Three Attorneys Join Butzel Long as Councel


BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Ronald D. Bassey, John D. Selesko and Robert C. Zack, three attorneys at Bassey and Selesko PLC, a Southfield-based boutique tax oriented law firm, have joined Butzel Long as counsel in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office.

Bassey, who is both an attorney and a CPA, has more than 40 years of specialized experience in estate planning, corporate sales and acquisitions, and complex corporate and tax matters.  He has been selected by American Registry for inclusion among Best Attorneys in Michigan and designated by Hour Media as a Top Lawyer for the DBusiness magazine. Early in his career he spent eight years as a tax specialist, leaving Touche Ross & Co., CPAs, as Tax Manager. He has taught seminars of the Michigan Association of CPAs, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education of the Michigan State Bar and has spoken extensively on topics dealing with taxation before conferences of the American Bar Association Tax Section, and accounting, banking, and insurance organizations. Bassey earned degrees from Harvard Law School and the business school at the University of Michigan.

Selesko has concentrated his practice in estate planning, in the design and implementation of profit sharing, 401(k), pension plans, other employee benefit arrangements and tax planning for individuals and closely held businesses for more than 35 years. He has been designated by Hour Media for DBusiness magazine as a Top Wealth Management Lawyer in the metropolitan Detroit area for 2011-2013. He is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and is a member of the Michigan State Bar, Taxation Section and the American Bar Association. Selesko earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and continued his studies at Wayne State University Law School. After graduating he joined Ronald Bassey in forming the law firm of Bassey and Selesko and devoted his career to the enterprise.

As a trial attorney, Zack has practiced law for more than 40 years, concentrating in business matters with an emphasis on commercial litigation, family law, and probate litigation. He has published several articles in the Michigan Bar Journal and other legal publications. Zack is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association and its Litigation Section and the Oakland County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, as well as all of the courts of Michigan, United States Court of Appeals, District Court and the United States Tax Court. Zack earned both his Juris Doctorate and his Bachelor of Arts degrees from Wayne State University.