Dickinson Wright Attorney Richard Paul Elected President of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that during the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel’s Annual Meeting, Attorney Richard W. Paul was elected President of the organization for the 2017-2018 term. His appointment begins on July 1, 2017.

Mr. Paul has served as an officer and Board member of the MDTC, Chair of the MDTC Commercial Litigation Section, and was the 2013 recipient of the MDTC President’s Special Recognition Award. He is a Member in Dickinson Wright’s Troy office where he focuses his practice on ADR, automotive litigation, class actions, commercial and business litigation, and product liability litigation. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Michigan Super Lawyers and Dbusiness’ Top Lawyers. Mr. Paul received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Boston College Law School.

MDTC is an association of the leading lawyers in the State of Michigan dedicated to representing individuals and corporations in civil litigation. As the State’s premier organization of civil litigators, the impact of MDTC Members is felt through its Amicus Briefs, often filed by express invitation of the Supreme Court, through its far reaching and well-respected Quarterly publication and through its timely and well-received seminars. To learn more about MDTC, please click here.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 450 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Butzel Long attorneys named to Chambers USA 2017; Detroit-based law firm increases attorney rankings and recognition in Chambers’ “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 – The Client’s Guide”

Butzel Long attorneys and practice areas have been recognized by Chambers USA 2017. – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 – The Client’s Guide. Notably, David F. DuMouchel is one of two Michigan-based attorneys to be ranked Tier One in White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.

Moreover, Butzel Long attorneys Carey A. DeWitt, Arthur Dudley II and Bruce Sendek have been named to Chambers USA 2017 for the first time.

“We are pleased to expand the roster of Butzel attorneys recognized by Chambers,” said Butzel Long’s President and Managing Shareholder, Justin Klimko. “It speaks to their professional excellence and, since rankings are strongly influenced by client and peer review, of the value they bring to clients and the respect they have earned from their fellow practitioners.”

Butzel Long practice areas included in Chambers USA are:

— Corporate/ Mergers and Acquisitions – Michigan
— Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Michigan
— Labor and Employment – Michigan
— Litigation: General Commercial – Michigan
— Real Estate – Recognized Practice – Michigan
— Immigration – Recognized Practice — Nationwide

Butzel Long attorneys ranked and highlighted in Chambers USA 2017 include:

— Stephen A. Bromberg – Real Estate

— Carey A. DeWitt – Labor and Employment

— Arthur Dudley II – Corporate/ Mergers and Acquisitions

— David F. DuMouchel – Litigation, White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

— John P. Hancock, Jr. –Labor and Employment

— David W. Hipp – Real Estate

— Mark Jane – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

— Thomas Kabel – Real Estate

— Nancy Keppelman – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

— Justin G. Klimko – Corporate/ Mergers and Acquisitions

— James S. Rosenfeld – Labor & Employment

— Bruce Sendek – Litigation: General Commercial

— Robert B. Stevenson – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

— Andrew Stumpff – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

— Daniel B. Tukel – Labor and Employment

Stephen A. Bromberg is Counsel to Butzel Long and based in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office. He served as a Director and President of Butzel Long. Bromberg has represented borrowers and institutional lenders, purchasers and sellers, non-profit entities and contractors and owners in all kinds of office, commercial shopping center, apartment and subdivisions matters, major construction and zoning matters and workouts, reorganizations and foreclosures, with years of specialization in real estate transactions and litigation.

Carey A. DeWitt is a shareholder and past chair (and Practice Group Leader, 1995-2003) of the firm’s Labor and Employment Department. He has 32 years of experience representing employers and enterprises in all phases of litigation, including employment discrimination matters, employment contract and executive termination cases, both commercial and employment trade secret, anti-raiding, and unfair competition cases, as well as in labor arbitration, collective bargaining, and other matters.

Arthur Dudley II is a shareholder who practices in Butzel Long’s Detroit and New York offices. He has extensive experience in nearly all aspects of corporate law. He has practiced law for more than 35 years. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, securities law, representation of emerging growth companies and general corporate representation.

David F. DuMouchel is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Detroit office. He chairs the firm’s Corporate Compliance, Internal Investigations and Criminal Defense practice. DuMouchel’s practice includes 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.

John P. Hancock, Jr. is a shareholder based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office. His practice focuses on collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations as well as counseling of both public and private employers. He also has performed extensive employment litigation and OSHA litigation. Hancock has served as chief negotiator in numerous collective bargaining negotiations. A good portion of his practice is devoted to counseling clients on employment issues.

David W. Hipp is Counsel and practices in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office. He concentrates his practice in real estate and real estate finance, including loan originations for lenders, representation of borrowers, purchases and sales of real estate, leasing, construction, and development.

Mark W. Jane is a senior attorney based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office. He practices in the area of ERISA, employee benefits, and executive compensation. He is on the Board of Directors of the Washtenaw County Bar Association, and is a District Representative on the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section Executive Council.

Thomas A. Kabel is a shareholder based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office. He is chair of the firm’s corporate and real estate departments. He concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate and real estate-related finance. Kabel has been involved in all facets of acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing and development of real property throughout his career.

Nancy Keppelman is Of Counsel and based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office. She practices in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation law. She became a fellow in American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (ACEBC) in 2002.

Justin G. Klimko is Butzel Long’s president and managing shareholder and a member of its Board. He is based in the firm’s Detroit office. Klimko has extensive experience in corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities regulation for publicly and privately held clients, and general corporate matters, fields in which he has practiced since 1980.

James S. Rosenfeld is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Detroit office. He practices in the area of labor and employment law and is the manager of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.

Bruce L. Sendek is a shareholder based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office and serves as chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. He represents corporations and individuals in complex disputes involving a wide range of corporate and commercial matters. He regularly appears before the federal and state courts, as well as arbitration tribunals.

Bob Stevenson is Counsel and based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office. He practices in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation. He is a charter fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Best Lawyer 2013 (ACEBC).

Andrew Stumpff is Of Counsel and based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office. He practices in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation law. He is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.

Daniel B. Tukel is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Detroit office and serves as chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department. His practice is devoted to representing both public and private employers in state and federal discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation, as well as traditional labor matters such as collective bargaining and union organizational drives.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in 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 David F. DuMouchel is one of two Michigan attorneys ranked Tier One in White Collar Crime & Government Investigations by Chambers USA 2017

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder David F. DuMouchel, who Chairs the firm’s Corporate Compliance, Internal Investigation and Criminal Defense practice, is one of two Michigan attorneys ranked Tier One in White Collar Crime & Investigations by Chambers USA 2017 — The Client’s Guide.

DuMouchel’s practice is limited to white collar criminal defense, defense of corporations and individuals in criminal and civil antitrust matters, professional licensure and criminal health care, IRS investigations of both taxpayers and professionals, SEC enforcement of corporate executives fraud, public corruption, as well as grand jury investigations, internal corporate investigations and compliance.

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 has been 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.” Notably, he has been listed in each edition of Best Lawyers in America since that publication began more than 30 years ago, including the most recent. DuMouchel has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in the state of Michigan by DBusiness magazine and he’s also listed in Michigan Super Lawyers.

From 1978 to 1985, DuMouchel served as chairperson of the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission. He served as law clerk to Chief Justice Thomas Giles Kavanagh of the Michigan Supreme Court from 1975-1977. He was an adjunct professor of law at Wayne State University and is a frequent lecturer on criminal practice matters including “Ethics-Grievance Procedures,” Detroit-Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program; “Subpoenaing Lawyers,” Criminal Justice Section, Federal Bar Association; “Plea Negotiation,” White Collar Crime Seminar, Federal Bar Association; “Grand Jury Practice,” Federal Bar Association; “Grand Jury Practice,” U.S. District Court, New Lawyer Seminar, 1986-present.
DuMouchel has often served as a panelist; he was featured at the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants Fraud Awareness Symposiums; the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law’s presentation on corporate misconduct entitled “Conducting an Internal Investigation: Legal and Corporate Issues;” and the State Bar of Michigan’s program “Compelled Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege for Businesses: Issues and Practices for Corporate Lawyers and their Clients”.
He has served on the faculty of the U.S. District Court, Advocacy Institute; ICLE: Attorney Grievance and Discipline Practice; ICLE: Health Care Law Institute; ICLE “Polygraphs”; ABA Health Care Fraud, 2005; ABA White Collar Crime Institute, 2006, 2007, 2008; State Bar of Michigan Program, “Compelled Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege,” 2006; Michigan Association of CPA’s, “Accounting Fraud,” 2006, 2007. He also is a frequent speaker on internal corporate investigations and federal criminal procedure matters.

In 2006, DuMouchel was appointed to serve on the American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee for a two-year term as chair of the sentencing committee. He has served as a member of the Rules Advisory Committee, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan and was a member of the U.S. District Court Committee on Magistrate Program Evaluation, and chaired the Federal Bar Association Criminal Defense Committee.

He served as a member of the Advisory Committee which drafted the Restatement of Law Governing Lawyers of the American Law Institute, and is on the Member’s Consultative Group of the ALI Model Penal Code Sentencing Project.

DuMouchel has been a member of the State Bar of Michigan Criminal Code Revision Committee, U.S. Courts Committee, and Grievance Committee. In addition, he is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and was a Director in 1981. He is a Master of Bench emeritus, American Inn of Court Ch. XI. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Michigan State Bar Foundation.

DuMouchel is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves as a member of the Criminal Procedure Committee, and is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers.

In 2012, DuMouchel was appointed as the 6th Circuit representative to the Practitioners’ Advisory Group to the U.S. Sentencing Commission. He was re-appointed in 2014.

DuMouchel is a Member of Standing Committee on U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Planning Committee, he served as a member of the U.S. District Court Magistrate Selection Committee in 2014, and was a member of the Judicial Advisory Committee to evaluate applicants for the U.S. Attorney and federal judicial appointments in the Eastern District of Michigan in 2010 and 2012.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is limited to one percent of trial lawyers in any state. DuMouchel also is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers.

DuMouchel is a cum laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School (J.D., 1975) and the University of Detroit (M.A., 1972).

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in 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

Brown & Brown of Detroit Launches New and Improved Website

Todd Piersol, Executive Vice President, is proud to announce that Brown & Brown of Detroit has launched a new and improved website, which can be visited at www.bbdetroit.com.

The new Brown & Brown of Detroit site better reflects our company culture. We strive to de-commoditize the insurance buying process and add value wherever we can, serving as trusted advisors, on the level of your legal and financial managers. To that end, we have added a robust library of useful articles on insurance and risk management-related topics. Content will be added regularly. Other useful features of the site include claims assistance instructions, advisor biographies and contact information, and the ability to request an insurance quote online.

Piersol stated, “Under the direction of our Sales and Operations Coordinator, Jillian Nemeth, we have greatly increased our exposure in a variety of mediums. We wanted to create a web site that highlighted our unique approach to risk management and insurance, expressed our pride in the collection of professionals who comprise our team, and provided terrific content for visitors. We are very pleased with the result.”

Brown & Brown of Detroit is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown Insurance, the sixth largest insurance intermediary in the United States. Located in Sterling Heights, this office is the largest independent insurance agency in Macomb County.

New Trial Granted in $37 Million Excessive Force Case

Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s largest and oldest law firms, successfully obtained a new trial on behalf of its client in an excessive force lawsuit where the jury originally awarded $37 million to the plaintiff.

The above-mentioned case, Jennings v. Genesee Cnty. Deputies, is a 42 U.S.C. 1983 excessive force case that was brought against six Genesee County Sheriff’s Department officers by the plaintiff William Jennings. The plaintiff was allegedly mistreated while in custody after his arrest for drunk driving on Sept. 18, 2010.

Following a 12-day jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the jury awarded $17.63 million in compensatory damages and $19 million in the aggregate in punitive damages.

Partners Robert G. Kamenec and Jeffrey C. Gerish of Plunkett Cooney’s Appellate Law Practice Group were retained to represent the defendants in post-trial and appellate proceedings. Nine post-judgment motions were filed, including separate remittitur motions for each defendant. On May 23, the district court granted remittitur and reduced the combined damages to $11 million, $5 million in compensatory damages and $6 million in punitive damages.

As required by federal law, the plaintiff was given the option to accept the remittitur or face a new trial on all issues. The plaintiff failed to accept the remittitur. On June 15, the district court signed an order granting a new trial on all issues.

Kamenec, who is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, focuses his practice in the area of appellate law, with particular emphasis in the substantive areas of insurance coverage, bad faith, medical malpractice, professional liability, class actions, directors’ and officers’ liability, drug liability, and title insurance. Having successfully handled appeals of multi-million dollar verdicts, as well as precedent-setting cases, he has briefed and argued hundreds of cases at all levels of the Michigan court system, as well as in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Kamenec also practices in the areas of special and complex litigation and telecommunications. He is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and routinely honored in Best Lawyers for appellate law.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Jeffrey C. Gerish practices in the areas of appellate law, insurance coverage and commercial litigation. He has successfully represented clients in numerous published decisions issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He is also a member of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Practice Group.

Plunkett Cooney is one of the few Midwest law firms with a dedicated team of appellate attorneys. The firm’s appellate lawyers frequently handle cutting-edge appeals involving issues of first impression, and they have been involved in many of Michigan’s landmark appellate decisions. They also provide a range of specialized services, including advice and counsel during ongoing trials to optimally position cases for appeal, if necessary.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 140 attorneys in eight Michigan cities; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms and is listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2016. Plunkett Cooney has also received numerous awards naming the firm as a top place to work within the legal industry.

For more information about the new trial in Jennings, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

US Consumers Pay Customs Duties One Third of Global Average, Finds UHY Study

Consumers in the US benefit from customs duty rates of nearly a third lower than the global average, saving them significant amounts of money, according to a new study by UHY, the international accounting and consultancy network.

UHY found that customs duties in the US are, on average, just 1.3% of the total value of imported goods. The global average is 1.8 percent of the total value of imported goods*.

This means that consumers in the US typically pay comparatively lower prices for goods than consumers in many other parts of the world – including many emerging economies – where costs are pushed up by higher import taxes.

UHY studied customs duties levied by 22 major economies around the world as a percentage of the total value of their imports, as a simple indicator of the impact of a country’s trade barriers.

UHY points out that many regional trade blocs – and in particular NAFTA and the EU – help to keep import tariffs low. Other multi-lateral trade agreements are also under pressure.

For example, the US has signalled it wants to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has abandoned the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), throwing the future of both into doubt.

Eric Hananel, of UHY’s US member firm UHY Advisors, comments: “The US’s consumers are enjoying comparatively low goods costs thanks to a light customs duty burden – something the government should be keen to protect.”

“That can be increasingly challenging as globalization comes up against growing protectionism on the part of some other global economies.”

“Maintaining lower import tariffs could actually protect home-grown industries, by adding extra impetus to efforts to stimulate competitiveness and drive innovation. By contrast higher tariffs can significantly distort economies.”

Hananel adds: “Free Trade Agreements are becoming an increasing critical – as well as contentious – policy area.”

“As protectionist moves on the part of some governments are putting some Free Trade Agreements under review, other countries are embracing them with as much enthusiasm as ever, if not more.”

The US is party to 14 reciprocal free trade agreements with 20 countries including Australia, Israel, and South Korea. Additionally, the US has over 250 Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) which are equivalent to international free-trade zones, and they are located in all 50 states. Items transported to these zones are exempt from customs duties and can be stored, assembled, used in manufacturing or assembly.

In the US, where protectionism has been rising up the political agenda, raising the possibility that higher import duties may be levied, customs duties are currently worth just 1.3% of the value of imported goods. This compares to 1.8% in China.

Eric Hananel continues: “President Trump is a strong advocate of protectionism and made international trade agreements an election campaign issue. He has softened his stance on NAFTA and has indicated that he will look to renegotiate the deal instead of outright withdrawal.”

In the UK, where Brexit is also creating uncertainty over the future of UK trade deals, customs duties are currently just 0.5% of the value of imports.

European countries generally impose comparatively low rates – the European average is 0.4% – so British consumers could be at a significant disadvantage if the UK fails to keep duties at a similar level on leaving the EU.

Bangladesh has the highest customs duties as a proportion of total imports of any country in the study at 12.1%.

Amount of customs duties collected as a percentage of the value of total imports

Country Customs duties
collected (USD billion) Value of
total imports
(USD billion) Customs duties
collected as %
of total imports
Bangladesh $5.48 $45.33 12.1%
Israel $0.79 $8.29 9.5%
Mexico $35.49 $427.63 8.3%
The Philippines $7.40 $90.12 8.2%
Brazil $18.59 $243.12 7.6%
Pakistan $3.33 $47.53 7.0%
India $32.58 $491.88 6.6%
Russia $8.48 $182.40** 4.7%
Argentina $2.67 $75.02 3.6%
BRICs $24.19 $740.51 3.3%
Nigeria $2.25 $73.46 3.1%
China $37.11 $2,044.65 1.8%
World $10.13 $562.97 1.8%
United States $34.98 $2,761.52 1.3%
Japan $9.50 $803.57 1.2%
G7 $8.92 $1,072.41 0.8%
Canada $4.11 $528.09 0.8%
Netherlands $3.39 $537.84 0.6%
Spain $1.92 $366.62 0.5%
Croatia $0.12 $23.00 0.5%
Italy $2.37 $491.40 0.5%
United Kingdom $3.86 $836.19 0.5%
Europe $2.50 $570.34 0.4%
Germany $5.47 $1,316.88 0.4%
Poland $0.73 $221.54 0.3%
France $2.13 $769.22 0.3%

*Based on World Bank data – 2015, most recent available year
**Russian Federation Federal Statistics Service, 2015

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About UHY LLP
UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities. UHY Advisors, Inc. provides tax and business consulting services through wholly owned subsidiary entities that operate under the name of “UHY Advisors.” UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities are not licensed CPA firms. UHY LLP and UHY Advisors, Inc. are US members of Urbach Hacker Young International Limited, a UK company, and form part of the international UHY network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. “UHY” is the brand name for the UHY international network. Any services described herein are provided by UHY LLP and/or UHY Advisors (as the case may be) and not by UHY or any other member firm of UHY. Neither UHY nor any member of UHY has any liability for services provided by other members.

About UHY, the network
Established in 1986 and based in London, UK, UHY is a network of independent audit, accounting, tax and consulting firms with offices in over 296 major business centers across more than 90 countries. Our staff members, over 7,660 strong, are proud to be part of the 16th largest international accounting and consultancy network. Each member of UHY is a legally separate and independent firm. For further information on UHY please go to www.uhy.com.

UHY press contact: Dominique Maeremans on +44 20 7767 2621 Email: d.maeremans@uhy.com.

UHY is a full member of the Forum of Firms, an association of international networks of accounting firms. For additional information on the Forum of Firms, visit www.forumoffirms.org.

UHY is an international association of independent accounting and consultancy firms, whose organizing body is Urbach Hacker Young International Limited, a UK company. Each member of UHY is a separate and independent firm. Services to clients are provided by the UHY member firms and not by Urbach Hacker Young International Limited. Neither Urbach Hacker Young International Limited nor any member of UHY has any liability for services provided by other members.

Walsh College to Host Admission Day on July 27

Walsh College will host its annual Admission Day on Thursday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at its locations in Troy, Novi, and Clinton Township.

Admissions and academic advisors will be available for one-on-one appointments to discuss Walsh undergraduate and graduate programs, and the admission and transfer process.

At this event you can:
> Tour the campus.
> Learn about student services, student life, and organizations.
> Learn about financial aid options and career services.
> Waive your admission application fee.
> Receive on-the-spot admission status.
> Attend an information session to learn about the new Master of Arts in Business.

“Admission Day is a great opportunity for prospective students who want to learn more about what Walsh has to offer them,” said Angela Boesler, assistant director, recruitment, Walsh College. “Attendees will have the chance to learn about the Walsh College experience, and meet with our advisors about programs and transfer credits, submit an application, and receive their admission status.”

Walsh will waive its $35 application fee for students who enroll during the Admission Day event. Visit the Admission Day webpage info.walshcollege.edu/admissionday17 for more information and to register.

The event will also feature a special information session on the MA in Business degree program, which starts during the fall 2017 semester. The degree is intended for non-business undergraduates who now have a desire or a need for business knowledge.

Walsh professors Philip Fioravante, Ph.D., and Lee Meadows, Ph.D., will facilitate a discussion from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Troy campus designed to draw students into the business mindset.

Topics for discussion include:
> What are management essentials?
> Why is marketing important to an organization’s success?
> Why is data important?
> How does finance and accounting keep an organization focused?
> How does human resources make a difference?
> How do entrepreneurs identify their stakeholders?

Seating at the MA in Business information session is limited. Register to attend: http://info.walshcollege.edu/ma-in-business-info-session/

Dearborn Recreation & Parks Presents Music Under the Stars

“Music Under the Stars,” the Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department’s free outdoor concert series, returns for another season June 29. The popularly acclaimed Thursday evening concert series kicks off its thirty-ninth season June 29 with a concert at Veterans Park and War Memorial — on the north side of the Henry Ford Centennial Library — featuring the Motor City Brass Band. The Phoenix Theory will headline Music Under the Stars July 20 and Fifty Amp Fuse will be the featured group August 24. Both concerts will be held at Dearborn Hills Golf Course. Music Under the Stars wraps up its season September 7 with a performance by the Dearborn Big Band, also at the Dearborn High Golf Course. All four concerts begins at 7:30 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. For further information, call (313) 943-2350 or go to http://dearbornfordcenter.com/center-news/146-music-under-the-stars

Butzel Long attorney Alexander J. DeWitt receives Pro Bono Service Award from Detroit Bar Association

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Alexander J. DeWitt received the 2016-2017 Pro Bono Service Award from the Detroit Bar Association during its Annual Meeting on June 21.

As part of DeWitt’s commitment to pro bono efforts in the Detroit area, he has volunteered at the Detroit Legal Services Clinic, where he provides free advice and consultations to clinic participants on a variety of legal issues including child support and custody, landlord-tenant disputes, domestic violence and expungements. Notably, he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Bar Association, Barristers Section (2015-present). He is currently co-chair of its Charitable and Community Outreach Committee.

At Butzel Long, DeWitt concentrates his practice on commercial litigation and labor and employment. He has represented businesses and executives in matters involving complex contract disputes, employment discrimination, trade secrets and intellectual property, antitrust and class action litigation.

DeWitt is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School (J.D., cum laude) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (B.A., Economics). While in law school, he served as a member of the Wayne Law Review and received awards for the highest grade in Contracts and Trademark and Unfair Competition. He also interned with Judge Avern Cohn of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and clerked both in-house at Owens Corning’s World Headquarters and at a national litigation firm.

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

Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee Announces Detroit City Council Endorsements

Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors announced endorsements for the Detroit City Council municipal election in November. Endorsements include:

  • Janeé Ayers (At-Large)
  • Scott Benson (3rd District)
  • Brenda Jones (At-Large)
  • Gabe Leland (7th District)
  • André Spivey (4th District)
  • James Tate (1st District)

“Detroit’s resurgence continues to be driven by the leadership and dedication of our public servants. These members of the City Council are working tirelessly to improve city services, create jobs for local residents, and maintain a balanced budget,” said Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

“We are proud partners in their efforts and are confident of the great work they will continue to do once re-elected,” he added.

The Chamber PAC Board of Directors regularly meets to identify and support pro-business candidates and policies that support the Chamber’s public policy priorities. After careful consideration, the Board made the endorsements based on responses to a Chamber PAC survey, input from PAC members and personal interviews.

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.