Butzel Long attorney George B. Donnini named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Up & Coming Lawyers



DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder George B. Donnini has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly's "Up & Coming Lawyers:" A Salute to the Rising Stars of the Michigan Bar. A profile of Mr. Donnini ran in the December 8, 2008 edition of Michigan Lawyers Weekly, which featured 10 rising stars of the Michigan bar. Michigan Lawyers Weekly invited its readers to nominate lawyers who, early in their careers, are establishing enviable records. According to Michigan Lawyers Weekly, the lawyers stood out not only for their past accomplishments, but also for their promise of future achievements.

Based in Butzel Long's Detroit office, Mr. Donnini is a litigator whose practice is focused on white-collar criminal defense, SEC enforcement actions, corporate investigations, as well as general commercial litigation. Due to the expansive nature of fraud claims, he routinely counsels his clients through both criminal charges and civil liability/enforcement actions. Accordingly, Mr. Donnini must manage complex litigation involving multiple adversaries, multiple jurisdictions, and interrelated issues.

He has experience in a broad array of criminal and civil cases, representing clients at both the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts across the country. He has varied and significant experience representing clients in criminal cases involving allegations of revenue recognition, securities, and tax fraud, theft of trade secrets, insider trading, stock options back-dating, health care, environmental and mortgage fraud. He also has conducted several internal investigations for both private and publicly traded companies. He aggressively, creatively, and successfully represents clients in a wide variety of federal and state criminal matters.

Prior to joining Butzel Long, Mr. Donnini served as a Judge Advocate for the United States Marine Corps from 1999 to 2003. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2003 after serving as counsel of record in numerous criminal trials and providing legal advice to hundreds of military personnel in civil matters as well. His service contributed to an award to his office from the American Bar Association (ABA) for exemplary legal assistance to military clients.

Mr. Donnini also served as law clerk to The Honorable William H. Pauley III, United States District Court, S.D.N.Y., New York, New York (1998-1999).

Mr. Donnini is admitted to practice in Michigan (2003), New York (1998) and California (2000). He also is admitted before all U.S. District Courts in Michigan, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd and 6th Circuits.

Mr. Donnini is affiliated with the American Bar Association (ABA), Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Committee, Young Lawyers' Division National Co-Chair (2006-2009) ABA, Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Committee Midwest Regional Co-Chair (2005-2008) and, ABA Criminal Justice Section, Book Board, Appointed Member (2008-2011).

He is a member of the American Bar Association Sections of Litigation and Criminal Justice, Federal Bar Association and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

His speaking opportunities have included serving as moderator, Aggressive Use of the Rules of Evidence to Gain Tactical Advantage: Views From the Government, the Bench, and the Defense, ABA National Institute on White-Collar Crime (2006). In addition, he was a panelist, Daubert: The Challenge in 2008 and Beyond, Federal Bar Association/ABA White Collar Crime Committee, Midwest Region.

Mr. Donnini published an article titled, "Call The Question: Is Capitol Hill A Warrant Free Zone Post-Rayburn?" (Published in ABA White Collar Crime Institute Publication (March, 2008).

Mr. Donnini is a 1995 phi beta kappa graduate of The George Washington University and a 1998 graduate of the Duke University School of Law where he served as the Technical Editor of the Law & Contemporary Problems Law Journal.

Click here to view the December 8, 2008 article as seen in Michigan Lawyer's Weekly

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long was established in 1854 and is headquartered in Detroit. Butzel Long is one of America's leading law firms, with 240 attorneys and offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, New York City, Washington, D.C., Boca Raton and Palm Beach, Florida, as well as Alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. The firm represents clients from diverse industries on a regional, national and multi-national level and is the sole Michigan member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Visit the Butzel Long website at www.butzel.com().

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Media Contact: Maribeth Farkas at Caponigro Public Relations Inc., (248) 355-3200.

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