributors to economic growth, locally, nationally and internationally.”

For more information, visit www.JoumanaKayrouz.com.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Joumana Kayrouz hosts gourmet reception for Lebanese Energy Minister His Excellency Gebran Bassil

Joumana Kayrouz hosts gourmet reception for
Lebanese Energy Minister His Excellency Gebran Bassil

(Detroit, MI/09-28-12) – Celebrated personal injury attorney Joumana Kayrouz hosted a first class gourmet style reception in honor of the visit of His Excellency Gebran Bassil, the Lebanese Minister of Energy, during his recent tour of Michigan.

Bassil was visiting with Lebanese communities throughout the United including in Detroit Sept. 27 thru Sept. 28, to meet with community leaders and to listen to their concerns hoping to strengthen their support of Lebanon.


In Bassil’s honor, Kayrouz hosted an elegant reception at her Bloomfield Hills, Michigan home that was attended by 75 of the most influential members of the Lebanese and American community including local judges, elected office holders, business leaders and government officials.

The event was covered by Lebanese television stations that accompanied Bassil to the United States and the Kayrouz-hosted reception was featured in their reporting.

Described as the most spectacular of the events held in honor of the Minister’s tour, the dinner featured a 5-course gourmet meal specially prepared by the award winning Lebanese American Chef, Robert Nahra. Known for his exquisite meal presentations, Nahra is the owner of Lakeland Banquet & Events Centre on 9 Mile Road in Saint Clair shores. Nahra caters to many venues, such as the GM Heritage center, Michigan Opera Theatre, the Royal Oak Music Theatre, the Birmingham Community Center, and the Masonic Temple.

“Ms. Kayrouz told me she wanted a dinner that was presidential and first class in honor of the Lebanese Minister,” Nahra said. “What we did was what would have been prepared for the President of the United States or for a Fortune 500 Company event. She personally selected the menu including lobster tail from South Africa, Prime Fillet, and also the decorations which included about 3,000 flowers, gold gilded crystal and china settings.”


Nahra said to enhance the presentation he created several large cylinders of boiled cinnamon placed over dried ice that generated a white mist that imbued a fragrance during the dinner of freshly made apple pie.

"Joumana wanted to serenade her guests with elegance and fragrant gourmet cuisine using black and white truffle shaved over tortellini and served in glass sealed jars that when opened overwhelmed the gathering with the scent of truffles," Nahra said.

"The apple spice technique was used for an all-American dessert, which is the Lakelands' signature apple pie presentation using  dry ice and apple spice infused solution."

Bassil called Kayrouz, who is the only woman attorney to own a major personal-injury law firm in the State of Michigan, a “role model” for every woman who aspires to equality and a successful career.

“His Excellency Gebran Bassil is an effective voice for the people of Lebanon as they move the country forward and energize American Lebanese throughout the United States to remain proud and involved in their heritage,” Kayrouz said.

“I was honored to accept his invitation to join him during parts of his visit to Michigan’s Lebanese community, and to host His Excellency at a spectacular social evening that I hope reflected the best of our community.”

Attendees raved about the event.

“No foreign dignitary has ever been treated to a more classy reception than the one you hosted in your lovely home,” one attendee later said. “Everything – every last detail – was exquisite.   The most impressive thing about the evening, however, was the great heart behind it that made every guest feel welcome and at home.  Our people are known for their hospitality, but you really took it to another level.”

In March, 2012, Kayrouz was appointed by the Government of Lebanon to serve as President of the Miss Lebanon Emigrants USA Board of Directors.

During the Detroit leg of the International Pageant held in June, His Excellency Fady Abboud, Lebanese Minister of Tourism, presented Kayrouz with the “Lebanese-American Heritage” Award.

The award read, “… for your tireless efforts in strengthening ties between your native Lebanon and the home of your choice, the United States, we honor you for understanding the shared values and the historic relationship between our two great nations… we especially are grateful for your generosity to and leadership in highlighting the unending work St. Jude Children Research Hospital of Beirut.”



(Photos Courtesy of Robert Nahra. (C) 2012 All Rights Reserved.
Reprinted with permission.)

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