Five Butzel Long attorneys named for the first time to The Best Lawyers in America® 2010


DETROIT, Mich. – Five Butzel Long attorneys have been named for the first time to The Best Lawyers in America® 2010 edition. The attorneys include D. Stewart Green, Steven M. Ribiat, Herbert C. Donovan, Carl Rashid, Jr., and James S. Rosenfeld.

Best Lawyers is widely regarded as the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey. For the new U.S. edition, more than 24,126 leading attorneys cast more than 2.8 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in the same and related specialties.

Butzel Long – Bloomfield Hills office D. Stewart Green (Real Estate Law) – Mr. Green is a shareholder and manager of the firm's Real Estate Practice. He has extensive experience in all areas of real property practice. He has represented numerous clients in major sales and purchases of real estate, lenders and borrowers in loan transactions, purchasers and developers in condominium developments, and landlords and tenants in leasing transactions.

Mr. Green has been involved in numerous mortgage loan workouts and foreclosures on behalf of major commercial lenders and has litigated the enforcement of loan documents, including representing lenders in bankruptcy matters.

Steven M. Ribiat (Commercial Litigation) – Mr. Ribiat is a shareholder and practice group leader of the firm's Business Litigation Group. Mr. Ribiat has extensive experience representing clients in corporate business litigation, including shareholder and contractual disputes and real estate disputes.

Mr. Ribiat has substantial experience in securities litigation, including regulatory enforcement actions, and internal corporate investigations and compliance issues. Mr. Ribiat also represents clients in professional responsibility matters and counsels on matters of ethics.

Butzel Long – Detroit office

Herbert C. Donovan (Personal Injury Litigation) Mr. Donovan, shareholder, has focused his practice on complex commercial litigation, product liability defense (as national and regional counsel), product safety and automotive regulatory issues and throughout his career. His most extensive experience is in the defense and prosecution of litigation (including commercial, warranty, recall and product liability disputes) involving suppliers to automobile manufacturers.

Mr. Donovan has successfully defended design and manufacturing defect claims related to automotive brake and anti-lock brake systems, fuel systems, and tires as well as rollover and crashworthiness claims. He has litigated and arbitrated commercial disputes between suppliers and manufacturers and has substantial experience litigating UCC claims.

Carl Rashid, Jr. (Real Estate Law, Tax Law) – Mr. Rashid is a shareholder and serves on Butzel Long's Board of Directors as a Vice President.

Mr. Rashid's areas of practice include real estate, state and local taxes, investment related tax incentives, condemnation law and government affairs matters.

James S. Rosenfeld (Labor and Employment Law) James S. Rosenfeld, shareholder, practices in the area of labor and employment law. He serves as the manager of Butzel Long's Labor and Employment Practice Group.

Mr. Rosenfeld has extensive experience in litigating a wide variety of labor and employment cases, including trial and appellate work in both state and federal court. He also has experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and handling labor arbitrations and hearings before the National Labor Relations Board.

About Butzel Long

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 is also a member of the Washington, D.C. law firm Butzel Long Tighe Patton. Butzel Long represents clients from diverse industries on a regional, national and multi-national level and is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Visit the Butzel Long website at

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

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