Dickinson Wright to Host Sunrise Seminar on “The Top 10 Insider Tips for Operating a Gold Standard 401(k) and 403(b) Retirement Plan”

DETROIT, Mich., October 16, 2018 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Sunrise Seminar entitled “The Top 10 Insider Tips for Operating a Gold Standard 401(k) and 403(b) Retirement Plan” on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Automation Alley in Troy, Mich.

Join attorneys from the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation group as they share their insight on best retirement plan administrative practices from years of advising employers on 401(k) and 403(b) plan issues.

This program will guide participants through the top ten tips designed to help employers achieve the gold standard in effective retirement plan operation. Topics include:

• Setting up a plan investment committee: best practices for plans of all sizes
• Charging plan operational fees to participants: what to do and what definitely not to do
• Avoiding plan operational errors that irritate employees and cost you money
• Getting the most out of your record keeper, investment consultant and other plan advisers
• Avoiding “but this is what we’ve always done” syndrome

Below are the event details for Dickinson Wright’s Sunrise Seminar:

Dickinson Wright Sunrise Seminar “The Top 10 Insider Tips for Operating a Gold Standard 401(k) and 403(b) Retirement Plan”

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Automation Alley
2675 Bellingham Dr.
Troy, MI 48083

To register for this free event, please visit www.dickinsonwright.com.

Jordan Schreier represents clients in all areas of employee benefits and compensation matters. He advises employers on qualified/nonqualified retirement and welfare plans and provides counsel on fiduciary duty best practices, IRS and DOL compliance and service provider relationships. He serves as legal counsel to numerous pension and 401(k) investment committees.

Eric Gregory assists clients in all areas of employee benefits law, including qualified retirement plans, welfare plans, and non-qualified compensation programs. He routinely participates in fiduciary committee meetings and conducts training for fiduciary committees, including training regarding fiduciary duties under ERISA, prohibited transactions, and current developments.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

73 Dickinson Wright Attorneys Named 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers, 33 Named Rising Stars

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that 73 of the firm’s attorneys have been named 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers. Thirty-three Dickinson Wright attorneys have been named 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”.

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Rising Stars are the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state – those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named Super Lawyers, while only two and a half percent are named Rising Stars.

Dickinson Wright attorneys recognized on this year’s Michigan Super Lawyers list include:

Ann Arbor, MI
Michael C. Hammer, Bankruptcy: Business
Mark V. Heusel, Business Litigation
James L. Hughes, Business/Corporate
James A. Samborn, Construction/Surety
Jordan S. Schreier, Employee Benefits
Colleen M. Shevnock, Banking

Detroit, MI
Dennis W. Archer, Business Litigation
Allison R. Bach, Bankruptcy: Business
Richard M. Bolton, Mergers & Acquisitions
William T. Burgess, Bankruptcy: Business
Lawrence G. Campbell, ADR
James N. Candler, Jr., Real Estate
David R. Deromedi, Labor & Employment
Phillip J. DeRosier, Appellate
K. Scott Hamilton, Business Litigation
Mark R. High, Business/Corporate
Edgar C. Howbert, Bankruptcy: Business
Steven G. Howell, Bankruptcy: Business
Timothy H. Howlett, Labor & Employment
W. Anthony Jenkins, Real Estate
Thomas G. McNeill, Business Litigation
Sharon R. Newlon, Environmental
Francis R. Ortiz, Business Litigation
James B. Perry, Labor & Employment
James A. Plemmons, Creditor Debtor Rights
William P. Shield, Jr., Banking
James P. Spica, Estate & Probate
Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, Bankruptcy: Business
L. Pahl Zinn, Business Litigation

Grand Rapids, MI
John G. Cameron, Jr., Real Estate
Geoffrey A. Fields, Business Litigation
Daniel F. Gosch, Bankruptcy: Business
Leslee M. Lewis, Real Estate
John T. Schuring, Business/Corporate
Timothy A. Stoepker, Land Use/Zoning
Richard A. Wendt, Government Finance

Lansing, MI
James W. Bliss, Government Finance
Peter H. Ellsworth, Administrative Law
Joseph A. Fink, Civil Litigation: Defense
David J. Houston, Labor & Employment
Scott R. Knapp, Business Litigation
James E. Lozier, Business Litigation
Kester K. So, Government Finance
Jeffery V. Stuckey, Appellate

Troy, MI
Timothy L. Andersson, Business/Corporate
Margaret A. Coughlin, Environmental
Stephen E. Dawson, Real Estate
J. Benjamin Dolan, Business Litigation
Terence M. Donnelly, Government Finance
Deborah L. Grace, Employee Benefits
Roberta P. Granadier, Employee Benefits
Henry M. Grix, Estate & Probate
Hanley M. Gurwin, Family Law
Craig W. Hammond, Government Finance
Robert P. Hurlbert, Criminal Defense: White Collar
Monica J. Labe, Real Estate
Elizabeth L. Luckenbach, Estate & Trust Litigation
Christopher C. Maeso, Business/Corporate
Anna M. Maiuri, Environmental
Cynthia A. Moore, Employee Benefits
Gregory W. Moore, Health Care
Mahesh K. Nayak, Business Litigation
John H. Norris, Energy & Resources
Edward H. Pappas, Business Litigation
Richard W. Paul, Business Litigation
Daniel D. Quick, Business Litigation
William L. Rosin, Business/Corporate
Peter H. Webster, Eminent Domain
Rhonda D. Welburn, Government Finance
J. Bryan Williams, Business/Corporate
Mark E. Wilson, Health Care
Kathryn S. Wood, Employment Litigation: Defense
Katheryne L. Zelenock, Real Estate

Dickinson Wright attorneys recognized on this year’s Michigan Rising Stars list include:

Ann Arbor, MI
Robert L. Avers, Business Litigation
Suzanne K. Sukkar, Immigration: Business
Doron Yitzchaki, Business Litigation

Detroit, MI
Farayha Arrine, Civil Litigation: Defense
Eric S. Bergeron, Banking
Aaron V. Burrell, Business Litigation
Frederick R. Dewey, Business Litigation
Patrick B. Green, Business Litigation
Salina M. Hamilton, Business Litigation
Daniel J. Phillips, Business Litigation
Adam J. Wallace, Business/Corporate

Grand Rapids, MI
Nicholas Curcio, State/Local/Municipal
Christina K. McDonald, Business Litigation
Nicolas M. Morano, Real Estate
Emily A. Rysberg, State/Local/Municipal

Lansing, MI
Nolan J. Moody, Business Litigation
Samantha A. Pattwell, Business Litigation
Ryan M. Shannon, Business Litigation

Troy, MI
Eric C. Bartley, Schools & Education
Peter J. Domas, Health Care
Eric W. Gregory, Employee Benefits
Steven C. Hurles, Intellectual Property
Rachel Hutton, Business/Corporate
Michael J. Lusardi, Real Estate
James A. Martone, Business Litigation
Eric McGlothlin, Government Finance
Heather M. Olson, Real Estate
Scott A. Petz, Business Litigation
Sara B. Rubino, Estate & Probate
Bryan J. Schomer, Intellectual Property
Kimberly M. Slaven, Intellectual Property
Benjamin M. Sobczak, Business Litigation
Rosanna J. Willis, Health Care

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Attorney Blair Gould Joins Dickinson Wright’s Troy Office

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Blair D. Gould has joined the firm’s Troy office as Of Counsel.

Mr. Gould’s practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, financing and real estate development as well as property tax appeals.

Mr. Gould received his B.S. from Ohio State 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 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Canada-United States Business Association to Host Cross-Border Mobility Event

The Canada-U.S. Business Association is hosting an event titled “Cross-Border Mobility of People and Goods: Challenges and Solutions” on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the University of Windsor. The event is in partnership with the Cross-Border Institute, Farrow and Plante Moran.

The event will feature panelists from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Canada Border Services Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard, Farrow, Dickinson Wright, and others. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Syed Ahmed Hassain, Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director, International Services for the Detroit Medical Center. Event details are below:

CUSBA “Cross-Border Mobility of People and Goods: Challenges and Solutions”

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: CAW Student Centre, 2nd Floor
Alumni Auditorium, University of Windsor
2755 University Avenue West
Windsor, ON N9B 3P4

To learn more about this event or to register, please visit www.cusbaonline.com.


About Canada-United States Business Association (CUSBA)
The Canada-United States Business Association (CUSBA) is a non-profit, non-partisan, issues-oriented business association formed in 1992. As an international business association, “CUSBA’s goal is to become the premier voice of cross-border businesses and to promote the common business interests of Canada and the U.S.” CUSBA members are comprised of business leaders and stakeholders from both sides of the border.

Attorney Scott A. Petz Selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Scott A. Petz has been selected among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2018. Selection to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most exceptional trial attorneys in high value, high stakes legal matters.

To be considered for selection, an attorney must have litigated (for either plaintiff or defendant) a matter (1) with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or (2) with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake. These minimum qualifications are required for initial consideration. Thereafter, candidates are carefully screened through a comprehensive Qualitative Comparative Analysis based on a broad array of criteria, including the candidate’s professional experience, litigation experience, significant case results, representative high stakes matters, peer reputation, and community impact in order to rank the candidates throughout the state.

Only the top 100 qualifying attorneys in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®. To learn more, please click here.

Attorney Scott A. Petz is a Member in the Firm’s Troy, Mich. office where he focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, class and collective actions, labor litigation, consumer protection, and condemnation and land use. Mr. Petz received his B.A. from Kalamazoo College, cum laude, and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, magna cum laude.


About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the Firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Dickinson Wright Recognized in Legal 500 United States 2018

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm has received three practice rankings and ten attorneys have been ranked in this year’s The Legal 500 United States 2018.

For 30 years, The Legal 500 has been analyzing the capabilities of law firms across the world with a comprehensive research program that each year brings the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 100 jurisdictions. The rankings are based on a series of criteria and research is based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms, and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

The Legal 500 United States 2018 recognized Dickinson Wright in the following practice areas:

• Labor and Employment – Labor and Employment Disputes (including Collective Actions): Defense
• M&A/Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m)
• Real Estate – Construction (including Construction Litigation)

The Legal 500 United States 2018 recognized the following Dickinson Wright attorney as a “Leading Lawyer”:

Kathleen Campbell Walker (El Paso, TX) – Labor and Employment: Immigration

The Legal 500 United States 2018 recognized the following Dickinson Wright attorneys as “Recommended Lawyers”:

Labor and Employment – Labor and Employment Disputes (including Collective Actions): Defense

M. Reid Estes (Nashville, TN)
Timothy Howlett (Detroit, MI)
Kenneth McIntyre (Detroit, MI)
Kathryn Wood (Troy, MI)

M&A/Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m)

Richard Bolton (Detroit, MI)
Scot Crow (Columbus, OH)
Mark High (Detroit, MI)

Real Estate – Construction (including Construction Litigation)

Ryan Mitchell (Grand Rapids, MI)
Peter Webster (Troy, MI)


About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Inside the Cauldron: Government, Criminal Civil Enforcement, Compliance Cybersecurity Hot Topics 2018

Join Dickinson Wright PLLC, KPMG LLP, The CFO Leadership Council and the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber as we host our 1st Annual Federal Enforcement Update in the Age of Cybersecurity, a complementary two-hour forum, on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham.

“Inside the Cauldron: Government, Criminal & Civil Enforcement, Compliance & Cybersecurity Hot Topics 2018” features our District’s Former Acting United States Attorney as moderator, engaging the Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our panel of national experts on a range of topics that are front of mind for business leaders. The topics include federal and international enforcement policies, priorities, trends and interpretations, their direct impact on public and privately held Michigan companies, individual culpability, compliance and cybersecurity and data privacy.

“Corporate leaders frequently find themselves facing regulatory and criminal investigations and charges because they do not appreciate fully the complex and ever-changing enforcement landscape. We created this event for Michigan companies to hear first-hand what are the Justice Department’s, SEC’s and other regulators’ current enforcement priorities impacting C-suites and gain insight into fast-moving issues in the age of cybersecurity,” said Jacob Frenkel, Chair of Dickinson Wright’s Government Investigations and Securities Enforcement Practice. “We have assembled a panel of distinguished experts to engage a candid dialogue examining these issues from the government, defense and in-house compliance perspectives and to share strategies for cybersecurity and data privacy breach responses and protocols.”

Inside the Cauldron: Government, Criminal & Civil Enforcement, Compliance & Cybersecurity Hot Topics 2018

Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018

Time: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Location: The Townsend Hotel
100 Townsend Street
Birmingham, MI 48009

Speakers: Dan Lemisch – General Counsel, Lakeview Capital and former Acting U.S. Attorney (Moderator)
Mark Chutkow – Criminal Division Chief, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Michigan
Jacob Frenkel – Chair, Government Investigations & Securities Enforcement Practice, Dickinson Wright PLLC
Daniel Click – Managing Director, Risk Strategy & Compliance, KPMG
Seth Edgar – Chief Information Security Officer, Michigan State University
Chris Miller – Regional Compliance Officer, Global Ethics & Compliance Center, General Motors Legal Staff

To learn more about this event or to register, 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 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Attorney James Spica Addresses ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section 2018 Spring Symposia

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, Dickinson Wright Attorney James P. Spica addressed the American Bar Association (ABA) Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section 2018 Spring Symposia in Orlando, Florida as a member of the Symposia CLE faculty. His topic was the Uniform Directed Trust Act (UDTA). The UDTA has been promulgated by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, also known as the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). Mr. Spica is a ULC Commissioner (appointed by the State of Michigan’s bipartisan Legislative Council) and served as the ABA Advisor to the ULC Drafting Committee that developed the UDTA. He is also the Chair of the Divided and Directed Trusteeships Committee of the Council of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan, which has developed a legislative proposal to enact the UDTA in Michigan as an amendment to the Michigan Trust Code. (That proposal is currently being prepared in the form of bill requests by the Michigan Legislative Service Bureau.)

Mr. Spica is the principal author of the Michigan Personal Property Trust Perpetuities Act and of Michigan’s multi-statute “trust decanting” regime. In addition to serving as the ABA advisor to the ULC Directed Trust Drafting Committee, he served on the ad hoc committee of the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section that drafted the Section’s response to the Treasury Department’s request (IRS Notice 2011-101) for comments on the tax implications of trust decanting. He is a member of the ULC’s Fiduciary Income and Principal Act (UFIPA) Drafting Committee, a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a former member of the ACTEC State Laws Committee, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the Michigan Commission on Uniform State Laws, Chair of the UFIPA Committee of the Council of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan (Council), a former member of the Council (2006-2015), and a current member of the Probate and Estate Planning Advisory Board of Michigan’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education.

As a Member in Dickinson Wright’s Detroit office, Mr. Spica focuses his practice on estate and tax planning, trust banking, and trust litigation. Listed in Chambers High Net Worth Guide, The Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, and DBusiness Top Lawyers, he is the author of the Commentaries on the Michigan Powers of Appointment Act, the Michigan Uniform Statutory Rule Against Perpetuities, and the Personal Property Trust Perpetuities Act in the Michigan Probate Sourcebook (3rd ed. 2018), of the decanting chapter in Trust Administration Under the Michigan Trust Code (2010 & Supp.), and of the wills chapters in the Michigan Estate Planning Handbook (3rd ed. 2016 & Supp.). He clerked for Hon. Richard C. Wilbur on the United States Tax Court (1985) and taught jurisprudence, taxation, trusts, and decedents’ estates as an Assistant/Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy (1989-2000, tenured 1996).


About the Uniform Directed Trust Act
The UDTA addresses an increasingly common arrangement in contemporary estate planning and asset management in which the terms of a trust grant a person other than a trustee (sometimes referred to as a “trust protector” or “trust adviser”) a power over some aspect of the trust’s administration. There is much uncertainty in existing law about the fiduciary duties both of a nontrustee who has such a power and of a trustee who is subject to one. The UDTA systematically address these and many other practical questions raised by the use of nontrustee powers of trust administration.
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The Uniform Law Commission’s History
On August 24, 1892, representatives from seven states—Delaware, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—met in Saratoga Springs, New York, to form what is now known as the ULC. By 1912, every state was participating in the ULC, and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands also participate. There have been 125 Annual Conferences since 1892, convening at least once every year since the national organization’s founding, with the exception of 1945. Over the course of its history, the ULC has become known as a distinguished body of lawyers. Its members include judges, academics, practitioners, and legislators. President Woodrow Wilson became a member in 1901, and several Justices of the United States Supreme Court, including former Justices Brandeis, Rutledge, and Souter and former Chief Justice Rehnquist, have served as commissioners. Many legal scholars have also served, including Professors John H. Wigmore, Samuel Williston, Roscoe Pound, and George G. Bogert. To learn more about the ULC, 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 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Dickinson Wright Receives Top Rankings by Chambers USA; 24 Attorneys in Michigan Recognized as Leaders in their Fields

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Chambers USA, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession, has ranked six of the firm’s practices in Michigan and 24 of the firm’s Michigan attorneys in the 2018 Chambers USA Guide.

London-based publisher Chambers & Partners conducts research into the strengths and reputations of U.S. law firms by state, through in-depth interviews with peers and competing firm attorneys, in-house counsel and significant purchasers of legal services.

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright practices that were listed in Chambers USA 2018:

Michigan
Corporate/M&A
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Litigation: General Commercial
Real Estate

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright attorneys who were listed in Chambers USA 2018:

Banking and Finance
Craig W. Hammond, Troy
Colleen M. Shevnock, Ann Arbor
William P. Shield, Jr., Detroit
Rachel Wolock, Detroit

Banking and Finance: Bankruptcy
Steven G. Howell, Detroit
James A. Plemmons, Detroit
Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, Detroit

Corporate/M&A
Richard M. Bolton, Detroit
Mark R. High, Detroit
Michael T. Raymond, Troy

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Cynthia A. Moore, Troy
Jordan Schreier, Ann Arbor

General Commercial Litigation
Kenneth J. McIntyre, Detroit
Thomas G. McNeill, Detroit
Edward H. Pappas, Troy
Daniel D. Quick, Troy

Intellectual Property
John S. Artz, Troy
John C. Nishi, Ann Arbor

Labor & Employment
Timothy H. Howlett, Detroit

Real Estate Law
John G. Cameron, Jr., Grand Rapids
James N. Candler, Jr., Detroit
Stephen E. Dawson, Troy
Monica J. Labe, Troy
Katheryne L. Zelenock, Troy

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 is available online at www.chambersandpartners.com/usa.


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 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.

Attorney Howard J. Gourwitz Joins Dickinson Wright’s Troy Office

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Howard J. Gourwitz has joined the firm’s Troy office.

Mr. Gourwitz specializes in the practice of personal and business planning, tax law, estate and financial planning, real estate, and sports and entertainment law. Since 1980, he has been a practice consultant for the Midwest Transaction Guide, a 14-volume set of books published by Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. He has also authored many articles and has participated as a speaker in many Institute of Continuing Legal Education seminars and lectured on “Conducting Effective Negotiations.” Since 1986, he has been a Registered Agent with the National Hockey League Players’ Association and a member of the Sports Lawyers Association. He is AV-Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Gourwitz is a member of the Board of Governors at Cranbrook Schools (where he also serves as Chair of the Development Committee which in 2017 achieved its most successful fundraising year on record). On November 9, 2017, after being nominated by Cranbrook Schools, he was recognized as a “Distinguished Volunteer” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the National Philanthropy Day Dinner. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Michigan Band Alumni Association, The Elbel Club…The Friends of the Michigan Marching Band, the National Leadership Council for the Michigan State University College of Music, the Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network, and a member of the Detroit Institute of Arts Tannahill Estate Planning Council. Mr. Gourwitz is a Past-President of both the University of Michigan Band Alumni Association and the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation. He has also commissioned many important additions to the Symphonic Band literature which are being performed around the world. On January 26, 2018, he was awarded Honorary Member status by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of Instrumental Music.

Mr. Gourwitz received his B.A. from the University of Michigan; his J.D. Cum Laude from Wayne State University; and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.


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 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; 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.