CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

What differentiates our law firm from any other? Ultimately, it is our culture. At Butzel Long, our values are central to our culture, and these values attract a certain lawyer. We believe our recruiting efforts are critical to our success and are diligent about accessing talent whose values align with ours.

Current Openings:

 

POSITION:  Litigation Associate

GENERAL PURPOSE:  Perform the general duties of an associate attorney by creating legal documents, attending hearings, conducting depositions, managing and advising clients on legal transactions and providing support and assistance to partner-level litigation attorneys during all phases of litigation.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals and business in the litigation specialists of law.
  • Demonstrate an ability to cultivate and generate new client relationships.
  • Manage new and existing client relationships.
  • Attend legal proceedings, such as motion hearings, mediations and depositions, as necessary.
  • Assist with all areas of discovery including, but not limited to: drafting discovery requests, responses to discovery requests, preparation of initial disclosures and witness preparation.
  • Work with partner-level attorneys to determine documents and information to produce, manner of production, and selection of vendors.
  • Organize, review, and maintain documents produced; perform, supervise, or coordinate coding of case documents and development of databases and/or other litigation support applications.
  • Review and analyze documents for responsiveness to discovery requests.
  • Monitor the status and completeness of discovery responses.
  • Review and assemble deposition, trial and motion exhibits.
  • Index and summarize deposition testimony and exhibits.
  • Gather impeaching materials for adverse experts including prior testimony, transcripts, articles, and publications.
  • Prepare trial materials.
  • Attend and assist at pretrial, trial, and post trial proceedings.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Good organizational and project management skills.
  • Proficient in the use of on-line legal research services and legal resources available on the internet including Westlaw.
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written).
  • Must have sound judgment.
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrates expertise in a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and as a member of a team with internal and external contacts.
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and situations.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND/OR TRAINING:

  • Must be a graduate of an accredited law school.
  • At least 2 years as a practicing attorney.
  • 2-5 years of experience
  • Admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan

 


POSITION:  Immigration Legal Secretary

LOCATION: Detroit

GENERAL PURPOSE: Provide secretarial support for multiple timekeepers to assist in ensuring client needs are met.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Maintain tickler system/database for timely filing of extensions, petitions, and applications.
  • Assist in and coordinate employment-based applications and petitions for filing with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the Department of Labor (DOL), including Consular filings.
  • Prepare letters and affidavits supporting applications and petitions.
  • Obtain and organize documents supporting applications and petitions.
  • Coordinate translation of foreign documents.
  • Coordinate equivalency and evaluations of foreign degrees.
  • Review and edit prepared documents for accuracy.
  • Organize and maintain client files.
  • Screen and direct incoming calls.
  • Schedule meetings/appointments.
  • Work as a team to assist with secretarial coverage needs due to overflow and absences.
  • Perform other related administrative functions as assigned.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES: 

  • Excellent organizational skills and project management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written).
  • Independent judgment to complete activities and work under general supervision.
  • Must be knowledgeable regarding concepts, practices and procedures of USCIS and DOL.
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Experience using INS ZOOM.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • High level of initiative to get tasks done and ownership of work product.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND/OR TRAINING:

  • Minimum two years experience as a legal secretary in immigration (preferably business based visas) in a law firm environment or equivalent experience.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required; relevant college courses and/or certification preferred.

 


POSITION: Business/Corporate Paralegal

Location: Bloomfield Hills

GENERAL PURPOSE: Provide paralegal support for attorneys within the business/corporate practice group in a fast-paced law firm, including drafting and filing organizational documents and managing transactional and routine corporate governance matters.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct legal and factual research using government (federal, state, and local) websites, and other legal resources.
  • Draft and file (as applicable) organizational documents to commence business entity existence, including Articles, Bylaws, and minutes of meetings/consent resolutions, ; confirm name availability and reserve or register company name.
  • Prepare and file state tax registrations (e.g., workers’ compensation insurance and unemployment insurance), and initial IRS filings (e.g., SS-4 and Form 2553).
  • Act as point of contact for registered agent services and work with third party service providers for out of state filings.
  • Manage, organize, and track business entities (including states of registration, identification numbers and other company data), and prepare and file (as applicable) routine governance documents including election documents, assumed name certificates, documents necessary to change registered office or agent, annual reports, amendments to Articles, and foreign qualifications/business registrations.
  • Draft meeting notices and minutes/written consent resolutions for such meetings, including annual meetings to elect officers and directors and special meetings; prepare and update minute books.
  • Provide merger and acquisition and other transactional support, including conducting UCC, tax lien, and litigation searches and report of results, management of closing checklists, management of due diligence processes, and maintenance of data-rooms, and obtaining certificates of good standing and other certified documents.
  • Draft and file UCC financing statements in appropriate jurisdictions (at state and county level).

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Understanding of basic entity organizational structure and general familiarity with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Superior organizational skills and excellent communication skills (both oral and written).
  • Ability to take ownership over tasks, prioritize and work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Proficient in document management systems (such as iManage) and the use of Microsoft Office Suite, including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND/OR TRAINING

  • Bachelor degree and Paralegal certification from an ABA approved program preferred.
  • Two (2) to eight (8) years experience with demonstrated abilities in most major areas of responsibility.

 

 


Please submit your resume and cover letter to recruiting@butzel.com.

For information regarding current career opportunities, please contact recruiting@butzel.com.