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.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Christopher Cornwall Named to BTI’s 2018 “Client Service All-Stars” List

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Christopher A. Cornwall has been named a “2018 Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group. Mr. Cornwall is one of only 328 lawyers in the United States who were selected for this honor.

Mr. Cornwall is a member in the firm’s Detroit office and focuses his practice on Commercial and Business Litigation and Construction Law. With a depth of experience in commercial and business litigation, he has represented corporations in a wide range of business disputes, including breach of contract, tortious interference, fraud, non-compete agreements, shareholder claims and buy-sell agreements. He has defended class actions and has counseled business and private owners in real estate matters, including adverse possession, eminent domain, zoning issues, restrictive covenants, variances, boundary disputes, title issues and nuisance claims. He has also represented national and local construction companies in construction disputes, including lien and bond claims, delays, scheduling, cost escalation, differing site conditions, defective design, cardinal change, extras, and cumulative impact claims, as well as claims involving Departments of Transportation.

Mr. Cornwall is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry, the Federal Bar Association, and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. He is also recognized as a leader in his field by Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Cornwall received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

The 2018 Client Service All-Stars is the definitive guide to the attorneys commanding the attention of general counsel and legal decision makers at large organizations. Each year, BTI reaches out to a sample of legal decision makers at large organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue. This year, BTI interviewed more than 350 corporate counsel from large and Fortune 1000 companies to probe at all aspects of client relationships. To see the full report, 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 Attorney Michael Hammer Named a “2018 Leader in the Law’ by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Michael C. Hammer has been named a “2018 Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Mr. Hammer is a Member of the firm’s Management Group and is based in the firm’s Ann Arbor office. His clients rely on him to provide sound business advice across a broad range of areas, including outside general counsel services, contract negotiations and commercial disputes, financial restructurings, bankruptcy, distressed acquisitions and sales, and wealth-protection solutions. His broad experience ranges from negotiating contracts relating to electric and autonomous vehicle manufacturers and litigating automotive disputes (stop-ship cases, termination claims, and tooling and warranty disputes) to counseling, negotiating and litigating rights and interests for all types of businesses including mining, real estate, oil and gas, telecommunications, gaming and health care.

As a member of the firm’s Management Group, he oversaw the firm’s lateral partner recruitment for the last decade. Under Mr. Hammer’s guidance, the firm has hired over 250 lateral partners and has developed a talent for identifying opportunities in new markets and identifying lawyers that will not only complement, but strengthen the firm’s legal service offerings.

Mr. Hammer is an immediate past Board Member of the National Federal Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Law Section; a Mediator with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan; and past Co-Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section, Eastern District of Michigan. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Michigan Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and DBusiness Top Lawyers.

Mr. Hammer received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Each year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly selects 30 lawyers to honor as “Leaders in the Law”. “Leaders in the Law” are lawyers who exemplify the noble tradition of the legal profession, are passionate and active on behalf of clients and the community, have a record of success in the legal profession, and have a record of achievements that display a strength of character and ability to be a leader in the Michigan legal community. The “2018 Leaders in the Law” will be honored at an annual luncheon and awards ceremony on April 5, 2018 at the Troy Marriott.


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 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 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.; 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.

Taiwanese Delegation Gets Up-Close Look at Detroit Region’s Innovation During NAIAS

Continuing to share the message of the automotive industry resurgence and a growing tech boom in the Detroit region, the Detroit Regional Chamber, along with the Michigan-China Innovation Center, hosted a delegation of 21 Taiwanese experts in the field of semiconductors and electronics as part of outreach efforts during the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Delegates heard an overview of the region’s assets from Justin Robinson, vice president of Business Attraction for the Chamber, as well as an overview of Michigan’s strategic leadership in automotive from Courtney Henderson, business development manager of the Michigan-China Innovation Center. Mark Heusel of Dickinson Wright offered insight on common legal questions regarding doing business in the United States. During a Q&A, delegates expressed interest in expanding into the Detroit and Michigan as a key market for growth among the Taiwanese semiconductor industry.

Destination Detroit, a key initiative of the Chamber’s Forward Detroit economic development strategy, is focused on attracting businesses from around the world to the Detroit region. The delegation visit is one of several events the Chamber participates in throughout the auto show to promote Detroit and Michigan’s story to a global audience.