Two Butzel Long attorneys have each been named a 2013 Detroit FIVE STAR Wealth Manager SM



BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Butzel Long attorneys W. Patrick Dreisig and David W. Sommerfeld each have been named a 2013 Detroit FIVE STAR Wealth Manager SM as a result of a survey completed by HOUR Detroit magazine, DBusiness magazine and FIVE STAR Professional. A listing of individuals named a 2013 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager SM appears in the July/August edition of DBusiness. This is the fourth year that Dreisig and Sommerfeld have each been named a Detroit FIVE STAR Wealth Manager SM. The FIVE STAR Wealth Managers SM is a select group representing less than seven percent of the wealth managers in the Detroit area.

W. Patrick Dreisig

Dreisig is a Vice President of Butzel Long and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors. He is co-chair of both the firm’s Finance Committee and Global Automotive Industry Group and also is a member of the firm’s Business Law Practice.

He focuses his practice in general business law and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, recapitalizations, debt and equity finance transactions, venture capital transactions, supply agreements, intellectual property development and licensing transactions, customer and supplier workouts, entity selection and formation, corporate governance and business succession.

Dreisig practices extensively within the automotive supplier industry. He is highly experienced in representing automotive suppliers in structuring and negotiating long term supply and other commercial arrangements with automotive manufacturers and other suppliers.  

Dreisig received his B.A. degree, with distinction, from the University of Michigan in 1974 and his J.D. degree from Wayne State University in 1977, where he served as an editor of the Wayne Law Review in 1976-77. 

He is a member of the Business Law and Taxation Sections of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. He also has served as a member of the Legal Issues Council, and as past counsel to the Chief Purchasing Officers Council, of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association. Dreisig is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

David W. Sommerfeld

Based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office, Sommerfeld serves as manager of the firm’s Probate, Trust and Estate Planning Practice.

He practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, and trust administration. Sommerfeld also has experience in the areas of income tax, estate and gift tax, and related tax and financial matters. 

Sommerfeld is a 1963 graduate of the University of Detroit and a 1967 graduate of the Detroit College of Law. He is a Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in American Law, Michigan Super Lawyers, and DBusiness as a 2012 Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit for Trusts and Estates. Sommerfeld is a member of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit.

Sommerfeld is a frequent lecturer on the subject of estate planning on behalf of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education of the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and Professional Education Systems, Inc.

About the FIVE STAR Wealth Manager SM program

The FIVE STAR Wealth Manager SM program is the largest and most widely published wealth manager award program in North America. It is part of Five Star Professional which conducts market-specific research throughout the U.S. and Canada to identify reputable and trustworthy service professionals. Research results undergo a thorough regulatory review.

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

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Media Contact: Maribeth Farkas at Caponigro Public Relations Inc.,
(248) 353-3030, ext. 2114

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