Miller Canfield Shortlisted for 2020 Chambers USA Diversity & Inclusion, Pro Bono Awards

Miller Canfield is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has shortlisted the firm and one of its notable attorneys in the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2020 honors. The awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and firms for advancing diversity and inclusion in the U.S. and Canada.

Miller Canfield Hiring Chair/Diversity and Professional Development Principal Michelle Crockett has been shortlisted in the Diversity & Inclusion Lawyer of the Year category, and the firm’s Pro Bono practice is shortlisted for the Pro Bono Program of the Year for 2020.

“We could not be prouder of Michelle and of our Pro Bono team, which is led by Pro Bono Counsel Wendy Richards,” said Miller Canfield CEO Michael McGee. “Their dedication and hard work have made the firm stronger and more inclusive, as well as making the communities we serve fairer and more equitable.”

Miller Canfield has been a longtime leader in pro bono service. During 2019 and 2020, the firm was engaged in dozens of complex matters in pursuit of promoting access to justice for all. Notable projects focused on the areas of:

*Prisoners’ rights/criminal justice, particularly assisting prisoners who had been sentenced as juveniles to mandatory life without parole
*Immigrants’ rights, and a major class action in collaboration with the ACLU of Michigan and others in the highly publicized Hamama v. Adducci to protect hundreds of Iraqi nationals living in the U.S. from removal without due process in immigration courts
*Voting rights, and a partnership with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Brennan Center for Justice and the Association of Pro Bono Counsel to create state-specific guides on how and why to become an election poll worker

Crockett’s achievements include leading the firm to be included in the first class of major law firms nationwide to pilot the Mansfield Rule, which requires us to affirmatively consider women and minority candidates when making hiring and promotion considerations (30 percent of the candidate pool must be women, minority and LGBTQ applicants). Miller Canfield was the only firm in Michigan to meet Diversity Lab’s stringent standards for Mansfield Certification Plus and, after two years, remains the only firm in Michigan to earn the designation.

These achievements would not be possible without Crockett’s relentless efforts to create actionable, measurable, results-driven initiatives that foster meaningful and sustainable change. She developed an aggressive two-year diversity plan that sets specific targets within leadership ranks, including the firm’s managing directors, to increase representation across the board.

The results have been remarkable. Specifically:

*49% of Miller Canfield’s associates are women
*40% of the firm’s non-equity principals are women
*40% of managing directors are women
*40% of resident directors are minorities and women
*78% of the firm’s 2019 summer associate class were women
*55% of 2019 summer associates were minorities

Firms and individuals are selected based on extensive research by Chambers USA and its D&I team. Chambers & Partners and Chambers USA are leading law firm and lawyer research and ranking publications that rank the top lawyers and law firms across the U.S. and globally. Winners of the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2020 will be announced on Sept. 24, 2020.

Dickinson Wright Receives Top Rankings in Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Chambers High Net Worth Guide (HNW) 2016 has named Dickinson Wright’s Private Wealth Law practice in Arizona as a “Top Ranked” practice. Two of Dickinson Wright’s estate planning attorneys were named “Leaders in their Fields”.

London-based Chambers & Partners, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession, conducts research into the strengths and reputations of U.S. law firms by state, through in-depth interviews with peers and competing firm attorneys, in-house counsel and significant purchasers of legal services. Chambers HNW 2016 is their first directory for the private wealth market.

Dickinson Wright’s Private Wealth Law practice in Arizona received a Band 1 ranking from Chambers while the following attorneys were ranked as “Leaders in their Fields” by the guide:

Henry Grix, Member – Mr. Grix received a Band 1 ranking from Chambers HNW. He is a member in the firm’s Troy office. His practice focuses on the areas of estate planning and administration, nonprofit organizations and taxation. He assists clients with the development and implementation of enforceable estate plans for the management and transfer of assets during life and at death in ways that avoid unnecessary taxation, preserve privacy and protect loved ones. Mr. Grix received his B.A. and his J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Les Raatz, Member – Mr. Raatz received a Band 2 ranking from Chambers HNW. He is a member in the firm’s Phoenix office. He practices primarily in the areas of estate planning; probate and trust administration; divorce tax and asset planning; entity structuring; and taxation. He has significant experience representing many hundreds of business clients and their families in connection with estate and tax planning. He is a national author and speaker at numerous seminars on areas of income, estate and gift taxation, probate and trust issues, and selection of business entities. Mr. Raatz received his B.S. and his J.D. from the University of Illinois.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 400 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has sixteen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and nine other domestic offices in Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn. (2); Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Reno, Nev.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, the firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. 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 by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

13 Dykema Practice Areas, 22 Dykema Attorneys Recognized in 2015 Edition of Chambers USA

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 22 of its attorneys and 13 of its practice areas have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide.

Published annually, Chambers has been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990, and now cover 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. Chambers ranks both lawyers and law firms based on the research of 150 full-time editors and researchers who conduct in-depth confidential interviews with lawyers and clients.

Chambers USA recognized the following Dykema practices:

Nationwide
• Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance & Litigation)
• Product Liability & Mass Torts

Illinois
• Real Estate

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

Texas
• Antitrust
• Banking & Finance
• Bankruptcy/Restructuring
• Immigration
• Insurance
• Intellectual Property

Chambers USA recognized the following Dykema attorneys, as identified by jurisdiction and practice area:

Nationwide
• Kathleen Campbell Walker—Immigration

Illinois
• Ross J. Altman—Construction
• Michael S. Kurtzon—Real Estate
• Robert C. Linton—Real Estate

Michigan
• J. Michael Bernard—Corporate/M&A
• Robert A. Boonin—Labor & Employment
• Amy M. Christen—Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
• James P. Feeney—Litigation
• Dennis M. Haffey—Litigation
• Kyle R. Hauberg—Real Estate
• Patrick F. Hickey— Labor & Employment; Litigation
• Margaret Adams Hunter—Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
• Jin-Kyu Koh—Corporate/M&A
• Cameron H. Piggott—Real Estate

Texas
• Thomas B. Alleman—Insurance
• Mark E. Andrews—Bankruptcy/Restructuring
• Erin F. Fonté—Banking & Finance
• Pamela B. Huff—Intellectual Property
• Karen M. Neeley—Banking & Finance
• Arlene Switzer Steinfield—Labor & Employment
• George H. Tarpley—Bankruptcy/Restructuring
• Kathleen Campbell Walker—Immigration
• Deborah D. Williamson—Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Chambers USA also noted market perception for the following Dykema practices:

• Corporate/M&A—“As a firm they’re fantastic in terms of how they coordinate among themselves and work together. Their people come in already well informed of what we need, and they work effectively as a team.”

• Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation—“They have a track record of success time and time again. We are cost-conscious too, and from my vantage point they’re extremely good.”

“They know what they’re doing and don’t raise needless issues. They’re very efficient at resolving any issues that come up and are very business-oriented.”

• Labor & Employment—“Their insight and advice is always useful and practical.”

• Litigation—“They’re very down to earth and a good group of people to work with. They were really communicative.”

• Real Estate—“They provide a comprehensive and expert service.”

About Chambers
Chambers and Partners, the publisher of Chambers USA, is a renowned research organization headquartered in London. For more than 20 years, Chambers has published the leading directories of the legal profession—in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. Chambers stands out for its commitment to reporting integrity and its comprehensive methodology and objective rankings process, based on in-depth interviews with clients and members of the legal community at outside law firms.

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.

Six Dykema Practice Areas, 20 Dykema Attorneys Ranked as Leaders in 2013 Chambers USA Guide

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that 20 of its attorneys and six of its practice areas have been recognized as “Leaders in the Field” in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide.

Two significant year-to-year changes in Dykema’s 2013 Chambers rankings:

  • Robert C. Linton, leader of the firm’s Real Estate practice and resident in Chicago, earns Chambers USA recognition for the first time
  • Dykema’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice in Michigan makes its inaugural appearance in Chambers USA’s list of leading practices

Chambers USA recognizes the following Dykema realms as leading practices:

Illinois

  • Real Estate

Michigan

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

Chambers USA identifies the following Dykema lawyers as leading practitioners, as identified by practice area and jurisdiction:

Nationwide

  • Richard E. Gottlieb—Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance, Litigation
  • Donald C. Lampe—Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance, Compliance

Illinois

  • Ross J. Altman—Construction
  • Michael S. Kurtzon—Real Estate
  • Robert C. Linton—Real Estate

Michigan

  • J. Michael Bernard—Corporate/M&A
  • Amy M. Christen—Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • John A. Entenman—Labor & Employment
  • James P. Feeney—Litigation: General Commercial
  • Martin Jay Galvin—Labor & Employment
  • Dennis M. Haffey—Litigation: General Commercial
  • Kyle R. Hauberg—Real Estate
  • Patrick F. Hickey—Litigation: General Commercial
  • Margaret Adams Hunter—Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Jin-Kyu Koh—Corporate M&A
  • Aleksandra A. Miziolek—Corporate/M&A
  • Brian J. Page—Real Estate
  • Cameron H. Piggott—Real Estate
  • Joseph A. Ritok, Jr.—Labor & Employment

North Carolina

  • Donald C. Lampe—Banking & Finance
  • Thomas H. O’Donnell, Jr.—Corporate M&A

About Chambers
Chambers and Partners, the publisher of Chambers USA, is a renowned research organization headquartered in London. For more than 20 years, Chambers has published the leading directories of the legal profession—in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. Chambers stands out for its commitment to reporting integrity and its comprehensive methodology and objective rankings process, based on in-depth interviews with clients and members of the legal community at outside law firms.

About Dykema
Dykema serves business entities worldwide on a wide range of complex legal issues. Dykema lawyers and other professionals in 12 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 http://twitter.com/Dykema.