Butzel Long attorney Jennifer Dukarski will discuss biometric data during Autonomous Vehicle Safety Regulation World Congress

Jennifer Dukarski, Butzel Long attorney, shareholder and leader of the firm’s connected car working group, will be a featured speaker during the Autonomous Vehicle Safety Regulation World Congress from October 23-25, 2018 at The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

She will participate in the Product Liability session (October 23, 2018) on the “Litigating Automated Vehicle Product Liability Cases: Tackling the Tough Issues” panel discussion and will be a keynote speaker at the Privacy and Cybersecurity session (October 24, 2018). The title of her keynote is, “Protecting Data Privacy including Bioprivacy) and the Liabilities if You Don’t.” Dukarski says that designing for various levels of autonomy and user experiences has led to an explosion of biometric data collection. Designing these technologies implicates a new moving target: bioprivacy. She will emphasize the importance for engineers and designers to take note of these trends to incorporate the proper protections mandated by law that will result in leaving a privacy-oriented fingerprint on the design.

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.

Notably, Dukarski has attained the distinction of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior member status, the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply.

Further, 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 is the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Vehicle Technology Society Treasurer and 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 a co-Chair of the Women in Communication Law committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Communications Law and serves on the Forum’s Governing Committee. Moreover, Dukarski is an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Program, teaching 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 sponsors Farnborough International Airshow VIP Welcome Reception in London, England on July 15

Butzel Long is a sponsor of a VIP Reception hosted by the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in advance of the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA). The reception will take place on July 15, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel in London, England.

The Farnborough International Airshow is a week-long, biennial event that combines a major trade exhibition for the aerospace and defense industries (attracting more than 73,000 industry professionals from across the globe) with a public airshow. The event is held in mid-July in even-numbered years at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire, United Kingdom.


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 Claudia Rast featured during the 2018 Sustainable U! Women Girls’ Development Leadership Empowerment Institute

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Claudia Rast will be a featured speaker during the 2018 Sustainable U! Women & Girls’ Development & Leadership Empowerment Institute on June 30 at Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills.

The topic for her presentation is, “Cyber Security: Sustaining U & UR Enterprise.” Participants will discover the impact of cyber threats, the risks these threats pose, and the security measures needed to implement to keep businesses and personal information safe and sustainable.

Based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office, Rast blends her expertise in law, business, and science to assist companies in their strategic use of technology, counseling clients in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, data theft, intellectual property licensing and registration, and the forensic preservation and analysis of electronically stored information.

With the rise of cyber events in recent years, her background in forensics, IT environments and security has proved invaluable in working with clients to both defend against and respond to pervasive cyber attacks and to conduct cybersecurity awareness and response training sessions. Similarly, over the past several years, she has worked within both the IT entrepreneur community and the automotive supplier network to negotiate contracts covering innovative technologies associated with autonomous and connected vehicles, to address security, privacy, IP ownership, and new and potential regulations.

Most recently, Rast is completing an American Bar Association (ABA) Presidential appointment to a one-year term on the Cybersecurity Legal Task Force and has been re-appointed to serve another one-year term. To date, Rast has served five one-year terms. Task Force members are charged with examining risks posed by criminals, terrorists and nations that seek to steal personal and financial information, disrupt critical infrastructure, and wage cyberwar.

Notably, Rast co-authored a chapter to the second edition of The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook that was published in 2017.

Rast also is an experienced environmental lawyer, focusing on alternative energy and sustainability practices, including work on the development of a global Rule of Law Index for environment and energy with the World Justice Project.

Rast is a frequent national speaker on matters ranging from cybersecurity, privacy, data breach, eDiscovery, and social media. In addition, she has published numerous articles including an online course for CPE credit, CPA’s Guide to Privacy (Bisk Education 2006, 2012, 2014, 2016 & 2018), a chapter on Privacy & Data Breach for Thompson Reuters’ “Inside the Minds” Aspatore Book series (April 2013), a chapter entitled “Confidentiality and Security in a Modern World” in the ABA publication Ethics and Environmental Practice: A Lawyer’s Guide (July 2017), and co-authored a chapter in the ABA Cybersecurity Handbook, Second Edition (November 2017), entitled “Best Practices for Incident Response: Achieving Preparedness through Alignment with Voluntary Consensus Standards.”

Her memberships include the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, where she has been involved in the leadership of the Section since 1999, including Chair of the Section in 2008-2009, Ann Arbor’s New Enterprise Forum Board of Directors (2008-2017), the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Board of Directors (2008-2013), ICLE’s Technology Training Advisory Board (1998-2017), and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan Board of Directors (2017-present). In 2001, she was the only lawyer named as a Technology Industry Leader in Crain’s Detroit Business, and in 2003 the Ann Arbor Chapter of American Women in Computing named her as one of twenty “Top Michigan Women in Computing.” In 2015, she was named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a “Leader in the Law.”

Rast is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.S., Natural Resources) and cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Detroit Law Review. In 2014, she successfully completed the four-week online program, “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data,” developed and taught by the faculty of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in collaboration with MIT Professional Education.


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 attorneys featured during Startup Week; Geaneen M. Arends, Mark R. Lezotte and Paul M. Mersino will highlight organizational and tax considerations during June 19 panel program

Butzel Long attorneys Geaneen M. Arends, Mark R. Lezotte and Paul M. Mersino will be among several attorneys participating in the fourth Small Business Legal Academy Detroit in conjunction with Startup Week June 18-19. Mersino will moderate a panel on June 19 featuring Arends and Lezotte discussing organizational and tax considerations for small businesses.

Geaneen Arends
Arends concentrates her practice on general business law and commercial real estate. She assists business clients with general business planning, entity formation and maintenance, mergers, acquisitions, private placements, woman-owned/minority-owned/disadvantaged business certification, insurance and risk management issues and general business contracts. She also has advised business clients on a variety of real estate transactions, including acquisition, development and leasing of multi-family residential, retail, office and industrial properties throughout the United States.

Mark Lezotte
Lezotte has substantial experience in corporate, health care, tax, and exempt organization matters, including start up tax and legal issues, corporate and nonprofit governance, board duties and responsibilities, regulatory investigations, tax aspects of business acquisitions and dispositions, and a wide range of business and commercial transactions.

Paul Mersino
Mersino is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group where he represents companies in a number of areas including complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, and non-competition and trade secret disputes. He also represents and advises a number of Startup companies, assisting them with their legal needs and matching them with potential venture capital funding, and has represented and been on the Board of Advisors for a Venture Capital fund.


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 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 www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Speakers added to June 20 Symposium focused on connected and autonomous vehicle advances

The Third Annual Butzel Long Connected Car Symposium will provide key insight on the latest developments from top southeast Michigan experts including: Paul Krutko, President and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK, Renee Phillips, Counsel, General Motors; Houman Shadab, Co-Founder, New York-based Clause.IO; Will Orlewicz, Corporate Counsel; Magnum Manufacturing, and, Butzel Long attorneys.

A half-day program will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Zingerman’s Greyline, located at 100 N. Ashley Street in Ann Arbor.
The cost is $99 per person and includes a networking lunch.

Program topics include:

• The Future of Mobility Standards, Guidelines, and a Patchwork of State Laws: Adapting to a Moving (or Stalled) Regulatory Target;

• So You Want to Design Driverless Car Components: Helping Engineers Manage New Legal Design Considerations and Ethical Implications;

• Staying Ahead of the Digital Curve: Hot Topics in Automotive Privacy, Cyber and GDPR;

• New Methods of Contracting: Blockchain as the Backbone for Smart Contracts; and,

• Who’s Responsible? A Pane Discussion on Liability and the Autonomous Vehicle

Feature presenters include Butzel Long attorneys Jennifer Dukarski, David DeVine, Catherine Karol, Claudia Rast, Daniel Rustmann, David Devine and Mitch Zajac.

“This month, more than 30 automotive and tech companies joined forces on an automotive blockchain initiative,” said Jennifer Dukarski, leader of Butzel Long’s Connected Car Working Group. “Blockchain is so much more than cryptocurrency. It could drive our new mobility future.”

“We will explore potential uses of blockchain and smart contracts in the auto industry through a live demo, led by one of the leaders in smart contracts: Houman Shadab of Clause.io,” she said. “Engineers and designers will also benefit, as we will discuss the ethical and technical challenges facing the design decisions they make in autonomous and connected vehicles. We will highlight unique concerns and tools to reduce the risks in product design.”

This program is designed for anyone in the connected automotive world including: automotive executives, automotive supplier executives, engineering teams, in house legal teams, compliance officers, insurance professionals, IT professionals and risk managers.

Register online at www.butzel.com/events/connected-car-symposium-2018. For inquiries, contact Tina Raia at raia@butzel.com 313-983-6985.


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 Jennifer Dukarski featured recently during MSU workshop on autonomous vehicles

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Jennifer Dukarski served as a moderator recently for the Workshop on Autonomous Vehicles in Society: Building a Research Agenda, co-sponsored by the Michigan State University Center for Business and Social Analytics, in cooperation with the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and the School of Planning, Design and Construction.

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.

Notably, Dukarski has attained the distinction of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Senior member status, the highest grade for which IEEE members can apply.

Further, 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 is the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Vehicle Technology Society Treasurer and 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 a co-Chair of the Women in Communication Law committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Forum on Communications Law and serves on the Forum’s Governing Committee. Moreover, Dukarski is an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Program, teaching 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 Raul Rangel featured during ALPFA panel program on May 31 at Wayne State University

Butzel Long attorney Raul Rangel, will be featured during a professional development program presented by the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) Michigan Chapter on May 31, 2018 at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Rangel will serve on a panel along with Fernando Gonzalez Saiffe, Head Consul of Mexico in Detroit. The moderator is Angel Habib Ramirez, ProMexico’s Director in Michigan. The topic for the program is, “NAFTA and the Economic Effects and Benefits.”

Rangel, a Mexican corporate attorney based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, specializes in the areas of business law, mergers and acquisitions, international trade, investment and commerce, business-government relations, technology services, real estate development, and financial services.

He works closely with other Butzel attorneys to represent organizations doing business in Mexico and the United States in a broad range of industries.

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Rangel co-led the promotion and formation of a private equity fund for renewable energy projects in Latin America at a financial advisory services firm.

In Mexico, Rangel served as the lead Counsel for international affairs for Neoris, a CEMEX subsidiary and one of the largest IT consulting firms in Latin America. He also worked at a prestigious boutique law firm in Monterrey, Mexico, where he advised clients on a broad spectrum of matters pertaining to corporate law and US-Mexico transactions.

He also is a co-founder of RG Nexus, a professional legal and tax advisory services firm based in Monterrey, Mexico.

Rangel’s native language is Spanish, and he is proficient in English. He also has been certified as a legal Spanish-English translator by Nuevo Leon’s State Supreme Court.

Rangel is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law (LL.M.) and of the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (J.D.). He holds a certificate in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and has attended Harvard University and the London School of Economics.


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

Ann Arbor Symposium focuses on connected and autonomous vehicle advances

Connected and autonomous car technology is evolving at a brisk pace, yet there is still a great deal of uncertainty about the capabilities of these vehicles. Considering this, the Third Annual Butzel Long Connected Car Symposium will provide expert insight on the latest developments.

A half-day program will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Zingerman’s Greyline, located at 100 N. Ashley Street in Ann Arbor. The cost is $99 per person and includes a networking lunch.

Program topics include:

• The Future of Mobility Standards, Guidelines, and a Patchwork of State Laws: Adapting to a Moving (or Stalled) Regulatory Target;

• New strategies in high tech automotive contracting; Blockchain;

• Staying Ahead of the Digital Curve: Hot Topics in Automotive Privacy, Cyber and GDPR;

• So You Want to Design Driverless Car Components: Helping Engineers Manage New Legal Design Considerations and Ethical Implications; and,

• Who’s Responsible? Liability and the Autonomous Vehicle: A Product Liability Panel

Feature presenters include Butzel Long attorneys Jennifer Dukarski, Catherine Karol, Claudia Rast, Daniel Rustmann, David Devine and Mitch Zajac.

“With the intersection of automotive technology, artificial intelligence and communications, a new mobility economy has taken root,” said Jennifer Dukarski, leader of Butzel Long’s Connected Car Working Group. “In light of recent autonomous events, we will look at liability and ethical design strategies while keeping an eye on some of the hottest emerging trends in privacy and security, including the use of blockchain and smart contracts.”

This program is designed for anyone in the connected automotive world including: automotive executives, automotive supplier executives, engineering teams, in house legal teams, compliance officers, insurance professionals, IT professionals and risk managers.

Register online at www.butzel.com/events/connected-car-symposium-2018. For inquiries, contact Tina Raia at raia@butzel.com 313-983-6985.


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 CFO Michelle A. Brown named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ ‘Notable Women in Finance 2018’

Butzel Long Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Michelle A. Brown was recently named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ “Notable Women in Finance 2018.” She is among 45 women to receive this prestigious recognition.

Brown participates in building a culture that is team-oriented, committed to professional excellence and ensures a high-level of client service. She develops strategic and financial analysis of key performance metrics for presentation to the firm’s Finance Committee and Board of Directors.

Brown also serves as a key advisor and strategic partner to the Finance Committee, Board of Directors and other firm leaders regarding business planning, profitability, growth targets and revenue goals.

She leads the development of annual operating and capital budgets and manages the budgeting and forecasting process.

Brown also monitors all laws and regulations regarding corporate taxes, current trends and best practices in accounting and financial reporting. She communicates the impact of new developments and regulations and makes appropriate recommendations.

She is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators (National and Detroit Chapters)

Brown earned a Master of Business Administration –Magna Cum Laude — in 2000 from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration from the University of Michigan School of Management in Dearborn in 1992.


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