Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee Announces Detroit City Council Endorsements

Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors announced endorsements for the Detroit City Council municipal election in November. Endorsements include:

  • Janeé Ayers (At-Large)
  • Scott Benson (3rd District)
  • Brenda Jones (At-Large)
  • Gabe Leland (7th District)
  • André Spivey (4th District)
  • James Tate (1st District)

“Detroit’s resurgence continues to be driven by the leadership and dedication of our public servants. These members of the City Council are working tirelessly to improve city services, create jobs for local residents, and maintain a balanced budget,” said Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

“We are proud partners in their efforts and are confident of the great work they will continue to do once re-elected,” he added.

The Chamber PAC Board of Directors regularly meets to identify and support pro-business candidates and policies that support the Chamber’s public policy priorities. After careful consideration, the Board made the endorsements based on responses to a Chamber PAC survey, input from PAC members and personal interviews.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

Column: Let’s improve our civility in discourse

Restoring civility in American politics was one of the three pillars of the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference. This pillar encouraged business and civic leaders to shape public discourse to restore the art of compromise for progress in today’s polarized political environment. The effort didn’t end at the Conference. As a To-Do list item, the Detroit Regional Chamber will continue to encourage civility in the Detroit region. This article, originally published via news outlets and other websites, is an example of others in the community joining the movement to promote civility.   

From The Detroit News

By Anne Mervenne and Steve Tobocman

June 22, 2017

We are inspired and encouraged that restoring civility in American politics was one of the three pillars at this year’s Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference. Daily, if not hourly, our airwaves and computer news feeds are filled with cringe-worthy words, images and actions. Insulting commentary is reported and repeated. Hurtful words and deeds are liked, promoted and shared.

Yet, we see hope. Since its founding in 1992, the Michigan Political Leadership Program, one of the nation’s only bipartisan training programs which is at home in Michigan State University’s College of Social Science, has recruited, trained and, hopefully, inspired public policy leaders. Each year, MPLP offers 24 MPLP Fellows, from all the political spectrum, the vision, commitment and skills to govern from the grassroots and local office to the state Capitol.

Realistically, it will take more than a single discussion to end hyper-partisanship and restore a sense of civility. We must start by building civil habits early in political careers and encouraging leaders to live and treat others as they would seek to be treated, a kind of political “golden” rule.

As co-directors of MPLP, we offer a hopeful outlook.


MORE: Civility in American politics is part of the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List. Learn more about the list and see the other to-dos here.


We strive for civil conversations in a multipartisan learning environment that takes our MPLP Fellows from hands-on visits to corporate headquarters, to tours of communities they’ve never visited, to the sharing of personal revelations.

We ask fellows from opposing parties to overnight together as part of routine MPLP experiences. We ask them to host events and complete assignments together, regardless of political party.

We know their success stories: MPLP graduates make up 10 percent of the seats in the last three Michigan Legislatures. MPLP ranks include such notables as Aaron Payment, chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Ken Cockrel Jr., former Detroit mayor and city council member.

Civility and bipartisanship start at home — at the local level and in our state Legislature.

Equally notable are hundreds of MPLP Fellows who occupy village, city, county, school and even precinct offices. In our first-ever research of the fates of our MPLP graduates, we have found that MPLP Fellows are twice as likely to run for public office and three times as likely to win as those equally rated applicants who haven’t taken part in the program.

We are truly proud to say that nearly half go on to hold elective or appointed office.

The Detroit News recently asked: “Can Mackinac confab make political civility cool again?” The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Bureau Chief Gerald F. Seib has also asked: “Civil Discourse in Decline: Where Does It End?”

Read the original article here.


More on civility in politics:

Michael Beschloss: Effective Leaders Embody Guts, Persuasiveness, Sense of History and Civility

Worksighted Ranked among top 501 Managed Service Providers

Worksighted was recognized by MSPmentor as one of the top 501 managed service provider (MSP) companies in the world. The MSP list is the information technology industry’s largest and most comprehensive ranking of leading managed service provider organizations. This year, Worksighted earned the 133rd spot out of 501 companies.

“We’re proud to have moved up 19 spots from last year’s list,” said Mike Harris, co-founder of Worksighted. “This has been an excellent year of growth for us at Worksighted, and we’re honored to be recognized again by MSPmentor.

The MSPmentor ranking system relies on an algorithm that evaluates company strength based on revenue contributions from key go-to-market activities including reselling, consulting, professional services, managed services and cloud services.

The MSP 501 is a program of MSPmentor, the ultimate guide to managed services and the leading global destination for managed service providers. It is one of the digital properties of Penton Technology.

Of the 501 MSP companies, Worksighted is ranked in the top 26 percent.

About Worksighted
Worksighted provides responsive, innovative, and strategic IT services to businesses seeking a valuable IT partner. Since 2000, the Holland-based firm has supported organizations throughout Michigan with the technology and strategy they need to grow. Find more at worksighted.com

Alibaba’s Gateway ’17 Opens New Doors to Chinese Market for Detroit Businesses

By Daniel Lai & Daniel A. Washington 

Alibaba Group Ltd.’s Gateway ’17 export conference held on June 20-21 at Cobo Center was the company’s first-ever event of its magnitude, attracting more than 3,000 businesses, entrepreneurs and media from 48 states, and many from the Detroit region.

“I cannot imagine a more fitting or welcoming place for our first Gateway event,” said Michael Evans, president of Alibaba Group, about the importance of Detroit during his opening remarks.

As a global leader in facilitating transactions and exchanges of goods and services for small businesses, entrepreneurs and consumers in China, Alibaba is looking to open new doors for businesses across the Midwest.

“Today I want to tell the people: If you miss the opportunity of selling products to China, you will miss the opportunity, you will miss the future,” said Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, in a conversation with PBS anchor Charlie Rose.

The opening ceremony included a surprise visit and remarks from local businessman Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures. Gilbert spoke briefly during a fireside chat with Lisa Ling, executive producer and host of “This is Life” on CNN.

“The truth is you can’t be afraid of failure in business,” Gilbert said. “You have to embrace it and all the opportunities afforded you to be successful – if you don’t you will never gain wealth.”

The conference included several keynotes and remarks from local and national figures, including:  Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises CEO Marcus Lemonis, UPS CEO David Abney,and many more.

View highlights from the Conference here.

Alibaba Founder Jack Ma: The Future Belongs to Small Businesses

The future belongs to small businesses that are flexible enough to embrace e-commerce, Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, predicted during a poignant keynote address at the Gateway ’17 export forum in Detroit.

Ma told the standing room-only crowd that the dominance of giant companies is declining as more small companies can cheaply and easily market their services on the internet.

“The internet is the opportunity of a lifetime for small businesses,” Ma said.

Customers that were once out of reach for startups that lacked the capital or know-how to expand is no longer an obstacle for those who have the will to learn how to move beyond their local market.

“If you believe it, you can make it happen,” he said, adding that customers are more interested in products and companies that cater specifically to their needs versus standardization.

And China is a willing market.

Rattling off statistic after statistic, Ma said 200 million Chinese customers a day purchase goods on their phones and Alibaba currently ships more than 60 million packages a day. He expects that number to increase to 1 billion packages in less than 10 years.

“Imagine the possibilities for American businesses and jobs,” he said. “Don’t ignore China as we shift from an export country to an import country. In the next decade, China’s middle class will increase to 500-600 million and with that, the demand for quality American products will be huge.”

So how does one tap into the Chinese market?

That is where companies like Alibaba and other e-commerce platforms come into play, Ma said.

The website currently has more than 7,000 U.S. companies selling products to China. Ma said he would like to increase that number to 1 million in the next five years. Doing so requires rapid adoption of new technology and a willingness to loosen restrictions in border-to-border trade.

“Think of us as a virtual mall with nearly half a billion shoppers buying from sellers that operate their own online storefronts. We are already a gateway for thousands of global brands, retailers and companies to sell to Chinese consumers,” Ma said.

Ma has traveled the world meeting with top government leaders to drive home his message that small businesses should lead globalization while also encouraging the creation of free trade zones specifically for those businesses.

Turning his attention to the business owners in the room, Ma also acknowledged that the road ahead for entrepreneurs is not without its own challenges. He himself experienced the heartache of rejection from venture capitalists, nearly leading his company to bankruptcy before finding success. Even at a young age, Ma said his applications to work for companies like KFC and to attend college at Harvard University were rejected. Still, he persisted.

Drawing on those lessons, Ma offered his advice for business success:

  • Believe in the future
  • Love your customer
  • Have a vision and hire smart individuals who believe in that vision
  • Focus on good products and customer service
  • Stay focused

He also offered a warning to those companies who have not caught up to the digital race:

“We are in the midst of the next technological revolution. Pay attention to the next 30 years. The companies that make the best use of the internet will win,” he said.

For more information on tapping into the Chinese market, visit www.alizila.com.

Daniel Lai is a communications specialist and copywriter at the Detroit Regional Chamber. 

Daniel A. Washington is an integrated marketing specialist at the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Ronald McDonald House of Detroit accepts keys to leased Traverse from GM Financial as part of its national “Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids” program

GM Financial presented the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit with the keys to an off-lease 2014 Chevrolet Traverse as part of the company’s “Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids” on June 20, in front of the House at 4707 St. Antoine in Detroit. The design on the Traverse features a wrap-around image of a to-scale red Chevrolet Corvette.

Jennifer Litomisky, executive director of the House, said, “This collaboration really means the world to us because we are able to have a second vehicle to help transport our families from the Ronald McDonald House to the hospital and take them to get groceries. The families and staff will be thrilled with his incredible addition to the House.”

Litomisky accepted the Traverse keys from Joe Bartuch, senior vice president of Sales and Credit Operations at GM Financial. Attendees included Bob Winn, senior vice president of Pricing Analytics and Product Development at GM Financial; Board member Roger Tertocha and Bill Lloyd, general sales manager at James Martin Chevrolet in Detroit.

GM Financial will provide vehicles to approximately 30 Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide in 2017. The program began last year in Fort Worth, Texas, where the company is headquartered.

Mercedes Benz U.S. International Sponsors Michigan Hot Jobs! Expo

 

If you are seeking a new job or even a career change, you should look no further and attend the Michigan Hot Jobs! Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 28 at the Best Western Premier Hotel, 26555 Telegraph Road. Southfield, Michigan.

More than 75 local businesses and national employers have made arrangements to participate and interview candidates at the event. Recruiters with Mercedes Benz U.S. International will be featured onsite at the upcoming job expo to recruit Supplier Quality Engineers, Logistics Planners and Packaging Engineers for their facility located in Vance, Alabama (Tuscaloosa).

The Michigan Hot Jobs! Expo will provide job seekers with access to employers seeking talented candidates in every discipline, Engineering, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Seasonal, Manufacturing, Production, Industrial, General Labor, Customer Services, Retail, Management, Restaurant, Accounting, Banking, Office Support, Clerical, Data Entry, Call Center, Installation, Technical, Machining, Electrical, Mortgage, Financial Planning, Insurance, Education, Truck Driving, Real Estate, Nursing, Rehabilitation, Human Services and everything in between. Admission is free.

“Top employers from throughout the Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County area will be participating and are looking to hire qualified candidates,” said CJ Eason, outreach director for JobFairGiant.com “Our monthly job expos are one of the ways we directly help job seekers discover new employment opportunities.”

From Kar’s Nuts to Heat Treating Services, Greatway Transportation, Century Plastics/CIE USA, Estes Express Lines, Detroit Wheel and Tire, SAS Global Corp, Concentrix, PSCU, The Dako Group, Busch’s Fresh Food Market, People Ready One, Industrial Steam Cleaning, Belle Tire, Sears Home Improvement, PVS Chemicals Inc, PCB Piezotronics, 160 Driving Academy, there will be a variety of employers attending the event. A full list of participating businesses will be posted on www.JobFairGiant.com by Friday, June 23.

“If you are a candidate seeking employment we encourage you to bring 50 copies of your resume and prepare to meet and interview with potential employers at the upcoming job expo.” said CJ Eason, outreach director for JobFairGiant.com

Employers interested in more information should call 734-956-4550 ext.1 or email the job fair coordinator at lucy@jobfairgiant.com             

Katelyn Davis Joins MICHauto and the Detroit Regional Chamber as Director

Katelyn Davis joins the Detroit Regional Chamber as director of MICHauto. In this role, she will support and lead planning and execution for MICHauto, as the statewide automotive and mobility industry association, and the organization’s growth as an integral part of Forward Detroit, the Chamber’s economic development initiative.

Davis’ seven-year career has been dedicated to Michigan’s automotive industry. Most recently she served as a corporate affairs and communications specialist with Yazaki North America, Inc., where she was responsible for the company’s internal and external communications and corporate marketing strategy and implementation. Prior to that, she worked for WPP’s GTB (formerly Team Detroit) on the communications team at Ford Motor Co.

“We are extremely pleased to have Katelyn join the MICHauto team. Her background and experience in the auto industry, combined with her expertise in marketing and communications, made the perfect match and will be critical to achieving our mission and goals,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Chamber.

Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Grand Valley State University and completed graduate studies in new media communications at Wayne State University.

In addition, Davis is an acting board member for the Automotive Public Relations Council (APRC) and played an active role on MICHauto’s Awareness Committee.

She resides in Wyandotte, Michigan.

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About MICHauto

MICHauto is a statewide initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber dedicated to promoting, retaining and growing the automotive industry in Michigan. MICHauto embodies a public-private strategy, championing Michigan as the global epicenter of the automotive industry and providing a platform for collaboration on advocacy, business attraction and retention, and talent attraction and development. Serving as the unified voice of Michigan’s automotive cluster, MICHauto works closely with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, Center for Automotive Research and other Michigan and national organizations. To learn more visit MICHauto.org.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Dan Quick Reappointed Co-Chair for ABA’s Section of Litigation Trial Practice Committee

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Dan Quick has been reappointed Co-Chair for the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation Trial Practice Committee. His term begins on August 11, 2017.

Mr. Quick is a Member in the firm’s Troy office and is Practice Department Manager for Commercial Litigation, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is a commercial litigation trial attorney who specializes in business torts (including minority shareholder and “business divorce disputes”, trade secrets, and noncompetes) and all facets of intellectual property litigation. He frequently writes and lectures on business torts and is a coauthor of the national “Trade Secrets” portfolio published by BNA.

Mr. Quick is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, and Dbusiness. He received the Frances R. Avadenka Community Service Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the Oakland County Bar Association. Mr. Quick received his J.D. from the University of Michigan.

The Trial Practice Committee promotes fairness and justice in the American legal system by enhancing the lives and careers of trial lawyers. Members receive access to innovative, entertaining, and thought-provoking programming as well as information via the committee’s newsletter and website. In addition to fostering collegiality and ethics within the trial bar, the Trial Practice Committee is devoted to bringing more diversity into the community of trial lawyers and to solving the work/life balance issues that litigators face. To learn more, please click here.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 450 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Clayton & McKervey shareholder explains the 5 most common mistakes small to mid-sized business make with GAAP – and how they can impact the purchase price when a company goes for sale

Kevin Johns, a shareholder in the Small and Mid-sized Entities practice at Clayton & McKervey, an international certified public accounting and business advisory firm located in metro Detroit, says his work with new small to mid-sized businesses have a common theme when it comes to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) mistakes. GAAP, the most common accounting framework for the preparation of financial statements in the U.S., provides a standard set of rules in order for readers to properly understand and interpret financial results, and serves other purposes as well.

“GAAP is also the most common framework used when composing contract language for mergers and acquisitions; errors and omissions in applying GAAP can be costly in such business transactions,” Johns said. “They can impact credibility with lenders and lead to incorrect decision-making.”

GAAP violations can also cause inaccurate reporting for internal and budgeting purposes, as well as a reduced reliance on prepared financial statements for third party readers.

“The ripple effect of damaged credibility due to GAAP errors can have an additional negative impact on the purchase price when a business is put up for sale,” Johns said.

Johns offered a list of the five most common GAAP violations that he and his Clayton McKervey colleagues routinely uncover when working with a new client.

  1. Escalating Rent
    Lessors often offer financial incentives to solicit a lessee into entering a rental contract, such as “free rent” at either the beginning or end of the lease arrangement. GAAP accounting requires that lessees divide the total rent payments over the lease term by the number of months in the lease to calculate monthly rent expense unless a more rational basis is found. Any difference between payments and expenses is classified as either a current or non-current asset or liability on the balance sheet.
  2. Depreciation
    Over the past decade, the tax code has allowed for accelerated depreciations methods and bonus depreciation. These accelerated tax methods of depreciation do not comply with GAAP reporting rules, as outlined in FASB ASC Topic 740. In addition to accelerated depreciation, structural building improvements made to leased property would normally be depreciated over 39 years for tax purposes; however, GAAP stipulates that these improvements should be depreciated over the shorter of their useful life or the lease term, including renewable options that are expected to be exercised. It is common for businesses to incorrectly default to using the tax method of 39 years of depreciation for GAAP reporting for leasehold improvements.
  3. Capitalization of Overhead Costs
    Many times only direct costs, such as labor and raw materials, are used to value the production of inventory, and overhead is typically either not associated or applied incorrectly to the basis of the value of inventory. By not applying overhead calculations, large inventory valuation errors can occur on the balance sheet, and with related cost of goods sold on the income statement.
  4. Accrued Vacation/PTO
    Vacation or Paid-Time-Off (PTO) policies often incorporate a “use it or lose it” rule whereby employees lose the unused portion of their vacation. However, there are many companies that will pay cash for unused vacation time. A formal plan in a human resource handbook does not by itself dictate a potential employer liability. Instead, a verbal and accepted policy is enough to trigger an employee’s potential right to compensation of vacation or PTO that has not yet been accrued. Depending on the length of employee tenure and vacation/PTO time awarded, the liability associated with these policies can be significant. The impact is even more pronounced when a business is for sale and the buyer factors this liability into the required working capital target, as well as the computing enterprise value, as a multiple of earnings.
  5. Uncertain Tax Positions
    FASB ASC Topic 740 established a threshold condition where a tax position taken in a previously filed tax return, or to be taken on future tax returns, be recognized currently in the financial statements. Uncertain tax positions must be recognized under a two-step process:
  • A “more likely than not” (more than 50%) approach that a tax position will be sustained under an IRS audit.
  • The tax position is measured at the largest amount of tax benefit/expense that is greater than 50% likely.

The ability and ease to reach new markets outside of the businesses state of residence continues to propel businesses into new markets. Depending upon the nature and duration of the activity conducted outside of their home state, businesses could face an income tax liability in these states. If the company does not register to do business and does not register to file tax returns in these states, they would not preclude the GAAP financial statements from accruing the tax liability and disclosing it on the financial statements.
To read about additional common tax uncertainties that need analysis, as well as the Framework for Small and Medium Sized Entities (FRF for SMEs) as a potential non-GAAP reporting option, visit the Clayton & McKervey website.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service CPA firm helping middle-market entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit claytonmckervey.com.

Dickinson Wright Attorney K. Scott Hamilton Named 2017 Detroit Bar Legal Scholar

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney K. Scott Hamilton has been selected as the 2017 Detroit Bar Legal Scholar by the Detroit Bar Association.

The Detroit Bar Association established the Detroit Bar Legal Scholar Program to recognize each year original legal work product that advances the field of law and offers the application of new ideas that address the social, educational, economic and/or human advancement of the State of Michigan. Mr. Hamilton’s paper titled Urban Homesteading as a Method of Redeveloping Detroit’s Neighborhoods will be published by the Detroit Bar Association and he will be honored at the Detroit Bar Association’s Annual Meeting on June 21, 2017 at the Detroit Club.

Mr. Hamilton is a Member in the firm’s Detroit office. Throughout his career, he has first chaired more than 30 federal and state bench and jury trials and argued over 40 cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Sixth and Tenth Circuits, the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He is Co-Chairman of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michig

an’s Appellate Committee and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law (Appellate Practice) at Michigan State University’s College of Law.

Mr. Hamilton is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and is a Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference. He is also recognized as a leader in his field by Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Lawyers, and DBusiness Top Lawyers. Mr. Hamilton received his B.S. from Central Michigan University and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 450 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.