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About Butzel Long

Founded in the mid nineteenth-century, Butzel Long has become one of Michigan's largest law firms, with core practice areas in corporate law, labor law and litigation. The firm has earned recognition for being a great place to work, with progressive commuter benefits and flexible work schedule policies.

The Law of the Great Lakes

For more than 150 years, Butzel Long has represented Michiganders on land and on sea. Admiralty law specialist William Austin Moore founded the firm in 1854, representing clients in the Great Lakes    shipping trade. The firm became somewhat of a magnet for Democratic attorneys with high political profiles, including several who went on to work for the Grover Cleveland administration. In addition to dealing with international shipping laws, Butzel Long's early attorneys landed high-profile publishing clients. Butzel Long lawyer Elliot G. Stevenson, for example, defended five Detroit newspapers in libel charges, and also took on the Chicago Tribune as a client when Henry Ford filed a libel suit against the paper.

From the maritime and media focus of its first decades, Butzel Long has evolved into a well-rounded firm that handles litigation, corporate, real estate, labor and employment and more. The firm's clients have included the University of Michigan, Exxon-Mobil, the Detroit News, CBS, Wal-Mart Stores and Infinity Broadcasting.

The firm also has a growing international arm, bolstered by alliances with firms in China and Mexico. As part of the China Alliance—a collaboration with three other firms—Butzel Long advises clients with operations in China.

Motor City Motions

As would be expected for one of Detroit's leading firms, Butzel Long has longstanding ties with the automotive industry. In its early years, the firm represented the Dodge brothers in a dividend dispute against the Ford Motor Company (with the winnings, the brothers went on to form their own car company). The firm also helped incorporate General Motors in 1910 and assisted in restructuring the company a decade later. More recently, the firm represented DaimlerChrylser in a tax controversy with the state of Michigan.

Butzel Long

150 West Jefferson, Suite 100
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 225-7000

Firm Stats

Chairman: Richard E. Rassel
Hiring Partner: Thomas A. Kabel
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
100 - 150

Employment Contact

No. of U.S. Offices: 6

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Ann Arbor, MI
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Detroit, MI
Lansing, MI
New York, NY
Washington, DC

Major Departments

Business & Commercial Litigation
Construction Litigation
Employee Benefits
Employment Litigation
Energy & Sustainability
Environmental & Natural Resources
Estate & Succession Planning
Family Law
Financial Services
Financial Services Litigation
Government & Regulatory Law
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property Litigation
Labor Law
Labor Counseling & Training
Litigation & Arbitration
Real Estate
White Collar Criminal Defense, Internal Investigations & Corporate Compliance