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Kay Rivest Butler

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Kay Rivest Butler is an expert in her field, working with clients to undertake a thorough investigation, develop sound legal strategies, and ultimately deliver exceptional results. She specializes in commercial litigation, general liability, insurance coverage disputes, and the defense of professional liability claims, including:

  • Employment Practices
  • Fiduciary Liability
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Directors & Officers (HOA/Condo)
  • Education Law (Title IX)
  • Insurance Agents / Brokers
  • Real Estate Brokers

Ms. Butler is an experienced litigator who relies on her extensive legal experience in defending employers in state and federal court actions, including ERISA lawsuits and sex, race, age, and handicap discrimination claims, wrongful discharge claims, breach of fiduciary duty, minority shareholder oppression, and related tort claims. In addition, she has created and revised employment documents, including handbooks, applications, sexual harassment policies, and drug testing and absenteeism policies. She has also conducted workshops on employment-related topics such as harassment investigations, violence in the workplace, and hiring and firing issues.

Ms. Butler’s impressive professional portfolio was presaged by her outstanding academic achievements. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1983 from Michigan State University and her Juris Doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law, graduating summa cum laude in 1988. While attending law school, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and was a member of the Robert F. Wagner National Labor Law Team and the National Moot Court Team. Upon completion of her legal education and prior to entering private practice, she served as an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Law School and as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. DeMascio of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Legal Professional Liability
  • Directors & Officers Liability
  • Miscellaneous Errors & Omissions
  • Education Law
  • Appeals
  • Business Torts & Commercial Litigation
  • Fiduciary Liability (ERISA)


  • Michigan State University, B.A. in Political Science, 1983
  • Michigan State University College of Law, J.D. summa cum laude, 1988

Admitted to Practice

  • All Michigan state courts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member (Labor & Employment section)
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Member