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LEGAL PEOPLE

November 28, 2022

Butzel is growing with the addition of labor and employment attorney Blaine Veldhuis. He is a senior attorney based in the firm's Troy office and a member of Butzel's Labor and Employment Practice Group. Veldhuis focuses his practice on defending wage ...

ADR SPOTLIGHT: In Lichon, the Michigan Supreme Court changed the test for the scope or arbitration

November 28, 2022

By William D. Gilbride Jr. An age-old inquiry in ADR is under what circumstances must a party's legal claims be dismissed from court and heard and decided in binding, unappealable arbitration. Over the years, several ground rules for this inquiry ...

COMMENTARY: Attorney referees play an important role for the courts

November 28, 2022

By Marie E. Matyjaszek What exactly is an Attorney Referee at the Friend of the Court (FOC)? Much like the general public, we are people just like you (except with J.D.s and an overwhelming desire to wear black and white striped jerseys). Attorney ...

COMMENTARY: Herd instinct still prevalent in news world

November 28, 2022

By Berl Falbaum Someone once observed that reporters are like birds on a telephone wire.  When one sits, they all sit.  When one flies, they all do—and in the same direction. (To political junkies:  The essence of this observation is ...

COUNSELOR'S CORNER: Perspectives and perceptions

November 28, 2022

Objective truth can be elusive. Some people can live their whole life convinced that their perspective on life is an absolute truth that everyone else should accept. Quite often a perspective on life is simply a perception which may not have any basis in ...

COMMENTARY: Mediators offer perspectives on probate and trust resolution

November 28, 2022

By Edmund J. Sikorski Jr. and Randolph T. Barker When probate and trust issues arise, mediation is superior to litigation for resolving disputes. Mediation affords clients more control and involvement in the dispute resolution process; is more cost-effective; ...