Butzel Long has announced that attorneys Joshua J. Chinsky and Michael C. Decker have been elected as shareholders. Both Chinsky and Decker were previously associate attorneys.
“Josh and Mike have demonstrated through their work quality, diligence, client service ethic, and dedication to their colleagues and community that they are well qualified to be shareholders in our firm,” says Justin G. Klimko, president and managing shareholder of Butzel Long. “We congratulate them on their election.”
Chinsky is based in the firm’s Detroit office and focuses on white collar criminal defense and aerospace and defense industry matters. Before joining Butzel Long, he served as corporate counsel and deputy director, studies and analyses, for a Washington, D.C.-area consulting company. Additionally, he served as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps and continues to do so in the Marine Corps Reserve. He prosecuted contested jury trials and served as a legal adviser to commanders, service members, and dependents while on active duty.
He received the Bidlake Award for legal writing and was an editor of Law and Contemporary Problems while at Duke University School of Law, from which he graduated. He also earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Chinsky is admitted to practice in both Michigan and Georgia, as well as before United States Courts-Martial.
Decker practices in the firm’s Detroit and Lansing offices and focuses on areas of construction and construction litigation, and business and business litigation.
Michael C. Decker
He represents and counsels construction companies and contractors from start to finish on all aspects of public and private projects. He has drafted and negotiated contracts, subcontracts, and other agreements and prosecuted and defended performance, payment, and delay related claims for construction companies and contractors, as well as owners and sureties.
He also has experience prosecuting and defending claims concerning the Miss Dig Act and violations of the Miss Dig Act on behalf of construction companies and contractors. He has prosecuted and defended such claims before state and federal courts, state and public agencies, and arbitration and mediation panels. Additionally, he has experience assisting owners and contractors with residential construction related matters with things such as drafting and negotiating residential construction contracts, subcontracts, and other agreements and resolving performance and payment related issues, as well as prosecuting and defending claims arising from such issues.
Decker represents and counsels businesses and business professionals with day-to-day business related issues including contract disputes and bankruptcy, corporate, collection, labor and employment, real estate, and trade secret related issues.
He earned his Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School in 2011 and his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in 2007. While at law school, Decker was an associate editor of The Journal of Law in Society. As a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the State Bar of Florida, Decker is able to practice in various courts in both states. DBusiness Magazine named him a Top Lawyer in Construction Litigation in 2017 and 2018.
Butzel Long was founded in Detroit in 1854. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, Ann Arbor, New York, and Washington, D.C., and has alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms.