Butzel Long chairman leaves post

Crain’s Detroit Business has reported that Philip J. Kessler has stepped down as Butzel Long PC’s chairman and as member of the firm’s board of directors. Richard Rassel, a previous chairman, will be acting chairman.

Kessler will continue as a shareholder at the firm and plans to focus more exclusively on his commercial litigation and intellectual property practice, he said in a statement.

Justin Klimko, a board member appointed president in May to handle day-to-day operations at the firm and share leadership duties with Kessler, will continue in that role.

As of Jan. 1, 2010, the 156-year-old Detroit firm had 171 attorneys.

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