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

Butzel Long attorney Geoffrey S. Gallinger elected President of the Detroit Athletic Club

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Geoffrey S. Gallinger, Attorney and Shareholder, Butzel Long, has been elected to a one-year term as President and member of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Athletic Club, one of the finest private clubs in the country.

Most recently, Gallinger served as First Vice-President and an Officer of the DAC Board of Directors. As a member of the DAC Board of Directors over the past five years, he also has served as Corporate Secretary and served on numerous DAC committees, including Executive (Chair), House (Chair), Strategic Planning (Chair) and Community Outreach, as well as the DAC Foundation Board.

Gallinger’s practice includes counseling clients regarding general business and corporate transactional, finance and planning needs, including all forms of real estate transactions and developments, acquisitions, leasing, financing and condominiums.

He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures, shareholder matters and general business transactions. His areas of specialty are corporate and business transactions, real estate transactions, development and financing, troubled asset and work-out restructuring and financing.

Gallinger graduated from Michigan State University (DCL) College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1987) and Michigan State University (B.A., Business Administration/Pre-Law, 1984).

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 Mark R. Lezotte to receive the 2019 United Cerebral Palsy National Chair’s Award on March 25 in Chicago

DETROIT, Mich. – Mark Lezotte, a leading southeast Michigan health care attorney with Butzel Long, will receive the 2019 United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) National Chair’s Award on March 25, 2019 during the nonprofit’s national conference in Chicago.

The Award is bestowed upon a person who has been particularly and uniquely supportive to the Chair of United Cerebral Palsy in providing volunteer leadership to UCP or through support of the UCP mission that has made an impact on the lives of the people served. During the conference, Lezotte also will lead a roundtable discussion on the role of volunteer board members and board recruitment.

He has long served UCP in various roles, including as chair of UCP’s national public policy committee. He has played a key role in guiding UCP staff and volunteers in defining the national public policy work, meeting with Congressional leaders, and consulting with advocates on formation of a national policy agenda in partnership with other national organizations. In 2016, he completed 11 years of service on the UCP National Board of Trustees, and he has also previously served as a board member and president of the UCP/Detroit affiliate.

This is the second time Lezotte has been the recipient of this prestigious award, having received it in 2004 as well. In addition, in 2017 he received the Richard L. Beer Volunteer Award from UCP/Detroit for his longstanding commitment to UCP/Detroit and the disability community.

Lezotte also has served in leadership roles on many other civic and nonprofit boards, and has substantial experience in corporate, health care, tax, and exempt organization matters, including corporate and nonprofit governance, business transactions, tax-exempt issues, hospital-physician ventures, and regulatory investigations.

He has been active in numerous bar and professional organizations. He has been recognized in “The Best Lawyers in America” (health care law), published by Woodward/White, Inc. since 2013; and has been selected to Michigan Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, since 2008.

About UCP

UCP and its 64 affiliates share a mission to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and other conditions. The UCP network of affiliates provides services and support to more than 176,000 children and adults annually. For 70 years, UCP affiliates have worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in every facet of society assisting them to achieve a life without limits. Learn more by visiting www.ucp.org or follow UCP on Twitter @UCPnational or: https://twitter.com/UCPnational

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 Ivonne M. Soler featured during seminar on Women’s Empowerment in Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Ivonne M. Soler was a featured speaker during a seminar presented by the Mexican Consulate in Detroit on March 4, 2019
at Wayne State University. The seminar focused on Women’s Empowerment. Soler discussed the use of the law as a tool for the empowerment of women.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Soler concentrates her practice in the areas of family law litigation and commercial litigation. She represents clients with family and domestic relations issues, including divorce, property division, spousal support, child support, child custody and parenting time, change of domicile, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, post-judgment enforcement, adoption and assisted reproduction (family building) issues. She also represents clients in general matters pertaining to business and commercial litigation, including breach of contract actions and non-compete, trade secrets, and unfair competition disputes.

Soler is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2013) and Wayne State University (B.A., cum laude, 2006). While in law school, Soler served as the Associate Director of the Moot Court Board of Advocates, the President of Conexiones: The UDM Hispanic Law Society, and a member of the Dean’s Honor Society. She also enjoyed many honors while in law school, including book awards for the highest grade in Legal Writing and Trial Practice. She also was the winner of the 2012 Patrick A. Keenan Memorial Appellate Advocacy Tournament.

A native of Puerto Rico and fluent in Spanish, Soler is actively involved with the Hispanic Bar Association (HBAM) and the Women’s Lawyer’s Association of Michigan (WLAM). Notably, Soler serves on the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan. She was appointed by former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

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 Reginald Pacis featured during Philippine Nurses Association Annual Spring Educational Conference on April 13 in Troy

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long immigration law attorney Reginald A. Pacis will be a featured speaker during the Philippine Nurses Association (PNAM) Annual Spring Educational Conference on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Troy Beaumont Hospital. Pacis will discuss immigration issues for nurses.

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 senior attorney Mark W. Jane elected President of the Washtenaw County Bar Association

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long senior attorney Mark W. Jane will officially swear in as President of the Washtenaw County Bar Association (the “WCBA”) on Thursday, April 11, 2019 during the Annual Meeting at the Ann Arbor City Club. His term as President will begin on July 1, 2019.

He has been actively involved with the WCBA for over a decade. He has served on the Board of Directors of the WCBA since 2008, currently serving as its President-Elect. Jane also previously served as a Co-Chair of the New Lawyers Section of the Washtenaw County Bar Association, to which he received the 2010 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award in recognition for his service. His other roles with the WCBA have included serving as a two-term Co-Chair of the Judiciary Committee, a Co-Chair Community Liaison Committee, and as a Director-at-Large.

Based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office. Jane practices in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation, with a focus on complex issues arising from the sponsorship of group health and welfare plans.
He has worked with employers of all shapes and sizes, providing incisive counsel regarding the tax and employment implications on the design and ongoing maintenance of a wide array of employee benefit plans, including comprehensive health and welfare plans, cafeteria plans, defined benefit plans, 401(k) and 403(b) defined contribution plans, 457(b) tax-exempt plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans for executives, severance plans, and multi-employer fringe benefit plans. He has experience representing clients with respect to their benefit plans before various governmental agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Jane has represented employers and administrators regarding their benefit plans across a broad spectrum of industries, including automotive, retail, manufacturing, health care, municipal, tribal, and non-profit. He assists such clients with a multitude of general employee benefit matters, including:

• Drafting and reviewing required plan documents, notices, and summaries;
• Providing consultation regarding fiduciary duties inherent in managing ERISA-governed plans or plans subject to state fiduciary or third-party administration law;
• Walking welfare plan administrators through various HIPAA portability, COBRA, and ACA dilemmas in order to find workable solutions, for example:

o HIPAA portability: preparing special enrollment notices and instructing plan administrators on rules for proper notice distribution;
o COBRA: consulting with small businesses over group health plan continuation coverage responsibilities and potential exemptions; and
o ACA: advising large employers on proper methods of counting full-time employees to assess employer shared responsibility compliance;
• Correcting plan errors for tax and fiduciary compliance; and
• Analyzing service provider contracts.

He also is a frequent participant with the State Bar of Michigan. He was a long-time member of the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section Council (including serving as Chair during the 2015-2016 bar year) and also served a three-year term on the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners from 2014-2017. He currently serves on the State Bar of Michigan Social Media and Website Committee and as a representative of Washtenaw County (22nd Circuit) on the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly.

Jane attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.), cum laude. He also attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction. Jane has been named an “Associate to Watch” by Chambers USA from 2016-2018, as one of the DBusiness Top Lawyers in Michigan for 2019, and as a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers for the years 2009-2013 and 2015-2018.

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

The Autonomous Patient: Southeast Michigan Entrepreneurs Driving Health Care III© on March 20 in Livonia; Butzel Long and The Road to Innovation Medical Mainstreet®, Powered by Oakland County co-present program at Schoolcraft College

DETROIT, Mich. – Innovation is driving the business of health care in southeast Michigan and entrepreneurs need to know the latest developments to keep a competitive edge.

Butzel Long and The Road to Innovation Medical Mainstreet®, powered by Oakland County are co-presenting a half-day program titled, “The Autonomous Patient: Entrepreneurs Driving Health Care III©,” featuring leading area health care and business experts from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. March 20, 2019 at Schoolcraft College‘s VisTaTech Center, located at 18600 Haggerty Road in Livonia. The cost is $50, which includes breakfast and lunch.

“We will discuss innovative ideas designed to meet the needs of the next generation of health care,” said Robert H. Schwartz, Co-Chair, Butzel Long’s Health Care Industry Group. “This program will offer the latest information designed specifically for health care entrepreneurs who need to know what are the latest factors driving health care so their ventures can serve the market.”

The seminar will address topics including:

• Innovations in Medical Education
• Population Health
• Connecting the Patient to the Vehicle
• Bringing Ideas to Market

Butzel Long attorneys from the firm’s Health Care Practice Group will be featured along with the following:

• Christine Johnson, PhD, Henry Ford Health System, Specialist in Cancer Research

• Albert Levin, PhD, Genetic Epidemiologist, Director of Center of Bioinformatics, Senior Scientist,
Department of Public Health Sciences

• Robert Folberg, MD, Dean of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

• Jack Sobel, MD, Dean of Wayne State University School of Medicine

• Richard Kennedy, PhD, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

• Ramin Homayouni, PhD, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

• Pam Bethune, Lead Auditor and Operations Executive

• William Orlewicz, Magnum Manufacturing

• Fred Molnar, Michigan Economic Development Commission

• Jared Stasik, Detroit Venture Partners

• Rajesh Kothari, Cascade Partners

For more information or to register online, visit https://www.butzel.com/events. For inquiries, contact Nairi Bagdasarian at 313-225-7012 or bagdasarian@butzel.com

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