Butzel Long attorney Thomas A. Kabel reprises role as Corporate/ Real Estate Practice Department Chair

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Thomas A. Kabel, attorney and shareholder, Butzel Long, has once again been appointed Corporate/ Real Estate Practice Department Chair, a role he previously served in for six years.

Based in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Kabel concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate and real estate-related finance. He has been involved in all facets of acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing and development of real property throughout his career.

Kabel’s real estate practice spans a wide range of diverse areas and clients, representing developers, automotive companies, colleges and universities in all aspects of their real estate needs. He also has extensive experience representing commercial lenders in conventional financing and has served as bank and bond counsel on numerous industrial revenue and other tax-exempt financings.

Kabel is certified by the National Association of Development Companies (a trade association of companies that have been certified by the Small Business Administration to provide funding for small businesses) to close SBA loans under the SBA’s 504 Loan program. For the past eight years, he has devoted a portion of his practice to representing Oakland County Business Finance Corporation in connection with their SBA 504 Loan program, closing approximately 20-24 such loans each year.

Kabel is currently Vice Chair of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and is a former Chair of the Section’s CLE Committee. He is the author of Equitable Subrogation: Why the Refinance Lender’s Security Interest May Not be as Secure as it Thinks (Michigan Real Property Review) and has participated as a speaker and/or author in numerous seminars and other continuing legal education programs over the years.
Kabel is also a member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Kabel is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1999), where he was Senior Articles Editor of the Wayne Law Review, and Grand Valley State University (B.S. 1995).

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 named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Hall of Fame

DETROIT, Mich. – Kurtis T. Wilder, a shareholder with Butzel Long, has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Hall of Fame Class of 2021. He is one of 21 attorneys who will be honored during a virtual program on April 13 and profiled in an upcoming edition.

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Wilder 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 April 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.

In 2020, Justice Wilder was elected First Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect of the Interlochen Center for the Arts Board of Trustees, and 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. He 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 Geaneen M. Arends elected to firm’s Board of Directors; Attorney is the first person of color elected to serve in this role

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long’s newly elected Board member and Vice President, Geaneen M. Arends, is the first person of color and third woman to serve in this law firm leadership role in the firm’s 167 year history.

Last October, Arends, a shareholder, was named Practice Department Chair for the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate Practice Departments. She is responsible for the management and oversight of the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate attorneys who report to her as well as for the strategic goals, budgeting, forecasting, and direction of the practice groups.

“We are very pleased to welcome Geaneen to our Board,” said Justin G. Klimko, President and CEO, Butzel Long. “Her perspective, insights and judgment will be valuable to our deliberations. Her election to the Board is a recognition by her peers of her talent and leadership abilities.”

Based in the firm’s Detroit office, Arends concentrates her practice in mergers and acquisitions, business formation, general business and commercial real estate transactions.

“This is a pivotal moment for me in my career and for Butzel Long,” said Arends. “I am honored to be the first person of color in the firm’s history to be elected to the firm’s Board of Directors.

“As a mother to twin daughters, I strive to be a strong role model and they know their future is limitless,” she added. “I look forward to serving in this important Butzel Long role.”

Arends’ long-time commitment to pro-bono work and community service is well-known. She serves as First Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Detroit Historical Society (Detroit Historical Museum and Dossin Great Lakes Museum) and is a Trustee of the Detroit Educational Television Foundation/Detroit Public Television (Detroit PBS). She also serves on the Steering Committee for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots Celebration.

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

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

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel Long President and CEO Justin G. Klimko to receive ACG Detroit’s Lifetime Achievement Award

DETROIT, Mich. – Justin G. Klimko, President and CEO, Butzel Long, will receive the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Detroit Lifetime Achievement Award at an event later this year. The award is presented as part of ACG Detroit’s Annual M&A All Star Awards. Klimko is a Board Member and Secretary of ACG Detroit.

Klimko, based in the firm’s Detroit office, has extensive experience in securities regulation, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate matters, areas in which he has practiced since 1980. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for business law matters and is ranked as one of Michigan’s leading corporate and M&A lawyers. He is a past chair of the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section and a past recipient of the Section’s Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award. He co-chairs the Section’s Corporate Laws Committee, responsible for development of Michigan’s corporate statute. He also has chaired the Section’s Ad Hoc Committee on Legal Opinions, which has issued reports to address opinion issues in business transactions, including issues specific to Michigan law, and is a member of the TriBar Opinion Committee, a national committee addressing opinions in business transaction.

Klimko previously taught corporation law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, frequently lectures and authors articles on business law subjects and has served as general editor of a treatise on Michigan Business Forms and as a contributing author for a treatise on Michigan contract law.

He is included in the publication The Best Lawyers in America and enjoys an “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell rating system. Klimko is rated one of Michigan’s top Corporate/M&A attorneys by Chambers USA Guide of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is listed in Michigan Super Lawyers (Mergers and Acquisitions).

About the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)

ACG is a global organization with 59 chapters and 14,500 members including professionals from private equity firms, corporations and lenders that invest in middle-market companies, as well as from law, accounting, investment banking and other firms that provide advisory services.

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

Bitcoin, Digital Assets, Law and more highlighted during Butzel Long Blockchain webinar series (“Blockchain @ Butzel”) beginning March 30

DETROIT, Mich. – Blockchain technology is innovating industries from banking and finance to healthcare and supply chains. Blockchain, a distributed ledger used for linking information, is a game changer because it provides a secure and permanent way to store and share volumes of information.

Butzel Long is offering a webinar series led by firm attorney William Kraus, who specializes in legal and regulatory issues related to digital assets and blockchain technology. Kraus will take a deep dive into digital assets (e.g. Bitcoin) and blockchain technology, how they work and legal issues relating to this technology. The complimentary webinar series will take place from Noon-1 p.m. on March 30, April 6 and April 13. For more information or to register online, visit https://www.butzel.com/events.

March 30 – Is Bitcoin Illegal? What is a Bitcoin? An Introduction to Digital Assets (Introductory Level)

This webinar will provide an easy-to-understand introduction to digital assets and how they work. The discussion will focus on general legal and regulatory issues surrounding this area, framed against the possibilities and pitfalls (e.g., the dark web and ransomware) of this exciting technology. Finally, Kraus will field common questions about blockchain and digital assets.

April 6 – From Orange Groves to Blockchain; Financial Regulation of Digital Assets (Intermediate Level)

Bitcoin revolutionized how we think about finance by offering a truly decentralized currency outside the control of any central bank or government. As Bitcoin and other digital assets have grown in popularity, however, so too has their regulation as a financial instrument. This webinar will examine the fundamental arguments for and against regulation, while providing an overview of the current treatment of digital assets under U.S. law.

April 13 – Blockchain Take the Wheel: Potential Applications for Blockchain in the Automotive Industry (Advanced Level)

While Bitcoin continues to make headlines, in many ways, the blockchain technology behind Bitcoin may end up having a larger impact on our lives. No longer just for sending money, blockchain is being adopted by everyone from Fortune 500 companies to local governments. Here in Michigan, blockchain also offers exciting possibilities for increasing efficiency, managing data, and improving supply chains within the automotive industry. This webinar will discuss some of the business cases for blockchain technology, and examine relevant legal considerations.

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

Cybersecurity, Cryptocurrency and Trade Secrets are the focus of a March 16 webinar featuring Butzel Long attorneys

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorneys will be featured during a March 16 webinar titled, “Cybersecurity, Cryptocurrency and Trade Secrets: Protection, Legal Issues and, Business Application.” The webinar is presented by the German American Business Council.

The program will feature a discussion on Bitcoin and blockchain and legal issues surrounding this fascinating technology. Next, attorneys will address new and evolving cybersecurity threats expected in the coming year and what tools and practices are available to minimize threats. Then, the program will focus on trade secrets including legal risks and best practices to prevent trade secret theft where employees are accessing corporate databases remotely and using company equipment at home.

Featured Butzel Long presenters include:

• William Kraus – He concentrates his practice on disputes relating to the financial industry, with a particular focus on legal and regulatory issues related to digital assets (e.g., Bitcoin) and blockchain technology.

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

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

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel Long Chairman Richard E. Rassel receives Inaugural Business Leadership Award presented by the Detroit Regional Chamber

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long Chairman, Richard E. Rassel, is the recipient of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Inaugural Business Leadership in Education and Equity Award. The Chamber presented the award virtually during the second annual State of Education program on February 3, 2021.

Rassel was recognized for his years of service and unwavering commitment to the mission of Detroit Drives Degrees, a collective impact initiative to improve the pipeline in the Detroit region with three areas of focus: advancing access to postsecondary opportunities; boosting student success; and, retaining local talent and attracting new talent. Detroit Drives Degrees’ goal is to boost post-secondary degree or certificate attainment in the Detroit region to 60 percent by 2030.

Notably, he currently serves as Co-Chair of Detroit Drives Degrees and as Vice Chairman of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Foundation Board.

“Dick’s continued leadership – in giving so generously of his talent, time and effort to promote this agenda – is unparalleled in the region, and Detroit is stronger because of it,” said Melanie D’Evelyn, Director, Detroit Drives Degrees, Detroit Regional Chamber. “This new annual award will recognize corporate leaders whose contributions to strengthening the regional talent pipeline and promoting racial justice are truly outstanding.”

Rassel has been with Butzel Long for 52 years. He practices primarily in the area of complex business litigation and arbitration with a special concentration in media law. He also is Secretary and a Director of the Detroit Legal News.

Over the years, Rassel’s professional skills have earned him listings in Chambers, The Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, as well as a Martindale-Hubbell AV preeminent rating. In addition, he was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers from 1989 to 2013. He served on the initial Board of Directors of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms.

Rassel also is active in the community. He is a past Board Chair of Detroit Public Television where he was honored with the 2011 Community Leadership Award, past Chairman of the Board of the Holy Cross Foundation, past Director of the Michigan Strategic Fund, former Chairman and Founding Trustee of the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation, former Chairman of the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of University of Michigan Law School.

He has been honored with the Community Service Award and the Leadership Award by the Birmingham (Michigan) Community House, where he is a past President. He is a Trustee of William Beaumont Hospital System; an Ambassador of the College of Arts and Sciences of Oakland University; and a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. In 2020, Rassel was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Hall of Fame.

Rassel holds a B.A. from University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He served in the U.S. Navy and is a Certified Judge Advocate. He also is a graduate of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution.

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 Leading Lawyers

DETROIT, Mich. – Sixty-eight Butzel Long attorneys have been named to the 2021 list of Leading Lawyers, presented by Law Bulletin Media, a digital information provider delivering essential information and services to legal professionals. The attorneys and their practice areas are listed below:

Ann Arbor office

– John Dudley, Jr.
Employment Law: Management

– Dawn Hertz
Advertising & Media Law

– Mark Jane
Employee Benefits Law

– Nancy Keppelman
Employee Benefits Law

– George Kuehn
Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Publicly Held Corporations Law

– Lynn McGuire
Employee Benefits Law

– Mark Nelson
Commercial Litigation, Employee Benefits Law, Employment Law: Management

– Claudia Rast
Computer & Technology Law, Energy Law, Environmental Law

– Robert Stevenson
Employee Benefits Law

– Andrew Stumpff
Employee Benefits Law

Bloomfield Hills office

– Linda Armstrong
Immigration Law: Employment, Immigration Law: Individual

– Alexander Bragdon
Employee Benefits Law

– George Donnini
Criminal Defense Law: White Collar

– W. Patrick Dreisig
Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law

– Theodore Eppel
Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense Law: White Collar

– Geoffrey Gallinger
Real Estate Law: Commercial, Real Estate Law: Finance

– Amy Glenn
Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

– Michael Golab
Closely & Privately Held Business Law, International Business & Trade Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Publicly Held Corporations Law

– Beth Gotthelf
Energy Law, Environmental Law

– David Hipp
Real Estate Law: Commercial, Real Estate Law: Finance

– Susan Johnson
Energy Law, Environmental Law

– Thomas Kabel
Real Estate Law: Commercial, Real Estate Law: Finance

– Sheldon Klein
Antitrust Law, Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law, Commercial Litigation

– William Lyshak
Tax Law: Individual, Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

– Allan Nachman
Real Estate Law: Commercial, Real Estate Law: Finance

– Max Newman
Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial, Creditor’s Rights/Commercial Collections Law

– Scott Patterson
Employment Law: Management, Immigration Law: Employment

– Robert Perry
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

– R. Peter Prokop
Closely& Privately Held Business Law, Tax Law: Business, Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

– Thomas Radom
Bankruptcy & Workout Law: Commercial, Creditor’s Rights/ Commercial Collections Law

– Richard Rassel
ADR Law: Commercial Litigation, Advertising & Media Law, Commercial Litigation

– Brett Rendeiro
Commercial Litigation, Employment Law: Management

– Dennis Schultz
Mergers & Acquisitions Law

– Craig Schwartz
Employment Law: Management, Labor Law: Management

– John Selesko
Tax Law: Individual, Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

– Thomas Shaevsky
Employee Benefits Law

– Jack Shumate
Environmental Law, Mineral & Natural Resource Law

– David Sommerfeld
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

– Paul Triemstra
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

– Daniel Tukel
Employment Law: Management

Detroit office

– Frederick Berg, Jr.
Commercial Litigation

– James Bruno
Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Franchise & Dealership Law, International Business & Trade Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Publicly Held Corporations Law

– Maura Corrigan
Civil Appellate Law, Commercial Litigation

– Rebecca Davies
Employment Law: Management

– Carey DeWitt
Employment Law: Management, Labor Law: Management

– Arthur Dudley, II
Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Publicly Held Corporations Law, Securities & Venture Finance Law

– David DuMouchel
Criminal Appellate Law, Criminal Defense Law: Felonies & Misdemeanors, Criminal Defense Law: White Collar

– Eric Flessland
Commercial Litigation, Construction Law

– Bernard Fuhs
Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law, Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Franchise & Dealership Law, Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law

– Cynthia Haffey
Commercial Litigation

– John Hancock, Jr.
Employment Law: Management, Labor Law: Management

– Robert Hudson
Corporate Finance Law, International Business & Trade Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Publicly Held Corporations Law, Secured Transactions Law

– Justin Klimko
Corporate Finance Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Publicly Held Corporations Law, Securities & Venture Finance Law

– Phillip Korovesis
Commercial Litigation, Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law

– Mark Lezotte
Health Law

– Clara DeMatteis Mager
Immigration Law: Employment, Immigration Law: Individual

– Bushra Malik
Immigration Law: Employment

– Brett Miller
Employment Law: Management, Labor Law: Management

– Donald Miller
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law: Employee, Employment Law: Management

– Donald Orlandoni
Commercial Litigation

– Reginald Pacis
Immigration Law: Employment, Immigration Law: Individual

– James Rosenfeld
ADR Law: Employment, Employment Law: Management, Labor Law: Management

– Daniel Rustmann
Commercial Litigation

– Bruce Sendek
Commercial Litigation

– Nicholas Stasevich
Closely & Privately Held Business Law, International Business & Trade Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Publicly Held Corporations Law

– John Valenti
Personal Injury Defense Law: General, Products Liability Defense Law, Toxic Torts Defense Law

– James Wynne
Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law, Commercial Litigation, Products Liability Defense Law, Toxic Torts Defense Law

Lansing office

– James Urban
Commercial Litigation, Construction 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 adds attorneys to firm’s growing Litigation Practice Group; Louis F. Ronayne and Quendale G. Simmons join firm as associate attorneys

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long is growing to meet client needs with the addition of associate attorneys Louis F. Ronayne and Quendale G. Simmons who specialize in litigation. Notably, Butzel Long’s Litigation Practice Group is among one of the firm’s largest practice teams.

Louis F. Ronayne

Based in the firm’s Detroit office, Ronayne focuses his practice primarily in the areas of commercial and appellate litigation.

He is a former judicial law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra and research attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Ronayne earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Law in 2017. While there, he received several academic accolades, including completion of the college’s Trial Practice Institute, where he was the recipient of the Walter E. Oberer Scholarship. He also served on the executive board of the college’s former Journal of Business and Securities Law. Ronayne received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, in 2014 from Adrian College, where he played goaltender on the ice hockey team.

Quendale G. Simmons

Simmons, based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office, focuses his practice on Business & Commercial Litigation. As a part of his practice, he represents businesses in complex business disputes and advises clients regarding their business legal needs.

Prior to joining the firm, Simmons’ practice included the representation of corporations and individuals in civil litigation disputes involving personal, property, and casualty insurance claims. He also has previously worked as a judicial law clerk at the Wayne County Circuit Court where he wrote judicial memoranda and legal opinions regarding pending civil lawsuits.

Simmons earned his J.D. from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he served as the Business Editor for I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. Simmons received a Bachelor of Arts, with High Distinction, from the University of Michigan.

Simmons is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel Long 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