Butzel Long Chairman Richard E. Rassel named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Hall of Fame

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long Chairman, Richard E. Rassel, has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Hall of Fame Class of 2020. He is among 19 attorneys who will be honored on October 9, 2020.

Rassel has been with Butzel Long for 51 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.

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

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 is also 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 expands Washington, D.C. footprint with addition of four IP attorneys

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Butzel Long, a leading Detroit-based law firm announced today that it has expanded its Intellectual Property (IP) Practice Group with a core group of four attorneys with strong science, technology and engineering backgrounds in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, according to Butzel Long President and CEO Justin G. Klimko.

The group is led by Aaron S. Kamlay (Shareholder), former head of the Washington, D.C.- area IP firm Morris & Kamlay, which specialized in intellectual property law matters related to strategic patent acquisitions, mergers and acquisitions, startup support, portfolio development and patent risk analysis. Joining Kamlay at Butzel Long are Ian S. Harrison (Of Counsel), Kevin T. Roddy (Of Counsel) and Donald “Jay” Lecher (Of Counsel).

“Intellectual property law issues reach into many areas of business,” said Klimko. “From patent prosecution to counseling and enforcement, the combined experience and caliber of attorneys from Morris & Kamlay complement our Intellectual Property Law Practice Group’s capability to meet current and future client challenges.”

“The addition of this top-level talent in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office enhances Butzel Long’s strong IP capabilities, which include a focus on complex and high-stakes patent development and litigation and IP disputes before federal district and appellate courts across the country” said Claudia Rast, Practice Department Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology Group.

Butzel Long’s expansion of its Washington, D.C. office is in line with the firm’s strategic vision and its commitment to acquire highly-qualified legal talent to service over 3,000 geographically diverse clients in national and international markets.

Aaron S. Kamlay

Aaron 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.

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Kamlay founded Morris & Kamlay with Gary Morris 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.

He also advises clients in preparing patent portfolios for sales or acquisitions and in evaluating portfolios for mergers and acquisitions. He has advised on deals totaling over $10 billion. In 2011, he co-founded Morris &

Kamlay LLP, which specialized in strategic portfolio design, patent acquisition, licensing, and patent analysis.
Kamlay holds a JD from Vanderbilt University and a BS in Physics from the University of Evansville.

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.

Ian S. Harrison

Ian Harrison has been practicing IP law for more than 13 years. He has worked with a wide variety of companies, from startups to members of the Fortune 100. He specializes in patent portfolio creation, complex prosecution, portfolio evaluation for transactions, and IP infringement, validity, and freedom-to-operate analysis.

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Harrison worked in IP at the Washington, D.C. offices of two AMLAW 100 firms. He has technical expertise in machine learning and artificial intelligence, terrestrial wireless communications, satellite-based telecommunications, database management systems, electronic components, blockchain and consensus protocols, operating systems, home automation, mobile devices, and ultrasonic devices.

Harrison earned a (J.D.) from the University of Virginia and Haverford College (B.S., Computer Science).

Kevin T. Roddy

Kevin Roddy has more than 15 years of experience in patent law and has advised a wide range of clients in developing patent portfolios for a variety of technologies and industries. He also has experience in IP due diligence, especially with merger and acquisition transactions.

He specializes in patent prosecution with imaging and display systems, image recognition and machine vision, robotics, electro-optics, electronics, digital audio and multi-media systems, software, artificial intelligence and machine learning, medical devices, networked devices, and communications technologies. He has previously worked at multi-national law firms and corporations, as well as large and small specialty IP firms. Roddy has a background in Electrical and Computer Engineering with experience as an engineer developing digital imaging systems for the entertainment and motion picture industries.

Roddy graduated from Syracuse University College of Law (J.D.), the University at Buffalo (B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering), and SUNY Potsdam (B.A., English Literature).

Donald “Jay” Lecher

Donald J. “Jay” Lecher is Of Counsel practicing in Butzel Long’s Washington D.C. office. He has more than 20 years’ experience counseling clients in preparing and prosecuting U.S., PCT and foreign patent applications. His proficiencies include mechanical, electrical, software and business method patent preparation and prosecution, IP infringement and validity studies, licensing, IP litigation support, trademark prosecution, and IP portfolio management.

Lecher was a U.S. Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after law school and built his legal experience thereafter in boutique IP and large general practice firms. His expertise lies in development strategy and management of client patent portfolios. Before attending law school, he was an Advanced Development Engineer in engine management control systems for General Motors Delphi division, Flint, Mich.

He is a registered attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. His Bar admissions include the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Lecher graduated from Regent University School of Law (J.D.) and GMI Engineering & Management Institute (B.S.M.E., Automotive Engineering).

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 celebrates 40-year pro bono client The Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation

DETROIT, Mich. – The legacy of Rosa L. Parks continues through a foundation established 40 years ago with guidance from Butzel Long law firm.

Together with The Detroit News and Detroit Public Schools, Butzel Long incorporated The Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation (RPSF), which has sent more than 2,400 students to college with scholarships. The firm has continued to co-administer the Foundation since its inception. The scholarships grant high school seniors a one-time $2,000 award in the name of the late civil rights leader. This year, 41 students received scholarships.

Notably, Butzel Long yearly sponsors a Butzel Long Rosa Parks Scholarship granted to a rising college freshman. The 2020 recipient is Drue Bender, a Renaissance High School graduate. She plans to pursue a career in political advocacy/law and will be attending Michigan State University this fall.

The Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation is dedicated to awarding scholarships to Michigan high school seniors who hold close to Mrs. Parks’ ideals while demonstrating academic skills, community involvement and economic need.

Richard E. Rassel, Chairman, Butzel Long chaired the Foundation for many years. He said, “Getting to know Mrs. Parks was a highlight of my career.”

“We’ve been involved with the Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation from the start including paying half of the administrative expenses of the Foundation from the outset,” said James S. Rosenfeld, Butzel Long labor and employment law attorney and vice president of the Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors. “Our support has grown over the years. Dick played a crucial role in the Foundation’s endowment, and, consequently, number of scholarships, dramatically increasing. In recognition of Dick’s service to the Foundation and leadership at Butzel Long, the firm committed to our annual scholarship. It is an honor for Butzel Long to work with the Foundation.”

Incidentally, The Detroit News announced on July 9 that the Rosa L. Parks Foundation will receive funds from its sales of a vintage T-shirt that says, “The Detroit News – the first good news of the day.” Actress Drew Barrymore is photographed wearing the vintage T-shirt on the cover of the August edition of InStyle Magazine.

“This thoughtful gesture to benefit the Rosa L. Park Scholarship Foundation is a special highlight to recognize Mrs. Parks and celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the Foundation,” added Rosenfeld.

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 Claudia Rast appointed to co-chair ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Claudia Rast has been appointed co-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Cybersecurity Legal Task Force. To date, she has served six one-year terms since this Task Force was created in 2012.

The Task Force unites representatives from 25 ABA entities with cybersecurity expertise and leaders from the public, private, and technical sectors. From this cross-disciplinary vantage point, the Task Force identifies, compiles, creates, and promotes cybersecurity resources; focuses and coordinates the ABA’s analyses and assessments of cybersecurity proposals; leads projects and spotlights ABA cybersecurity initiatives; and undertakes a wide range of publishing, programming, and outreach.

Notably, Rast is a co-author of a book to be published this year titled, “Cyber Incident Response Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals.” In 2017, she co-authored a chapter to the second edition of The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook, which is heading for its third update and edition in 2021.

Rast, who chairs Butzel Long’s Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology Practice Department, blends her expertise in law, business, and science to assist companies in their strategic use of technology, counseling clients in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, data security and governance, intellectual property licensing and registration, and the forensic preservation and analysis of electronically stored information.

With the rise of cyber events, and the vulnerability of business as their workforce connects from home in response to COVID-19, her background in forensics, IT environments and security has proved invaluable to both defend against and respond to cyber attacks and to conduct cybersecurity awareness and response training sessions.

Similarly, over the past several years, she has worked within both the IT entrepreneur community and the automotive supplier network to negotiate contracts covering innovative technologies associated with autonomous and connected vehicles, addressing security, privacy, IP ownership, and to the impacts of new laws and regulations, ranging from the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU to the California Consumer Privacy Act.

At the same time, Rast is an experienced environmental lawyer, focusing on alternative energy and sustainability practices, including work on the development of a global Rule of Law Index for environment and energy with the World Justice Project. In 2019, she moderated an environmental rule of law panel at The Hague sponsored by the World Justice Forum.

She is a frequent national speaker on matters ranging from cybersecurity, privacy, and data governance. In addition, she has published numerous articles including an online privacy course for CPA’s to receive CPE credit.

Rast’s memberships include the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, where she has been involved in the leadership of the Section since 1999, including Chair of the Section in 2008-2009, Ann Arbor’s New Enterprise Forum Board of Directors (2008-2017), the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Board of Directors (2008-2013), ICLE’s Technology Training Advisory Board (1998-2017), and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan Board of Directors (2017-present). In 2001, she was the only lawyer named as a Technology Industry Leader in Crain’s Detroit Business, and in 2003 the Ann Arbor Chapter of American Women in Computing named her as one of twenty “Top Michigan Women in Computing.” In 2015, she was named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a “Leader in the Law.”

Rast is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.S., Natural Resources) and cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Detroit Law Review. In 2014, she successfully completed the four-week online program, “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data,” developed and taught by the faculty of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in collaboration with MIT Professional Education.

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

Michigan Construction Industry benefits from Butzel Long’s role in Michigan Supreme Court Ruling on Commercial General Liability Coverage

DETROIT, Mich. – The Michigan Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion on June 29, 2020, in a case with favorable wide-ranging implications for construction contractors who routinely purchase Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance.

In a break from more than 30 years of established law, the Court held unintended or unanticipated faulty workmanship by a subcontractor which damages the General Contractor’s work product, may constitute an “accident” and therefore be an “occurrence” triggering insurance coverage for the costs of repairs to correct the subcontractor’s faulty work.

Butzel Long’s role

Butzel Long’s Construction and Appellate Practice groups were engaged by the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association to file an amicus curiae brief, which is a brief filed by an interested group of persons or companies when a matter of importance for a large group comes before the court.

Butzel Long attorneys Eric Flessland, Kurtis T. Wilder, and Michael Griffie wrote the amicus curiae brief demonstrating the correct interpretation and application of the insurance policy and urging the Court to take up this insurance coverage question of such importance to the construction industry. The Michigan Supreme Court granted leave to appeal and heard oral arguments in April. The Michigan Supreme Court agreed with Butzel Long’s positions concerning insurance coverage in this important ruling.

Background

In Skanska USA Building v MAP Mechanical Contractors, Inc., Skanska served as the construction manager and contracted with MAP to install a steam boiler for the Mid-Michigan Medical Center. MAP accidentally installed some of the expansion joints backward which lead to over $1 million in damages to concrete, steel, and the heating system itself. Skanska paid for these repairs and sued Amerisure under a CGL policy seeking recovery. Consistent with prior law, Skanska’s claims against the insurance company were rejected, and the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s ruling. The Court of Appeals reasoned that although Skanska could seek coverage for any damage its work did to a third party’s property, it could not recover for damage to its own work. That Court concluded there was no “coverage” under the CGL policy because the only damage was to Skanska’s own work product, which did not constitute an “accident.” Skanska sought leave to appeal that ruling to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Michigan Supreme Court Decision

Writing in a unanimous opinion for the Court, Chief Justice McCormack said, “Under the current standard language of CGL policies, an ‘accident’ may include unintentionally faulty subcontractor work that damages an insured’s work product. Accordingly, Skanska may be able to recover under the Amerisure policy the cost of repairs Skanska incurred when it corrected faulty work performed by MAP in the renovation of the medical center … [G]iven the plain meaning of the word ‘accident’, we conclude that faulty subcontractor work that was unintended by the insured may constitute an ‘accident’ (and thus an ‘occurrence’) under a CGL policy.”

Before this decision, Michigan courts had ruled that defective work resulting in a claim against the contractor because of injury to a third party or damage to a third party’s property is “unforeseeable,” and therefore a covered “occurrence,” but the same defective work that results in a claim against the contractor because of damage to the completed project is “foreseeable” and not covered.

“This distinction made the definition of ‘occurrence’ in the initial grant of coverage dependent upon which property was damaged,” said Eric Flessland, Butzel Long attorney who represents heavy construction contractors and their trade associations in the public and private sector. “However, the Court correctly noted that distinction is contrary to the plain language of the CGL policy in use today, and limited that old rule to the 1973 version of CGL policies that are no longer used by the insurance industry. Unintended faulty workmanship that damages the insured’s work product constitutes an ‘occurrence’. Whether there is coverage depends upon applying the exclusions and exceptions to the exclusions in the CGL policies.

“The impact of this ruling on the construction industry cannot be overstated,” he added. “If a subcontractor performs poorly and accidentally causes property damage to completed work, the General Contractor’s CGL insurance carrier now may be required to pay for the loss – even if the loss is only to the General Contractor’s own 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 Jennifer Dukarski invited to co-host MLRC Zoom program on LGBQT rights and the First Amendment on June 30

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jennifer Dukarski, Butzel Long attorney, shareholder and leader of the firm’s connected car working group, will co-host a Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) Zoom program at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 on LGBQT rights and the First Amendment.

The discussion will focus on the implications of Bostock v. Clayton County as well as questions on whether and how the First Amendment has been used to advance equality. Featured participants include Stanford Law School’s Pamela Karlan, who argued Bostock and Paul Smith of the Campaign Legal Center, who argued Lawrence v. Texas.

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.

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 donation to Salvation Army will provide more than 2,300 meals to Metro Detroiters in need

DETROIT, Mich. – Southeast Michigan food pantries face a daily challenge to provide nutritious food to families in need, which has been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Butzel Long law firm is helping by donating $2,500 to the Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. The donation through the Butzel Long Charitable Trust will provide 2,336 meals to families struggling with food insecurity, feeding many families for several days.

Notably, last month, Butzel Long also made a financial donation to Gleaners to help metro Detroit neighbors in need. Butzel Long continues to look for and implement ways to help those most in need during these unprecedented times.

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 Butzel Long Charitable Trust believes that if you change one life, you can change the world. And Butzel Long continues to try to reach those it can most directly help.

“Metro Detroit has been severely impacted by the current health and economic crises,” said Paul M. Mersino, attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long and Trustee of its Charitable Trust. “Families depend on local food pantries. It is important to support our community and the good work of organizations like the Salvation Army and Gleaners. Butzel Long will continue to find ways to help our neighbors in need.”

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 Ira E. Hoffman will present a Public Contracting Institute online course on June 16, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Ira E. Hoffman, will present a Public Contracting Institute (PCI) online course on the topic of export controls from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

This workshop is intended to provide an in-depth understanding of the compliance rules that apply to companies involved in producing and/or exporting goods, services and/or technology that are subject to U.S. export controls, and to help participants craft or update compliance plans. Participants are eligible for continuing education credits, specifically 5 CLE/ .50 CEU/ 6 CPE (Accounting – Governmental) credits may be earned for this course. This course is recommended for 5 CLP credits. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/pci-forum-export-controls-online-stream/event-summary-2548ec48072648f2ac581fd35451896e.aspx

Based in Butzel Long’s Washington, D.C. office, Hoffman focuses his practice on government contracts, international law, commercial litigation and cybersecurity law and policy. He has more than 30 years’ experience in international contracting, and his cybersecurity practice focuses on liability for security breaches, M&A due diligence, government investigations, and strategies for mitigating cyber risk.

Hoffman also is a Director of the Public Contracting Institute, and a frequent lecturer on small business contracting and subcontracting, plus the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions. Moreover, he taught International Trade Law and European Union Law at the George Mason University School of Law.

Hoffman earned his J.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was an editor on the Law Review; earned an M.Sc (Econ) from the London School of Economics, where he also taught; and a B.A. from the University 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 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