Butzel Long is hosting its 32nd Annual Labor, Employment, Employee Benefits and Immigration Law Forum on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit

DETROIT, Mich. – Human resources professionals, general counsel, business owners and all who deal with employees, must hit the ground running each day to keep up with a maze of labor, employment, employee benefits and immigration law issues. Butzel Long’s 32nd Annual Labor, Employment, Employee Benefits and Immigration Law Forum will focus on key legal matters on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel, located at 2901 Grand River Avenue in Detroit.

The seminar begins with registration at 7:15 a.m. The conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The $190 registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and seminar materials. The program is pending approval for both 4 (HR (General)) recertification credits by the HR Certification Institute as well as 4 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.

“Labor, employment, benefits and immigration issues change constantly,” said Daniel B. Tukel, Chair of Butzel Long’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Department. “We have developed 12 workshops to address some of the top workplace issues employers face today.”

Workshop session topics include:

• Recent Changes in Immigration: Impact on Employers and their Foreign National Employees

• Workplace Violence and the Mentally Challenged Employee

• Employee Benefits Issues Worth Losing Sleep Over – A Roundtable Discussion

• Marijuana in the Workplace

• Challenges in Business Immigration: Strategies for Employers of Foreign National Employees

• Leaves and Other Workplace Accommodation Issues

• EMERGENCY! What to do When Your Company’s Valuable Assets are at Risk

• FMLA Issues

• How the NLRB Affects Your Non-Union Employees

• Politics in the Workplace: What You Need to Know

• FLSA Updates

• Labor and Employment Compliance: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

A highlight will be a lunchtime program describing Employment Best Practices featuring a panel of Butzel Long attorneys and prominent business representatives who will discuss their company’s best employment-related practices in areas including diversity and employee retention, to name a few.

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

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 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 attorney Reginald Pacis appointed by Governor Snyder to serve as a Commissioner to the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long immigration law attorney Reginald A. Pacis has been appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve as a Commissioner to the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC). Pacis is one of 12 people appointed to serve on the Commission. His term runs through November 30, 2022. The MAPAAC helps address the needs and concerns of the Asian Pacific American (APA) communities in Michigan.

Pacis focuses his practice in immigration law and has handled a variety of immigration matters including H-1B specialty occupation cases, L-1 Intracompany transfers, Labor Certification matters, Immigrant Visa Petitions/Adjustment of Status applications and interviews, TN Free trade cases, H-1B Department of Labor Investigations, I-9 employer verification compliance, and U.S. Port of Entry airport and land port interviews.

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

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

U.S. News nominates Fakhoury Law Group as “Best Immigration Law Firm”

Fakhoury Law Group (FLG), an AV Preeminent-rated immigration law firm has been named as a Best  Metropolitan Tier 3 law firm in U.S. News and Best Lawyer’s Best Law Firms 2017.  Inclusion on this esteemed list requires a rigorous evaluation process encompassing client and lawyer evaluations and peer reviews from leading immigration attorneys. FLG’s presence in the 2017 list reflects our commitment to client-centered service, wide-ranging expertise in all branches of immigration law, civility, and cost-effectiveness.

For the past twenty years, FLG has steadily grown to become Michigan’s largest independently-owned immigration law firm. Rami D. Fakhoury, founder and managing partner, has guided FLG to becoming Michigan’s largest independently-owned immigration law firm. Today FLG specializes in both U.S. and global business-based immigration law and represents many leading brands in the automotive, engineering, health care, and information technology sectors. Due to our growing worldwide client base, FLG has opened branch offices in California, Texas, New York, Florida, and India in addition to its Troy, Michigan headquarters.

Fakhoury’s core values of comprehensive immigration expertise and client-centered service have distinguished FLG’s approach to immigration law, as shown by our  emphasis on lean Six Sigma processes and technology-driven case management. Mr. Fakhoury and the Fakhoury Law Group have received multiple awards such as an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, inclusion in the 2016 Inc. Magazine 5000 list, US News and World Report’s Best Law Firms for 2015 – 2016, and Global Immigration Law Firm of the Year for Excellence by Corporate NTL.  FLG’s inclusion into the 2017 Best Law Firms list only further attests to Mr. Fakhoury’s superlative contributions to, and the high ethical standards he upholds in, the practice of immigration law.

For more information about FLG’s Immigration services please contact Timothy Braswell at timb@employmentimmigration.com or visit us at:
W: www.employmentimmigrration.com
P: 248-643-4900

Fakhoury Law Group awarded the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating for 2016

On April 5, 2016 –

For the fourth consecutive year, Mr. Rami D. Fakhoury, Managing Director of Fakhoury Law Group, achieved the AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, which denotes the highest level of professional excellence in legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgement, communication ability and legal experience. Mr. Fakhoury achieved this distinction after having been reviewed and recommended by peer members of the bar.

Mr. Fakhoury commented on the recognition: “The Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating is a credential highly valued and sought after in the legal world. It is the gold standard for attorneys and I am thankful to my peers for nominating me.”

Servicing clients in a number of industries and for virtually every country in the world, Fakhoury Law Group provides mid- to large-tiered corporate clients with a single source solution for work and residence permits, visas and immigration strategy and compliance consulting. Headquartered in Michigan, with offices in California, Colorado, Florida, New York and Mumbai, Fakhoury Law Group’s staff of over 100 attorneys, paralegals and immigration consultants can effectively deal with any corporate immigration matter.

For more information, please contact Timothy Braswell at timb@employmentimmigration.com or visit us at www.employmentimmigration.com.