- July 24, 2016
Special report: The Litigators
14 of the lead attorneys behind recent major court action
This report showcases 14 of the lead attorneys behind recent major court action. Why these men and women? The attorneys profiled are the result of litigation reporter Chad Halcom's efforts combing through court filings, sending queries to law firms in our database, and reaching out to a range of other personalities to identify attorneys. These are the litigators driving the big verdicts, major settlements and interesting litigation around the state.
The cases in this report are the result of a subjective selection, but we believe they represent a cross-section of the cases that matter in the Michigan business community today.
— Jennette Smith, editorJuly 11, 2016Butzel Long and the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator "Adopt-A-Biz" program profiled in the Detroit Legal News
'Adopt-A-Biz': Law firm assists start-ups with 'INCubator' program
By Sheila Pursglove
Blackbourne Worldwide - a woman-owned business with cutting-edge artificial intelligence and unique hacking approaches and techniques - has received the new Adopt-A-Biz program award from the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator program.
The year-long Mac-OU INC package includes a full suite of services and a fully furnished office, made possible through the generous sponsorships of the Butzel Long law firm and Logistic Specialties, Inc (LSI).July 5, 2016
By Steve Thorpe
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion in the appeal by the Estate of Chris Kyle in a lawsuit brought by Jesse Ventura known as the “American Sniper” lawsuit. Ventura brought a defamation claim against Kyle, the author of “American Sniper,” for comments made in the book.June 22, 2016Butzel Long’s Immigration Department is the only Michigan law firm recognized in Immigration ranking by Chambers USA 2016
Detroit-based law firm increases attorney rankings and recognition in Chambers’ “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 – The Client’s Guide”
DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorneys and practice areas have been recognized by Chambers USA 2016. – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 – The Client’s Guide. Notably, the firm’s Immigration Practice Department is the only Michigan law firm ranked in Immigration by Chambers.June 20, 2016
Series hosted by Henry Gornbein, with leading members of the legal community discussing matters of family law, the court system, divorce, criminal defense, and all issues of practical relevance to attorneys and their clients.June 16, 2016Butzel Long attorney Daniel P. Malone co-authors peer-review technical paper on automotive safety for SAE International
Attorney’s article also runs in Automotive Engineering Magazine
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Daniel P. Malone co-authored a peer-review technical paper on automotive safety. SAE International published it in April 2016, http://papers.sae.org/2016-01-7000. The technical paper discusses multiple key automotive safety issues. The article is titled, “NHTSA and the Next 50 Years: Time for Congress to Act Boldly (Again).”June 1, 2016Butzel Long attorney Daniel B. Tukel featured during Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce program on June 15, 2016
DETROIT, Mich. – Most state and federal non-discrimination laws prohibit employers from taking actions. However, for religious practices and disabilities, employers are legally required to take affirmative steps to accommodate employees.May 31, 2016Butzel Long attorney Jennifer Dukarski appointed to serve as a liaison to ABA’s Forum on Communications Law
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney Jennifer Dukarski has been appointed to serve as the liaison to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Young Lawyers Division on the Forum on Communications Law Governing Committee.May 31, 2016
Two-way trade: Attorney represents clients in Mexico, U.S.
By Sheila Pursglove
Six million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Mexico – including 175,000 Michigan jobs.May 27, 2016
Detroit-based law firm increases attorney rankings and recognition in Chambers’ “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 – The Client’s Guide”May 24, 2016
DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorneys Geaneen M. Arends and Paul M. Mersino will participate in a panel program on May 25, 2016 during Detroit StartUp Week, a five-day entrepreneurship conference.May 23, 2016Butzel Long attorney Reginald Pacis featured during Kiwanis Club of Cosmopolitan Detroit Prayer Breakfast
DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long immigration law attorney Reginald A. Pacis was a featured speaker during the Kiwanis Club of Cosmopolitan Detroit Prayer Breakfast on May 21, 2016 at the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan in Southfield.May 22, 2016Butzel Long attorney Gary Klotz quoted in Crain's Detroit Business on the U.S. Department of Labor new overtime rules
Attorneys: 'Work to be done' for employers to adjust to new OT rules
The U.S. Department of Labor last week finalized its updated ruling on overtime regulations that greatly expand the amount of workers eligible for overtime pay.
While the agency touts a meaningful boost to the paychecks of millions of workers, businesses are now working to reduce the ruling's impact.May 22, 2016
New law's message to business: Protect trade secrets
The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 was signed into law earlier this month by President Obama, and the act is now effective. Below is a recap of what is new and what every company should be looking to do in light of this new law. Specifically, there are new provisions that must be written into every noncompete or other restrictive covenant signed by any employee.May 1, 2016Butzel Long attorney Jennifer Dukarski quoted in Crain's Detroit Business on Autonomous Vehicle Legislation
Michigan races to stay in the drivers' seat on autonomous vehicle legislation
LANSING — In 2013, Michigan legislators adopted the state's first laws for driverless vehicles, allowing them to share the road with live motorists only while being tested.
That legislation helped Michigan become an early leader in the race to build a self-driving car, said Mike Kowall, a state senator from Oakland County who sponsored the bills.
But for Michigan to win — especially against the tech giants of Silicon Valley, which are developing their own prototypes — he believes the state also needs to lead by regulation, before a patchwork of rules crops up across state lines.April 28, 2016
Among the pioneers: Employee benefits attorney began as a paralegal in Detroit
By Sheila Pursglove
Although Nancy Keppelman enjoyed studying music in college, she knew she lacked the chops to be a professional musician.April 26, 2016
DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Rebecca S. Davies has been named a Most Valuable Professional by Corp! Magazine. She is one of several southeast Michigan business leaders who will be recognized during a breakfast banquet on April 27, 2016 at Schoolcraft College.April 26, 2016Butzel Long attorney Gary Klotz quoted in New York Times - Volkswagen Reverses Course on Union at Tennessee Plant
Just two years ago, Volkswagen was actively supporting the United Auto Workers in its push to organize the company's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.
But in September, the German automaker was plunged into turmoil over revelations that it had equipped almost 600,000 diesel cars sold in the United States with software to cheat on tailpipe emissions tests.
Since then, a large portion of Volkswagen's senior management has changed - and so has its approach to the union drive. Now, rather than cooperating with the UAW, Volkswagen is trying to block the union.April 14, 2016Jump to Page
Business litigator learned lessons 'on' and in the court
By Sheila Pursglove
Although attorney Bernie Fuhs has handled some high profile cases, his most rewarding triumph was helping a close friend in a landlord/tenant dispute.April 13, 2016
NLRB rules UAW can organize group of VW workers
UAW wins a key NLRB ruling that aids its effort to represent Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn.Page: