• Commercial Litigation Associate – Global Automotive Practice

    Posted: 11/01/2021

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    LOCATION: Detroit or Troy, Michigan 

    GENERAL PURPOSE:  We are hiring an associate attorney to join our Global Automotive Practice, particularly focused on complex commercial litigation, to help us handle our diverse, dynamic, and growing book of business.  Our clients are based throughout the US as well as globally.  Illustrative cases include global automotive supplier disputes, trade secret disputes, breach of contract matters, and other types of complex commercial litigation focused on the automotive supply chain industry.  We are looking for an attorney who has a background in engineering and/or has worked in the automotive industry who is able to perform the general duties of an associate attorney by drafting pleadings, conducting research, attending hearings, conducting depositions, managing and advising clients, and providing high-level support and assistance to partner-level litigation attorneys during all phases of litigation, while understanding engineering concepts and the inner workings of the automotive industry.  Associates may also assist our offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., as needed.    

    Butzel Long has been in existence for over 165 years and has helped shape the legal, automotive, and business landscape of the city of Detroit and this region for over one-and-a-half centuries.  We continue to grow our client base and to be at the forefront of some of the biggest cases and most important issues in our industry.  We are seeking a standout candidate to join our growing team.

    MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for businesses involved in litigation.
    • Understand the global automotive supply chain and how it works.
    • Manage new and existing client relationships.
    • Conduct research and draft memos for partners.
    • Understand complex technical issues.
    • Draft pleadings, motions, and briefs.
    • Attend legal proceedings, such as motion hearings, evidentiary hearings, mediations, and depositions.
    • Assist with all areas of discovery including, but not limited to: drafting discovery requests, drafting responses to discovery requests, preparation of initial disclosures, and witness preparation.
    • Organize, review, and maintain documents produced; perform, supervise, or coordinate coding of case documents; and development of databases and/or other litigation support applications.
    • Review and analyze documents for responsiveness to discovery requests.
    • Review and assemble deposition, trial, and motion exhibits.
    • Prepare trial materials.
    • Attend and assist at pretrial, trial, and post-trial proceedings.

     SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

    • Has work experience in the automotive sector and/or engineering background.
    • Able to credibly speak to and discuss industry issues with clients in the automotive supply chain.
    • Superior intellect and quick grasp of complex legal issues, as evidenced by superior grades in law school and/or work experience in similar settings.
    • Strong work ethic and willingness to work as needed to get any task done.
    • Good organizational and project management skills.
    • Proficient in the use of online legal research services and legal resources.
    • Superior legal writing skills.
    • Excellent oral communication.
    • Must have sound judgment. 
    • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision. 
    • Demonstrates expertise in a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures.
    • Ability to work collaboratively and as a member of a team with internal and external contacts.
    • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and situations.
    • Proven willingness to work hard in a fast-paced atmosphere.
    • Experience with use of document/discovery databases.

    EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND/OR TRAINING:

    • A degree in engineering, while not required, is preferred
    • Must be a graduate of an accredited law school.
    • 2-10 years of experience
    • Admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan.

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