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Butzel Long receives the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award from the Legal Aid and Defender Association

Butzel Long recently received the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year “Laddy” Award from the Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LADA). The Legal Aid and Defender Association is the largest provider of legal services to low- and moderate-income people in Michigan and one of the largest in the nation. The firm was honored for the work it did on a comprehensive reorganization it did on LADA’s structure and services.

Throughout its more than 160 years, Butzel Long has a long and distinguished history of public service, particularly assisting clients who could otherwise not afford legal representation. Providing quality pro bono legal services is a priority for Butzel Long. The firm’s lawyers, from the newest associate to members of the Board of Directors, use their expertise and training to make a difference each year, providing thousands of hours to those in need through a wide range of programs and relationships.

Butzel Long and LADA have a longstanding tradition of matching firm attorneys with clients who could otherwise not afford legal representation. Dozens of Butzel Long attorneys have participated in the annual Detroit Legal Services Pro Bono Clinic.

Butzel Long attorneys and shareholders Arthur Dudley II and Mark R. Lezotte accepted the award on behalf of the firm. Dudley is Vice Chair of the Board of the Southeastern Michigan Administrative Services Group, the parent company of LADA and two other Legal Aid nonprofit corporations. Lezotte co-chairs Butzel Long’s Pro Bono Committee. Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Thomas L. Shaevsky, along with Lezotte, was integral in the pro bono work the firm did for LADA on reorganizing their structure and services.

“Butzel Long is honored to receive LADA’s recognition,” said Dudley. “We are proud of the firm’s dedication to pro bono work and truly appreciate the services LADA provides to our community.”

About Arthur Dudley II

Dudley, who practices in Butzel Long’s Detroit and New York offices, has extensive experience in nearly all aspects of corporate law. He has practiced law for more than 35 years. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, securities law, representation of emerging growth companies and general corporate representation.

About Mark R. Lezotte

Lezotte, who practices in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, 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 also has served in leadership roles on many other civic and nonprofit boards.

About Thomas L. Shaevsky

Shaevsky practices in the area of employee benefits in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office. He advises large multinational corporations, physicians and other professional practices, hospitals and other nonprofit employers, as well as individuals, on compliance and planning issues pertaining to a wide range of retirement, pension, and welfare plan issues. His experience includes counseling on fiduciary duty compliance, prohibited transaction avoidance and correction, reporting and disclosure issues, mergers and acquisitions due diligence, QDROs, as well as COBRA, HIPAA, and other benefits issues.

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 firm 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 or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: