Mark R. Lezotte

Mark is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long's Detroit office. He has substantial experience in corporate, health care, tax, and exempt organization matters, including corporate and nonprofit governance, hospital-physician ventures, regulatory investigations, medical staff governance, and a wide range of business and commercial transactions.

He has conducted presentations on a number of topics involving health law, nonprofit organizations, and tax matters, including: healthcare reform issues; board duties and responsibilities; hospital-physician transactions; electronic discovery; HIPAA and patient privacy provisions; compliance programs; informed consent in patient care and in clinical research; advance directives and healthcare powers of attorney; charitable giving; and tax aspects of business acquisitions and dispositions. 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, each year since 2008.

Mark started his legal career with the firm and then later served as general counsel of Oakwood Healthcare, Inc., a regional nonprofit health care system in Dearborn, Michigan, where he was responsible for all of the system's legal services, supervision of in-house legal staff, and the engagement and oversight of outside counsel on a wide variety of legal matters, including labor and employment, employee benefit plans, litigation, real estate development and zoning, business transactions, information technology, and intellectual property.

Mark has been active in numerous bar and professional organizations. He is a former council member of the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section and former co-chair of the Nonprofit Corporations Committee, as well as former co- chair of the Health Law Committee of the local Federal Bar chapter.

Mark has served on many civic and community boards, including the National Board of Trustees of United Cerebral Palsy Association, the National Board of Directors of SourceAmerica, and local boards and committees of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, the Generation of Promise Program at Focus: Hope, and UCP of Metro Detroit.

Mark holds both a J.D. and B.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan. He is admitted to the bars of Michigan, U. S. District Court (Eastern District of Michigan), U. S. Court of Appeals (Sixth Circuit) and U.S. Tax Court.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Nonprofit Board Governance”, University of Michigan Ross School of Business conference (November 2015)
  • Nonprofit Board Governance”, United Cerebral Palsy national conference (May2015)
  • “Nonprofit Organizations”, Business Law boot camp, State Bar of MichiganBusiness Law Section (January 2015 and November 2014)
  • “Health Care Reform Issues”, Re:Con Conference, Michigan RehabilitationAssociation (November 2014 and November 2013)
  • “New Nonprofits—What You Need To Know”, MPAW Conference (October2014)
  • “Legal Structures, Licensing and Regulation, Taxation”, New Detroit, MinoritySmall Business Education Series (April 2016, May 2015, August 2014)
  • “Protecting IT at the Places That Protect Our Health” panel, Crain’s DetroitBusiness and Comcast Business, Executive Insights Series (August 2014)
  • “Medicaid: Prognosis for Providers”, Crain’s Detroit Business Health Factswebinar (March 2014)
  • “Health Care Reform Issues”, AccuMed EMS Leadership Conference(September 2013)
  • “Nonprofit Charter School Board Issues” panel, Detroit Regional Chamber Board Fellowship Program (September 2013)
  • “Health Care Reform Issues”, Butzel Long Tax and Estate Planning Seminar (June 2013)
  • “Health Care Reform Issues”, Crewe Memorial Symposium, Michigan State University Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies (May 2013)
  • “HIPAA Mega Rule Briefing”, Automation Alley (March 2013)


  • University of Michigan, B.B.A.
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D.


Best Lawyers in America, Health Care Law, 2013-2019

Michigan Super Lawyers, Health Care Law and Nonprofit Organizations, 2008-2018

DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Health Care Law and Nonprofit/Charities Law, 2014-2019

AV-rated, Martindale-Hubbell

United Cerebral Palsy Association, 2004 National Chairperson's Award


State Bar of Michigan (Health Care Law, Business Law, and Taxation Sections). Past co-chair, Nonprofit Corporations Committee

American Health Lawyers Association

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (Detroit, MI), Board of Directors

United Cerebral Palsy Association (Washington, DC), National Board of Trustees, National public policy committee chair

United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Detroit, Board of Directors, past chairperson.

Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service (Lansing, MI), Board of Directors past chairperson

YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit (Detroit, MI), Detroit Leadership Academy Board of Directors, Metropolitan Y Board of Directors 2004-2010

Generation of Promise Program (Detroit, MI), Board of Trustees


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