Butzel Long attorney Rebecca S. Davies featured during State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section’s Annual Meeting on September 19, 2019

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Rebecca S. Davies is a featured speaker during the State Bar of Michigan’s Health Care Law Section’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

The title for her presentation is, “Understanding the Employer’s Obligations under Michigan’s newly enacted Paid Medical Leave Act and the Family Medical Leave Act.”

Davies concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. She represents employers in federal and state court litigation and before state and federal administrative agencies.
She has represented both the private and public sectors for nearly 25 years including companies with two to 20,000 employees. In the public sector, she has represented numerous municipalities, libraries, counties and government authorities.

Davies has had repeated success both in and out of the courtroom. In federal court, she has received no cause verdicts in the defense of employment and commercial jury trials. In state court, she has obtained numerous dismissals and favorable settlements in a wide range of employment disputes, including harassment, wrongful termination, employment discrimination and wage claims.

She also has repeatedly obtained dismissals of charges before federal and state administrative agencies. Her greatest successes, however, may be her efforts to prevent litigation. She has regularly counseled employers regarding compliance under federal and state employment laws (including FLSA, FMLA, ADA and Title VII), drafted employment policies, and advised on preventative strategies.

In 2018, Davies was named a 2018 “Best of MichBusiness Awards” recipient. She also facilitates two monthly affinity groups of human resource professionals for MichBusiness. She also was named a “2017 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. In addition, she is a frequent author and lecturer, not only for client in-house trainings and publications, but also outside organizations including Walsh College, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Automation Alley and the American Society of Employers.

At the same time, Davies is an adjunct faculty member at Walsh College, where she teaches the SHRM-CP/SCP certification courses as well as general business law courses. Davies is active in national and local legal associations and regularly volunteers in her community.
Davies is a regular contributor to the annual supplement for the American Bar Association’s The Fair Labor Standards published by BNA. She also serves on the Board and was the past Chair of the North American Transportation Employee Relations Association (NATERA). She is a member and previously served as the Chair for the Labor and Employment Section for the Oakland County Bar Association. She serves on the Workforce and Education Committee for Oakland County.

Davies earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan at Dearborn and a juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law in 1995. She completed her master’s degree in 2010 from Wayne State University Law School by obtaining her L.L.M. with a GPA of 3.79 in Labor and Employment 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 attorneys named to 2019 Super Lawyers list

DETROIT, Mich. – Fifty-four Butzel Long attorneys have been named to the 2019 Super Lawyers list.

Moreover, David F. DuMouchel has been named – “Top 100: 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers” and Beth S. Gotthelf – “Top 50 and Top 25: 2019 Women Business Michigan Super Lawyers.”

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

The Butzel Long attorneys included in the 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers list are:

2019 Rising Stars

— Michael C. Decker
Business Litigation

— Jennifer A. Dukarski
Intellectual Property Litigation

— Damien DuMouchel
Criminal Defense: White Collar

— Ziyad I. Hermiz
Business Litigation

— Mark W. Jane
Employee Benefits

— Paul M. Mersino
Business Litigation

— Brett J. Miller
Employment & Labor

— Robert M. Nemzin
Estate & Probate

— Joseph E. Richotte
Criminal Defense: White Collar

— Roxana G. Zaha
Real Estate

List of 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers – Butzel Long:
Ann Arbor office

— Nancy Keppelman
Employee Benefits

— Claudia Rast
Technology Transactions

— Diane M. Soubly
Employee Benefits

— Andrew W. Stumpff
Employee Benefits

Bloomfield Hills office

— Stephen A. Bromberg
Real Estate

— Carey A. DeWitt
Employment & Labor

— Debra A. Geroux
Health Care

— Beth S. Gotthelf
Environmental

— David W. Hipp
Real Estate

— Robert A. Hudson
Business/Corp.

— Susan L. Johnson
Environmental

— Thomas A. Kabel
Real Estate

— Kaveh Kashef
Business Litigation

— Sheldon H. Klein
Antitrust Litigation

— Robin Luce Herrmann
Media/Advertising

— Max J. Newman
Bankruptcy: Business

— Thomas B. Radom
Bankruptcy: Business

— Richard E. Rassel
Business Litigation

— Dennis B. Schultz
Construction Litigation

— Craig S. Schwartz
Employment & Labor

— Thomas C. Simpson
Real Estate

— David W. Sommerfeld
Estate & Probate

— Daniel B. Tukel
Employment Litigation: Defense

Detroit office

— James C. Bruno
Business/Corp.

— Clara DeMatteis Mager
Immigration: Business

— David J. DeVine
Business Litigation

— George B. Donnini
Criminal Defense: White Collar

— Arthur Dudley II
Mergers & Acquisitions

— David F. DuMouchel
Criminal Defense: White Collar

— Bernard J. Fuhs
Business Litigation

— Cynthia J. Haffey
Business Litigation

— John P. Hancock, Jr.
Employment & Labor

— Justin G. Klimko
Mergers & Acquisitions

— Phillip C. Korovesis
Business Litigation

— Mark R. Lezotte
Health Care

— Reginald A. Pacis
Immigration: Business

— James S. Rosenfeld
Employment & Labor

— Daniel R.W. Rustmann
Business Litigation

— Bruce L. Sendek
Business Litigation

— James E. Wynne
Business Litigation

Lansing office

— James J. Urban
Construction Litigation

2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers – Butzel Long

— Joshua E. Abraham
Business Litigation

— Peter D. Morgenstern
Bankruptcy: Business

2019 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers – Butzel Long

— Thomas Earl Patton
Employment & Labor, Business Litigation, Antitrust Litigation

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 and The Kids in Need Foundation donate 320 backpacks with school supplies to students at The Detroit Leadership Academy on September 3, 2019

DETROIT, Mich. – New school supplies and backpacks are a highlight for students heading back to school this fall. Thanks to the Butzel Long Charitable Trust, 320 children at The Detroit Leadership Academy received these important supplies on their first day of school during a special assembly on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The elementary school is located at 13550 Virgil Street in Detroit.

“This is the second straight year we have been able to provide every single student at a Detroit elementary school with free backpacks full of the supplies and tools they need to succeed,” said Paul M. Mersino, attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long and Trustee of its Charitable Trust. “Every study shows that when school children have the proper supplies they need, their grades tend to increase. We want every student to have every opportunity to succeed. And personally, it is heartwarming to see the reactions of the children when we surprise them with school supplies. Every child benefits when they have the tools to get off to a good year in school.”

Throughout the year, Butzel Long supports many local organizations, charities, and community activities in an effort to give back to the City that it has been located in for 165 years. This is the second year that Butzel Long partnered with the Kids in Need Foundation in order to bring these backpacks to these deserving school children.

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 165 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Oakland County, 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 featured during MINASF Midwest Seminar September 12-14, 2019

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorneys Beth S. Gotthelf and Claudia Rast will be featured speakers during the Michigan Chapter of the National Association for Surface Finishers (MINASF) Midwest Conference September 12-14, 2019 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Gotthelf was instrumental in developing the conference and will serve as a moderator for a presentation titled, “Launching into the Future. Is Space the Next Frontier for Surface Finishers?” She also will serve as a panelist for a program titled, “PFAS Update, Environmental Issues and Government Relations.”

Rast will participate in a presentation titled, “Cyber Security – The Number of Attacks on Small Business Will Shock You – Are You Protected? What to do if You’ve Been Hacked?”

Beth S. Gotthelf

Gotthelf is Butzel Long’s Director of Innovation and External Relations and is based in the firm’s Birmingham office. She 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. She counsels clients in governmental contracting, and related topics such as ITAR, EAR, Foreign Military Financing and Foreign Military Sales. Gotthelf also is a leader in environmental law, bringing creative solutions to remediation, redevelopment, tax incentives, and waste management.

Claudia Rast

Rast is the Chair of Butzel Long’s Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology Group and a frequent speaker on issues of data security and privacy. Based in the firm’s Ann Arbor office, she 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 data.

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 attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2020

DETROIT, Mich. – Sixty Butzel Long attorneys have been chosen by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020 (copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC).

Moreover, the following firm attorneys have been named Lawyer of the Year — Lansing — : James J. Urban (Construction Law); and Detroit –: Robert A. Hudson (International Trade and Finance).

Notably, David Devine (Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law) – Detroit; William Kliffel (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants) – Detroit; William A. Penner (Trusts and Estates) – Bloomfield Hills; and, Robert H. Schwartz (Health Care Law) – Bloomfield Hills; have been named to Best Lawyers for the first time.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast more than five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The following Butzel Long attorneys were selected for the 2020 edition:

Butzel Long – Ann Arbor Law office

— Regan K. Dahle
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

— Jennifer A. Dukarski
Litigation – Intellectual Property

— Nancy Keppelman
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

— George E. Kuehn
Corporate Law

— Claudia Rast
CleanTech Law
Environmental Law
Information Technology Law
Privacy and Data Security Law

— Diane M. Soubly
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – ERISA

— Robert B. Stevenson
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation – ERISA

— Andrew Stumpff
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Butzel Long – Bloomfield Hills office

— Alexander B. Bragdon
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation – ERISA

— Stephen A. Bromberg
Litigation – Real Estate
Real Estate Law

— Carey A. DeWitt
Employment Law — Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

— W. Patrick Dreisig
Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law
Corporate Governance Law

— Geoffrey S. Gallinger
Real Estate Law

— Debra A. Geroux
Health Care Law

— Michael Golab
Corporate Law

— Beth S. Gotthelf
Environmental Law
Litigation — Environmental

— David W. Hipp
Real Estate Law

— Thomas A. Kabel
Real Estate Law

— Sheldon H. Klein
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Antitrust

— Bushra A. Malik
Immigration Law

— Allan Nachman
Real Estate Law

— Max J. Newman
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law

— William A. Penner
Trusts and Estates

— Robert P. Perry
Trusts and Estates

— R. Peter Prokop
Corporate Law
Tax Law

— Thomas B. Radom
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law

— Richard E. Rassel
Commercial Litigation

— Brett A. Rendeiro
Commercial Litigation

— Dennis B. Schultz
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Real Estate

— Robert H. Schwartz
Health Care Law

— T. Gordon Scupholm II
Family Law

— John D. Selesko
Trusts and Estates

— Thomas L. Shaevsky
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation – ERISA

— Jack D. Shumate
Environmental Law
Litigation – Environmental

— Thomas C. Simpson
Litigation – Real Estate
Real Estate Law

— David W. Sommerfeld
Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates

— Daniel B. Tukel
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

Butzel Long – Detroit office

— Linda J. Armstrong
Immigration Law

— James C. Bruno
Corporate Law
International Trade and Finance Law

— David Devine
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law

— Arthur Dudley II
Corporate Law

— David F. DuMouchel
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law

— Eric J. Flessland
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction

— John P. Hancock, Jr.
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

— Robert A. Hudson
Corporate Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law

— William Kliffel
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

— Justin G. Klimko
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Securities/ Capital Markets Law
Securities Regulation

— Phillip C. Korovesis
Commercial Litigation

— Mark R. Lezotte
Health Care Law

— Clara DeMatteis Mager
Immigration Law

— Donald B. Miller
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

— Mark T. Nelson
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Litigation – Trusts and Estates

— Reginald A. Pacis
Immigration Law

— James S. Rosenfeld
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

— Bruce L. Sendek
Commercial Litigation

— Nicholas J. Stasevich
Corporate Law

— James E. Wynne
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Butzel Long – Lansing office

— James J. Urban
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction

Butzel Long – Washington, DC office

— Thomas Bick
Environmental Law

— Thomas Earl Patton
Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Litigation – Securities

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 Rebecca S. Davies featured during NAAAHR State of Michigan Conference August 26 and 27 in Novi

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Rebecca S. Davies is a featured speaker during the 2019 National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) State of Michigan Conference August 26 and 27 in Novi. Her presentation is titled, “Wage and Hour Update.”

Davies concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. She represents employers in federal and state court litigation and before state and federal administrative agencies.
She has represented both the private and public sectors for nearly 20 years including companies with two to 20,000 employees. In the public sector, she has represented numerous municipalities, libraries, counties and government authorities.

Davies has had repeated success both in and out of the courtroom. In federal court, she has received no cause verdicts in the defense of employment and commercial jury trials. In state court, she has obtained numerous dismissals and favorable settlements in a wide range of employment disputes, including harassment, wrongful termination, employment discrimination and wage claims.

She also has repeatedly obtained dismissals of charges before federal and state administrative agencies. Her greatest successes, however, may be her efforts to prevent litigation. She has regularly counseled employers regarding compliance under federal and state employment laws (including FLSA, FMLA, ADA and Title VII), drafted employment policies, and advised on preventative strategies.

In 2018, Davies was named a 2018 “Best of MichBusiness Awards” recipient. She also facilitates two monthly affinity groups of human resource professionals for MichiBusiness. She also was named a “2017 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. In addition, she is a frequent author and lecturer, not only for client in-house trainings and publications, but also outside organizations including Walsh College, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Automation Alley and the American Society of Employers.

At the same time, Davies is an adjunct faculty member at Walsh College, where she teaches the SHRM-CP/SCP certification courses as well as general business law courses. Davies is active in national and local legal associations and regularly volunteers in her community.
Davies is a regular contributor to the annual supplement for the American Bar Association’s The Fair Labor Standards published by BNA. She also serves on the Board and was the past Chair of the North American Transportation Employee Relations Association (NATERA). She is a member and previously served as the Chair for the Labor and Employment Section for the Oakland County Bar Association. She serves on the Workforce and Education Committee for Oakland County.

Davies earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan at Dearborn and a juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law in 1995. She completed her master’s degree in 2010 from Wayne State University Law School by obtaining her L.L.M. with a GPA of 3.79 in Labor and Employment 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 attorney Mitchell (“Mitch”) Zajac to receive the Detroit Bar Association’s ‘One to Watch’ Award on July 24

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Mitchell (“Mitch”) Zajac will receive the Detroit Bar Association’s “One to Watch” Award during the 2019 Summer Breeze event at the Detroit Shipping Company on July 24.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Zajac is an associate and registered patent attorney, focusing his practice in the areas of automotive, intellectual property (IP), compliance, and international trade.

Before joining Butzel Long as a summer associate in May 2017, while attending law school full time, Zajac was an engineer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). He moved quickly through the ranks at FCA. He was responsible for multiple ground-breaking development projects, led the international engineering team producing the Ram ProMaster City, and had a leading role in FCA’s corporate audit group with responsibilities in safety/regulatory compliance, quality and purchasing.

In less than a year as a licensed lawyer, Zajac has practiced in six federal courts, the U.S. Patent Office, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Zajac’s career as an attorney builds on his strengths and experiences he gained while at FCA and has helped him to grow his practice beyond the automotive industry. Zajac already has helped several clients manage and craft IP portfolios in other unique industries, like medicine, light-weighting, and industrial manufacturing. His experience is extensive in complex patent, trade secret and commercial litigation cases. He crafts unique solutions for clients in emerging industries, achieves improbable deals, and recently helped a client achieve hundreds of thousands of dollars working with customs agents and import brokers to exclude tariffs on millions of dollars of imports exercising exceptions to President Trump’s Section 232 tariffs.

Zajac has built a book of business that includes automotive and transportation companies developing IP portfolios, multiple start-up companies with $4M+ capitalization developing strategic national partners, and multi-million-dollar global automotive clients navigating international trade issues. Between trials and hearings in Detroit Washington D.C. on behalf of Detroit auto suppliers, sitting first-chair and taking depositions across the U.S. and around the world (including London, Singapore, and Taiwan), Zajac also spends time presenting across the country as a thought leader in remanufacturing, automotive IP, and automotive contracting and supply agreements.

Zajac attended WMU-Cooley (J.D., 2017) after graduating from Western Michigan University with Bachelors’ degrees in Mechanical Engineering and German (2012) and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering (2013). He was a Rhodes Scholar finalist (2012); interned for Congressman Fred Upton; and was a four-year starter on the Division 1 football team at WMU. Zajac also is completing his Master’s degree in Corporate Law and Finance.

He also is an advocate for continuous education and public service. He’s the Association for Child Development (ACD) President, a non-profit organization facilitating ~$30M/annum through the USDA CACF Program providing healthy meals to children across the Midwest. He has helped this organization achieve financial stability, organizational structure, and leads strategic expansion of ACD programs to more children and to provide education to more families.

Moreover, Zajac dedicates hundreds of hours each year coaching high school football in Howell, turning his standard 12-hour workdays into 15+ hour days in order to work with and mentor young athletes. Zajac is an adjunct professor and curriculum coordinator for the engineering project management graduate programs at Trine University; serves on the WMU Lee Honors College Board; and, volunteers as a Challenge Master for Destination Imagination – a creative problem-solving program for kids around the world.

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 featured during MAPAAC Immigration Educational Seminar on August 24, 2019 in Grand Rapids

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long immigration law attorney Reginald A. Pacis will be a featured speaker during the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC) Immigration General Information Educational Seminar on Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Grand Rapids.

Topics that will be addressed include:

• Immigration Documents: Basics you should know
• Immigration Agencies: Who does what?
• Basics of Family, Employment, and Government Sponsorship
• Overview of Common Immigration Status Classifications
• Benefits affected by Immigration Status
• Myths vs. Reality

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.

Pacis was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve as a Commissioner to the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC), which helps address the needs and concerns of the Asian Pacific American (APA) communities in Michigan.

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).

Pacis earned a J.D. from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1996 and a B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1992. He joined the State Bar of Michigan in 1997.

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 Linda J. Armstrong named a “2019 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Linda J. Armstrong has been named a “2019 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

She is one of 30 female attorneys who will be honored during a luncheon on
September 5, 2019 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy. The event will celebrate the individuals who have made meaningful and inspiring contributions to the legal community. Honorees also will be profiled in an upcoming edition of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Armstrong is Chair of the firm’s Immigration Practice Department, leading one of the largest immigration practices in the state. She also is a member of the Firm’s Global Automotive Industry Group.

Armstrong concentrates her practice in the area of business and family immigration law, including all aspects involved with the international movement of personnel; immigration consequences of corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions; employer and workplace compliance issues, including I-9 and H-1B public access file investigations; inbound and outbound work-authorized immigrant and nonimmigrant matters; and labor certification. Armstrong is instrumental in helping businesses transfer employees with company specific expertise to the U.S., thereby allowing companies to grow and remain competitive.
She provides on-site training to business clients on numerous topics, including U.S. nonimmigrant visas; U.S. permanent resident processing; outbound general strategic planning, and employer compliance issues, including I-9 completion and compliance and H-1B public access file compliance. In addition to I-9 training she has developed action plans for companies to allow them to correct their I-9’s in advance of a government audit – all with the goal of putting the company in the best possible position prior an audit. With the number of government audits doubling in recent years and the huge increase in possible fines for violations, this type of training had proven very successful in allowing companies to avoid liability.

Armstrong is a frequent speaker on business immigration to professional and business organizations, including the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, Walsh College, and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).

She also has helped organize and presented at Butzel Long’s full-day Immigration Seminar and/or the Butzel Long’s Annual Labor, Employment and Immigration Law Forum for more than 20 years.

Moreover, she is a member of the American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association, past Immigration Committee Co-Chair; State Bar of Michigan: International Law Section, past Council Member and Chair, Immigration Committee; Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association; American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); AILA Michigan Chapter and past Membership Committee Chair and Department of Labor Liaison.
As part of the State Bar of Michigan’s International Law Section, Armstrong developed multiple programs that featured the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Detroit District Director and the Detroit Field Office Director. These programs provided members invaluable access to the highest ranking USCIS officials in the State of Michigan.

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Armstrong was an associate at another major Detroit law firm, where her practice was concentrated in the area of immigration law. She also was employed as Associate General Counsel with Federal-Mogul Corporation where she had responsibility for legal matters relating to employment relations, product liability, advertising, political action committees, and immigration.

Notably, Armstrong is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (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 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.

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