Butzel Long Attorney Aaron S. Kamlay Speaks on Building the Value of Your Company Through IP

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aaron S. Kamlay, a Butzel Long attorney and shareholder, will discuss “Building the Value of Your Company through IP” during a webinar presented by the Merage Institute on Monday, July 12, 2021.

The talk will first review the basics of intellectual property (IP), including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. The discussion then will primarily focus on techniques to capture and protect innovation, and for growing the value of your business through strategic use of IP. Examples and strategies apply to businesses of any age and size, from pre-first-round startups to established operating companies.

Kamlay has been practicing intellectual property law for more than 15 years and has represented clients of all sizes across a wide range of technologies, including numerous successful startups and multiple Fortune 100 companies. He specializes in complex patent prosecution and portfolio management, acquisitions and divestitures of IP, and portfolio creation, with a focus on building business value through strategic IP development.

He currently leads the patent prosecution group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, which is a key part of Butzel Long’s full-service IP practice. The practice supports Butzel’s clients through the full IP lifecycle, including high-stakes prosecution, litigation, and licensing of patents and trademarks, M&A diligence, patent monetization, and international trade issues.
Prior to joining Butzel Long, Kamlay founded Morris & Kamlay and worked at the IP specialty firms of Kenyon & Kenyon and Townsend and Townsend and Crew.

With a degree in physics and prior industry experience in programming, large dataset analysis, computer networking, and communications, Kamlay has obtained valuable patents for his clients in numerous fields, including artificial intelligence, high-availability databases, OLED devices, consumer electronics, optics, medical devices, robotics, and others.

In 2012, he was named a Rising Star by Superlawyers Magazine. Morris & Kamlay LLP was named IP M&A Law Firm of the year 2019 and Best in Complex IP Prosecutions 2019 by US Business News Legal Elite Awards; Best Complex IP Prosecution Specialists 2020; and Recognized Leaders in Patent Valuation 2020 by US Business News Legal Elite Awards.

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

Butzel Long attorney, Javon R. David, appointed to the Board of Directors of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Association

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Javon David has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Association (MDTC), which is an organization of leading lawyers dedicated to representing individuals and corporations in civil litigation. She accepted this appointment after serving as Co-Chair of the Trial Practice Section of the MDTC.

David concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, media and entertainment law, and products liability. She has extensive litigation experience, successfully handling matters from the onset of suit through trial.

David holds several leadership positions in the legal field. She serves on the Business Court and Counsel Committee for the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA). She also serves as Deputy General Counsel for the Michigan Press Association (MPA), and on the litigation, insurance, and advertising/commercial speech committees for the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC). In addition, David serves on the Board of Governors for the Young Leaders Council, Original Equipment Suppliers Association – Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (OESA-MEMA).

David earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, graduating with honors. She was an Editor of Law Review, an Executive Director of the Moot Court Board of Advocates, and a faculty research assistant. She competed in national Moot Court competitions and was inducted into the Order of Barristers for Excellence in Writing and Advocacy. David received numerous academic awards in law school. She was a member of the Dean’s Honor Society; received a Dean’s Scholarship and Presidential Scholarship; and, earned Book Awards for the highest grade in International Law, Worker’s Compensation Law, and Business Franchising Law.

David earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, with concentrations in History, Political Science, and Psychology. She was on the Dean’s List and held board positions in numerous organizations, ultimately earning a Distinguished Student Leader Award, Difference Maker Award, and Student Activist of the Year Award from Amnesty International-USA.
David has been named to the list of Michigan Rising Stars in Super Lawyers magazine for 2017- 2020. She also was named among Michigan’s Top Women Lawyers from 2017-2020. David was named as Ones to Watch in commercial litigation by Best Lawyers in America.

David is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States District Court, Western District of Michigan. She also is a certified mediator through the American Bar Association.

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

Avoiding Mistakes in Running Retirement Plans; Butzel Long hosts free webinar on June 22

DETROIT, Mich. – To err is human. If the mistake involves administering a retirement plan, it also can be enormously costly and professionally embarrassing. As a result, Butzel Long is hosting a free webinar titled, “Avoiding Mistakes in Running a Retirement Plan,” from 12-1 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. To register online, visit https://www.butzel.com/events.

Seasoned Butzel Long Employee Benefit attorneys will share cringe-worthy mistakes they’ve seen retirement plan administrators and plan sponsors make – again and again – during the course of their decades spent helping clients with retirement plan compliance.

Featured speakers include:

• Lynn McGuire concentrates her practice in the area of employee benefits law. She regularly works with defined benefit pension plans, 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) and (f) retirement plans, insured and self-insured group health plans, cafeteria plans, health reimbursement arrangements, flexible spending accounts, and health savings accounts, to name a few.

• Thomas Shaevsky practices in the area of employee benefits. 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.

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

Butzel Long attorney Laura E. Johnson named to DBusiness magazine’s ‘30 in Their Thirties’

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Laura E. Johnson has been named to DBusiness magazine’s 2021 Class of “30 in Their Thirties,” which profiles metro Detroit business professionals who have achieved notable success in their respective fields. Johnson is profiled in the June 2021 edition.

Johnson practices in the area of business and corporate law. She practices primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, nonprofit organizations, corporate governance, entity formation and general corporate and business law. She advises clients in venture capital and private equity transactions.

Notably, Johnson is the co-chair of Butzel Long’s Pro-Bono Committee and a member of the firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She serves as a council member of the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section. She previously served as a member of OESA’s Young Leadership Council 3 and a member of its Talent Retention subcommittee.

She is admitted to practice in Michigan State Courts, New York State Courts and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Johnson is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan.

Johnson is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2009) where she was a member of Law Review and Executive Editor (2008-09). She also graduated from the University of Michigan (B.A., with honors, 2006).

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

So, You Want to Buy a Blockchain Company: Considerations for Corporate Transactions; Butzel Long hosts free webinar on June 15

DETROIT, Mich. – Everyone is getting into the blockchain game. Companies like Disney are filing patents in the area and Fox is jumping on the NFT bandwagon. EY has invested in research while automaker Renault is developing blockchain for supply chain compliance. As blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) continue to proliferate, corporate transactions involving these blockchain businesses are on the rise. But it’s not just the cutting-edge technology at issue. These deals can present unique challenges in terms of valuation, legal and regulatory due diligence, and technological integration.

Given these points, Butzel Long is hosting a free webinar titled, “So, You Want to Buy a Blockchain Company: Considerations for Corporate Transactions,” from 12-1 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Presenters will offer practical guidance regarding the sale and acquisition of DLT companies, from identifying key issues and risk, preparation, negotiation and memorialization of key terms. To register online, visit https://www.butzel.com/events.

Featured speakers include:

• William J. Kraus represents individuals and businesses involved in governmental and regulatory investigations, U.S. state and federal litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. He concentrates his practice on disputes relating to the financial industry, with a particular focus on legal and regulatory issues related to digital assets and blockchain technology.

• Jennifer Dukarski focuses her practice at the intersection of technology and communications with an emphasis on emerging and disruptive issues: digital media and content, cybersecurity and privacy, infotainment and shared mobility, and connected and autonomous cars.

• Laura E. Johnson practices primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, nonprofit organizations, corporate governance, entity formation and general corporate and business law. She advises clients in venture capital and private equity transactions.

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

Butzel Long attorney Geaneen M. Arends appointed to the Board of Directors of the Karmanos Cancer Institute

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney, shareholder and vice president Geaneen M. Arends, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, (the parent organization of the Karmanos Cancer Center and Karmanos Cancer Foundation). The Karmanos Cancer Institute is the largest cancer research and provider network in Michigan, with 15 treatment locations across the state.

Arends concentrates her practice in mergers and acquisitions, business formation, general business and commercial real estate transactions.

Notably, Arends serves as First Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Detroit Historical Society (Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum) and is a Trustee of the Detroit Educational Television Foundation/Detroit Public Television (Detroit PBS). She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots Celebration.

She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, serves on the Real Estate Advisory Board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and is an alumna of Leadership Detroit, Class XXVII. She also is the Chair of Butzel Long’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

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

Butzel Long attorney Kaveh Kashef to be sworn in as President of the Oakland County Bar Association

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Kaveh Kashef will be installed as the 89th President of the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA) during a virtual Annual Meeting on June 3, 2021.

Kashef has served on the OCBA Board of Directors since 2012. He is the former chair of the Continuing Legal Education committee and is past president and a trustee of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. In addition, Kashef is a Barrister of the American Inns of Court and is the former chair of the New Lawyers Section of the OCBA. He was a member of the State Bar Association Civil Procedure and Courts Standing Committee from 2005-2012.

Kashef 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.

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.

Further, Kashef has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers; has been a “Super Lawyer” since 2013; a Top Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine; and, as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. In 2012, he was named to 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 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

Butzel Long hosts May 25 webinar on the Dark Side of Crypto: Navigating Cybersecurity Incidents and Ransom Demands

DETROIT, Mich. – Despite the positive impact and promise of digital assets, history has shown this technology can be used to facilitate illegal activity. In particular, digital assets are often in the news for their connection to high-profile data breaches or ransomware events, with bad actors demanding payment in Bitcoin or Monero. With the recent uptick in ransomware events, industry experts are now calling for additional efforts to regulate digital asset markets, and government agencies are sharing analytic tools that track cryptocurrency payments.

Butzel Long is hosting a free webinar titled, “The Dark Side of Crypto: Navigating Cybersecurity Incidents and Ransom Demands,” from 12-1 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Presenters will discuss practical guidance for businesses regarding this issue, and offer suggestions on how to prepare for, deal with, and remediate a cybersecurity event. To register online, visit https://www.butzel.com/events.

Featured speakers include:

• William J. Kraus represents individuals and businesses involved in governmental and regulatory investigations, U.S. state and federal litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. He concentrates his practice on disputes relating to the financial industry, with a particular focus on legal and regulatory issues related to digital assets and blockchain technology.

• Claudia Rast is Practice Department Chair of the Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology Group. Blending her expertise in law, business, and science, she assists companies in their strategic choice and use of technology. She counsels companies both large and small on innovative and emerging issues in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, data theft, intellectual property licensing and registration, and the forensic preservation and analysis of electronically stored information.

• Scott Bailey is a forensic expert and Managing Partner, N1 Discovery, a leader in the fields of Digital Forensics, eDiscovery and Cyber Security.

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

Butzel Long attorney Reginald Pacis appointed Trustee to MAPAAC Executive Committee

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long immigration law attorney Reginald A. Pacis has been appointed a Trustee 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. Previously, he was a Commissioner to the MAPAAC.

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).

Moreover, Pacis is a vice president and Board Member of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit. He also is a speaker in demand on immigration law matters.

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

Butzel Long forms Digital Asset and Blockchain Specialty Team to meet growing client needs

DETROIT, Mich. – The rapidly increasing use of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and other digital assets has given rise to complex regulatory and legal challenges across virtually all industries.

To meet this expanding client need, Butzel Long is one of the first law firms in Michigan to establish a Digital Asset & Blockchain Specialty Team. This multidisciplinary team is comprised of seasoned attorneys with significant experience in distributed ledger technology and diverse backgrounds in intellectual property, litigation and governmental investigations, financial regulation, emerging technology law, cybersecurity and corporate law.

As blockchain and digital assets have gained market acceptance and adoption, Butzel Long helps clients evaluate and maximize new opportunities. The Butzel Long team stays abreast of new and existing regulations, rulings and orders, and keeps track of legal trends and technological developments to help clients anticipate and prepare for any compliance requirements and changes.

The Butzel Long Digital Asset & Blockchain Specialty Team includes:

• William J. Kraus represents individuals and businesses involved in governmental and regulatory investigations, U.S. state and federal litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. He concentrates his practice on disputes relating to the financial industry, with a particular focus on legal and regulatory issues related to digital assets and blockchain technology.

• Arthur Dudley II has extensive experience in nearly all aspects of corporate law and has practiced law for more than 40 years. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, representation of emerging growth companies, general corporate representation, securities law and executive compensation.

• Jennifer A. Dukarski focuses her practice at the intersection of technology and communications with an emphasis on emerging and disruptive issues: digital media and content, cybersecurity and privacy, infotainment and shared mobility, connected cars and autonomous vehicles. She assists clients on compliance with various industry regulations, functional safety requirements, and voluntary technical standards.

• Aaron Kamlay has been practicing intellectual property law for more than 15 years. His clients range from beginning startups looking to establish a new technology, to Fortune 100 companies looking to expand their IP portfolios. He specializes in complex prosecution and strategic portfolio management, acquisitions and divestitures of IP, and portfolio creation.

• Claudia Rast is Practice Department Chair of the Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology Group. Blending her expertise in law, business, and science, she assists companies in their strategic choice and use of technology. She counsels companies both large and small on innovative and emerging issues in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, data theft, intellectual property licensing and registration, and the forensic preservation and analysis of electronically stored information.

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