Butzel Long in Detroit announced the addition of associate attorneys Louis F. Ronayne and Quendale G. Simmons, who specialize in litigation. Butzel Long’s litigation practice group is among the firm’s largest practice teams.
Based in the firm’s Detroit office, Ronayne focuses his practice primarily in the areas of commercial and appellate litigation. He is a former judicial law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra and research attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals.
In 2017, Ronayne received his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. While attending, he received several academic accolades including completion of the college’s Trial Practice Institute, where he was the recipient of the Walter E. Oberer Scholarship. He also served on the executive board of the college’s former Journal of Business and Securities Law. In 2014, Ronayne earned his undergraduate degree from Adrian College, where he played goaltender on the ice hockey team.
Based in the firm’s Detroit office, Simmons focuses on business and commercial litigation. As part of his practice, he represents businesses in complex business disputes and advises clients regarding their business legal needs.
Prior to joining Butzel Long, Simmons’ practice included the representation of corporations and individuals in civil litigation disputes involving personal, property, and casualty insurance claims. He has also worked as a judicial law clerk at the Wayne County Circuit Court, where he wrote judicial memoranda and legal opinions regarding pending civil lawsuits.
Simmons earned his juris doctor degree from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he served as the business editor for I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Butzel Long was founded in 1854 and has provided client service for more than 160 years. Law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, Ann Arbor, New York, and Washington D.C., and the firm has an alliance office in Beijing.