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Business and Corporate Law

Running a successful business has never been easy, and with increasing globalization, regulations, tax complexity, and competition, the challenges are greater than ever. In this environment, the need for a highly-skilled business and corporate lawyer with deep experience is more important than ever.

Kerr Russell has experience helping clients throughout Michigan and beyond in all aspects of business and corporate law. Our business and corporate law attorneys provide comprehensive legal advice and counseling on the most sophisticated and complicated business and legal issues our clients face. Besides our considerable experience in the law, we are also experienced in business, as many of our attorneys have been involved in entrepreneurial and business ventures prior to joining the firm. This combination of experience in both the law and business is unique and beneficial to our clients.

Kerr Russell has considerable experience in:

  • Business entity formation
  • Mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts and other business agreements
  • Early stage and emerging growth companies
  • Joint ventures
  • Finance
  • Corporate governance and compliance
  • Security offerings, including IPO’s and private placement
  • International law and global business including operations by both US companies in other countries and foreign companies in the US
  • Labor and employment
  • Supply chain disputes and management
  • Succession planning
  • Franchising and distribution
  • Relationships with financial institutions and other creditors
  • Loan originations and modifications
  • Troubled business situations
  • Economic incentive programs such as tax abatement and bond financing programs
  • Technology protection, licensing and litigation
  • Copyright and trademark registrations, licensing and litigation
  • Intellectual property
  • Software development and licensing
  • Advising non-profit organizations
  • Commercial litigation and dispute resolution
+Practicing Attorneys & Staff

Attorneys

Jason W. Bank
Jason W. Bank

Member

Kevin T. Block
Kevin T. Block

Member

Jeffrey A. Brantley
Jeffrey A. Brantley

Member

Richard C. Buslepp
Richard C. Buslepp

Member

James R. Cambridge
James R. Cambridge

Member

Mark M. Cunningham
Mark M. Cunningham

Member

David J. Den Dooven
David J. Den Dooven

Member

Daniel J. Ferris
Daniel J. Ferris

Member

John D. Gatti
John D. Gatti

Member

Michael D. Gibson
Michael D. Gibson

Member

Patrick J. Haddad
Patrick J. Haddad

Member

Eric I. Lark
Eric I. Lark

Member

Kenneth R. Lombardo
Kenneth R. Lombardo

Member

Matthew L. Powell
Matthew L. Powell

Member

Daniel J. Schulte
Daniel J. Schulte

Member

Michael A. Sneyd
Michael A. Sneyd

Member

Mark J. Stasa
Mark J. Stasa

Member

Kurt R. Vilders
Kurt R. Vilders

Member

George J. Christopoulos
George J. Christopoulos

Of Counsel

Liam K. Healy
Liam K. Healy

Of Counsel

Cody Attisha
Cody Attisha

Associate

Chaoyi Ding
Chaoyi Ding

Associate

Brandi M. Dobbs
Brandi M. Dobbs

Associate

Caleb D. Erbert
Caleb D. Erbert

Associate

Nezar G. Habhab
Nezar G. Habhab

Associate

Olivia V. Hankinson
Olivia V. Hankinson

Associate

Amanda M. Pierzynski
Amanda M. Pierzynski

Associate

Anna Valk
Anna Valk

Associate

Kathleen A. Westfall
Kathleen A. Westfall

Associate

Staff

+Related Insights

November 11, 2020

Insights on Sales of Distressed Businesses

Kerr Russell attorneys Jason W. Bank and Kevin T. Block recently discussed sales of distressed businesses, inside and outside of a court proceeding, and the rights of creditors. The article was published in the OESA News 2020 newsletter (pages 6-7).  

October 6, 2020

“Now What?”: Supreme Court’s COVID-19 Executive Order Decision

Kerr Russell, as of the date of this publication, is informing clients and friends of the firm that they are legally obligated to continue to comply with applicable COVID-19 workplace safety standards and valid state and local public health department orders, notwithstanding the Michigan Supreme Court’s opinion of October 2, 2020 invalidating the Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Orders. 

September 15, 2020

Max Sneyd Discusses Force Majeure Clauses During A Global Pandemic On OESA's Automotive Insider Podcast

Kerr Russell attorney Michael "Max" Sneyd was recently featured on OESA's podcast, Automotive Insiders. Listen as Max shares how Force Majeure clauses have been applied to COVID-19 and the way future clauses will be drafted.

August 25, 2020

Why You Should Take Advantage of Your Business Incubator's Legal Services

As many entrepreneurs know, a business incubator can be invaluable in transforming an idea for a product or service into a profitable business. But did you know that many business incubators have relationships with local attorneys?

August 13, 2020

President Trump Issues Presidential Memorandum Authorizing Payroll Tax Deferral

On August 8, 2020 President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum on deferring payroll tax.

August 6, 2020

FAQs on PPP Loan Forgiveness: Key Takeaways

On August 4, 2020, the Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of Treasury, released “Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) on PPP Loan Forgiveness.”

June 29, 2020

Travel Recommendations for Summer 2020

Given that the previous few months have been filled with quarantine, shelter in place, and stay at home orders, the desire to travel over the upcoming summer months has perhaps never been greater. 

June 3, 2020

Michigan Stay-At-Home Order Rescinded

On June 1, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-110 (“Order”). The Order is effective immediately with certain provisions effective on June 4 and June 8. The Order rescinds Executive Order 2020-92, the latest version of the stay safe, stay at home order.

June 1, 2020

House and Senate Pass H.R. 7010 Which Would Provide More Flexibility to PPP Borrowers

On Thursday May 28, 2020, the House passed H.R. 7010 which would provide more flexibility to borrowers under the Paycheck Protection Loan Program. On Wednesday June 3, 2020, the bill also passed in the Senate and is now making its way to President Trump’s desk for signature. 

May 18, 2020

SBA Releases Loan Forgiveness Application and Instructions

On Friday, May 15, 2020, the SBA released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application (the “Application”) and related instructions providing much needed guidance on several open issues. 

May 18, 2020

Opportunities and Obstacles for Contractors in a COVID-19 Economy

Kerr Russell attorneys hosted a webinar for the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the National Electricians Association (NECA).  

May 14, 2020

SBA Announces Safe Harbor Presumption for PPP Loans Under $2 million

Since the inception of the PPP loan program, all applicants have been required to certify in good faith that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Applicant.”

May 5, 2020

IRS Announces No Deduction Allowed for Expenses Resulting in PPP Loan Forgiveness

On Thursday April 30, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-32, clarifying that no tax deduction is allowed for the payment of expenses resulting in loan forgiveness under the SBA Paycheck Protection Loan Program.

April 28, 2020

PPP Receives Additional Funding but Problems Persist

On April 24, 2020, the president signed into law the fourth in a series of bills to address the public health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPPHCE Act) provides additional funding for the recently exhausted CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program.

April 27, 2020

Michigan Extends Stay Home Requirement - Some Activities Allowed to Resume

On April 24, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-59 (“Order”). The Order is effective immediately with certain limited provisions effective on April 26. The Order continues through May 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm, unless modified. Executive Order 2020-60 was also issued and adds temporary safety measures for food-selling establishments and pharmacies

April 24, 2020

House Approves Replenishment of Paycheck Protection Program Loan Funding

On Thursday April 23, 2020, the House passed H.R. 266, a $484 billion relief package that would replenish funds for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program.

April 22, 2020

Should A Small Business Consider Filing Bankruptcy?

Last week, the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) reached its funding limit and stopped processing applications. While Congress is in the process of passing a new coronavirus aid package to help small businesses, there is a great deal of uncertainty over how many small businesses will be able to share in the additional funding.

April 17, 2020

Small Businesses Administration Stops Accepting PPP Loan Applications

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) offered $349 billion in funds to small businesses affected by COVID-19 and the economic slowdown through its Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).

April 13, 2020

Business Insights for Michigan's Stay at Home Order Extension

On April 9, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-42 (“Order”). The Order takes effect on that date at 11:59 pm and continues through April 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm, unless modified.

April 1, 2020

Paid Leave Coverage Update

The US Department of Labor recently clarified that employees laid off or furloughed due to lack of work and “stay at home” orders are not entitled to receive paid leave benefits under the new Emergency Paid Leave Act or the Emergency Family Medical Leave Act Expansion.

March 30, 2020

CARES Act Establishes SBA Paycheck Protection Program

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) expanding the SBA 7(a) loan program (the “Paycheck Protection Program”) by allowing eligible businesses to receive forgivable loans of up to $10,000,000 for a maximum term of 2 years.

March 30, 2020

CARES Act: Summary of Key Business Tax Provisions

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).  A summary of key business tax provisions follows.

March 30, 2020

Executive Order 2020-26 Extends Michigan Tax Deadline

On March 27, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-26 extending the filing and payment deadline for 2019 State of Michigan income taxes. The order contains additional relief.

March 30, 2020

Bankruptcy Update - CARES Act Amends the SBRA

As the COVID-19 pandemic forces businesses to close and causes economic distress, Congress is working to address the economic effects of COVID-19. Congress’ most recent response measure is a stimulus Bill known as the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which seeks to address the economic impacts of COVID-19. The Senate and the House passed a final version of the Bill, and on Friday, March 27, President Trump signed the bill into law.

March 30, 2020

Emergency Orders Requiring COVID-19 Screenings and Social Distancing Plans

Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties follow Governor Whitmer in issuing Emergency Orders requiring COVID-19 screenings. They also implement social distancing plans for essential business workers.

March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Employer Guidance: How to Navigate the Most Common Challenges

Kerr Russell attorneys and Qualified Staffing hosted a webinar discussing the impact of COVID-19 0n employers. The webinar, which can be heard HERE, focused on employment law policies directly relating to COVID-19.

March 25, 2020

Kerr Russell’s Small Business Survival Guide

The worsening, economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis will only serve to exacerbate the plight of small businesses, many of which have been forced to suspend or curtail operations. Kerr Russell will provide periodic updates regarding programs and avenues to help small businesses and small business owners navigate the financial crisis.

March 24, 2020

How the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order May Affect Your Business

On March 23, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 (“Order”). The Order took effect March 24, at 12:01 am and continues through April 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm. It requires residents to stay in their homes other than for exempted activities. These exemptions include work under very limited circumstances.

March 20, 2020

Governor Whitmer Extends Tax Forfeiture Redemption Period

On March 18, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an Executive Order extending the deadline for Michigan residents to redeem real property forfeited to the county treasurer for unpaid real property taxes.

March 20, 2020

IRS ExtendsTax Filing Deadline

In an effort to offer COVID-19 relief, the IRS is providing an extension to the tax filing deadline. The new deadline is July 15, 2020. This is in addition to the extension to file and pay 2019 and estimated taxes.

March 18, 2020

Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

As previously discussed, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides up to twelve weeks unpaid leave in a twelve-month period and the guarantee of continued employment following leave. However, FMLA does not provide paid leave and Michigan currently has no paid leave statute.

March 18, 2020

Michigan Employment Security Act EO Amendment

First tangible benefit issued to employees in Michigan. Michigan's Governor expands entitlement of employees to collect unemployment benefits by suspending the Voluntary Leave disqualification provisions of the Unemployment Act and extending the period of benefit coverage.

March 17, 2020

Employer Obligations Arising from COVID-19 (Part 2)

As of March 17, 2020, Michigan has announced 54 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. There are more than 30 test results pending, and almost 400 individuals are being monitored for assessment purposes.

March 16, 2020

Data Privacy & Security Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

There are a myriad of articles hitting news feeds this month dealing with privacy issues related to COVID-19.  Attorneys at Kerr Russell have addressed many of those questions – their articles are available here. 

March 16, 2020

COVID-19: Immigration Impact

The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has spread to the international movement of personnel, visa applications, and how immigration benefits are processed in the United States.  Below is a summary of some of these implications.

March 16, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Affected Employers may qualify for certain benefits. On the morning of Saturday, March 14, 2020, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act, an emergency rescue package designed to respond to the economic impact of the coronavirus epidemic.

March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Outbreak Prompts Flexibility in Unemployment Insurance Benefits

The U.S. Department of Labor on Friday, March 12, 2020 issued a guideline outlining the potential ways that states can administer their unemployment insurance programs to provide the greatest assistance to those Americans who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

March 16, 2020

IRS Relaxes Health Plan Rules to Combat COVID 19

The IRS is taking steps to respond to the COVID 19 virus. Additional steps and guidance are expected.

March 13, 2020

Executive Order 2020-5 and Private Employers

On March 13, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer executed Executive Order 2020-5. The Executive Order prohibits all assemblages within the state of Michigan of more than 250 people in a single shared space beginning on Friday, March 13 at 5:00pm and ending on Sunday, April 5 at 5:00pm. A “single shared space” includes but is not limited to a “room, hall, cafeteria, auditorium, theater, or gallery.” A willful violation of the Executive Order constitutes a misdemeanor under Michigan law.

March 12, 2020

Coronavirus and Contract Performance

Can Coronavirus be a Force Majeure Event?

February 4, 2020

Kerr Russell Attorney Discusses Mergers & Acquisitions with Corp! Magazine

Attorney Richard C. Buslepp discusses trends in mergers & acquisitions over the past few years. He also discusses how M&A looks for 2020.  The full article, “Robust Mergers & Acquisitions Market Ahead,” in Corp! Magazine can be found HERE.

October 22, 2019

Hardship Distributions from 401(k), 403(b) Plans Need Changes

Legal Alert 401(k) and 403(b) Retirement Plans that Allow for Hardship Distributions will need to be Amended for 2019 Final Regulations

October 21, 2019

Article by Bankruptcy Attorney William Blasses Featured in ABI Committee Newsletter

The American Bankruptcy Institute, Bankruptcy Litigation Committee recently published an article by William Blasses. The article "Ignoring the Labels: Oil and Gas Gathering Agreements as Executory Contracts," can be found on the ABI website HERE. 

October 14, 2019

Bankruptcy Article by William Blasses in Corp! Magazine

William C. Blasses discusses how to identify, assess, and mitigate the risks of working with a distressed business.

October 8, 2019

Jeff May Offers Tips for Protecting Yourself and Your Business From A Cybersecurity Threat

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and this year’s focus is on taking proactive steps to enhance cybersecurity at home and in the workplace.  So, what better time to take a closer look at the greatest threats facing providers and what you can do to avoid becoming a victim by protecting yourself and your practice!

October 8, 2019

Jason Bank Article Discusses Workouts and Bankruptcy Proceedings for Business in Michigan Bar Journal

The October 2019 Michigan Bar Journal features an article by Jason W. Bank. In the article, he discusses key aspects of representing financially troubled businesses in loan workouts, restructurings, and Chapter 11 business bankruptcy proceedings. He also discusses the common mistakes business owners make when dealing with a bank or lender.

October 3, 2019

Chaoyi Ding Explains Proposed Regulations for Foreign Involvement in US Companies

The US Department of the Treasury recently published two proposed regulations that would significantly impact cross-border business transactions with US companies. Kerr Russell international law attorney Chaoyi Ding explains how this may impact your business.

September 17, 2019

Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Update

Other posts to consider: What You Need To Know About The Auto No-Fault Law Marijuana in the Workplace and its Impact on Company Policies One Year Later: Michigan’s Legislation Combating The State’s Opioid Crisis

September 5, 2019

Bankruptcy Alert - New Bankruptcy Laws Aimed to Help Small Businesses, Farmers and Veterans

Jason W. Bank highlights recent changes to the Bankruptcy Code and their impact on small businesses, veterans, and farmers. As of August 23, 2019, several new bankruptcy acts became law: the “Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019” (H.R. 3311), the “HAVEN Act” (H.R. 2938) and “Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019” (H.R. 2336). These acts represent the first substantive changes to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code since 2005.

August 7, 2019

Succession Planning Article in Corp! Magazine by Kerr Russell Attorney

Ashley Racette Discusses Succession Planning for Small Businesses:  Sustaining Your Legacy and the Importance of Planning

May 3, 2018

Kevin Block, Kenneth Lombardo featured in May/June 2018 issue of DBusiness

Kerr Russell's Kevin Block and Kenneth Lombardo are featured in the May/June 2018 issue of DBusiness Magazine. The theme of the section is "Mergers & Acquisitions: Q&A."

January 26, 2018

Download Kerr Russell's updated firm brochure and overview of services

Kerr Russell is proud of Detroit. We are proud to have had a seat at the table here since 1874. Our exceptional attorneys understand the unique challenges facing business leaders. Our legal solutions are prompt, accurate, economical, and focused around your needs in every area. We know Michigan business like the back of our hands.

January 15, 2018

Honoring the legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and every day, we at Kerr Russell honor Reverend King’s leadership and his legacy as well as the critical importance of diversity and opportunity in this great land of ours. Strength comes from difference; a multiplicity of voices brings positive change; understanding and inclusion inspire creativity and innovation.

August 22, 2017

Matthew Powell contributes "A Primer on Resale Price Maintenance" to the Michigan Bar Journal

Matthew Powell contributes "A Primer on Resale Price Maintenance" to the August 2017 Michigan Bar Journal. Excerpt: "As the name implies, resale price maintenance (RPM) is an express agreement between a supplier and distributor that sets a maximum or minimum price (or both) at which the distributor can sell the supplier’s products.

August 22, 2017

Matthew Powell contributes "A Primer on Resale Price Maintenance" to the Michigan Bar Journal

Matthew Powell contributes "A Primer on Resale Price Maintenance" to the August 2017 Michigan Bar Journal.

November 16, 2012

Jim DeLine authors "The ABC's of Incorporating Your T&C's Into Your Agreements"

Chances are that you have invested time and money in developing a comprehensive set of standard terms and conditions tailored for your business. But have you thought about how to incorporate those terms and conditions (T&Cs) into your agreements? If not, you should consider three main opportunities to incorporate your T&Cs.
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November 16, 2020

22 Kerr Russell Attorneys Recognized as DBusiness 2021 Top Lawyers

A total of 22 lawyers from Kerr Russell are named as DBusiness Magazine 2021 Top Lawyers. The attorneys are selected through a peer review process.  DBusiness polled more than 18,000 attorneys across Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston Counties. 

November 9, 2020

Kerr Russell Ranked As U.S. News “Best Law Firm”2021

Kerr Russell is once again ranked as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News and Best Lawyers.  Firms included on the list are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

September 18, 2020

Kerr Russell Attorneys Named 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers named 11 Kerr Russell members to the list of 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers and included four Kerr Russell attorneys on the list of 2020 Michigan Rising Stars.

August 20, 2020

Kerr Russell Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America© 2021 and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Seventeen Kerr Russell members were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2021. Notably, twelve of the named attorneys have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than five years.

July 14, 2020

15 Lawyers From Kerr Russell Recognized as Leading Lawyers 2020

A total of 15 lawyers from Kerr Russell are named to the 2020 list of Leading Lawyers in Michigan. Only those lawyers who are most often recommended qualify for this honor.

April 30, 2020

Webinar: Advice on Restarting Your Business

Kerr Russell attorney Olivia V. Hankinson will be presenting with Hylant and HAND Enterprise Solutions in this webinar hosted by the Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA). The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 1:30 PM EDT. Register HERE.

April 24, 2020

Upcoming Webinar on Employee Benefits Amid COVID-19

Employee Benefits attorney, Liam K. Healy will be presenting a webinar on May 14, 2020 from noon-1:00 PM EDT. The webinar hosted by Corp! Magazine and MichBusiness is on “Employee Benefits Update: CARES Act and Other COVID-19 Legislation.”

April 14, 2020

Kerr Russell's Support for Manufacturers Highlighted with Michigan Manufacturers Association

Mark C. Knoth was interviewed by the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA). He discusses how Kerr Russell is well-suited for the manufacturing sector. The full article can be found on page 10 HERE.

March 24, 2020

Kerr Russell Webinar on COVID-19 Guidance for Employers

Join us for an exclusive discussion regarding the impact of COVID-19 on employers. The webinar is Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm EDT.

March 17, 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Business Continuity:  A Message to Our Community, Clients and Friends

Kerr Russell is committed to its community, clients and people. As the world navigates through the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we want to assure you that Kerr Russell is committed to supporting our community, clients and people as effectively as we have through every other crisis our Nation has encountered over our firm’s nearly 150-year history. Our firm is fully operational: We have made sure that our lawyers and staff are able to safely and effectively serve our clients’ needs and continue operations on an uninterrupted basis. Most of our people

December 2, 2019

Book Review - The Triumph of Rosemary

Kerr Russell attorney, Ashley Racette, recently reviewed The Triumph of Rosemary, by Judge Marylin E. Atkins. Ashley's review is posted in the September-October edition of the Detroit Bar Association's Detroit Lawyer, page 5.

November 15, 2019

19 Kerr Russell Attorneys Recognized as DBusiness Top Lawyers for 2020

A total of 19 lawyers from Kerr Russell are named as dBusiness Magazine 2020 Top Lawyers. The attorneys are selected through a peer review process.  dBusiness polled 19,000 attorneys across Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston Counties.

November 4, 2019

Kerr Russell Ranked as U.S. News “Best Law Firm”2020

Kerr Russell is once again ranked as a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers.  Firms included on the list are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

October 1, 2019

Eric Lark Featured in Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Eric I. Lark was recently interviewed by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. In the interview, he discusses how he helped create the Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award and his honor to be receiving the award this year.

September 30, 2019

Kerr Russell Attorneys, Eric Lark and Kevin Block, Featured at ICLE/State Bar of Michigan Business Law Institute

Kevin Block, Chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, will be providing opening remarks at the 31st Business Law Institute Conference. The conference will take place on October 4, 2019. The Business Law Section will honor Kerr Russell’s Eric Lark as the recipient of the prestigious Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award.

September 12, 2019

Kevin T. Block Featured in the Business Law Journal

Kevin Block is the outgoing Chair of the Business Law Section. He discusses limited liability, upcoming Section events, and gratitude toward the Section.

September 3, 2019

15 Kerr Russell Attorneys Recognized on the 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers List

A total of 15 lawyers from Kerr Russell are named as Thomson Reuters, 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers. The award is given annually to attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

August 15, 2019

James Cambridge (Corporate Law) and Joanne Geha Swanson (Litigation - Antitrust) Named Best Lawyers® 2020 “Lawyers Of The Year” In Detroit

Congratulations to James Cambridge and Joanne Geha Swanson who are named the Best Lawyers 2020 “Lawyers of the Year” in Detroit for corporate law and litigation - antitrust law respectively. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a “Lawyer of the Year” award.

August 15, 2019

15 Lawyers From Kerr Russell Are Recognized In The Best Lawyers In America© 2020

A total of 15 lawyers from Kerr Russell are named to the prestigious 2020 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America©. The award is given annually in recognition of being named as part of the “top legal talent in the U.S.”

August 14, 2019

Kerr Russell Featured as "Faces of Corporate Law 2019" by DBusiness

Kerr Russell is honored to once again serve as DBusiness Magazine's "Faces of Corporate Law." Attorneys pictured: Anna Valk (real estate), John Gatti (corporate/taxation), and Katie Westfall (health care).

June 26, 2019

Kerr Russell Attorney Named 2019 Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer

Eric I. Lark has been selected to receive the 2019 Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award.  He will be presented with this honor at the 31st Annual Business Law institute, on October 4, 2019.

May 9, 2019

Kerr Russell Attorneys Advise Peterson in Sale to MiddleGround Capital

Kerr Russell is pleased to announce that it served as the exclusive legal adviser to Peterson American Corporation (PAC) in its sale to MiddleGround Capital (MiddleGround).

December 10, 2018

Kevin Block Appointed As Chair Of Business Law Section Of State Of Michigan

Kerr Russell member Kevin Block (Business and Corporate Law) has been published in the Fall 2018 issue of theMichigan Business Law Journal. 

September 23, 2018

Kerr Russell sponsors, John and Kathleen Gatti attend Guidance Center 60th anniversary gala

Kerr Russell member John Gatti and his wife Kathleen Gatti helped celebrate The Guidance Center’s 60th anniversary last night at the organization’s gala, sponsored in part by Kerr Russell. John is on the Guidance Center board. He commented, “What a great event to celebrate The Guidance Center’s achievement.”

September 20, 2018

Kerr Russell recognizes our 2018 dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees

Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees - 21 attorneys, many for multiple practice areas.

September 12, 2018

Kerr Russell's John Gatti named to Leadership Detroit, Class XV

Kerr Russell member John Gatti has been named to Class XV of the Detroit Regional Chamber's Leadership Detroit program. Leadership Detroit Class XV showcases 70 leaders across Southeast Michigan representing a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

September 7, 2018

15 Kerr Russell attorneys recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers

Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been designated "Super Lawyers" by Thomson Reuters:

September 6, 2018

Kerr Russell attorneys, friends attend second annual New Americans Appreciation Gala - September 6 at The Henry

It was a beautiful evening celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of immigrants in America. Kerr Russell’s Brandy Mathie, Robert Anderson, James Cambridge and Mary Cambridge, Miroslava Orduno Rincon and KeVin Knox, and Roy Sexton attended the 2nd annual New Americans Appreciation Gala on September 6 at The Henry in Dearborn.

September 5, 2018

Daniel Ferris serves as editor of "Damages and Remedies in Michigan" (4th edition) for Institute of Continuing Legal Education

Kudos to Kerr Russell member Daniel Ferris who served as editor of the recently published Damages and Remedies in Michigan, a leading litigation treatise published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Fellow editors included Barbara A. Patek, Mark Granzotto, and David H. Freedman. You can order the publication here- from the website:

September 5, 2018

Daniel Ferris serves as editor of "Damages and Remedies in Michigan" (4th edition) for Institute of Continuing Legal Education

Kudos to Kerr Russell member Daniel Ferris who served as editor of the recently published Damages and Remedies in Michigan, a leading litigation treatise published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Fellow editors included Barbara A. Patek, Mark Granzotto, and David H. Freedman.

September 4, 2018

Jason Bank publishes "Nuts and Bolts of Evaluating Third-Party Releases in Chapter 11 Plans" in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal

Kerr Russell member Jason Bank (bankruptcy/turnaround) has been published in the September issue of The American Bankruptcy Institute Journal.

August 15, 2018

Eric Lark (corporate law) and Fred Herrmann (antitrust law) named Best Lawyers® 2019 "Lawyers of the Year" in Detroit

Congratulations to Eric Lark and Fred Herrmann who were named the best lawyers 2019 "Lawyers of the Year" in Detroit for corporate law and antitrust law respectively. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a "Lawyer of the Year" award.

August 15, 2018

15 lawyers from Kerr Russell were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

A total of 15 lawyers from Kerr Russell have been named to the prestigious 2019 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America©. The award is given annually in recognition of being named as part of the “top legal talent in the U.S.”

August 13, 2018

Kerr Russell welcomes new associates Caleb Erbert and Thomas Doyle

Caleb graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law and has his undergraduate degree in accounting from Walsh College. He also has an extensive background in collateral evaluation from his work as a Field Examiner, as well as a background in IT administration from his work at Bluewater - Transaction Advisors before attending law school.

July 9, 2018

Kerr Russell - DBusiness Magazine's "Faces of Corporate Law 2018"

Kerr Russell is proud to serve as DBusiness Magazine's "Faces of Corporate Law" 2018. Partners pictured: Jackie Klima (construction/surety), Mike Carroll (construction/surety), Miroslava Orduno Rincon (immigration), and Rich Buslepp (corporate).

June 9, 2018

The Guidance Center's 2018 Summer Glow a breezy success; Kerr Russell sponsors, attends

Guidance Center board member and Kerr Russell partner John Gatti attended the 2018 Summer Glow on June 8 along with his wife Kathleen Gatti and Kerr Russell Director of Marketing Roy Sexton.

April 26, 2018

Kerr Russell, Jason Bank support Southeast Michigan American Heart Association Heart Walk ... seventh inning stretch!

We are in the seventh inning stretch, folks. The Southeast Michigan American Heart Association​ Heart Walk is just over two weeks away. Kerr Russell has been so pleased to support this effort to increase heart health awareness in our community. Diet and exercise and regular screenings are the key to a happy and healthy heart. Our firm is represented by Jason Bank​, member - bankruptcy/turnaround, on the Heart Walk executive cabinet. Henry Ford Health System​'s Wright Lassiter, III and Wayne State University​'s M. Roy Wilson chair the committee.

March 29, 2018

Detroit Public Television's PBSNewsHour and Nightly Business Report to be sponsored by Kerr Russell

Kerr Russell is pleased to support Detroit Public Television, and, beginning April 2, the following spot will air during PBS NewsHour (weekdays, 6-7 pm) and the Nightly Business Report (weekdays, 7-7:30 pm). View the spot here.

March 22, 2018

Kerr Russell congratulates Jack Richert of Special Tree Rehabilitation System, a deserving recipient of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan's Legacy Society Community Service and Leadership Award

Congratulations to Jack Richert of Special Tree Rehabilitation System, a deserving recipient of the Legacy Society Community Service and Leadership Award.

March 9, 2018

Kevin Block featured in Wayne State University Law School "Raising the Bar" newsletter

From Wayne State University Law School's "Raising the Bar" newsletter.

February 26, 2018

Kerr Russell's latest ad "Driven By Results" debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week

Kerr Russell's latest ad "Driven By Results" debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week. The ad emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. "We understand the region. We know what moves Michigan. We are committed to the community."

February 22, 2018

PHOTOS: Kevin Block participates in Wayne State Law panel on benefits of joining the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section

Thanks to Wayne State University Law School for this opportunity, and thank you to Kaylee Place, director of marketing and communications, for these great photos.

February 20, 2018

Second session of 2018 Detroit Bar Association "Inn of Court" series is a capacity affair

Standing room only for the February 20th Detroit Bar Association “Inn of Court” session as Team 1 made its presentation. Kerr Russell is pleased to host the series which runs monthly through May. Associates Katherine Cser and William Blasses are participants in the program.

February 19, 2018

Creating Leadership Opportunities for Young People

Mark Stasa, Kerr Russell member (estate and trusts planning and business), has been an integral contributor to the firm for over 30 years, and he is also an active community leader and musician. He has served on the Board of Directors and is currently a legal advisor to Drum Corps International (DCI). DCI is a non-profit governing entity for the junior (under age 22) drum and bugle corps in the United States and Canada. DCI is composed of member corps who earned membership through competition.

February 14, 2018

Kerr Russell lunch and learn with Sterling Insurance Group

Kerr Russell hosted a lunch and learn on February 14 with Brandon Horrocks (certified risk architect), Joan Giffels, and team from Sterling Insurance Group. They facilitated a robust dialogue about assessing and mitigating client risk as well as rep and warranty issues.

February 12, 2018

Eric Lark re-elected chair of Northville Township Planning Commission

Congratulations to Kerr Russell member Eric Lark who was recently re-elected chair of the Northville Township Planning Commission. He has served as chair since January 1, 2016. He has been a member of the planning commission since January 1, 2013.

February 9, 2018

Kerr Russell supports "Life is a Cabaret" American Cancer Society Relay for Life event

On February 7, Kerr Russell turned out in force to support Life is a Cabaret: LIVE Musical Fundraiser for Relay For Life of Canton and Plymouth, MI. Director of Marketing Roy Sexton performed a number of songs during the show and served as a co-emcee alongside Christopher Tremblay, Ed.D.. Kerr Russell attendees (pictured) included Angie Lyons-Hincks, Candice Hadley, Brandy Mathie, Ashley Racette, Sue Smith, Cindy Villeneuve, Jan Clarey, Jeffrey May, Kathleen Westfall, Gail Showler, Laura Evans Jones, Karen Schumer, Debra Behrmann, Heather Kalfayan, Kristina Kalfayan, Kelly Hinojosa, Jackie Klima, Susan Willis, and their friends and family.

January 22, 2018

Broc Gullett organizes Kerr Russell contribution to Veterans Outreach Coalition blanket drive, benefiting Michigan Veterans Foundation

Kudos to associate Broc Gullett who organized Kerr Russell's participation in the Veterans Outreach Coalition blanket drive, benefiting Michigan Veterans Foundation. Broc is part of another organization - Crossfit in the D - that was involved in the drive, and Kerr Russell colleagues contributed 45 blankets to add to the haul.

January 17, 2018

Ken Lombardo, Robert Anderson featured in Crain's Detroit Business

Congratulations to Robert Anderson and Ken Lombardo for being featured in this week's Crain's Detroit Business "People on the Move." Both were named members (partners) of the firm, effective January 1. You can view the Crain's piece online here.

January 16, 2018

ACG/TMA co-host, Kerr Russell sponsors "Automotive Landscape: An Inside Look at a Driver of the Global Economy"

The Association for Corporate Growth Detroit​/Turnaround Management Association​ Detroit joint breakfast “The Automotive Landscape: An Inside Look at a Driver of the Global Economy” was held on January 16 at the Detroit Athletic Club. Kerr Russell is a silver sponsor of TMA. Presenters included Michael Robinet, Managing Director, IHS Markit​’s Automotive Global Advisory, and Peter Nagle, IHS Markit​’s Automotive Senior Automotive Economist, North American Industry Analysis.

January 15, 2018

Influencing the Legal Landscape - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in dbusiness

Kerr Russell introduces the third ad in the new "Est. in Detroit 1874" series: "Influencing the legal landscape." The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. "We don't sit on the sidelines. We are active in industry groups and we're driving legislative change. We are leaders in the law."

January 8, 2018

Kerr Russell supports Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan

Thank you, Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan, for inspiring pride throughout the Italian community and for establishing a relationship of trust and service between your members and our fellow citizens since 1919. [The ad above, designed by Nikki Horn, will appear in the IACC Grapevine newsletter throughout 2018.]

January 3, 2018

Kerr Russell highlighted in Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue

Look for Kerr Russell attorneys and advertising (pages 92-95) in the Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue. Earlier in 2017, a number of Kerr Russell's attorneys and practice areas were honored with U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers recognition.

January 1, 2018

Kerr Russell selects Robert Anderson, Kenneth Lombardo as new members

Kerr Russell is pleased to announce that Robert S. Anderson, immigration law, and Kenneth R. Lombardo, corporate law, have been selected to become members (partners) of the firm, effective January 1.

December 18, 2017

Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan

One of our traditions here at Kerr Russell is to hold a holiday raffle to benefit three local charities as well as to conduct a toy drive for local children. This year's raffle (many of the beautiful and festive prizes picture here) raised a record total of $3,450 which will be divided equally among three organizations: Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc., and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor.

December 12, 2017

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber focuses on "Conscious Capitalism" at December's Headline Lunch

Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's Headline Lunch on December 12 focused on “Conscious Capitalism.” Pictured Chamber President and CEO Diane Keller, Executive Vice President and Director of Government Relations and Washtenaw County Commissioner Andy LaBarre, Thrive Founding Partner Nathan Havey, and BIGGBY COFFEE's Laura Eich.

December 12, 2017

Detroit Legal News coverage of recent additions to Kerr Russell family

Thanks to the Detroit Legal News for this exceptional coverage of the new additions to our Kerr Russell legal team: associates Cody Attisha, Derek Boyd, Andrew Eurich, and Stephen Reaume as well as paralegal Paul Burkett, legal assistant Jill Clinard and administrative staff Heather Kalfayan.

December 12, 2017

Kerr Russell, an Automation Alley member

Automation Alley is Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. Automation Alley focuses its efforts on innovation and technology, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources, funding and actionable intelligence to help members grow and prosper in the digital age.

December 5, 2017

Kerr Russell attorneys attend dbusiness Breakfast Series, featuring David Littmann

Kerr Russell sponsored the December 5 DBusiness Magazine Breakfast Series at the Gem/Century Theatres, which featured an economic forecast from Comerica Bank's David Littmann.

December 1, 2017

Kerr Russell welcomes new associate Cody Attisha - taxation law, corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions

Kerr Russell is pleased to welcome new associate Cody Attishato the team. Cody's practice will focus on taxation law, corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions.  Prior to joining Kerr Russell, Cody served as a tax associate with an international “Big 4” accounting firm where he advised on various aspects of federal, state and local taxation. Cody assisted with tax advisory relating to corporate restructurings and mergers and acquisitions.

November 30, 2017

Merry and bright ... Kerr Russell welcomes the holiday season

It's a time to celebrate, reflect and remember. However you mark the holidays, we hope your days are filled with warmth and thankfulness, good times, and endless cheer. As another year draws to a close, we at Kerr Russell are grateful to you. You give purpose to our work and add meaning to our relationships. Your trust is a cherished gift. Enjoy these images as we get our offices ready to celebrate the holiday season. Design by Mandy Lark of Lark Interior Design.

November 30, 2017

Kerr Russell, Boulevard Investment lunch and learn

Kerr Russell hosted Royal Oak's Boulevard Investment Banking at our Detroit office for a lunch-and-learn event on Thursday, November 30. From Boulevard's website: "Boulevard is a boutique, investment banking and private investment firm focused on working with owners, operators, and businesses active in the middle market.

November 21, 2017

Detroit Bar Honors Mayor Mike Duggan at 2017 Archer Award Gala; Kerr Russell a Silver Sponsor

From the Detroit Bar Association: "Congratulations to Mayor Mike Duggan who was presented the Dennis Archer Public Service Award by the Detroit Bar Foundation Thursday, November 16 at the Detroit Yacht Club. Also congratulations to the Detroit Bar Legal Scholars for their original legal work product that advances the field of law and our Corporate Citizen Outreach Recognition of DTE Energy, Matrix Human Services, Ally Financial and General Motors Company."

November 16, 2017

Culture of Connection - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in Michigan Lawyers Weekly and dbusiness

Kerr Russell introduces the second ad in the new "Est. in Detroit 1874" series: "A culture of connection." The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. "We are relationship focused. We know our people and our clients are the lifeblood of our firm."

November 11, 2017

Detroit Free Press features Detroit Chinese Business Association US/China Auto Expo, Kerr Russell

Great coverage from the Detroit Free Press of the Detroit Chinese Business Association US/China Auto Expo - excerpt from the article (which can be found in its entirety here) follows: DCBA, meanwhile, had a busy week hosting the 2017 USA China Auto Expo & Forum in Dearborn with more than 20 major Chinese auto suppliers on hand.

November 4, 2017

Daniel Ferris appointed Chair of the Drafting Committee of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly

Daniel J. Ferris, member, has been appointed Chair of the Drafting Committee of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly. In 1971, the State Bar Board of Commissioners requested the Supreme Court create a "representative assembly".

November 3, 2017

Kerr Russell launches new advertising in upcoming issues of dbusiness and Crain's Detroit

With this month's issue of dbusiness, focused on Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Kerr Russell launches its new brand advertising with "A Track Record of Results." Working with Identity Public Relations and Marketing, Kerr Russell's marketing team developed the creative to emphasize the firm's longstanding place in Detroit's legal and business history.

November 3, 2017

Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees

Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees:

November 1, 2017

Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the eighth consecutive year, announce the "Best Law Firms" rankings.

October 30, 2017

Kerr Russell sponsors, members attend 36th Detroit International Wine Auction to support College for Creative Studies

Kerr Russell was pleased to support the 36th Detroit International Wine Auction held on October 21, celebrating the College for Creative Studies and supporting Michigan's ever-growing arts community. Kerr Russell was a Benefactor Sponsor, and here is a photo of member Jeff Brantley and his significant other enjoying the event. More photos here.

October 29, 2017

The Guidance Center's Grape Expectations event nets $101,000 for Kids-TALK Children Advocacy Center

From Hour Detroit: On Sept. 28, The Guidance Center hosted its Grape Expectations for Kids Wine Pairing Dinner at the Colony Club Detroit. Guests enjoyed fine cuisine, a silent auction and live musical entertainment. Proceeds benefited the Kids-TALK Children Advocacy Center, a community-based program that serves children through 17 years of age, providing comprehensive services to suspected child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, or other forms of psychological trauma, including witness to violent crimes. 

October 23, 2017

John Gatti named Vice Chair of the Program Curriculum Task Force for MICPA

John D. Gatti (member) was just named Vice Chair of the Program Curriculum Task Force for the Michigan Association of CPAs (MICPA). MICPA President and CEO Peggy A. Dzierzawski, CAE, in her announcement wrote, "Congratulations on your new role as Vice Chair of the Program Curriculum Task Force.

October 17, 2017

Kerr Russell welcomes new associate Andrew Eurich

Andrew Eurich started this week as a new associate at Kerr Russell. His practice focuses on corporate and transactional (M&A) work. Having recently served as in-house corporate counsel for a broadcast communications company, Andrew has had extensive experience in contract drafting, structuring of acquisitions and divestitures, real estate deals, banking transactions, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property.

October 11, 2017

Jason Bank featured in Turnaround Management Association Detroit, Fall '17 Newsletter

Jason Bank, member, is featured in the Turnaround Management Association Detroit Fall 2017 Newsletter. You can read the original newsletter here. The full text of the piece by Allison Bach follows.

September 27, 2017

business Magazine covers Kerr Russell's participation in Detroit Chinese Business Association International Golf Outing

Kerr Russell was well-represented at the Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) International Golf Open.

September 19, 2017

Kerr Russell team places second and scores longest drive at Detroit Chinese Business Association golf outing

At the 22nd Annual Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) International Golf Opening at Indianwood Golf and Country Club, our attorneys experienced a great afternoon of golfing and kinship, plus a wonderful dinner with opening remarks by Executive Office, Oakland County, Michigan's Deputy Executive Matthew Gibb.

September 12, 2017

16 Kerr Russell attorneys recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers

Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been designated "Super Lawyers" by Thomson Reuters.

August 14, 2017

Broc Gullett profiled in Detroit Legal News

Broc Gullett was featured in the May 19, 2016 issue of Detroit Legal News.

August 9, 2017

Ashley Racette and Kathleen Westfall participate in the Lakeshore Legal Aid Expungement Clinic pro-bono program

Kerr Russell lawyers Ashley Racette and Kathleen Westfall participated in the Lakeshore Legal Aid Expungement Clinic pro-bono program on August 8, 2017.

November 7, 2016

Kerr Russell attorneys named 2017 Top Lawyers by dBusiness Magazine

Kerr Russell counts 11 attorneys among this year’s Top Lawyers as recognized by dBusiness magazine. The 2017 Top Lawyers were selected based on a peer review survey of 19,000 attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties. Attorneys are asked to nominate lawyers among 48 legal specialties.

November 1, 2016

Kerr Russell Attorneys Named 2016 Super Lawyers

Kerr Russell attorneys have been named SuperLawyers for 2016, two have been named to the Michigan Top 100 and four have been named as Rising Stars.

August 10, 2016

Kerr Russell, John D. Gatti and Michael D. Gibson named finalists by M&A Advisor for Restructuring Deal of the year Award.

Kerr, Russell, John D. Gatti and Michael D. Gibson have been named finalists for M&A Advisor's Restructuring Deal of the Year (Under $100MM) Award for their work in the 363 Sale of Quantum Technologies.

February 10, 2016

Kerr Russell, Richard C. Buslepp and Michael D. Gibson receive M&A Advisor Award

The acquisition of Stern Rubber by Shanghai Zhongli has been named as a finalist by the M&A Advisor for the 8th Annual International M&A Awards.