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Bob Stevenson is an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) original. His clients benefit from his more than 47 years of experience focusing his practice on Employee Benefits Law. Bob has handled most every kind of employee benefit issue, setting new precedents, creating new structures, and successfully navigating employee benefits for his clients. His clients include entities in a variety of industries. In his four-plus decades of benefits specialization, Bob has handled virtually every kind of benefit law issue for employers large and small.


Robert B. Stevenson has been helping his clients navigate myriad employee benefits matters since ERISA became effective—since 1976, basically. Back in the day, a group of Detroit-area ERISA attorneys would lunch together and discuss ERISA issues. In recognition of their achievements in this area of the law, Bob and a couple of those lawyers went on to be named Charter Fellows in the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel (ACEBC). Bob is very honored to be so included. He is also honored to have been named, by peer review, to every edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. He has been consistently named by respected legal publications as a top lawyer in his field. In recognition of his expertise in employee benefits and tireless advocacy on behalf of clients, Bob was named Best Lawyers' 2013 Ann Arbor Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law "Lawyer of the Year." Based on client and peer review, Chambers USA has consistently included Bob among a few Michigan lawyers gaining the highest ranking in Benefits Law.

Bob is Counsel based in Butzel’s Ann Arbor office. And as a well-rounded side order, Bob is also inducted into the Michigan Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Michigan Lacrosse Coaches’ Hall of Fame.

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University of Michigan Law School, J.D.

Michigan State University, B.A.



  • Michigan Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Awards & Recognitions

Awards & Recognitions

Charter Fellow, College of Employee Benefits Counsel

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Senior Statesperson, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Best Lawyers in America®, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation - ERISA, 2023, 2024

Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2013

Michigan Super Lawyers, Employee Benefits, 2015-2018

DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Employee Benefits Law, 2016

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