Bodman clients demand the best. We, in turn, are laser-focused on providing the highest quality legal services to clients in Michigan, across the United States, and around the world.

Our clients are businesses, individuals, and institutions with big ideas and big achievements. For more than 80 years, they have trusted us to serve as a strategic business partner. In exchange, we offer them the insight, experience and value they need to succeed.

We value long-term client relationships above short-term gain, and we nurture those relationships carefully. We work to understand our clients' businesses and the markets within which they operate. This enables us to provide both strategic advice and preventative counsel to address potential issues efficiently and discreetly before they become significant and expensive problems. We deliver on our promises with quality, integrity, and knowledge.

The power of our approach is clear in the extraordinarily long-term relationships we have. For example, we have represented the interests of the Ford family continuously since 1929. We have represented Comerica Incorporated and its predecessor, Manufacturers National Bank of Detroit, since we helped found Manufacturers in 1933.

Main Location

201 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 500
Troy, MI 48084
Phone: 248-743-6000
4 offices

Firm Attorneys

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James J. Walsh James J. Walsh Bodman PLC
Practicing in: Commercial Litigation
Practicing in: Commercial Litigation

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    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Detroit, Michigan in Trusts and Estates with 6 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Detroit, Michigan in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Detroit, Michigan in Litigation - Bankruptcy with 4 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Detroit, Michigan in Trusts and Estates with 6 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Detroit, Michigan in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Detroit, Michigan in Litigation - Bankruptcy with 4 lawyers.

    Client Comments

    "Andrew Curoe is highly thorough and has a meticulous attention to detail in an area that demands it. He is prompt and personable and inspires confidence in the work product."
    - William E. Fuller
    Troy Honda
    "Bodman LLP attorney, Andy Spilkin, has been a great asset to me and my organization on more than one occasion. Andy provided us with invaluable legal advice regarding numerous real estate transactions. He also did an excellent job explaining complex issues in simple and easy to understand terms that helped us make the best decision for our organization. "
    - Justin Turk
    Detroit Lions
    "Andrew Spilkin is a smart, efficient attorney with great follow-up and organizational skills. He cuts to the chase and gets things done."
    "Andrew Spilkin is a productive, responsive attorney with strong drafting and communication skills."
    "Andrew Spilkin is an excellent, practical attorney. We have cut our spending dramatically by outsourcing our real estate work to Andy."
    "In my experience, Andy has always been well prepared for meetings and is experienced in identifying the relevant business issues that need to be addressed. Additionally, I have grown accustomed to his professionalism and responsiveness, and I am very confident in his abilities. His expertise in real estate law has been invaluable in my opinion."
    "Brian is a trusted resource. He is extremely responsive, very knowledgeable, exhaustively detailed, and broadly experienced. I rely on his legal advice on a daily basis. "
    - Elaine F. Frydrych
    Comerica Bank
    "Christopher Dine is very knowledgeable, personable, and professional. His availability and responsiveness are excellent."
    - Richard K. Rappleye
    The Kresge Foundation
    "Mr. Dine has quickly mastered the complexity associated with our operation and established effective relationships with all parties."
    "David made all of our changes to a 100% ESOP take place in a very efficient manner. He is extremely easy to work with, understanding, patient and a pleasure to have in our meetings."
    - John Cornack
    Moriah
    "David Hempstead is an outstanding attorney and community leader. I would strongly recommend him, particularly in the area of Trusts and Estates Law."
    - James Vandenberghe
    Lear Corporation
    "David Hempstead has high integrity. He is an extremely knowledgeable attorney who is devoted to giving his clients the best answers. He is extremely well respected in the community."
    - James Vandenberghe
    Lear Corporation
    "David Hempstead has outstanding knowledge and concern for the client."
    "Dave is an extremely competent, responsive, client-focused attorney. He provides practical, effective solutions to issues with excellent insight into the business aspects of the matter being addressed. I am always confident in my level of representation when Dave is acting on our behalf."
    - Peter W. Ronan
    Citizens Bank Wealth Management
    "Dave Larsen has led me through a variety of difficult negotiations and assignments during my career. Dave is my go to person for referrals within Bodman and he gets me to the right person. Dave has always met my expectations, and I have high expectations."
    - Robert A. Sajdak
    Reliance Trust Company of Delaware
    "Although David Larsen has become a good friend, I have many different interests in my life that call for a strong, creative, and quick thinking attorney to be watching out for me. I am an entrepreneur with multiple businesses. David Larsen is able to be of fine counsel in all of them and a confidant for those and every other aspect of my life."
    "David Larsen is integral to our family planning three generations out. He interacts professionally with all of us and his advice is always direct and unbiased. We have been able to make the hard decisions with Dave's help."
    "Fred Dindoffer is a superb legal services provider across the board. His knowledge of the subject matter (environmental law) is second to none, and he has provided the highest quality of services to me and my team for many years."
    - Richard J. Plewa
    Comerica Bank
    "Fred is knowledgeable, pragmatic, aggressive (when appropriate), and is very good at negotiating the best possible resolution to each matter we have involved him in. He is also an effective manager in terms of organizing and directing the resources of Bodman to support our team."
    "Fredrick Dindoffer is etremely responsive, and an expert in environmental laws and regulations, litigation tactics, and procedures."
    "Our company could not be more pleased with the services of Bodman LLP, and Harvey Berman. Bodman has been our legal partner since the inception of our company over 10 years ago. They have handled matters for us in the area of human resources, building construction, intellectual property, corporate taxes, and general corporate matters. They are fair, responsive, understanding, professional, and exceptionally competent. We view them as critical partners in our business and in our success."
    - Larry Beach
    RepairClinic.com
    "We use a team of attorneys from Bodman based upon the needs we have and the expertise each attorney provides. Harvey Berman is the Bodman partner in charge of our account. He coordinates Bodman's services with us to ensure that our needs are met in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible. We could not be more pleased with the service Harvey Berman provides us."
    - Larry Beach
    RepairClinic.com
    "Harvey Berman led his team to support our legal requirements for incorporation, construction, and compliance. We could not have had a more complete, responsive, and professional team. Our parent company is headquartered in Asia and we have customers in Europe so we regularly work late into the evening and weekends are often busy. Harvey never failed to give timely response to requests. Bodman responses were thorough and thoughtful. An added value for our organization was Harvey's stature in the community and state. His network is extensive and his reputation was invaluable at all levels, as evidenced by his admittance in both Michigan and Ohio and acquaintances in Lansing."
    - Allen S. Ibara
    Soulbrain Michigan
    "Harvey Berman, in my opinion, is the best contract attorney I have ever dealt with. His knowledge of the law and commitment to serving his clients are attributes I look for when selecting an attorney to work with. What really stands out is his attention to detail and making sure that every possible issue is considered when drafting or reviewing a contract. He is truly a top professional in his field."
    - Maureen Sloan
    Building and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor
    "A pro's pro is Mr. Herold Deason. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience that is reasoned as opposed to "chest pounding" bravado that I have seen elsewhere. He is efficient and very straight-forward talking with us as clients in terms non-lawyers can understand to make the informed decisions as a team and not as a lawyer taking you in a direction you may not understand as to where you are going. He is a decent honest person who is a cracker of a lawyer."
    - Patrick S. Connelly
    Automotive Component Manufacturing Inc.
    "Jim Walsh has been representing our company on First Amendment and property rights for years. He has definitely earned the respect of other attorneys in this same category of practice. I would highly recommend Jim and his firm to represent someone in a First Amendment or property rights claim."
    "When faced with what appears to be imminent disaster, a call to John Cashen always gets me back on track. Our discussions allow me to clear my head and make focused decisions."
    - Sean P. Cotton
    Meridian Health Plan, Inc.
    "By far, John Cashen is the best Labor and Employment attorney in the greater Detroit area that I have had an opportunity to work with in my almost 30 years of practicing law!"
    "Joseph Kochanek is an absolutely outstanding attorney. He understands the business issues at hand and can quickly finds appropriate solutions while protecting our interest. His ability to work with other firms to resolve issues is among the best in the country."
    - William B. Murdock
    Comerica Bank
    "Joseph Kochanek is an absolutely outstanding attorney. He understands the business issues at hand and quickly finds appropriate solutions while protecting our interests. His ability to work with other firms to resolve issues is among the best in the country."
    - William B. Murdock
    Comerica Bank
    "Kathy Hickey is a tremendously valuable resource when it comes to navigating through legal issues on our way to closing a piece of new business. In any transaction, there are pitfalls that can entirely derail the process. Kathy is proficient at anticipating those pitfalls and finding working solutions around them to ultimately end in a successful transaction."
    - Steve Dicker
    PNC/ National City Bank
    "Kathy feels like one of my co-workers. She's personable, relatable, makes sure I understand the legal issues at hand, and is always responsive and timely."
    - Erica Knoll
    Comerica Bank
    "Larry Sommers is knowledgeable and experienced. He provides timely and effective legal services. He is well-regarded in the legal and banking community. He is also very personable."
    "Kathleen O'Callaghan is a very professional and responsive attorney."
    "Larry Shulman sets the bar for all other attorneys."
    - Steven P. Davis
    Comerica Bank
    "I consider Larry Shulman to be the gold standard for attorneys."
    - Steven P. Davis
    Comerica Bank
    "Larry Shulman is quite simply one of the best attorneys in the country. His turnaround time is better than any other attorney I have ever even heard of, much less met. He understands all the business issues at hand and quickly finds workable solutions to any issue while being sure to protect our interests."
    - William B. Murdock
    Comerica Bank
    "Larry Shulman is quite simply one of the best attorneys in the country. His turnaround time is better than any other attorney I have ever even heard of, much less met. He understands all the business issues at hand and quickly finds workable solutions to any issue while being sure to protect our interest."
    - William B. Murdock
    Comerica Bank
    "Larry Shulman is the standard by which I judge all other attorneys."
    - Steven P. Davis
    Comerica Bank
    "Larry Shulman is one of the best attorneys in the country. He has a great handle on all aspects of legal risk and can clearly convey the true underlying business risks involved in the relevant legal issues. His responsiveness and overall quality of service is better than any individual I have ever met in any business."
    - William B. Murdock
    Comerica Bank
    "Marc Bakst has been a very effective lawyer who provides great service and excellent advice. Marc listens to his client so he understands his client's objective and then obtains those objectives at a high rate of success while doing so in a cost-effective manner."
    - Bruce A. Tanquist
    Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc.
    "Michael B. Lewiston is a very bright and very capable commercial litigator. I highly recommend him."
    - James T. Ramer
    Birchwood Farms & Golf Country Club Property Owners Association
    "I have worked with Nick Scavone for over a decade. He is an excellent attorney, who always has his client's best interest in mind."
    - Rob Marr
    Comerica Bank
    "Nick Scavone is a professional, responsive attorney, who provides valuable expertise in the specialty business of residential mortgage warehouse lending."
    - Rob Marr
    Comerica Bank
    "Bodman is a great real estate firm and Nick Scavone is absolutely the best real estate lawyer around, hands down, from his knowledge to his determination to do the absolute best for his clients. He is very through in his work and detailed to protect the client's best interests, but not to the point where he is a deal breaker, he is a deal maker! He is crisp, clear, and concise and can communicate with anyone at any level. He is a humbled attorney who is one of the most ethical people that I know. He is a person of great trust and is a true relationship builder. His billing is always more than fair and he is a person of great ethics, even when he knows that his advice will cost him legal billing. But he only looks for the client's best interests, and many times will place himself in the place of his clients and make decisions from there."
    - Randy Oram
    International Outdoor, Inc.
    "Ralph McDowell is clearly a top insolvency lawyer nationwide. I would rely on him in any workout situation."
    - James Embree
    Comerica Bank
    "Ralph McDowell is excellent at the negotiating table and in court. He knows his client's business issues inside and out. He provides wise balanced counsel and is very much in control in a crisis."
    - James Embree
    Comerica Bank
    "Ralph McDowell is an excellent attorney and person of great integrity. He is unflappable and fun to work with. He is incredibly responsive and practical, providing solutions that are workable, not theoretical. I would recommend him to anyone without reservation."
    "Bob Diehl combines an encyclopedic knowledge of both bankruptcy/insolvency law and practice with an in depth knowledge of the credit issues confronted by the bank. He is able to distill his counsel into clear and practical advice to both junior Special Asset's officers as well as bank executives. For example, his counsel has been vital in addressing the myriad credit and operational issues in working with the auto companies and their suppliers. He is regarded as a critical factor in our success."
    - Keith M. Altenburg
    Comerica Bank
    "Bob is one of those guys that you know will give timely, practical, and correct advice every time. He does his best to make the complicated as understandable as possible. He also does not waste a lot of time. The point is to get to a solution to the problem, and Bob gets you there efficiently. He is also very easy to work with and I have always appreciated his friendly and professional demeanor. I put him in the top few of the list of lawyers that I retain that I am very glad to have on my side. "
    "Bob Diehl has a grasp of all the issues that are involved in these very emotional, confusing, and troublesome matters. He keeps his eye on the strategic issues as well as the tactical considerations at all times."
    "I have known Bob Diehl for 25 years and have always found him to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Bob's business and legal knowledge position him well to give practical advice to clients. He is very solution-oriented and helps his clients get to the best outcome, even in the most difficult of situations."
    "Robert Diehl is the best workout attorney I have ever dealt with."
    "Steve Greenhalgh has provided excellent counsel on a timely basis."
    - David B. Marvin
    Comerica Bank
    "Stephen Greenhalgh has always provided the best corporate advice."
    - Paul J. Smoke
    Grosse Ile Bridge Company
    "Stephen Greenhalgh is an excellent advisor, extremely diligent, and very knowledgeable."
    - Paul J. Smoke
    Grosse Ile Bridge Company
    "Steven is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney and advisor who understands the importance of credibility and integrity in achieving results the field of labor relations."
    - Jarrod Fiengo
    Inalfa Roof Systems
    "I have had the pleasure of working with Steve Fishman for over eight years. He has exceeded our expectations in delivering sound legal advice. His in-depth knowledge of current labor issues has worked very well for us in both contract negotiations and grievance/ arbitration issues. I would highly recommend both he and his team of legal experts to anyone contemplating the use of a top notch firm."
    - Michael Jagels
    Crittenton Hospital Medical Center
    "We have worked with Steve Fishman, the lead attorney for the labor law division of Bodman, for about ten years and find him to be one of the most thoroughly prepared and effective attorneys that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I have the confidence that literally every recommendation he provides has been very carefully researched and thought through."
    "Thomas Tallerico is an excellent commercial litigator, very experienced and client focused"
    "Mr. Thomas Van Dusen is a highly skilled and talented litigator who goes the "extra mile" for his clients. He formulates critical legal strategies while maintaining the highest level of integrity. He is very well respected by his peers and is known as an outstanding advocate for those he represents."
    - Bob Currie
    Detrex Corporation
    "Timothy Damschroder is an excellent leader for all company affairs. He engages directly on tactical and strategic issues, as well as coordinating global resources where applicable to ensure proper business decisions are made."
    - Terrence G. Gohl
    Key Plastics LLC
    "Tim is an invaluable asset for Bodman, and his advice and counsel are very highly valued. Tim knows how to find ways to get deals done."
    - Jay K. Oberg
    Comerica Bank
    "Ms. Zabriskie is highly knowledgeable, competent, and efficient. She balances the bank's requirements with the practical business aspects of loan documentation, and remains sensitive to bank-customer relationship issues. Ms. Zabriskie responds to our inquiries immediately and maintains control of the closing process. She exhibits the highest degree of integrity in all matters related to negotiation, consultation, and execution of transactions."
    - Rinaldo A. Maffezzoli
    Wells Fargo Bank
    "Wendy Zabriskie is a wonderful attorney; she does an extremely good job managing fees for cost sensitive clients and borrowers."
    "Wendy is very client focused and serves as a valued advisor for the commercial banking area of the bank. She is efficient and consistently produces a high quality level of work."
    "Wendy Zabriskie is one of the most respected banking attorneys in Southeast Michigan. Her extensive experience in preparing and negotiating commercial loan documents provides tremendous confidence to the client. Her work is always prepared timely and accurately, with follow-up that is unmatched in my experience. I would highly recommend her services to anyone looking for a top-notch commercial banking attorney."
    "Wendy is very knowledgeable in her area of expertise and is a great resource for a banker. She is at the top of our list as a specialist in banking and finance. She always responds timely and is as intelligent as she is efficient. My clients always respect her approach to the issues, which is invaluable with complex transactions."
    "Wendy Zabriskie is an extremely smart lawyer. She contributes to my ability to offer clients competitive, robust financial products. Her understanding of banking law and experience with myriad banking products is a resource I enjoy having in my tool box. For over nine years she has been my primary legal partner and consultant."
    "Andrew Curoe is highly thorough and has a meticulous attention to detail in an area that demands it. He is prompt and personable and inspires confidence in the work product."
    - William E. Fuller
    Troy Honda
    "Bodman LLP attorney, Andy Spilkin, has been a great asset to me and my organization on more than one occasion. Andy provided us with invaluable legal advice regarding numerous real estate transactions. He also did an excellent job explaining complex issues in simple and easy to understand terms that helped us make the best decision for our organization. "
    - Justin Turk
    Detroit Lions
    "Andrew Spilkin is a smart, efficient attorney with great follow-up and organizational skills. He cuts to the chase and gets things done."
    "Andrew Spilkin is a productive, responsive attorney with strong drafting and communication skills."

    Bodman PLC

    Main Location

    201 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 500
    Troy, MI 48084
    Phone: 248-743-6000
    4 offices

    Management

    Vice Chairman

    Personnel

    Partners: 100
    Of Counsel: 17
    Associates: 29
    Other Lawyers: 9
    Paralegals: 15
    Non-Legal Employees: 100

    Practice Areas

    Appellate Practice
    Aviation Law
    Banking and Finance Law
    Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    Bet-the-Company Litigation
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
    Commercial Litigation
    Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
    Construction Law
    Copyright Law
    Corporate Governance Law
    Corporate Law
    Economic Development Law
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
    Employment Law - Management
    Environmental Law
    Financial Services Regulation Law
    Food and Beverage Law
    Government Relations Practice
    Health Care Law
    Insurance Law
    International Arbitration - Commercial
    IT Outsourcing Law
    Labor Law - Management
    Land Use and Zoning Law
    Litigation - Banking and Finance
    Litigation - Bankruptcy
    Litigation - Construction
    Litigation - Environmental
    Litigation - First Amendment
    Litigation - Insurance
    Litigation - Intellectual Property
    Litigation - Labor and Employment
    Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
    Litigation - Municipal
    Litigation - Patent
    Litigation - Real Estate
    Litigation - Securities
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    Municipal Law
    Non-Profit / Charities Law
    Privacy and Data Security Law
    Public Finance Law
    Real Estate Law
    Securities / Capital Markets Law
    Tax Law
    Technology Law
    Trademark Law
    Trusts and Estates