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U.S. Export Control Regulation Updates discussed during lunch and learn program on April 23 in Sterling Heights

DETROIT, Mich. – The reach of regulations for the ‘export’ of ‘Defense Articles’ is long. The definition of ‘Defense Articles’ is broad and complicated. Some companies did not even realize that they were ‘exporting’ or that what they were exporting was a ‘Defense Article.’

Southeast Michigan businesses have an opportunity to identify flags that trigger exports of Defense Articles and gain key insight on U.S. Export Control Regulation and updates during a lunch and learn program from 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Macomb-OU INCubator at the Velocity Collaboration Center, located at 6633 Eighteen Mile Road in Sterling Heights. Lunch will be served, courtesy of Butzel Long.

Butzel Long attorneys Beth Gotthelf and Bill Eshelman’s presentation, “International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Primer Update,” will provide an overview of the current state U.S. Export Control Regulation now that a substantial number of Munitions List items have been transferred from the responsibility of the State Department to Commerce, pursuant to the current Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative.

This presentation is particularly timely as the ECR currently is in its latter stages of implementation, and any previous tensions that may have existed between the licensing regimes of the two Departments is becoming less frequent as a consequence.

Seating is limited and registration is required. To register, call Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or email:

About Beth Gotthelf

Gotthelf, based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office, represents and counsels a diverse mix of clients. She is Chair of Butzel’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Team and Co-Chair of the Energy and Sustainability Practice Team. In addition, Gotthelf is an Executive-in-Residence with the Macomb-OU INCubator. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau and active on the Michigan Israel Business Bridge.

About Bill Eshelman
In his more than four decades of legal practice, Eshelman, based in Butzel Long’s Washington. D.C. office, has held responsible positions at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and several major federal agencies with responsibilities that include the full range of federal contracting.

About the Macomb-OU INCubator

The Macomb-OU INCUubator provides comprehensive development and support to startup and emerging businesses with a focus on the defense, homeland security, advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. For more information, visit

About Butzel Long

Established in 1854, Butzel Long is a leading law firm with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, New York City, and Washington, D.C., as well as Alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. The firm is also a member of the Washington D.C. law firm, Butzel Long Tighe Patton. Butzel Long represents clients from diverse industries on regional, national, and multi-national levels and is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Visit the Butzel Long website at