Former Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services and Former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court joins Butzel Long

Maura Corrigan joined Butzel Long as Counsel on November 27, 2017. Justice Corrigan will concentrate her practice in litigation and appeals.

“Maura is highly regarded and deeply respected for her legal acumen and her exemplary service to the state of Michigan,” said Justin G. Klimko, President and Managing Shareholder, Butzel Long. “Our clients and our attorneys will benefit greatly from the talent, experience and wise counsel she brings to our Firm.”

Justice Corrigan served as a law clerk to Judge John Gillis of the Michigan Court of Appeals. She then became a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney in 1974, and Chief of Appeals in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit in 1979. In 1986, she was promoted to Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, the first woman to hold that position. She became a partner at Plunkett and Cooney in 1989.

In 1992, Governor John Engler appointed her to the Michigan Court of Appeals. In 1997, the Supreme Court named her Chief Judge of the appeals court. She was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1998 and reelected in 2006. Justice Corrigan is the only person ever to serve as Chief Judge of both the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. She served two terms as Chief Justice. She left the court on January 14, 2011 to become the Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services under Governor Rick Snyder.

From 2015 – 2016, Justice Corrigan was a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C. where she worked on poverty and child welfare issues. In that role, she testified in Congress, authored papers and book chapters, and served as liaison to state secretaries of human services.
Justice Corrigan has participated in numerous community and professional activities. She currently serves on seven nonprofit boards. She is a past president of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers and the Detroit Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She served as a public member of the Michigan Law Revision Commission from 1991-1998, as an executive board member of the Michigan Judges Association, and as a member of the Judicial Advisory Board of the Center for Law and Organizational Economics at the University of Kansas Law School. She was vice-president of the Conference of Chief Justices from 2003 – 2004. She is a published author in the legal and child welfare fields. She holds seven honorary doctorates from Michigan colleges and universities, among numerous honors and awards.

She earned her J.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and her B.A. degree (magna cum laude) from Marygrove College.


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 attorneys Geaneen Arends and Clara DeMatteis Mager named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2017 Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan

Butzel Long attorneys and shareholders Geaneen M. Arends and Clara DeMatteis Mager have been named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2017 Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan. The news appears in the December 11 edition. The women honored in this inaugural report set legal precedents, manage high-profile cases, serve on community boards, win awards and mentor their co-workers.

Geaneen Arends

Based in the firm’s Detroit office, Arends concentrates her practice on corporate transactions and commercial real estate transactions. She assists clients with general business planning, entity formation and maintenance, mergers, acquisitions, private placements, woman-owned/minority-owned business certification and general business contracts.

She also advises business clients on a variety of real estate transactions, including acquisition, development and leasing of multi-family residential, retail, office and industrial properties. She has represented both borrowers and lenders in multi-million-dollar financing transactions.

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Arends was in-house counsel for a real estate investment and property management firm where, among other accomplishments, she led the audit and repositioning of the company’s insurance and risk management program covering a $1Billion real estate portfolio, and she previously practiced in the real estate groups of two prominent Detroit law firms.

In 2016, Arends was elected to serve as a member of the Detroit Educational Television Foundation/Detroit Public Television (DPTV) Board of Trustees. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Detroit Historical Society, which manages all operations of the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots Celebration.

Arends was named to DBusiness magazine’s Top Lawyers 2018 in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Real Estate Law, and was previously recognized in past years by DBusiness in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate Law, and NonProfits/Charities Law. She is an alumna of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Detroit, Class XXVII. She also is serving her second term on the Real Property Law Advisory Board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE).

In 2014, Arends was named to the 2014 Class of “Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
Arends is a member of the Wolverine Bar Association, Urban Land Institute Michigan, the Detroit Economic Club, for which she also serves on the reception committee, and the Association for Corporate Growth, Detroit, for which she also serves on the ACG Detroit Women’s Forum committee.

Arends is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.A., History, 1994) and of Boston College Law School (J.D., 1998). She is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.

Clara DeMatteis Mager

As the Immigration Practice Department Leader, Mager has been instrumental in growing the practice.

Mager focuses her practice on business and family immigration issues including all aspects of the international movement of personnel, inbound and outbound work-authorized nonimmigrant (temporary) and immigrant (permanent) status, immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructuring, employer sanctions, and immigration law audits.

She is a firm liaison to Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. She has served as Chair and Regional Chair of the Lex Mundi Immigration Committee. She is very active with the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation providing legal services to select “social entrepreneurs.” The Foundation is part of the global social entrepreneur movement for positive social change. She is active in the community working on pro bono immigration matters.

Mager serves on the Board of Directors of the French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) Michigan Chapter, the Italian American Alliance for Business and Technology, Leonardo International, Inc. and the Great Lakes Chapter of the U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce. She also is a member of the Federal Bar Association (previous member of the Leadership Council of the Immigration Committee), State Bar of Michigan (Past Chairperson of the International Law Section and previously held positions of Chair-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Council Member and Chairperson of the Immigration Committee), Women Lawyers Bar Association and Italian American Bar Association (Board Member and Past President).

Mager also was a Board Member and past Chair of the J.D./L.L.B. Advisory Board, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law/University of Windsor Faculty of Law. She is a graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Detroit XXII Class. Mager is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Immigration) and Michigan Super Lawyers (Immigration). Mager is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer.

Mager is a graduate of Wayne State University and of the Detroit College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1987) where she was a member of Law Review.


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 Attorney Reginald Pacis Discusses Immigration Matters on GlobalAutoIndustry.com

Butzel Long immigration law attorney Reginald A. Pacis was interviewed recently on GlobalAutoIndustry.com, a comprehensive online resource for automotive supplier executives, to discuss key immigration matters impacting businesses today. Pacis discussed recent current and future changes impacting immigration. A link to the interview can be found here: http://globalbusinessprofessor.com/u-s-immigration-issues-update/

Pacis focuses 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.

He was named Immigration Lawyer of the Year 2013 in the field of Immigration Law by The Best Lawyers in America and has been listed in Best Lawyers for several years. Pacis is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Samahang Pilipino Ng Oakland Filipino organization. He served two consecutive one-year terms from 2003 to 2005 as Chairperson of the Michigan Chapter of AILA and was a member of the AILA National Board of Governors for those terms. Pacis previously served as Secretary (2001 to 2003) and Membership Chairperson of the Michigan Chapter of AILA (1998 to 2003).


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 attorney James H. Townsend appointed to Advisory Board of the Levin Center at Wayne State University School of Law

Butzel Long attorney James H. (Jim) Townsend has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Levin Center at Wayne State University School of Law. The Center has a goal to educate future attorneys, business leaders, legislators and public servants on their role overseeing public and private institutions and using oversight as an instrument of change.

Recently, Townsend was elected to Wayne State University’s Chapter of the Order of the Coif, the highest honor academic honor accorded to law school graduates nationwide.

Townsend, based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate Practice Group. He focuses his practice on business, corporate, and real estate law.

Prior to joining the firm, Townsend represented the 26th District in the Michigan House of Representatives, where he was the House sponsor of legislation that established the Regional Transit Authority for Southeast Michigan. He was named Legislator of the Year in 2013 by the Michigan Municipal League.

Townsend served in Washington, DC as Legislative Director in the Office of U.S. Representative Nita M. Lowey. He also worked for U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg. His private sector experience includes serving as a brand manager at Ford Motor Company; founding and directing the Michigan Suburbs Alliance (now Metro Matters); and, directing the Tourism Economic Development Counsel, a subsidiary of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau charged with expanding southeast Michigan’s tourism economy.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently appointed Townsend to serve on the Advisory Council of the Redevelopment Ready Communities® program, a statewide initiative to assist communities in strengthening and streamlining their planning, zoning, permitting, and marketing efforts to create a predictable and straightforward experience for investors, businesses and residents working within a community. More than 100 communities in Michigan are currently seeking RRC certification. As a nonprofit executive, Townsend led the team of development industry experts, city officials and other stakeholders that established the RRC program in 2004. The MEDC acquired the program in 2012.

Townsend earned his BA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (1988 ) (Highest Honors in History); his MBA & Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1997); and, his JD from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (2016) where he received the following recognitions:

• Awarded Silver Key for academic excellence, 2014-15, 2015-16
• Member, Wayne Law Review (2015-16), awarded Best Note by Law Review Board
• Faculty Board (student rep.), Levin Center at Wayne Law (2015-16)
• Board of Governors Scholarship, 2013-14, 2014-15
• Raymond Krell Scholarship, 2014-15
• Izumi Scholarship, 2014-15
• Judge Morcum Scholarship, 2015-16
• George Peck Scholarship for Superior Academic Achievement, 2015-16
• Bruce A. Miller Family Scholarship, 2016
• John Reed Scholarship, 2016
• Justice Marilyn Kelly Public Interest Endowed Scholarship, 2016


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’s Robin Luce Herrmann elected to Board of Directors of The Defense Counsel Section of the Media Law Resource Center

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Robin Luce Herrmann has been elected to the Executive Committee of The Defense Counsel Section of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC). The MLRC Executive Committee oversees activities of MLRC’s law firm members.

The MLRC, founded in 1980, is the leading professional association for media organizations and their lawyers. It provides its members with a wide-range of resources, including: daily updates on legal, regulatory and legislative developments; numerous publications; legal and policy analysis; media litigation practice guides; and national and international media law conferences. MLRC has more than 110 media company members. The MLRC Defense Counsel Section includes over 200 law firms which represent media clients.

Herrmann leads Butzel Long’s media team and concentrates her practice in the areas of media law, particularly defamation and access issues; commercial litigation; and civil rights.

At the same time, Herrmann serves as General Counsel to the Michigan Press Association, the official trade association for the newspapers of Michigan, with more than 300 members throughout the State.

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

Herrmann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of 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 adds attorney specializing in complex litigation; Kaveh Kashef joins firm as Shareholder

Attorney Kaveh Kashef has joined Butzel Long as a Shareholder practicing in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office. He specializes in complex litigation in the fields of automotive, shareholder disputes, employment, commercial, construction, riparian rights and real property law. He has prepared and succeeded in numerous trials, arbitrations and appeals in various states across the country.

In addition to handling litigation in a wide range of industries, Kashef represents traditional and nontraditional private equity groups and serves as a general business and legal advisor to his individual and corporate clients.

“I joined Butzel Long because of its reputation in the legal and business community, the breadth and quality of services it provides its clients, and the positive corporate culture it has cultivated and promotes,” said Kashef.

‘Kaveh is a well-respected litigator with an impressive track record,” said Justin G. Klimko, President and Managing Shareholder, Butzel Long. “He is a strong addition to our growing team.”

Kashef has been a speaker in the field of condominium development and has authored several contracting-related articles. He is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and numerous courts across the country.

He is very active with the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA). He is the former chair of the Continuing Legal Education committee and is the immediate past president and a trustee of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. In 2012, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the OCBA. In addition, Kaveh is a Barrister of the American Inns of Court and is the former chair of the New Lawyers Section of the OCBA. Kaveh was a member of the State Bar Association Civil Procedure and Courts Standing Committee from 2005-2012.

Kashef was named a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers from 2008 through 2012, has been a “Super Lawyer” since 2013 and is listed as a “Top 100 Lawyer” in 2017. Kaveh has been named a “2012 Top Lawyer” by dBusiness magazine and was selected for inclusion to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Up and Coming Lawyers” list in 2011. In 2012, Kaveh made The Trial Lawyer’s Top 40 Under 40 for the State of Michigan.

Kashef was a law clerk to the Honorable William A. Webb, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan (B.A. 1995), and graduated with honors from the Tulane University School of Law (J.D. 2001) in New Orleans.


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 attorney featured on November 16 edition of ‘Autoline This Week,’ a PBS national program; Jennifer Dukarski discusses ‘Data: The Unknown Commodity from Your Car’

Butzel Long attorney Jennifer Dukarski was a featured guest on the November 16 edition of PBS’ “Autoline This Week,” with host John McElroy. Dukarski participated in a panel discussion along with Michael Perugi, Acxiom and Sam Abuelsamid, Navigant Research. The topic for the show — “Data: The Unknown Commodity from Your Car.”

Dukarski focuses her practice at the intersection of technology and communications with an emphasis on emerging and disruptive issues:
digital media, cybersecurity, infotainment, vehicle safety and connected and autonomous cars.

In her practice, she has negotiated contracts for autonomous vehicle components, reviewed contracts involving wireless updates to in-vehicle technology, assisted companies in achieving successful Petitions for Inconsequential Noncompliance with NHTSA and has addressed multiple vehicle component recalls. Dukarski has become a national leader in legal issues facing emerging automotive technology and is the leader of Butzel Long’s connected car working group. She also has spearheaded the reporting efforts for two national data breaches and focuses on the threat vectors facing automotive component design.

A self-titled “recovering engineer,” Dukarski serves as Counsel to the OESA’s Product Development Council and has spoken on First Amendment issues ranging from newsgathering in the digital age to the impact of the FBI iPhone strategy. She has been a panelist at the North American International Auto Show for the last two years, covering a broad variety of legal concerns focused on the autonomous and connected car. She has appeared on several television programs, including Autoline and AutoBeat, and in many print interviews (including CIO Magazine, PC World, Bridge Magazine, Computer World and Automotive News) discussing automotive technology and its related legal issues.

Prior to joining Butzel, she gained automotive manufacturing and design experience as a result of high-level quality management and engineering positions. She has worked extensively on successful automotive product launches, managing vendors and Tier One manufacturing facilities. A Six Sigma Master Black Belt, she applies her experience to create innovative approaches to the protection of IP assets and disruptive technology.

Dukarski has experience with field recalls and was a representative to the University of Michigan’s CIREN (Crash Injury Research & Engineering Network) and UMPIRE (University of Michigan Program for Injury Research and Education). Working as a design engineer, she received multiple Record of Invention Awards for contributions to patents and trade secrets.
Last year, she was named a “2016 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She also is among Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” and DBusiness “Top Lawyers.” She is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She serves as a Working Group member with IEEE PAR 1912 (Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices) which is focused on setting standards for privacy and security protocols. She also coaches and mentors’ women engineers.

At the same time, she is the liaison to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Young Lawyers Committee on the Forum on Communications Law Governing Committee. Moreover, Dukarski is an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Program, Intellectual Property, at Baker College.

She is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010). She’s also a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering and Science, (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 1996).


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 attorney Joshua J. Chinsky named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2017 Class of “Up & Coming Lawyers”

Butzel Long attorney Joshua J. Chinsky is one of only 30 attorneys in the state named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2017 Class of “Up & Coming Lawyers.”

Attorneys recognized for this honor have distinguished themselves in the practice of law. The honorees were evaluated based on nominations by their peers, colleagues, and associates. The recipients were selected by a committee based on their outstanding professional accomplishments and their mentoring/community involvement. Chinsky will be honored during a luncheon on December 7 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Chinsky focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense and Aerospace and Defense industry matters.

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Chinsky served as Corporate Counsel and Deputy Director, Studies and Analyses, for a Washington, D.C. area consulting company. He also served in the United States Marine Corps as a judge advocate. While on active duty, Chinsky prosecuted contested jury trials and served as a legal advisor to commanders, servicemembers, and dependents. Chinsky continues to serve as a judge advocate in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Locally, Chinsky is active in his local Ann Arbor synagogue, where he serves as Treasurer and board member. He also is a member of the marketing committee of the Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor and an avid youth soccer coach. He mentors high school and college students interested in joining the armed forces and is a frequent guest speaker at Veterans Day and Community Service forums at elementary and high schools.

Chinsky is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law, where he received the Bidlake Award for legal writing and was an editor of Law and Contemporary Problems. He received his BA from the University of Michigan, graduating with highest distinction and Phi Beta Kappa.

Chinsky is admitted to practice in the states of Michigan and Georgia, and before United States Courts-Martial.


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 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 Beth Gotthelf featured during Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals program on November 9

Beth S. Gotthelf, Attorney, Shareholder and Director of Innovation and External Relations, Butzel Long, will be a featured panelist during a Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals (MAEP) professional development program on November 9, 2017 in Howell.

The topic for the program is, “Continuing the Conversation on Vapor Intrusion.” Other featured panelists include: Abby Hendershott, Assistant District Supervisor with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality – Remediation & Redevelopment Division, Grand Rapids District Office; Lisa Quiggle, Acting Vapor Intrusion Unit Manager, Michigan Department of Human Health Services – Division of Environmental Health, and, Cheryl Kehres-Dietrich, Senior Project Manager and Senior Hydrogeologist with Soils and Materials Engineers.

Gotthelf represents and counsels a diverse mix of clients. She is Co-Chair of Butzel’s Energy and Sustainability Practice Team as well as Chair of the Birmingham Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. She also is an Executive-in-Residence with the Macomb-OU INCubator, serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau and is the President of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge, a bi-national chamber of commerce.

She has been very active in bar associations, including in the State Bar of Michigan, Environmental Law Section, where she served as past Chair and the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law.

Gotthelf was selected as one of 20 influential leaders by Michigan Lawyers Weekly – Women in Law (2010). She also was named to the Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law, 2013-2018.

She was named in Michigan Super Lawyers (2006-17) and as one of the “Top 50 Female Michigan Super Lawyers” (2006-2014, 2017). Gotthelf is listed in DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Environmental Law, 2011-2017.

Gotthelf has received several awards and special recognitions, including as an emerging leader by the Detroit Regional Chamber (2003); the National Association of Metal Finishers (2002); Corp! Magazine as one of “Michigan’s 95 Most Powerful Women” (2002); Corp! Magazine’s “Top 10 Business Attorneys for Southeast Michigan” (1999); and Crain’s Detroit Business’ 40 Under 40 in 1994.

She is a graduate of the University of Detroit (J.D., 1985) and Oakland University (B.S. Public Administration and Public Policy, 1980). In 2009, Gotthelf received an Oakland University Distinguished Alumni Award.


About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel Long attorney Ira E. Hoffman will moderate a cybersecurity panel during Automation Alley’s Integr8™ Summit

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Ira E. Hoffman, will serve as a moderator on a cybersecurity panel during Automation Alley’s Integr8™ Summit on November 9, 2017 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

The global conference is focused on the eight technologies currently disrupting the manufacturing industry. Breakout sessions will focus on the following Industry 4.0 technology sectors: the industrial Internet of things; robotics; advanced materials; additive manufacturing; artificial intelligence and big data; cybersecurity; cloud computing; and, modeling, simulation and visualization.

Based in Butzel Long’s Washington, D.C. office, Hoffman focuses his practice on government contracts, international law, commercial litigation and cybersecurity law and policy. He has more than 30 years’ experience in international contracting, and his cybersecurity practice focuses on liability for security breaches, M&A due diligence, government investigations, and strategies for mitigating cyber risk. Recently, Hoffman was appointed to the CyberUSA Advisory Board.


About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long