Butzel Long attorney appointed Co-Chair of the Trial Practice Section of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Association

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Javon David has been appointed Co-Chair of the Trial Practice Section of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Association (MDTC). She concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and business tort litigation. David has extensive litigation experience, successfully handling matters from the onset of suit through trial.

She also has extensive experience representing corporations and individuals in a wide variety of negligence, general liability, insurance coverage, premises liability, and personal injury disputes.

While in law school, she was a Law Review Editor, the 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 is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan and the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. She also is a certified mediator through the American Bar Association. She 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 received a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2013 and graduated with honors.

She has been named to the list of Michigan Rising Stars in Super Lawyers magazine for 2017, 2018, and 2019. David also was named among Michigan’s Top Women Lawyers from 2017-2019.

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 donates $5,000 to Gleaners providing 15,000 meals to neighbors in need

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long is responding to meet the needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic by donating $5,000 to Gleaners. The donation through the Butzel Long Charitable Trust, will provide 15,000 meals to neighbors in need.

Butzel Long has been a longtime supporter of Gleaners. Over the years, the firm hosted a PB & J fundraiser for Gleaners and collected boxes of cereal during a food drive for kids, to name a few.

Throughout the year, Butzel Long 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.

“The current health and economic crisis has been devastating to our community,” said Paul M. Mersino, attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long and Trustee of its Charitable Trust. “A growing number of families are looking to Gleaners to secure nourishing food that they may not otherwise be able to obtain elsewhere right now. Gleaners is a vital link in our community especially during these unprecedented times. Butzel Long is proud to be able to assist Gleaners and those in need.”

About Gleaners

Headquartered in Detroit, Gleaners distributes more than 45 million pounds of food to neighbors in need. Every dollar donated provides three meals and 92 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs.

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 featured during State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section webinar on the CARES Act on May 6, 2020

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorneys Debra Geroux and Mark Lezotte, who specialize in health care law, will be featured speakers during a free State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section webinar from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The title of the webinar is, “CARES Act & Healthcare Provider Relief Programs: Are There Strings Attached to ‘No Strings Attached’ Money?”
The content of the webinar will be updated to reflect HHS/CMS guidance and new legislation, to give an up-to-the-minute look at how healthcare providers can obtain these funds, what they can be used for, and how to qualify and stay eligible. Space is limited. To register, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1824059410734302219

About Debra Geroux

Debra Geroux is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office. Her healthcare practice focuses on health care regulatory compliance and reporting and healthcare-related civil, criminal, and administrative litigation. She holds the Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) and Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) designations from the Compliance and Certification Board. her representative clients include individual practitioners and group practices, community mental health authorities, FQHC’s, home health agencies, pharmacies and pharmaceutical manufactures, ambulatory surgery centers, hospitals, and DMEPOS providers.

About Mark Lezotte

Mark Lezotte is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Detroit office. He has substantial experience in corporate, healthcare, exempt organization, and tax matters, including corporate and nonprofit governance, healthcare transactions and regulatory investigations, tax exemption matters, and a wide range of business and commercial transactions. He has conducted presentations on a number of topics involving health law, nonprofit organizations, and tax matters, including: healthcare reform issues; board duties and responsibilities; hospital-physician transactions; HIPAA and patient privacy provisions; compliance programs; informed consent; advance directives and healthcare powers of attorney; and charitable giving. Lezotte started his legal career with the firm and then later served as general counsel of Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. (now a part of Beaumont Health), where he was responsible for all of the system’s legal services and supporting strategic initiatives and joint ventures.

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 Robert H. Schwartz to moderate May 6, 2020 Automation Alley livestream program on Manufacturing Next Steps for Returning to Work

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Robert H. Schwartz will moderate Automation Alley’s “Tech Takeover: Manufacturing Next Steps for Returning to Work,” panel program from 8:30-10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

The free livestream event will focus on the next steps that need to be taken to safely reopen Michigan’s critical manufacturing center amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, Michigan is part of a coalition of states including Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana and Kentucky that have agreed to coordinated economic reopening. To register, visit: https://members.automationalley.com/events/details/tech-takeover-manufacturing-next-steps-for-returning-to-work-14966

Featured panelists include:

• Michael Silvio, Faculty, Wayne State University
• Samuel Hoff, CEO, Patti Engineering
• Tom Kelly, Executive Director and CEO, Automation Alley
• William Crane, Founder & CEO, Industry Star
• Gary Schkade, President, AMBE Engineering

About Robert H. Schwartz

Notably, Schwartz’s practice includes corporate and healthcare activities. He has extensive experience in business planning, mergers and acquisitions and in assisting healthcare and hospital clients in the healthcare regulatory areas including reimbursement, fraud and abuse, hospital-physician relations, pharmacies in both the community and long-term care setting, among others.

He is a member of the Health Law Sections of the American Bar Association and State Bar of Michigan, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, as well as the State Bar of Michigan. He is a Board Member of Oakland County Michigan’s Medical Main Street and an American Health Lawyer Association Trained Arbitrator, Mediator and Hearing Officer.

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 free webinar on April 22 focused on CARES Act Healthcare Provider Relief Payments: Are There Strings Attached to ‘No Strings Attached’ Money?

DETROIT, Mich. – The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is rolling out payments and advances to healthcare providers to assist them with covering their costs and obtaining necessary resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs include the Accelerated and Advanced Payment Program (AAPD), which is an advance or loan against future billings; the Provider Relief Fund (PRF), which are outright grants that will not have to be repaid; plus possible future relief payments to some providers that HHS is still working on.

Attorneys from Butzel Long law firm’s Health Care Industry Team are hosting a free informational webinar from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Participants will learn the latest on how healthcare providers can obtain these funds, and what they have to do in order to qualify and stay eligible. To register, visit www.butzel.com/events.

Notably, the programs are moving fast, payments are already being made, but they come with some conditions and complexity. There are also important deadlines that providers will have to meet in the next couple of weeks, as well as some ongoing accounting and reporting requirements.

For more information and resources on all COVID-19 related legislation, programs, and orders from both federal and state authorities, visit the online Butzel Long Coronavirus Resource Center.

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, PTAC and Chemical Bank sponsor free webinar on April 15 on COVID-19 CARES Act Supporting Federal Contractors: A Guide for the Small Business Industrial Base

DETROIT, Mich. – Small business contractors across the U.S. grapple with unique concerns from the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, and is threatening supply chains and the defense industrial base. With high levels of anxiety running across every sector and region of the country, one in four report temporarily closing, with more planned closures on the way. As the situation continues to unfold, small businesses are looking for relief in the form of direct cash payments and other loans and financial assistance so they can continue to support our national defense.

Butzel Long, Macomb Regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTCA) and Chemical Bank are sponsoring a free webinar from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 titled, “COVID-19 CARES Act Supporting Federal Contractors: A Guide for the Small Business Industrial Base.” Click Here to Register on the PTAC Website!

A panel of subject matter experts will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on federal government contractors and discuss tools and financial assistance available through The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Featured panelists include:

• Beth Cryderman Moss, PTACs of Michigan
• Justin Klimko, Butzel Long
• Kyle Ann Sasena, Chemical Bank
• Beth Gotthelf, Butzel Long

Butzel Long has been a trusted resource for those seeking CARES Act assistance while helping businesses and individuals navigate all of the other legal, regulatory, and commercial implications that have come along with COVID-19.

Chemical Bank, a division of TCF National Bank, is an SBA 7(a) Preferred Lender and has remained steadfast and focused on community banking, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 free webinar on March 31 focused on The CARES Act: What Small and Mid-Sized Businesses Need to Know

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long is hosting a free webinar from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 on The CARES Act: What Small and Mid-Sized Businesses Need to Know To register, visit www.butzel.com/events.

On Friday, March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (or “CARES” Act) (Pub. L. No. 116-XXX) (H.R. 748). The Act provides more than $2 trillion in emergency economic relief for businesses, families, and individuals affected by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19)—the largest stimulus or rescue package in American history. The Act represents the third piece of legislation intended to help families and companies impacted by COVID-19.

This webinar will provide the highlights of the potential economic relief opportunities for small and mid-sized businesses, including the $349 Billion Paycheck Protection Program, which could provide up to $10 million in loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 to maintain their payroll costs. Further, this webinar will answer these burning questions:

• Who is eligible for a loan?
• What can the loan be used for?
• Is it true that the loan could be completely forgiven? Under what conditions?
• What is the process?
•How does this affect potential employment decisions – RIF’s, lay-offs, furloughs, etc.?
• What other programs might be available under the CARES Act?

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 free webinar on March 31 – COVID-19 and the impact of Employment on Foreign Nationals

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long is hosting a free webinar from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 on a “Response to the Spread of COVID-19: The Impact on Employment of Foreign Nationals.” To register, visit www.butzel.com/events.

The response to the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus has impacted various aspects of employment-based immigration in the U.S. Employers are faced with closing facilities, working remotely, furloughs, layoffs, and possible terminations. Prior to COVID-19, the employer’s main focus was obtaining and retaining talent. Employers have relied on foreign nationals to fill some of the talent gaps.

Foreign national employees generally have one of the following nonimmigrant visas/status: H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, TN/TN2, O-1, E-2, E-3, F-1/OPT, etc. In some instances, spouses with dependent visas also have employment authorization. Furloughs, layoffs, and terminations all affect the foreign national employee and his/her family. Many foreign national employees also are being sponsored by their employers for permanent resident status (“green card”). These processes are also affected by furloughs, layoffs, and termination.

What are available options for employers to retain talent and allow for foreign national employees to maintain status and remain in the U.S. legally?

Attorneys from Butzel Long’s Immigration Practice will discuss the following:

• Impact of furlough and layoffs on foreign national employees in the most utilized nonimmigrant classifications;

• Options available to maintain status and retain talent;

• Changes in Form I-9 and e-verify; and,

• Most recent updates from Government

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 free webinar on March 26 focused on Executive Orders on COVID-19: What Health Care Providers Need to Know

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long is hosting a complimentary webinar from 9-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020 on the Executive Orders on the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential effect on the business operations of health care providers. To register, visit www.butzel.com/events.

Attorneys from Butzel Long’s health care, employment, business law, and employee benefits groups will present a summary of key issues, followed by an interactive question-and-answer session to raise specific concerns.

Topics will include:

• Governor Whitmer’s shelter-in-place executive order, and the executive order on non-emergency medical procedures;

• Responsibilities to maintain health insurance or any other benefits if operations are closed;

• Staff hours, reduced schedules, and filing for unemployment;

• Sick time policies, effect on PTO plans, FMLA;

• Tax credits to businesses;

• Small business loans and other funding supports;

• Coordination of state and federal orders and legislation;

• Donations/loans of disposable and capital equipment; and,

• Announcements of various regulatory relief.

Topics are likely to change based on the most recent developments, but webinar participants will have an up-to-date look at key issues affecting their businesses, employees, and patients.

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 free webinar on March 25 focused on Practical and Legal Aspects of Restructuring Strategies in a Financial Crisis

DETROIT, Mich. – Business owners face difficult decisions regarding their options to fulfill requirements to employees, customers, banks, landlords, vendors, etc. The ability to develop sustainable strategies to emerge when commerce becomes stable is integral to survival. Business owners with thoughtful plans communicated to stakeholders stand the best chance.

Leaders from Butzel Long law firm and O’Keefe, a consulting firm, are hosting a free informative webinar from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. They will discuss the financial and legal alternatives to maintain cash flow and liquidity during this turbulent time. To register, visit www.butzel.com/events.

Presenters include:

• Max Newman, Shareholder – Butzel Long, Newman concentrates his practice in the representation of debtors, creditors committees, creditors and customers in all aspects of Chapter 11 Reorganizations.

• Thomas Radom, Shareholder, Butzel Long, Radom has extensive experience in bankruptcy, corporate reorganizations and restructurings, workouts and liquidations, debtor/creditor rights and commercial litigation in federal and state courts.

• Patrick O’Keefe, Founder and CEO – O’Keefe, is a recognized expert in the fields of corporate reorganization, financing, debt restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation support.

• Russell Long, Partner and Managing Director – O’Keefe, specializes in litigation support, business valuation, turnaround consulting and receiverships.

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