Berry Moorman attorneys honored as dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit for 2018

Six Berry Moorman attorneys have been recognized as Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit 2018 by dbusiness magazine:

  • Donald F. Carney Jr. – Trusts and Estates
  • David M. Foy – Health Care Law
  • Sheryl A. Laughren – Labor and Employment Law
  • John J. Schrot Jr. – Family Law
  • Thomas M. Sullivan – Nonprofit/Charities Law
  • Harvey B. Wallace – Nonprofit/Charities Law

This year’s Top Lawyers were selected based on a peer review survey of 19,000 attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties. Each surveyed attorney was asked to nominate lawyers among 48 legal specialties.

Former Berry Moorman attorneys honored by dbusiness include: Robert W. Morgan (Labor and Employment Law), George H. Runstadler III (Corporate Law), Mark E. Straetmans (Business Litigation, Real Estate), and Randolph M. Wright (International Trade Law).

About Berry Moorman
Since 1926, Berry Moorman P.C. has proudly served as trusted advisors to businesses, business owners, individuals, and families who rely on the firm for sage advice and practical solutions.  One of Michigan’s oldest law firms with offices in Detroit, Birmingham, and Ann Arbor, its practice includes business and corporate law, estate and succession planning, family law, labor and employment, litigation, non-profit law, real estate, tax, and international law.

PwC’s Ray Telang Named 2018 Conference Chair

PwC Greater Michigan Market Managing Partner Ray Telang will serve as chair of the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference. The announcement was made on the main stage at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference in May by Highgate LLC President and CEO Stephen Polk, the 2017 Conference chair.

Telang has more than 25 years of experience in auditing, business risk management and internal control consulting at PwC. A longstanding leader for the Chamber, Telang has served on the Chamber’s Finance and Audit Committee, Board of Directors, Executive Committee and CEO Advisory Group.

How Strong Is Metro Detroit as a Region in 2017?


November 21, 2017

For the past few years the Detroit Regional Chamber has looked at the broad picture of economic health in our region through its State of the Region report.

This year the report shows Gross Domestic Product growth lags behind the national average. But, the local economy is growing at a more rapid pace than the national average. More good news — individual income in our region is growing at a faster rate than almost any other major city region in the country. All of this comes with the delicate and difficult conversations that have to happen as an economy grows — who gets left behind, or is pushed aside, to make way for bigger business and more people?

Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson speaks with Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of  Detroit Regional Chamber, about what’s behind Detroit’s economic gains.

“There’s no one thing that you can point to that says, ‘Oh, this is the one thing that we did right.’ It is a combination of multiple things both from the private and public sector that have not only been done right, but also have been done in unison, and it’s really hard to overstate the power of alignment.”

On the other hand, Henderson points out that the report’s strong economic numbers are in contrast to Detroit’s educational and infrastructural shortcomings.

“Red flashing light number one, as you said, is absolutely educational attainment,” says Baruah.  “We are towards the bottom of our peer group. We are below the national average, and we are a nation that is actually slipping compared to our global peers on educational attainment. So as we as a state and a region are slipping amongst even that group, that is not a good sign.”

Still, Baruah says, “as in any economy, we certainly have some flashing lights on our radar here. However, if you are one of these glass half full, glass half empty people, I would say the glass is three quarters full, especially considering where we have come from.”

To hear the full conversation, click here.

Butzel Long adds attorney specializing in complex litigation; Kaveh Kashef joins firm as Shareholder

Attorney Kaveh Kashef has joined Butzel Long as a Shareholder practicing in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office. He specializes in complex litigation in the fields of automotive, shareholder disputes, employment, commercial, construction, riparian rights and real property law. He has prepared and succeeded in numerous trials, arbitrations and appeals in various states across the country.

In addition to handling litigation in a wide range of industries, Kashef represents traditional and nontraditional private equity groups and serves as a general business and legal advisor to his individual and corporate clients.

“I joined Butzel Long because of its reputation in the legal and business community, the breadth and quality of services it provides its clients, and the positive corporate culture it has cultivated and promotes,” said Kashef.

‘Kaveh is a well-respected litigator with an impressive track record,” said Justin G. Klimko, President and Managing Shareholder, Butzel Long. “He is a strong addition to our growing team.”

Kashef has been a speaker in the field of condominium development and has authored several contracting-related articles. He is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and numerous courts across the country.

He is very active with the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA). He is the former chair of the Continuing Legal Education committee and is the immediate past president and a trustee of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. In 2012, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the OCBA. In addition, Kaveh is a Barrister of the American Inns of Court and is the former chair of the New Lawyers Section of the OCBA. Kaveh was a member of the State Bar Association Civil Procedure and Courts Standing Committee from 2005-2012.

Kashef was named a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers from 2008 through 2012, has been a “Super Lawyer” since 2013 and is listed as a “Top 100 Lawyer” in 2017. Kaveh has been named a “2012 Top Lawyer” by dBusiness magazine and was selected for inclusion to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Up and Coming Lawyers” list in 2011. In 2012, Kaveh made The Trial Lawyer’s Top 40 Under 40 for the State of Michigan.

Kashef was a law clerk to the Honorable William A. Webb, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan (B.A. 1995), and graduated with honors from the Tulane University School of Law (J.D. 2001) in New Orleans.

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
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AccessPoint Names Former Detroit Lions Executive President and Chief Operating Officer

AccessPoint a full-service Human Resources, staffing and recruiting organization, has named Luis Perez as president and chief operating officer.

As president and COO, Perez will manage and direct growth initiatives including strategic acquisition. He has worked for AccessPoint in a consultant role since December 2016.

Previously, Perez worked with major sports organizations such as the Baltimore Ravens and Madison Square Garden. He is a former executive vice president and COO of Palace Sports and Entertainment and is a former senior vice president of business development and strategy for the Detroit Lions.

“Lou’s track record of streamlining operations and growing the organizations he has served, makes him the ideal person to grow AccessPoint and help us foster connections that will lead us into the future,” said AccessPoint CEO Greg Packer.

Perez, a Cuban immigrant, has a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from The College of New Jersey and is a certified public accountant. He is a board member and chair of the finance committee at The SEED Foundation and is a board member of Vehicles for Change (VFC) in Detroit.

Perez and Packer met through their shared service on the VFC board. The organization helps families with financial challenges reach personal independence through car ownership and allows them to find better employment because of their access to a car.

“Through Vehicles for Change we found a similar belief in the power of possibility. I admired Luis’ passion and wanted him to bring that to AccessPoint,” Packer said. “Eventually, he realized he wanted that too.”

AccessPoint has more than 600 clients across the United States, 11 offices in Michigan, employs more than 100 people with more than 6,000 worksite employees.

Perez resides in Birmingham, Mich.

About AccessPoint:

A single source for World Class-HR, AccessPoint is a Full-Service Human Resources organization and Professional Employer Organization (PEO). The company is an industry leader in employee management including recruiting, employee relations, payroll, staffing, benefits management, and workplace safety. For nearly 30 years, AccessPoint has helped businesses of all sizes skillfully navigate the modern work place, introducing efficiencies and safeguards while never forgetting the personal element fundamental to all business and employment relationships. To learn more, visit

Bernstein named American College of Bankruptcy Fellow

Douglas C. Bernstein, a partner at Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, was recently selected as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Fellows are selected on an invitation-only basis. Recommended by the Circuit Admissions Council in each federal judicial circuit, nominees for fellowship are extended a request to join based on a record of achievement in the insolvency process by professionals who have distinguished themselves in their practice and in their contribution to the insolvency field.

“Doug is highly respected by his clients and colleagues because of his expertise, character and integrity,” said Thomas P. Vincent, Plunkett Cooney’s President & CEO. “He represents the highest standard of professionalism in the law, and his selection to the American College of Bankruptcy is well deserved.”

The college board approved Bernstein’s nomination to become a fellow during its October meeting in Las Vegas. He is the only Michigan attorney, as well as the only attorney from the federal Sixth Circuit, nominated for the 2018 class. He will join 21 other attorneys from Michigan who are also fellows in the college.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office and the firm’s Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group Leader, Bernstein concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, loan restructuring, commercial loan documentation, bankruptcy, banking-related litigation and appeals.

Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney, Bernstein worked as an in-house attorney at Michigan National Corporation for over 20 years. He subsequently joined the Standard Federal Bank Legal Department when the bank merged with Michigan National Corporation in 2001.

Bernstein earned his undergraduate degree in 1978 from Wayne State University and his law degree in 1982 from the Detroit College of Law. He has received several honors for his legal work, including an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer-to-peer professional ratings service, and selection as a Michigan Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine from 2008 to 2017 and a Best Lawyers in America® from 2014 to 2018.

Criteria for selection in the college includes the highest standard of professionalism, ethics, character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership in contributing to the enhancement of bankruptcy and insolvency processes; sustained evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing or writing on bankruptcy or insolvency; and commitment to elevate knowledge and understanding of the profession and public respect for the practice.

In order to be selected for fellowship, judges, lawyers, international fellows, and accountants must be licensed to practice for at least 15 years, work primarily in the bankruptcy and insolvency areas for at least 10 years, and in the case of judges, serve on the bench for five years. The college’s board of regents is responsible for the nomination and selection of qualified candidates to fellowship.

Organized in 1989, the college has over 800 fellows, and it is the largest financial supporter of bankruptcy and insolvency-related pro bono legal service programs in the United States. The college plays an important role in sustaining professional excellence and supports educational and pro bono efforts in local communities around the country.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 300 employees, including 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial firms in the United States.

For more information about Douglas Bernstein’s selection as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or

Tosha Tabron

Tosha Tabron is the vice president and program officer for global philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co. In this position, Tabron is responsible for leading the company’s philanthropy mission in Michigan across four priority areas: affordable housing, financial capability, economic growth and workforce readiness.

Prior to her current position, Tabron served as vice president of corporate social responsibility for the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. In this role, she wrote grants focused on preserving neighborhoods, educating the workforce for 21st century jobs, and addressing critical needs such as hunger.

Tabron is an alumni of the from the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit Class XXXV. She received the Michigan Chronicle’s “Women of Excellence Award” in 2010 and was both a Crain’s Detroit Business (2016) and Michigan Chronicle (2014) “40 Under 40” honoree.

Parents, teens explore design, manufacturing, robotics and technology career possibilities at special evening event

Parents and teens grades six through 12 can learn about career opportunities in auto design, manufacturing, robotics and technology at Explore Careers in Manufacturing and Technology, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Macomb Community College. This free event combines a panel presentation to give participants an insider’s look at career opportunities, hands-on exhibits and activities, along with a display of classic, current model and concept cars.

Recent graduates from Macomb Community College and area manufacturers will give an overview of the abundant opportunities available. Parents and students will be able to meet area employers and learn about the skills required for future careers. There will also be an opportunity to learn about apprenticeships, internships and work-based learning.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore interactive displays  in a variety of areas including auto design, robotics, clay modeling, electric and automated vehicles, production design, sketching and traffic light simulation and programming.  Companies who are exhibiting include American Axle, Comau, FCA, Ford, GM, Kuka, Magna and Siemens.

This evening event complements the college’s annual Auto STEAM Days held during the day on Dec. 5 and 6, which will draw more than 2,600 Metro Detroit-area students.

Explore Careers in Manufacturing and Technology is presented by Macomb Community College, Macomb Intermediate School District and Macomb County. The event will be held at the Sports and Expo Center on Macomb Community College’s South Campus in Warren. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the panel discussion at 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Registration is required at

Free pizza, hot dogs and soda will be available while supplies last.  Attendees can enter a drawing to win a drone.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Mahindra Automotive North America Opens New HQ and Manufacturing Facility in Metro Detroit as Part of North American Growth Strategy

As a strong indication of its growing presence in North America, Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) opened a new North American HQ and manufacturing operation today, the first such new OEM facility in Southeast Michigan in over 25 years.

The expansion is part of a $230 million investment in Southeast Michigan that also includes a recently-opened warehouse and logistics operation in Pontiac and an existing prototype operation in Troy. In total, Mahindra has grown to 400,000 sq. ft. across three Detroit area facilities. Over the past 18 months, MANA will have tripled its workforce to 250. By 2020, additional planned projects will result in 400 more jobs and another $600 million in local investment over that same period. In addition, MANA will continue to provide Metro Detroit-based engineering support for new vehicle platform development for India and global markets.

The new facility will produce an off-highway vehicle which will extend Mahindra’s current position in this growing segment. Designed and engineered by MANA, the vehicle promises to be unlike anything currently on the market.

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra, Automotive Division EVP Rajan Wadhera and MANA President and CEO, Rick Haas participated in the facility inauguration along with Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and Members of Congress Brenda Lawrence and Dave Trott. The event was also attended by elected officials, business leaders and Mahindra employees.

“This is an exciting day for Mahindra, our terrific employees and Detroit.  I couldn’t be prouder to be here to help open this new facility today,” said Anand Mahindra.  “This building opening represents our company’s growing presence in North America and locally in the Metro Detroit area where we have tripled our workforce during the past 18 months. We are committed to growing the Mahindra brand in North America and Michigan.”

“This expansion represents a milestone for us and for Michigan,” said Haas.  “We started this operation with seven people four years ago — to be crossing the 250 mark is a testament to the hard work of our employees and what this region has to offer in terms of top automotive talent.”

Mahindra was recently named as one of five vehicle manufacturers selected by the United State Postal Service (USPS) to produce prototype delivery trucks for testing and evaluation.  At the request of the USPS, details about the program will be available at a later date.

About MANA

Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) is Mahindra’s North American automotive headquarters. In addition to leading all North America activity, MANA is a comprehensive automotive design, engineering and vehicle development center. Established in 2013 and located in Troy, Michigan, MANA’s team of veteran executives, engineers and designers working with affiliate Mahindra automotive teams in India, Korea and Italy, is playing a key role in growing Mahindra’s global automotive business

Learn more about Mahindra Automotive North America at:


The Mahindra Group is a USD 19 billion federation of companies that enables people to rise through innovative mobility solutions, driving rural prosperity, enhancing urban living, nurturing new businesses and fostering communities. It has a leadership position in utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership in India and is the world’s largest tractor company, by volume.  It also enjoys a strong presence in agribusiness, components, commercial vehicles, consulting services, energy, industrial equipment, logistics, real estate, steel, aerospace, defense and two wheelers. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs more than 200,000 people across 100 countries.

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Butzel Long attorney featured on November 16 edition of ‘Autoline This Week,’ a PBS national program; Jennifer Dukarski discusses ‘Data: The Unknown Commodity from Your Car’

Butzel Long attorney Jennifer Dukarski was a featured guest on the November 16 edition of PBS’ “Autoline This Week,” with host John McElroy. Dukarski participated in a panel discussion along with Michael Perugi, Acxiom and Sam Abuelsamid, Navigant Research. The topic for the show — “Data: The Unknown Commodity from Your Car.”

Dukarski focuses her practice at the intersection of technology and communications with an emphasis on emerging and disruptive issues:
digital media, cybersecurity, infotainment, vehicle safety and connected and autonomous cars.

In her practice, she has negotiated contracts for autonomous vehicle components, reviewed contracts involving wireless updates to in-vehicle technology, assisted companies in achieving successful Petitions for Inconsequential Noncompliance with NHTSA and has addressed multiple vehicle component recalls. Dukarski has become a national leader in legal issues facing emerging automotive technology and is the leader of Butzel Long’s connected car working group. She also has spearheaded the reporting efforts for two national data breaches and focuses on the threat vectors facing automotive component design.

A self-titled “recovering engineer,” Dukarski serves as Counsel to the OESA’s Product Development Council and has spoken on First Amendment issues ranging from newsgathering in the digital age to the impact of the FBI iPhone strategy. She has been a panelist at the North American International Auto Show for the last two years, covering a broad variety of legal concerns focused on the autonomous and connected car. She has appeared on several television programs, including Autoline and AutoBeat, and in many print interviews (including CIO Magazine, PC World, Bridge Magazine, Computer World and Automotive News) discussing automotive technology and its related legal issues.

Prior to joining Butzel, she gained automotive manufacturing and design experience as a result of high-level quality management and engineering positions. She has worked extensively on successful automotive product launches, managing vendors and Tier One manufacturing facilities. A Six Sigma Master Black Belt, she applies her experience to create innovative approaches to the protection of IP assets and disruptive technology.

Dukarski has experience with field recalls and was a representative to the University of Michigan’s CIREN (Crash Injury Research & Engineering Network) and UMPIRE (University of Michigan Program for Injury Research and Education). Working as a design engineer, she received multiple Record of Invention Awards for contributions to patents and trade secrets.
Last year, she was named a “2016 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. She also is among Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” and DBusiness “Top Lawyers.” She is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She serves as a Working Group member with IEEE PAR 1912 (Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices) which is focused on setting standards for privacy and security protocols. She also coaches and mentors’ women engineers.

At the same time, she is the liaison to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Young Lawyers Committee on the Forum on Communications Law Governing Committee. Moreover, Dukarski is an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Program, Intellectual Property, at Baker College.

She is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010). She’s also a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering and Science, (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 1996).

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: