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Butzel Long has enjoyed dynamic growth in recent years, and a significant source of that growth has been attorneys who have moved their practice to the firm in order to achieve their professional objectives. The increasing needs and requirements of our existing clients combined with opportunities that have developed from the growth of our client base has led us to an ongoing program of recruiting lateral attorneys. Whether you are thinking about relocating to the southeast Michigan region from another jurisdiction, or are interested in exploring the professional opportunities that Butzel Long offers, explore this part of our site for more information.
Creating a culture of environmental awareness and responsibility is an initiative to which Butzel Long is fully committed. In addition to paper recycling, a practice that has been in place for a number of years, Butzel Long has implemented many other eco-friendly practices including:
- purchasing paper and envelopes that contain at least 30% post-consumer recycled content;
- elimination of paper calendars and appointment books;
- elimination of plastic drinking cups;
- elimination of bottled water;
- use of PC power management software;
- installation of energy efficient lamping for overhead and task lighting;
- use of sustainable building materials wherever possible
- encouraging duplex printing and copying;
- electronic distribution of internal communications
As a result of these efforts, Butzel Long has qualified as a Partner in the Law Office Climate Challenge program established by the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Implementing changes to reduce our resource consumption has become an element of Butzel Long’s culture. Seeking new ways to contribute to the reduction of our carbon footprint will be an ongoing endeavor at Butzel Long.
Personal satisfaction means client satisfaction. For this reason, Butzel Long offers our eligible employees a wide array of quality benefits and firm-designed programs to meet the personal needs of our lawyers and staff. Our hope is that these items assist them in managing their private lives as they deliver quality services on behalf of the Firm.
- “Better Butzel” Wellness Program
- Flexible Work Schedule
- Lawyer Flexible Practice/Reduced Schedule Program
- Employee Assistance Program
- Paid Time-Off
- Parental Leave
- Retail Discount Programs
- Entertainment Venue Discount Program
- Banking & Financial Institution Relationships
Firm-Paid & Voluntary Benefits:
- Medical Coverage
- Dental Coverage
- Vision Coverage
- Term Life Insurance and AD&D Insurance
- Travel Accident Term Life Insurance
- Short & Long Term Disability Income Protection
- Long Term Care Insurance
- Profit-Sharing and 401(k)
- Transportation Reimbursement
- Flexible Spending Program
- Professional Dues
Butzel Long is strongly committed to promoting diversity within the firm, the legal profession, and the community. The firm has seven core values, one of which is diversity.
Our commitment to diversity begins at the firm where we have created an environment that supports and promotes diverse races, cultures, religions, nationalities, genders, sexual orientation and all other qualities that make us unique. We encourage our attorneys to participate in organizations that are dedicated to diversity in the legal profession and the professional sectors where our clients do business - and many of our attorneys are leaders in these organizations. We understand that a commitment to diversity includes active participation in pro bono representation and community service. We believe that a commitment to diversity will create a work environment that allows us to serve our clients better.
Several attorneys serve on both the Recruiting Committee and the Diversity and Retention Committee. As such, the two committees work closely together to achieve our diversity goals.
We participate in a variety of activities designed to create a diverse workforce, such as minority job fairs and sponsorship of minority student and professional organizations which promote the advancement of women and minority attorneys in the legal profession.
In 2008, the firm had the distinct honor of serving as the exclusive sponsor of the "Welcome to Detroit Reception" at the National Black Law Students Association's 40th Annual National Convention. We also sponsor the Luis Tienda Annual Banquet Scholarship by the University of Michigan Hispanic Law Student Association and the Alden J. "Butch" Carpenter Annual Banquet Scholarship by the University of Michigan Black Law Student Alliance/Wolverine Bar Association.
Recruiting has included attendance at the NALP Diversity Summit, Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair, National Black Law Students Association's Annual Midwest Regional Recruitment Conference, the National Black Law Students Association's Career Development Expo, Council on Legal Education Opportunity Career Fair (CLEO), and recruiting at Howard University School of Law.
The firm is also a longstanding member of the Wolverine Bar Association Summer Clerkship Program. The goal of the program is to increase minority attorney employment within law firms, as in-house counsel and other well-respected positions in the legal community. In support of this goal, each year the firm hires a first-year minority law student for its summer associate program.
The firm understands that diversity includes the retention of women and minority attorneys. The firm seeks to retain women and minority attorneys by fostering and maintaining a firm culture that supports and promotes diversity. The firm ensures that women and minority attorneys receive challenging work assignments and provides professional development and mentoring to women and minority attorneys to enhance their career development opportunities in firm leadership roles and assist them with client development and networking.
Again, in an effort to retain talented lawyers at the firm, we employ the use of flexible work arrangements (FWAs) to help them maintain balance between work and professional life. Accommodations and special programs such as reduced practice policies, employee assistance programs and remote work options are all a part of the firm’s retention efforts.
The firm's commitment to diversity is evidenced by its inclusion of women and minority attorneys in leadership and decision making roles within the firm. Women and minorities lead two of our firm's twelve practice groups: Intellectual Property, Technology and Media and Immigration. Women and minority attorneys also chair or co-chair six of our seventeen firm committees: Attorney Evaluation and Training Committee; Diversity and Retention Committee; Paralegal Committee; Pro-Bono Committee; Litigation Associate Training and Women's Initiative Committee.
Further, the firm has seven core values, one of which is diversity.
The firm recognizes that some of our lawyers may need flexible work arrangements (FWAs) to help maintain balance between work and professional life. To that end, the firm has various FWA policies. The goal of FWAs is to retain talented lawyers at the firm.
The firm's commitment to diversity extends to LGBT attorneys. The firm offers domestic partnership insurance benefits to firm employees and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
The firm's welcoming culture has been recognized by outside groups. Firm recognitions include: "The Commitment to Mission Award" presented by HAVEN, Oakland County's leading non-profit committed to eliminating domestic violence and sexual abuse; named "Most Progressive Work-Life Balance Policies for Women Attorneys" by the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan – Oakland Region; named by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as "One of the Best Places to Work for Commuters"; Hour Magazine selected Butzel Long as one of the best employers in Southeastern Michigan; Multi-Cultural Law Magazine ranked Butzel Long among the top 100 law firms for diversity in the United States and among the top 50 for Partners and the top 50 for Associates; named by the State Bar of Michigan to the Pro Bono Circle of Excellence; honored in 2007 with the "Outstanding Partner Award" by Community Legal Resources for our pro bono contributions; three firm shareholders were presented The Champion of Justice Award in 2003, 2006 and 2008, one of the Michigan Bar Association's most distinguished honors, given for integrity and adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and professional accomplishments that benefit national, state or local communities; given the 2010 Corporate One Award by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council; one shareholder was presented with the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council's 7 Gems Award for exceptional commitment to the growth of minority business enterprises (MBEs), which included the development of a specialized MBE practice that provided business counsel to qualified MBE clients; one shareholder was presented with the Black United Fund of Michigan's "Linda Hampton Award" for 20 years of volunteerism; a board member was nominated by CORP! Magazine as a 2009 Diversity Business Leader; a staff member received the same award in 2010.
The firm is committed to international diversity. Many of our attorneys, paralegals and staff members are multilingual. This level of diversity enables us to conduct business in twenty-three different languages.
The firm also is committed to cultural diversity. We have a foreign internship program that brings in foreign law graduates for internships lasting several months. This program has been in place for over eight years and provides a valuable supplement to our internal diversity efforts.
Perhaps one of the most visible examples of our commitment to diversity is our leading role as co-counsel for the University of Michigan in its defense of its affirmative action policies that were eventually argued in the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2004, as part of our celebration of 150 years of practice, Butzel Long helped to underwrite an exhibit developed by the University of Michigan entitled "Cases About Diversity" that traveled throughout Michigan and helped present an overview of the issues related to affirmative action in the context of higher education.
The firm supports its attorneys' participation, membership and leadership in a variety of bar associations that are committed to diversity in the legal profession. Our attorneys are members of the following organizations:
- Arab American Bar Association
- American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law Section, Women in Communications Law Committee
- D. Augustus Straker Bar Association
- Mexican Bar Association
- Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- Michigan Muslim Bar Association
- National Association of Women Lawyers
- National Lesbian and Gay Law Association
- National Native American Bar Association
- South Asian Bar Association of Michigan
- Wolverine Bar Association
- Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
Not only are our attorneys members and sponsors of these bar associations, several of our attorneys are leaders in these associations:
American Bar Association
One of our attorneys is a member of the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section's Diversity Committee. One of our attorneys has attended the ABA Commission on Women In The Profession/Women In Law Leadership Academy. One of our attorneys is Outreach Coordinator, Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association, Law School Diversity Outreach Program. As a part of this program, attorneys from the firm visit local law schools to teach law students about their area of practice and encourage female and minority students to practice labor and employment law and to join the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association.
American College of Trial Lawyers
One of our senior litigators serves in a leadership role on the Michigan chapter's Diversity Committee.
International Bar Association
One of our attorneys was Co-Chair of the International Bar Association Second World Women Lawyers' Conference.
Many of our attorneys have held leadership roles and been awarded recognition by this international association of law firms.
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Board of Barristers
Our attorneys are on the Board of Directors of this association. This Board focuses on diversity and community service. One of these attorneys serves as the Chair of Law Day which introduces urban high school students to the legal profession.
Oakland County Women's Bar Association
One of our attorneys is on the Advisory Committee to the Oakland County Women's Bar Association.
The firm's commitment to diversity also includes our longstanding commitment to community service. Several of our community service activities directly benefit minorities and people from underrepresented communities.
Our attorneys are quite involved in the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers Board of Directors' School Partnership Program. The goal of this program is to provide mentorship to high school students, improve high school students' understanding of the law and encourage high school students to pursue careers in the law. Students participating in the program are from two inner-city Detroit high schools.
One of our attorneys was a co-recipient of the Oakland County Bar Association's Frances R. Avadenka Memorial Award. The award is presented annually to an Oakland County Bar Association member who has made significant contributions to the community outside the legal profession. This attorney was responsible for developing the Gettysburg Mentoring Program, which has trained hundreds of lawyers and law students to serve as adult mentors to more than 400 middle and high school students in the Pontiac, Michigan school system.
Our commitment to community service was recognized when we were awarded "The Commitment to Mission Award" by HAVEN, Oakland County's leading non-profit committed to eliminating domestic violence and sexual abuse. We also received the "Merry-Go-Round Award" for exemplary corporate citizenship and a longstanding commitment to the welfare of children from the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County.
Our attorneys serve on the Board of several inner city schools including Loyola High School, and Detroit Merit Academy. One of our attorneys is on the Board of the Pontiac Alumni Foundation's Mentoring Program and several firm attorneys mentor youth in Pontiac. One of our attorneys serves on the Board of Directors of the Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan, Inc. Junior Achievement sends professionals from all occupations to inner city schools, like Detroit, Pontiac and Flint, to teach courses in economic education to provide students with a vision of economic opportunity for the future. One of our attorneys is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Detroit which assists with immigration and adjustment issues for persons moving to the U.S. Our attorneys also serve on the Board of Directors of the Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit, The Children’s Center, and the YMCA of Ann Arbor.
One of our attorneys is a former President and Trustee of the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation Board, and another served as Assistant Treasurer. The Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation was established to provide equal opportunity scholarships to Michigan high school seniors. The Foundation is committed to helping students achieve their goals and overcome adversity through the support of higher education. The firm attended the Foundation’s annual 25th Anniversary Celebration and Tribute to Rosa Parks. We also contribute to the Cornerstone Schools Scholarship Fund that supports Cornerstone's seven schools in Detroit.
We attended the Wolverine Bar Foundation's Damon J. Keith Community Spirit Award Luncheon. The proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Damon J. Keith Scholarship Fund, which awards a scholarship to a law school student who demonstrates exemplary commitment to community service and uses the law to combat injustice, social inequity and improve society.
In 2006, the women of the Labor Department launched a new initiative known as "W5" (Women Working With Women for Women). The goal of W5 is to make a difference in our communities by partnering with other business women to raise awareness of non-profit organizations that support women.
In 2009, another group formed by the women of Butzel Long gathered together with many of our female clients to renovate a home with the Habitat for Humanity organization.
In 2010, Butzel Long hosted a day of training for the White House Project. The White House Project, a national, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization, 501(c)(3), aims to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors, up to the U.S. presidency. It helps to fill the political leadership pipeline with a critical mass of women in an effort to make American institutions, businesses and government truly representative of our population.
Several of our attorneys are members of the Anti-Defamation League. One of our attorneys is the Young Adult Liaison to Anti-Defamation League and is currently attending the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Program. Another attorney received the Anti-Defamation League's Woman of Achievement Award. One of our attorneys serves as Co-Chair of Martin Luther King Jr. All People's Breakfast, which is co-sponsored by the Detroit Urban League and the American Jewish Committee. Our attorneys are also members of the Detroit Urban League and the American Jewish Committee.
Our attorneys serve on the Advisory Boards of the Salvation Army – Eastern Division, the Salvation Army Edwin Denby Center for Children and Family Services and the Salvation Army Booth Legal Aid Clinic. Our attorneys volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, Capuchins Soup Kitchen and the Fort Street Presbyterian Church's Open Door Mission.
Community Legal Resources
One of our attorneys is Vice President and Director of the Legal Aid and Defender Association.
Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC)
The firm is a leader in assisting Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and is committed to providing superior legal services to minority-owned businesses. The firm has been an active corporate member of the MMSDC since 1992 and is proud to support its mission and goals. We have developed a specialized Minority Business Enterprise practice that provides special fee arrangements and business counsel to qualified MBE clients. In addition to our active support and participation in networking and fundraising events, we have our own Supplier Diversity Program through which we increase our purchases from minority business enterprises. The firm also participates in MMSDC's Project One, in which certified minority owned businesses and corporate members are organized into modules in order to better interact and provide procurement opportunities for the minority business enterprises. Our efforts resulted in the award of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s 7 Gems Award for exceptional commitment to the growth of minority business enterprises to one of our attorneys. This attorney serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Professional Services Sector.
Washtenaw County Bar Association
One of our attorneys spoke on a panel at the Washtenaw County Bar Association's Bias Awareness Program about bias and the importance of diversity in private practice, and attended the Bias Awareness Dinner of the Washtenaw County Bar Association.
We have attended and sponsored the MMSDC Annual Awards Dinner, MMSDC Golf Outing, MMSDC Michigan Minority Procurement Conference, Detroit Urban League, Black United Fund of Michigan Annual Awards Dinner, Black United Fund of Michigan Golf Outing, and National Black McDonald’s Owners’ Association events.
The firm also teaches the value of diversity to its clients through a seminar entitled “Valuing Diversity.” This seminar enables both employees and managers to explore and understand the impact of their feelings and behavior on one another. The goal of this seminar is to create a respectful, enjoyable and productive workplace for all employees regardless of their differences.
We are a sponsor of the Michigan Diversity Council (MIDC), a local chapter of the National Diversity Council. This organization provides as a community resource providing programming and opportunity for discussion to ensure workplace diversity in the State of Michigan. Staff sit on the MIDC Advisory Board and are integral in its development.
We sponsored the Michigan Roundtable For Diversity and Inclusion Annual Awards Luncheon, The Human Resources Association of Greater Detroit Diversity Seminar, the Wolverine Bar Association Annual Barristers Ball, and attended the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association Corporate Counsel Breakfast.
We have sponsored the NAACP’s Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner, the Urban League Salute to Distinguished Warriors Dinner, the Black United Fund of Michigan, Inc. Anniversary Dinner, the Wolverine Bar Association Foundation’s Damon J. Keith Community Spirit Award Luncheon and the Arab American Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual Building Economic Bridges Banquet.
We have sponsored events by HAVEN, InForum, Safehouse and Don Bosco Hall, and have participated in the International Bar Association Second World Women Lawyers Conference in London, an International Woman’s Roundtable in Amsterdam, Consular Ball and attended Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan Annual Women's Power Breakfast and the Mexican, Italian, Canadian and Japanese Consulates events.
Our attorneys are members of professional associations dedicated to diversity in various industries by providing support, mentorship and representation to minorities and underrepresented people, such as:
- Advocates Society, The Association of Polish-American Attorneys
- American Arab Chamber of Commerce
- American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, Detroit Chapter
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, Michigan Chapter
- Arab American Business Women's Council
- Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce
- Association of Mexican Professionals in Michigan
- Association of Shandong Folks in North America
- Chinese Association of Greater Detroit
- Detroit Chinese Business Association
- Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Japanese American Society
- Japan Auto Parts Industries Association
- Japanese Business Society of Detroit
- Michigan Department of Civil Rights’ Advisory Committee on Asian Pacific American Affairs (ACAPAA)
- Michigan Renmin University of China Association
- Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion (formerly known as the National Conference for Community and Justice)
- Michigan Diversity Council
- National Association of Women in Construction
- National American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Samahang Pilipino Ng Oakland Filipino Organization
- South West Chinese Association
Our attorneys share their expertise with others through teaching, speaking engagements, and publishing. Not only are our attorneys members and sponsors of these organizations, several of our attorneys are leaders in these organizations:
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). One of our attorneys is a Past Chapter Chairperson of the Michigan Chapter. He also served on the United States Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee for National American Immigration Lawyers Association.
- Asian Pacific American Affairs (ACAPAA). One of our attorneys is a council member of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights’ Advisory Committee on ACAPAA and also services on its Immigration Subcommittee. He has spoken at an ACAPAA seminar on employer compliance issues.
- J. Reuben Clark Law Society. One of our attorneys is on the Board of Directors of J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Detroit Chapter.
- Jewish Vocational Services (JVS). One of our attorneys is on the Board of Directors of JVS.
- National Association of Women in Construction. One of our attorneys is on the Board of Directors of the Lansing Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.
- Women Officials' Network in Oakland County. One of our attorneys is on the Foundation Board for the Women Officials' Network in Oakland County.
They have taught courses, given seminars or served as panelists locally, nationally, and internationally for such groups as: the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association; the State Bar of Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education; The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; New York University School of Law Real Estate Legal Practices; American Immigration Lawyers Association; Society of Human Resources Management; and the International Bar Association. Our attorneys have also taught:
- graduate and undergraduate courses in business law as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business and Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy;
- journalism majors “The Law of the Press” as an adjunct professor at Oakland University;
- courses dealing with electronic forensics, cyber threats and internet security issues as an adjunct faculty member at the Walsh College and Washtenaw Community College; and
- seminars on U.S. business law and taxation for delegations from China.
Our attorneys also frequently present seminars for clients and industry groups.
They have authored numerous articles, books, or chapters in legal treatises on topics ranging from environmental law, media law, real estate law, immigration law, labor and employment law, benefits law, technology law, family law, art law, bankruptcy law, products liability law. They have also served as editors of newsletters on various legal topics.
A professional demeanor and flexible work style are required to provide exemplary service. In a constantly changing work environment, we recruit those who strive to provide timely and effective responses to client requests.
Our philosophy of teamwork is characterized by individuals who develop and sustain collaborative relationships that foster an open exchange of ideas in an atmosphere of honest communication. We seek people who inspire, motivate and recognize the importance of contributing to the team's success.
We believe treating others, regardless of the position, with dignity and respect is the foundation of a cohesive and productive work environment. We look for administrative staff who embrace and encourage an atmosphere of sharing ideas and skills that span across departments to achieve a common purpose.
The firm is involved in and advocates social responsibility through encouragement and support of participation in civic and community activities. Potential candidates should perform diligently to accomplish goals, work in an honest and forthright manner and maintain composure and professionalism at all times.
We embrace change and develop the skills necessary to adapt. The ability to be flexible in our work processes and master new technology is a critical. We seek candidates with internal motivation, a strong work ethic and the ability to provide the quality services our clients have come to expect.
Success is due to our administrative staff’s internally motivated drive. Our strategic focus is to search for individuals who will dedicate themselves to the values, mission and goals set forth by the Firm.
ADVICE TO LAW STUDENTS
Today’s lawyer is multifaceted and must be equipped with more than sound practice skills. A successful lawyer must also be business savvy and possess the ability to lead. As you search for a law firm, it is important that you find a place where the emphasis on lawyer development matches your career aspirations. While classroom instruction has its place, Butzel Long programs emphasize interactive, experience based learning. Our programs focus not only on substantive legal skills, but also on business and leadership development.
Our research shows that effective learning occurs when working in small groups or one-on-one with experienced lawyers. Developed through our partnership with Wayne State University, our Coaching Program provides associates with customized, experience based training in the critical business, leadership and practice skills that are essential to a lawyer’s practice.
Shareholders and experienced associates mentor new associates while they become acclimated to the Firm. Also developed through our partnership with Wayne State University, our Mentoring Program is a structured process that includes providing associates with advice and guidance as they navigate their first year with the Firm.
The ability to consistently provide outstanding legal services to their clients is the foundation of a successful lawyer. We know what it takes for you to be successful and we tailor our programs to meet your individual development needs.
LEARN TO LEAD
Through our partnership with Wayne State University, the Firm’s Leadership Development Program provides training targeted to each stage of a lawyer’s career. Topics include efficient utilization of support staff and paralegals, effective mentoring of new associates and developing collaborative relationships within the firm.
For the past several years, the Firm has focused efforts on its Litigation Associate Training Program. The program combines traditional classroom training with a hands-on approach to practice advocacy skills including mock depositions, witness interviews and cross-examination techniques.
Our Summer Associates are our assurance that Butzel Long will continue its over 150-year history as an outstanding law firm. We seek to provide a valuable experience for law students so that one day they will continue our legacy. Spend your summer in our Michigan or New York offices and have the opportunity to:
- Gain basic legal research training (What they don't teach you in law school!)
- Learn how to maximize your networking skills
- Be involved in pro bono cases
- Make lasting professional relationships to further your legal career