Dykema Named to BTI Honor Roll for Go-To Intellectual Property Firms

Recognition Based on Responses From More Than 175 In-House Counsel at World’s Largest Companies and Organizations

August 25, 2014 – A recently-released report — The BTI Intellectual Property Outlook 2015: Changes, Trends and Opportunities in IP and IP Litigation — reveals that in-house counsel from the world’s largest companies and organizations have named Dykema to the BTI Honor Roll for Go-To IP Firms.

BTI interviewed more than 175 general counsel and IP decision makers at top-spending organizations to isolate the best opportunities and law firms by name in IP and IP litigation. These one-on-one interviews were conducted by BTI’s team of highly-trained executive interviewers between Dec. 3, 2013 and June 10, 2014. This survey is the only continuous benchmarking market study in the legal services industry.

“We greatly value this honor and believe it reflects how the people and companies whom we represent value our work and our dedication to providing exceptional client service in all practice areas, including IP,” said Peter M. Kellett, Dykema Chairman and CEO.

BTI has been doing an in-depth analysis of the legal industry for more than 14 years, identifying emerging trends in the IP sector and highlighting the firms who are at the top of the industry. IP decision makers focus on recognizing the leaders in complex IP litigation, complex patent work, routine IP litigation and routine patent work.

“Our conversations with in-house counsel revealed that we will see an increase in IP caseloads in 2015, with a small increase in budget,” said Michael Rynowecer, President of the BTI Consulting Group. “Leading IP firms will be those that can handle this increasing caseload with skill and ease, providing clients with the necessary assistance they need in this growing area.”

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 .

Dickinson Wright Attorney Allison Bach Named a 2014 Top Young Lawyers by Dbusiness

DETROIT, Mich., August 25, 2014 – Dickinson Wright is pleased to announce that Bankruptcy Attorney Allison R. Bach has been selected as one of six “Top Young Lawyers” by Dbusiness magazine for 2014. Dbusiness’s “Top Young Lawyers” feature honors six up-and-coming attorneys in the Metro Detroit area for their achievements in private practice as nominated by their peers. Ms. Bach is featured in a profile in the July-August 2014 issue of Dbusiness magazine out on newsstands now.

Ms. Bach, a member in the firm’s Detroit office, told Dbusiness that while she finds the practice of bankruptcy law rewarding, she admits it can be difficult to remember the other side of a case – which, in most situations, is the borrower. “The challenge is to remember the people,” she says in the profile. “Bankruptcy is a bad situation for everyone involved, but you have to make the best out of that bad situation.”

Ms. Bach’s practice focuses on advising and representing secured lenders and other creditors in out-of-court workouts and restructurings, bankruptcy proceedings and enforcement litigation. Additionally, she has experience in counseling aviation lenders in the repossession and disposition of aircraft.

Ms. Bach is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association – Eastern District Michigan Chapter, the Turnaround Management Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. She also serves as a Board Member for the Michigan Chapter of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation. Ms. Bach has been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers, Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and has also been listed in Dbusiness Top Lawyers.

She received her B.A. from University of Michigan, her M.S. from Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs, and her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright PLLC has over 350 lawyers in offices located in Detroit, Troy, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Saginaw, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nev.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright LLP has over 35 lawyers in Toronto, Canada.

MedNetOne Health Solutions announces hire of manager of information technology

Rochester, Mich. – Aug. 22, 2014 – MedNetOne Health Solutions (MNOHS), a Michigan-based healthcare management organization serving the infrastructure and clinical support needs of private practice physicians and behavioral health specialists, announces Michael Judd has joined the organization as manager of information technology. He previously worked for gloStream INC., in Troy, Mich. as the internal IT and infrastructure manager.

In his role as manager of information technology, Judd leads the MNOHS technology team, maintains a network of multiple servers as well other technology infrastructure for internal and external users and manages medical informatics and timely data exchange between MNOHS and its partners.

Prior to joining gloStream INC., Judd was employed with Lapeer County Bank and Trust Co., as an IT technical support specialist and network administrator. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree in cyber defense and an Associate of Computer Science degree in Microsoft software from Baker College, as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree from ITT Technical Institute. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Western Governors University.

“The healthcare field is increasingly data driven and Michael Judd has a variety of complementary technical skills that can help meet the strict reporting guidelines of the industry while assisting our staff and member practices on a broad range of technology and medical information matters. We are pleased to welcome him to the organization,” Ewa Matuszewski, CEO of MedNetOne Health Solutions said.

About MedNetOne Health Solutions:
MedNetOne Health Solutions (MNOHS), a leader in advancing the development and implementation of the Patient-Centered Medial Home (PCMH), is a health care management organization for primary and specialty care physicians and behavioral health specialists that provides administrative infrastructure and clinical support and programming to develop and sustain high performing, patient-centric practices while meeting government healthcare reform mandates. Learn more at http://www.mednetone.net.

Webinar to teach the essentials of correcting retirement and welfare plan errors; Butzel Long conducts free webinar September 3

DETROIT, Mich. – Employers can gain key insight on the essentials of correcting retirement and welfare plan errors.

Butzel Long is hosting a free webinar from Noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Employee benefits attorneys Thomas L. Shaevsky and Lynne McGuire will discuss the U.S. Department of Labor Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (VFCP) and the Internal Revenue Service Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS).

To register for the free webinar, visit www.butzel.com/events/. For more information or questions, contact Jonathan Spencer at (313) 983-6995 or spencer@butzel.com.

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.

Dykema Secures Restitution Award for Human Trafficking

Detroit –– August 21, 2014 — A federal district court recently ruled in favor of a Dykema pro bono client who was a victim of human trafficking, awarding nearly $225,000 in restitution. Dykema’s Heidi Naasko and Bonnie Mayfield led team members John Rhoades, Kristin Kaluza, Kara Ferrara and Mick Giandiletti in securing the victory. The defendant has decided to appeal the court’s ruling.

The award compensates the victim, who was a minor at the time of the crime, for several years of physical and mental abuse. The trafficker, who is currently imprisoned for these and other crimes, initially began communicating with the victim as part of an immigration scam.

To secure the victory, the Dykema team employed their knowledge of the federal crime victim laws, specifically the Crime Victims’ Rights Act and the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act, which was accompanied by expert testimony and extensive briefing. The Dykema team also relied upon the evidentiary hearing and trial experience of Dykema’s National Trial Team, a group of experienced trial lawyers who have taken over 650 cases, in all areas of legal practice, to verdict.

The Crime Victims’ Rights Act and the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act empower human trafficking and crime victims whose perpetrators violate federal law with various rights, including the right to counsel, the rights to be present and heard and the right to request financial restitution from their perpetrators. An individual may also present a formal victim impact statement, which can include a request regarding an appropriate sentence.

“Most victims whose perpetrators violate federal law are unfortunately unaware that they can exercise a very powerful set of rights to participate in their perpetrator’s prosecution in a greater capacity,” said Heidi Naasko, team lead and Dykema’s Pro Bono and Diversity Counsel. “These laws were created to make victims whole and to impress upon defendants the true impact of the crimes they’ve committed. We’re extremely happy for our client and we hope that this ruling will help raise awareness to other crime victims that these laws exist and can help them.”

Mayfield, a member of Dykema’s National Trial Team, said, “This particular case required us to successfully handle emergent trial-related issues concerning expert witnesses and production of evidence. We’re fortunate to have the deep experience of our National Trial Team and its resources to handle numerous types of trials and trial-related scenarios to benefit our client.”

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 .

Best Lawyers Recognizes 93 Dykema Attorneys

BEST LAWYERS RECOGNIZES 93 DYKEMA ATTORNEYS

Firm Receives 10 “Lawyer of the Year” Honors

Detroit –August 18, 2014 – Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today 93 of the firm’s lawyers, in multiple practice areas and markets, have been recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers in America guide. This number of Dykema attorneys on the Best Lawyers list represents nearly 25 percent of all lawyers in the firm.

Additionally, 10 of the firm’s practitioners have been named Best Lawyers’ 2015 “Lawyers of the Year,” an increase from seven on last year’s list. This special distinction is conferred upon a single lawyer within a practice area and metropolitan market.

The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC) is the pre-eminent national listing of outstanding attorneys. This annual guide is derived from exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The 2015 guide recognizes Dykema attorneys in virtually all of the firm’s practice areas. Dykema’s Minneapolis office, which opened in 2013, was represented for the first time in the listing.

“The fact that so many of our attorneys earned Best Lawyers recognition shows that our peers recognize the hard work we put into our practices every day,” said Peter M. Kellett, Dykema’s Chairman and CEO. “We believe in the importance of delivering consistently excellent client service and obtaining outstanding results for our clients. I believe this recognition shows that our hard work does not go unnoticed.”

The Dykema attorneys named Best Lawyers’ 2015 “Lawyers of the Year” are:
• James S. Brady – Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar, Grand Rapids
• John A. Ferroli – Litigation – Environmental, Grand Rapids
• Robert J. Franzinger – Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Detroit
• Alan M. Greene – Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Detroit
• Dennis M. Haffey – Litigation – Banking and Finance, Detroit
• Thomas R. Hill – Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants, Chicago
• James P. Kiefer – Corporate Law, Lansing
• Mark A. Metz – Securities Regulation, Detroit
• Melvin J. Muskovitz – Litigation – Labor and Employment, Ann Arbor
• Roselyn (Roz) Parmenter – Health Care Law, Ann Arbor

The Dykema attorneys listed in the 2015 Best Lawyers in America guide, identified by market and the practice areas for which they have been recognized, are:

Ann Arbor, MI
• Phyllis Adams – Health Care Law
• James M. Cameron, Jr. – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions, Litigation – Municipal, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Marie R. Deveney – Trust and Estates
• Kathrin E. Kudner – Health Care Law
• Melvin J. Muskovitz – Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Roselyn (Roz) Parmenter – Health Care Law
• Ronald J. Santo – Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
• Robert P. Tiplady – Litigation – Trust and Estates, Trust and Estates
• Jill M. Wheaton – Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation

Bloomfield Hills, MI
• Maria B. Abrahamsen – Health Care Law
• Bowden V. Brown – Public Finance Law
• Brendan J. Cahill – Mergers and Acquisitions Law
• Eric Thomas Carver – Litigation –Trust and Estates, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
• Amy M. Christen – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Michael G. Cumming – Trusts and Estates
• Robert L. Duty – Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
• James M. Elsworth – Trusts and Estates
• James P. Feeney – Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Adam M. Fishkind – Real Estate Law
• Fred J. Fresard – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Alan M. Greene – Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Litigation – Real Estate
• Dennis M. Haffey – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation –Mergers and Acquisitions, Litigation – Securities, Litigation – Trusts and Estates
• Kyle R. Hauberg – Real Estate Law
• Margaret Adams Hunter – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Howard B. Iwrey – Antitrust Law, Litigation – Antitrust
• Joel D. Kellman – Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law
• Joanne R. Lax – Health Care Law
• Gerald T. Lievois – Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law
• D. Richard McDonald – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation
• Mark A. Metz – Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation
• James D. Obermanns – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Marilyn A. Peters – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Securities
• Rex E. Schlaybaugh, Jr. – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law
• Brittany M. Schultz – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Sheryl L. Toby – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy
• Stephen L. Tupper – Information Technology Law

Chicago, IL
• Ross J. Altman – Construction Law, Real Estate Law
• Richard M. Bendix, Jr. – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
• Jay S. Berlinsky – Corporate Law
• Michael C. Borders – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Terrence M. Burns – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Derek L. Cottier – Real Estate Law
• C. Elizabeth Darke – Real Estate Law
• Thomas R. Hill – Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Michael S. Kurtzon – Real Estate Law
• Neil T. Neumark – Real Estate Law
• Andrew P. Scott – Land Use and Zoning Law
• Michael F. Sexton – Real Estate Law
• Ian M. Sherman – Insurance Law

Dallas, TX
• William B. Finkelstein – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
• Brian R. Forbes – Real Estate Law
• Arlene Switzer Steinfield – Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment

Detroit, MI
• Susan Artinian – Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
• J. Michael Bernard – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
• Thomas S. Bishoff – Commercial Litigation
• Robert A. Boonin – Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Michael P. Cooney – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Samuel C. Damren – Commercial Litigation, Mediation
• John A. Entenman (Retired) – Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
• Sherrie L. Farrell – Commercial Litigation
• Robert J. Franzinger – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
• Grant P. Gilezan – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
• Steven E. Grob – Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law
• Mark E. Hauck – Commercial Litigation
• James F. Hermon – Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Patrick F. Hickey – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – ERISA, Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Kathryn J. Humphrey – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Mark D. Jacobs – Environmental Law
• Benjamin W. Jeffers – Litigation – Insurance
• Peter M. Kellett – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Antitrust, Litigation – Securities, Mediation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Jin-Kyu Koh – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law
• Cameron H. Piggott – Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law
• Carl Rashid, Jr. – Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Real Estate Law, Tax Law
• Thomas M. Schehr – Commercial Litigation
• Thomas S. Vaughn – Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law

Grand Rapids, MI
• James S. Brady – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, DUI/DWI Defense, Family Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – First Amendment, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• John A. Ferroli – Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
• Stephen S. Muhich – Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Brian J. Page – Corporate Law, Litigation – Real Estate, Real Estate Law
• Wayne D. Roberts – Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Tax Law

Lansing, MI
• R. Lance Boldrey – Gaming Law, Native American Law
• Sandra M. Cotter – Administrative/Regulatory Law
• Albert Ernst (Retired) – Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Natural Resources Law
• Ann D. Fillingham – Corporate Law, Public Finance Law
• Gary P. Gordon – Administrative/Regulatory Law, Government Relations Practice
• James P. Kiefer – Corporate Law, Public Finance Law
• Lori McAllister – Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Insurance
• William J. Perrone – Banking and Finance Law, Government Relations Practice
• W. Alan Wilk – Administrative/Regulatory Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law
• Leonard C. Wolfe – Administrative/Regulatory Law, Gaming Law, Government Relations Practice

Los Angeles, CA
• Daniel J. Stephenson – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property
• John L. Viola – Insurance Law

Minneapolis, MN
• Timothy D. Kelly – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions, Litigation – Real Estate

About Best Lawyers
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor, as results are based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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.

Butzel Long attorney Robin Luce Herrmann appointed Chair of the State Bar of Michigan Law and Media Committee

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Robin Luce Herrmann has been appointed as Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Law and the Media Committee for 2014-2015. She was appointed to the Committee in 2011.

The Law and the Media Committee develops, recommends, and supports programs that promote a positive relationship between the legal community and the media, and accuracy in the reporting of news concerning the law.

Herrmann, a Practice Department Chair for one of Butzel Long’s two Business Litigation Groups, concentrates her practice in the areas of media law, particularly defamation and access issues; commercial litigation, including Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO); non-competes and trade secrets; and civil rights. In addition, she is general counsel of the Michigan Press Association.

She previously taught Law of the Press in the Journalism Department at Oakland University. Herrmann has been a guest speaker on Law of the Press at Wayne State University, Central Michigan University, and Oakland University.

Herrmann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1984 and a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law in 1993.

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.

August 20, 2014: Chrysler LLC Group’s Ralph Gilles to Deliver Keynote at MICHauto Summit; Chamber Endorses Rep. Klint Kesko for Michigan’s 39th District

Chrysler Group LLC’s Ralph Gilles to Deliver Keynote at 2014 MICHauto Summit

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program has announced that Ralph Gilles, who serves as president and CEO, Motorsports and senior vice president, product design, for Chrysler Group LLC, 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.

“Few are positioned like Ralph Gilles to shed light on the depth of engineering and cutting-edge design that go into today’s automobile,” said Glenn Stevens, vice president of MICHauto and strategic development for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Building on his work in helping to reinvent a classic American brand at Chrysler, Gilles continues to develop vehicles whose design and performance are equally impressive.”

To learn more about the Summit, including an updated agenda and list of speakers, visit michauto.org/mas. To register, click here.

Candidate Spotlight: Rep. Klint Kesto (R-Walled Lake), House District 39

Michigan’s 39th House District is considered one of the key competitive races in the 2014 election cycle. The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) Board has endorsed Rep. Klint Kesto (R-Walled Lake) for reelection for his second term based on his consistent pro-economic growth record and commitment to Michigan’s comeback.

Rep. Kesto’s strong record of support for Chamber priorities include votes in favor of Medicaid expansion, the Education Achievement Authority and the Michigan Promise Zone legislation. His previous experience includes time as a prosecuting attorney in Wayne County and as the manager of his small family business, as well as the U.S. Departments of Energy and Justice. He currently serves as vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee.

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

Annual Report: Michigan’s Recovery Leading the Nation, Expanded Economic Growth Expected

According to a new report by Business Facilities, Michigan ranks among the top states for employment recovery following the Great Recession, trailing only South Carolina. Further, the report lists Detroit and Grand Rapids as among the top regions in the country for economic growth.

The rankings from Business Facilities, which is often used by corporations in site selection decisions, reinforce the progress under Governor Rick Snyder in building a better business climate and driving growth through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Since December 2010, Michigan has created 295,500 private sector jobs, led by new jobs in manufacturing and professional and business services. Michigan also leads the nation with 120,000 new manufacturing jobs since 2009.

The report also cites Michigan as the number one state for automotive jobs as it continues to “rule the roost as supply chain job leader” with 500,000 auto-related jobs, which represents 22 percent of the U.S. auto industry workforce.

To read the full state report, click here. To read the metro report, click here.

Walsh College Establishes Kaufman Endowed Student Success Fund

Walsh College has established the Alan Jay and Sue Kaufman Endowed Student Success Fund, which will match up to $100,000 for gifts directed to support free tutoring for students for course work and written or verbal presentations. The Fund is based on a gift from the Kaufmans.

“The Kaufmans’ generosity will help deserving business students achieve greater success in development of communication skills so critical for classroom and professional success,” said Audrey Olmstead, vice-president and chief development officer, Walsh College.

“It affirms their long-standing support of the quality business education and academic rigor that mark Walsh College. In addition, the matching gift program will accelerate that legacy well into the future.”

Alan Jay Kaufman has served on the Walsh College Board of Trustees since 2002. He is chairman, president, and CEO of the Kaufman Financial Group, a global specialty insurance organization headquartered in metropolitan Detroit. He is also the founding senior partner of Kaufman, Payton & Chapa, a Detroit and Farmington Hills law firm.

The Student Success Fund seeks to raise $500,000. When fully endowed, the Fund will provide a projected $25,000 per year for one-on-one tutors. Donors may choose to create their own success fund with a gift of $25,000 or donate to the College’s general student success fund.

Walsh professors have collaborated on the Kaufman Financial Group’s emerging leadership and advance management programs as part of a long-term partnership, among other initiatives. Walsh College curricula have been offered to the Kaufman Financial Group through the company’s internal corporate university.

Donors to Walsh College have several scholarship- and fund-giving options available, including named endowed, named annual, student hardship, and general fund scholarships.

For more information about giving, go to www.walshcollege.edu/giving. To apply for scholarships, visit www.walshcollege.edu/scholarships.

WALSH COLLEGE
Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online.

Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting. Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.

 

Butzel Long attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2015

DETROIT, Mich. – Forty-eight Butzel Long attorneys have been chosen by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC). The 2015 edition marks the first time that attorneys Malcolm Brown, Clifford J. DeVine and Bushra A. Malik have been named to Best Lawyers.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast more than five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The following Butzel Long attorneys were selected for the 2015 edition:

Butzel Long – Ann Arbor office

— James C. Adams
Real Estate Law
— Paul R. Fransway
Franchise Law
— George E. Kuehn
Corporate Law
— Claudia Rast
CleanTech Law
Environmental Law
Information Technology Law

Butzel Long – Bloomfield Hills office

— Ronald D. Bassey
Trusts and Estates
— Alexander B. Bragdon
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation – ERISA
— Stephen A. Bromberg
Litigation – Real Estate
Real Estate Law
— Carey A. DeWitt
Employee Law — Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment
— Gordon W. Didier
Real Estate Law
— W. Patrick Dreisig
Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law
Corporate Governance Law
— Edward D. Gold
Family Law
— Beth S. Gotthelf
Environmental Law
— D. Stewart Green
Litigation – Real Estate
Real Estate Law
— Sheldon H. Klein
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Antitrust
— Bushra A. Malik*** (First Year Listed)
Immigration Law
— Daniel P. Malone
Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability – Defendants
— Allan Nachman
Real Estate Law
— R. Peter Prokop
Corporate Law
Tax Law
— Richard E. Rassel
Commercial Litigation
— Dennis B. Schultz
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Real Estate
— Thomas L. Shaevsky
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation – ERISA
— Jack D. Shumate
Environmental Law
Litigation – Environmental
— David W. Sommerfeld
Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates

Butzel Long – Detroit office

— Justin G. Klimko
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Securities/ Capital Markets Law
Securities Regulation
— Linda J. Armstrong
Immigration Law
— Malcolm Brown*** (First Year Listed)
Labor Law – Management
— James C. Bruno
Corporate Law
International Trade and Finance Law
— Clifford J. DeVine*** (First Year Listed)
Commercial Litigation
— Arthur Dudley II
Corporate Law
— David F. DuMouchel
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
— Eric J. Flessland
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction
— John P. Hancock, Jr.
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment
— Robert A. Hudson
Corporate Law
International Trade and Finance Law
— Gary W. Klotz
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
— Michael J. Lavoie
Commercial Litigation
— Mark R. Lezotte
Health Care Law
— Clara DeMatteis Mager
Immigration Law
— Donald B. Miller
Employment Law – Individuals
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
— Reginald A. Pacis
Immigration Law
— James S. Rosenfeld
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment
— Bruce L. Sendek
Commercial Litigation
— William B. Slowey
Antitrust Law
— Nicholas J. Stasevich
Corporate Law
— Louis Theros
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment
— Daniel B. Tukel
Employment Law – Management
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Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
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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.