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Bodman PLC


Bodman PLC - Detroit
  • 6th Floor at Ford Field
  • 1901 St Antoine Street
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • USA
  • MI 48226
  • Tel:+1 313 259 7777
  • Fax:+1 313 393 7579
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Chairman, Executive Committee: Ralph E McDowell
  • Number of members: 95
  • Number of other lawyers: 59
  • Offices: The firm also has an affiliate office in Dallas, Texas.

Firm Overview:
Bodman clients demand the best. Bodman attorneys, in turn, are laser-focused on providing the highest quality legal services to clients in Michigan, across the United States and around the world. The firm’s clients are businesses, individuals and institutions with big ideas and big achievements. For more than 80 years, they have trusted Bodman to serve as a strategic business partner. In exchange, the firm offers them the insight, experience and value they need to succeed. Bodman values long-term client relationships above short-term gain, and it nurtures those relationships carefully. Bodman attorneys work to understand their clients’ businesses and the markets within which they operate. This enables them to provide both strategic advice and preventative counsel to address potential issues efficiently and discreetly before they become significant and expensive problems. They deliver on their promises with quality, integrity and knowledge. The power of Bodman’s approach is clear in the extraordinarily long-term relationships it has maintained. For example, Bodman has represented the interests of the Ford family continuously since 1929. It has represented Comerica Incorporated and its predecessor, Manufacturers National Bank of Detroit, since it helped found Manufacturers in 1933. Other significant relationships have endured for more than 50 years. Bodman’s extensive pro bono program includes active participation with both Michigan Community Resources and Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD) to provide free legal services to worthy community organizations and indigent individuals. According to LAD, which has honored Bodman with its Law Firm Pro Bono Award, the firm has provided pro bono services to more indigent individuals than any other law firm in the history of Michigan. The State Bar of Michigan has admitted Bodman to its Pro Bono Circle of Excellence.

Main Areas of Practice:
The firm’s primary areas of practice are: automotive and industrial; banking; business/corporate; construction; debtor-creditor rights and bankruptcy; enterprise procurement; environmental; healthcare; individual clients; insurance; intellectual property; litigation and alternative dispute resolution; municipal law and finance; real property; tax; and workplace law.

International Work:
Bodman represents many international clients with business interests in Michigan and elsewhere within the United States. Bodman attorneys have substantial expertise in cross-border transactions involving companies and people located in India, Japan, Korea, Europe and Latin America.

Bodman has a diverse client base that includes individuals and businesses in a variety of industries, with emphasis on financial services, automotive, real estate, non-profit and charitable institutions, hi-tech, healthcare, general manufacturing and other sectors.

Representative clients include:
AIG/American General; Archdiocese of Detroit; Bank of America; Bharat Forge Limited; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan; Caraco Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Carmeuse Lime and Stone; CBS Outdoor; Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; City of Ann Arbor; City of Grosse Pointe Park; Comcast Cablevision; Comerica Bank; Crittenton Hospital Medical Center; CSX Transportation, Inc.; The Detroit Lions, Inc.; Fannie Mae; Financial Institutions Compliance Cooperative; Flagstar Bank F.S.B.; Ford Estates; Foster Blue Water Oil Co., Inc.; Foster Energy Services; Freudenberg-NOK;Grede Holdings LLC; The Huntington National Bank; Independent Bank; International Automotive Components Group; Key Plastics, LLC; Lamar Advertising; Lear Corp.;Memorial Healthcare; Monroe Bank & Trust; PNC Bank; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Primerica Financial Services; Pulte Homes of Michigan; RBS Citizens, N.A.; Saga Communications, Inc.; Sparton Corporation; St.Marys Cement Corporation; Stahl’s Inc.; Sun Pharmaceutical Industries; Titan International, Inc.; Wayne County; Wells Fargo Bank.

Areas of Practice

  • Automotive & Industrial
  • Banking
  • Business/Corporate/M&A
  • Construction
  • Debtor-Creditor Rights & Bankruptcy
  • Enterprise Procurement
  • Environmental
  • Healthcare
  • High Tech
  • Individual Clients/Trusts & Estates
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation & ADR
  • Municipal Law & Finance
  • Real Property
  • Tax
  • Workplace Law


  • 6th Floor at Ford Field,
  • 1901 St Antoine Street,
  • Detroit,
  • Michigan
  • USA
  • MI 48226
  • Tel +1 313 259 7777
  • Fax +1 313 393 7579
  • Email : info@bodmanlaw.com
  • Website : www.bodmanlaw.com
  • Suite 400,
  • 201 South Division,
  • Ann Arbor,
  • Michigan
  • USA
  • MI 48104
  • Tel +1 734 761 3780
  • Fax +1 734 930 2494
  • 229 Court Street,
  • PO Box 405,
  • Cheboygan,
  • Michigan
  • USA
  • MI 49721
  • Tel +1 231 627 8000
  • Fax +1 231 627 2802
  • Suite 500,
  • 201 West Big Beaver Road,
  • Troy,
  • Michigan
  • USA
  • MI 48084
  • Tel +1 248 743 6000
  • Fax +1 248 743 6002

Banking & Finance - Michigan

THE FIRM This Michigan firm is known for fielding the premier banking team in the state. Its practice encompasses a wide variety of commercial lending and regulatory matters, including bankruptcy and restructuring issues, and it has significant experience of transactions relating to the automotive, healthcare and environmental services sectors. The group recently represented Comerica Bank in the creation of a $400 million syndicated secured multicurrency credit facility. Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Huntington National Bank are also key clients.

Sources say: "I trust them with my business because deadlines are always met and the quality of work is strong."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Larry Shulman is widely regarded as "the gold standard" banking attorney in Michigan. Clients prize his "pragmatic business approach" and ability to deal with the most complex matters.

Ralph McDowell is also considered "one of the finest attorneys in town." He is a commercial bankruptcy and workout specialist, with a particular interest in the automotive and manufacturing sectors.

The "incredibly smartRobert Diehl is a bankruptcy expert with notable experience in the real estate, construction and automotive sectors. Clients observe that "he understands the requirements from a business perspective, as well as the legal ramifications in bankruptcies and workouts."

Joseph Kochanek is recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of loan origination and is known for dealing with syndicated credit arrangements. Clients report that he is "very focused on the business issues" and "does a good job at managing multiple parties."

Wendy Zabriskie has a strong reputation for handling commercial and real estate loans. Clients say: "She has a good business sense in addition to good legal sense, and she's very responsive."

Clients admire Scott Gyorke's knowledge, responsiveness and creativity. He is adept at handling a broad range of matters relating to loan origination. Interviewees describe him as "knowledgeable, responsive and creative."

Kathleen O'Callaghan Hickey advises lenders on secured transactions, workouts, liability and loan structuring. She has well-establised expertise in the healthcare arena and is described by clients as "very knowledgeable and very responsive."

Daniel Watson impresses clients with the quality and timeliness of his work product. He represents financial institutions in a range of loan origination matters, with a heavy emphasis on real estate transactions.

Corporate/M&A - Michigan

THE FIRM This firm has a highly regarded corporate finance and M&A practice, with a focus on the automotive and manufacturing sectors. The group is also increasingly active in the areas of private equity, securities transactions and hi-tech venture capital, and has impressive cross-jurisdictional experience. It has recently provided corporate counsel to Lear Corporation, Fruedenberg-NOK and Grede Holdings.

Sources say: "It is a conscientious and accessible group, with a good understanding of our business and our business needs."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Leading transactional attorney Timothy Damschroder handles M&A and corporate finance, with significant experience of the automotive, energy and emerging technologies sectors. Clients describe him as being "almost without comparison; he's really very good at identifying particular problems and helping to work through them with good pragmatic solutions."

"Really good lawyer" Laurence Deitch impresses clients with his experience, creative thinking and "execution-oriented" approach. He focuses on transactions within the automotive and private equity arenas.

Up-and-coming attorney Carrie Leahy concentrates on securities matters. Clients describe her as "a superb technician and eminently practical," and appreciate that "she really attempts to understand what we're dealing with and help us make the best decisions."

Edwin Lukas also focuses on securities and corporate finance. Clients admire his document development skills and characterize him as a "conscientious" and "thoughtful" practitioner.

Labor & Employment - Michigan

THE FIRM This group places a particular emphasis on its traditional labor practice and is regularly engaged to advise on collective bargaining and union avoidance. It has also seen an increase in employment litigation defense work relating to discrimination and wrongful termination claims. The group has notable experience of representing healthcare, nonprofit, banking and automotive clients, including the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, Comerica, Spectrum Health and Lear Corporation.

Sources say: "Their client service is excellent: very attentive, very timely."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Karen Piper is a respected counselor and litigator, with significant experience of FMLA matters. Clients value her thoroughness, sensitivity and knowledge of the relevant issues.

New entry to the rankings John Cashen handles labor matters, including litigation, with a strong focus on issues arising in the automotive sector. Clients report that he is "extremely knowledgeable about union issues and kept us one step ahead of all the issues that arose."

Litigation - Michigan

THE FIRM This highly regarded group handles a wide range of contentious matters, with a focus on complex commercial disputes within the financial, automotive and insurance sectors. It has also seen an expansion of its healthcare litigation practice. The team recently defended Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan against claims of over $100 million in a case concerning insurance access fees. Other key clients include Comerica, Lear Corporation and Meridian Health Plan.

Sources say: "I have been impressed with the breadth of knowledge and expertise available at the firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Shannon is described by clients as "smart" and "articulate." His practice places a heavy emphasis on disputes within the automotive industry.

Real Estate - Michigan

THE FIRM This much-praised team has an impressive reputation in the field of real estate finance. It is also well versed in development and tax incentives, and manages real estate portfolios for notable clients within the automotive industry. The team recently represented Detroit Manufacturing Systems in the $29 million development of a new manufacturing facility. Comerica, Lear Corporation and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit are also key clients.

Sources say: "Ultimately, they are looking out for our best interests and they put a lot of effort into understanding what our issues are and making certain we're protected."

KEY INDIVIDUALS David Hipp has a broad real estate practice encompassing finance, acquisitions and dispositions, leases and litigation. Clients appreciate that "he has a lot of experience on all sides of the transactions."

"Excellent" attorney Andrew Spilkin has a transactional real estate practice, often serving the interests of clients in the automotive industry. Sources report: "He is extremely timely and tactful, he has a wealth of experience, and he drives solutions, not issues."

Nicholas Scavone is particularly active in the field of loan origination and has experience of advising on the financing of retail, leisure, residential, office and manufacturing facilities. Clients praise the quality of his work output.