Dickinson Wright PLLC Scores Perfect 100 on the 2018 Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm received a score of 100 on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to LGBTQ workplace quality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Dickinson Wright’s score reflects a commitment to LGBTQ workplace equality, with respect to tangible policies, benefits, and practices.

“We are pleased to have participated in the 2018 Corporate Equality Index and to achieve a perfect 100 this year,” said Harlan Robins, Co-Chair of Dickinson Wright’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. “This recognition reflects the firm’s commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture for all of our lawyers and employees. 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 2018 CEI rated a total of 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBTQ community.

For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.


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.

53 Dickinson Wright Attorneys Named 2018 DBusiness Magazine’s Top Lawyers

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that 53 of the firm’s attorneys have been included in DBusiness Magazine’s 2018 Top Lawyers.

The DBusiness Magazine’s 2018 Top Lawyers honors the leading lawyers in the Southeast Michigan region. Below is a complete list of Dickinson Wright attorneys named Top Lawyers:

Ann Arbor, MI
Michael C. Hammer, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
Mark V. Heusel, Litigation – Commercial
James L. Hughes, Nonprofit/Charities Law
Jordan S. Schreier, Employee Benefits Law
Suzanne K. Sukkar, Immigration Law

Detroit, MI
Allison R. Bach, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
Richard M. Bolton, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
William T. Burgess, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
Bernadette M. Dennehy, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
David R. Deromedi, Labor and Employment Law
Phillip J. DeRosier, Appellate Law
K. Scott Hamilton, Appellate Law
Steven G. Howell, Banking & Financial Service Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
Kenneth J. McIntyre, Antitrust Law
Thomas G. McNeill, Litigation – Commercial
Sharon R. Newlon, Environmental Law
James A. Plemmons, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
William P. Shield, Jr., Banking & Financial Service Law
Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, Banking & Financial Service Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
Bruce C. Thelen, International Trade Law
L. Pahl Zinn, Antitrust Law

Troy, MI
Christian S. Allen, Immigration Law
Timothy L. Andersson, Corporate Law
John S. Artz, Litigation – Patents
Stephen E. Dawson, Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law
J. Benjamin Dolan, Litigation – Real Estate
Terence M. Donnelly, Municipal Law, Public Finance Law
Deborah L. Grace, Employee Benefits Law
Roberta P. Granadier, Employee Benefits Law
Eric W. Gregory, II, Employee Benefits Law
Henry M. Grix, Nonprofits/Charities Law, Trusts and Estates
Craig W. Hammond, Banking & Financial Service Law
William H. Honaker, Intellectual Property and Patent Law
Monica J. Labe, Real Estate Law
Judith Fertel Layne, Trusts and Estates
Elise S. Levasseur, Immigration Law
Michael J. Lusardi, Real Estate Law
Anna M. Maiuri, Environmental Law
Eric McGlothlin, Public Finance Law
Cynthia A. Moore, Employee Benefits Law
Gregory W. Moore, Health Care Law
John H. Norris, Energy Law
Edward H. Pappas, Arbitration, Mediation
Craig A. Phillips, Information Technology Law
Daniel D. Quick, Litigation – Commercial
Michael T. Raymond, Corporate Law
Joan Cripe Skrzyniarz, Trusts and Estates
Jared A. Smith, Corporate Law, Information Technology Law
Wendy R. Underwood, Public Finance Law
Rhonda D. Welburn, Public Finance Law
Rose J. Willis, Health Care Law
Mark E. Wilson, Health Care Law
Paul M. Wyzgoski, Public Finance Law


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.

Dickinson Wright Receives 203 Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Survey

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that it received 23 national rankings and 180 state/metropolitan rankings in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” report by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. The firm received 115 first-tier rankings.

Besides the national rankings, the firm was recognized for legal excellence for practice in our Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Troy, Mich.; Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix, Ariz.; 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 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings:

National Rankings

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

Tier 2
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Corporate Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Native American Law

Tier 3
Appellate Practice
Employment Law – Management
Franchise Law
Labor Law – Management
Land Use & Zoning Law
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Securities
Public Finance Law
Trusts & Estates Law

State/Metropolitan Rankings

Tier 1
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Copyright Law
Immigration Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Patent
Non-Profit/Charities Law
Trademark Law

Columbus, Ohio
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Real Estate Law
Tax Law

Detroit, Mich.
Appellate Practice
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Corporate Governance Law
Corporate Law
Employment Law – Management
Environmental Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Labor Law – Management
Litigation – Banking & Finance
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions
Litigation – Securities
Litigation – Trusts & Estates
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Municipal Law

Grand Rapids, Mich.
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Corporate Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Litigation – Banking & Finance
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
Litigation – Municipal
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Municipal Law
Public Finance Law
Real Estate Law

Lansing, Mich.
Administrative/Regulatory Law
Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation
Energy Law
Gaming Law
Government Relations Practice
Insurance Law
Labor Law – Management
Municipal Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Public Finance Law
Utilities Law

Las Vegas, Nev.
Administrative/Regulatory Law
Information Technology Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Trademark Law

Lexington, Ky.
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Construction

Nashville, Tenn.
Entertainment Law – Music

Phoenix, Ariz.
Arbitration
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Family Law
Franchise Law
Gaming Law
Health Care Law
Immigration Law
Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants
Litigation – Bankruptcy
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Municipal
Litigation – Real Estate
Mediation
Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
Native American Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Real Estate Law
Trusts & Estates Law

Reno, Nev.
Commercial Litigation

Troy, Mich.
Arbitration
Banking and Finance Law
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Energy Law
Environmental Law
Health Care Law
Immigration Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Litigation – Construction
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Real Estate
Mediation
Municipal Law
Patent Law
Public Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 2
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Corporate Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law – Management
Labor Law – Management
Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Austin, Texas
Patent Law

Columbus, Ohio
Banking and Finance Law
Litigation – Real Estate
Trusts & Estates Law

Detroit, Mich.
Energy Law
Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
Litigation – Antitrust
Litigation – Environmental
Litigation – Tax
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law

Lansing, Mich.
Corporate Law
Employment Law – Management
Litigation – Banking & Finance
Litigation – ERISA
Litigation – Real Estate

Las Vegas, Nev.
Commercial Litigation
Gaming Law

Lexington, Ky.
Litigation – Environmental

Nashville, Tenn.
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Real Estate Law

Phoenix, Ariz.
Family Law Mediation
Litigation – Antitrust
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Municipal Law
Tax Law

Reno, Nev.
Appellate Practice

Troy, Mich.
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Family Law
Litigation – Banking & Finance
Litigation – Environmental
Non-Profit/Charities Law
Trademark Law

Washington, D.C.
Gaming Law
Tax Law

Tier 3
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Health Care Law
Tax Law

Austin, Texas
Corporate Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law

Columbus, Ohio
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

El Paso, Texas
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Grand Rapids, Mich.
Health Care Law

Lansing, Mich.
Health Care Law
Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Tax Law

Las Vegas, Nev.
Litigation – Banking & Finance
Litigation – Intellectual Property

Lexington, Ky.
Appellate Practice
Environmental Law
Trusts & Estates Law

Nashville, Tenn.
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law
Litigation – Intellectual Property

Phoenix, Ariz.
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Law
Employment Law – Individuals
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Reno, Nev.
Litigation – Bankruptcy

Troy, Mich.
Litigation – Patent

Washington, D.C.
Corporate Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Securities/Capital Markets Law


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.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Eric Gregory Selected as a 2017 Up & Coming Lawyers Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Eric Gregory has been selected as a “2017 Up & Coming Lawyer” Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Mr. Gregory is an Associate in the firm’s Troy office. In his practice, he advises clients on all aspects of employee benefits including qualified retirement plans, welfare plans, and nonqualified compensation programs. He assists clients with plan design, drafting, and implementation of 401(k), profit sharing, 403(b), 457, and defined benefit plans. Mr. Gregory also provides advice on the design, implementation, and administration of insured and self-insured medical plans, dental plans, life insurance, disability, and cafeteria plans, including pre-tax premium plans, and flexible spending account plans.

Mr. Gregory is a member of the Taxation Section of the State Bar, where he serves as the Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee. He is also a member of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Committee, where he served as Chair (2016-2017) and Vice Chair (2015-2016). He also is a Board Member of Lakeshore Legal Aid and a past Board Member of the Free Legal Aid Clinic – Detroit. He has been named a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers and a “Top Lawyer” in employee benefits law from DBusiness Magazine. Mr. Gregory earned his J.D. degree from Wayne State University Law School and his LL.M. in taxation with a specialization in employee benefits from Georgetown University Law Center.

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 “2017 Up & Coming Lawyers” will be honored at an annual luncheon and awards celebration on December 7, 2017 at the Detroit Marriott in Troy.


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.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Dan Ujczo to Speak on U.S.-Canada Trade Relations Panel

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Dan Ujczo will be speaking on the U.S.-Canada Trade Relations Panel, hosted by the Society of Automotive Analysts, on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in Southfield, Mich.

Canada and the United States enjoy the longest, deepest, most peaceful and mutually beneficial relationship of any two countries in the world. The U.S.-Canada trade relationship is the second largest in the world after China, with U.S. goods and services trade with Canada totaling an estimated $627.8 billion in 2016, according to the U.S. Office of Trade Representative.

The U.S.-Canada Trade Relations Panel will discuss the state of NAFTA and the renegotiations along with examining the Canada-U.S. trade relationship and impact on the automotive industry. Panelists include Dickinson Wright Attorney Dan Ujczo; Scott Paradise, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and New Business Development for Magna International; Douglas George, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada; Dr. Christopher Sands, Director of the Center for Canadian Studies, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; and David Andrea, Executive Vice President of Research for the Center for Automotive Research.

U.S.-Canada Trade Relations Panel

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time: 7:30 am (Registration)
8:15 – 11:00 am (Presentations)
Location: 26200 Lahser Road, Suite 200, Southfield, MI 48033

To learn more or to register, please click here.

Dickinson Wright’s U.S.-Canada team consists of more than 200 highly-trained, dedicated lawyers who are at the forefront of working with businesses and governments to navigate legal issues surrounding the largest two-way trading relationship in the world. Dickinson Wright’s cross-border expertise in corporate structuring, financing, and taxation – coupled with the firm’s unrivalled regulatory, real estate, immigration, intellectual property, and distribution expertise – makes Dickinson Wright a leading provider of cross-border legal services.


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.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Eric Gregory Appointed Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Employee Benefits Committee

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Eric Gregory has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the State Bar of Michigan’s Taxation Section. The Committee is responsible for analyzing new changes in employee benefits law, preparing employee benefits articles for the Michigan Tax Lawyer, and hosting educational and networking programs for employee benefits practitioners across the state of Michigan.

Mr. Gregory is an Associate in the firm’s Troy office. In his practice, he advises clients on all aspects of employee benefits including qualified retirement plans, welfare plans, and nonqualified compensation programs. He assists clients with plan design, drafting, and implementation of 401(k), profit sharing, 403(b), 457, and defined benefit plans. Mr. Gregory also provides advice on the design, implementation, and administration of insured and self-insured medical plans, dental plans, life insurance, disability, and cafeteria plans, including pre-tax premium plans, and flexible spending account plans.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Gregory is an active member of the legal and civic communities. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Committee, where he served as Chair (2016-2017) and Vice Chair (2015-2016). He also is a Board Member of Lakeshore Legal Aid and a past Board Member of the Free Legal Aid Clinic – Detroit.

Mr. Gregory has been named a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers and a “Top Lawyer” in employee benefits law from DBusiness Magazine. He earned his J.D. degree from Wayne State University Law School and his LL.M. in taxation with a specialization in employee benefits from Georgetown University Law Center.

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.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Aaron Burrell Elected Clerk of the State Bar of Michigan’s Representative Assembly

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Aaron Burrell recently was elected Clerk of the State Bar of Michigan’s Representative Assembly.

The State Bar of Michigan’s Representative Assembly is the ultimate policy making body of the State Bar of Michigan. As an officer, Mr. Burrell will serve as Clerk of the Assembly for the 2017-2018 term and as Chair of the Assembly during the 2019-2020 term. Mr. Burrell will also serve a three-year term on the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan.

Mr. Burrell was previously elected to the State Bar of Michigan’s Representative Assembly for the 3rd Judicial Circuit, where he served as Chair of the Special Issues Committee. To learn more about the Representative Assembly, please click here.

At Dickinson Wright, Mr. Burrell practices complex commercial litigation, labor and employment law, appellate law, and minority business enterprises. He has defended clients in a wide range of discrimination and unfair labor practice claims in state and federal court, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and the National Labor Relations Board.

Mr. Burrell is highly involved in the community. He is an active member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He serves on the board of directors of the Oakland County Bar Association. 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.

Mr. Burrell has been named by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” and a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers. He earned his J.D. degree from WMU-Cooley Law School in 2010.


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.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Andrea Arndt to Speak at Phoenix Fashion Week

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Andrea Arndt will be speaking at Phoenix Fashion Week on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Ms. Arndt will be giving a presentation entitled “Don’t Be Legally Naked – Protect Your Designs.” This seminar offers a basic guide to the fashion design process and the law to protect your work. It covers the steps any creative designer should take in order to stop somebody else from stealing or otherwise using your work without your permission. It also provides guidance on minimizing your risk of getting sued for using someone else’s work.

Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in the Southwest. The organization’s mission is to bridge the gap between national and international designers, premier retailers and top fashion media. Through educational fashion seminars, year-round fashion events, and charitable partnerships, Phoenix Fashion Week is gaining rapid acclaim for its community-service efforts and for infusing world-class innovation into the Southwest. To learn more and to register, please click here.

Ms. Arndt is an Associate in the firm’s Troy office. She practices all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. She also handles litigation, technology licensing, and transactional matters. She has worked in the intellectual property field for over 12 years, representing a wide range of clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Arndt is a member of the American Intellectual Property Association and the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association. She received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and her J.D. from Marquette University Law School.


About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 450 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 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.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Katheryne Zelenock Elected to the American College of Mortgage Attorneys Board of Regents

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Katheryne L. Zelenock has been elected to the Board of Regents for the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA).

Ms. Zelenock is one of 25 Regents who are elected by the membership and represent a wide geographic area. The Regents meet twice annually to discuss the business and direction of the ACMA. The ACMA is comprised of more than 400 lawyers in North America who are experts in mortgage law. Fellows of the ACMA have distinguished themselves as practitioners in the field of real estate mortgage law through their skills and practice experience, bar association activities, lecturing, authoring articles and program materials, participation in the legislative process, and writing briefs and/or arguing cases that are significant to mortgage transactions. To learn more, please visit www.acmaatty.org.

Ms. Zelenock is a Member in the firm’s Real Estate Group in the Troy office. In her practice, she leads a team that closes commercial and multifamily mortgage loans across the country on behalf of leading national lenders as well as smaller regional and local banks, including multifamily and manufactured housing community loans originated for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. She is also experienced in matters related to troubled properties and owners, and the modification, restructuring and workout of financing arrangements, including related litigation and due diligence.

Ms. Zelenock is a member of the American Bar Association, the Mortgage Bankers’ Association of America, Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Oakland County Bar Association. She is an elected member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and is recognized as a leader in her field by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business, Michigan Super Lawyers, and Dbusiness magazine. Ms. Zelenock received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.


About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 450 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 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.

Dickinson Wright Attorney Heather Olson Selected for Leadership Oakland’s LOXXVIII Class

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney Heather M. Olson has been selected for Leadership Oakland LOXXVIII Cornerstone Class.

Ms. Olson is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. She has extensive experience representing lenders, special servicers and receivers in commercial real estate loan workouts, foreclosures, receiverships, and real estate sales throughout Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana. She handles all stages of multimillion-dollar commercial loan workout and foreclosure matters including both litigation and transactional matters, such as, judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, receiver appointments and sales, forbearance, deed-in-lieu, deed-in-escrow, note sale and loan modification agreements and other related issues. Her work experience includes all property types, including office, retail, shopping malls, industrial, multi-family, mobile home parks and hospitality.

Ms. Olson is a Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and is a nationally recognized speaker on commercial mortgage workout and foreclosure strategies. She is co-author of the Lexis-Nexis Michigan Real Estate Litigation Practice Guide on Foreclosure of Mortgages and Land Contracts; Receiverships. She is a Lifetime Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation and a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Real Property Law Section, the Oakland County Bar Association, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) and the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council. She is also a member of the State Bars of New York, Ohio, and Illinois. She is recognized as a leader in her field by Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Ms. Olson received her B.A. from Hamilton College and her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

Each year, 50 developing leaders are selected for the Leadership Oakland Cornerstone Program. As part of the 9-month program, participants delve into the issues facing the region – from education, government and the justice system to health and human services and race and ethnic diversity. The goal is to take developing leaders and provide them with a rich network of colleagues, a deep understanding of the region’s challenges and the opportunity to achieve value for their organizations. To learn more, please visit www.leadershipoakland.com.


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.