Butzel attorney Lynn McGuire named Co-Chair of the firm’s Education Industry Team

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Butzel attorney and shareholder Lynn McGuire has been named Co-Chair of the firm’s Education Industry Team. She joins Butzel attorney and shareholder Carey A. DeWitt in this leadership role.

Notably, Butzel’s Education Industry Team helps clients navigate the unique legal, operational and economic issues and relationships inherent to the industry. Butzel’s education clients include nationally renowned public and private universities, colleges, independent schools, public school academies, public school districts, vocational and for-profit institutions, foundations, and education technology companies.

McGuire concentrates her practice in the area of employee benefits law. She regularly works with defined benefit pension plans, 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) and (f) retirement plans, insured and self-insured group health plans, cafeteria plans, health reimbursement arrangements, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, qualified transportation fringe benefits, on-site clinics, wellness programs, employee assistance programs, group life insurance, STD, LTD, opt-out cash benefits, pre-tax premiums, tuition assistance benefits, vacation trusts, and non-qualified deferred compensation plans.

She frequently advises employers and plan service providers on the Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform). She has a wealth of experience in advising employers and other fiduciaries on fiduciary “best practices,” as well as ERISA and tax compliance. McGuire negotiates all types of plan service provider contracts, including investment agreements for separate segregated funds and pooled investment vehicles. She regularly drafts a variety of benefit plan-related documents, including plans, summary plan descriptions, policies and procedures, plan amendments, required notices, IRS determination letter applications, QDRO determinations, and QMCSO determinations.

McGuire has significant experience representing clients in Department of Labor audits and investigations. Over the years, she has represented a countless number of clients in IRS employee plan compliance resolution system filings and IRS determination letter applications. She provides strategic counsel on mergers, plant closings, benefit plan termination, and withdrawal liability associated with multiemployer fringe benefit funds.

Before joining Butzel, McGuire was a partner in a private practice, providing services to various fiduciaries including fringe benefit fund sponsors and Boards. She managed complex civil litigation matters, including ERISA-based fiduciary liability claims, prohibited transactions, and pension investment litigation.

McGuire has been named to the 2014 and 2017-2022 list of peer-voted “Top Lawyers” by DBusiness magazine. Notably, she is ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, in the category of Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, 2018-2021. She also has earned a Certificate in Global Benefits Management and a Certificate of Achievement in Canadian Benefit Plans from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

She is admitted to practice in the States of Ohio and Michigan. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bars of Michigan and Ohio, the Greater Ann Arbor Society for Human Resource Managers, and previously served on the Board of the Washtenaw Area Council for Children.

McGuire graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1997), where she was a Student Note Editor for the Journal of College and University Law, and earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan – Dearborn (B.A., with Distinction, 1993).

About Butzel

Butzel is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Troy, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel attorneys named to DBusiness magazine’s Top Lawyers in metro Detroit 2022

DETROIT, Mich. – Seventy-five Butzel attorneys have been named Top Lawyers in metro Detroit 2022 by DBusiness magazine. The list appears in the November/December 2021 edition. The attorneys and their practice areas are listed below:

Ann Arbor office

– Regan K. Dahle
Labor and Employment Law

– Jennifer A. Dukarski
Copyright Law
Information Technology Law
Intellectual Property and Patent Law

– Ashley Glime
Copyright Law
Intellectual Property and Patent Law

– Mark W. Jane
Employee Benefits Law

– Nancy Keppelman
Employee Benefits Law

– William J. Kraus
Litigation – Commercial

– Lynn McGuire
Employee Benefits Law

– Terrance J. Miglio
Labor & Employment Law

– Mark T. Nelson
Litigation – Labor and Employment Benefits

– Claudia Rast
Information Management & Discovery Law
Information Technology Law

– Diane M. Soubly
Litigation – Labor Employment Benefits

– Andrew Stumpff
Employee Benefits Law

Detroit office

– Geaneen M. Arends
Corporate Law
Real Estate Law

– Linda J. Armstrong
Immigration Law

– Frederick A. Berg, Jr.
Litigation – Commercial
Litigation — Insurance

– James C. Bruno
Arbitration
Commercial Law
Corporate Law

– Joshua J. Chinsky
White-Collar Criminal Defense

– Maura Corrigan
Appellate Law

– Rebecca S. Davies
Labor and Employment Law
Litigation – Labor Employment Benefits

– David J. DeVine
Construction Law

– Arthur Dudley, II
Corporate Law
Securities Law

– David F. DuMouchel
White-Collar Criminal Defense

– Eric J. Flessland
Construction Law
Litigation – Construction

– Bernard J. Fuhs
Franchise Law
Trade Secrets

– Cynthia J. Haffey
Litigation – Commercial

– John P. Hancock, Jr.
Litigation – Labor Employment Benefits

– Catherine M. Karol
Commercial Law

– Amany Kasham
Immigration Law

– Justin G. Klimko
Corporate Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Securities Law

– Phillip C. Korovesis
Litigation – Commercial
Trade Secrets

– Mark R. Lezotte
Health Care Law
Nonprofit/Charities Law

– Clara DeMatteis Mager
Immigration Law

– Paul M. Mersino
Construction Law
Trade Secrets

– Brett J. Miller
Franchise Law
Labor and Employment Law

– Donald B. Miller
Product Liability

– Donald V. Orlandoni
Franchise Law

– Reginald A. Pacis
Immigration Law

– James S. Rosenfeld
Labor and Employment Law
Litigation – Labor Employment Benefits

– Bruce L. Sendek
Litigation – Antitrust

– Angela Emmerling Shapiro
Information Management & Discovery Law
Information Technology Law

– Ivonne M. Soler
Family Law

– Nicholas J. Stasevich
Commercial Law
International Trade Law

– John C. Valenti
Product Liability

– Kurtis T. Wilder
Appellate Law
Arbitration

– James E. Wynne
Product Liability

– Mitchell Zajac
Intellectual Property and Patent Law

Troy office

– Jennifer E. Consiglio
Corporate Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law

– Carey A. DeWitt
Labor and Employment Law
Litigation – Labor Employment Benefits

– George B. Donnini
Antitrust Law
White-Collar Criminal Defense

– W. Patrick Dreisig
Banking & Financial Service Law
Corporate Law

– Damien DuMouchel
White-Collar Criminal Defense

– Theodore R. Eppel
White-Collar Criminal Defense

– Geoffrey L. Gallinger
Land Use & Zoning
Real Estate Law

– Debra A. Geroux
Health Care Law

– Amy L. Glenn
Trusts and Estates

– Beth S. Gotthelf
Energy Law
Environmental Law

– David W. Hipp
Banking & Financial Service Law

– Robert A. Hudson
International Trade Law

– Laura E. Johnson
Corporate Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law

– Susan L. Johnson
Energy Law
Environmental Law

– Thomas A. Kabel
Land Use & Zoning
Real Estate Law

– Sheldon H. Klein
Antitrust Law
Litigation – Antitrust

– William J. Kliffel
Product Liability

– Bushra A. Malik
Immigration Law

– Suzanne M. Miller
Tax Law

– Max J. Newman
Bankruptcy and Creditor /Debtor Rights Law

– Robert P. Perry
Trusts and Estates

– R. Peter Prokop
Tax Law

– Thomas B. Radom
Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
Litigation – Banking & Finance

– Joseph E. Richotte
Appellate Law
White-Collar Criminal Defense

– Robert H. Schwartz
Health Care Law

– Thomas L. Shaevsky
Employee Benefits Law

– Thomas C. Simpson
Litigation – Real Estate

– Daniel B. Tukel
Labor and Employment Law
Litigation – Labor Employment Benefits

– Roxana Zaha
Real Estate Law

The research for the Top Lawyers list was created by PRS (Professional Research Services) and is based on an online peer-review survey sent out to the certified lawyers within the metro Detroit area. Many votes were cast honoring excellence in the legal field. Inclusion in DBusiness magazine’s Top Lawyers list is based solely upon one’s standing within their peer group.

About Butzel

Butzel is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Troy, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel attorney Beth Gotthelf receives National Association for Surface Finishing Award of Merit

Butzel attorney Beth S. Gotthelf is a recipient of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) Award of Merit. The award was presented during the National SUR/FIN Manufacturing & Technology Conference and Trade Show held recently at the TCF Center in Detroit.

Notably, Gotthelf has served as general counsel to the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Surface Finishers since 1990 and Vice President since 2019. She has counseled the association and its members on a wide variety of issues throughout the years providing solid, practical and timely insight on ever changing regulations and of late, COVID issues. She also has guided members through the many challenging PFAS impacts in the facility, air, wastewater, stormwater, and soil, not to mention the financial challenges. Her guidance and sage timely advice has helped members make good decisions to help them be successful in business.

Gotthelf is Butzel’s Director of Innovation and External Relations, Co-Chair of the Energy & Sustainability Practice, and Co-Chair of the Aerospace & Defense industry team.

She has helped auto suppliers diversify into alternative energy and defense, which have been lifelines to those companies.

Gotthelf brings a pragmatic and holistic approach to clients’ issues, assisting them in reaching their business goals, often matchmaking clients’ needs and acting as an outside general counsel. Her assistance in diversifying automotive suppliers into the aerospace & defense arena during the economic downturn is just one example of her holistic approach. She now counsels clients in governmental contracting, ITAR, EAR, and Foreign Military Sales. Gotthelf also is a leader in environmental law, bringing creative solutions to remediation, redevelopment, tax incentives, and waste management.

About Butzel

Butzel is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Troy, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel included in ‘Best Law Firms’ 2022 edition by U.S. News and Best Lawyers®

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel has received national recognition in the 2022 “Best Law Firms,” rankings by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®.

Butzel is ranked in multiple legal specialties in the Ann Arbor, Detroit, Lansing, Troy and Washington, D.C. offices.

Firms included in the 2022 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The 2022 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

Below is a full list of Butzel’s 2022 Best Law Firm rankings:

National Rankings

National Tier 2

• Securities Regulation

National Tier 3

• Commercial Litigation
• Corporate Law
• Employment Law – Management
• Environmental Law

Metropolitan Rankings

Metropolitan Tier 1

Ann Arbor

• Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Employment Law – Management
• Litigation – Labor & Employment

Detroit

• Appellate Practice
• Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law
• Commercial Litigation
• Corporate Law
• Criminal Defense: White-Collar
• Employment Law – Management
• Immigration Law
• International Trade and Finance Law
• Labor Law – Management
• Litigation – Labor & Employment
• Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions – Defendants
• Mergers & Acquisitions Law
• Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Securities Regulation

Lansing

• Construction Law
• Litigation – Construction

Troy

• Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law
• Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
• Commercial Litigation
• Construction Law
• Corporate Law
• Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Employment Law – Management
• Health Care Law
• Immigration Law
• Labor Law – Management
• Litigation – Antitrust
• Litigation – Environmental
• Litigation – ERISA
• Litigation – Labor & Employment
• Litigation – Real Estate
• Real Estate Law
• Trusts & Estates Law

Metropolitan Tier 2

Ann Arbor

• Corporate Law
• Environmental Law
• Labor Law – Management
• Litigation – ERISA
• Litigation – Intellectual Property

Detroit

• Bet-the-Company Litigation
• Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
• Construction Law
• Corporate Compliance Law
• Corporate Governance Law
• Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
• International Mergers & Acquisitions
• Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
• Securities/ Capital Markets Law

Troy

• Appellate Practice
• Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
• Corporate Governance Law
• Environmental Law
• Family Law
• Litigation – Construction
• Litigation – Trusts & Estates
• Tax Law

Washington, D.C.

• Environmental Law

Metropolitan Tier 3

Detroit

• Health Care Law
• Litigation – Construction
• Litigation – Trusts & Estates
• Tax Law

Troy

• Banking and Finance Law

About “Best Law Firms”

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro.

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and information, which includes www.usnews.com and www.rankingsandreviews.com as well as the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine.

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world. For nearly four decades, Best Lawyers has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the attorneys best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers lists are published in leading local, regional and national publications across the globe. The Best Lawyers in America list recognizes the very best lawyers in each practice area and metropolitan region in the country.

About Butzel

Butzel is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Troy, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel attorney Paul Mersino named to Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s ‘40 Under 40’ 2021 list

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel attorney and shareholder
Paul M. Mersino has been named to Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s 2021 Class of “40 Under 40,” list which profiles metro Detroit business professionals. Honorees were selected by Crain’s editorial staff based on their career accomplishments, impact in their field and contributions to their community, and to reflect the diversity of the region’s business community. Mersino is profiled in the November 1, 2021 edition.

Mersino was elected to Butzel’s Board of Directors in March, 2020. Prior to serving on the firm’s Board of Directors, he was Practice Department Chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. As a board member, he is responsible for the operations and management of the 150+ attorney firm, including budgeting, setting strategic goals, and more. As Litigation Practice Department Chair, he was responsible for the management and oversight of the firm’s Commercial Litigation attorneys who reported to him as well as for the strategic goals, budgeting, forecasting, and direction of the practice group.

He represents public and private companies, both as plaintiff’s attorney and defendant’s attorney, in a number of areas including complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, non-competition and trade secret disputes, automotive supplier disputes, construction litigation, and First Amendment litigation. Mersino has seen a number of successes in trials and cases across the country.

Mersino represents and advises a number of startup companies, assisting them with their legal needs and matching them with potential venture capital funding. He also handles appeals in the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, and in federal courts across the country.

In 2020, Mersino was named to DBusiness magazine’s “30 in Their Thirties.” He has been recognized as a Top Lawyer by DBusiness magazine, as a Michigan Super Lawyer, as one of Oakland County’s Elite 40 under 40, and as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Mersino also has served on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Bar Association, has served as an advisor to the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Litigation Advisory Board, and is a Trustee of the Butzel Long Charitable Trust.

Mersino is a 2008 graduate of Ave Maria School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Law Review and the State Championship Moot Court team. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Northwood University (B.A., 2005).

About Butzel

Butzel is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Troy, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Latest workplace issues impacting southeast Michigan employers focus of November 17 (virtual) seminar; Butzel hosts 34th Annual Labor, Employment, Benefits and Immigration Law Forum

DETROIT, Mich. – Employers are navigating a revolving door of new challenges that continue to evolve from the pandemic. From managing a remote workforce to rethinking employee benefits, employers need a playbook to keep up with new developments.

Butzel is hosting its 34th Annual Labor, Employment, Employee Benefits and Immigration Law Forum in a (virtual) format and will focus on key legal matters from
8 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. The program will provide attendees with information on a wide variety of labor, employment, employee benefits, and immigration issues facing employers, with a focus on Covid related issues.

The registration fee is $49 per person. Presentation recordings will be made available
to those who have registered for the event. For more information or to register online, visit https://www.butzel.com/event. For inquiries, contact Nairi Chopjian at chopjian@butzel.com.

This year’s virtual seminar will have a slightly different format. Butzel is asking participants to register for each session individually to give more flexibility in scheduling and to better distribute the continuing education credits. Attendees will be eligible for 1-3 HRCI and SHRM CE Credits, pending approval.

Attendees should register for the “Welcome and Introduction” session and then register for one webinar in each Workshop Session.

“We have developed seven targeted workshops to address the most pressing workplace issues,” said Daniel B. Tukel, Chair of Butzel’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Department. “Our four-hour webinar is packed with a lot of important content designed for human resources professionals, general counsel, and business owners.”

Workshop session topics include:
• The Evolving Workplace During and After COVID

• Remote Work

• Rethinking Employee Benefits in the COVID-19 Era

• Accommodations In The Age Of COVID

• Protecting Your Trade Secrets in Our New Work Environment

• Politics in the Workplace

• Immigration During COVID: The New Reality and Impact on Employers and Foreign Nationals

About Butzel

Butzel is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Troy, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel attorney Michael C. Decker named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s ‘Leaders in the Law’

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel attorney and shareholder Michael C. Decker has been named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s “Leaders in the Law” Class of 2021. Honorees will be recognized at a luncheon and awards celebration on December 2, 2021, at the Detroit Marriott Troy. “Leaders in the Law” are honored, among other things, for:

• Significant accomplishments or achievements in law practice;
• Outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan;
• Leadership in improving the justice system in Michigan;
• Seeking improvements to the legal community and their communities at large; and,
• Setting an example for other lawyers.

Decker practices in Butzel’s Detroit and Lansing offices.
He concentrates his practice in the areas of construction and construction litigation and business and business litigation.

He represents and counsels construction companies and contractors on all aspects of both public and private projects, from inception to completion of those projects. Decker has substantial experience drafting and negotiating contracts, subcontracts, and other agreements and prosecuting and defending performance, payment, and delay related claims on behalf of construction companies and contractors, as well as owners and sureties. He also has substantial experience prosecuting and defending claims concerning the Miss Dig Act and violations of the Miss Dig Act on behalf of construction companies and contractors. Decker has prosecuted and defended such claims before state and federal courts, state and public agencies, and arbitration and mediation panels.

Moreover, Decker has substantial experience assisting owners and contractors with residential construction related matters. Specifically, he has assisted owners and contractors drafting and negotiating residential construction contracts, subcontracts, and other agreements and resolving performance and payment related issues, as well as prosecuting and defending claims arising from such issues.

Decker represents and counsels businesses and business professionals with day-to-day business related issues. Such day-to-day business related issues routinely find him assisting with contract disputes and bankruptcy, corporate, collection, labor and employment, real estate, and trade secret related issues.

Decker has been recognized as a Rising Star in Business Litigation in 2013-2021 by Super Lawyers. Rising Stars are attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or who have practiced for 10 years or less. Notably, only 2.5 percent of Michigan lawyers are named to the list of Super Lawyers each year. Decker also has been recognized as a Top Lawyer in Construction Litigation in 2017-2021 by DBusiness.

He earned a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School in 2011 and a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University in 2007. During law school, he served as an associate editor of The Journal of Law in Society.

Since 2015, he has been a member of the Central Michigan University Alumni Association Board of Directors. He represents the interests of alumni by providing meaningful opportunities and connections for maintaining involvement with the University.

Decker is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the State Bar of Florida. He is admitted to practice in various courts in both Michigan and Florida.

About Butzel

Butzel is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Troy, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel immigration law attorney Bushra Malik named to 2022 edition of Best Lawyers® in the Midwest ‘Lawyer of the Year’

TROY, Mich. – Bushra Malik, Butzel attorney and shareholder, has been named to the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers® second annual Best Lawyers in the Midwest publication. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected guide to the legal profession.

Using information excerpted from the 2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® and the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, this stand-alone publication features more than 10,000 lawyers recognized for their top legal talent in the Midwest. For research purposes, smaller and more rural cities located within a reasonable distance to larger cities are combined into single geographical regions called “metro areas” to help collect as much feedback and data as possible. The Midwest region, as defined by Best Lawyers, includes metro areas located within six states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

In addition to the lists of recognized lawyers, the publication includes regionally relevant editorial content, information on the award methodology process, a brief company overview, the Best Lawyers metro area map and a section recognizing the “Lawyer of the Year” awards designated through these metro area distinctions.

“Lawyer of the Year” honorees are based on extremely high overall feedback within specific practice areas and metropolitan regions. Notably, the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in the Midwest “Lawyer of the Year” section includes a feature on Malik.

Malik, based in Butzel’s Troy office, practices in the area of immigration law, focusing on the representation of multinational and domestic clients’ inbound and global migration needs. Her experience includes Employment based (Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researcher, Multinational Manager, and PERMs) and Family based Permanent Residence Petitions, Non-Immigrant Petitions (H-1B/Specialty Occupation, J-1/ Exchange Visitor, L-1/Intracompany Transfers, O-1/Extraordinary Ability, TN/ NAFTA); Employer Compliance (I-9 Audits and H-1B Public Access File Audits); J-1 waivers; Compliance under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiate (WHTI); U.S. Passports; complex naturalization matters; and currency seizures.

Malik currently serves on the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Department of State National Liaison Committee. Malik previously served as the Chair of the AILA Michigan Chapter; is the past Chair of AILA’s Global Migration Section; and speaks regularly at AILA national and international conferences.

About Butzel

Butzel is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel attorney featured on National Security Law Today podcast

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Butzel attorney and shareholder Claudia Rast was a featured guest on the National Security Law (NSL) Today podcast on October 5, 2021. Notably, a significant portion of the podcast focused on the Frances Haugen Senate hearing on Facebook.

NSL Today is a weekly podcast from the American Bar Association (ABA) Standing Committee on Law and National Security—the link is here: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_national_security/nslt/. The podcast features interviews with practicing attorneys, legal experts and thought leaders on the most current national security law issues, predictions for future legal trends, and career advice for those looking to break into the field.

Rast, who chairs Butzel’s Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Emerging Technology Practice Department, blends her expertise in law, business, and science to assist companies in their strategic use of technology, counseling clients in the areas of privacy, cybersecurity, data security and governance, intellectual property licensing and registration, and the forensic preservation and analysis of electronically stored information.

With the rise of cyber events, and the vulnerability of business as their workforce connects from home in response to COVID-19, her background in forensics, IT environments and security has proved invaluable to both defend against and respond to cyber attacks and to conduct cybersecurity awareness and response training sessions.

Similarly, over the past several years, she has worked within both the IT entrepreneur community and the automotive supplier network to negotiate contracts covering innovative technologies associated with autonomous and connected vehicles, addressing security, privacy, IP ownership, and to the impacts of new laws and regulations, ranging from the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU to the California Consumer Privacy Act.

Rast was appointed to co-chair the American Bar Association (ABA) Cybersecurity Legal Task Force in 2020. Prior to that, she had been appointed to successive one-year terms since 2013.

She is a frequent national speaker on matters ranging from cybersecurity, privacy, and data governance. In addition, she has published numerous articles including an online privacy course for CPA’s to receive CPE credit.

In 2017, she co-authored a chapter to the second edition of The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook. A third edition of the Handbook will be published in February 2022, in which Rast co-authored a chapter on incident response. In May 2021, she was a featured contributor to the Cybersecurity Legal Task Force’s Vendor Contracting Project, which published the second edition of its Cybersecurity Checklist.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.S., Natural Resources) and cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Detroit Law Review. In 2014, Rast successfully completed the four-week online program, “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data,” developed and taught by the faculty of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in collaboration with MIT Professional Education.

About Butzel

Butzel is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel co-hosts 2021 Michigan Defense Industry AUSA reception in Washington, D.C.

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel law firm, in partnership with the Michigan Defense Center, an operation of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Macomb County, are co-hosting the 2021 Michigan Defense Industry – Arsenal of Innovation Annual Reception on Monday, October 11, 2021 at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

This invitation only event brings together global leadership from private industry and high-level military officials. Representatives of the U.S. defense sector will have an opportunity to hear from this year’s special guest, Maj. Gen. Darren L. Werner, Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Army Materiel Command.

Notably, the reception coincides with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) largest event, which takes place from October 11-13, 2021 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. This year’s theme, “Transforming Land Power to Meet Global Challenges,” already has attracted more than 650 exhibitors.

AUSA supports soldiers, their families, and Army civilians and provides a voice for the Army and honors those who have served.

“Butzel is honored to be a part of this event which highlights Michigan’s Defense Industry, connecting industry and government to grow Michigan” said Beth S. Gotthelf, Co-Chair of the firm’s Aerospace & Defense Industry Team. “We are committed to building relationships with, and supporting, Michigan’s defense industry businesses.”

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