Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee Releases Endorsements for Michigan Elections

Michigan’s Gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, and Macomb and Wayne County Executive races included.

DETROIT, June 21, 2018 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) announced endorsements in several key races at the state and federal level.

“As we did with the bipartisan gubernatorial debate, the Chamber PAC wants to help Michigan elect the candidates that will be best for the state and its communities,” said Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We believe these candidates have the best track record to represent the needs of the state and business community successfully.”

“The Chamber PAC’s Board of Directors regularly meet to identify and support pro-economic development candidates and policies that are critical to the Chamber’s public policy priorities,” said Hank Cooney, chairman of the Chamber PAC Board. “After careful consideration, the Board made endorsements based on responses to a Chamber PAC survey, input from PAC members, and personal interviews with leading candidates interested in the Chamber’s endorsement.”


Republican Primary: Lt. Gov. Brian Calley

“Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is in the best position to carry on the legacy and continuity of Gov. Rick Snyder,” said Williams. “He has been a leader on causes that matter to business such as Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy and properly funding our dreadful roads, earning the confidence of the Chamber PAC.”

Democratic Primary: Gretchen Whitmer

“Former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer has a proven track record of convening leaders to solve tough problems for Michigan communities. Her support and understanding of infrastructure investment, growing the Michigan economy by ensuring Michiganders have a good job, and advocating for improved education make her the best Democratic option,” said Cooney.


Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

“Sen. Stabenow has been a tremendous champion for Michigan in Congress,” said Williams. “The Chamber is endorsing Sen. Stabenow because of her strong support of key business priorities such as the Gordie Howe International Bridge, small business growth, and as a champion for Michigan’s agriculture industry. Sen. Stabenow’s leadership and willingness to work across the aisle in Washington has helped move Michigan in a positive direction.”


Executive Mark Hackel
The Chamber PAC voted to endorse Mark Hackel. Executive Hackel is a longtime friend of the Chamber and a regional team player. He has taken a leadership role on issues important to the Chamber such as road funding and being a proponent for the Detroit Institute of Arts.


Executive Warren Evans

The Chamber PAC voted to endorse Warren Evans. Executive Evans remains a transformational leader in the county, from restructuring Wayne County’s finances to rebuilding facilities, talent and infrastructure. The Chamber appreciates Evans steadfast leadership in addressing the region’s longstanding transit challenges.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber PAC

The Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) was the first major organization to announce its support for Gov. Rick Snyder in the 2010 Republican primary and Mayor Mike Duggan’s write-in campaign in the 2013 Detroit mayoral primary. The Chamber PAC prides itself on being one of the most sought after, bipartisan endorsements in Michigan and focuses in large part on candidates’ stances on business issues and the potential to represent the regional business community.

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. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

Historic alliance of diverse organizations comes together to improve Michigan’s K-12 education outcomes; focus on student needs, future

Unprecedented group of business, education, labor, philanthropy, and state and community leaders join forces as ‘Launch Michigan,’ to become a top 10 education state

Lansing, Mich. – A strong, thriving public education system is the cornerstone for helping Michigan’s children succeed in school, careers and life as well as building robust communities and an economy that works for everyone. It also must be a top state priority, today said “Launch Michigan,” a diverse, never-before assembled group of business, education, labor, philanthropic, and state and community leaders.

Unveiled at the Impression 5 Science Center in the state’s capital city, that was the loud and clear message from the unlikely group of allies who have pledged to work together to turn Michigan into a leader in educational excellence with lasting, research-driven strategies that transcend politics and election cycles.

Tim Daman, president and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, noted that the effort was a perfect illustration of the collaboration essential to addressing some of the state’s most pressing issues. “From the state capital of Lansing to the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, a strong K-12 education system that prepares our kids for all that’s next is one of the keys to ensuring Michigan’s comeback continues and truly ensuring sustained prosperity for all. We are more than committed to supporting this historic effort,” Daman said.

For Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable comprised of the chairpersons, CEOs, or most senior executives of Michigan’s largest companies and universities, this work is essential. “Robust public education is essential for thriving economies, creating opportunities for everyone and for Michigan companies to fulfill their wishes for hiring top homegrown talent,” said BLM President and CEO Doug Rothwell. “This work is critical to Michigan being a place that we can all live, work, raise a family and call home. BLM is ‘all in’ to make this vision and effort a reality.”

Paula Herbart, president of the Michigan Education Association, representing 140,000 of the state’s teachers, education support professionals and higher education employees, said the Great Lakes State’s largest public employee union has joined the effort to find shared solutions for our students and state. She was joined at the announcement by David Hecker, president of AFT Michigan, a union representing another 35,000 educators working in K-12 and intermediate school districts, community colleges and universities across the state.

“Education is not a partisan issue,” Herbart said. “We are 100 percent committed and proud to be part of this effort to help front-line educators who are experts at teaching and learning provide answers and inform this partnership about what’s needed to help every student learn and succeed, regardless of the zip code they live in.”

The group said countless reports and research are clear: Michigan is facing an education crisis and can’t afford to get stuck re-defining the problem over and over again. Instead, it’s about working and moving forward together to improve the system for every child, every school and our state.

For example, Oakland Schools Superintendent Wanda Cook-Robinson, representative for the School Finance Research Collaborative and numerous Michigan education management associations, said that “educators go into this field for one reason and one reason only – to help kids and be part of helping them learn and grow. Too often, education goals and policies shift beneath our feet. We need shared strategies that work, that we can stick with and that shouldn’t change depending on who is in office. We are excited to roll up our sleeves and work together to best serve all students.”

“I can’t think of anything more important for our kids and our state’s collective future,” said Rob Fowler, president and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, which represents 26,000 small businesses of all shapes, sizes and industries across Michigan. “We are stronger together. This unique collaboration will help us find meaningful, shared solutions for addressing K-12 achievement and generating the kind of outcomes that fuel innovative spirits, inspire future entrepreneurs and more – regardless of political affiliations. It’s a new day and a new way forward, together.”

“We know that the most effective way for our state to boost the short and long-term wellbeing of its people is to invest in improvements in education,” said Amber Arellano, executive director for Education Trust-Midwest, a leading nonpartisan, data-driven education policy, research and advocacy organization. “This new partnership can make a big difference in advancing the pursuit of educational excellence and equity for all Michigan students, and can be a tremendous resource in 2019 when our state has a new governor and many new state lawmakers.”

 For Derek Shinska, chair of the Detroit Economic Club Young Leaders and its Career Readiness Academy, the need for and timing of Launch Michigan couldn’t be better. “The world and jobs are changing fast. It’s imperative for Michigan kids everywhere to have the most up-to-date skills and training, and to be able to apply or adapt them. We’re excited about this partnership and what it can mean for students and our state’s future.”

“This collaboration provides a platform for Michigan’s philanthropic community to get behind,” said Tonya Allen, president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation. “If we provide equitable opportunity through our state’s education system, we can produce equitable outcomes and a prosperous future for all. To do so, we must put politics aside and work together to effectively serve children in every corner of our state.”

Initial areas of agreement and focus include:

  1. Supporting educators by leveraging existing research and using a statewide educator survey, among other activities, to guide our work.
  2. Supporting shared, statewide, research-driven strategies for delivering effective education to all students and sticking to those strategies beyond politics and election cycles, to determine what really works.
  3. Supporting a fair and comprehensive accountability system that includes everyone who influences education—not just teachers.
  4. Working together to ensure that resources are available to provide for an equitable, student-centered education system and funding model.
  5. Elevating public awareness and inspiring action about the current state of education in Michigan.

Next steps include fleshing out a shared agenda this summer and getting it in front of candidates and elected officials in the fall.

The list of participating organizations is growing. As of June 20, 2018, it includes:

  • AFT Michigan
  • Business Leaders for Michigan
  • Center for Michigan
  • Council of Michigan Foundations
  • Detroit Economic Club Young Leaders Board
  • Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Grand Valley State Univ. Charter Schools Office
  • Kent ISD
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Macomb Intermediate School District
  • Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators
  • Michigan Association of Public School Academies
  • Michigan Association of School Boards
  • Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators
  • Michigan College Access Network
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Michigan Education Association
  • Michigan Nonprofit Association
  • Michigan PreK-12 Literacy Commission
  • Michigan School Business Officials
  • Michigan’s Children
  • Middle Cities Education Association
  • School Finance Research Collaborative
  • Skillman Foundation
  • Small Business Association of Michigan
  • Steelcase Foundation
  • Talent 2025
  • Teach for America-Detroit
  • The Education Trust-Midwest
  • Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • Wayne RESA
  • Tom Haas, Grand Valley State University President & Chair, Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission
  • Doug Ross, Commissioner, Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission

The effort is expected to grow and expand over the next several months. More information can be found online at






Sara M. Moore joins Nemeth Law as Senior Attorney

Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., is pleased to announce that Sara M. Moore has joined the firm as a senior attorney. Moore’s diverse background as a litigator and general practitioner encompasses the areas of employment, whistle blowing, contract matters, municipal and family law. At Nemeth Law, Moore will focus on labor and employment and commercial/contract issues for employers.

Prior to joining Nemeth Law, Moore was an associate attorney at two Metro Detroit law firms. While a legal clerk in the City of Dearborn’s Corporation Counsel, Moore played a leading role in the litigation of two significant Whistleblower Protection Act cases. Her legal experience also includes negotiated settlements for clients on collection matters, employment contracts and professional malpractice defense.

Moore holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. with distinction in Communication Studies also from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is licensed to practice in the Eastern and Western Federal District Courts of Michigan. Moore also served as a Wayne County Court Appointed Special Advocate in 2012-2013.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Established in 1992, Nemeth Law specializes in workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law, management consultation/training for private and public sector employers, and arbitration and mediation. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.


Prof. David Dieterle’s Work Receives National Recognition

Walsh faculty member David A. Dieterle, Ph.D.’s recently completed work Economics: The Definitive Encyclopedia from Theory to Practice has been named one of Booklist’s Top 10 Reference Books of 2018. Booklist is published by the American Library Association and is renowned for providing the most reliable reviews of reference materials for libraries. Dieterle’s work was published by ABC-CLIO, LLC.

The four-volume work took four years to complete. “It was a labor of love,” said Dieterle, “I couldn’t take more than two days off or it would be too difficult to pick up where I was in the process.”

Economics: The Definitive Encyclopedia from Theory to Practice had nearly 200 contributors, including Walsh faculty member John Moore, Ph.D., CPA and two Walsh graduate students. “My name is on it, but without the contributors and editors from ABC-CLIO, it never would have happened. It truly was a team effort,” said Dieterle.

Dr. Dieterle is a Professor in the Finance & Economics Department at Walsh. He has written, edited and contributed to numerous articles and reference books including Economic Thinkers, A Biographical Encyclopedia in 2013 and co-edited Government and the Economy: An Encyclopedia in 2014, both also published by ABC-CLIO. Dieterle has consulted for the Michigan, Illinois and Nebraska departments of education and presented to the Zambian Ministry of Education and the Malawi Ministry of Education, proposing a national curriculum including economic and entrepreneurship education in both countries. For more information about Walsh’s Finance and other programs, please visit


Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school. Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Theory and application are integrated to prepare graduates for successful careers.

Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. The faculty includes four Fulbright Scholars, the most of any business school in the state of Michigan.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs ( accredits specific degree programs.

Learn What You Can Do to Help Save the Soo Locks

One of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2018 Legislative Priorities is focused on increasing dedicated infrastructure funding. Arguably one of the most important pieces of infrastructure in Michigan, the Soo Locks in the Upper Peninsula, are in dire need of repair.

The locks are one of the world’s busiest waterway crossings, handling 75 million tons of commerce annually and saving the Great Lakes region $3.5 billion a year on transportation costs. If they were to fall into disrepair, there would be an immediate negative impact on Michigan’s economic stability.

Within weeks, a shutdown of the Soo Locks would halt 100 percent of North American automotive production, and within 30 days it would cause a $160 million economic impact.

In April, the Locks received national attention when President Trump declared his support for fixing the Soo Locks. This month, at the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference, Gov. Rick Snyder announced a budget agreement to provide $50 million in state funding toward construction of a new lock.

The Chamber is calling on Southeast Michigan business leaders to get involved in this critical conversation. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Send an email to Gov. Snyder, your legislative leaders, and the White House.
  2. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #fixthesoolocks.
  3. Post any of the key facts on social media to raise statewide awareness of the Soo Locks’ importance.

Did you know?

  • More than 7,000 freighters cross through the Soo Locks each year, connecting the Great Lakes with the St. Lawrence Seaway. Just one freighter carries the cargo of 2,000 semi-trucks.
  • $500.4 billion of iron ore passes through the Soo Locks annually.
  • The Soo Locks rank first in economic significance (out of 196 locks).
  • A six-month shutdown of the Soo Locks would result in 11 million jobs lost nationwide.
  • The gross dometic product would decrease by $1.3 trillion as a result of the Soo Locks closing.

To learn more, visit

P3 North America expands its role as a leader in next generation mobility solutions within Michigan

Dr. Samit Ghosh, President and CEO of P3 North America, named to the Advisory Board of PlanetM.

P3 North America, a firm that provides management consulting and innovative engineering solutions throughout the automotive industry, is pleased to announce that Dr. Samit Ghosh, President and CEO of P3 North America, has been named to the Advisory Board of PlanetM. The PlanetM Advisory Board is made up of leadership from both the private sector and the public sector. Members represent executives from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), tier one automotive suppliers, government agencies, mobility-focused venture capital firms and startups. This advisory board provides advice and input on PlanetM’s strategic direction.

“P3 is a proven innovator across industry verticals. However, the company has really taken a leadership role in the autonomous vehicle space. Additionally, P3 is a great Michigan company. Dr. Ghosh’s knowledge of both the future of mobility and Michigan’s business community will be a huge asset as we work to grow the PlanetM brand, and increase autonomous vehicle and smart city investment statewide,” said Trevor Pawl, Group Vice President, Michigan Economic Development Corporation focused on PlanetM, Pure Michigan Business Connect and MEDC International Trade.

Dr. Samit Ghosh intends to provide P3’s expertise in the areas of autonomous mobility, connected mobility, electric mobility, new mobility solutions and digital transformation in support of the ongoing mobility transformation of Michigan. P3 works with automotive OEMs, suppliers, technology companies and startups which are bringing new mobility solutions to market. As the lines between different technologies continue to blur and integrate, cross-functional capabilities in engineering and technology consulting increase in importance. With P3’s breadth and depth of skills in interrelated services, companies can count on P3 to serve as a “one-stop shop” for success.

P3 North America is headquartered in Southfield, MI, right in the heart of the automotive ecosystem of Michigan. P3 North America believes that Michigan is at the forefront of the mobility revolution and that it is important to work closely with public sector leadership in-order to realize efficient and sustainable change. Michigan is committed to embracing the future of mobility and understanding its societal impacts as connected and self-driving vehicle development evolves.

About P3

P3 North America provides management consulting and innovative engineering solutions that accelerate the development of mobility products and services. P3’s combination of management support, consulting services and engineering solutions enable them to understand what it takes to implement new technologies with speed and agility. Through their technology expertise, they are the enabler and catalyst for their clients to transform, develop and commercialize new businesses in a rapidly changing mobility world. By combining their technical, business and market knowledge, they differentiate ourselves from the competition.

Globally, P3 has over 4,000 consultants and engineers in over 40 locations worldwide working to develop and implement innovative solutions to today’s complex technology challenges. P3 offers a broad portfolio of services and proprietary tools to the automotive, aerospace, telecommunications and energy industries, adding tangible value that helps clients succeed at every stage, from innovation to implementation.

For more information, please visit

About PlanetM

In Spring 2016, the PlanetM brand, working in partnership with auto manufacturers, suppliers, universities and local partners, was created to promote Michigan’s connected vehicle environment, and the idea that Michigan is the best place in the world for mobility advancements and development. In Spring 2017, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Governor’s Office decided to expand the PlanetM campaign into a full-service MEDC business development program. One that leverages a customer service-based model to:

  • Activate technology deployments at Michigan’s testing sites, and on Michigan’s roads through grant programs and new mobility pilot facilitation projects.
  • Make strategic connections that grow Michigan mobility ecosystem and create new business for Michigan mobility companies.
  • Coordinate Michigan’s mobility asset so key stakeholders are working together and sharing the same messaging.

Since launch in May 2017, PlanetM has accelerated the state’s mobility activities:

  • More Relationships: 14 new business development initiatives launched in 6 months with existing MEDC and PlanetM partners statewide. This includes creating new approaches in key markets like Silicon Valley, Europe and Israel, and for key events like the Frankfurt Auto Show, CES, SXSW, ITS, NAIAS, Techstars Demo Day.
  • More Connections: These 14 initiatives led to over 1,000 qualified business development introductions for Michigan mobility companies, assets and partners.
  • More Intelligence: Over 450 Michigan mobility companies profiled.
  • More Opportunities: 8 out-of-state startups have their ‘Michigan Office’ based in the PlanetM Landing Zone in Detroit. Also, PlanetM has facilitated new technology pilot programs with MDOT, Mcity, City of Detroit and West Michigan

For more information, please visit

Butzel Long attorneys featured during 2018 AILA Conferences in San Francisco

Two of Butzel Long’s attorneys and shareholders specializing in immigration law will be featured speakers during two separate conferences presented by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in San Francisco.

Bushra A. Malik will be a presenter at both the 2018 AILA Global Immigration Forum and the 2018 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law.

On June 12, Malik will be feature during the AILA Global Immigration Forum for a program titled, “Beyond the Visas: Avoiding Tax and Employment Law Pitfalls.” Then, on June 13, she will present during the AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law for a panel titled, “Immigration 101: Essential Immigration Terms and Concepts.”

Next, on June 14, Reginald A. Pacis will be a featured speaker during the 2018 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law. He will serve as Discussion Leader in a panel titled, “Adjustment Status,” which will provide an overview on the adjustment of status process, initial requirements, forms and documents needed and red flag issues.

Bushra Malik

Based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office, Malik practices in the area of immigration law, focusing her practice on the representation of multinational and domestic clients’ inbound and global migration needs. Her experience includes Employment based (Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researcher, Multinational Manager, and PERMs) and Family based Permanent Residence Petitions Non-Immigrant Petitions (H-1B/Specialty Occupation, J-1/ Exchange Visitor, L-1/Intracompany Transfers, O-1/Extraordinary Ability, TN/ NAFTA); Employer Compliance (I-9 Audits and H-1B Public Access File Audits); J-1 waivers; Compliance under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiate (WHTI); U.S. Passports; complex naturalization matters; and currency seizures.

Reginald A. Pacis

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Pacis concentrates his practice in immigration law and has handled a variety of immigration matters including H-1B specialty occupation cases, L-1 Intracompany transfers, Labor Certification matters, Immigrant Visa Petitions/ Adjustment of Status applications and interviews, TN Free trade cases, H-1B Department of Labor Investigations, I-9 employer verification compliance, and U.S. Port of Entry airport and land port interviews, TN Free trade cases, H-1B Department of Labor Investigations, I-9 employer verification compliance, and U.S. Port of Entry airport and land port interviews.

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 or follow Butzel Long on Twitter:

Canada-United States Business Association to Host Cross-Border Mobility Event

The Canada-U.S. Business Association is hosting an event titled “Cross-Border Mobility of People and Goods: Challenges and Solutions” on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the University of Windsor. The event is in partnership with the Cross-Border Institute, Farrow and Plante Moran.

The event will feature panelists from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Canada Border Services Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard, Farrow, Dickinson Wright, and others. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Syed Ahmed Hassain, Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director, International Services for the Detroit Medical Center. Event details are below:

CUSBA “Cross-Border Mobility of People and Goods: Challenges and Solutions”

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: CAW Student Centre, 2nd Floor
Alumni Auditorium, University of Windsor
2755 University Avenue West
Windsor, ON N9B 3P4

To learn more about this event or to register, please visit

About Canada-United States Business Association (CUSBA)
The Canada-United States Business Association (CUSBA) is a non-profit, non-partisan, issues-oriented business association formed in 1992. As an international business association, “CUSBA’s goal is to become the premier voice of cross-border businesses and to promote the common business interests of Canada and the U.S.” CUSBA members are comprised of business leaders and stakeholders from both sides of the border.

Attorney Scott A. Petz Selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Scott A. Petz has been selected among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2018. Selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters.

To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake. These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration. Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through a comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.

Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®. To learn more, please click here.

Attorney Scott A. Petz is a Member in the Firm’s Troy, Mich. office where he focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, class and collective actions, labor litigation, consumer protection, and condemnation and land use. Mr. Petz received his B.A. from Kalamazoo College, cum laude, and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, magna cum laude.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the Firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Foster Swift Launches Elder Law Blog

May has been known as Senior Citizens month since 1963 when it was declared so by President Kennedy and is also recognized as National Elder Law Month by The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Attorneys that practice elder law focus on issues concerning seniors including estate planning, wills and caring arrangements among others.

By 2030, nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population will be age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To help with the growing number of people that need assistance in this age range, the law firm of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC has launched its elder law blog. The goal of this blog is to address the most common legal questions people have or will have in a practical yet compassionate way.

Foster Swift elder law and estate planning attorneys Nicolas Camargo, Matthew Fedor and Trevor Weston will provide readers with relevant information on the wide range of legal issues facing seniors. “We deal with sensitive family situations every day, and realize how difficult they can be” Fedor stated.

“We want to be a resource, advising clients on life, aging and protecting their loved ones, while also understanding the individual’s legal needs. Whether they are planning for the future or in a current crisis, we offer counsel and solutions to help them through the challenges of helping aging family members. Our office is much more than a place where legal documents are prepared. It is also a place where seniors and their families are heard and connections are made, all while providing a “big picture” solution to the challenges of aging.”

When it comes to planning for yours and your family’s future, being proactive is better than being reactive. Visit regularly for more posts and learn how Foster Swift attorneys can help you to stop worrying and start living.