Dealmakers Increasingly Optimistic About M&A Market and U.S. Economy in Dykema’s 13th Annual M&A Survey

DEALMAKERS INCREASINGLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT M&A MARKET AND U.S. ECONOMY IN DYKEMA’S 13TH ANNUAL M&A SURVEY

Smaller and Middle Market Deals Expected to Lead Activity in 2018

Respondents to Dykema’s 13th Annual M&A Outlook Survey expressed an overall bullish viewpoint of the economy and U.S. M&A market, bringing a new level of optimism, not seen in several years.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents in this year’s survey expect the M&A market to strengthen over the next 12 months, up from 33-percent last year and 37-percent in 2015. With a record-breaking robust stock market and uncertainty surrounding the presidential election fading, this revelation mirrors the 60-percent of respondents who predict a strong U.S. economy in the next 12 months, doubling last years’ results.

“With the uncertainty around the presidential election in the rearview, our survey respondents are abandoning the ‘wait and see’ mantra, with an increasing number predicting that deal activity is back on the rise,” said Thomas Vaughn, co-leader of Dykema’s M&A practice. “In this year’s survey, we are, however, still hearing that uncertainty around the Trump administration’s priorities and regulations will have the greatest impact on M&A from a global perspective.”

Over half (55-percent) of respondents expect Donald Trump to be a positive force in U.S. markets as a whole this year. Likely factors playing a role in this optimistic sentiment include expected reduction in corporate tax rates, more favorable business regulations, and the Trump administration’s perceived business-friendly positive economic policies.

The survey yielded a number of other interesting conclusions, including:

 Half of respondents said President Trump will have a positive impact on the U.S. economy and M&A market in 2018.
 Seventy-percent of respondents predict the volume of small deals (under $50 million) will increase over the next 12 months, with 53-percent predicting an uptick in deals valued between $50 million and $100 million.
 Sixty-eight-percent of respondents said they would be involved in an acquisition in the next 12 months, which is fairly consistent with 2016’s 70 percent.
 For the fourth consecutive year, respondents expect technology and healthcare to see the most M&A activity in the next year. Fifty-nine-percent of respondents also predict an increase in M&A activity between fintech startups and established financial services organizations in 2018.
 Almost 80-percent of respondents expect an increase in M&A activity involving privately owned businesses in the next 12 months, increasing by 10-percent from last year’s results.
 Mirroring prior years, dealmakers say the leading driver of cross-border deals will be companies seeking growth via entrance into foreign markets. More companies in Asia are expected to pursue deals in the U.S., and outbound M&A activity from the U.S. to Mexico and Canada is expected to increase in the next year, despite ongoing public statements by the Trump administration around the renegotiation of the North American Fair Trade Act (NAFTA).

“The middle market is quickly becoming the focus of M&A,” said Jeff Gifford, co-leader of Dykema’s M&A practice. “Technology and healthcare are two of the more active spaces, with fintech becoming an increasingly popular area of interest. Megadeals have lost some of their steam and we are seeing more and more companies pursuing small to middle market strategic transactions.”

Survey results are being released this week at Dykema’s exclusive annual M&A Outlook events in Detroit and Chicago. The full report is available here.


About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 13 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.

 

101 Dykema Attorneys Named to MI Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 70 of its attorneys from the firm’s nine Michigan and Texas offices—and from multiple practice areas—were named to the 2017 Super Lawyers list by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine and Texas Super Lawyers Magazine. Additionally, 20 of the firm’s attorneys were named to the 2017 Michigan Rising Stars list. In March of this year, 11 of the Firm’s attorneys were also included on the 2017 Texas Rising Stars list.
Of those recognized in Michigan and Texas, seven of the firm’s practitioners were also included on Super Lawyers “Top Lists.” These honorees, and the Top List(s) they have been included on, are:
• Robert A. Boonin – Top 100: 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers
• Alan M. Greene – Top 100: 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers
• Christopher D. Kratovil – Top 100: 2017 Texas Super Lawyers; Top 100: 2017 Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers
• Brian M. Moore – Top 50: 2017 Michigan Business Super Lawyers; Top 100: 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers
• Arlene Switzer Steinfield – Top 50: 2017 Women Texas Super Lawyers
• Jill M. Wheaton – Top 25: 2017 Women Business Michigan Super Lawyers; Top 50: 2017 Women Michigan Super Lawyers
• Deborah D. Williamson – Top 50: 2017 Women Texas Super Lawyers; Top 50: 2017 Central/West Texas Super Lawyers
The Super Lawyers designation, conferred upon the most respected legal practitioners in the state, is based upon peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than five percent of the lawyers in each state are selected by the research team to receive this honor.
The Dykema attorneys named on the 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers list, identified by office and the practice area(s) for which they are being recognized, are:
Ann Arbor
• Maria B. Abrahamsen – Health Care
• Marie R. Deveney – Estate Planning & Probate; Tax: Consumer
• Kathrin E. Kudner – Health Care; Food and Drugs; Business/Corporate
• Ronald J. Santo – Employment & Labor
• Robert P. Tiplady – Estate Planning & Probate
• Jill M. Wheaton – Appellate; Civil Litigation: Defense; Personal Injury – Products: Defense
Bloomfield Hills
• Brendan J. Cahill – Business/Corporate; Mergers & Acquisitions; Securities & Corporate Finance
• Michael G. Cumming – Estate Planning & Probate; Tax: Consumer
• Stephen R. Estey – Land Use/Zoning; Eminent Domain; General Litigation
• James P. Feeney – Personal Injury – Products: Defense; Civil Litigation: Defense; Class Action/Mass Torts
• Adam M. Fishkind – Real Estate: Business
• Alan M. Greene – Land Use/Zoning; Eminent Domain; Construction Litigation
• Dennis M. Haffey – Business Litigation; Professional Liability: Defense; Securities Litigation
• Kyle R. Hauberg – Real Estate: Business
• Margaret Adams Hunter – Employee Benefits
• Howard B. Iwrey – Antitrust Litigation; Franchise/Dealership; Securities Litigation
• Joanne R. Lax – Health Care; Family Law
• Mark G. Malven – Technology Transactions; Mergers & Acquisitions; Business/Corporate
• Bonnie Mayfield – Employment Litigation: Defense; Personal Injury – Products: Defense; Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense
• D. Richard McDonald – Securities & Corporate Finance; Mergers & Acquisitions
• Brian M. Moore – Business Litigation; General Litigation; Real Estate: Business
• Paul L. Nystrom – Business Litigation; Personal Injury – Products: Defense; Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense; Land Use/Zoning
• Rex E. Schlaybaugh, Jr. – Securities & Corporate Finance; Mergers & Acquisitions
• Sheryl L. Toby – Business/Corporate; Bankruptcy: Business; Creditor Debtor Rights: Business
• Stephen L. Tupper – Technology Transactions; Mergers & Acquisitions
Detroit
• J. Michael Bernard – Mergers & Acquisitions; Business/Corporate; Securities & Corporate Finance
• Robert A. Boonin – Employment & Labor; Employment Litigation: Defense; Schools & Education
• Lisa A. Brown – General Litigation; Business Litigation
• Michael P. Cooney – Personal Injury – Products: Defense; Business Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation; Class Action/Mass Torts
• Samuel C. Damren – Business Litigation; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Closely Held Business
• Sherrie L. Farrell – Business Litigation; Business/Corporate; Bankruptcy: Business
• Grant P. Gilezan – Environmental; Energy & Natural Resources; Environmental Litigation
• Steven E. Grob – Tax: Business; Estate Planning & Probate
• James F. Hermon – Employment Litigation: Defense; Employment & Labor
• Kathryn J. Humphrey – Aviation and Aerospace; Personal Injury – Products: Defense; General Litigation
• Mark D. Jacobs – Environmental; Utilities; Administrative Law
• Peter M. Kellett – Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense ; Business Litigation; Personal Injury – Products: Defense
• Joel D. Kellman – Real Estate: Business; Banking; Nonprofit Organizations
• Jin-Kyu Koh – Mergers & Acquisitions; Business/Corporate; Healthcare
• Cameron H. Piggott – Real Estate: Business
• Thomas M. Schehr – Business Litigation
Grand Rapids
• James S. Brady – Criminal Defense; Civil Litigation: Defense
• Brian J. Page – Real Estate: Business; Business/Corporate; Banking
Lansing
• Ann D. Fillingham – Government Finance; Business/Corporate
• Lori McAllister – Business Litigation; Insurance Coverage; Securities Litigation; Class Action/Mass Torts; Administrative Law

The Dykema attorneys named on the 2017 Texas Super Lawyers list, identified by office and the practice area(s) for which they are being recognized, are:
Austin
• Keith A. Shuley – Environmental; Construction Litigation: Business; Transportation/Maritime
• Phillip M. Slinkard – Business/Corporate; Mergers & Acquisitions; Securities & Corporate Finance
Dallas
• Thomas B. Alleman – Insurance Coverage; General Litigation; Environmental Litigation
• Mark E. Andrews – Bankruptcy: Business; Business Litigation
• William Frank Carroll – Business Litigation; Appellate; Antitrust Litigation
• Lea F. Courington – Health Care; Criminal Defense: White Collar; Business Litigation; Antitrust Litigation
• Bob H. Feroze – Real Estate: Business
• Jeffrey R. Fine – Bankruptcy: Business; Business/Corporate; Business Litigation
• William B. Finkelstein – Bankruptcy: Business; Business/Corporate; Business Litigation
• Victor C. Johnson – Intellectual Property Litigation; Intellectual Property; Civil Litigation: Defense; Business Litigation
• Christopher D. Kratovil – Appellate; Business Litigation; General Litigation
• Arlene Switzer Steinfield – Employment & Labor: Employer; Employment Litigation: Civil Litigation: Defense; Alternative Dispute Resolution
San Antonio
• Diann M. Bartek – Creditor Debtor Rights: Business; Civil Litigation: Defense; Bankruptcy: Business
• Kerry T. Benedict – Real Estate: Business
• Ramon D. Bissmeyer – Employment Litigation: Defense; Employment & Labor; Employee Benefits
• C. David Kinder – Business Litigation
• Donna K. McElroy – Employment Litigation: Defense; Employment & Labor: Employer
• Thomas E. Sanders – Business Litigation; Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense; Insurance Coverage
• Brett W. Schouest – Business Litigation; Insurance Coverage; Construction Litigation: Business
• Phylis J. Speedlin – Alternative Dispute Resolution
• John B. Stewart – Real Estate: Business; Banking
• James M. (Marty) Truss – Business Litigation; Energy & Natural Resources
• David B. West – Business Litigation; Estate Planning & Probate; Banking
• Deborah D. Williamson – Bankruptcy: Business
• Harry W. Wolff, Jr. – Estate Planning & Probate; Real Estate
Rising Stars are those up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years of age or younger and have practiced law for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team to receive this honor.
The Dykema attorneys named on the 2017 Michigan Rising Stars list, identified by office and the practice area(s) for which they are being recognized, are:
Ann Arbor
• Anthony Frasca – Tax: Consumer; Estate Planning & Probate; Nonprofit Organizations
• David M. George – Class Action/Mass Torts; E-Discovery; Consumer Law; General Litigation; Antitrust Litigation
• Noah S. Hurwitz – Business Litigation; Employment & Labor; Civil Litigation: Defense
• Cody D. Rockey – Antitrust Litigation
Bloomfield Hills
• Michael J. Blalock – Business Litigation; Civil Litigation: Defense
• Jong-Ju Chang – Business Litigation
• Courtney F. Kissel – Government Relations; Appellate; Constitutional Law
• William C. Lentine – Tax: Business; Estate Planning & Probate; Mergers & Acquisitions
• Christyn M. Scott – Civil Litigation: Defense; Real Estate: Business; Appellate; Family Law
• Matthew D. Shell – Tax: Business; Business/Corporate; Estate Planning & Probate; Nonprofit Organizations; Securities & Corporate Finance; State, Local & Municipal
• Thomas H. Trapnell – Business Litigation; Franchise/Dealership; Consumer Law
• Michael R. Vogt – Real Estate: Business
• Jeanne M. Whalen – Technology Transactions; Mergers & Acquisitions; Health Care
Detroit
• Jennifer Boueri Chilson – Business Litigation
• Janet L. Conigliaro – Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense; Business Litigation; Personal Injury – Products: Defense
• Robert Hugh Ellis – Business Litigation; Insurance Coverage; Closely Held Business
• Nasseem S. Ramin – Business Litigation
• Boyd White, III – Class Action/Mass Torts; Personal Injury – Products: Defense; Business Litigation
Grand Rapids
• Elisa J. Lintemuth – Employment Litigation: Defense; Business Litigation; Employment & Labor
• Dawn N. Williams – Consumer Law
The Dykema attorneys named on the 2017 Texas Rising Stars list release in March of this year, identified by office and the practice area(s) for which they are being recognized, are:
Austin
• Jesse Tyner Moore – Banking; Consumer Law; Bankruptcy: Business
• Travis E. Plummer – General Litigation; Business Litigation; Construction Litigation: Business; Civil Litigation: Defense; Insurance Coverage; Health Care
• Kristina M. Williams – Appellate; Business Litigation
Dallas
• Alison R. Ashmore – Business Litigation; Employment Litigation: Defense
• Gemma R. Galeoto – Business Litigation
• Zachary Q. Hoard – Business Litigation; Health Care
• Aaron M. Kaufman – Bankruptcy: Business
• Virgil Ochoa – International; Bankruptcy: Business
• R. Craig Woods – Business Litigation; General Litigation; Personal Injury – Products: Defense; Health Care; Business/Corporate
San Antonio
• Rodrigo Figueroa – Real Estate: Business; State, Local & Municipal; Utilities
• Nicholas J. Monaghan – Business/Corporate
About Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.


About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 13 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.

 

110 Lawyers from Dykema Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 110 of the its attorneys, in multiple practice areas and markets, have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 guide. Additionally, 10 of the firm’s practitioners have been named Best Lawyers 2018 “Lawyer of the Year,” a special distinction conferred upon a single lawyer within a practice area and metropolitan market.

The Best Lawyers in America® is the pre-eminent national listing of outstanding attorneys. This annual guide is derived from exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

The Dykema attorneys named Best Lawyers 2018 “Lawyers of the Year,” the practice area(s) for which they are being recognized and office location are:

• Kerry T. Benedict – Banking and Finance Law
• Marie R. Deveney – Trusts and Estates
• James P. Feeney – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Dennis M. Haffey – Litigation – Banking and Finance
• J. Daniel Harkins – Litigation – Intellectual Property
• Kathryn J. Humphrey – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Howard B. Iwrey – Litigation – Antitrust
• D. Richard McDonald – Securities / Capital Markets Law
• William J. Perrone – Government Relations Practice
• James M. Truss – Oil and Gas Law
The Dykema attorneys listed in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America guide, identified by office location and the practice areas for which they have been recognized, are:

Ann Arbor, Michigan

• Maria B. Abrahamsen – Health Care Law
• Phyllis G. Adams – Health Care Law
• Marie R. Deveney – Trusts and Estates
• Kathrin E. Kudner – Health Care Law
• Melvin J. Muskovitz – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Roselyn (Roz) Parmenter – Health Care Law
• Ronald J. Santo – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management
• Robert P. Tiplady – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates
• Jill M. Wheaton – Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation

Austin, Texas

• Keith A. Shuley – Environmental Law; Water Law
• Phillip M. Slinkard – Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

• Bowden V. Brown – Public Finance Law
• Brendan J. Cahill – Mergers and Acquisitions Law
• Amy M. Christen – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Michael G. Cumming – Trusts and Estates
• Stephen R. Estey – Land Use and Zoning Law
• James P. Feeney – Arbitration; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Adam M. Fishkind – Real Estate Law
• Fred J. Fresard – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Alan M. Greene – Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate
• Dennis M. Haffey – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions; Litigation – Securities; Litigation – Trusts and Estates
• Kyle R. Hauberg – Project Finance Law; Real Estate Law
• Margaret Adams Hunter – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Howard B. Iwrey – Antitrust Law; Litigation – Antitrust
• Joanne R. Lax – Health Care Law
• Gerald T. Lievois – Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
• D. Richard McDonald – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
• Mark A. Metz – Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation
• Brian M. Moore – Commercial Litigation
• James D. Obermanns – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
• Sheryl L. Toby – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy
• Stephen L. Tupper – Information Technology Law

Chicago, Illinois

• Ross J. Altman – Construction Law; Real Estate Law
• Michael C. Borders – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Terrence M. Burns – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
• Derek L. Cottier – Real Estate Law
• C. Elizabeth Darke – Real Estate Law
• Michael S. Kurtzon – Real Estate Law
• Robert C. Linton – Real Estate Law
• Andrew P. Scott – Land Use and Zoning Law
• Michael F. Sexton – Real Estate Law
• Ian M. Sherman – Insurance Law

Dallas, Texas

• Thomas B. Alleman – Insurance Law; Litigation – Environmental
• Mark E. Andrews – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
• M. David Bryant, Jr. – Commercial Litigation
• William Frank Carroll – Arbitration; Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Litigation; Mediation
• Bob H. Feroze – Real Estate Law
• William B. Finkelstein – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
• Brian R. Forbes – Real Estate Law
• R. Chris Harvey – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Christopher D. Kratovil – Appellate Practice
• Arlene Switzer Steinfield – Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Edwin J. Tomko – Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Detroit, Michigan

• J. Michael Bernard – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
• Robert A. Boonin – Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Michael P. Cooney – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Samuel C. Damren – Commercial Litigation; Mediation
• Sherrie L. Farrell – Commercial Litigation
• Grant P. Gilezan – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
• Steven E. Grob – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
• James F. Hermon – Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Kathryn J. Humphrey – Aviation Law; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Mark D. Jacobs – Environmental Law
• Peter M. Kellett – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – Securities; Mediation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• Joel D. Kellman – Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law
• Jin-Kyu Koh – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
• Cameron H. Piggott – Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law
• Carl Rashid, Jr. – Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; Litigation – Real Estate; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Real Estate Law; Tax Law
• Thomas M. Schehr – Commercial Litigation
• Thomas S. Vaughn – Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law

Grand Rapids, Michigan

• James S. Brady – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: General Practice; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; DUI/DWI Defense; Family Law; Litigation – First Amendment; Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
• John A. Ferroli – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental
• Stephen S. Muhich – Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• Brian J. Page – Corporate Law; Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law

Lansing, Michigan

• Richard J. Aaron – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Energy Law
• R. Lance Boldrey – Gaming Law; Native American Law
• Sandra M. Cotter – Administrative / Regulatory Law
• Ann D. Fillingham – Corporate Law; Public Finance Law
• Gary P. Gordon – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice
• James P. Kiefer – Corporate Law; Public Finance Law
• Lori McAllister – Arbitration; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Insurance
• William J. Perrone – Banking and Finance Law; Government Relations Practice
• W. Alan Wilk – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law
• Leonard C. Wolfe – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Gaming Law; Government Relations Practice

McAllen, Texas

• Diann M. Bartek – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Minneapolis, Minnesota

• Reed R. Heimbecher – Patent Law
• Timothy D. Kelly – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions; Litigation – Real Estate
• Brian Melendez – Commercial Litigation

San Antonio, Texas

• Kerry T. Benedict – Banking and Finance Law; Real Estate Law
• Ramon D. Bissmeyer – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• J. Daniel Harkins – Copyright Law; Litigation – Intellectual Property; Litigation – Patent; Patent Law; Trademark Law
• C. David Kinder – Commercial Litigation
• Wilhelm E. Liebmann – Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
• Donna K. McElroy – Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management
• Robert W. Nelson – Tax Law
• J. Patrick Ryan – Corporate Law
• Thomas E. Sanders – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – ERISA
• Brett W. Schouest – Commercial Litigation
• James B. Smith, Jr. – Corporate Law
• Phylis J. Speedlin – Arbitration; Mediation
• Daniel R. Stern – Employment Law – Individuals; Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Labor Law – Union; Litigation – Labor and Employment
• John B. Stewart – Real Estate Law
• James M. Truss – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Litigation – Environmental; Litigation – Real Estate; Oil and Gas Law
• Dan G. Webster III – Corporate Law
• David B. West – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Trusts and Estates
• Deborah D. Williamson – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
• W. Roger Wilson – Energy Law
• Harry W. Wolff, Jr. – Trusts and Estates

In addition to all of the lawyers listed above, we are proud to note that a few of our recently retired attorneys have earned recognition from Best Lawyers as well.

• Eric Thomas Carver – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
• Jaime Ramon – Litigation – Labor and Employment; Labor Law – Management


About Best Lawyers
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. More than 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 13 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 13 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.

Jason Hanselman Elected as President of Ingham County Bar Foundation

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Jason T. Hanselman, Lansing-based member in the Firm’s Government Policy and Practice group, has been elected to serve as President of the Ingham County Bar Foundation (ICBF) for a one-year term. The ICBF is the Ingham County Bar’s philanthropic entity and has a close relationship with the Ingham County Bar Association (ICBA) and other local bar organizations.

The ICBF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in Michigan in 2002 as a vehicle for lawyers and other interested citizens to make charitable contributions for the tangible, meaningful benefit of the community. The Foundation’s mission is to promote access to justice, expand the availability of legal services to the public at large, support local charitable organizations, promote continuing legal education and foster the honor and integrity of the profession of law.

Hanselman, who was appointed to the ICBF Board of Director’s last year, has been an ICBA member for more than 17 years and also served on its executive leadership team for several years, including recent stints as President, Vice President, and Secretary.

In his practice, Hanselman advises clients in highly-regulated fields, such as energy, elections, health care, and public education. He regularly represents those clients in complex business matters, litigation before state and federal courts, and regulatory proceedings before administrative boards and commissions.

Hanselman received a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami and a B.A. from Michigan State University.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 13 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.

 

Sandra M. Cotter Elected to Michigan Chamber Foundation Board

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Sandra Cotter, Director of the Firm’s Regulated Industries Department and Leader of its Government Policy & Practice group, was elected to the Michigan Chamber Foundation Board of Directors. The charitable arm of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Chamber Foundation sponsors public policy studies on key business climate issues and also sponsors the Young Entrepreneurs Academy to guide middle and high school students with business start-up opportunities.

Cotter, who is based in Dykema’s Lansing office, focuses her practice on insurance regulation and legislation, campaign finance and election law, liquor licensing and regulation, public policy litigation and legislation, and general corporate work for nonprofit corporations. She has frequent contact with Michigan’s executive office, state legislators and various agencies, including the Department of Insurance and Financial Services and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. She is also a registered lobbyist in the state.

Cotter has been an active member of the Nonprofit Council for Charitable Trusts since its inception in 2004. She has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® each year since 2013 and named a Top Lawyer by dBusiness Magazine each year since 2010.

Cotter received a B.S. from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 15 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.

Jarrod T. Smith Joins Dykema’s Lansing Office

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the addition of Jarrod T. Smith to its Corporate Finance Practice Group as a senior in the firm’s Lansing office. Prior to joining Dykema, Smith served as Assistant Attorney General, Finance Division for the Michigan Department of Attorney General.

Smith has more than 12 years of experience with public finance work dating back to when he joined the Michigan Department of Attorney General’s Finance Division upon graduating from law school. He progressed from Staff Attorney to Senior Attorney before eventually becoming Section Head in 2013. In that role, he served as counsel to the Michigan Department of Treasury, specifically for matters involving the Bureau of Bond Finance and the Michigan Finance Authority, and he served as counsel to the Michigan Strategic Fund and various other state agencies and authorities.

“We are extremely excited to have Jarrod join our Corporate Finance practice in Lansing,” said Jin-Kyu Koh, Director of Dykema’s Business Services Department. “He is well-regarded in the public finance community, and for good reason, and he strengthens the depth of the Firm’s bench of experienced bond lawyers.”

Smith, who is active in the National Association of Bond Lawyers, received a J.D., cum laude, and a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Applications, with a specialization in environmental economics, from Michigan State University.

About Dykema

Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 15 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement.

To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.

Dykema Introduces New Cannabis Law Practice

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the launch of its Cannabis Law practice, creating an integrated and specialized offering for clients navigating the myriad issues that arise from operating in the cannabis industry. The practice group’s expertise spans the political, licensing, regulatory compliance, and business services space, and includes senior lawyers and lobbyists in states across the country. The practice will be led by Lance Boldrey, a member in the firm’s Lansing office, who focuses his practice on regulated industries.

Dykema has a long history of representing businesses in heavily regulated industries. While the firm has been engaged in the development of the emerging cannabis sector for nearly a decade, serving as counsel to Michigan’s 2008 medical marijuana initiative, the formal group is now launching in response to increasingly sophisticated and complex client needs. While the rapid industry growth provides unparalleled business opportunities, the uncertain political environment imposes extraordinary legal complexity and uncertainty.

“Dykema understands the complex nature and volatility of the laws and regulations in this area. Further, we have the experience and a proven track record of success advising those involved in the cannabis industry,” said Boldrey. “This booming industry has a host of brand-new legal minefields to navigate, and our team is providing counsel to support our clients’ business objectives.”

Among other cannabis-related matters, Dykema lawyers and lobbyists have:
• Served as counsel to the Coalition for Compassionate Care, the committee that drafted and won passage of the 2008 ballot initiative that created the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act
• Helped draft Michigan Public Act 512 and Public Act 514 of 2011, amendments to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act
• Represent the National Patients Rights Association advocating on behalf of medical marijuana patients
• Provided advice with regard to labeling regulations for edible cannabis products
• Counseled cannabis-related clients with regard to intellectual property laws, including trademarking names and logos for cannabis-related businesses
• Advocated on behalf of an entity seeking a medical marijuana dispensary license in Illinois
• Oversaw zoning and real estate matters for an Illinois-based dispensary company
• Represented a company with cannabinoid medications in pharmaceutical litigation
• Counseled various business clients with regard to employment matters and policies related to employee cannabis use
• Assisted various cannabis-related organizations with nonprofit and campaign finance compliance
• Advised investors in dispensaries and CBD oil companies
• Handled SEC-related issues for a California cannabusiness executive

“At the state level, more than half of the country allows some form of medical cannabis use, and four states have legalized recreational usage, with several more, including California, having recreational use initiatives on their ballot this November,” added Dykema attorney Doug Mains, who came to Dykema after serving the Michigan Legislature in a lead staff role on marijuana issues. “The Dykema team has been central to the development and passage of many key pro-cannabis regulations. We know the industry inside and out and can quickly advise clients on complex issues to ensure that legal challenges do not stand in the way of growth.”

“Dykema lawyers and lobbyists have represented our organization on a number of state and local issues,” said Robin Schneider, Legislative Liaison for the National Patients Rights Association, a medical cannabis advocacy organization. “Not only are they extremely knowledgeable about the legislative and political processes, but they have also worked closely with us to learn more about the cannabis industry and all of the issues that cannabis-related businesses face. Dykema’s lawyers and lobbyists have always been professional, passionate about their work, and proactive in keeping us informed.”

The members of Dykema’s group come from a wide range of practices areas, including administrative law & regulation, business and financial services, food & beverage, government policy & practice, intellectual property, land use & zoning, labor & employment, leasing & property management, political compliance, elections & campaign finance, product safety, real estate, and taxation. Dykema lawyers in the CannabisLaw practice serve as members of the National Cannabis Industry Association, the National Cannabis Bar Association, and the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section. To keep apprised of developments related to marijuana law and policy, visit Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog at www.cannabis-law-blog.com.

About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 15 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement.

To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.

Dykema Adds Experienced Auto Attorney William Kohler to Detroit Office

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced the addition of William J. Kohler to its Corporate Finance Practice Group as senior counsel in the firm’s Detroit office. Kohler has held leadership positions at major corporations in the automotive industry throughout his career. Most recently, he served as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of global automotive suppliers Dura Automotive Systems, LLC, and Global Automotive Systems, LLC, and previously was Vice President and General Counsel for the North and South American automotive operations of Johnson Controls, Inc.

As a general counsel and in private practice, Kohler has advised some of the world’s largest automakers and suppliers. He has led some of the automotive industry’s larger and more complicated acquisitions and divestitures, negotiated specialized supply agreements involving the sale and purchase of billions of dollars in critical components, created key joint ventures, and established international operations and distribution networks. He has also led development of significant intellectual property arrangements, including technology licensing and joint development arrangements, and authored the article “Current and Potential Legal Issues Pertaining to Automated, Autonomous and Connected Vehicles.”

“In addition to his strong background in the automotive sector, Bill brings deep expertise on corporate governance and regulatory matters,” said Wilhelm E. Liebmann, Leader of Dykema’s Corporate Finance Practice Group. “He has ties to leaders in Washington, a good grasp of state and local economic development initiatives and has counseled a variety of clients on cross-border matters.”

“Bill’s résumé and years of experience working with automotive heavyweights make him a great fit at Dykema,” said Brendan J. Cahill, Director of Dykema’s Automotive Industry Group. “His background and experience will be a great value for our clients.”

Kohler received a J.D. from the University of Michigan and a A.B. from the University of Michigan Honors College. He also received an M.B.A. from Michigan State University.

About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 15 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.
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Dykema Earns Top Marks in 2016 Corporate Equality Index

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Dykema joins the ranks of 407 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

“Receiving a perfect score in the Corporate Equality Index for three years running is a tremendous accomplishment we are extremely proud of,” said Peter Kellett, Dykema’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “It’s an honor to be listed among the other U.S. businesses leading the way in workplace equality. I want to thank and congratulate our Diversity & Inclusion Committee, as well as the rest of our firm, for creating a truly inclusive environment.”

A truly inclusive environment comes as a result of each person within an organization helping to foster an atmosphere of equality, and I want to thank and congratulate everyone that has helped Dykema achieve this recognition.”

The 2016 CEI rated 1,027 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Dykema’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

“In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional leadership,” said HRC Foundation Workplace Equality Program Director Deena Fidas. “Dykema not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values.”

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 15 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.

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Bonnie Mayfield Named Vice Chair of Diversity Programs of the International Association of Defense Counsel

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Bonnie Mayfield, a Bloomfield Hills-based member in Dykema’s Litigation practice, was named Vice Chair of Diversity Programs for the Diversity Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).

Mayfield, who is the IADC’s immediate past Vice Chair of Diversity Initiatives, has continued to demonstrate her thought leadership when the IADC Board approved a new initiative she suggested—the organization’s banner page now displays different quotes each month to promote thinking about the benefits of diversity and inclusion.

Mayfield has been a longstanding member of the IADC, which is dedicated to actively increasing the participation and involvement of diverse attorneys in the organization through initiatives, membership strategies, and professional programming that identifies the assets that inclusion and diversity bring to the practice of law.

“I am excited about being Vice Chair of Diversity Programs,” said Mayfield. “I am looking forward to discussing the programs I have in mind with our Diversity Committee members.

At the IADC’s upcoming 2016 Midyear Meeting, Mayfield will moderate a program featuring Ida Abbott, who she interviewed for an article she co-authored with then General Counsel of DuPont, Thomas Sager. “I am looking forward to a lively discussion about how male leaders can take intentional, purposeful, and proactive action in sponsoring, mentoring, and fairly compensating women in the field of law,” said Mayfield. “As the National Association of Women’s Ninth Annual Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law has documented, there still is much work to be done to advance the progress of women in law.”

Mayfield, who is a well-known trial and appellate lawyer, has won an impressive series of victories for various clients. She represents clients in labor and employment, product liability, and commercial matters. Mayfield also is a member of Dykema’s National Trial Team, a group of experienced trial lawyers who have taken more than 650 cases, in all areas of legal practice, to verdict. She also organized a client/trial team that received recognition for its diversity and inclusiveness.

Mayfield received her B.A. from Dillard University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 15 U.S. offices work in close partnership with clients – from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies – to deliver outstanding results, unparalleled service and exceptional value in every engagement. To learn more, visit www.dykema.com and follow Dykema on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Dykema.