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I seek practical solutions that will permit clients to achive their objectives and focus on ways to accomplish those objectives and how to overcome any obstacles to their realization. Although many clients are large companies, I am fortunate to work with many new, start-up ventures and individuals in a close and collaborative environment.  I always keep in mind that clients need to get value from their legal relationships and work hard to deliver that value as well as to gain their trust. Most of my client relationships span many years. evidencing the confidence I have enjoyed as a result of my focus on understanding the client and working as a team member with the client.


Languages spoken: English, French

Practice areas


  1. International Law: 25%
    32 years
  2. Mergers & Acquisitions: 25%
    32 years
  3. Business: 20%
    42 years
  4. Securities Offerings: 20%
    37 years
  5. Venture Capital: 10%

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41000 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48304


MIActive And In Good Standing197211/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Michigan Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2015
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Detroit Int'l Trade & Finance Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2013
IT Lawyer of the Year in MichiganAmerican Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell2013
Detroit Int'l Trade & Finance Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2013
Top Lawyers in Metro Detroitdbusiness2012
Top Attorneys in MichiganNew York Times2012
Top Rated Lawyer in International Law & International TradeThe American Lawyer2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Chair, Corporate DeptButzel Long2010 - 2014
Interim General CounselCovansys Corporation2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of CommercePresident Emeritus2013 - Present
Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of CommercePresident2008 - 2013
American Bar Association, International Law and Practice SectionMember1990 - Present
ABA Committee on Federal Regulation of SecuritiesMember1976 - Present
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember1972 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Institute of Continuing Education (Michigan)Michigan Business Formbook2015
BNA Corporate Series Portfolio No. 60-2ndInitial Public Offerings2014
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Michigan)A Practical Guide to E-Business Law2001
Wayne Law ReviewEditor1971
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawN/A1972
Wayne State UniversityHistoryN/A1969