Nintey Two Dykema Attorneys Recognized By Best Lawyers

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that nearly one hundred of the firm’s lawyers, in multiple practice areas and in key regional markets, have been named in the 2014 Best Lawyers in America guide. This figure, consistent with the number of Dykema attorneys on last year’s Best Lawyers list, represents nearly 25 percent of all lawyers in the firm.

Additionally, seven of the firm’s practitioners have been named Best Lawyers’ 2014 “Lawyers of the Year.” This special distinction is conferred upon a single lawyer within a practice area and metropolitan market.
The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC) 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 2014 guide recognizes 92 Dykema attorneys in more than five dozen practice areas in eight of the firm’s national offices.

Peter M. Kellett, Dykema’s Chairman and CEO, observes, “We are honored to have so many of our attorneys—almost a quarter of those in the firm—earn Best Lawyers recognition. This distinction is particularly meaningful as it reflects the judgments of one’s peers, a discerning audience that truly understands the value of legal service excellence.”
The Dykema attorneys named Best Lawyers’ 2014 “Lawyers of the Year” are:

J. Michael Bernard—Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Detroit
Lance Boldrey—Gaming Law, Lansing
James P. Feeney—Bet-the-Company Litigation, Detroit
Howard B. Iwrey—Antitrust Law, Detroit
Joseph A. Ritok, Jr.—Labor Law-Management, Detroit
Wayne D. Roberts—Tax Law, Grand Rapids
Robert P. Tiplady—Trusts and Estates, Ann Arbor

The Dykema attorneys listed in the 2014 Best Lawyers in America guide, identified by market and the practice areas for which they have been recognized, are:

Ann Arbor, MI
Phyllis Donaldson Adams—Health Care Law
James M. Cameron, Jr.—Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, Litigation-Land Use & Zoning , Litigation-Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Municipal
Marie R. Deveney—Trusts and Estates
Melvin J. Muskovitz—Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, Litigation-Labor & Employment
Roselyn R. Parmenter—Health Care Law
Ronald J. Santo—Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management
Robert P. Tiplady—Trusts and Estates, Litigation-Trusts & Estates
Jill M. Wheaton—Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation

Bloomfield Hills, MI
Maria B. Abrahamsen—Health Care Law
Bowden V. Brown—Public Finance Law
Brendan Cahill—Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Amy M. Christen—Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Michael G. Cumming—Trusts and Estates
Robert L. Duty—Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management
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 & Zoning Law, Litigation-Real Estate, Litigation-Land Use & Zoning
Dennis M. Haffey—Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Banking & Finance, Litigation-Trusts & Estates, Litigation-Securities, Litigation-Mergers & Acquisitions
Howard B. Iwrey—Antitrust Law, Litigation-Antitrust
Joel D. Kellman—Litigation-Real Estate, Real Estate Law
Joanne R. Lax—Health Care Law
Gerald T. Lievois—Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law
D. Richard McDonald—Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Mergers &

Acquisitions Law
James D. Obermanns—Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Marilyn A. Peters—Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Banking & Finance, Litigation-Securities, Litigation-Construction, Litigation-Environmental
Rex E. Schlaybaugh, Jr.—Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law Brittany M. Schultz—Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
Sheryl L. Toby—Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation-Bankruptcy
Stephen L. Tupper—Information Technology Law

Chicago, IL
Ross J. Altman—Construction Law, Real Estate Law
Richard M. Bendix, Jr.—Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Jay S. Berlinsky—Corporate 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
Thomas R. Hill—Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants
Michael S. Kurtzon—Real Estate Law
Neil T. Neumark—Real Estate Law
Andrew P. Scott—Land Use & Zoning Law
Michael F. Sexton—Real Estate Law
Ian M. Sherman—Insurance Law
Allan J. Sternstein—Litigation-Intellectual Property

Dallas, TX
William Finkelstein— Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Brian R. Forbes—Real Estate Law
Mark K. Sales—Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Trusts & Estates

Detroit, MI
Susan Artinian—Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants
J. Michael Bernard—Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Thomas S. Bishoff—Commercial Litigation
Eric T. Carver—Litigation – Trusts & Estates, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates,
Michael P. Cooney—Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
Samuel C. Damren—Commercial Litigation, Mediation
James M. Elsworth—Trusts and Estates
John A. Entenman—Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management
Sherrie Farrell—Commercial Litigation
Robert J. Franzinger—Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Environmental, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Martin Jay Galvin—Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, Litigation-Labor

Grant P. Gilezan—Environmental Law, Litigation-Environmental
Steven E. Grob—Litigation & Controversy-Tax, Tax Law
Mark E. Hauck—Commercial Litigation
James Hermon—Litigation-Labor & Employment
Patrick F. Hickey—Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law- Management, Labor Law-Management, Litigation-Construction, Litigation-Labor & Employment, Litigation-ERISA
Kathryn J. Humphrey– Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
Margaret Adams Hunter—Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Mark D. Jacobs—Environmental Law
Peter M. Kellett—Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Antitrust, Litigation-Securities, Mediation, Product Liability

Jin-Kyu Koh—Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Kathrin E. Kudner—Health Care Law
Mark A. Metz—Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation
Aleksandra A. Miziolek—Commercial Finance Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Cameron H. Piggott—Real Estate Law, Litigation – Real Estate
Carl Rashid, Jr.—Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Litigation & Controversy-Tax, Tax Law, Real Estate Law, Litigation-Real Estate
Joseph A. Ritok, Jr.—Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, Litigation-Labor & Employment
Thomas M. Schehr—Commercial Litigation
Thomas S. Vaughn—Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law

Grand Rapids, MI
James S. Brady—Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, DUI/DWI Defense, Family Law, Litigation-Environmental, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, Litigation-First Amendment
John A. Ferroli—Environmental Law, Litigation-Environmental
Stephen S. Muhich—Employment Law-Management, Litigation-Labor & Employment
Brian J. Page—Corporate Law, Litigation-Real Estate, Real Estate Law
Wayne D. Roberts—Litigation & Controversy-Tax, Tax Law

Lansing, MI
R. Lance Boldrey—Gaming Law, Native American Law
Sandra M. Cotter—Administrative/Regulatory Law,
Albert Ernst—Administrative/Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Natural Resources 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 & Finance
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

Los Angeles, CA
Daniel J. Stephenson—Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Intellectual Property
About Best Lawyers
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor, as results are based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

About DykemaDykema 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 and follow Dykema on Twitter

Law Firm Dykema Names Chief Operating Officer

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that the firm has hired Richard Holdrup as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Dykema, Holdrup was Chief Financial Officer at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis. Holdrup, who will work from the firm’s Detroit office, brings to this position over 30 years of financial and administrative management experience with corporations and large law firms. While at Dorsey & Whitney, he led the firm’s financial operations, as well as its facilities management, client intake and information technology and resources functions.

“Richard is a well-rounded, strategic thinker with a sharp focus on law firm financial performance,” said Peter Kellett, Chairman and CEO of Dykema. “He will do an effective job carrying out our goals and helping the firm advance its client service delivery. He also brings professional excellence, personal integrity and strong leadership skills to the position.”

Holdrup entered the legal industry in 2002 when he worked as Chief Financial Officer for Squire, Sanders in Cleveland, and later held similar positions at Heller Ehrman and Howard Rice, both in San Francisco. While at Howard Rice he was a member of a three-person team which successfully negotiated a combination with Arnold & Porter in 2012. Prior to working in the legal industry, he held a number of senior financial positions in the consumer products industry.

“The legal industry is becoming more and more complex as client demands and needs evolve,” Holdrup said. “I look forward to working at Dykema and bringing my strategic outlook, financial skills and hands-on operational expertise to the position.”
Holdrup received his B.A. in Finance from Baldwin-Wallace College and his MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

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 and follow Dykema on Twitter

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:


  • Real Estate


  • 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:


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


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


  • 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 and follow Dykema on Twitter