Best Lawyers Names Two Butzel Long Shareholders as 2012 Best Lawyers of the Year in their respective practice



  • Justin G. Klimko has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Detroit Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Robert A. Boonin has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Ann Arbor Litigation - Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year

DETROIT, Mich. – Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Butzel Long President Justin G. Klimko as the “Detroit Best Lawyers Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year” for 2012, and Butzel Long shareholder Robert A. Boonin as the “Ann Arbor Best Lawyers Litigation - Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year” for 2012.  Both are also recognized as Best Lawyers in other categories, as well.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities.  Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.  The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in Best Lawyers surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

“It is fitting and quite an honor that both Justin and Rob have been recognized by their peers as Best Lawyers’ 2012 Lawyers of the Year,” said Richard E. Rassel, Chairman, Butzel Long.  “This recognition speaks very highly of their abilities and the respect that both of them have earned in the legal profession.  Their colleagues at Butzel Long have long known of their skills and integrity, and it is appropriate that both Justin and Rob are being recognized publicly by their peers throughout the broader profession as leaders.”

Mr. Rassel continued, “We are honored that many of our attorneys are recognized annually through publications like Best Lawyers in America.”

Thirty-seven Butzel Long attorneys have been chosen by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 edition.

Justin G. Klimko

Mr. Klimko has extensive experience in securities regulation, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate matters, fields in which he has practiced since 1980. 

Mr. Klimko graduated from Duke University Law School (J.D., with distinction, 1980) and Ohio University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1977).

Robert A. Boonin

Mr. Boonin's practice is largely concentrated in the areas of labor, employment discrimination, wage and hour and education law.

Mr. Boonin is an honors graduate of The University of Michigan Law School (J.D. 1985), and he received his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (B.S. Economics 1976).  He also holds a Masters Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University (M.L.I.R. 1980). 

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

*  *  *  *  *

Media Contact: Maribeth Farkas at Caponigro Public Relations Inc.,
(248) 353-3030.

What's Trending

Follow us on social media

Jump to Page

By using this site, you agree to our updated Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.