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150 West Jefferson Avenue, Suite 100 ,
Detroit, Michigan - 48226



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This Detroit-based firm has offices located throughout the U.S. The firm also has alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Butzel Long is a founding member of Lex Mundi, one of the largest associations of independent law firms around the world. The firm is an equal opportunity employer and recruits attorneys without regard to race, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, handicap, national origin, or age.

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Butzel Long senior attorney Jack D. Shumate will be featured in a panel discussion at the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals event on October 1, 2007 in Brighton. The panel presentation is titled, "Duty to Investigate Urban Soil Conditions" with a special emphasis on environmental concerns in redevelopment of urban properties.

Based in Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills office, Mr. Shumate concentrates in environmental law, natural resources, insurance coverage matters and appellate law. Mr. Shumate is the firm's Senior Environmental attorney. He has been engaged in all aspects of environmental law for more than 30 years. Currently, his environmental practice is focused on investigation and cleanup of Superfund sites throughout the country, pre-acquisition property investigations, environmental aspects of major real estate and corporate transactions, Brownfield redevelopment, and environmental litigation.

Mr. Shumate has a broad background in real estate and corporate transactions and related litigation and legislative relations. Prior to joining Butzel Long, he worked in the Corporate Legal Department of Consumers Power Company. His duties in that position included licensing, investigation, and closure and re-use of the company's coal ash landfills, including resolving heavy metals issues. He has represented subsidiaries engaged in exploration and development of oil, natural gas, and uranium. He also has served as a legal and legislative advisor to the Governor of Ohio.

Mr. Shumate is one of 23 attorneys from across the United States and the only Michigan lawyer who have founded the American College of Environmental Lawyers. The College will recognize the achievements of outstanding environmental attorneys and focus their efforts to enhance the practice of environmental law.

Mr. Shumate is an active member, and past Chairperson, of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a frequent author and lecturer on real estate and environmental topics, and has served as an expert witness concerning environmental and attorney malpractice issues. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Denise Alexander will receive the Circle of Hope Award during the CARE House of Oakland County (formerly Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County) Merry-Go-Round benefit on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham.

The Circle of Hope Award is given to an individual for exemplary commitment to the mission of the Council and its efforts in advocacy prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Other honorees include Sandie Knollenberg who will receive the Kaleidoscope Award and Denise Abrash who will receive the Merry-Go-Round Award.

Ms. Alexander is president of the Board of Trustees for CARE House, a leader in the protection of children in Oakland County. For 30 years, CARE House has been providing advocacy, intervention and treatment services to child victims of abuse, and prevention programs and services to at-risk families before abuse happens.

Ms. Alexander is the Practice Group Leader for the Butzel Long Family Law Practice. She has extensive experience practicing in all areas of family law. She has been recognized by various professional and legal organizations as a leading practitioner in this area.

She is an active speaker on various family law issues, and has authored numerous articles on special family law topics, including: "Diplomacy in Domestic Relations" for the Michigan State Bar Family Law Journal (Volume 22, April 1995); "Procedures for Obtaining a Personal Protection Order" for the Michigan State Bar Family Law Journal Special Edition for Single Parents (1998); and "To Sign or Not to Sign: Pitfalls of the 'Final' Agreement" for the Michigan State Bar Family Law Journal Special Edition - Dividing the Assets (2001).

Ms. Alexander has served as an instructor and lecturer for several professional and continuing legal education organizations including The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Institute of Continuing Legal Education; State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section; and the Oakland County Bar Association, Peoples Law School.

Ms. Alexander currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Michigan Inter-Professional Association on Marriage, Divorce and the Family, Inc. She has held numerous public service positions including serving on the Waterford Planning Commission (1997-2001), the Southfield City Council (1989-1992); the Southfield Planning Commission (1983-1989); HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development (1992-1993); Executive Director of the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board (1991-1992); and the Executive Director of the Government Task Force on Children's Justice (1991-1992).

Ms. Alexander is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar (family law sections), the Michigan Inter-Professional Association (MIPA), Inforum (formerly the Women’s Economic Club), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She also has been honored as a "90 for the 90’s" honoree by Crain's Detroit Business and by the Southfield Business and Professional Women’s "Women of the Year" in 1992.

Ms. Alexander graduated from the Detroit College of Law (J.D., 1976) and The University of Michigan (B.G.S., 1973). She resides in Birmingham.

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