Butzel Long attorney Robin Luce Herrmann named a “2018 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Robin Luce Herrmann has been named a “2018 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

She is one of 30 female attorneys who will be honored during a luncheon on September 20, 2018 at the Detroit Marriott Hotel in Troy. The event will celebrate the individuals who have made meaningful and inspiring contributions to the legal community. Honorees also will be profiled in an upcoming edition of Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Representing a broad array of clients, Herrmann concentrates her practice in the areas of media law, particularly defamation, privacy, and access issues; commercial litigation, including RICO; and civil rights. As the head of Butzel Long’s Media Team, she advises and litigates defamation, privacy, and access issues, including the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act. She conducts pre-publication review of stories/broadcasts and responds to subpoenas seeking information from the press and newsgatherers. The Media Team advises a broad array of clients, including digital media, emerging technology groups and digital businesses needing advice on First Amendment issues, data protection and cybercrimes.

At the same time, she serves as General Counsel to the Michigan Press Association, the official trade association for the newspapers of Michigan, with more than 300 members throughout the State. Herrmann has extensive trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts in a variety of areas. Herrmann also is responsible for leading internal and external (client) teams involved in multi-million-dollar litigation to conduct discovery, develop strategy, and prepare for trial.

Herrmann was a Professor, Law of the Press, Oakland University, Journalism Department. Further, she is a highly sought-after speaker and presenter. She has been a guest speaker on Law of the Press: Wayne State University, Central Michigan University, and Oakland University.

She also was Co-Editor, The Developing Labor Law, Chapter 30: RICO, 2004-Present. Moreover, she was a Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law, Chapter 30: RICO, 1999-2004.

Herrmann is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and served in leadership roles including Chair: Law and the Media Committee 2013 to 2017; Publications and Website Advisory Committee, 2001-2009; and, Editor of the Michigan Bar Journal.

She has co-authored numerous articles including, Michigan Media Law – A News Room Guide; Media Law Resource Center Libel, Privacy and related surveys for Michigan the 6th Circuit since 1993; and, Overview of Defamation Law, published by the Law and Media Committee of the ABA.

Herrmann is a member of the Executive Committee of The Defense Counsel Section of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC). In addition to leadership roles with the MLRC, she has been a member of the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law since 2012 and is a past Co-Chair of its Women in Communications Law Committee. Herrmann has served as Co-Chair for the Forum’s Diversity Moot Court Competition since 2016.

She also acted as Young Detroit Builders (YDB) pro bono counsel for more than a dozen years.

Herrmann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of 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 alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. 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

Richard Goetz Named To BTI Client Service All-Stars


Detroit –February 12, 2015 – Richard C. Goetz, Senior Counsel and Leader of Dykema’s International Practice Group, has been named a 2015 BTI Client Service All-Star, an honor accorded to just 354 attorneys. He received this recognition from leading corporate counsel and other legal decision-makers for his performance and client service.

In its analysis of this year’s Client Service All-Star list, BTI identifies six factors as key drivers to being viewed by clients as a top-tier provider of client service:

1. Client Focus
2. Innovative Thought Leader
3. Exceptional Understanding of the Client’s Business
4. Legal Skills
5. Outsized Value
6. Outstanding Results

The Client Service All-Star designation emerges from BTI Consulting Group’s annual survey of corporate counsel at the world’s largest organizations. This year’s survey was based on in-depth interviews with more than 300 corporate counsel from Global 500, Fortune 1000 and top-spending organizations. Almost half of survey participants are Chief Legal Officers and General Counsel; the remainder are direct reports to General Counsel.

Respondents were asked to identify—unprompted—those attorneys who drive superior client relationships. The quality and depth of those replies determined which lawyers earned Client Service All-Star status.

The recognition by BTI is a reflection of the more than 40 years of experience focusing on international law that Goetz provides to clients in a broad range of foreign and inbound investment joint venture, distribution, trade and other commercial matters. He regularly counsels clients regarding compliance with FCPA, Antiboycott, economic sanctions, export controls and other U.S. laws governing individuals and entities doing business abroad.

Goetz earned a J.D. from the University of Illinois and a B.A. from Southern Illinois University.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 12 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.

Artserve Michigan Seeks Attorneys For Newly Launched Program Supporting Creative Industries

ArtServe Michigan, the leading statewide arts and cultural advocacy organization in Michigan, has announced its new statewide initiative Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE). The program is recruiting attorneys from Southeast Michigan, Grand Rapids, and Ann Arbor to launch the statewide program.

The LCE program was launched to ensure valuable resources for understanding such legal areas as copyright, trademark, patent, licensing and contracts are available to all levels of the creative industry through knowledgeable legal professionals, workshops and online.

Attorneys who are willing to provide free or low-fee intellectual property advice and related support are paired with professionals and organizations seeking affordable legal services. Those served by LCE would include practicing artists; creative practitioners and independent entrepreneurs; entrepreneurial and start up businesses; and/or non-profit organizations in arts and culture, design, architecture, film/video, software, games and electronic publishing.

“Not only is Clark Hill’s involvement with LCE good for the community by increasing access to quality legal service for creative professionals, but it also enriches our practice because of the meaningful exchanges between attorneys and artists the program facilitates,” said Joseph L. Voss, attorney at Clark Hill and LCE Advisory Council member. “It’s a perfect match for our Entertainment Industry Team, but attorneys across the firm will find opportunities to engage with the arts through LCE, and we are a proud supporter of its efforts throughout Michigan.”

An information session will be conducted at the office of Miller Canfield at 150 W. Jefferson, 25th floor, in Detroit from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5. During the event, attorneys will receive detailed information about participation in LCE and how to join. Attendees also will have the opportunity to meet other attorneys who have already committed to the program.

“Michigan is undergoing a creative renaissance. The intersection of the arts, technology and entrepreneurial energies will ultimately be a critical driver of the local economy and the area’s quality of life. Many of the individuals involved in these areas need legal counsel and guidance they can’t yet afford,” said John Willems, attorney at Miller Canfield and LCE Advisory Council member. “I can’t think of anything more exciting and rewarding as a lawyer than assisting the creative sector and helping to shape the future cultural and financial landscape.”

“Attorney participation is critical to the success of this initiative and building Michigan’s reputation as an innovative place to live, learn and work,” said Jennifer Goulet, president and CEO for ArtServe.

Recent statistics support the importance of successful creatives to the state. ArtServe’s 2012 Creative State Michigan report showed that 211 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations contributed nearly half a billion dollars in expenditures alone to Michigan’s economy in 2009. Of those expenditures, $152 million went to salaries for more than 15,000 jobs, and from 2006 to 2010, the number of arts-related jobs increased by 4 percent in Michigan, while arts-related businesses increased by 43 percent.

“Though participating attorneys would start out with pro bono or low-fee services for creative clients, as these artists and organizations grow, attorneys have the very real opportunity to benefit from the relationship they’ve established early in the creative process to help them gain momentum,” said Goulet.

LCE also will provide professional development seminars across the state for artists and other creative practitioners to help them develop essential knowledge about creativity-related areas of law. Attorneys participating in the program may have the opportunity to help lead those seminar discussions.

Associate Attorney Chanille Carswell of Brooks Kushman, Managing Partner Lawrence Jordan or Jaffe Raitt Law Firm and Attorney Matt Bower of Safford & Baker will lead a two-hour seminar on Thursday, Dec. 6, familiarizing creative practitioners with the basic issues of intellectual property, including licensing, contracts, branding and negotiation.

Participating attorneys are asked to designate a number of legal service hours, number of clients or number of matters they are willing to commit to on a bi-annual basis. Attorneys must be licensed to practice in the State of Michigan and be covered by malpractice insurance. Attorneys retain the right to refuse or decline any legal matter referred through the LCE initiative, but if the matter is accepted, the attorney is responsible for apprising the client of any and all charges or fees and tracking billable hours devoted to the client. ArtServe Michigan facilitates intake of all clients seeking legal assistance and assigning them to volunteer attorneys.

Attorneys interested in the LCE should contact Marcia Goffney, LCE project consultant at lce@artservemichigan.org or 248-912-0760, ext. 5 or Cezanne Charles, director of Creative Industries at cezanne@artservemichigan.org or 248-912-0760, ext. 7.

The program was developed by ArtServe Michigan with support from the Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports (ACES) section of the State Bar of Michigan, several major Michigan law firms and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. Seminars are supported by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the General Motors Foundation.