Butzel Long attorney Debra Geroux named a Co-Chair of the firm’s Healthcare Industry Group

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Debra Geroux has been named one of three co-chairs for the firm’s Healthcare Industry Group. She joins Robert H. Schwartz and Mark Lezotte in this leadership role.

Geroux’s healthcare practice focuses on health care regulatory compliance and reporting, including data privacy and breach response, as well as 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.

“Deb is an innovator and thought leader who has evolved and adapted her practice to meet ongoing changes in healthcare,” said Robert H. Schwartz, Butzel Long Healthcare Industry Group co-chair. “She sought out and achieved important healthcare certifications that sets her and our firm apart as an industry leader.”

Geroux also serves on the firm’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Specialty Team, Government & Internal Investigations Team and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, (J.D., cum laude, 1995), where she was a member and managing editor of the Law Review. She received her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in 1988.

Geroux is a member of the State Bar of Michigan (including the Health Law Section), the American Bar Association (including the Health Law and Litigation Sections), the Federal Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Health Care Compliance Association. She also assisted with numerous pro bono projects for Community Legal Services (n/k/a Michigan Community Resources), which resulted in the publication of various white papers.

She also is actively involved within her community, both professionally and personally. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for Honor Community Health, an FQHC serving Oakland County, Michigan, and as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Geroux also has served as an Adjunct Professor of Healthcare & Insurance Law in the Paralegal Program at Baker College of Auburn Hills. She also maintains an active role within a number of community organizations, including the CW3 Jaguars FC, where she recently serves as a team manager. She also was active on the Michigan State University College of Law Alumni Association Board, where she served in numerous leadership roles, including serving as its President.

About Butzel Long

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

Butzel Long attorney Reginald Pacis featured during Asian Pacific American Law Students Association virtual panel program on October 23, 2020

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long immigration law attorney Reginald A. Pacis will be a panelist during an Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (Wayne State University Chapter) virtual program on Friday, October 23, 2020 featuring local minority attorneys who were the first in their families to pursue a career as an attorney. In addition, panelists will offer tips on navigating law school and discuss future employment opportunities.

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.

Pacis was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve as a Commissioner 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.

He was named Immigration Lawyer of the Year 2013 in the field of Immigration Law by The Best Lawyers in America and has been listed in Best Lawyers for several years. Pacis is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Samahang Pilipino Ng Oakland Filipino organization. He served two consecutive one-year terms from 2003 to 2005 as Chairperson of the Michigan Chapter of AILA and was a member of the AILA National Board of Governors for those terms. Pacis previously served as Secretary (2001 to 2003) and Membership Chairperson of the Michigan Chapter of AILA (1998 to 2003).

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 receives Community Partner Award from United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long received the Community Partner Award from Michigan United Cerebral Palsy (MI-UCP) during a virtual presentation on October 16, 2020. The Community Partner Award recognizes a person or organization that has excelled in partnering with MI-UCP to advance its mission and serve the interests of people with disabilities.

Butzel Long has assisted the non-profit organization over the years with pro bono work and has served as a sponsor for some of the events including a recent golf outing. Notably, Butzel Long shareholder Jennifer Dukarski was the keynote speaker at a 2018 MI-UCP event discussing the future of autonomous vehicles and the possibilities for people with disabilities.

“For years, I have served as a volunteer in various leadership roles at the local and national level with United Cerebral Palsy,” said Mark Lezotte, Butzel Long shareholder and a 2019 recipient of the United Cerebral Palsy National Chair’s Award. “We are honored to receive this very special recognition and applaud UCP for all they do to protect the equal rights and inclusion of people with disabilities.”

“Butzel Long has been a great community partner and we can’t thank them enough for the years of commitment and support to UCP,” said Leslynn Angel, President and CEO of MI-UCP. “We are pleased to recognize the outstanding work they have generously donated to help us merge the operations of UCP/Detroit and UCP/Michigan, creating the new organization MI-UCP.”

About MI-UCP

MI-UCP is a non-profit organization, with a 70-year history of serving the 1.4 million Michiganders who live with a disability. Everything MI-UCP does, every day is done to close the disability divide. For more information, visit https://www.ucpdetroit.org/home.

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

Latest workplace issues affecting southeast Michigan employers focus of October 29 (virtual) seminar; Butzel Long hosts 33rd Annual Labor, Employment, Benefits and Immigration Law Forum

DETROIT, Mich. – Employers face new challenges and opportunities during a turbulent year. The coronavirus has been a game changer for many employers who have pivoted to an expanded remote workforce. Further, advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace is a call to action for employers to revisit policies and procedures.

Butzel Long is hosting its 33rd Annual Labor, Employment, Employee Benefits and Immigration Law Forum in a (virtual) format this year and will focus on key legal matters from 8 a.m. to Noon on Thursday, October 29, 2020.

The registration fee is $49 per person. Presentation recordings will be made available to those who have registered for the event, at a later date. For more information or to register online, visit https://www.butzel.com/event. For inquiries, contact Nairi Chopjian at chopjian@butzel.com.

The virtual seminar will have a slightly different format this year. Butzel Long is asking participants to register for each session individually to give more flexibility in scheduling and to better distribute the continuing education credits. Attendees will be eligible for 1-3 HRCI and SHRM CE Credits, pending approval.

“Labor, employment, benefits and immigration issues are constantly evolving,” said Daniel B. Tukel, Chair of Butzel Long’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Department. “We have developed six workshops to address the most pressing workplace issues impacting southeast Michigan employers.”

Participants should register for the “Welcome and Introduction” session and then register for one webinar in each Workshop Session.

Workshop session topics include:

• Back to Work or Planning the Return to Work – What Now?

• WHOOPS! Benefits Mistakes to Avoid During COVID

• Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

• COVID-19 and Immigration: Dealing with Unprecedented Issues in Uncertain Times

• Do You Know Where Your Secret Sauce Is? (The thing that differentiates businesses in the marketplace and creates value for the organization)

• Money Talks: New Developments in Wage and Hour and Pay Issues in Remote Work

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 Mark Lezotte will moderate panel during Crain’s Health Care Leadership Summit on October 15

DETROIT, Mich. – Mark Lezotte, a leading southeast Michigan health care attorney with Butzel Long, will moderate a panel program during Crain’s Health Care Leadership Summit, which will be held virtually on Thursday, October 15, 2020. The focus of the panel discussion is: “Health Care Mergers and Acquisitions.”

Panelists for the session include Joan Budden, CEO, Priority Health; Alex Calderone, managing director, Calderon Advisory Group; and, Ollie McCoy, principal, Life Sciences and Health Care, Deloitte.

Lezotte has substantial experience in corporate, health care, tax, and exempt organization matters, including healthcare ventures, business transactions, regulatory investigations, corporate and nonprofit governance, and tax-exempt issues. He also has served in leadership roles on many other civic and nonprofit boards.

He has been active in numerous bar and professional organizations. He has been recognized in “The Best Lawyers in America” (health care law), published by Woodward/White, Inc. since 2013; and has been selected to Michigan Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, since 2008.

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 named Practice Department Chair for the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate Practice Departments

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Geaneen M. Arends has been named Practice Department Chair for the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate Practice Departments effective October 1.

Arends will be responsible for the management and oversight of the firm’s Corporate and Real Estate attorneys who will report to her as well as for the strategic goals, budgeting, forecasting, and direction of the practice groups.

“Geaneen is a talented attorney who is highly regarded both internally and in the community,” said Justin G. Klimko, President and CEO, Butzel Long. “She has demonstrated excellence in her law practice and leadership ability in numerous roles. Geaneen is an outstanding addition to our leadership team, and we are enthused about the emerging generation of leadership in our firm, of which she is an important part.”

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

“I am honored to take on this leadership role at Butzel Long,” said Arends. “As an African-American woman, I certainly understand the significance of this achievement, given that, nationally, less than 3.5% of equity partners in multi-tiered law firms are women of color. While the statistics of how many of those women serve in leadership positions is largely unreported, I am sure that the numbers are not reflective of this group’s leadership capabilities. I look forward to having an even greater opportunity to have an impact on the next generation of attorneys from all backgrounds.”

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 of 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 adds attorneys to firm’s growing Labor and Employment Department

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long, which has one of the largest Labor and Employment practices in Michigan, is growing with the addition of attorneys Terrence J. Miglio and Barbara Eckert Buchanan. They join the firm as shareholders. Formerly, they were with the Varnum law firm.

“Terry and Barbara are highly respected and experienced attorneys with distinguished careers,” said Dan Tukel, Chair, Butzel Long’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Law Department. “They are a wonderful complement to our multidisciplinary team of firm attorneys.”

Both Miglio and Buchanan have significant trial experience, and represent employers before federal and state courts in litigation involving all types of employment and labor claims, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, whistleblower, wage and hour, trade secrets and credentialing of health care professionals.

They advise employers before federal and state administrative agencies in various matters including EEO charges, unfair labor practice charges, and wage and hour complaints, and in counseling employers in all aspects of labor and employment matters.

They also both work with health care organizations in matters such as peer review activities, professional credentialing and discipline.

Miglio is a graduate of the University of Michigan and an honors graduate of Wayne State University School of Law, and is admitted in Michigan and Ohio.

Buchanan is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and the Santa Clara University School of Law, and is admitted in both Michigan and California.

Both have received various honors, including being inducted as Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a carefully vetted honor for which only those who have distinguished themselves in the field of labor and employment for at least 20 years are eligible. They join John Hancock, Dan Tukel, Jim Rosenfeld and Diane Soubly as Butzel Fellows of the 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 Jennifer Dukarski featured during September 29 VoiceAmerica.com discussion on The Future of Mobility and Manufacturing

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jennifer Dukarski, Butzel Long attorney, shareholder and leader of the firm’s Connected Car and Autonomous Vehicle Specialty team, is among the featured guests for the September 29, 2020 edition of VoiceAmerica.com. The topic for the special edition of “Coffee Break with Game-Changers” is, “The Future of Mobility and Manufacturing.”

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 Kurtis T. Wilder elected First Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect of the Interlochen Center for the Arts Board of Trustees

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

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 important to instill an appreciation for the arts at a young age,” said Justice Wilder. “When students embark on this journey, they 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.

“The Interlochen community also offers extensive educational opportunities for students of any age through the Lifelong Arts Learning Program,” he added. “I look forward to serving in this far-reaching leadership role.”

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Wilder is Of Counsel to Butzel Long. He concentrates his practice in litigation and appeals. Justice Wilder served on the Michigan Supreme Court following his appointment by Governor Rick Snyder on May 9, 2017. Prior 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.

He 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. Justice Wilder has served as a member of the Model Criminal Jury Instruction Committee, the Family Division Joint Rules Committee, and the Family Court Implementation Task Force. He is a Past President of the Michigan Judges Association, and Past Chairman of the State Bar Judicial Conference. Justice Wilder also served as the Supreme Court’s liaison for courthouse security.

Justice Wilder has been active in numerous civic and philanthropic endeavors throughout his career. He is a former chair of the State of Michigan Community Corrections Advisory Board; former board chair of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and Nonprofit Enterprise at Work; former board member of The Sphinx Organization; Rotary Club of Ann Arbor; Ann Arbor Symphony; and, American Red Cross, Washtenaw County Chapter.

Notably, Justice Wilder also serves on the Boards of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 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.

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 2020 Super Lawyers list

DETROIT, Mich. – Forty-five Butzel Long attorneys have been named to the 2020 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 2020 Super Lawyers list are:

2020 Rising Stars

— Javon R. David
Personal Injury: General

— Michael C. Decker
Business Litigation

— Jennifer A. Dukarski
Intellectual Property Litigation

— Damien DuMouchel
Criminal Defense: White Collar

— Michael R. Griffie
Schools & Education

— Mark W. Jane
Employee Benefits

— Paul M. Mersino
Business Litigation

— Joseph E. Richotte
Criminal Defense: White Collar

List of 2020 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

— Debra A. Geroux
Health Care

— Beth S. Gotthelf
Environmental

— Robert A. Hudson
Business/Corp.

— Susan L. Johnson
Environmental

— Thomas A. Kabel
Real Estate

— Kaveh Kashef
Business Litigation

— Sheldon H. Klein
Antitrust Litigation

— Robin Luce Herrmann
Media/Advertising

— Daniel J. McCarthy
Appellate

— Max J. Newman
Bankruptcy: Business

— Richard E. Rassel
Business Litigation

— Craig S. Schwartz
Employment & Labor

— 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

— George B. Donnini
Criminal Defense: White Collar

— 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

— Daniel R.W. Rustmann
Business Litigation

— Bruce L. Sendek
Business Litigation

Lansing office

— James J. Urban
Construction Litigation

2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers – Butzel Long

— Joshua E. Abraham
Business Litigation

— Peter D. Morgenstern
Bankruptcy: Business

2020 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers – Butzel Long

— Thomas Earl Patton
Business 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