Butzel Long attorneys named to DBusiness magazine’s Top Lawyers in metro Detroit 2016

DETROIT, Mich. – Fifty-six Butzel Long attorneys have been named Top Lawyers in metro Detroit 2016 by DBusiness magazine. The list appears in the November/December 2015 edition. The attorneys and their practice areas are listed below:

Ann Arbor office

— James C. Adams

Land Use & Zoning

Real Estate Law

— Jennifer A. Dukarski

Copyright Law

— Nancy Keppelman

Employee Benefits Law

— Claudia Rast

Information Management & Discovery Law

Environmental Law

— Robert B. Stevenson

Employee Benefits Law

— Andrew W. Stumpff

Employee Benefits Law

Bloomfield Hills office

— Alexander B. Bragdon

Employee Benefits Law

— Stephen A. Bromberg

Real Estate Law

— Carey A. DeWitt

Litigation – Labor Employment Benefits

Labor and Employment Law

— Gordon W. Didier

Real Estate Law

— John A. Forrest

Franchise Law

— Beth S. Gotthelf

Energy Law

Environmental Law

— Robert A. Hudson

Corporate Law
International Trade Law

Securities Law

— Laura E. Johnson

Corporate Law

— Susan L. Johnson

Environmental Law

— Thomas A. Kabel

Banking & Financial Service Law

Real Estate Law

— Sheldon H. Klein

Antitrust Law

— Bushra A. Malik

Immigration Law

— Allan Nachman

Real Estate Law

— Max J. Newman

Bankruptcy and Creditor /Debtor Rights Law

— Robert P. Perry

Tax Law

— R. Peter ProKop

Tax Law

— Thomas Radom

Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law

— Joseph E. Richotte

White-Collar Criminal Defense

— Dennis B. Schultz

Litigation – Construction

Construction Law

— Craig S. Schwartz

Labor and Employment Law

— Robert H. Schwartz

Health Care Law

— Thomas L. Shaevsky

Employee Benefits Law

— Thomas C. Simpson

Franchise Law, Real Estate Law

— William B. Slowey

Antitrust Law

— David W. Sommerfeld

Trusts and Estates, Tax Law

— Ronald Paul Strote

Construction Law

Litigation – Construction, Mediation

— Daniel B. Tukel

Litigation — Labor Employment Benefits

Labor and Employment Law

— Roxana Gale Zaha

Real Estate Law

Detroit office

— Linda J. Armstrong

Immigration Law

— James C. Bruno

International Trade Law

Corporate Law

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

— Rebecca S. Davies

Labor and Employment Law

— Clifford J. De Vine

Construction Law

— George B. Donnini

White –Collar Criminal Defense

— Arthur Dudley, II

Corporate Law

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Securities Law

— David F. DuMouchel

White-Collar Criminal Defense

— Eric J. Flessland

Construction Law

— Bernard J. Fuhs

Franchise Law

Trade Secrets

— John A. Hancock, Jr.

Litigation — Labor Employment Benefits

Labor and Employment Law

— Justin G. Klimko

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Corporate Law

Securities Law

— Gary W. Klotz

Labor and Employment Law

— Michael J. Lavoie

White-Collar Criminal Defense

— Mark R. Lezotte

Nonprofit/Charities Law

Health Care Law

— Clara DeMatteis Mager

Immigration Law

— Donald B. Miller

Product Liability

— Reginald A. Pacis

Immigration Law

— James S. Rosenfeld

Labor and Employment Law

Litigation – Labor Employment Benefits

Arbitration

— Bruce L. Sendek

Antitrust Law

Litigation – Antitrust, Commercial

— Jack D. Shumate

Environmental Law

— Nicholas J. Stasevich

International Trade Law

Corporate Law

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

— James E. Wynne

Product Liability

For the list, DBusiness magazine polled more than 18,000 attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties among 50 separate categories. The lawyers were asked to nominate up to three attorneys in a given practice of law. Special weight was given to lawyers chosen by attorneys working at firms other than their own. Additionally, favor was given to prior honorees.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law firm 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 or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel Long attorney David F. DuMouchel named one of the Top 10 Lawyers in the state by DBusiness magazine

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder David F. DuMouchel, who Chairs the firm’s Internal Investigation and White Collar Practice Group, has been named one of the Top 10 Lawyers in the state of Michigan by DBusiness magazine.

DuMouchel’s practice specializes in the areas of white collar criminal defense, professional licensure and criminal health care, criminal IRS investigations of both taxpayers and professionals, SEC enforcement of corporate executives, public corruption, as well as grand jury investigations, internal corporate investigations and compliance.

In 2013, DuMouchel was appointed to serve as a voting member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission Practitioners Advisory Group. One person from each of the 11 federal circuits is appointed to this group.

He also was appointed by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan as a member of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, and was appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit as a member of the Planning Committee for the 2015 Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.

DuMouchel is a recipient of the prestigious Leonard Gilman Award from the Federal Bar Association as the outstanding criminal law practitioner in the Eastern District of Michigan. He was named by Best Lawyers as the “2010 Detroit Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year.” Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

He has been listed in each Best Lawyers edition for the last 30 years, up to and including the most recent. He also is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and in Michigan Super Lawyers.

DuMouchel is a frequent speaker on internal corporate investigations and federal criminal procedural matters.

DuMouchel is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization limited to one percent of the trial lawyers in a state by invitation; serves as a member of the Criminal Procedure Committee; and, is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. DuMouchel served as the first Chairman of the State of Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law 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 or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel Long attorney Angela Emmerling Shapiro earns E-Discovery certification

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Angela Emmerling Shapiro recently passed the Certified E-Discovery Specialists certification examination, earning the right to use the prestigious CEDS designation.

The CEDS credential is earned by individuals who pass a comprehensive four-hour examination that provides a tough and objective measure of an individual’s mastery of all aspects of E-Discovery. The certification program is administered by the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the premier membership organization of professionals in the field worldwide. Since the exam was first offered in November 2010, E-Discovery professionals in the United States, Canada, the UK, South Korea, Germany and China have earned the CEDS certification.

In addition to handling traditional litigation matters, Shapiro oversees all stages of the E-Discovery life cycle for her clients. She assists with information management, developing and executing preservation plans, working with IT and vendors to identify and collect data, creating efficient review workflows, assessing and utilizing technology assisted review where appropriate, managing contract reviewers, negotiating production protocols and approving final deliverables for production. She also has litigated electronic discovery issues, including spoliation and cost shifting.

Shapiro also serves as the Chair of Butzel Long’s Women’s Leadership Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC). She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association.

Shapiro graduated from Michigan State University (1994) and the Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1998) and is admitted to practice in all Michigan state and federal courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law 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 or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Brooks Kushman Recognized as a 2015 Top Workplace

Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is proud to announce the firm has been recognized by the Detroit Free Press as one of the 2015 Top Workplaces in Metro-Detroit. This is the 3rd consecutive year Brooks Kushman has achieved this recognition.

The 2015 Top Workplaces were announced during the eighth annual Top Workplace awards event on Wednesday, November 18 at the Troy Marriott.

“We strive to make Brooks Kushman a company that employees believe in and are proud to work for,” said Mark Cantor, president of Brooks Kushman. “We are proud to see these efforts continuing to make a difference in our firm’s daily life, resulting in our employees making us a Top Workplace again for 2015.”

Winners were selected based on a national benchmark set by WorkplaceDynamics, a company specializing in employee satisfaction surveys.

Brooks Kushman was one of 35 employers recognized as a Midsize Top Workplace. According to WorkplaceDynamics, the results are based on analysis of survey results from more than 5,000 companies from across the country.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm with offices in Michigan and California, and represents clients nationally and internationally with respect to protection, enforcement and monetization of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm has more than 90 intellectual property professionals specializing in various technical disciplines, and has a reputation for providing leading IP counseling with a focus on the business objectives of their clients.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit www.BrooksKushman.com.

David Maraniss

Associate Editor, The Washington Post; Best-selling Author, “Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story”

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David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and best-selling author of the book, “Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story,” which chronicles Detroit’s glory days of the 1960s. In addition, he is a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a 1993 recipient for his coverage of then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton. In addition, he was part of The Washington Post team that won the Pulitzer in 2008 for the newspaper’s coverage of the Virginia Tech campus shooting. Maraniss is the author of six best-selling books and a recipient of numerous journalism awards including the George Polk Award and the Dirksen Prize for Congressional Reporting.

Christy McDonald

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Christy McDonald is the anchor and moderator of “MiWeek, a weekly news and political analysis show on WTVS Channel 56. McDonald also anchors WTVS special coverage including the Mackinac Policy Conference and the Great Lakes Conference.  She has appeared on PBS NewsHour several times reporting on Detroit’s financial crisis.

As an Emmy award-winning anchor and reporter, McDonald connected with Detroit viewers for 10 years on WXYZ-TV on the big stories, from 9/11 in New York to political corruption in the city of Detroit.  She has also received reporting honors from the Associated Press and Michigan Association of Broadcasters for anchoring and breaking news coverage.

McDonald earned a bachelor’s degree in political philosophy from Michigan State University.

Kristen McDonald

Vice President, Program and Policy, The Skillman Foundation

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Kristen McDonald is vice president of program and policy for The Skillman Foundation. In this role, she guides the overall strategy for all of the Foundation’s program work through citywide education reform strategy, place-based neighborhood strategy, and public policy agendas addressing institutional inequality issues.

Previously, McDonald served as program director of education, leading the Foundation’s education grant making, primarily targeted at schools in Detroit. Prior to her work at the Foundation, McDonald served as the chief of staff to State Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan. She has worked extensively in early childhood education policy and was one of the chief architects of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) and Great Start, Michigan’s system of education and care for children from birth to kindergarten.

Karen McPhee

Education Policy Advisor to the Governor, State of Michigan

Karen McPhee-webKaren McPhee is the education policy advisor for Gov. Rick Snyder. Prior to joining the Governor’s Strategy Team, she worked for the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District for 30 years, the last 11 as superintendent. She also worked as a broadcast journalist in Northern Michigan and Grand Rapids. McPhee earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in management from Aquinas College. She is a member of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact and the Michigan Education Corps Advisory Board.

Rodrick Miller

President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Miller_RodRodrick Miller is president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. In that role, Miller oversees the nonprofit’s strategies to support Detroit’s economic growth through technical, financial, negotiation and development assistance to the city and the private sector business community. He most recently served as founding president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance, the official economic development organization for the city. Miller led the Alliance’s efforts to lower marketplace barriers, increase transparency and develop strategies for urban economic growth in New Orleans.

Andrew Munro

Execution Team Manager, Bridges to Homeownership Program

Andrew Munro-newwebAndrew Munro is the execution team manager for the Bridges to Homeownership Program. After 25 years of practicing law, Munro entered private industry as general counsel and executive vice president of administration for a group of related companies that employed over 1,800 employees in 70 offices across nine states. He also served as chief legal counsel for a default industry law firm that initiated over 3,000 residential foreclosures per month.

Prior to entering private industry, Munro served as a managing member of Munro and Zack PLLC, and in 2009 became a partner with the law firm Howard and Howard PLLC.  He was also a staff accountant with PwC (formally Price, Waterhouse & Co.), and CEO of AudioCom Inc., a startup electronics company.