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  1. Communications & Media: 60%
    21 years, 100 cases
  2. Litigation: 40%
    21 years, 100 cases



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41000 Woodward Ave
Stoneridge West
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48304


MIActive And In Good Standing199311/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers (Appellate Law)DBusiness2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderButzel Long1993 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law, Women in Communications Law SubcommitteeCo-chair2013 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember - Law and the Media Committee2012 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, First Amendment & Media Litigation CommitteeCo-chair - Diversity Outreach Subcommittee2011 - Present
Media Law Resource Center, Defense Counsel SectionMember - State Legislative Commitee2011 - Present
Michigan Press AssociationGeneral Counsel2009 - Present
Michigan Community ResourcesBoard Member1993 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Whitesell v WhirlpoolVerdict in client's favor in excess of $25 million
International Sports Marketing v Saatchi & Saatchi North AmericaInternational Sports Marketing v. Saatchi & Saatchi North America, Inc. Obtained reversal of trial court’s imposition of default judgment in excess of $20M against client.
Detroit News v City of DetroitSuccessfully obtained relief under Michigan's FOIA.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Michigan Press AssociationHeightened protections for anonymous posters – Michigan law takes a step forward2014
Media Law Resource CenterMichigan Privacy Survey2014
Media Law Resource CenterMichigan Libel Survey2013
Crain's Detroit BusinessFirms Should Have Social Media Policy2013
ABA/ BNA publicationsThe Developing Labor Law (Chapter 30 - RICO)2012
Media Law Resource CenterMedia Law Resource Center Libel and Privacy Surveys2012
Corp! MagazineDon't Fritter Away Your Twitter Followers2012
McGraw HillCo-Author, Michigan Media Law – A News Room Guide2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Detroit College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of Michigan Law SchoolHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Townhall Open Meeting"Seeing how government uses our money: The Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act."2014
ABA Forum on Communications LawHot Issues in Advertising and Promotions2014
MPA Annual MeetingWhat’s Hot and What’s Not in Digital and Traditional Media2013
Oakland County Bar Association, Business/In-House Counsel Law CommitteeLegal Aspects of Digital Media2012
Mobile Monday DetroitHot Topics in Mobile Data2012