Dickinson Wright Recognized in Legal 500 United States 2022 Edition

TROY, Mich. – Dickinson Wright is pleased to announce that the firm has received eight practice rankings and 34 attorneys have been listed in this year’s The Legal 500 United States 2022.

For more than 30 years, The Legal 500 has been analyzing the capabilities of law firms across the world with a comprehensive research program that each year brings the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 100 jurisdictions. The rankings are based on a series of criteria and research is based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms, and interviews with leading private practice lawyers. To view The Legal 500 United States 2022, please click here.

The Legal 500 United States 2022 ranked Dickinson Wright in the following practice areas:

• Dispute Resolution – General Commercial Disputes
• Industry Focus – Cannabis
• Intellectual Property – Patents: Licensing
• Labor and Employment – Labor and Employment Disputes (including Collective Actions): Defense
• M&A/Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m)
• Real Estate – Construction
• Real Estate
• Real Estate Finance

Dickinson Wright is also listed as a “Firm to Watch” for Intellectual Property – Trademarks: Litigation.

The Legal 500 United States 2022 recognized the following Dickinson Wright attorneys in their editorial as “Recommended Lawyers”:

Dispute Resolution – General Commercial Disputes

• Bennett Evan Cooper (Phoenix, AZ)
• Scot Claus (Phoenix, AZ)
• Phillip DeRosier (Detroit, MI)
• John Desmond (Reno, NV)
• Scott Knapp (Lansing, MI)
• Thomas McNeill (Detroit, MI)
• John Nelson (Austin, TX)
• David Owen (Lexington, KY)

Industry Focus – Cannabis

• Benton Bodamer (Columbus, OH)
• Scot Crow (Columbus, OH)

Intellectual Property – Patents: Licensing

• K. Lance Anderson (Austin, TX)
• Richard Jones (Troy, MI)

Labor and Employment – Labor and Employment Disputes (including Collective Actions): Defense

• Jeffrey Beemer (Nashville, TN)
• Reid Estes (Nashville, TN)
• Timothy Howlett (Detroit, MI)
• Christina McDonald (Grand Rapids, MI)
• William Thacker (Ann Arbor, MI)
• Kathryn Wood (Detroit, MI)

M&A/Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Middle-Market (sub-$500m)

• Scot Crow (Columbus, OH)
• Mark High (Detroit, MI)
• Amy Kwiatkowski (Detroit, MI)
• Andrew MacLeod (Detroit, MI)
• Joel Mayersohn (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
• John Schuring (Grand Rapids, MI)

Real Estate – Construction (including Construction Litigation)

• Cynthia Alexander (Las Vegas, NV)
• Todd Baxter (Phoenix, AZ)
• Charles Brecker (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
• John Cameron (Grand Rapids, MI)
• Joseph DeLave (Troy, MI)
• Scott Holcomb (Phoenix, AZ)
• Ryan Mitchell (Grand Rapids, MI)
• Stephen Richman (Phoenix, AZ)

Real Estate

• John Cameron (Grand Rapids, MI)
• Monica Labe (Troy, MI)
• Michael Lusardi (Troy, MI)

Real Estate Finance

• Katheryne Zelenock (Troy, MI)

About Dickinson Wright
Dickinson Wright is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. The firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise, and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy 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.

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Aaron Burrell to Receive Freedom Award from National Action Network Michigan

DETROIT, Mich. – Dickinson Wright is pleased to announce that Aaron Burrell (Member, Detroit and Troy) will receive a Freedom Award from the National Action Network Michigan during their Juneteenth Celebration on June 18, 2022 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

National Action Network (NAN) is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the country with chapters throughout the U.S. Founded in 1991, NAN works to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, criminal record, economic status, gender, gender expression, or sexuality. “I’m honored to receive one of this year’s Freedom Awards from NAN Michigan and look forward to continue to work together with the organization to advance the cause of justice,” says Aaron.

Aaron is a Member of Dickinson Wright and serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. He is a Commissioner on the ABA’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners. He also serves on the board of directors of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and Oakland County Bar Association. Aaron is recognized by numerous publications as a leader in his field including Diversity MBA Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal, Crain’s Detroit Business, Michigan Lawyers Weekly and Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

About Dickinson Wright
Dickinson Wright is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. The firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise, and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy 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.

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Elizabeth L. Luckenbach Sworn In as President of the Oakland County Bar Association

TROY, Mich. – Dickinson Wright is pleased to announce that Elizabeth L. Luckenbach (Member, Troy) has been elected President of the Oakland County Bar Association. She was sworn in during a ceremony at the OCBA Annual Meeting on June 2, 2022.

“I’m honored to serve as President of the Oakland County Bar Association for the coming year. I look forward to working with our officers, staff and members to continue to build on the great work the OCBA does within the community,” says Liz.

Liz specializes in probate and fiduciary litigation, trust and estate administration, estate planning, and special needs planning. With nearly 25 years of experience representing fiduciaries and individuals in all aspects of litigation, administration, and planning, Liz works tirelessly to advocate for her clients, treating each of them with the individual attention they deserve. Liz is a Past President of the Wayne County Probate Bar Association and the Oakland County Bar Foundation. In 2020 and 2021 she was ranked by Michigan Super Lawyers® among the top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan.

The Oakland County Bar Association was formally established in 1934 by a small group of young attorneys with the express purpose of connecting Oakland County legal professionals with their colleagues, advancing and enriching the profession, serving the public, and promoting comradery. As the largest voluntary bar association in Michigan, the OCBA is committed to public service projects, committee work, and lending a strong and influential voice on current legislative activities and court rules. To learn more, please visit www.ocba.org.

About Dickinson Wright
Dickinson Wright is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. The firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise, and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy 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.

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Eleven Dickinson Wright Attorneys Listed as 2022 IP Stars

TROY, Mich. – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that 11 attorneys within the firm are listed in the 2022 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property. The firm received a “Highly Recommended” rating for its Patent Prosecution practice in Michigan, “Recommended” ratings for its Patent Contentious and Trademark practices in Michigan, and a “Recommended” rating for its Intellectual Property practice in Nevada.

Managing Intellectual Property’s 2022 IP Stars is the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to leading IP firms and lawyers. Managing Intellectual Property’s researchers in London, New York and Hong Kong collected market information, analyzed it and ranked firms in tiers, based on the feedback received from thousands of practitioners. To learn more, visit www.ipstars.com.

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright attorneys who are listed as 2022 IP Stars:

Ann Arbor, Mich.
John S. Artz, Patent Star

Austin, Texas
Mark Scott, Patent Star

Las Vegas, Nev.
Jennifer Ko Craft, Copyright and Trademark Star
• Top 250 Women in IP Honoree

Lexington, Ky.
Andrew Dorisio, Patent and Trademark Star

Phoenix, Ariz.
Flavia Campbell, Trademark Star

Silicon Valley, Calif.
Craig Y. Allison, Patent Star
Jonathan Baker, Patent Star

Troy, Mich.
William H. Honaker, Patent, Copyright and Trademark Star
Daniel D. Quick, Copyright and Trademark Star
Steven L. Oberholtzer, Patent and Trademark Star

Washington, D.C.
Fred W. Hathaway, Copyright and Trademark Star

About Dickinson Wright
Dickinson Wright is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. The firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise, and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy 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.

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Dickinson Wright Receives Top Rankings in 2022 Chambers USA Guide; 42 Attorneys Recognized as Leaders in their Fields

DETROIT, Mich. – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession, has ranked 17 of the firm’s practices and 42 of the firm’s attorneys in the 2022 Chambers USA Guide.

London-based publisher Chambers & Partners 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.

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright practices that are listed in Chambers USA 2022:

Arizona
Litigation: General Commercial
Real Estate

Florida
Intellectual Property

Michigan
Banking & Finance (Band 1)
Bankruptcy & Restructuring (Band 1)
Corporate/M&A
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1)
Real Estate (Band 1)

Nevada
Gaming & Licensing
Litigation: General Commercial

Ohio
Corporate/M&A (South & Central)
Real Estate

Texas
Immigration

USA – Nationwide
Cannabis Law

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright attorneys who are listed in Chambers USA 2022:

Banking and Finance
Craig W. Hammond, Troy
Colleen M. Shevnock, Ann Arbor
William P. Shield, Jr., Detroit (Band 1)
Rachel Wolock, Detroit

Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Steven G. Howell, Detroit (Band 1)
James A. Plemmons, Detroit
Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, Detroit (Band 1)

Corporate/M&A
Richard M. Bolton, Detroit
Mark R. High, Detroit

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Deborah L. Grace, Troy
Roberta P. Granadier, Troy
Eric W. Gregory, Troy
Cynthia A. Moore, Troy
Jordan Schreier, Ann Arbor

Immigration
Heather Frayre, El Paso
Suzanne Sukkar, Ann Arbor
Kathleen Campbell Walker, El Paso (Nationwide/Band 1) (Texas/Star Individual)

Intellectual Property
John S. Artz, Ann Arbor (Band 1)
Vijay G. Brijbasi, Ft. Lauderdale
Andrew D. Dorisio, Lexington
Catherine F. Hoffman, Ft. Lauderdale
William H. Honaker, Troy
Gregory L. Mayback, Ft. Lauderdale
Steven L. Oberholtzer, Ann Arbor

Labor & Employment
Angelina Delmastro, Detroit
Timothy H. Howlett, Detroit (Band 1)

Litigation: Appellate
Bennett Evan Cooper, Phoenix

Litigation: General Commercial
Cynthia Alexander, Las Vegas
Michael N. Feder, Las Vegas
Brian Johnson, Lexington
Thomas G. McNeill, Detroit (Band 1)
Edward H. Pappas, Troy
Daniel D. Quick, Troy

Political Law
Charles Spies, Washington, DC (Nationwide)

Real Estate Law
John G. Cameron, Jr., Grand Rapids (Band 1)
James N. Candler, Jr., Detroit
Stephen E. Dawson, Troy
Monica J. Labe, Troy
Leslee M. Lewis, Grand Rapids
James H. Patterson, Phoenix
Katheryne L. Zelenock, Troy

Real Estate Law: Zoning/Land Use
Timothy Stoepker, Grand Rapids (Band 1)

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 is available online here.

About Dickinson Wright
Dickinson Wright is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. The firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise, and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy 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.

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DETROIT, Mich. – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession, has ranked 17 of the firm’s practices and 42 of the firm’s attorneys in the 2022 Chambers USA Guide.

London-based publisher Chambers & Partners 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.

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright practices that are listed in Chambers USA 2022:

Arizona
Litigation: General Commercial
Real Estate

Florida
Intellectual Property

Michigan
Banking & Finance (Band 1)
Bankruptcy & Restructuring (Band 1)
Corporate/M&A
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1)
Real Estate (Band 1)

Nevada
Gaming & Licensing
Litigation: General Commercial

Ohio
Corporate/M&A (South & Central)
Real Estate

Texas
Immigration

USA – Nationwide
Cannabis Law

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright attorneys who are listed in Chambers USA 2022:

Banking and Finance
Craig W. Hammond, Troy
Colleen M. Shevnock, Ann Arbor
William P. Shield, Jr., Detroit (Band 1)
Rachel Wolock, Detroit

Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Steven G. Howell, Detroit (Band 1)
James A. Plemmons, Detroit
Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, Detroit (Band 1)

Corporate/M&A
Richard M. Bolton, Detroit
Mark R. High, Detroit

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Deborah L. Grace, Troy
Roberta P. Granadier, Troy
Eric W. Gregory, Troy
Cynthia A. Moore, Troy
Jordan Schreier, Ann Arbor

Immigration
Heather Frayre, El Paso
Suzanne Sukkar, Ann Arbor
Kathleen Campbell Walker, El Paso (Nationwide/Band 1) (Texas/Star Individual)

Intellectual Property
John S. Artz, Ann Arbor (Band 1)
Vijay G. Brijbasi, Ft. Lauderdale
Andrew D. Dorisio, Lexington
Catherine F. Hoffman, Ft. Lauderdale
William H. Honaker, Troy
Gregory L. Mayback, Ft. Lauderdale
Steven L. Oberholtzer, Ann Arbor

Labor & Employment
Angelina Delmastro, Detroit
Timothy H. Howlett, Detroit (Band 1)

Litigation: Appellate
Bennett Evan Cooper, Phoenix

Litigation: General Commercial
Cynthia Alexander, Las Vegas
Michael N. Feder, Las Vegas
Brian Johnson, Lexington
Thomas G. McNeill, Detroit (Band 1)
Edward H. Pappas, Troy
Daniel D. Quick, Troy

Political Law
Charles Spies, Washington, DC (Nationwide)

Real Estate Law
John G. Cameron, Jr., Grand Rapids (Band 1)
James N. Candler, Jr., Detroit
Stephen E. Dawson, Troy
Monica J. Labe, Troy
Leslee M. Lewis, Grand Rapids
James H. Patterson, Phoenix
Katheryne L. Zelenock, Troy

Real Estate Law: Zoning/Land Use
Timothy Stoepker, Grand Rapids (Band 1)

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2022 is available online here.

About Dickinson Wright
Dickinson Wright is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. The firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise, and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy 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.

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Elliot Vilders Joins Dickinson Wright Troy Office as a Member

TROY, Mich. – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Elliot Vilders has joined the firm’s Troy office as a Member.

Elliot is an experienced and detail-oriented transactional attorney, focusing his practice on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, and general corporate matters. He represents clients ranging from start-ups to publicly traded companies across a number of industries, including automotive, manufacturing, industrial technology, and cannabis.

Elliot received his B.G.S. from the University of Michigan; his M.I.B. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University; and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. The firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise, and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy 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.

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M. Katherine VanderVeen Named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

DETROIT, Mich. – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that M. Katherine VanderVeen (Member, Detroit) has been named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Up and Coming Lawyers program recognizes lawyers who, within their first ten years of practice, are making their mark and establishing themselves as future leaders. The 2022 Up and Coming Lawyers will be profiled in a special section of the April 11th issue of Michigan Lawyers Weekly. “I am honored to be selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a 2022 Up and Coming Lawyer. This list is filled with extremely talented and accomplished attorneys who zealously contribute to their communities and clients,” said Katie. “I am proud to be included in this year’s class.”

Katie’s practice focuses on transactions involving financing, whether syndicated or single-lender loans, secured or unsecured loans, cash-flow or asset-based loans, real estate financing, construction financing, acquisition financing, or recapitalization. She assists clients with all aspects of commercial finance transactions, including initial structuring and documentation, modifications and amendments, and restructurings and refinancings. Katie specializes in loans to regulated industries, including cannabis (single state and MSOs, vertical and horizontal operations, and more) and healthcare (medical and dental), and handles cross-border transactions. She is recognized as a leader in her field by Best Lawyers in America® “Ones to Watch” for Banking and Finance Law. Katie received her Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School and her Bachelor of Arts from James Madison College at Michigan State University.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. The firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise, and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy 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.

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New Virtual Program Addresses Legal Strategies for Women Business Leaders

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Michigan ranks in the “Top 10 States” with the highest percentage of women business owners at 36.8% per capita, according to maxfilings.com. To help women leaders stay up to date on the laws, regulations and other resources that may benefit them, Foster Swift has developed a “Legal Strategies for Women Leaders” webinar series. The series, with episodes in April, June, August and October of 2022, will kick off on April 19.

Topics for the first year are geared towards women who are established in their businesses, as well as women business executives. While not a substitute for legal advice, the goal of this program is to educate attendees and communicate that it is not up to one person to keep a business going but that it takes a team of different professionals to get the work done.

“Keeping a finger on the pulse of the evolving legal landscape and available resources creates a competitive advantage,” says Amanda Dernovshek, attorney with Foster Swift’s business and tax practice.

“Our goal in developing this program is to discuss legal issues that women-owned businesses face and provide a platform to promote resources for women-owned businesses as well as provide women leaders with a framework for evaluating options and selecting qualified legal counsel so they may achieve goals personally and professionally. We hope that our presentations will be approachable, informative, and demonstrate our interest and dedication to advancing women in business.”

The first session is scheduled for April 19 at 9 am EST. Each session will last about 30 minutes. Amanda will be discussing ‘Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Certification.’ This conversation will address the following questions:
• What is the women owned small business certification?
• What agency or organization certifies a business as women-owned?
• What are the requirements for WOSB and how can Foster Swift assist in the process?
• How can certification benefit women business owners?

Each session will have ample opportunities for participants to ask questions and discuss the legal opportunities and challenges that women leaders face. The remaining tentative topics in the coming months include:
• Executive compensation options & negotiation with employee benefits attorney Mindi Johnson on June 7.
• Protecting your business assets and the importance of a pre-nuptial agreement to protect your business with family law attorneys Jackie Dupler & Andrea Badalucco on August 9.
• Effective estate planning and planned giving with estate planning attorney Amanda Afton Martin on October 4.

To register for the April 19 session, please use the following Zoom link:

• https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cmLhtTdoSrmsCjeYYOc_Bw
• Contact info@fosterswift.com if you have further questions about this program

John S. Artz Named a ‘Go To Lawyer’ for Intellectual Property Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

ANN ARBOR, Mich., – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that John S. Artz (Member and Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group Co-Chair) has been named a ‘Go To Lawyer’ for Intellectual Property Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Now in its third year, the “Go To Lawyer” program recognizes leading lawyers in a particular field of law. Honorees will be profiled in a special section in the March 28 print and digital issues of Michigan Lawyers Weekly. “I am honored to be selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a ‘Go To Lawyer’ for Intellectual Property law. This list is filled with such talented and accomplished attorneys,” said John.

John has more than 25 years of experience and practices in all areas of intellectual property litigation. He also has extensive experience in the acquisition, management, and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret assets. He serves as lead counsel for many companies in federal courts across the country, including the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Patent Office and the U.S. Supreme Court. John is recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars, Best Lawyers in America, and DBusiness Top Lawyers. He is past President of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and is currently a co-chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan. John received his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. The firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise, and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy 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.

Business Succession Lawyers Join Dickinson Wright Troy Office

TROY, Mich. – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Michael Beals (Member and Business Succession Practice Group Chair), Erick Hosner (Member), Janet Norgrove (Paralegal), and Rose Fagan (Paralegal and Legal Assistant) have joined the firm’s Troy office.

“We are excited to join Dickinson Wright PLLC and bring our business succession focus to the Firm,” says Mike. “Our practice will complement and build on the services the Firm provides across our national network, specifically our robust Trust and Estate and Corporate Practice Groups. We cater to high net worth entrepreneurs and families by providing the talent, strategies, and experience to protect and provide a smooth succession of wealth and business to the next generation of leaders.”

Mike Beals is a Member and Business Succession Practice Group Chair in the firm’s Troy office. He is a corporate and trust lawyer who counsels privately owned enterprises and high net worth entrepreneurs. Mike is particularly focused on moving business and wealth from one generation to the next. Mike integrates corporate organization and business succession strategies with trust and estate planning. He combines his corporate, trust, and counseling skill set to develop tailored strategies designed to protect business and wealth from family and management disharmony, federal gift and estate tax liabilities, and creditor and marital claims of each generation. Mike is a former Adjunct Professor of Business Planning at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Michigan Leading Lawyers and DBusiness Top Lawyers. Mike received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law.

Erick Hosner is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. He regularly counsels businesses and business owners on the design and implementation of tax-efficient strategies that help achieve a variety of goals, including strategies for forming and structuring the business and its operations; implementing key employee incentives to attract, retain, and reward top talent; and planning for exiting the business. He assists clients on formation and structuring issues including advising on the tax implications of choice of entity, ownership structure, and restructuring in anticipation of ownership changes. Erick also helps business owners plan for and implement a variety of strategies, including sales to strategic or financial buyers, management buyouts, and transition of the business through gifting. He is Chair of the 2023 Annual Tax Conference for the State Bar of Michigan’s Tax Section and is a member of the American Bar Association’s Tax Section. He serves as a Board Member and Awards Committee Chair for Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars. Erick received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. The firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise, and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy 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.

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