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Butzel Long


  • 150 West Jefferson
  • Detroit
  • USA
  • MI 48226

Corporate/M&A - Michigan

THE FIRM This practice continues to be recognized for its automotive expertise and represents a number of the region's key manufacturers and suppliers. It has also seen an increase in work arising from the technology, healthcare and defense sectors. The group's recent experience includes M&A, joint ventures and shareholder disputes. In the past year it has acted for TK Holdings, MB Aerospace and Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy.  

Sources say: "They are knowledgeable and responsive."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Justin Klimko is a leading M&A and corporate governance practitioner. Clients admire his document craftsmanship, negotiation skills and intellectual dexterity. One source reports: "He was very thorough in his approach and very practical."

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Michigan

THE FIRM This versatile practice advises on all aspects of employee benefits law, including executive compensation, health and welfare plans, and qualified retirement plans. It is increasingly called upon to counsel employers on the legal aspects of healthcare reform. The group is also recognized for the strength of its fiduciary compliance practice. Its clients are drawn primarily from automotive, aerospace and other manufacturing backgrounds.

Sources say: "The level of knowledge and experience provided is first rate."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Buydens has a broad employee benefits background. He has particularly distinguished himself in the fields of retiree healthcare and pension plans.

Labor & Employment - Michigan

THE FIRM Butzel Long has a multiservice labor and employment group, with particular expertise in the areas of wage and hour, noncompete, whistle-blowing and employment issues relating to higher education institutions. Its client roster encompasses a considerable number of governmental entities, universities, automotive suppliers and healthcare providers. Recent work highlights include representing the City of Detroit in an unfair labor practice proceeding.

Sources say: "They understand their clients' needs and how we would like our cases to be handled."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Hancock is a collective bargaining and union avoidance specialist. Clients report that "he has an ability to work within the complex areas of labor law and the practical realities of labor relations."

Clients appreciate the fact that Daniel Tukel is "very thorough in preparing his cases" and "very responsive." His practice focuses on employment litigation and counseling, in addition to traditional labor matters.

Litigation - Michigan

THE FIRM Butzel Long's litigation group places a heavy emphasis on disputes within the automotive and manufacturing industries, and recently represented component supplier Whitesell in a $35 million breach of contract case. It also advises on social and digital media issues, and is recognized for its expertise in general media and First Amendment law. Key clients include ThyssenKrupp Budd, Dura Automotive Systems and Michigan Press Association.

KEY INDIVIDUALS David DuMouchel is unanimously regarded as one of the leading white-collar experts in the area. Sources refer to him as "top drawer" and "a leading light" of the Michigan Bar.