Dickinson Wright Earns Top Marks in 2020 Corporate Equality Index

TROY, Mich., January 21, 2020 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that it received a score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Dickinson Wright joins the ranks of more than 680 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.

“We are deeply honored to participate in the 2020 Corporate Equality Index and to achieve a perfect 100 for the third year in a row,” said Harlan Robins, Dickinson Wright’s Deputy CEO – Finance & Diversity. “Our participation in the Corporate Equality Index reflects the firm’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace environment for all of our employees through the firm’s initiatives and policies. At Dickinson Wright, we understand that hiring and retaining a diverse workforce is a core component of the firm’s values and it is instrumental to providing our clients with the best legal service.”

“The impact of the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index over its 18-year history is profound. In this time, the corporate community has worked with us to adopt LGBTQ-inclusive policies, practices and benefits, establishing the Corporate Equality Index as a primary driving force for LGBTQ workplace inclusion in America and across the globe,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “These companies know that protecting their LGBTQ employees and customers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do – it is also the best business decision. In addition, many of these leaders are also advocating for the LGBTQ community and equality under the law in the public square. From supporting LGBTQ civil rights protections in the U.S. through HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act, to featuring transgender and non-binary people in an ad in Argentina, to advocating for marriage equality in Taiwan – businesses understand their LGBTQ employees and customers deserve to be seen, valued and respected not only at work, but in every aspect of daily life.”

The results of this year’s CEI showcase how 1,059 U.S.-based companies are not only promoting LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies in the U.S., but helping advance the cause of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces abroad. Dickinson Wright’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria earned a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

The CEI rates companies and top law firms on detailed criteria falling under five broad categories:

• Non-discrimination policies
• Employment benefits
• Demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion
• Public commitment to LGBTQ equality
• Responsible citizenship

The full report is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.

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 18 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, 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.

Six Dickinson Wright Lawyers Elected as Members of the Firm

TROY, Mich., January 13, 2020 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce the election of six new member attorneys of the firm’s Troy and Detroit offices, effective January 1, 2020.

“This year’s class of new members represent a diverse range of practices and offices,” says Michael Hammer, CEO of Dickinson Wright. “Each attorney brings an incredible set of qualities and skills that they have developed over their legal career. I congratulate each and every one of them on this well-deserved honor.”

Below is Dickinson Wright’s new member attorneys for 2020:

Andrea Arndt is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. She practices all aspects of intellectual property law, including litigating and prosecuting patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. Ms. Arndt also specializes in foreign patent prosecution and intellectual property law in the fashion industry. She holds a chair position on the Michigan Intellectual Property Association and is a member of the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court and the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Arndt is licensed in Michigan and Wisconsin and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She studied Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan and received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and her J.D. from Marquette University Law School.

Jennifer Stallings Dewey is a Member in the firm’s Detroit office. Her practice includes a wide variety of transactional work with a focus on franchise, distribution and unfair competition. She has experience representing small and large companies in all aspects of business including financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general business matters. She is recognized as a leader in her field by Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Ms. Dewey received her B.A. from Oakland University and her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law.

Eric Gregory is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. His practice is focused primarily in the areas of ERISA, employee benefits, and executive compensation. He advises clients on all aspects of employee benefits including qualified retirement plans, welfare plans, and nonqualified compensation programs. He regularly provides advice to plan administrative and investment committees on fiduciary compliance, has advised buyers and sellers on benefit due diligence and benefit transition issues in the mergers and acquisitions context, has successfully challenged tens of millions of dollars in proposed assessments made under the “pay-or-play” provisions of the Affordable Care Act, and has counseled employers with respect to multimillion-dollar withdrawal liability allegations. He is a member of the Tax Council of the State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section, is a past chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Taxation Section, and is a past chair of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Committee. He is also a member of the American Bar Association. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars, and DBusiness Top Lawyers. He was also selected as a “2017 Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Mr. Gregory received his B.A. from Michigan State University’s James Madison College, his J.D. from Wayne State University, and his LL.M. in Taxation with a Certificate in Employee Benefits Law from Georgetown University Law Center.

James Martone is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. His practice focuses on a broad range of commercial litigation services. He has successfully represented business and individuals alike in trade secret and IP litigation, commercial and residential foreclosures, shareholder and closed corporate disputes, landlord/tenant matters, education law litigation, domestic and international arbitrations, commercial and residential construction disputes and municipal/governmental litigation. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Italian American Bar Association of Michigan. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Mr. Martone received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

Franklin Smith is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. He is a patent attorney with extensive experience in patent, trademark, and copyright acquisition, licensing, enforcement and defense, with broad knowledge of new procedures provided for the American Invents Act. His background in interdisciplinary engineering, including mechanical, civil, materials science, atmospheric oceanic and space science, and computer science engineering, make his skills applicable to a wide range of intellectual property technologies. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Smith received his B.S. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Alexandra Vallee is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. She practices in all areas of health care law and represents a variety of health and behavioral health professionals and organizations. She advises clients on issues involving reimbursement, professional licensing, state and federal fraud and abuse laws, privacy and confidentiality rules and regulations, and the Medicare and Medicaid appeals process. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, and the American Health Lawyers Association. Ms. Vallee received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law with a certificate in Health Law.

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 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, 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.

53 Dickinson Wright Attorneys Named 2020 DBusiness Magazine “Top Lawyers”

TROY, Mich., November 18, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that 53 of the firm’s attorneys have been included in DBusiness Magazine 2020 “Top Lawyers”.

DBusiness 2020 “Top Lawyers” honors the leading lawyers in the Southeast Michigan region. Below is a complete list of Dickinson Wright lawyers included in this year’s list:

Ann Arbor, MI
Jordan Schreier, Employee Benefits Law

Detroit, MI
Allison R. Bach, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
Richard M. Bolton, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
William T. Burgess, Banking & Financial Services Law
Aaron V. Burrell, Labor and Employment Law
James N. Candler, Jr., Real Estate Law
David R. Deromedi, Labor and Employment Law
Phillip J. DeRosier, Appellate Law
K. Scott Hamilton, Appellate Law
Mark R. High, International Trade Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Steven G. Howell, Banking & Financial Services Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
W. Anthony Jenkins, Real Estate Law
Kenneth J. McIntyre, Litigation – Antitrust
Russell A. McNair, Jr., Real Estate Law
Sharon R. Newlon, Environmental Law
Francis R. Ortiz, Employee Benefits Law
James A. Plemmons, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
William P. Shield, Jr., Banking & Financial Services Law
Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, Banking & Financial Services Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
Bruce C. Thelen, International Trade Law
L. Pahl Zinn, Antitrust Law, Litigation – Antitrust

Troy, MI
Christian S. Allen, Immigration Law
Maureen H. Burke, Land Use & Zoning
Charles F. Clippert, Litigation – Construction
Margaret A. Coughlin, Energy Law
Stephen E. Dawson, Real Estate Law
Terence M. Donnelly, Public Finance Law
Deborah L. Grace, Employee Benefits Law
Roberta P. Granadier, Employee Benefits Law
Eric W. Gregory, Employee Benefits Law
Henry M. Grix, Trusts and Estates
Craig W. Hammond, Banking & Financial Services Law, Public Finance Law
Robert P. Hurlbert, White-Collar Criminal Defense
Michael R. Kramer, Banking & Financial Services Law
Monica J. Labe, Real Estate Law
Elise S. Levasseur, Immigration Law
Michael J. Lusardi, Real Estate Law
Anna M. Maiuri, Energy Law, Environmental Law
Kelly M. Martorano, Environmental Law
Cynthia A. Moore, Employee Benefits Law
Gregory W. Moore, Health Care Law
John H. Norris, Energy Law
Edward H. Pappas, Mediation
Daniel D. Quick, Litigation – Commercial
Michael T. Raymond, Corporate Law
William L. Rosin, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Robert L. Schwartz, Public Finance Law
Lynn Capp Sirich, Family Law
Joan Cripe Skrzyniarz, Trusts and Estates
Franklin M. Smith, Litigation – Patents
Mark E. Wilson, Environmental Law, Health Care Law
Kathryn S. Wood, Labor and Employment Law
Paul M. Wyzgoski, Public Finance Law

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 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, 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 97 Rankings in U.S. News-Best Lawyers “2020 Best Law Firms” Survey

TROY, Mich., November 4, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce it received 21 national rankings and 76 rankings in Southeast Michigan in the “2020 Best Law Firms” report by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. The firm received 114 first-tier rankings overall.

Besides the national and Southeast Michigan rankings, the firm was recognized for legal excellence for practices in our Grand Rapids and Lansing, Mich.; Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. offices.

The rankings, presented in tiers, showcase more than 10,000 law firms ranked nationally and/or by metropolitan region. Firms were ranked nationally in one or more of the 80 legal practice areas and by metro or state in 118 practice areas. Below are Dickinson Wright’s “2020 Best Law Firms” rankings:

National Rankings

Tier 1
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Litigation – Real Estate
Real Estate Law
Tax Law

Tier 2
Appellate Practice
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Corporate Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Litigation – Securities
Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Tier 3
Banking and Finance Law
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Native American Law
Trusts & Estates Law

State/Metropolitan Rankings

Tier 1
Ann Arbor, MI
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Copyright Law
Corporate Law
Immigration Law
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Patent
Nonprofit/Charities Law
Trademark Law

Detroit, MI
Appellate Practice
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Employment Law – Management
International Mergers & Acquisitions
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Banking & Finance
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Litigation – Securities
Litigation – Trusts & Estates
Municipal Law

Troy, MI
Arbitration
Banking and Finance Law
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Energy Law
Environmental Law
Family Law
Immigration Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Litigation – Banking & Finance
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Real Estate
Mediation
Municipal Law
Public Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 2
Ann Arbor, MI
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law – Management
Health Care Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Detroit, MI
Energy Law
Environmental Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Litigation – Antitrust
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Real Estate Law
Trusts & Estates Law

Troy, MI
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Health Care Law
Litigation – Trusts & Estates
Nonprofit/Charities Law
Patent Law
Trademark Law

Tier 3
Ann Arbor, MI
Tax Law

Detroit, MI
Litigation – Tax

Troy, MI
Litigation – Patent

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 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, 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 Daniel Burkhart Selected as a 2019 Up & Coming Lawyer Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

DETROIT, Mich., October 21, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Daniel F. Burkhart has been selected as a “2019 Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Mr. Burkhart is an Associate in the firm’s Detroit office. His practice focuses on debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and workouts and restructurings. He has experience reviewing, drafting, and negotiating a wide array of commercial contracts, including loan origination and workout agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and corporate governance documents. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, is a member of the Board of Directors of Unified HIV Health and Beyond, and involved with the Ss. Peter and Paul Warming Center and H.E.L.P. Legal Aid Clinic. Mr. Burkhart is also a member of the Leadership Detroit Class XLI. He received his B.S. from John Carroll University and his J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Each year, Michigan Lawyers Weekly selects 30 lawyers to honor as “Up & Coming Lawyers.” These individuals have spent less than a decade in practice, but display the ambition, drive, determination and accomplishments to set them apart among their peers. The “2019 Up & Coming Lawyers” will be honored at an annual luncheon and awards celebration on December 5, 2019 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.

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 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, 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 Aaron Burrell Named Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Representative Assembly

DETROIT, Mich., September 30, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Aaron Burrell has been named Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Representative Assembly for 2019-2020.

“I’m honored to serve as Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Representative Assembly,” said Mr. Burrell. “I look forward to working with the Assembly along with members of the State Bar of Michigan’s leadership in the coming year.”

The 150-member Representative Assembly is the final policy-making body of the State Bar of Michigan. The Michigan Supreme Court created it in 1971 at the request of the State Bar of Michigan’s Board of Commissioners in order to increase geographical representation and member participation in State Bar policy. Mr. Burrell represents the Third Judicial Circuit in the Assembly. To learn more about the Representative Assembly, please click here.

Mr. Burrell is a Member in Dickinson Wright’s Detroit office where he practices complex commercial litigation, labor and employment law, appellate law, and minority business enterprises. As a member of the firm’s litigation practice, he has prevailed in numerous complex, commercial-litigation cases in a number of state and federal trial courts and courts of appeals. As a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice, he has successfully defended clients in a wide range of discrimination claims in state and federal courts and administrative agencies, and he has counseled clients on all aspects of the employment relationship.

Mr. Burrell serves on the board of directors of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and Oakland County Bar Association, and is a Commissioner on the State Bar of Michigan’s Board of Commissioners. He previously served as Co-Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Equal Access Initiative, is a past president of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, and was an affiliate representative of the National Bar Association. He is a fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the Oakland County Bar Foundation. He is recognized as a “40 Under 40” honoree by Crain’s Detroit Business, an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and is listed as a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers.

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 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, 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 Named One of the Top 100 Law Firms for Women by Women Inc. Magazine

TROY, Mich., October 1, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm has been named one of the Top 100 Law Firms for Women by Women Inc. Magazine.

“Dickinson Wright is honored to be included in Women Inc.’s Top 100 Law Firms for Women,” said Katheryne Zelenock, Member, Chair of the Dickinson Wright Women’s Network and Co-Chair of Dickinson Wright’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. “Dickinson Wright is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace, and are pleased to have our efforts to support the professional development and success of our women attorneys recognized by Women Inc. Magazine.”

Zelenock noted that the Dickinson Wright Women’s Network not only engages in a variety of internal efforts to help the firm’s women attorneys succeed, but also offers networking and outreach activities in the communities where the firm’s offices are located across the country, including sponsorship of events celebrating the accomplishments of women, support of scholarships and activities for law students and younger students interested in the practice of law, and similar pursuits.

Women Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Law Firms for Women selected firms based on survey data and criteria including, prior recognition, recruitment/community outreach, firm prominence with input from editorial staff that has spent many years covering the legal industry. The list of the Top 100 Law Firms for Women is featured in the September issue of Women Inc. Magazine.

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 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, 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.

Andrew MacLeod Named President of the Association for Corporate Growth – Detroit Chapter

DETROIT, Mich., September 16, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Andrew MacLeod has been named President of the Association for Corporate Growth – Detroit Chapter.

Andrew MacLeod is a Member in the firm’s Detroit office. He focuses his practice on private equity, mergers & acquisitions, corporate law and taxation. He is counsel to private equity firms in the acquisition, divestiture and financing of portfolio companies and also serves as outside general counsel to portfolio companies in relation to their ongoing legal affairs and “add-on” acquisitions. He also serves as counsel to various publicly and privately owned companies in numerous merger and acquisition transactions, including LBO’s, MBO’s, recapitalization and divestiture transactions.

Mr. MacLeod is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Metropolitan Detroit Bar Association. Before being named President, he served as Co-Chair of the Programming Committee for ACG Detroit. Mr. MacLeod is recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and The Legal 500. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, his J.D. from Wayne State University, and his LL.M. in Taxation from Wayne State University.

ACG Detroit is one of the fastest growing ACG chapters around the globe. ACG Detroit is comprised of over 430 middle-market professionals from the Metro Detroit area and facilitates key networking and professional development events for members and the business community at large. To learn more, please visit www.acgdetroit.org.

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.

Eleven Dickinson Wright Attorneys in Southeast Michigan Named Best Lawyers in America® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year”

TROY, Mich., August 15, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that 11 of the firm’s lawyers in Southeast Michigan have been identified as the leading practitioner in their practice areas as a Best Lawyers in America® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year”. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year”.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 87,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and over 10 million evaluations are received on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. The lawyers being honored as Best Lawyers in America® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” have received particularly high ratings by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

The following Dickinson Wright lawyers were selected as Best Lawyers in America® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year”:

Ann Arbor, MI
Colleen M. Shevnock, Banking and Finance Law

Detroit, MI
Timothy H. Howlett, Litigation – Labor and Employment
Thomas G. McNeill, Litigation – Banking and Finance
James A. Plemmons, Litigation – Bankruptcy

Troy, MI
Margaret A. Coughlin, Litigation – Environmental
Terence M. Donnelly, Municipal Law
Henry M. Grix, Nonprofit/Charities Law, Trusts and Estates
Craig W. Hammond, Banking and Finance Law
Anna M. Maiuri, Environmental Law
Edward H. Pappas, Arbitration
Laurence E. Winokur, Real Estate Law

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 Lawyer, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

106 Dickinson Wright Attorneys in Michigan Ranked in Best Lawyers in America® 2020 Edition

TROY, Mich., August 15, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that 106 of the firm’s attorneys in Michigan have been included in Best Lawyers in America® 2020 edition.

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

Ann Arbor, MI
John S. Artz, Patent Law
John C. Blattner, Copyright Law, Litigation – Patent, Trademark Law
Paul R. Fransway, Franchise Law
Michael C. Hammer, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy
Thomas D. Hammerschmidt, Jr., Tax Law
Mark Heusel, Commercial Litigation
John C. Nishi, Litigation – Intellectual Property
James A. Samborn, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction
Jordan Schreier, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
Colleen M. Shevnock, Banking and Finance Law
Suzanne K. Sukkar, Immigration Law
William M. Thacker, Employment Law – Management

Detroit, MI
Dennis W. Archer, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
Allison R. Bach, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Richard M. Bolton, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
William T. Burgess, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, International Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation – Bankruptcy
Lawrence G. Campbell, Commercial Litigation, International Mergers & Acquisitions
James N. Candler, Jr., Gaming Law, Real Estate Law
Dawn R. Copley, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Christopher A. Cornwall, Construction Law
David R. Deromedi, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
Phillip J. DeRosier, Appellate Practice
K. Scott Hamilton, Appellate Practice
Mark R. High, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law
Steven G. Howell, Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy
Timothy H. Howlett, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
W. Anthony Jenkins, Corporate Law, Municipal Law
John K. Lawrence, Banking and Finance Law
Andrew W. MacLeod, International Mergers & Acquisitions
Kenneth J. McIntyre, Commercial Litigation
Thomas G. McNeill, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Merger and Acquisitions, Litigation – Securities
Sharon R. Newlon, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
Francis R. Ortiz, Commercial Litigation
James B. Perry, Employment Law – Management
James A. Plemmons, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Bankruptcy
Robert F. Rhoades, Litigation and Controversy – Tax
William P. Shield, Jr., Banking and Finance Law
James P. Spica, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates
Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Bruce C. Thelen, International Trade and Finance Law
L. Pahl Zinn, Litigation – Antitrust

Grand Rapids, MI
Ronald A. Bultje, Municipal Law
John G. Cameron, Jr., Construction Law, Real Estate Law
Frank G. Dunten, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Geoffrey A. Fields, Commercial Litigation
Brian S. Fleetham, Health Care Law
Daniel F. Gosch, Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Bankruptcy
Leslee M. Lewis, Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law
Edward P. Perdue, Commercial Litigation
Timothy A. Stoepker, Construction Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law
Richard A. Wendt, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law
Jeffrey G. York, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Lansing, MI
James W. Bliss, Public Finance Law
Peter H. Ellsworth, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Gaming Law, Government Relations Practice
Scott R. Knapp, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Commercial Litigation
James E. Lozier, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Peter S. Sheldon, Corporate Tax, Tax Law
Kester K. So, Energy Law, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law, Utilities Law
Jeffery V. Stuckey, Administrative/Regulatory Law, Appellate Practice, Energy Law

Saginaw, MI
Michael H. Allen, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates
James C. Foresman, Health Care Law

Troy, MI
Christian S. Allen, Immigration Law
Timothy L. Andersson, Corporate Law
Kevin M. Bernys, Trusts and Estates
Margaret A. Coughlin, Environmental Law, Litigation – Environmental
Roger H. Cummings, Corporate Law, International Trade and Finance Law
Stephen E. Dawson, Real Estate Law
Joseph W. DeLave, Litigation – Construction
J. Benjamin Dolan, Litigation – Real Estate
Terence M. Donnelly, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law
John P. Gonway, Real Estate Law
Deborah L. Grace, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Roberta P. Granadier, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Eric W. Gregory, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Henry M. Grix, Nonprofit/Charities Law, Trusts and Estates
Craig W. Hammond, Banking and Finance Law, Public Finance Law
William H. Honaker, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law
Robert P. Hurlbert, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Richard A. Jones, Patent Law
Robert B. Joslyn, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
Monica J. Labe, Real Estate Law
Judith Fertel Layne, Trusts and Estates
Elise S. Levasseur, Immigration Law
Elizabeth L. Luckenbach, Trusts and Estates
Christopher C. Maeso, Corporate Law
Anna M. Maiuri, Environmental Law, Litigation – Regulatory and Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Kelly M. Martorano, Environmental Law
Cynthia A. Moore, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
John H. Norris, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law
Edward H. Pappas, Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Real Estate, Mediation
Robert V. Peterson, Real Estate Law
Scott A. Petz, Commercial Litigation
Elissa N. Pinto, Immigration Law
Daniel D. Quick, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Intellectual Property
William L. Rosin, Corporate Law
Robert L. Schwartz, Public Finance Law
Lynn Capp Sirich, Family Law
Robert L. Stearns, Litigation – Intellectual Property
Peter H. Webster, Land Use and Zoning Law
Rhonda D. Welburn, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law
J. Bryan Williams, Corporate Law, International Mergers & Acquisitions
Mark E. Wilson, Health Care Law
Laurence E. Winokur, Real Estate Law
Kathryn S. Wood, Employment Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
Paul M. Wyzgoski, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law
Katheryne L. Zelenock, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law

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.