Mitch Zajac is an Associate and practices in Butzel Long’s Detroit office. Mr. Zajac concentrates his work in the areas of automotive, intellectual property, regulatory and emissions compliance, and sports and entertainment law. Mr. Zajac is also a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Before joining Butzel Long, Mr. Zajac was an engineer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). While at FCA, he was an advocate for progress and change in a variety of functions:
- Powertrain and engine systems advanced research and development (focusing on fuel economy, thermal systems, greenhouse gas emissions, and HVAC systems);
- Design and development engineering (including customer sourcing, quality, and design);
- International program management (including responsibility for vehicle chief engineering, product planning and branding; two global manufacturing facilities, supply chain management and customs, vehicle safety certification, fuel economy and greenhouse gas certification, and emissions compliance);
- Project management (including cybersecurity, vehicle structures and dynamics, thermal systems, interior systems, and vehicle integration);
- Purchasing and supplier quality (including re-writing PPAP processes, and also experience with customer tooling quality and payment), and
- Vehicle safety and regulatory compliance (both safety, working directly with NHTSA, and emissions, working directly with EPA/CARB/DOJ with a focus on emissions.)
Mr. Zajac is a graduate of the WMU-Cooley Law School (J.D., 2017) and Western Michigan University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelors of Arts in German from the WMU Lee Honors College (2012) and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (2013), publishing two theses on automotive thermal systems. He was a Rhodes Scholar finalist in 2012; interned for Congressman Fred Upton; he was a four year starter on the Division 1 football team at Western Michigan; an American Football Wuerful Award Nominee in 2011; a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi; 3x member and TILA semi-finalist on the WMU-Cooley National Mock Trial Team; and 2017 Association of Corporate Counsel of Michigan Scholarship Recipient.
Mr. Zajac also enjoyed many honors as an undergraduate, graduate, and law student including the following: Undergraduate, graduate, and law school Dean’s List; National Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning award winner; Who’s Who Among American College Students; WMU CEAS Robert E. Boughner Outstanding Engineering Athlete Award Winner; National Engineers Week Award Winner (X2); Mid American Conference Scholar Athlete; WMU Top 10 Scholar Athlete; Academic All-Mid American Conference Selection (X2); Rothfuss German Award Winner; and WMU Outstanding Mathematics Award winner.
Mr. Zajac is a strong advocate for continued education and public service. He is currently the President of the Association for Child Development, a non-profit facilitating millions of dollars in federal funds annually through the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. He is also a high school football coach, an adjunct professor in engineering and project management at Trine University, and a member of the Western Michigan University Lee Honors College Dean’s Advisory Board. Mr. Zajac is also a member of the Michigan Chapter of the American Inns of Court and the Detroit Bar Association.
- Western Michigan University 2013, M.S.
- Western Michigan University 2012, B.S. Mechanical Engineering
- Thomas Cooley Law School 2017, J.D.
Association for Child Development, President
Western Michigan University Lee Honors College Dean's Advisory Board
American Inns of Court, Michigan Chapter
Detroit Bar Association
- November 5, 2018
- October 18, 2018
- October 15, 2018
- Automated Vehicles 3.0: A Movement towards Streamlining Exemptions and Mitigating Unintended Regulatory BarriersOctober 8, 2018
- October 5, 2018
- September 18, 2018
- September 7, 2018
- President Issues New Steel/Aluminum Section 232 Proclamations to Create Additional Exclusion Process for Exempt Countries Subject to QuotasAugust 31, 2018
- Trump Administration Reaches Preliminary NAFTA Agreement with Mexico; Seeking Canada’s Buy-In by Friday, Trump Re-Introduces Threat of 232 Auto Tariffs Opposed by U.S. Auto IndustryAugust 29, 2018
- No End in Sight: USTR Announces Implementation of Section 301 Tariffs on Additional $16B of Chinese Products; China Fires Back ImmediatelyAugust 9, 2018
- Proposed Section 301 Tariffs On Additional $200B Goods Imported From China Increased From 10% to 25%; Deadline For Comments ExtendedAugust 2, 2018
- No One Is Blinking Yet: Trump Administration Responds to China’s Retaliatory Tariffs by Releasing New $200B List of Chinese Exports That Could Be Subject to Section 301 TariffsJuly 11, 2018
- U.S. Trade Representative Announces New Process for Product Exclusions from New Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese ImportsJuly 9, 2018
- June 21, 2018
- June 21, 2018
- June 15, 2018
- June 6, 2018
- Trump Administration Extends Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs to Canada, Mexico, and EU; Are Product Exemptions the Last Resort for Imported Metals Users?June 1, 2018
- June 22 Deadline for Comments on New Section 232 Investigation on Automobiles and Automotive Parts Tariffs; Public Hearings July 19-20May 30, 2018
- Trump Administration Announces Investigation of Need to Impose Tariffs on Imports of Automobiles and Parts to “Protect National Security”May 24, 2018
- May 4, 2018
- May 2, 2018
- April 4, 2018
- STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFFS UPDATE: MORE COUNTRIES GIVEN ‘TEMPORARY’ EXEMPTIONS; BUTZEL TEAM IN PLACE AND WORKING ON CLIENT PRODUCT EXEMPTIONSMarch 26, 2018
- September 18, 2017
- September 8, 2017
- July 20, 2017
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- Livonia, MI
- Ann Arbor, MI