Dickinson Wright Recognized in Legal 500 United States 2020 Edition

TROY, Mich., June 16, 2020 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm has received five practice rankings and eight attorneys in Michigan have been listed in this year’s The Legal 500 United States 2020.

For more than 30 years, The Legal 500 has been analyzing the capabilities of law firms across the world with a comprehensive research program that each year brings the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 100 jurisdictions. The rankings are based on a series of criteria and research is based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms, and interviews with leading private practice lawyers. To view The Legal 500 United States 2020, please click here.

The Legal 500 United States 2020 recognized Dickinson Wright in the following practice areas:

• Dispute Resolution – General Commercial Disputes
• Labor and Employment – Labor and Employment Disputes (including Collective Actions): Defense
• M&A/Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m)
• Real Estate – Construction (including Construction Litigation)
• Real Estate

The Legal 500 United States 2020 recognized the following Dickinson Wright attorneys in their editorial as “Recommended Lawyers”:

Dispute Resolution – General Commercial Disputes

• Thomas McNeill (Detroit, MI)
• Daniel Quick (Troy, MI)

Labor and Employment – Labor and Employment Disputes (including Collective Actions): Defense

• Timothy Howlett (Detroit, MI)
• William Thacker (Ann Arbor, MI)
• Kathryn Wood (Detroit, MI)

Real Estate – Construction (including Construction Litigation)

• Peter Webster (Troy, MI)

Real Estate

• Michael Lusardi (Troy, MI)
• Katheryne Zelenock (Troy, MI)

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise, and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Walsh Hosts Virtual Doctor of Management Information Session July 22

Troy, Mich., June 15, 2020 – Walsh will host a virtual information session about the Doctor of Management (D.M.) program on July 22, 2020, from 6-7 p.m.

Ann Saurbier, D.M., professor and chair of Walsh’s doctoral programs will lead the session. Topics will include a program overview, career opportunities, financial aid and scholarship information and a Q&A period. Advanced registration is recommended.

“Designed with working professionals in mind, Walsh’s D.M. program develops candidates by advancing their knowledge through a combination of academic theory and applied research,” said Dr. Saurbier. “By connecting this new knowledge with their past professional experiences, graduates are prepared for the highest levels of leadership in business or careers in consulting or business education.”

Walsh’s D.M. has both full-time and part-time pathways allowing students to progress through the program at the speed that best matches their needs. With flexible scheduling the program can be completed in as little as three years. Admission is competitive and based on a candidate’s entire portfolio of both academic and professional experience.

To learn more and register for Walsh’s virtual doctoral information session, visit apply.walshcollege.edu/register/degree-info-dm

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Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Butzel Long attorney Ira E. Hoffman will present a Public Contracting Institute online course on June 16, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Ira E. Hoffman, will present a Public Contracting Institute (PCI) online course on the topic of export controls from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

This workshop is intended to provide an in-depth understanding of the compliance rules that apply to companies involved in producing and/or exporting goods, services and/or technology that are subject to U.S. export controls, and to help participants craft or update compliance plans. Participants are eligible for continuing education credits, specifically 5 CLE/ .50 CEU/ 6 CPE (Accounting – Governmental) credits may be earned for this course. This course is recommended for 5 CLP credits. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/pci-forum-export-controls-online-stream/event-summary-2548ec48072648f2ac581fd35451896e.aspx

Based in Butzel Long’s Washington, D.C. office, Hoffman focuses his practice on government contracts, international law, commercial litigation and cybersecurity law and policy. He has more than 30 years’ experience in international contracting, and his cybersecurity practice focuses on liability for security breaches, M&A due diligence, government investigations, and strategies for mitigating cyber risk.

Hoffman also is a Director of the Public Contracting Institute, and a frequent lecturer on small business contracting and subcontracting, plus the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions. Moreover, he taught International Trade Law and European Union Law at the George Mason University School of Law.

Hoffman earned his J.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was an editor on the Law Review; earned an M.Sc (Econ) from the London School of Economics, where he also taught; and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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 an alliance office in Beijing. 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

Statement of Detroit Regional Chamber on New DRP CEO

June 17, 2020 — Chamber President and CEO, Sandy K. Baruah, shared the following statement on Maureen Krauss being named the new CEO of the Detroit Regional Partnership:

“The Chamber congratulates Maureen Krauss, former Chamber executive responsible for leading business attraction, on her new role as CEO of the Detroit Regional Partnership. As a DRP board member and the President of the Chamber, I look forward to again working with Maureen on the shared mission of growing the Southeast Michigan economy. I would also like to acknowledge the work of DRP’s founding CEO,  Barry Matherly, who developed a strong team and strategy for the organization.”

Read more about this announcement on Crain’s Detroit Business.

Statement of Detroit Regional Chamber June 16, 2020

June 16, 2020 — The Detroit Regional Chamber issued the following statement today:

“The U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark decision that will provide millions of LGBTQ people new civil rights protections in the workplace. The High Court’s decision is consistent with the Chamber’s support for expanding the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act in Michigan to include sexual orientation and gender identity protections for the LGBTQ community. Since 2014, the Chamber has advocated for this expansion and the importance of workforce diversity to our state’s future. We are in a global war for talent and need the best and brightest individuals – regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. ”

7 Steps to Portal Access

Chamber Upgrading Online Portal, Your Action Is Needed

In our ongoing efforts to improve our customer experience, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s online portal is moving to a new platform.

Due to system upgrades, all users will need to create a new account and a new password to access your information and register for events. 

View the full instructions to prepare for this change:

Walsh Master of Science in Information Technology Ranked One of Best in Nation

TROY, Mich., June 12, 2020 — Walsh has ranked no. 2 on the list of Top 20 Master’s in Information Technology programs by CyberSecurityMastersDegree.org. Other schools on the list included Carnegie Mellon, Virginia Tech and Illinois Institute of Technology. Schools were ranked based on course offerings, small faculty to student ratio, resources, overall value, student reviews and third-party recognition.

Walsh was one of the first schools in Michigan to be recognized as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense and was the first school in the nation to offer a degree concentration in automotive cybersecurity. Its information technology degrees align with Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security NICE Framework Standards.

“Walsh’s IT curriculum is developed according to a Tradecraft model, with labs, assignments and coursework built to connect the dots and enable the critical thinking skills employers are looking for,” said Dave Schippers, DSc, CISSP, chair and assistant professor, IT/Decision Sciences.

Walsh was an early adopter of online education, offering its first online course in 1998. The MSIT has also been ranked one of the Best Online Programs for a Master’s in Network Security and one of the Best Online Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Programs. Walsh’s online programs provide the same curriculum as on-ground programs and are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the Higher Learning Commission.

For more information about Walsh IT degrees, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

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Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

SSDM Chosen as Digital Marketing Agency Partner by Pentastar Aviation

TROY, Mich. — Pentastar Aviation, a leader in the world of business aviation, has named SSDM as its digital marketing agency partner. SSDM, headquartered in Troy, Michigan, is a nationally recognized digital communications firm, focused on integrated strategies for a successful customer journey.

“Our niche clients are savvy business people, so we need to reach them in a very strategic manner,” says Greg Schmidt, President & CEO of Pentastar. “SSDM has designed and executed extremely successful campaigns for other service businesses and we’re excited to leverage their expertise on behalf of Pentastar.”

SSDM will provide strategic marketing guidance to build awareness of Pentastar and generate new business opportunities through dialogue with its prospective clients, guiding them through the customer journey. Information and messaging about Pentastar’s history, reputation and world-class customer service will be delivered through multiple campaigns and channels over the three year contract.

“We’re thrilled to be able to work with such a prestigious and deeply rooted Michigan brand like Pentastar,” notes SSDM President, Nick Skislak. “Our teams really clicked during the vetting and onboarding process, so we’re feeling confident and excited to provide Pentastar the measurable outcomes they are looking for.”

About SSDM
Founded in 2008, SSDM is an award-winning, strategic digital communications agency in Troy, Michigan, focused on the customer journey. It is ranked in the top half of the Inc. 5000 List of the Fastest Growing Companies. For more information, please visit https://ssdm.co.

About Pentastar Aviation
Pentastar Aviation, wholly owned by Edsel B. Ford II, is a leader in the world of business aviation, providing aircraft management, advisory services, aircraft maintenance, avionics services, interior services and award-winning FBO services. Air charter transportation services are provided by Pentastar Aviation Charter, Inc., a U.S. FAR Part 135 on-demand air carrier, or by other U.S. FAR Part 135 certificated on-demand air carriers arranged by Pentastar Aviation, LLC. Their team is committed to delivering the highest standards of safety and service excellence to their customers.

Pentastar Aviation has been servicing regional and global travelers for more than 50 years and is headquartered at Oakland County International Airport (PTK). For more information, please visit www.pentastaraviation.com

News Highlights March Through June 2020

US News & World Report: Detroit Regional Chamber Cancels Mackinac Policy Conference

AP: Detroit Regional Chamber cancels Mackinac Policy Conference

MLive: Mackinac Policy Conference canceled amid concerns of coronavirus resurgence

Crain’s Detroit: Detroit chamber cancels August Mackinac Policy Conference

Detroit News: Regional chamber cancels Mackinac Policy Conference, other events

Click on Detroit:  Rescheduled Mackinac Policy Conference officially cancelled due to coronavirus

WWJ Newsradio: 2020 Mackinac Policy Conference Canceled Due To Coronavirus

Detroit Free Press: Mackinac Policy Conference canceled by Detroit Regional Chamber

9&10 News: 2020 Mackinac Policy Conference Canceled Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Crain’s: Corporate leaders aim to address racial equity as America reels from police killing, wave of protests

MLive: Gov. Whitmer to lift stay-at-home order, allow in-person dining at Michigan restaurants

Detroit Free Press: US Justice Department intervenes in lawsuit opposing Whitmer’s coronavirus orders

MLive: Sunday, May 31: Latest developments on coronavirus in Michigan

MLive: After 102 executive orders, confusion is commonplace on what’s allowed in Michigan and what isn’t

Yahoo! Business: An unemployment surge in swing states is endangering Trump’s re-election chances

Fox 2 Detroit: Detroit Promise still helping students go to college for free during the pandemic

Featured: Detroit Regional Chamber Releases Findings From New Statewide Poll Of Michigan Voters

Yahoo Finance: An unemployment surge in swing states is endangering Trump’s re-election chances

Detroit Free Press: US Justice Department intervenes in lawsuit opposing Whitmer’s coronavirus orders

Financial Times: Trump looks to base to shore up support in Michigan 

WWJ NewsRadio 950: Detroit Regional Chamber Poll 

WWJ NewsRadio 950: Detroit Regional Chamber Poll 

WXYZ TV 7: Spotlight on the News

Cadillac News: For some, the question of whether or not to wear a mask is about more than health

Detroit Free Press: Sen. Ed McBroom: U.P. can lead Michigan to normalcy

The Washington Post: Power Up: Trump’s risky pandemic behavior continues in must-win Michigan

NY Times: In Michigan Visit, Trump Forgoes Criticism and Talks About the Economy and the Flood

NY Times: Your Advice for the Class of 2020, Trump has talked a lot about Michigan. Today, he visited.

Michigan Radio: Judge rules governor can continue emergency declarations without legislative approval

Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal: In Michigan visit, Trump calls for Americans to get back to work, expects ‘epic’ comeback

Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal: Michigan retail, showrooms, medical, dental services to reopen with rules

Daily Detroit: Michigan’s Dam Problems, New Poll Shows Massive Support For Whitmer, Fireworks Has New Date

Newsweek: Michigan Voters Back Gov. Whitmer’s Handling of COVID-19 Over Donald Trump’s: Poll

WJR News Talk 760 AM:  “The Paul W. Smith Show”

Crain’s Detroit Business: Poll: Michigan residents in no rush to take up ‘nonessential’ activities

Detroit Free Press: Poll: Republican men in Michigan hold far different views of pandemic compared to others

WLNS-TV, Online: New poll shows voter support for Governor Whitmer during pandemic

WDIV Local 4: New poll shows strong support for Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic

Dbusiness: Poll: Majority of Respondents Approve of Whitmer’s Handling of COVID-19, Ready to Return to Work

MSN: Poll: Republican men in Michigan hold far different views of pandemic compared to others

Fox 2 Detroit: New poll finds growing approval for Gov. Whitmer’s COVID-19 response, widening partisan views of pandemic

The Chamber in the News:

Sandy Baruah on Sirius XM Business Town Hall with Dan Loney

DBusiness: March – April 2020 Commentary

Fortune: This Fortune 500 company’s ‘reopening playbook’ is available for free—and has been downloaded 25,000 times

Bridge Magazine: When will Gov. Whitmer reopen Michigan? It’s complicated. And a bit vague.

MLive: West Michigan sheriff to speak at protest against Whitmer’s stay-home order

Detroit Free Press: Here’s what’s fueling state Capitol protesters to keep showing up

MLive: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hopes to allow small gatherings in Michigan after May 28

The Detroit News: Automakers prep new safety measures for workers’ Monday return

Macomb Daily: Downward trend of local COVID-19 cases continues

DBusiness: COVID-19 Update: Financial Institutions Help Small Businesses with PPP Loans, New $1.5M Small Business Fund, Detroit Chamber Offers Restart Michigan Resources, and More

Detroit Metro Times: Michiganders are growing restless of Whitmer’s stay-at-home order, according to cellphone data

Washington Post: Armed militia helped a Michigan barbershop open, a coronavirus defiance that puts Republican lawmakers in a bind

Detroit Public TV: Sandy Baruah – President & CEO – Detroit Regional Chamber

Fox 2 Detroit: Auto suppliers go back to work as Michigan manufacturing begin restart amid COVID-19

MLive: 7 questions we still have about Michigan’s plan to reopen the economy

WWJ News Radio: Chamber’s Restart Michigan Webinar with PWC: Returning To The Workplace Safely In The New Normal

U.S. News & World Report: GM Has Had No Transmission of COVID-19 in Plants With New Safety Protocols

Michigan Radio: ‘V,’ ‘U,’ or ‘W’: What could be the shape of Michigan’s economic recovery?

Detroit Free Press: GM’s VP of global manufacturing discusses restart after shutdown from COVID-19

Reuters: GM has had no transmission of COVID-19 in plants with new safety protocols

Detroit Free Press: Michigan Manufacturing Can Resume Production Monday, Auto Plants to Restart May 18

The Detroit News: Whitmer Allowing Michigan Factories to Restart Work Next Week

Fox 2 Detroit: Auto suppliers go back to work as Michigan manufacturing begin restart amid COVID-19

Business Insider: Detroit-Area Residents Will be Transported to COVID-19 Testing in Modified Honda Odyssey Minivans

Detroit Free Press: Letter to Whitmer Pleads for Auto Suppliers to Restart Sooner than Detroit Three

MLive: Michigan’s Approach to Reopening the Economy ‘Slow, Steady and Safe’

WJR News Talk 760 AM: Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah Joins “The Paul W. Smith Show”

WXYZ TV-7: March Travel at Detroit Metro Airport Down 52%, Could be Worse in April

Crain’s Detroit Business: Michigan Joins 7-State Midwest Coalition For Reopening Regional Economy

Detroit Free Press: Gov. Whitmer To Work With Midwest Governors On Reopening The Economy

Flashpoint: Keeping virus from going back and forth through US-Canada border

Bridge Magazine: Coronavirus Pandemic Extends Michigan Stay-at-Home Order Until End of April

Detroit Free Press: What Models are Predicting About Coronavirus Apex in Michigan

Detroit Free Press: Detroit Schools to Launch Online Learning as District Faces Problems with Data Plans

The Detroit News: Some Michigan Lawmakers Say ‘No Way’ to Session Amid Pandemic

FOX 2 Detroit: Detroit Regional Chamber Explains Resources for Businesses Rocked by Pandemic

Crain’s Detroit Business: Federal Small Biz Relief Program Off to a Bumpy Start

Bloomberg News: How to Handle $350 Billion in Loans? No One Knows

WDET 101.9 FM: Questions Surround Whitmer’s “Stay At Home” Executive Order

Michigan Business Network: Detroit Regional Chamber Guiding Businesses Through COVID-19

Detroit Free Press: Mackinac Conference Rescheduled for August Because of Coronavirus

MLive: How to Report if Your Non-essential Workplace is Still Open During Michigan’s Coronavirus Stay Home Order

The Detroit News: Michigan confirms more than 500 new COVID-19 cases, 19 more deaths

The Detroit News: Detroit area hospitals struggling with COVID-19 could repurpose big venues for capacity

The Detroit News: Detroit-area small businesses ‘making zero dollars’ in coronavirus crisis

WXYZ-TV 7 Spotlight on the News: Spotlight on the News: Michigan leaders Slotkin, Baruah & Mayes battle the Coronavirus pandemic

Detroit Free Press: Andiamo restaurateur Joe Vicari: ‘We will be out of business if this goes on’

WJR: Sandy K. Baruah joined Paul W. Smith for an update on the Detroit Regional Chamber’s COVID-19 response and resources available to businesses

Deadline Detroit, Craig Fahle Show: Sandy K. Baruah shared the latest on the Chamber’s Tele-Town Hall series to help businesses navigate COVID-19


A Message from the Chamber’s Sandy K. Baruah and #MPC20 Chair Ryan Maibach

When we decided to move the Mackinac Policy Conference from May to August, optimism reigned. It seemed, even by expert accounts, that we would be in a different place come late summer. But it turned out that, we all just did not know what we did not know.

We understand that for so many of you, Mackinac in August was going to be a time to renew business connections while focusing on the future. The Chamber very much wants the Conference to play that role and we are sorry that it cannot happen in 2020.

It has become clear that “social distancing” will be with us for quite a while. If there is one thing the Conference has never been and could never be, it is socially distant. Attendees tell us every year that interpersonal connections with other attendees and direct access to business leaders and elected officials make this a must-attend event.

The decision to cancel this year’s Conference is as difficult for us at the Chamber as it is for you. As a member-driven organization, we miss being able to see our members and work directly, in person, on our mission of business growth and prosperity in Southeast Michigan. Chief among our roles, as we see it, is to act as a convener of people and ideas. We look forward to the day when we can fully play that role again.

While we know we cannot replace the Mackinac Policy Conference, there has never been a more important time for business and government leaders to engage in the crucial conversations about moving Michigan forward. MPC20 Conversation will be a digital series offering speakers and dialogue reminiscent of the Mackinac Policy Conference. The series will begin late summer and continue up to the November election including multiple discussions among state and national leaders from business, media, philanthropy, and government. MPC20 Conversations will focus on Michigan’s COVID-19 response, economic recovery, racial injustice and achieving equity, and the 2020 election. We look forward to sharing more details with you.

This week a member of the Chamber team will be reaching out to your company to discuss your Conference registration. If you would like immediate information, please contact Marianne Bogard at mbogard@detroitchamber.com or view an FAQ.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we join you in working through this period of history in the making.

Sandy K. Baruah
President and CEO
Detroit Regional Chamber
Ryan Maibach
President and CEO
Barton Malow Holdings;
Chair, 2020 Mackinac Policy Conference