Butzel Long attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2022; Firm attorneys named to Best Lawyers in America® 2022 Ones to Watch and Lawyer of the Year

DETROIT, Mich. – Sixty-nine Butzel Long attorneys have been chosen by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 (copyright 2022 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Augusta, GA). Moreover, 11 firm attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America® 2022 Ones to Watch. In addition, nine attorneys have been named “Lawyer of the Year.”

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys cast votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

“Lawyer of the Year”

The following firm attorneys have been named “Lawyer of the Year “ – Andrew W. Stumpff
(Employee Benefits – ERISA Law) – Ann Arbor; Bushra A. Malik (Immigration Law) – Bloomfield Hills; Daniel B. Tukel (Labor Law – Management) – Bloomfield Hills; Debra A. Geroux (Health Care Law) – Bloomfield Hills; Michael F. Golab (Business Organizations including LLCs and Partnerships) – Bloomfield Hills; W. Patrick Dreisig (Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law) – Bloomfield Hills; Eric J. Flessland (Litigation – Construction) – Detroit; James C. Bruno (International Mergers and Acquisitions) – Detroit; and, James J. Urban (Litigation – Construction) – Lansing.

Butzel Long attorney named to Best Lawyers for the first time

Notably, Steven R. Pohl (Corporate Law) – Bloomfield Hills, has been named to Best Lawyers for the first time:

Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

The following firm attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch: Ashley Aldea (Real Estate) – Bloomfield Hills; Javon R. David (Commercial Litigation) – Bloomfield Hills; Damien DuMouchel (Criminal Defense: White-Collar) – Bloomfield Hills; Sarah Nirenberg, (Labor and Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment) – Bloomfield Hills; Rebecca Klein (Commercial Litigation) – Detroit; Shanika A. Owens (Corporate Law and Real Estate Law) – Detroit; Quendale G. Simmons (Commercial Litigation) – Detroit; Ivonne M. Soler (Family Law);
Hannah E. Treppa (Labor and Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment) – Detroit; Bill Quan Yang (Commercial Litigation) – Detroit; and, Mitchell Zajac (Commercial Litigation) – Detroit.

The following Butzel Long attorneys were selected for the 2022 edition:

Butzel Long – Ann Arbor – office

– Regan K. Dahle
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

– Jennifer A. Dukarski
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Privacy and Data Security Law

– Nancy Keppelman
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

– George E. Kuehn
Corporate Law

– Terrence J. Miglio
Litigation – Labor and Employment

– Mark T. Nelson
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Litigation – Trusts and Estates

– Claudia Rast
CleanTech Law
Environmental Law
Information Technology Law
Privacy and Data Security Law

– Diane M. Soubly
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – ERISA
– Robert B. Stevenson
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation – ERISA

– Andrew W. Stumpff
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Butzel Long – Bloomfield Hills office

– Barbara E. Buchanan
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

– Carey A. DeWitt
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

– George B. Donnini
Criminal Defense: White-Collar

– W. Patrick Dreisig
Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law
Corporate Governance Law

– Geoffrey S. Gallinger
Corporate Law
Real Estate Law

– Debra A. Geroux
Commercial Litigation
Health Care Law

– Michael F. Golab
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Corporate Law

– Beth S. Gotthelf
Environmental Law
Litigation – Environmental

– David W. Hipp
Real Estate Law

– Susan L. Johnson
Litigation – Environmental

– Thomas A. Kabel
Real Estate Law

– Kaveh Kashef
Litigation – Labor and Employment

– Sheldon H. Klein
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Antitrust

– Bushra A. Malik
Immigration Law

– Daniel J. McCarthy
Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation

– Max J. Newman
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law

– Scott T. Patterson
Employment Law – Management

– William A. Penner
Trusts and Estates

– Robert P. Perry
Trusts and Estates

– Steven R. Pohl
Corporate Law

– R. Peter Prokop
Corporate Law
Tax Law

– Thomas B. Radom
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law

– Richard E. Rassel
Commercial Litigation

– Brett A. Rendeiro
Commercial Litigation
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

– Dennis B. Schultz
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Real Estate

– Robert H. Schwartz
Health Care Law

– T. Gordon Scupholm II
Family Law

– John D. Selesko
Trusts and Estates

– Thomas L. Shaevsky
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation – ERISA

– Thomas C. Simpson
Litigation – Real Estate
Real Estate Law

– David W. Sommerfeld
Litigation – Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates

– Daniel B. Tukel
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

– Roxana Zaha
Real Estate Law

Butzel Long – Detroit office

– Linda J. Armstrong
Immigration Law

– James C. Bruno
Corporate Law
International Mergers and Acquisitions
International Trade and Finance Law

– Maura Corrigan
Appellate Practice

– David Devine
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law

– Arthur Dudley II
Corporate Law
Securitization and Structured Finance Law

– David F. DuMouchel
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law

– Darius W. Dynkowski
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

– Eric J. Flessland
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction

– John P. Hancock, Jr.
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

– Robert A. Hudson
Corporate Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law

– William J. Kliffel
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

– Justin G. Klimko
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Securities/ Capital Markets Law
Securities Regulation

– Phillip C. Korovesis
Commercial Litigation

– Mark R. Lezotte
Health Care Law
Tax Law

– Clara DeMatteis Mager
Immigration Law

– Donald B. Miller
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

– Reginald A. Pacis
Immigration Law

– James S. Rosenfeld
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Labor and Employment

– Daniel R.W. Rustmann
Commercial Litigation

– Bruce L. Sendek
Commercial Litigation

– Nicholas J. Stasevich
Corporate Law

– Kurtis T. Wilder
Appellate Practice

– James E. Wynne
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Butzel Long – Lansing office

– Michael C. Decker
Litigation – Construction

– James J. Urban
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction

Butzel Long – Washington, DC office

– Thomas Bick
Environmental Law

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 attorneys named to 2021 Super Lawyers list

DETROIT, Mich. – Thirty-six Butzel Long attorneys have been named to the 2021 Super Lawyers list.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

The Butzel Long attorneys included in the 2021 Super Lawyers list are:

2021 Rising Stars

— Javon R. David
Personal Injury General: Defense

— Michael C. Decker
Construction Litigation

— Damien DuMouchel
Criminal Defense: White Collar

— Paul M. Mersino
Business Litigation

— Joseph E. Richotte
Criminal Defense: White Collar

List of 2021 Michigan Super Lawyers – Butzel Long:
Ann Arbor office

— Claudia Rast
Technology Transactions

— Diane M. Soubly
Employee Benefits

— Andrew W. Stumpff
Employee Benefits

Bloomfield Hills office

— Carey A. DeWitt
Employment & Labor

— George B. Donnini
Criminal Defense: White Collar

— Debra A. Geroux
Health Care

— Robert A. Hudson
Business/Corp.

— Thomas A. Kabel
Real Estate

— Kaveh Kashef
Business Litigation

— Robin Luce Herrmann
Media/Advertising

— Daniel J. McCarthy
Appellate

— Max J. Newman
Bankruptcy: Business

— Richard E. Rassel
Business Litigation

— David W. Sommerfeld
Estate & Probate

— Daniel B. Tukel
Employment Litigation: Defense

Detroit office

— James C. Bruno
Business/Corp.

— Clara DeMatteis Mager
Immigration: Business

— David J. DeVine
Business Litigation

— Arthur Dudley II
Mergers & Acquisitions

— David F. DuMouchel
Criminal Defense: White Collar

— Bernard J. Fuhs
Business Litigation

— Cynthia J. Haffey
Business Litigation

— John P. Hancock, Jr.
Employment & Labor

— Justin G. Klimko
Mergers & Acquisitions

— Phillip C. Korovesis
Business Litigation

— Mark R. Lezotte
Health Care

— Reginald A. Pacis
Immigration: Business

— James S. Rosenfeld
Employment & Labor

— Daniel R.W. Rustmann
Business Litigation

— Bruce L. Sendek
Business Litigation

Lansing office

— James J. Urban
Construction Litigation

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 immigration law attorney featured during 2021 AILA Paralegals Virtual Conference; Reginald A. Pacis will discuss Employment-Based Immigration

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long immigration law attorney Reginald A. Pacis will be a featured panelist during the 2021 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Paralegals Virtual Conference on August 18, 2021.

Pacis is one of four panelists who will discuss, “View from Above: Basic Concepts in Employment-Based Immigration.” The panel will discuss relationships and obligations in employment-based immigration and ethics rule concerns and potential conflicts of interests from a high altitude perspective; concepts of nonimmigrant intent versus immigration “green card” intent including suggestions for appropriate immigration categories depending on whether the “green card” is being pursued; an overview of labor certification issues including the recruitment phase; and, the strategies that are employed in the ever-changing visa bulletin.

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.

Earlier this year, he was 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 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.

He 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 also served as Vice Chair (2008 to 2009) and later Chair (2009-2010) of U.S. Customs and Border Protection AILA liaison committee; Vice Chair (2013 to 2014) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field Operations AILA liaison committee; Member (2014 to 2015) of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services National Benefits Center AILA liaison committee; and has served as a Member (2015) and later Chair (2016) of the AILA Election committee. He has presented in a number of AILA Annual Conferences Nationally and Internationally from 2004 to 2019.

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 attorney Kurtis T. Wilder elected Chair of the Interlochen Center for the Arts Board of Trustees

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Kurtis T. Wilder has been elected Chair of the Interlochen Center for the Arts Board of Trustees. Previously, he served as First Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect.

Interlochen was founded in 1928 and is located in northwest lower Michigan. Each year, thousands of artists and arts patrons come to Interlochen to experience world-class educational and cultural opportunities. Students study music, theatre, visual arts, film, creative writing and dance, guided by faculty and guest artists.

“It is a highlight to serve Interlochen in this leadership role,” said Kurtis T. Wilder.
“Interlochen offers immense enrichment opportunities for students to discover new interests and talents.

“Interlochen brings students together from across the globe for the summer Arts Camp and the Arts Academy for an unmatched educational experience that will forever change their lives,” he added. “Importantly, students of any age also can participate in the Interlochen College of Creative Arts, which offers diverse continuing education opportunities.”

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Wilder is a shareholder with Butzel Long. He concentrates his practice in litigation, appeals, and mediation and facilitation. Justice Wilder served on the Michigan Supreme Court following his appointment by Governor Rick Snyder on May 9, 2017. Prior to that time, Justice Wilder served as a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals from December 1998 to May 2017 and a judge of the Washtenaw County Trial Court from March 1992 to December 1998.

Justice Wilder, the 112th Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, graduated from the University of Michigan with an A.B. degree in Political Science in 1981, and from the University of Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1984.

Earlier this year, Justice Wilder was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

In 2020, Justice Wilder was elected Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Justice Wilder also serves on the Boards of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars, and The Children’s Foundation.

Moreover, Justice Wilder is an Elder and Chancel Choir member at First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, and has memberships in the Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, the Federalist Society, Board of Advisors, Lawyers Division-Michigan Chapter, and the Wolverine Bar Association.

He is a Past President of the Michigan Judges Association, and Past Chairman of the State Bar of Michigan Judicial Conference.

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 and former AILA Michigan Chair celebrates AILA Platinum Level Award, highest honor achieved by a Chapter; Bushra Malik also featured during AILA (virtual) Annual Conference

DETROIT, Mich. – Bushra Malik, Butzel Long attorney, shareholder and outgoing Michigan Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), is celebrating the Chapter receiving the AILA Platinum Level Award, under her leadership. It is the highest award given to a Chapter by the professional organization. The AILA award program recognizes AILA Chapters for their dedication, outstanding efforts, and achievements throughout the year.

Moreover, Malik also was a featured speaker during the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Virtual Annual Conference on June 10, 2021. She was a discussion leader in a panel program titled, “NAFTA/USMCA: The Current State of Play at the Southern and Northern Borders.” Panelists discussed how to navigate the policies of our neighboring countries that further complicate options for border crossings.

Malik currently serves on the AILA Department of State National Liaison Committee. Malik’s other AILA leadership roles have included serving as Chair of the Global Migration Section. Malik also previously served on the AILA Customs and Border Protection National Liaison Committee; was the Program Chair of the 2015 AILA Global Immigration Forum; and has presented at numerous AILA National, AILA GMS and AILA Rome District conferences. She also previously served as the Chair of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Liaison Committee for the Michigan Chapter of AILA.

She practices in the area of immigration law, focusing on the representation of multinational and domestic clients’ inbound and global migration needs. Her experience includes Employment based (Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researcher, Multinational Manager, and PERMs) and Family based Permanent Residence Petitions, Non-Immigrant Petitions (H-1B/Specialty Occupation, J-1/ Exchange Visitor, L-1/Intracompany Transfers, O-1/Extraordinary Ability, TN/ NAFTA); Employer Compliance (I-9 Audits and H-1B Public Access File Audits); J-1 waivers; Compliance under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiate (WHTI); U.S. Passports; complex naturalization matters; and currency seizures.

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 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