Butzel Long attorneys discuss Managing Supply Chain Instability during January 28 webinar

DETROIT, Mich. – A growing list of issues are surfacing in the automotive supply chain causing instability in the industry. Butzel Long is hosting a free webinar from 12-1 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, January 28, 2021 to discuss the following issues and more on Managing Supply Chain Instability:

• Current causes of instability,
• Do you have a legal excuse?
• When does the duty to mitigate end?
• How do you best manage the risks of alternate supply?
• Who pays what and when?

Featured Butzel Long presenters include:

David DeVine practices in the areas of business litigation and bankruptcy and serves businesses in a wide array of industries, including automotive, construction, banking, health care, and real estate.

Sheldon Klein regularly represents automotive industry suppliers in matters relating to upstream and downstream commercial relationships, including counseling on terms and conditions and litigation arising out of supply chain disruptions and disputes. He is co-chair of Butzel Long’s Global Automotive Coordinating Committee.

Daniel Rustmann’s practice has been devoted principally to litigation. Over the last decade, he has represented numerous tier 1 and tier 2 automotive suppliers in various matters.

To register online, visit https://www.butzel.com/event. For inquiries, contact Jonathan Spencer at spencer@butzel.com.

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 discuss key provisions of PPP Round 2 during Michigan Manufacturers Association free webinar on January 19, 2021

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorneys will discuss key provisions of a new round of Payment Protection Program (PPP) funding that was signed into law in late 2020 during a free webinar presented by the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) from 12-1 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which included several provisions related to the PPP first established under the CARES Act and the amendatory Flexibility Act. Among the numerous provisions of this comprehensive bill was the creation of the “COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020,” which made several changes to the PPP structure and the “Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act,” which established a much-needed second round of PPP funding.

During the hour long webinar, Butzel Long attorneys will explore the interplay with prior law and regulations related to PPP loans.

Featured presenters include:

• Justin G. Klimko – Butzel Long President and CEO – He has extensive experience in securities regulation, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate matters, fields in which he has practiced since 1980.

• Bernard J. Fuhs – Butzel Long Vice President – He has a nationally recognized expert on non-complete and trade secret matters, having litigated and/or counseled clients on such matters in all 50 states.

• Brett J. Miller – He is the Chair of Butzel Long’s Employment Practices Liability Insurance Sub-Practice, focusing on employment and labor law as well as fair housing litigation.

• Thomas A. Kabel – He is a Butzel Long shareholder practicing in the area of commercial real estate and real estate-related finance.

Registration is required. Please visit: https://mimfg.growthzoneapp.com/ap/Events/Register/nplxgwyp

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 Charitable Trust donates year-round to metro Detroit community; 2020 funding ranged from a backpack giveaway at a Detroit elementary school to supporting the arts

DETROIT, Mich. – Throughout the year, Butzel Long law firm supports many local organizations, charities, and community activities in an effort to give back to the City that it has been located in for more than 160 years.

“2020 has been, for many, one of the most challenging years in memory,” said Paul Mersino, attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long and Trustee of its Charitable Trust. “All of us have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic toll it has taken on our city, our region, and our country. Many people lost their jobs, companies have been pushed to the brink, and those who were already without felt even more pain as it was harder for them to get the help that they needed. People have lost loved ones and we all felt farther apart from one another.

“It is during times such as this that the need to give back to our community and those in need is even more important than ever,” he said. “In its 166th year, Butzel Long continues to partner with those in our communities who need the most help or those can most help us give back.”

Below are only some of the ways that the Butzel Long Charitable Trust has helped the community in 2020:

• Backpack Giveaway – For the third straight year, Butzel Long surprised students at a Detroit elementary school with backpacks and supplies. Butzel Long gave away nearly 500 backpacks and supplies to students at Pulaski Elementary School on Detroit’s east side. Studies show that when school children have the supplies they need for a school year, they are more likely to succeed in school.

• Make-A-Wish – In early 2020, Butzel Long partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make a wish come true for a young girl with a life-long disability. The child has spent much of her life in and out of hospitals. Her dream was to visit Walt Disney World.

• Gleaners Community Food Bank – Through a contribution to Gleaners Community Food Bank, Butzel Long sponsored more than 15,000 meals to be given away to those most in need.

• Lighthouse of Southeast Michigan – Butzel Long contributed to Lighthouse’s COVID-19 Emergency Food and Shelter Fund. Through this fund, Lighthouse is able to work with other organizations to provide emergency food distribution, emergency shelter, and other efforts to ensure that no person goes hungry or without a roof over their head during this community crisis.

• Salvation Army – The Butzel Long Charitable Trust partnered with the Salvation Army to feed our City’s hungry. Butzel Long was able to provide enough food for 29 families of four for an entire week.

• St. Vincent de Paul Detroit – Butzel Long has been a longtime supporter of St. Vincent de Paul. The firm had budgeted to sponsor several scholarships for students to attend St. Vincent de Paul Detroit summer camps. With the COVID-19 crisis, funds went to stocking food pantries and assisting those in need.

• Detroit Promise – This scholarship ensures all eligible Detroit residents have a tuition-free path to college. Every student who registers and meets the academic requirements will receive funding. The Butzel Long Charitable Trust has committed to assisting this endeavor.

• Rosa Parks Scholars college scholarship – Butzel Long continues its long-standing sponsorship of the Rosa Parks Scholars college scholarship. The scholarship grants high school seniors a one-time $2,000 award in the name of the late civil rights leader and Detroit resident.

• Vista Maria – This organization helps to provide healing and hope to hundreds of women and children who have suffered the effects of abuse, neglect and trauma. Butzel Long has donated to Vista Maria’s important cause to help it sustain its mission.

• Turning Point Shelter – Butzel Long teamed up with other organizations across the region to assist Turning Point Shelter, an organization that provides resources for sexual assault and domestic abuse survivors. Turning Point sought to fully furnish 10 apartments for temporary housing for survivors and their families to stay.

• Miracle League – The Butzel Long Charitable Trust is a proud sponsor of the Miracle League, which removes barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off a baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries.

• Urban Hockey League – Butzel Long has paired up with the Urban Hockey League and Clark Park Hockey Organization. Clark Park is the only NHL size outdoor hockey rink in the city of Detroit. The park and the league increase exposure for families and players in Detroit to the sport of hockey, while providing a safe and affordable place to play.

• Focus: HOPE Adopt-a-Family Christmas – Through the generosity of firm employees and the Butzel Long Charitable Trust, Butzel Long adopts a family each year and purchases gifts for those in need.

• Pope Francis Warming Center – The Butzel Long Charitable Trust has been a frequent sponsor of the Pope Francis Center’s Annual Gala. Due to this year’s crisis, the trust sent $2,500 to the center to assist in its efforts to offer a warming center, daily meals, social services and more all in downtown Detroit. In addition to monetary support, Butzel Long also participates in a Legal Services Clinic offering free advice to those in need.

• Detroit Chamber Winds ad Strings’ Holiday Brass Concert 2020 – Butzel Long is a proud sponsor of the arts in metro Detroit. Notably, the firm has sponsored the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings’ Holiday Concert for more than two decades. The December 12 virtual program featured 10 brass players, Kirk in the Hills and Stoney Creek High School choirs.

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 George B. Donnini named Litigation II Department Chair

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney George B. Donnini has been named the new Litigation II Department Chair. Previously, he was a member of the Board of Directors and has served in a variety of leadership roles. Donnini will be responsible for the management and oversight of the firm’s litigation attorneys who will report to him as well as for the strategic goals, budgeting, forecasting, and direction of the Litigation II Department.

Donnini is a shareholder with 17 years of experience in Detroit as a white-collar criminal defense practitioner. Prior to that, he practiced for several years in New York and California – two additional states that he is also licensed to practice. He has handled a variety of cases including, but not limited to, health care fraud, public corruption, antitrust, environmental, tax, and securities fraud cases. In addition, a significant portion of his practice involves the handling of corporate internal investigations for public and private companies.

“George is a top-notch litigator with considerable experience and an excellent reputation among his peers,” said Justin G. Klimko, President and CEO, Butzel Long. “He will be a strong leader and mentor for our deep and talented litigation practice.”

In November 2020, Donnini was named a “Notable Veteran” by Crain’s Detroit Business. Donnini, along with a group of local attorneys, formed the Detroit chapter of the Veteran’s Bar Association, to gather for networking and mentorship.

He serves in leadership roles with the Eastern District of Michigan’s Federal Bar Association (currently serving as Treasurer/Secretary), American Bar Association (ABA), Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Committee; Midwest Regional Co-Chair (2005-Present) and the ABA Criminal Justice Section, Book Board, Appointed Member (2008-Present).

Donnini is a 1995 phi beta kappa graduate of The George Washington University and a 1998 graduate of the Duke University School of Law. He is a proud father of three children; one in college and two in high school.

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 featured during SAE International’s Connect2Car@CES Digital Summit in January

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jennifer Dukarski, Butzel Long attorney, shareholder and leader of the firm’s Connected Car and Autonomous Vehicle Specialty team, will be a featured panelist during SAE International’s Connect2Car@CES Digital Summit on January 14, 2021. The Connect2Car@CES is part of the continued partnership between SAE and the Consumer Technology Association and is the longest continually running automotive session at CES.

Dukarski will participate in a virtual roundtable discussion titled, “Smart Cars Deliver the Future of Mobility.” Other featured panelists include representatives from IHS Markit, Connected Travel, Amazon Web Services, Ford Motor Co. and Panasonic Automotive.

The panel will explore electric vehicles, autonomous, smart city, and industry, but more importantly, brings the connected human into the connected car arena with a conversation on how to lead to accelerated adoption.

About Jennifer Dukarski

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.

In her practice, she has assisted clients with defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright, and other content-based claims. She focuses on compliance with various industry regulations and has become a national leader in legal issues facing emerging automotive technology and is the leader of Butzel Long’s connected car working group.

A self-titled “recovering engineer,” Dukarski was named one of the 30 Women Defining the Future of Technology in January 2020 by Warner Communications for her innovative thoughts and contributions to the tech industry.

Dukarski is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010). She’s also a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering and Science, (B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, 1996).

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 celebrates 18th Adoption Day in Michigan; presents Maura D. Corrigan Foster Family Lifetime Achievement Award for service to children and families

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Maura Corrigan has been a trailblazer in law and an advocate on behalf of foster and adoptive children and their families in the state of Michigan.

In recognition of Justice Corrigan’s remarkable career, the Michigan Supreme Court established the Maura D. Corrigan Foster Family Lifetime Achievement Award, an annual award to recognize some of the state’s truly extraordinary and giving foster parents. The Award is presented each year prior to Thanksgiving.

Notably, more than 12,000 children remain in foster care in Michigan and continue to harbor the goal of having their own forever homes.

During her tenure as Chief Justice, she focused on streamlining the adoption process helping more children find “forever” families. On November 24 (Michigan Adoption Day), Justice Corrigan presented the Maura D. Corrigan Foster Family Lifetime Achievement Award (virtually) to Veda Thompkins, director of Detroit-based Families on the Move, Inc. Thompkins, a foster mother herself, also has served on Michigan’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.

“Veda Thompkins is an amazing example having led a life that made a difference – a life full of purpose and meaning,” said Justice Corrigan. “She has been a foster and adoptive parent since 1985. It is pretty amazing that she has extended a circle of love to children for all these years.

“Veda drafted a Foster Caregivers Bill of Rights and stirred up the right kind of trouble in order to help children and families get what they need and deserve,” she said. “Veda sets an inspiring example for all of us.”

During the ceremony, which was hosted by Justice Stephen Markman, Justice Elizabeth Clement and Justice Megan Cavanagh, the Daniel J. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Cass County Chief Judge Susan Dobrich for her exceptional service to Michigan’s children.

About Justice Maura Corrigan

Justice Corrigan concentrates her practice in litigation and appeals. She served as a law clerk to Judge John Gillis of the Michigan Court of Appeals. She then became a Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney in 1974, and Chief of Appeals in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit in 1979. In 1986, she was promoted to Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, the first woman to hold that position. She became a partner at Plunkett and Cooney in 1989.

In 1992, former Governor John Engler appointed her to the Michigan Court of Appeals. In 1997, the Supreme Court named her Chief Judge of the appeals court. She was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1998 and reelected in 2006. Justice Corrigan is the only person ever to serve as Chief Judge of both the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. She served two terms as Chief Justice.

Justice Corrigan left the court on January 14, 2011 to become the Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services under Governor Rick Snyder. From 2015 – 2016, Justice Corrigan was a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C. where she worked on poverty and child welfare issues. In that role, she testified in Congress, authored papers and book chapters, and served as liaison to state secretaries of human services.

Justice Corrigan has participated in numerous community and professional activities. She currently serves on five nonprofit boards. She is a past president of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers and the Detroit Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
She served as a public member of the Michigan Law Revision Commission from 1991-1998, as an executive board member of the Michigan Judges Association, and as a member of the Judicial Advisory Board of the Center for Law and Organizational Economics at the University of Kansas Law School. She was vice-president of the Conference of Chief Justices from 2003 – 2004. She is a published author in the legal and child welfare fields. She holds seven honorary doctorates from Michigan colleges and universities, among numerous honors and awards. Notably, Justice Corrigan was named to WJR-AM 760’s 2018 Class of “Women Who Lead.”

Justice Corrigan earned her J.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and her B.A. degree (magna cum laude) from Marygrove College.

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 Les Glick to discuss USMCA during December 17 webinar

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Butzel Long international trade and customs attorney Leslie (“Les”) Alan Glick, and Aristeo López Sánchez, Counsel at Mexican Embassy, will discuss, “Supply Chain Agreements and USMCA: Rules of Origin Requirements, Labor Enforcement, De Minimis Levels, Sunset Clause” during a Strafford continuing legal education live webinar from 1-2:30 p.m. (EST) on December 17, 2020.

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into effect on July 1, replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This new free trade agreement makes several changes to the rules related to multiple moving parts of the U.S., Canadian, and Mexican economies. The changes also address e-commerce and digital trade, which NAFTA did not address.

With changes to what qualifies as duty-free, attorneys and corporate management must consider addressing these issues in supply chain agreements. The USMCA requires that attorneys and corporate management consider the duty preference claim process and qualifications.

The discussion will focus on providing guidance on revising supply chain agreements to comply with the USMCA. In addition to reforming provisions related to the rules of origin, labor enforcement, de minimis levels, and creating a sunset clause, the new trade agreement has several industry-specific provisions that must be complied with to ensure the delivery of goods.

Other topics that will be addressed include:

• What are the significant differences between NAFTA and the USMCA?

• How does the USMCA address e-commerce and digital trade?

• What must be included in automotive contracts to comply with the USMCA?

• What are best practices for revising supply chain agreements to comply with the USMCA?

Notably, Glick has handled cases arising under the U.S. Customs laws involving classification, valuation, country of origin marking and customs fraud, and gray market and supply chain security issues (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) and has represented clients in USMCA negotiations and counseled them on USMCA compliance.

He has been active in developing customs compliance programs for many U.S. corporations. He is the author of books on customs law and NAFTA, and a recent book entitled, “United States Mexico Canada Agreement(USMCA) Legal and Business Implications”(Kluwer Law International, November 2020) and has been widely consulted by companies and trade associations in regard to U.S./Mexico legal questions involving imports, exports, investment, transportation and other areas.

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 Jennifer Consiglio named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s ‘Go To Business Lawyers’ list

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Jennifer (Jen) Consiglio is one of 20 attorneys named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Go To Business Lawyers” list. The newly launched program honors leading lawyers in a particular field of law as nominated by their peers.
Notably, a “Michigan Go To Lawyer” is:

• An expert in his or her field, well-versed in the nuances of the case law, statutes and regulations clients will encounter.

• Experienced, with a record of success in many cases and/or transactions.

• A lawyer to whom other lawyers make referrals because of his or her expertise and accomplishments.

• A lawyer who can think creatively and identify all options for a client.

• A lawyer you would name when a friend needs legal help.

• A lawyer you might call yourself if you needed legal help in his or her field of expertise.

Consiglio is a member of Butzel Long’s Business Law Department. She practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, corporate finance, corporate governance, and general business law.
She is the immediate past Chair and active member of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. In fulfilling its mission to foster the highest quality of professionalism and practice in business law and to cultivate a competitive business climate in Michigan, the section monitors Michigan’s business laws and advises on their amendment from time to time, and provides educational, networking and mentoring opportunities for business lawyers in the state. She is a past Chair and active member of Butzel Long’s Pro-Bono Committee and actively involved in providing pro bono legal services as well as other community service-related activities in the metro Detroit and Flint areas.

Consiglio is ranked by Chambers USA in the field of corporate law/mergers and acquisitions, included in Michigan Super Lawyers, and named numerous times by DBusiness Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. She also has been recognized as one of 25 Women in Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

She is an Honors and Order of the Coif graduate of The George Washington University Law School, where she was Executive Notes Editor of The George Washington University International Law Review, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree cum laude from Georgetown University (School of Foreign Service).

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 Importance of Technology for IP Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Aaron S. Kamlay was featured recently during two webinars on November 12 and 17, focusing on the use of technology for developing an efficient, client-focused IP practice. Hosted by IP Watchdog and Anaqua, the webinars presented panel discussions on how leaders in the IP field use technology to increase the strategic value of their legal advice and their clients’ IP portfolios.

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. Kamlay currently leads the patent prosecution group in the firm’s Washington, DC 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 Mitchell (“Mitch”) Zajac named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2020 Class of ‘Up & Coming Lawyers’

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Mitchell (“Mitch”) Zajac is one of 25 attorneys in the state named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2020 Class of “Up & Coming Lawyers.” The attorneys will be honored during a virtual program on December 8 and profiled in the December 14 edition.

Attorneys recognized for this honor have distinguished themselves in the practice of law. The honorees were evaluated based on nominations by their peers, colleagues, and associates. The recipients were selected by a committee based on their outstanding professional accomplishments and their mentoring/ community involvement.

Zajac is an associate and registered patent attorney, focusing his practice in the areas of automotive, intellectual property (IP), compliance, and international trade law.

Before joining Butzel Long as a summer associate in May 2017, while attending law school full time, Zajac was an engineer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). He moved quickly through the ranks at FCA. He was responsible for multiple ground-breaking development projects, led the international engineering team producing the Ram ProMaster City, and had a leading role in FCA’s corporate audit group with responsibilities in safety/regulatory compliance, quality and purchasing.

Zajac has practiced in six federal courts, the U.S. Patent Office, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Zajac’s career as an attorney builds on his strengths and experiences he gained while at FCA and has helped him to grow his practice beyond the automotive industry. Zajac has helped several clients manage and craft IP portfolios in other unique industries, like medicine, light-weighting, and industrial manufacturing. He also has experience in complex patent, trade secret and commercial litigation cases.

His clients include automotive and transportation companies developing IP portfolios, multiple start-up companies with $4M+ capitalization developing strategic national partners, and multi-million-dollar global automotive clients navigating international trade issues.

Between trials and hearings in Detroit and Washington D.C. on behalf of Detroit auto suppliers, sitting first-chair and taking depositions across the U.S. and around the world (including London, Singapore, and Taiwan), Zajac also spends time presenting across the country in remanufacturing, automotive IP, and automotive contracting and supply agreements.

Zajac attended WMU-Cooley (J.D., 2017) after graduating from Western Michigan University with Bachelors’ degrees in Mechanical Engineering and German (2012) and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering (2013). He was a Rhodes Scholar finalist (2012); interned for Congressman Fred Upton; and was a four-year starter on the Division 1 football team at WMU. Zajac also is completing his Master’s degree in Corporate Law and Finance. He received the Detroit Bar Association’s “One to Watch” Award in 2019.

Notably, Zajac is very active in the community. He recently was elected to the Livingston County Board of Commissioners. Earlier this year, Zajac was appointed to serve a four-year term on the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School Board of Directors.

He also is an advocate for continuous education and public service. He’s the Association for Child Development (ACD) President, a non-profit organization facilitating ~$30M/annum through the USDA CACF Program providing healthy meals to children across the Midwest. He has helped this organization achieve financial stability, organizational structure, and leads strategic expansion of ACD programs to more children and to provide education to more families.
Moreover, Zajac dedicates hundreds of hours each year coaching high school football in Howell, turning his standard 12-hour workdays into 15+ hour days in order to work with and mentor young athletes. Zajac is an adjunct professor and curriculum coordinator for the engineering project management graduate programs at Trine University; serves on the WMU Lee Honors College Board; and, volunteers as a Challenge Master for Destination Imagination – a creative problem-solving program for kids around the world.

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