Richard Paul Sulaka II currently serves as Sulaka, Sulaka, & Sulaka’s Managing Partner. Before starting the firm, Richard Paul served as General Counsel and Human Resources Director for the City of Detroit Water & Sewerage Department, where he successfully structured and stood-up both the legal and human resources departments for approximately 450 employees and nearly $500 million annual revenue generated by one of the nation’s largest public utilities.
Under his direction, the two departments operated under 50% of their budgeted allocations, and he eliminated nearly $600,000 in annual contracts, while increasing the customer claims process efficiency by 50%. In addition, Richard Paul oversaw the strategy and defense of multiple class action law suits and developed, implemented, and managed the administration of the nearly 1300 claims totaling more than $11,000,000.00 made against the City as a result of August/September 2016 rain events.
Angelina Sulaka is a Partner at Sulaka, Sulaka, and Sulaka who concurrently works as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel for the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a global media organization that is an executive agency of the U.S. government. The BBG oversees multiple international media networks, such as Voice of America, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia, and Middle East Broadcasting Network, among others. Through its networks, BBG’s broadcasts reach a global audience of 278 million each week. Angelina provides legal advice and guidance on the day-to-day operations of the agency, which cover practice areas of international and country-to-country agreements, federal acquisition, regulatory and legislative affairs, copyright/infringement law, and appropriations law. She started at the BBG in 2016 as a Presidential Management Fellow, a prestigious fellowship program created by Executive Order that selects the top cadre of young future leaders who have a commitment to public service and demonstrate their ability to innovate within a challenging government bureaucracy.
Before she was a fellow, Angelina’s practice focused on litigation, corporate law, and government affairs. She worked at an international aerospace and automotive supplier in Auburn Hills, for the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill, and for the United Nations in Rome, Italy. Most notably, Angelina practiced criminal defense, focusing on public corruption and white-collar crime in the city of Detroit. From 2012-2013, Angelina clerked for the legal team of Kwame M. Kilpatrick, the former Mayor of Detroit, whose 6-month trial on a 38-count indictment was deemed “one of the most significant cases of public corruption in U.S. history.
Angelina earned her law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy where she was a senior member of the Moot Court Board of Advocates, President of the Arab-Chaldean Law Student Association, and honored as a Who’s Who Among America’s Law School Students. Angelina also holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in Political Science and Romance Languages & Literature, with a Minor in International Relations. She speaks Italian fluently and volunteers with non-profits focusing on female mentorship.
Michael Joseph Sulaka serves as a Partner at Sulaka, Sulaka, & Sulaka. Prior to joining the firm, Michael Joseph served as a tax attorney and consultant at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, where he worked in the highly specialized Global Transfer Pricing group. As a member of the team, Michael Joseph developed financial models and analyzed intercompany transactions for MNEs, involving the cross-border transfer of tangible goods, services, and intangible assets valued at $1B+, in compliance with regulatory guidance from the IRS and OECD.
Before his time with Deloitte, Michael served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Michigan for the Honorable Justice David F. Viviano. During his time at the MISC, he was responsible for reviewing applications for leave to appeal, assessing appellant and appellee arguments, researching relevant law, and writing memos analyzing the merit of the cases and recommending orders.
Throughout his career, Michael Joseph has always made time to serve his community. During law school at the University of Detroit Mercy, he reactivated the then-dormant Arab and Chaldean Law Student Association (ACLSA) and served as a student attorney at UDM Law’s Immigration Law Clinic. During his two terms as President of ACLSA, he spearheaded numerous projects, including hosting Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Justice Viviano at the “Revitalization of Detroit” symposium, working with other student organizations to organize the school’s inaugural “Diversity Leadership Conference,”and teaming up with local nonprofits for ACLSA’s annual Christmas Family program to serve families in need.
Michael Joseph graduated with his LL.M. in taxation from Boston University School of Law. He earned both his J.D. and MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy. Previously, he graduated with his BBA from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He is licensed to practice law in Michigan.