Burton Shifman is a founder and retired senior partner of Shifman & Carlson, P.C., and the president of the Ravitz Foundation. Shifman earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1950. He says he never considered becoming a lawyer until he took a business law class while earning an M.B.A. at Michigan the following year. Service as a school board member resulted in his professional focus on education and municipal law. Shifman has worked as an attorney and a judge since 1954 and received the Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award from the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys in 2005.
In his work with the Ravitz Foundation, Shifman guides many of the foundation’s philanthropic decisions, focusing on projects in the U-M Health System that offer paths to progress toward cures for a variety of medical problems. Personally, he has provided support to the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the Alumni Association of the U-M’s Camp Michigania. Mr. Shifman and his wife, Sue, a U-M alumna, live in Delray Beach, Florida, and West Bloomfield, Michigan.