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

Butzel Long attorney Beth S. Gotthelf recently served as a panelist at the Michigan Space Forum in Traverse City

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Beth S. Gotthelf was a featured panelist on Government Roles in Commercial Space at the Michigan Space Forum in Traverse City. She discussed a variety of issues including freedom of use and exploration; protection of the space and Earth environments; liability for damages caused by space objects; rescue and return of astronauts and space objects; licensing of satellite launches; compliance with ITAR; and, the export of defense items, to name a few.

Gotthelf is Butzel Long’s Director of Innovation and External Relations. She also is an Executive-in-Residence at the Macomb-OU INCubator and serves on the Macomb-OU INCubator Advisory Council.

She has helped auto suppliers diversify into alternative energy and defense, which have been lifelines to those companies.

Gotthelf brings a pragmatic and holistic approach to clients’ issues, assisting them in reaching their business goals, often matchmaking clients’ needs and acting as an outside general counsel. Her assistance in diversifying automotive suppliers into the aerospace & defense arena during the economic downturn is just one example of her holistic approach. She now counsels clients in governmental contracting, ITAR, EAR, and Foreign Military Sales. Gotthelf also is a leader in environmental law, bringing creative solutions to remediation, redevelopment, tax incentives, and waste management.

She represents and counsels a diverse mix of clients in numerous matters throughout the country. These matters include compliance and permitting; alternative energy issues; responding to an emergency; siting new facilities; civil and criminal enforcement; compliance audits; brownfields; tax incentives; remediation of contaminated sites; insurance claims; administrative procedures; solid and hazardous waste; landfills; composting; and occupational safety and health.

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

Butzel Long President and CEO Justin G. Klimko featured during ACG Detroit June 7 program

DETROIT, Mich. – Justin G. Klimko, President and CEO, Butzel Long, is among seven business leaders who will be featuring during a program presented by the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Detroit on Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The title for the program is, “Navigating Cross-Border Transactions.” The discussion will focus on the legal, business, banking and accounting issues that arise in cross-border deals.

Klimko, based in the firm’s Detroit office, has extensive experience in securities regulation, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate matters, areas in which he has practiced since 1980. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for business law matters and is ranked as one of Michigan’s leading corporate and M&A lawyers. He also has chaired the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section’s Ad Hoc Committee on Legal Opinions, which has issued reports to address opinion issues in business transactions, including issues specific to Michigan law.

He previously taught corporation law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, frequently lectures and authors articles on business law subjects and has served as general editor of a treatise on Michigan Business Forms and as a contributing author for a treatise on Michigan contract law.

Klimko is included in the publication The Best Lawyers in America and enjoys an “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell rating system. He is rated one of Michigan’s top Corporate/M&A attorneys by Chambers USA Guide of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is listed in Michigan Super Lawyers (Mergers and Acquisitions).

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 is a sponsor of the Ninth Annual U of D Mercy Titan Athletic Club’s Basketball Camp for Special Needs Kids on June 20 in Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. – Exercise, team-building and fun are advantages of youth sports. Accordingly, the University of Detroit Mercy Titan Athletic Club, is hosting its Ninth Annual Basketball Camp for special needs players from 9 a.m. to Noon on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the historic Calihan Hall on the campus of the University of Detroit Mercy. Butzel Long law firm is a sponsor of this year’s event.

The one-day clinic is for any special needs players (all abilities are welcome) ages 12 & older to learn and develop basketball skills. Athletes with trainable mental impairment (TMI), educatable mental impairment (EMI) and other developmental or physical disabilities are encouraged to participate.

“We developed this clinic for special needs kids to help them develop fundamental basketball skills,” said Bernard (Bernie) J. Fuhs, Vice President, Butzel Long and a former Titan basketball standout, Titan Club member and U of D Mercy Alum. “The kids have a blast! It’s a fun way for them to build confidence and learn basketball skills that they can practice throughout the summer.

“This event is a highlight of the year for the Titan Athletic Club members, Titan coaches, players and alumni,” added Fuhs. “At the same time, Butzel Long is a proud sponsor. Our firm has long and strong history of community involvement in the city of Detroit.”

The clinic puts all participants through various drills before ending with a scrimmage. The fee is $15 per student, which includes a camp T-shirt and tour of Calihan Hall.

Parents/ guardians are welcome to stay and watch. A camp-parent room will be available. To register or for more information, call John Hitchings at
(313) 993-1700, ext. 7331 or visit www.DetroitTitans.com/TitanClub. The registration deadline is June 18. Families who may need financial assistance, also can inquire about camp sponsorship.

About the Titan Athletic Club

The University of Detroit Mercy Titan Club is the official booster organization for more than 300 student-athletes at the University of Detroit Mercy.

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 named to Chambers USA 2019; Detroit-based law firm increases attorney rankings and recognition in Chambers’ “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 – The Client’s Guide”

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorneys and practice areas have been recognized by Chambers USA 2019 – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 – The Client’s Guide.

Butzel Long President and CEO Justin Klimko has been recognized as an Eminent Practitioner, David F. DuMouchel is ranked Tier One in Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, and Nancy Keppelman and Robert B. Stevenson are ranked Tier One in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation.

In addition, firm attorney Mark W. Jane is recognized among Associates to watch and Stephen A. Bromberg and David W. Hipp are recognized as Senior Statesmen.

At the same time, Butzel Long attorney Cynthia Haffey has been named to Chambers USA 2019 for the first time.

Butzel Long practice areas included in Chambers USA 2019 are:

— Corporate/ Mergers and Acquisitions – Michigan
— Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation — Michigan
— Labor & Employment – Michigan
— Litigation: General Commercial – Michigan
— Real Estate – Recognized Practitioner – Michigan
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Butzel Long attorneys ranked and highlighted in Chambers USA 2019 include:

— Stephen A. Bromberg of Bloomfield Hills – Real Estate

— James C. Bruno of City of Grosse Pointe – Corporate/ Mergers and Acquisitions

— Jennifer E. Consiglio of Goodrich – Corporate/ Mergers and Acquisitions

— Carey A. DeWitt of Bloomfield – Labor and Employment

— Arthur Dudley II of Detroit – Corporate/ Mergers and Acquisitions

— David F. DuMouchel of Birmingham – Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations

— Cynthia Haffey of Novi — Litigation: General Commercial

— John P. Hancock, Jr. of Oak Park (formerly of Grosse Pointe Park) – Labor and Employment

— David W. Hipp of Royal Oak – Real Estate

— Mark Jane of Ann Arbor – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

— Thomas Kabel of Rochester Hills – Real Estate

— Nancy Keppelman of Ann Arbor – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

— Justin G. Klimko of Grosse Pointe Woods – Corporate/ Mergers and Acquisitions

— Lynn McGuire of Dexter – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

— Brett J. Miller of Royal Oak – Labor & Employment

— James S. Rosenfeld of Huntington Woods – Labor & Employment

— Bruce Sendek of Huntington Woods – Litigation: General Commercial

— Nicholas J. Stasevich of Northville Twp. – Corporate/ Mergers and Acquisitions

— Robert B. Stevenson of Ann Arbor – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

— Andrew Stumpff of Ann Arbor – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

— Daniel B. Tukel of Orchard Lake – Labor and Employment

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

James C. Bruno is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Detroit office and has served on the firm’s Board of Directors. His primary practice includes corporations and limited liability companies; the Uniform Commercial Code; sales representatives and distributorships; automotive and other industry supplier relations; international business law and foreign employment; closely held business; mergers and acquisitions; and joint ventures. This includes counseling, negotiations, drafting, and dispute resolution. He has been active in the firm’s foreign practice, including oversight of the firm’s Mexican alliance office.

Jennifer E. Consiglio is a shareholder in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office. She is part of the firm’s Business Law Department, where she is a trusted advisor to both private and public clients in all aspects of formation, governance, contracting, and other operations; complex business transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, restructurings, private debt and equity financings, and private and public offerings; and securities law compliance.

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

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

David F. DuMouchel is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Detroit office. He chairs the firm’s Corporate Compliance, Internal Investigations and Criminal Defense practice. DuMouchel’s practice includes white collar criminal defense, professional licensure and criminal health care, criminal IRS investigations of both taxpayers and professionals, SEC enforcement of corporate executives, public corruption, as well as grand jury investigations, internal corporate investigations and compliance.

Cynthia Haffey is a Shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Detroit Office. She also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Global Automotive practice, co-chair of the firm’s Alternative Fee Committee and is a member of the China International Team. Haffey represents clients in matters relating to business and commercial disputes, with a specialty in representing automotive industry suppliers in matters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lynn McGuire is a shareholder based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office. She concentrates her practice in the area of employee benefits law. She regularly works with defined benefit pension plans, 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) and (f) retirement plans, insured and self-insured group health plans, cafeteria plans, health reimbursement arrangements and health savings accounts.

Brett J. Miller is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Detroit office and is the chair of the firm’s Employment Practices Liability Insurance Sub-Practice. He focuses his practice on employment and labor law as well as fair housing litigation.

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

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

Nicholas J. Stasevich is a shareholder based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office. In 2002, he was appointed H.M. Consul-Honorary of the United Kingdom to the State of Michigan. He practices in the areas of international, corporate, antitrust, technology, and labor and employment law.

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

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

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

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing 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 named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s inaugural Hall of Fame; Justice Maura Corrigan is one of 20 lawyers to be honored on during a luncheon on May 30

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Maura Corrigan has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class of 2019. She is among 20 attorneys who will be honored during a luncheon on May 30, 2019 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy. The honorees will be recognized in a special section appearing in the June 3, 2019 edition of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Justice Corrigan has been a trailblazer, visionary and thought leader. Her leadership and contributions in both the legal profession and in child welfare in Michigan has been exemplary.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Justice Corrigan concentrates her practice in litigation and appeals.
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, former 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.

Justice Corrigan 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 five 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. Notably, Justice Corrigan was named to WJR-AM 760’s 2018 Class of “Women Who Lead.”

Justice Corrigan 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 @butzel_long or : https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel Long and OESA team up to host Supplier Legal Academy Series beginning May 30 in Troy

DETROIT, Mich. – The automotive industry continues to grow and innovate at a rapid pace which may present challenges when it comes to protecting the best interests of the business. New types of agreements, customers, buyers and negotiation strategies have become daily topics of conversation.

The Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), in partnership with Butzel Long, will host a “Supplier Legal Academy Series” designed to provide a “back-to-basics” approach for supply chain management in the current landscape, while looking ahead toward uncharted territory.

The OESA 2019 Butzel Long Supplier Legal Academy Series will take place at the MSU Management Education Center, located at 811 W. Square Lake Road in Troy.

The dates and focus for the meetings are:

May 30, 2019: “Best Practices in Contract Formation and Buyer Vulnerabilities”

June 28, 2019: “Dealing with Bad Products, Supplier Threats and Unprofitable Programs”

July 26, 2019: “Protecting Trade Secrets, Who Owns Your Work, Rights to Information and Tooling Fundamentals”

The briefings are designed for supplier executives responsible for understanding, fulfilling and enforcing supply chain contracts.

Butzel Long presenters are attorneys from the firm’s Automotive Industry Team. Some of the speakers include:

• Jennifer Dukarski
• Cynthia Haffey
• Sheldon Klein
• Donald Orlandoni
• Daniel Rustmann
• Mitchell Zajac

Registration is available in the events section of http://www.oesa.org. For registration and program information, contact OESA at 248.952.6401 or info@oesa.org.

About OESA

The mission of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association is to champion the business interests of automotive original equipment (OE) suppliers. Since 1998, the Association has been addressing issues of common concern and advocating on behalf of the supplier community throughout the supply chain and in Washington, D.C.

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

Butzel Long attorney Bernard (Bernie) Fuhs elected to firm’s Board of Directors

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Bernard (Bernie) J. Fuhs, has been elected to serve on the firm’s Board of Directors.

Fuhs is a nationally recognized expert on non-compete and trade secret matters, having litigated and/or counseled clients on such matters in all 50 states and has presented to many national and local business and/or legal organizations regarding the same.

Fuhs also has considerable experience in franchise litigation, minority shareholder oppression disputes, financial services industry disputes {including proceedings with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)}, real estate, sales representative matters and cannabis law (licensing and appeals). He advises start-up and closely held businesses, as well as sports and fitness industry members.

Fuhs has been selected as a Business Litigation, Trade Secret and Franchise Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine. He has been named as a Michigan Super Lawyer
(an award recognized no more than 2.5% of lawyers in Michigan) every year since 2013.

He was named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40 under 40” class, which honors “the best and brightest in Southeast Michigan who have made their marks in business before age 40.” Fuhs was named to L. Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2013, which includes young thought leaders and trailblazers who live or work in Oakland County and are under the age of 40.

Fuhs serves as Co-Chair of Butzel Long’s Diversity & Recruiting Committee and Chair of the firm’s Franchise Specialty Team. He also is a member of the firm’s Non-Compete and Trade Secret Specialty Team.

Fuhs is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2006) and the University of Detroit Mercy (B.S., summa cum laude, 2003). He interned for Chief Justice Maura Corrigan of the Michigan Supreme Court; he was a four-year player on the Division 1 Men’s Basketball team at UDM; President of the 2nd Year Class at UDM School of Law; on Law Review; a member of the Justice Frank Murphy Honor Society; and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi.

He also enjoyed many honors as an undergraduate including the following: Captain of 2002/2003 UDM Division 1 Men’s Basketball Team; the Wall Street Journal Award – Top Student in the UDM College of Business Administration; the Financial Executives International Award – most outstanding undergraduate student in Accounting and Finance; the Beta Alpha Psi Award – highest scholastic average in undergraduate program; member of the All Horizon League Athletic Academic Team – (2002/2003); the President’s and Horizon League Honor Roll all four years; and the William Ebben Award for athletic and academic excellence. He was on the Dean’s list all years attended at UDM and UDM School of Law, and received the Cavanaugh scholarship at UDM School of Law.

Fuhs is a member of the State Bar of Michigan; American Bar Association – Employment Rights and Responsibilities Section Member and Non-Compete/Trade Secret Subcommittee Member; and, American Bar Association (Forum on Franchising).
Fuhs is a graduate of Leadership Oakland – Class XXIII. He also is a member of the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law Alumni – Board of Directors and Sheriff Oakland County PAL Program – Board of Directors.
Fuhs is a highly sought-after speaker and presenter.

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

Butzel Long attorney Beth S. Gotthelf to receive Honorary Doctorate from Oakland University on April 25

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Beth S. Gotthelf will receive an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from her alma mater, Oakland University, during a commencement ceremony on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Gotthelf is Butzel Long’s Director of Innovation and External Relations. She also is an Executive-in-Residence at the Macomb-OU INCubator and serves on the Macomb-OU INCubator Advisory Council.

Gotthelf reflects back on her days at Oakland University, “It was transformative, bringing a passion of other cultures, Shakespeare and art history. Oakland University also opened my eyes to nutrition and fitness, which has led me to be a lifelong biker and swimmer. All this and a career, too!”

Gotthelf served as a lay-leader on legislative trade missions to Israel to help Michigan legislators learn what has worked to make Israel an economic leader, and bring those ‘lessons learned’ back to Michigan. She is immediate past president and a current Board member of the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator (MIBA). With her connector skills, Gotthelf chaired a highly successful matchmaking initiative to bring Israel and Michigan automotive companies together during a high-tech automotive exchange mission by the Israel Consul for Economic Affairs and the Michigan Israel Business Bridge (now the MIBA). That mission resulted in over 100 matchmaking meetings.

She continued her passion of connecting companies to create business when she became president of MIBA by convincing Israel to have its first ever trade mission of Israeli Defense companies to a state (Michigan) in 2017. This mission was so successful that it led to the first-ever trade mission by a state (Michigan) of defense companies to Israel in December 2018. As a result, Michigan and Israel defense companies are reaping the benefit.

Gotthelf brings a pragmatic and holistic approach to clients’ issues, assisting them in reaching their business goals, often matchmaking clients’ needs and acting as an outside general counsel. Her assistance in diversifying automotive suppliers into the aerospace & defense arena during the economic downturn is just one example of her holistic approach. She now counsels clients in governmental contracting, ITAR, EAR, and Foreign Military Sales. Gotthelf also is a leader in environmental law, bringing creative solutions to remediation, redevelopment, tax incentives, and waste management.

She represents and counsels a diverse mix of clients in numerous matters throughout the country. These matters include compliance and permitting; alternative energy issues; responding to an emergency; siting new facilities; civil and criminal enforcement; compliance audits; brownfields; tax incentives; remediation of contaminated sites; insurance claims; administrative procedures; solid and hazardous waste; landfills; composting; and occupational safety and health.
Gotthelf has served as general counsel to the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Surface Finishers since 1990; Better Business Bureau Board member (2012-present); former general counsel to the Wayne County Brownfield Authority. She has represented the Wayne County Department of Environment on a broad variety of issues, including the Detroit bankruptcy as it related to the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department; wastewater treatment plant expansion, upgrade and compliance; wet weather; landfills; remediation; and ordinance amendments.

She has been very active in the Bar, including past service as: Vice Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law, Water Quality and Wetlands; former Vice Chair of the Section’s Keystone Committee; Chair of the State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section; and Chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Oakland County Bar Association. She is a past member of the State Bar Representative Assembly on behalf of Oakland County.

In addition, Gotthelf is on the board of the Better Business Bureau. She is an active member of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Environmental Committee, past member of the Chambers Leadership Committee for Transportation, and is past Chair of the Chamber’s Task Force on Water and Sewer Issues. She is Chair of the City of Birmingham (Michigan) Brownfield Authority (2005-present). On behalf of industry, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee charged with recommending stormwater rules and served as a Director of the Detroit Area Commercial Board of Realtors, which covers the State of Michigan. Gotthelf served as an arbitrator for the National Arbitration Forum.

Gotthelf was recently named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2019 Class of Leaders in the Law. She also was selected as one of 20 influential leaders by Michigan Lawyers Weekly – Women in Law (2010). She was listed as one of the “Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers” by Michigan Super Lawyers (2006, 2007, 2008) and as one of the “Top 50 Female Michigan Super Lawyers” (2006, 2008, 2014 and 2015). She also is listed in Michigan Super Lawyers, Environmental (2006-2018). She has received a number of awards and special recognitions, including as an emerging leader by the Detroit Regional Chamber (2003); the National Association of Surface 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 emerging leaders under age 40 (40 Under 40) (1994).

She has authored articles of national interest for the ABA on Proposed Wastewater Regulations and Underground Storage Tanks, and authored a public policy update on the Detroit wastewater ordinance amendments for Detroiter. National lectures include National Brownfields Conference (2008); Walsh College “FIN or Else: FIN 47” Seminar; Urban Land Use Planning (2007); COATING 2005 on “Doing Business in China”; the ABA Annual Meetings, Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law concerning general practice (2007) and water issues (2004 and 2002); “A Civil Reaction: Confronting Environment Problems in the New Millennium” (1997); “Annual Fundamentals of Real Estate Taxation” (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2002); and at the National Association of Metal Finishers, “Federal Wastewater Pretreatment Issues.”
Gotthelf’s charitable activities include serving as Co-Chair of the Gleaners Food Bank Women’s Power Breakfast fundraiser (2015); Board member and eventually President of the Board of Trustees for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter (1996-2008); Board member and eventually Chair of the Board of Trustees of Oakland Plus Foundation (2005-11); Trustee of the Jewish Vocational Services (2000-15); member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, State Government Relations Oversight Committee (2004-present); member of the Board of Directors for the University and Cancer Foundation (2000-07), to name a few.

Gotthelf earned a J.D. the University of Detroit Mercy in 1985. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from Oakland University in 1980.

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