Butzel Long attorney Richard E. Rassel receives the 2008 Community Service Award presented by The Community House


DETROIT, Mich. – Richard E. Rassel, Director of Global Client Relations for the law firm of Butzel Long, received the 2008 Community Service Award presented by The Community House on June 10, 2008 in Birmingham.

The Community House initiated the Community Service Award in 1988 to recognize those people who have made extraordinary contributions through their professional careers. Its purpose is to express gratitude to those who have gone beyond the normal duties of their jobs to enhance the lives of people in the metropolitan Detroit area.

Based in the firm's Detroit office, Mr. Rassel is past Chairman and CEO of Butzel Long. He also serves on the firm's Board of Directors. Mr. Rassel practices primarily in the area of complex business litigation and arbitration with a special concentration in media law.

Mr. Rassel is very active in the community, including serving as a Chairman of the Board of the Holy Cross Foundation, Director of the Michigan Strategic Fund, a Director of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Detroit Regional Economic Partnership a Trustee of William Beaumont Hospital a past Director of the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition a past President of The Community House a former President and Trustee of the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation a Trustee of WTVS-Channel 56 a member of the Committee of Visitors of the University of Michigan Law School a member of the President's Council of Oakland University and its College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Detroit Mercy School of Business Administration and a member of Leadership Detroit III. He is a Director and Secretary of the Detroit Legal News, Inc.

Mr. Rassel earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. He also is a Certified Judge Advocate having graduated from the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate School. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1989 and is a graduate of the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution Mediation and Arbitration Training Program. Mr. Rassel is a resident of Bloomfield Hills.

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, Ann Arbor, and Holland, 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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