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Butzel Long


  • 150 West Jefferson
  • Detroit
  • USA
  • MI 48226

Corporate/M&A - Michigan

What the team is known for Recognized for its work within the automotive supply base while also providing services to many areas including the aerospace and defence industry. Represents clients of all sizes in areas such as business planning and corporate governance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A firm with excellent attorneys, culture and reputation; quality legal services at a reasonable cost."

Work highlights Acted as US counsel for Halla Climate Control in its $400 million acquisition of Visteon's climate control business.

Handled a series of transactional matters on behalf of MB Aerospace holdings in its role as US and Michigan counsel.  

Notable practitioners  

Justin Klimko is president of the firm and has extensive experience in areas such as securities regulation, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Sources say "he's brilliant and wise, able to deal with serious challenges."  

Significant clients TK Holdings, Santa Rosa Consulting, Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy.

Labor & Employment - Michigan

What the team is known for Specialist interest in trade secrets and noncompete agreements for both employees and employers. Also offers advice and counsel on regulatory compliance and the resolution of employment disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"It was a wonderful experience. They were very accessible and responsive, going the extra mile so we never had to panic."

"They're hitting on all cylinders in this practice area."

Notable practitioners  

John Hancock focuses on collective bargaining and negotiations, with clients ranging from municipal utilities to casinos. He is known as a strong player in traditional labor matters. 

Daniel Tukel chairs the firm's labor and employment department, and represents public and private sector clients in state and federal employment litigation. Clients say he "is responsive and attentive, and understands the issues that we're dealing with."

Litigation - Michigan

What the team is known for Wide-ranging practice that offers clients the benefit of a cross-disciplinary approach with the litigation team acting alongside the firm's automotive industry and social media, privacy and technology groups. Also offers expertise in complex white-collar criminal defense.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The firm operates excellently; I've never had a problem. They've never dropped the ball or had an issue with billing. Someone's always available, which is always important."

Work highlights Represented plaintiff Petoskey News Review in a suit relating to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.

Obtained a dismissal on behalf of Comcast in a case in which a plaintiff sought damages of $100 million for alleged defamation.

Notable practitioners  

David DuMouchel is described as "a force to be reckoned with and an excellent lawyer," and is a highly respected white-collar defense attorney. Sources say "he has an unusually gifted sense of strategy; he's very practical and cuts through issues very effectively."

Significant clients ExxonMobil, Thyssen-Krupp Budd Company, Whitesell, Dura Automotive Systems, Michigan Press Association.

Immigration - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.