Firm profile submitted by Dickinson Wright PLLC
Chief Executive Officer: William T Burgess
Other attorneys: 146
USA Offices: Ann Arbor, Austin, Columbus, El Paso, Ft Lauderdale, Grand Rapids, Lansling, Las Vegas, Lexington, Nashville, Phoenix, Reno, Saginaw, Troy, Washington DC
International Office: Toronto
Dickinson Wright PLLC, founded in 1878, has more than 450 lawyers and is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas, with primary offices located in Michigan; Austin, TX; Columbus, OH; El Paso, TX; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Lexington, KY; Las Vegas, NV; Nashville, TN; Phoenix, AZ; Reno, NV; Washington DC; and Toronto, Canada. It provides corporate, commercial litigation, real estate, intellectual property, and employment services, among others, to clients ranging from the Fortune 500 to mid-sized and start ups. The firm is one of the largest operating in Michigan and offers legal assistance locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Dickinson Wright’s lawyers are regularly listed in compendiums of leading firms. The firm is a leader in diversity and has been nationally recognized for its commitments in this area.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Financial Services:
The firm provides representation and complete transaction planning advice to both lenders and borrowers in virtually all types of transactions. The firm also offers sophisticated services in commercial bankruptcy, including workouts, insolvency litigation, and refinancing.
Commercial & Business Litigation:
The firm regularly represents clients in all aspects of litigation, including defense in commercial disputes, class actions and other types of complex litigation, including mass tort and multidistrict litigation.
The firm offers clients lawyers who are seasoned, talented and exceptionally well versed in all areas related to corporate transactions. Its lawyers handle, on a regular basis, complex issues including mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, financings, debt restructurings, joint ventures, securities offerings, and other commercial transactions. The firm also handles SOX-related compliance, corporate governance, SEC and regulatory compliance, and all types of entity formation and contractual arrangements.
Labour & Employment:
The firm’s capabilities extend to areas including employment counseling, immigration, employee benefits and executive compensation, complex employment and employee benefits litigation, wage and hour counseling, non-competition agreements and related obligations, labour management relations and disputes, and ESOP’s.
The firm represents clients in a full array of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, permanent financing, construction, development, leasing transactions and real estate management for clients ranging from financial institutions and developers to schools and corporations.
To assist its clients in meeting the challenges of the global business environment, Dickinson Wright draws on the resources of all of its practice areas to provide integrated solutions to business opportunities and problems. Dickinson Wright lawyers regularly handle cross-border matters and represent numerous international clients, both domestically and abroad. The firm has established an international task force to identify issues that may affect its international clients and find effective and creative ways to address these issues. The firm is regularly recommended by international publications surveying top firms in the United States.
The firm regularly represents casino operators, casino developers and casino equipment manufacturers, suppliers and employees, as well as Indian tribes and municipalities invested in developing casino projects.
Additional Practice Specialties:
Alternative dispute resolution; antitrust and trade regulation; appellate litigation; bankruptcy; biotechnology; business criminal defense/investigations; business technology; construction; corporate finance; corporate governance; employee benefits; energy and public utilities; environmental; estate planning and trusts; family and matrimonial; immigration; insurance; intellectual property; labour and employment relations; medical malpractice defense; mergers and acquisitions; minority business enterprises; municipal law and finance; private capital; product liability litigation; railroads and transportation; regulatory and administrative law; risk management; schools and educational institutions; securities; taxation; telecommunications.
Representative clients include: Airbus; American General Life Companies; AT&T Michigan; Bank of America; Barclays Group; Carhartt; Caterpillar Inc.; FCA US LLC; The Dow Chemical Company; E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Inc.; The E.W. Scripps Company; Exxon Mobil Corporation; Federal-Mogul Corporation; Ford Motor Company; General Electric Company; Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Hewlett-Packard; John Hancock Financial Services; Johnson Controls, Inc.; JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; Magna International Inc.; MGM Resorts International; Roth Capital Partners; State of Michigan; UNUM Group; Whirlpool Corporation.