Brinks attorney named Ann Arbor patent law “Lawyer of the Year”

ANN ARBOR – Aug. 29, 2014 – Steven L. Oberholtzer and Eric J. Sosenko, shareholders in the Ann Arbor office of Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015. Oberholtzer was recognized in the area of patent law and Sosenko was recognized for intellectual property litigation, patent law and trademark law. Additionally, Sosenko was named The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 Ann Arbor patent law “Lawyer of the Year.”

Celebrating 30 years in the legal profession this year, Oberholtzer is the managing partner of the Ann Arbor office and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors. His practice focuses on patent and trademark counseling, corporate intellectual property policy development and administration, technology licensing, joint development and joint venture relationship agreements. He also has experience in United States Patent and Trademark Office administrative proceedings including interferences, re-examinations, re-issues, trademark oppositions and patent application preparation and prosecution.
Oberholtzer has extensive experience with the intellectual property legal issues of the automotive industry. He has a lifelong interest in the industry and products, and was previously employed as a senior project engineer with a domestic OEM manufacturer and as in-house patent counsel for a Tier 1 supplier. In private practice, Oberholtzer has acted as primary outside counsel for a number of Tier 1 and lower tier supplier engagements that include worldwide responsibility for all intellectual property issues and management of teams of attorneys handling all facets of these matters.
Oberholtzer is the principal author of a primer on intellectual property entitled, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Kettering University, formerly known as the General Motors Institute, and received his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.

Eric Sosenko was listed in his specialty areas of patent law and trademark law as well as intellectual property litigation. His practice focuses on the procurement, enforcement and licensing of patents and trademarks in all industrial fields, including the mechanical, electro-mechanical, medical and material arts. He counsels on the strategic implementation and management of domestic and international intellectual property portfolios for various multinational clients and deals with a wide range of intellectual property issues.

In addition to his U.S. practice, Mr. Sosenko has an extensive international practice with significant experience in international protection, both directly with all major foreign intellectual property offices and under various multinational treaties, including the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and has presented at seminars in both China and Japan.

Sosenko serves as the chairperson of Brinks’ Mechanical Practice Group. He received his J.D. and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University.

About Best Lawyers®
Inclusion in Best Lawyers® is based entirely on peer reviews, using a sophisticated and transparent survey process. The methodology is designed to capture as accurately as possible the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical and legal practice area. More information is at www.BestLawyers.com.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Ann Arbor, Detroit, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Dykema Adds Leading Product Liability Attorney and Professor

Detroit – August 26, 2014 – Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the addition of Nicholas J. Wittner to its Product Liability practice as Of Counsel in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office. Prior to joining Dykema, Wittner served as Assistant General Counsel for Nissan North America, where he was head of the Legal Department’s Product Group. He also previously served as Executive Attorney at General Motors.

Wittner, who currently teaches product liability law and practice as well as international civil litigation as a Professor of Law in Residence at the Michigan State University College of Law, has more than 30 years of experience managing product liability litigation, product-related class actions, and safety and environmental regulatory compliance matters. In addition, he has extensive experience counseling clients in product liability prevention.

“Nick’s background and significant experience precede him,” said Michael Cooney, Director of Dykema’s Litigation Department. “He’s a recognized leader in the field of product liability litigation and he certainly strengthens Dykema’s well-established credentials in its practice.”

Wittner is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, as well as the American Law Institute, where he was deeply involved in the development of the Third Restatement of Product Liability. He has held several leadership positions with the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation, including Co-Chair of the ABA’s Products Liability Committee. He was also the Chair of the Product Liability Advisory Council, and co-chaired numerous programs for the ABA, ALI, the Product Liability Institute for Corporate Counsel and the American Conference Institute.

He received a B.A., with high honors, from Michigan State University, and a J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 12 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.

ASG Renaissance Named One of “Metropolitan Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For TM.”

Dearborn, Mich., August 27, 2014 – ASG Renaissance, an technical staffing and marketing communications services firm has been selected as one of “Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” by the Michigan Business and Professional Association. This is the eleventh time ASG Renaissance has received the honor since the award’s inception in 2001.

“We are honored to be recognized for our human resources initiatives that clearly demonstrate the value we place on our employee’s contributions to the company and our clients,” said Lizabeth Ardisana, ASG Renaissance CEO and principal owner. “We continually strive to create a workplace culture that values and rewards our employees.”

The award goes to companies that excelled on numerous key metrics including Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation, Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; and Strategic Company Performance. Winners were selected by an independent market research firm that conducted the judging.

The Michigan Business and Professional Association will recognize ASG Renaissance along with the other 2014 Best and Brightest during an awards presentation and luncheon on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

About ASG Renaissance
ASG Renaissance is a technical staffing and marketing communications services firm that works with its clients to find and place highly-talented professionals in such positions as engineering, finance, quality, supply chain/purchasing, manufacturing, sales and executive management positions nationwide. With more than 25 years of experience, ASG has provided technical staffing and marketing communication services to a wide range of clients in the automotive, alternative energy, higher education, defense, healthcare, construction, government and non-profit sectors. ASG Renaissance is a woman and Hispanic-owned, ISO 9001: 2008 certified firm with offices in Michigan, California, Washington D.C., and Ontario. For more information, please visit http://www.asgren.com or follow us on Facebook and Linked In.

International Trademark Attorney Mary Squyres of Brinks Gilson & Lione to Speak in Detroit at Discover Global Markets on IP Protection for Exporters

CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione shareholder Mary M. Squyres, a trademark attorney specializing in international trademark matters, will be a featured speaker at the United States Commercial Service seminar “Discover Global Markets: Free Trade Agreements,” to be held September 9-10, 2014 at The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit.

Squyres will present “Protecting Your Intellectual Property as You Expand into Global Markets” on September 9. She will outline new risks and precautions to protect companies’ time and investment in exporting overseas, and will discuss how free trade agreements work within different regulating authorities to protect intellectual property rights.

Squyres is a 30-year veteran in international trademark matters; she chairs the international trademark practice at Brinks, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the nation. Squyres has deep experience with international trademark litigation, licensing and prosecution, including developing international filing strategies, negotiating worldwide mutual co-existence agreements, and adopting effective enforcement strategies to defend her clients’ marks and prevent infringements. She works with leading clients in transportation, consumer retail, the food industry, and in academia, and has managed numerous trademark actions in more than a dozen jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

The Discover Global Markets seminar is part of the Business Forum Series from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and offers participants opportunities to identify and gain access to emerging markets, and obtain tools, government contacts, and government resources to compete successfully. More information is at www.export.gov/michigan/discoverglobalmarkets.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, N.C., Ann Arbor, Detroit, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

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Clayton & McKervey, P.C. Named a Best and Brightest Company to Work For Ten Years in a Row

Southfield, Michigan [August 27, 2014] – CPA firm Clayton & McKervey, P.C. is proud to announce it has been named one of Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to For™ for the tenth straight year.

“We are honored to be recognized for the tenth consecutive year as one of Metro Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,” said Kevin McKervey, President of Clayton & McKervey, P.C. “It is our people that have set Clayton & McKervey apart in the marketplace for more than 60 years. This recognition validates our focus to recruit, develop, and retain the best talent to serve our globally minded clients.”

An independent research firm evaluated each company’s entry to determine the Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. Categories included compensation; benefits and employee solutions; employee enrichment; engagement and retention; employee education and development; recruitment, selection and orientation; employee achievement and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives; and strategic company performance. A luncheon will be held September 23 to celebrate the companies that received this honor.

About Clayton & McKervey, P.C.
Founded in 1953, Clayton & McKervey, P.C. is an accounting, tax, and business advisory firm that focuses on assisting privately-held, middle market companies that compete in the global marketplace. The firm’s clients include US companies that have established subsidiaries in foreign countries and the US subsidiaries of foreign companies from locations around the world. Clayton & McKervey, P.C. is a member of PKF International, a worldwide network of legally independent accounting firms.

August 27: Gov. Snyder to Deliver Keynote at 2014 MICHauto Summit; Chamber Members Pack New Networking Reception with Mayor Duggan

Governor Rick Snyder to Showcase Auto Industry During Keynote at 2014 MICHauto Summit, Sept. 23

The automotive industry is helping to drive Michigan’s economic resurgence and is the perfect foundation to drive the state’s future growth. Governor Rick Snyder will highlight the state’s efforts to keep Michigan the global center of the automotive industry at the 2014 MICHauto Summit on September 23 at COBO Center in Detroit.

Under the Governor’s administration, Michigan has led the nation in recovering from the Great Recession. Michigan is number one in manufacturing job growth and the creation of 275,000 private sector jobs has brought down the state’s unemployment rate 4 percentage points, its lowest since 2008.

Programming for the daylong event will feature Michigan’s Automotive Industry: Concept to Consumer and focus on the outlook on design, engineering, manufacturing and all things automotive. View the updated agenda or register today.

Chamber Members Pack New Networking Reception with Mayor Duggan

Nearly 300 Chamber members packed an exclusive event Tuesday night as Mayor Mike Duggan spoke about the new era in Detroit and his work to move the city forward at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. During his remarks, the Mayor gave an overview of progress since he took office and introduced key staff to attendees.

“This is going to be a new day. People in this city who held up progress are going to be stopped,” said the Mayor.

The Networking Reception is part of a new quarterly Chamber event series that will showcase the Big Four regional leaders and their key staff as well as Chamber Board members. To see a list of upcoming Chamber events, click here.

Support Governor Rick Snyder’s Reelection, Michigan’s Reinvention at Breakfast Fundraiser, Sept. 15

Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah and a host committee of Michigan leaders are hosting a fundraising breakfast reception in support of Governor Rick Snyder September 15 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m at the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Under Governor Snyder’s leadership, Michigan has reinvented itself as the comeback state, leading the nation in economic recovery. His pragmatic, common-sense reforms have made Michigan more globally competitive and set up a foundation for economic success. The Chamber is proud to be amongst his most vocal supporters in his bid for reelection.

To register, click here. For more information or questions, please contact Brad Williams at 517.402.1744.

World Economic Forum Publishes Detroit Case Study Authored by Chamber Economic Development Team

The Competitiveness of Cities,” a report released recently by the World Economic Forum, included a case study on the city of Detroit co-authored by members of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s economic development team. The report examines the common factors that make global cities competitive through numerous case studies, and was introduced through a webinar featuring participants from every populated continent.

The Detroit case study provides background on the city as well as analysis and data on the challenges and opportunities present in Detroit’s economic development as it navigates bankruptcy. The Chamber’s contributors are listed in the endnotes of the 60-page report.

The World Economic Forum, which hosts the annual Davos Leadership Forum in Switzerland, has been studying competitiveness for over 30 years by focusing on the assessment of the productive potential of countries. The report can be downloaded as a PDF, where the Detroit case study is available in Chapter 5 on page 34.

See the Prestigious Borg Warner Trophy at the 2014 Get Your Heart Racing Pit Party

The 2014 “Get Your Heart Racing” Pit Party is only a few weeks away, and this year’s fundraiser offers a unique photo opportunity with the historic Borg Warner Trophy, which has been awarded to every winner of the Indianapolis 500 race since 1936. Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah is proud to serve as a chair for this year’s event, which takes place September 12 at Eastern Market’s Shed 3.

The “Get Your Heart Racing” Pit Party is an annual event organized by Henry Ford Health System and Ford Motor Company to raise funds for the state-of-the-art Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute. The fundraiser ensures that the institute can continue its life-saving work.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.GetYourHeartRacing.org or contact Kim Streich at 313.874.4039.

Candidate Spotlight: Rep. Andrea LaFontaine (R-Columbus Twp.), District 32

As a representative of portions of Macomb and St. Clair counties, State Representative Andrea LaFontaine (R-Columbus Twp.) understands the importance of a strong relationship between Detroit and the rest of the state. Her leadership on Detroit and other key issues impacting the regional economy earn her the endorsement of the Chamber’s Political Action Committee Board.

Rep. Lafontaine demonstrated her commitment to the region through her approval of the Detroit bankruptcy settlement legislation in the Grand Bargain. In addition, Rep. LaFontaine has fought to protect the Great Lakes as chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, while resisting constraints to businesses that provide over 500,000 jobs across the state.

The Chamber supports pragmatic, pro-economic growth candidates that advance Michigan’s reinvention. For a full list of Chamber-endorsed candidates, click here.

MICHauto Announces Governor Rick Snyder as Keynote Speaker for 2014 Summit on September 23 at COBO Center

DETROIT, August 26, 2014 –Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program announced that Governor Rick Snyder will deliver a keynote address at the 2014 MICHauto Summit on September 23 at COBO Center in Detroit. The second annual statewide Summit has the theme of Michigan’s Automotive Industry: Concept to Consumer, and will explore the new era of Michigan innovation and the blueprint it sets for the rest of the global automotive industry.

“The Governor recognizes the importance of the automotive industry as the foundation for so much of Michigan’s economic growth,” said Glenn Stevens, vice president of MICHauto and strategic development for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Automotive has played a critical role in Michigan’s comeback and the Governor deserves credit for bolstering the state’s focus on the industry.”

The Governor’s afternoon remarks at the Summit will touch on the state’s efforts to keep Michigan the global center of the automotive industry. In September 2013, the Governor created Michigan’s Automotive Industry Office and named Nigel Francis as the state automotive adviser. The office is now executing a comprehensive strategic plan to drive Michigan’s automotive industry forward and to foster sustainable growth within the industry.

“Michigan’s renewed focus on its most important industry continues to pay dividends and positions this state for another successful era of automotive innovation,” Stevens said. “The 2014 MICHauto Summit is the perfect venue to showcase how the state of Michigan is championing all things automotive to create jobs and development.”

Under the Governor’s administration, Michigan has led the nation in recovering from the Great Recession. Michigan is number one in manufacturing job growth and the creation of 275,000 private sector jobs has brought down the state’s unemployment rate 4 percentage points, its lowest since 2008.

The high-tech automotive industry continues to drive innovation and has played a key role in Michigan’s economic resurgence. In 2013, 28 Michigan counties received more than $2.3 billion in automotive investment, creating nearly 11,000 jobs.

The Governor also served as a keynote at last year’s inaugural Summit, which brought together nearly 500 leaders from industry, academia and government at the then-newly renovated COBO Center on September 25, 2013. The first-of-its-kind event focused solely on the entire industry supply chain showcasing Michigan as the global epicenter of the automotive industry.

About MICHauto

MICHauto is dedicated to promoting, retaining and growing the automotive industry in Michigan and is a key economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber. MICHauto embodies a public-private strategy, championing Michigan as the global epicenter of the automotive industry and providing a platform for collaboration on advocacy, business attraction and retention, and talent attraction and development. Serving as the unified voice of Michigan’s automotive cluster, MICHauto works closely with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, Center for Automotive Research and other Michigan and national organizations. To learn more visit MICHauto.org.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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Detroit-based attorney writes book on RLUIPA, the religious land-use law

Daniel Dalton, founding partner of Dalton & Tomich, PLC examines land use and zoning battles for religious and legal communities for attorneys and religious leaders

DETROIT, Mich., – Attorney Daniel Dalton, a founding partner of Dalton & Tomich PLC, today announced the release of his new book published by the American Bar Association. “Litigating Religious Land Use Cases” examines and discusses the continually evolving area of religious land use and zoning within the context of a 2000 federal law called, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”). Dalton is among the country’s most knowledgeable and experienced experts in religious land use and zoning law. He has served as both lead counsel, and co-counsel, in more than 40 cases on behalf of religious organizations across the nation.

“Litigating Religious Land Use Cases” provides unique perspectives and case studies on landmark RLUIPA cases whereby cities and municipalities sought to deny religious entities such as churches, mosques, temples and synagogues rights to land use in order to maintain areas for tax generating retail, residential, entertainment and industrial uses. Such discrimination has become increasingly prominent in recent years – and defense strategies are becoming more and more sophisticated in practice.

“We are seeing communities argue these cases with more intense vigor, nuance and creativity than ever before,” Dalton said. “New defense tactics are necessitating new approaches on behalf of religious organizations seeking to use land for religious assemblies.”

Dalton & Tomich PLC has won landmark RLUIPA cases for clients across the country, including several precedent-setting decisions in California, Mississippi, Illinois, Michigan, Texas and Pennsylvania. In 2012, the firm secured a $1.1 million verdict on behalf of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, a Catholic high school in San Diego, California. This decision is the largest religious land use trial verdict in the history of the Act.

“This book was written with the ultimate goal of serving as a true resource for schools and universities in the religious and legal realms,” added Dalton. “I hope it sheds a brighter light on how ‘the little guys’ can stand up for themselves – with some help and guidance.”

For more information or to purchase the book, please visit: http://shopaba.org/litigatingrel.

ABOUT DALTON & TOMICH PLC
Dalton & Tomich, PLC is a law firm specializing in providing guidance to leading religious organizations, businesses and financial institutions across the nation. For more information, the firm’s experience as a national leaders in representing churches, temples, mosques, synagouges and other religious organizations in RLUIPA cases, visit http://www.attorneysforlanduse.com or http://www.daltontomich.com.

 

Brinks attorney to speak on open source electric vehicle patents at The Battery Show 2014 in Novi, Mich

DETROIT– Aug. 25, 2014 – Kelly Burris, managing partner of the Detroit office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as a conference speaker at The Battery Show 2014, to be held Sept. 16 -18 at the Novi Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. The Battery Show is intended to evaluate the latest market trends and advancements in battery technology across automotive, portable and industrial sectors as they drive development, growth and demand of advanced batteries worldwide.
Burris will present “Tesla Motors and Open Source Electric Vehicle Patents: Moving the Ball Down the Field with a ‘Hail Mary’?” on September 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the Open Tech Forum section of the exhibit hall.

“Tesla Motors continues to bring innovative and unconventional business practices to the marketplace,” Burris said. “While Tesla sites its intent to accelerate the growth of electric vehicles as the reason for releasing the company’s patent portfolio, the majority of the auto industry is wondering how to protect their interests while still aiding in the development of EVs. I look forward to discussing Tesla’s patent portfolio, the terms and conditions of the patent release and the latest developments from this bold move by Tesla CEO Elon Musk during my talk at The Battery Show.”

At Brinks, Burris is chair of the Green Technology Practice Group and focuses her practice on patent applications in the mechanical, materials science and electrical arts. She also performs intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and manages corporate IP portfolios and policies.
Brinks will also be exhibiting at the Battery Show and can be found at booth B1662. A link to The Battery Show conference program and registration information can be found here.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
Brinks Gilson & Lione has 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. Based in Chicago, Brinks has offices in Washington, D.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Detroit; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Indianapolis and Salt Lake City. More information is at www.brinksgilson.com.

Butzel Long attorney Geaneen M. Arends named a “2014 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly; Attorney is one of 30 honorees to be recognized on September 11, 2014

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Geaneen M. Arends has been named a “2014 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Arends is one of 30 female attorneys who will be honored during a luncheon on September 11, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel in Troy. The event will celebrate the individuals who have made meaningful and inspiring contributions to the legal community. Honorees also will be profiled in an upcoming edition of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Arends concentrates her practice on general business law and commercial real estate.

She assists business clients with general business planning, entity formation and maintenance, mergers, acquisitions, private placements, woman-owned/minority-owned/disadvantaged business certification, insurance and risk management issues and general business contracts. Arends also has advised business clients on a variety of real estate transactions, including acquisition, development and leasing of multi-family residential, retail, office and industrial properties throughout the United States. She has represented both borrowers and lenders in multi-million dollar real estate financing transactions.

Arends serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and President for Michigan Community Resources (MCR), formerly known as Community Legal Resources, a non-profit organization that provides technical assistance and free legal services to non-profit organizations revitalizing and bringing economic development to underserved communities in Detroit and throughout Michigan. She has been an active volunteer for MCR since 1999, providing pro bono legal services to its non-profit clients, serving as a past Chairperson of its Program Committee and serving for three years as Vice-Chairperson of the Board. In her current role with MCR, Arends leads ongoing strategic planning, acts as mentor to executives and managers of the organization and actively participates on the finance, fund development and operations committees. She also led the transition, search and retention of a new CEO for MCR in 2013.

In recognition of her long-time commitment to pro bono and community service, Arends received Butzel Long’s 2014 pro bono service award.

Arends is an active member of the Butzel Long PAC Committee and Butzel Long’s Women’s Leadership Committee. She is a member of the Wolverine Bar Association, the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Real Property Law Advisory Board, the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the Detroit Economic Club, for which she also serves on the reception committee.

She was recognized by DBusiness in 2014 as a Top Lawyer in the areas of Real Estate Law and Non Profit Law. She is an alumna of Leadership Detroit.

Arends is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.A., History, 1994) and of Boston College Law School (J.D., 1998). She is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in the United States. It was founded in 1854, making this year its 160th anniversary of providing trusted client service. Butzel’s full-service offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com.