Founded in 1854, Butzel Long is one of the oldest law firms in Michigan. Based in Detroit, Michigan, the firm has 155 attorneys throughout the State, in New York City, and Washington, D.C.. It has alliance offices in Mexico and China. Butzel Long is listed at number 284 in the 2012 ranking of the largest U.S. law firms by the National Law Journal. The firm is a founding member of Lex Mundi, one of the first and largest networks of leading independent law firms located in 160 separate jurisdictions around the world. Butzel Long traces its roots to 1854 when Detroits economy was based on the Great Lakes shipping trade. Admiralty law was the specialty of founding senior partner William Austin Moore. He was called to Buffalo, Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Chicago to handle some of the most important cases of his time.