Scott A. Petz Selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2019

TROY, Mich., June 20, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Scott A. Petz has been selected among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2019. 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 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.

Statewide Business Organizations Share Statement on Budget Negotiations

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Business Leaders for Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the Lansing Regional Chamber, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Realtors Association, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Midland Business Alliance made the following statement regarding ongoing road funding negotiations:

“As budget negotiations continue, job providers are clear that fixing Michigan’s worst-in-the-nation transportation infrastructure is a top priority. As the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission and other reports illustrate, solving this problem will require a multi-year investment of billions of new dollars.  We acknowledge there are differences of opinion regarding how to secure $2 to $2.5 billion annually, but the need is not in question.

“Michigan’s economic competitiveness is harmed by our failing infrastructure and we expect our elected leaders to work cooperatively to dramatically improve roads and bridges across the state.  The window of opportunity that exists in this nonelection year must not be wasted, and we strongly believe meaningful progress needs to be achieved prior to recessing for the summer.”

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Crain’s Detroit Business: Michigan Business Groups to Legislature: Fix Roads Funding Before You Go on Vacation

Walsh Leads Second Annual Cyber Day Camp for Girl Scouts

TROY, Mich., June 19, 2019—Walsh faculty and Microsoft staff will facilitate Cadette Cyber Day Camp for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan for the second year on June 25-27 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its main location at 3838 Livernois in Troy. An additional session will be held July 15-17.

Cadette scouts, grades six through eight, will participate in hands-on activities and workshops led by faculty, including Raspberry Pi and Micro:bit coding with handheld computers, Python programming, a cyber-themed escape room exercise and how to practice safe online behavior. A photography app exploration workshop will be led by Microsoft staff.

“We look forward to welcoming the Girl Scouts for a second year of Cadette Cyber Day Camp,” said Dave Schippers, Sc.D., CISSP, Assistant Professor and Chair of Walsh’s IT/Decision Sciences Department. “We have added even more activities to give them firsthand experience with coding and programming, spark their curiosity and hopefully lead them to seriously consider careers in technology.”

Scouts completing the camp will earn their Netiquette badge and Walsh Cyber Patch as part of the Girl Scouts’ expanded STEM-(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related programs.

For more information about Walsh’s IT/Decisions Sciences programs, please visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

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ABOUT WALSH
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 one of the region’s largest business schools and Michigan’s third largest graduate business school, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN
The mission of the Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. There are currently 1.8 million Girl Scouts across the United States.

Legislative Updates: Bill Introduced to Support Automotive Research, CODER Act Passes Out of Committee

Last week, Sen. Ken Horn introduced legislation that would encourage companies to conduct automotive research and development in Michigan and invest in communities. Senate Bill 378 would create a research and development tax credit that can be claimed under Michigan’s Corporate Income Tax. Businesses conducting research and development related to the design, engineering, testing, or diagnostics of automated driving systems would be eligible for the credit, expanding the automotive footprint of the state and next-generation mobility.

“Michigan remains the global center of automotive ingenuity, but we continue to face increasing competition both domestically and abroad,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “I applaud Sen. Horn for his efforts to ensure that the next generation of the automobile is designed, tested, and built in Michigan.”

Rep. Elissa Slotkin’s bipartisan Creating Opportunities through Defense Engineering Requirements (CODER) Act, was incorporated into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual bill that funds the Department of Defense (DoD). The NDAA passed out of the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday, June 13.

“The CODER Act will provide new opportunities to small- and medium-sized software firms in Michigan, while supporting the goal of a new acquisition pathway for the Department of Defense,” said Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer of the Chamber.

Currently, defense software-acquisition is a lengthy and one-size-fits-all process. It also poses as a risk for service members. The CODER Act would overhaul and modernize the way the DoD acquires the software it relies on to carry out missions, manage weapons systems and personnel, communicate with allies, and expand opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses.

Martin Waymire wins Silver Anvil for Voters Not Politicians

First-place PR award for work on Proposal 2, Award of Excellence for I Vaccinate

NEW YORK CITY – Martin Waymire, a Lansing-based, full-service public relations and digital
marketing firm with a focus on public policy, won the nation’s top award for public relations
excellence — the Silver Anvil — at a ceremony Thursday night in New York City.

The firm was recognized by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for its work on
Voters Not Politicians’ Proposal 2, the grassroots, nonpartisan campaign to end partisan
gerrymandering in Michigan. Supported by 61% of Michigan voters on Nov. 6, 2018, the
constitutional amendment transfers the power of drawing the state’s election district maps from
the Legislature to an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Silver Anvil is
considered “the Oscar” of the public relations profession.

“Martin Waymire is passionate about making Michigan a better place,” said Martin Waymire
partner David Waymire . “We are extremely proud of the role we played to help tell the story of
thousands of passionate volunteers who came together from across the state to amend the
state constitution to ensure voters can choose their politicians – not the other way around.”
Voters Not Politicians started with a Facebook post and grew to earn national attention from
outlets including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow Show, Full Frontal with
Samantha Bee, The Washington Post, The Hill and The Wall Street Journal. Martin Waymire
was retained to provide strategic insight and communications expertise.

It is the fourth Silver Anvil won by Martin Waymire staffers over the years, a remarkable
accomplishment for any public relations firm.

Martin Waymire also received an Award of Excellence in public service campaigns for its work
on I Vaccinate , a campaign to boost childhood immunization rates in Michigan in partnership
with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and the Franny Strong Foundation.

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“We’ve seen tremendous feedback from the I Vaccinate campaign and a growing awareness of
the importance of keeping children safe from vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Martin
Waymire Vice President Andie Poole . “We are incredibly proud that our work to provide
science-based evidence to support vaccinations through innovative and creative online tactics
such as influencer marketing, blogging, social media and paid digital advertising is making an
impact.”

For more information on Martin Waymire, please visit www.martinwaymire.com .

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Martin Waymire is proud to support clients working to make Michigan a better place. For over 15
years, we’ve earned the trust and respect of hundreds of clients, managing award-winning
public relations, digital marketing and advocacy campaigns with winning results. It’s why we’re
considered one of the top public relations firms in the state.

Lynn Capp Sirich Elected President of the Oakland County Bar Foundation

TROY, Mich., June 17, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Lynn Capp Sirich (Member, Troy) has been elected President of the Oakland County Bar Foundation (OCBF). Her term is effective July 1, 2019.

“I’m honored to represent the Oakland County Bar Foundation as President for the 2019-2020 term,” said Lynn. “I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees and our Fellows to continue to promote programs in our community that increase access, affordability, and understanding of the law and legal system.”

The OCBF partners with the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA) to support worthy causes in the Oakland County community. The OCBF promotes and funds programs designed to increase access, affordability, and understanding of the law and legal system. Through support from members of the OCBA, the OCBF is able to expand its reach and grant-giving efforts. To learn more, please click here.

With over 27 years of experience in all areas of family and domestic relations law, Ms. Sirich skillfully guides her clients through this legal process, always mindful of the fact that she is assisting clients through an emotional and traumatic period of their lives with more than just their immediate divorce and child custody issues, as the business of divorce incorporates many different legal specialties. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan (Family Law Section), the Oakland County Bar Association, the Wayne County Family Law Bar Association (Past-President), the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, and the Michigan Inter-Professional Association. She is a Life Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. She is recognized as a leader in her field by DBusiness Top Lawyers and was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of “2017 Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan”. Ms. Sirich received her B.A. from Michigan State University, James Madison College and her J.D. from the Detroit College of Law. Admitted as a Fellow to American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 2019.

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.

Butzel Long attorney Bushra Malik elected Chair of the Michigan Chapter of AILA

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder, Bushra Malik, has been elected Chair of the Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national association of more than 15,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law.

Malik has served on the Executive Committee for the Michigan Chapter of AILA as the Vice Chair, and previously served on the Executive Committee for the Michigan Chapter of AILA as the Treasurer and the Secretary.

Malik practices in the area of immigration law, focusing 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.
She has extensive experience in securing work and residence permits for numerous countries around the globe, including: China, India, Canada, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Malaysia, Hungary, Poland, Italy, and Belgium. Malik routinely represents clients at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services District Office, U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad, and various Foreign Embassies and Consulates.
Prior to joining Butzel Long, Malik was a Vice Consul for the United States Foreign Service, Department of State in Seoul, South Korea. She also worked with the Executive Office of Immigration Review at the Chicago Immigration Court and had externships with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in New Delhi, India, and the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service, Office of the General Counsel in Washington, DC.
Malik is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the South Asian Bar Association, the Michigan Muslim Bar Association, and the Japanese Business Society of Detroit.

She is currently serving as the Vice Chair AILA’s Global Migration Section (GMS). Malik previously served on the AILA Department of State National Liaison Committee; AILA Customs and Border Protection National Liaison Committee; was the Program Chair of the 2015 AILA Global Immigration Forum; and has presented at numerous AILA National, AILA GMS and AILA Rome District conferences. She also previously served as the Chair of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Liaison Committee for the Michigan Chapter of AILA. Malik speaks Hindi, Japanese and Urdu.

Malik is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1998) and Michigan State University’s James Madison College (B.A. in International Relations with High Honors, 1996 and an additional major in Japanese and Certificate of Asian Studies). She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Immigration Law) and was named one of DBusiness magazine’s Top Lawyers in the field of immigration law.

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 and Shanghai. 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 renames Detroit office Conference Center in tribute to former Butzel Long Chairman and CEO; The William M. Saxton Conference Center honors the 60-plus year career of a legendary attorney

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long has renamed the firm’s Detroit office Conference Center in honor of former Chairman and CEO William M. Saxton, who passed away on April 15, 2019. Butzel Long hosted a receptionon June 12, 2019 in the firm’s Detroit office, which included Saxton’s family, colleagues and friends.

“We are pleased to celebrate Bill’s career achievements by renaming our conference center for him,” said Justin G. Klimko, President and CEO, Butzel Long. “It will help future Butzel generations understand Bill’s impact on our firm and the legal industry. Bill was deeply committed to our firm and the profession of law.”

Saxton had a 60-plus year career with the firm and most recently served as Counsel and a Director Emeritus of Butzel Long.

Saxton graduated from The University of Michigan (B.A., 1949; J.D., 1952). He joined Butzel Long in 1952 and was a litigator, negotiator and counselor. He enjoyed national preeminence as an expert in the labor and employment law field but was also an accomplished litigator outside of that field. Saxton successfully argued the 1974 case of Milliken v Bradley before the U.S. Supreme Court, which dealt with the controversial topic of cross-district school busing.

Saxton bridged multiple generations at Butzel Long. He started when the two named partners, Leo Butzel (who joined the firm in 1896) and Tom Long (who joined in 1909), were still practicing with the firm, and he continued to contribute into the 21st century. Saxton was an instrumental figure in the growth of Butzel Long in the 1970s and 1980s, in both size and prominence. Saxton served as Managing Partner while the firm was a partnership and as President, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors following the firm’s conversion to a professional corporation in 1982.

Saxton’s career achievements are significant. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow Emeritus of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Life Fellow of the Michigan Bar Foundation and a member of the American Law Institute.

In 1996, Saxton was awarded the Nathan B. Goodnow Award by the Detroit Bar Association in recognition of a career that exemplifies the highest standard of the legal profession and significantly impacted the law and life of the community.

In 1998, Saxton received the Distinguished Service Award from the State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Law Section in recognition of his “long established commitment to excellence, highest ethical principles and major contributions to the practice of labor and employment law.”

One of Saxton’s most significant honors was when he received the State Bar of Michigan’s Champion of Justice Award in 2003 for integrity and adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and professional accomplishments.

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 and Shanghai. 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 @butzel_long or : https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Tools, Tips, and Tricks to Develop a Robust Employee Wellness Strategy

“Healthy doesn’t always mean happy, and vice versa,” said Matt Wozny, virtual well-being coordinator for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, at the Employer Health Care Forum on Wednesday, June 12 at the Rattlesnake Club.

At this event, created in partnership by the Detroit Regional Chamber and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, three regional health care experts discussed the evolution of wellness and provided suggestions for how businesses can improve or establish effective employee wellness strategies.

“60% of people say their employers negatively affect their well-being. This may be because modern wellness programs place an emphasis on physical health but ignore other crucial areas,” Wozny said.

Wozny suggested that employee wellness strategies should place more emphasis on wellness as a holistic concept, including mental health, financial health, social health, and stress management. Employers with advanced well-being programs have the likelihood to reduce staff turnover by roughly 87%.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan offers virtual well-being webinars for employers on Tuesdays at noon to teach them how to evaluate, implement, or develop an employee wellness program. They also offer members webinars on Thursdays at noon to provide motivation to help them improve their own well-being. Learn more by downloading the following resources:

Susan Morgan Bailey, vice president of culture and wellbeing practice for the Marsh & McLennan Agency, engaged attendees to get them thinking about how to help employees thrive at work.

“Why does it matter if your employees are thriving? Because it results in positive results for your business, including higher commitment, higher satisfaction, and less burnout,” Bailey said.

She concluded her talk by providing a hierarchy of needs to help employees thrive:

  1. Offer the basics: good benefits and living wages.
  2. Help people connect authentically at work by establishing stability and security, and trust and transparency.
  3. Provide growth and development opportunities, a sense of community, and the ability for employees to have input on major decisions.
  4. Allow employees to make a difference and highlight the meaningful impact their company is making in their community.

Kate Monti, head of operations at Workit Health discussed implementing targeted wellness solutions. Specifically, Workit Health provides resources to recovering drug addicts.

“Nine out of 10 recovering individuals do not get the care they need, and they don’t use available Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) because they are nervous that these programs aren’t really confidential,” Monti said.

Monti argued that employers should implement targeted wellness solutions into their employee wellness programs because they allow for customized marketing, privacy and confidentiality, and control over where employer health care dollars are being spent.

To learn more about how to establish or improve your employee wellness strategy, visit WellnessWorksDetroit.com.

Rehmann named among 2019 Best CPA Firms for Women

TROY, Mich., June 11, 2019 – In its seventh straight year of inclusion, Rehmann was once again named by the Accounting MOVE Project as one of the Best CPA Firms for Women. This demonstrates consistent efforts in the Firm’s advancement of women.

The Accounting MOVE Project is an annual survey of leading financial and accounting firms to determine the state of women in the industry. The annual list released by the Accounting MOVE Project ranks public accounting firms by their women’s initiatives, female leadership, and driving results.

To earn a spot on the Best CPA Firms for Women list, an employer must have both a high proportion of women at most or all levels of management and proven success with the MOVE factors.

The 2019 theme, “Promotions, Plateaus and Possibilities: New Ways Forward,” discussed the complicated, often conflicting, layers of career opportunities, barriers, expectations and assumptions at CPA firms to show women and firm leaders new ways to craft success for all.

“We’re thrilled that the MOVE Project has recognized the efforts that we’re putting into the growth of our female associates,” said Amy Flourry, Rehmann director of operations for Rehmann Wealth and chair of Rehmann’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) Council. “We will continue to raise the bar for advancing women not only at Rehmann, but within the industry.”

Through its WIN Council, Rehmann strives to create a culture that enhances the retention and recruitment of women, helps them develop their careers and increases the awareness of their success.

For information about career opportunities with Rehmann, visit Rehmann.com/careers.

About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm that provides accounting and assurance, comprehensive technology, accounting and human resource solutions, specialized consulting and wealth management services. For more than 75 years, Rehmann has provided forward-thinking solutions, making it our duty to anticipate our clients’ daily and future needs. Rehmann has nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

About the MOVE Project
The Accounting MOVE Project is based on the MOVE methodology, developed by research partner Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., which investigates the factors proven to be essential to women’s career success: M – Money: fair pay practices; O – Opportunity: advancement and leadership development; V – Vital supports: work-life programs that remove barriers; E – Entrepreneurship: operating experience for managing or business ownership.

Contact: Holly Shier
248.458.7923
holly.shier@rehmann.com