City of Grosse Pointe Resident James Bruno Named to the 'Best Lawyers 2013'

Bruno named Detroit International Trade and Finance Law 'Lawyer of the Year'


DETROIT, Mich. – City of Grosse Pointe resident James C. Bruno and shareholder of Butzel Long law group was recently selected by his peers to the 2013 Best Lawyers® in America “Lawyers of the Year” (copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC) in the fields of real estate law, international trade and finance law and litigation – construction.  

Bruno has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Detroit International Trade and Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year”.

His primary practice includes corporations and limited liability companies; sales, secured transactions, and other matters under the Uniform Commercial Code; sales representatives and distributorships; automotive and other industry supplier relations; international business law and foreign employment; closely held business; mergers and acquisitions; and joint ventures. This includes counseling, negotiations, drafting, and dispute resolution.  Mr. Bruno has been active in the firm’s foreign practice, including oversight of the firm’s Mexican alliance office.

Best Lawyers began designating “Lawyers of the Year” in the U.S. in high-profile legal practice areas in 2009.  Since then, they have extended this honor to many other countries where the Best Lawyers peer-review process is conducted as well.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.

Lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments we conduct with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

“This recognition speaks very highly of their abilities and the respect that they have earned in the legal profession,” said Richard E. Rassel, Chairman, Butzel Long.  “We are honored that many of our attorneys are recognized annually through publications like Best Lawyers in America.”


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