Geaneen M. Arends, a Detroit-based attorney and vice president at Butzel Long, has been named to the firm’s board. She is the first person of color and third woman to hold a board seat in the firm’s 167-year history.
Arends was named practice department chair of the firm’s real estate and corporate practice departments in October. She manages the attorneys for those teams as well as overseeing the goals, budgets, direction, and forecasts for the two groups.
“This is a pivotal moment for me in my career and for Butzel Long,” says Arends. “As a mother to twin daughters, I strive to be a strong role model, and they know their future is limitless. I look forward to serving in this important Butzel Long role.”
Butzel Long has offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, in addition to out-of-state offices in New York, Washington, D.C., and Beijing. The firm was founded in Detroit.
Arends concentrates her practice in mergers and acquisitions, business formation, general business, and commercial real estate transactions.
She is known for her commitment to pro-bono work and community engagement, serving as first vice-chair of the board of trustees of the Detroit Historical Society and as a trustee of the Detroit Educational Television Foundation/Detroit Public Television. She also serves on the steering committee for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots Celebration.
Arends is also an American Bar Foundation fellow and chair of Butzel Long’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee. She also serves on the real estate advisory board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
“We are very pleased to welcome Geaneen to our board,” says Justin G. Klimko, President and CEO of Butzel Long. “Her perspective, insights, and judgment will be valuable to our deliberations. Her election to the board is a recognition by her peers of her talent and leadership abilities.”
Arends is a graduate of Michigan State University and Boston College Law School.