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Butzel Long

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President: Justin Klimko
Chairman: Richard Rassel
Managing Shareholders: W. Patrick Dreisig, Bernard Fuhs, James F. Gehrke, Clara DeMatteis Mager, Mark Nelson, Nicholas Stasevich,
Number of Shareholders: 80   Number of Lawyers: 148
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Greek, Macedonian, Portuguese, German, Italian, Japanese, Romanian, Bulgarian, Russian, Polish, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Hindi/Punjabi, Urdu, Moore

Firm Overview:
Butzel Long is a leading law firm with offices in Michigan, New York City, and Washington, DC, as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Founded in 1854, Butzel Long is one of the oldest firms in the Midwest, having played a prominent role in the development and growth of several major industries. Business leaders have turned to Butzel for innovative, highly-effective legal counsel for over 165 years.
The firm has over 3,000 geographically diverse clients that are active in national and international markets. These clients come from many sectors, including advertising, automotive, banking and financial services, construction, energy, health care, insurance, manufacturing, media, pharmaceuticals, professional services, publishing, real estate, retail and wholesale distribution, technology, transportation, and utilities. Butzel Long is a founding member of Lex Mundi, one of the first and largest networks of leading independent law firms located in 160 separate jurisdictions around the world.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions:
■Butzel Long has outstanding breadth and depth of corporate transaction experience, including numerous cross-border transactions involving both publicly held and privately held companies, and transactions involving Hart Scott Rodino and CFIUS filings. The firm’s international experience distinguishes it from similar firms in Michigan
■Butzel Long represents clients in a wide variety of business sectors, such as automotive and other manufacturing, aerospace manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, IT services, life sciences and private equity. It also represents nonprofits and other organizations in ‘corporate’ service areas such as entity organization and structuring and corporate governance
Key Clients: Kolbenschmidt et al (Pierberg), Indian Head, WKW Erbsloeh North America
Contact: Arthur Dudley II  Tel: 313 225 7070
Email: [email protected]

■Butzel Long has for many years, and continues to have, one of the largest and most experienced labor and employment groups in the state of Michigan
■Butzel Long’s labor attorneys regularly practice before state and federal agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and state and federal Departments of Labor
Key Clients: MGM Grand Detroit, LLC, The University of Michigan, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy
Contact: Daniel Tukel  Tel: 313 225 7047
Email: [email protected]

General Commercial Litigation & White-Collar Crime & Government Litigation:
■Lead counsel for automotive supplier in an international class action criminal and civil antitrust matter alleging price fixing and bid-rigging
■Representation of Samsung in a $10 million action on automotive supplier contract dispute and resolution procedures
■Representation of William Beaumont Hospital in commercial arbitration valued at greater than $10 million
Key Clients: Tech Mahindra (Americas), Inc., Tokai Rika, TK Holdings (Takata)
Contact: Bruce Sendek  Tel: 313 983 7453
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
■Butzel Long’s real estate practice has a tremendous depth of experience in handling virtually all types of real estate projects in the State of Michigan for over 60 years, from major urban development projects, downtown office facilities, industrial, research and technical centers, retail, hotels and residential properties and signature incentive programs
■Butzel Long’s real estate team handles a wide range of complex and high-profile real estate-related matters ranging from the development of community projects, to spearheading tax increment financing, the creation of sophisticated financial instruments and the drafting of complex commercial leases, zoning, condemnation and tax issues to mineral rights, environmental assessments and permitting
Key Clients: William Beaumont Hospital, Stroh Companies (SBC Holdings), Dunham’s Athleisure
Contact: Thomas Kabel  Tel: 248 258 2602
Email: [email protected]

Employee Benefits:
■Butzel Long’s employee benefits practice group advises a wide range of clients, from professional corporations with one or two employees to national or global employers with several thousand employees. This includes both for-profit and non-profit entities
■Butzel Long’s employee benefits group works closely with actuaries, accountants, other benefits consultants and members of the firm’s other practice areas in the design and implementation of benefits programs, in addition to regularly representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the Department of Labor
Key Clients: Owens Corning, Michigan Technological University, Netlink Software Group America
Contact: Thomas Shaevsky  Tel: 248 258 7858
Email: [email protected]

■Butzel Long has a leading immigration practice at both state and nationwide levels; not only does the firm have the premier immigration practice in Michigan, it also assists clients with immigration issues across the US. The firm also has immigration partners based in its Washington DC office
■Butzel Long’s close proximity to the US/Canadian border coupled with its outstanding immigration expertise has made the firm a ‘go to’ choice for emergency border immigration cases
Key Clients: American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc., Jackson National Life Insurance Company, T-Systems North America, Inc.
Contact: Clara DeMatteis Mager  Tel: 313 225 7077
Email: [email protected]