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Butzel Long attorney Geaneen M. Arends named a “2014 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly; Attorney is one of 30 honorees to be recognized on September 11, 2014

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Geaneen M. Arends has been named a “2014 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Arends is one of 30 female attorneys who will be honored during a luncheon on September 11, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel 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.

Based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, Arends concentrates her practice on general business law and commercial real estate.

She assists business clients with general business planning, entity formation and maintenance, mergers, acquisitions, private placements, woman-owned/minority-owned/disadvantaged business certification, insurance and risk management issues and general business contracts. Arends also has advised business clients on a variety of real estate transactions, including acquisition, development and leasing of multi-family residential, retail, office and industrial properties throughout the United States. She has represented both borrowers and lenders in multi-million dollar real estate financing transactions.

Arends serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and President for Michigan Community Resources (MCR), formerly known as Community Legal Resources, a non-profit organization that provides technical assistance and free legal services to non-profit organizations revitalizing and bringing economic development to underserved communities in Detroit and throughout Michigan. She has been an active volunteer for MCR since 1999, providing pro bono legal services to its non-profit clients, serving as a past Chairperson of its Program Committee and serving for three years as Vice-Chairperson of the Board. In her current role with MCR, Arends leads ongoing strategic planning, acts as mentor to executives and managers of the organization and actively participates on the finance, fund development and operations committees. She also led the transition, search and retention of a new CEO for MCR in 2013.

In recognition of her long-time commitment to pro bono and community service, Arends received Butzel Long’s 2014 pro bono service award.

Arends is an active member of the Butzel Long PAC Committee and Butzel Long’s Women’s Leadership Committee. She is a member of the Wolverine Bar Association, the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) Real Property Law Advisory Board, the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the Detroit Economic Club, for which she also serves on the reception committee.

She was recognized by DBusiness in 2014 as a Top Lawyer in the areas of Real Estate Law and Non Profit Law. She is an alumna of Leadership Detroit.

Arends is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.A., History, 1994) and of Boston College Law School (J.D., 1998). She is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.

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Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in the United States. It was founded in 1854, making this year its 160th anniversary of providing trusted client service. Butzel’s full-service 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, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting