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Dickinson Wright PLLC

500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 4000
Detroit, MI 48226-3425
Phone: 313-223-3500
http://www.dickinson-wright.com

Dickinson Wright PLLC, founded in 1878, is a nationally recognized,full-service law firm with an exceptionally diverse and experienced team of attorneys who have uncompromising standards and a collective commitment to exceeding client expectations. Dickinson Wright PLLC has over 260 lawyers in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Lansing, Michigan; Las Vegas, Nevada; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; and Washington, D.C.. Dickinson Wright LLP has over 25 lawyers in Toronto, Canada and provides comprehensive, integrated legal services in more than 40 practice areas to a broad range of clients, from very large corporations to small businesses, new ventures, individuals, and governmental units. Dickinson Wright attorneys have represented many companies on the firm's client list for more than three-quarters of a century.

Achievements

  • Top-Listed in Michigan in Construction Law with 4 lawyers.
  • Top-Listed in Michigan in Gaming Law with 3 lawyers.
  • Top-Listed in Michigan in Municipal Law with 7 lawyers.
  • Top-Listed in Michigan in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 5 lawyers.
  • Top-Listed in Saginaw, Michigan with 2 lawyers.
  • Top-Listed in Troy, Michigan with 35 lawyers.
  • Top-Listed in Troy, Michigan in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law with 3 lawyers.
  • Top-Listed in Troy, Michigan in Environmental Law with 3 lawyers.
  • Top-Listed in Troy, Michigan in Immigration Law with 3 lawyers.
  • Top-Listed in Troy, Michigan in Municipal Law with 3 lawyers.
  • Top-Listed in Troy, Michigan in Public Finance Law with 4 lawyers.
  • Top-Listed in Troy, Michigan in Litigation - Real Estate with 2 lawyers.
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Client Comments

Brian Fleetham

"Timely, knowledgeable, and connected in the community, Brian is experienced and efficient to work with. Brian is honest, ethical and trustworthy."

Sandra Cottingham, M.D.
Michigan Pathology Specialists, P.C.


"Brian Fleetham is articulate, diligent, and perceptive. His communication is superb. His ability to give examples and to compare and to contrast allows one to choose an appropriate course of action with confidence."

Warren Lanphear, M.D.
Emergency Care Specialists, P.C.


"Mr. Fleetham has been a pleasure to work with over the years. Some of his shining attributes include knowledge, attention to detail, creativeness, unbelievable promptness and friendliness, exceptional ethics and compassion, and a drive to complete projects sooner rather than later. Mr. Fleetham is one of those rare individuals whom you would want as your best friend or neighbor, and sitting with you at the board table."

Kim Mills, M.D.
Pathology Laboratory, P.C.


"Mr. Fleetham is a valued asset to our business. He has always been an excellent, valued, and trusted part of our team. His ability to anticipate our needs has always impressed me. "

Don Powell
Medical Management Specialists, Inc.


"Brian is professional with a willingness to listen, advise and take action."

Anonymous


"Brian Fleet is a strategic thinker, willing to look at more than one way to solve problems."

Anonymous


Harlan W. Robins

"Harlan is especially effective in real estate because, in addition to his knowledge of the issues, his leadership of the legal process enables projects to happen quickly. That is extremely valuable to a developer."

Beau Arnason
Steiner + Associates, Inc.


"Mr. Robins is clearly the most competent and efficient attorney that I have worked with. His response time and client service are at an exceptionally high level. His real estate knowledge is excellent and he has handled a wide variety of transactions for us. Additionally, he has become a trusted advisor. I would very highly recommend Mr. Robins."

Terry Sternad
Planned Communities, Inc.


"Several years ago we had a real estate negociation with Harlan Robins on the other side of the table. I was so impressed with how he handled himself and the way he represented his client that we asked him to represent our company. Harlan has continued to impress us with his considerable skill and advice. I would like to think that we have one of the best lawyers in the country representing our company."

Tod Ortlip
Planned Communities, Inc.


"Mr. Robins is extremely knowledgeable about all areas of commercial real estate law. He possesses an uncanny ability to address the most critical legal issues while at the same time ensuring that nothing slips through the cracks. We often need to temper Mr. Robins' turn around time for draft documents to ensure that business approvals precede circulation. In short, Mr. Robins is a trusted advisor and advocate for all balance sheet and mezzanine lending at Red Capital Group. His professionalism, intelligence, and diligence have served our company well for the past decade."

Matthew Napoleon
Red Capital Group


"I have worked with Mr. Robins on multiple transactions per year since 1999, most with high levels of complexity and short time frames, and all with valuable clients of our firm. Harlan provides well-informed and well-considered counsel; he is always responsive to our timing constraints, and is thorough in his attention to detail both pre and post closing. His experience and intellect, coupled with his awareness of and concern for our objectives, have made him a valuable and trusted colleague."

John Poling
Red Capital Group


"Harlan Robins provides great subject matter expertise as it relates to managing distressed commercial mortgage portfolios. He provides efficient and effective advice to clients seeking to foreclose on and liquidate their real estate holdings."

Anonymous


"Harlan is exceedingly diligent and thorough in his representation of our company's real estate matters. Harlan has a broad experience in assisting our company with its various transactions. Probably most importantly, he is a zealous advocate on our behalf."

Anonymous


Mark R. High

"Mark is my "go-to-guy" regarding any legal issue. He has the ability to ascertain who in his firm would be most appropriate to handle the case in question. Also, when it comes to Corporate and Contract Law, he is extremely capable and he makes sure the client understands the issue and the strategy being proposed."

Reinaldo Panico Peres
Sabo USA Inc.


Richard M. Bolton

"Richard Bolton has routinely displayed over the 12 years of our working relationship a strong command of corporate finance legal issues, which has served our firm well. He is a diligent pursuer of the best interests of his clients, while maintaining a cordial working relationship with opposing counsel. He has been most helpful to us in building our firm."

Scott Reilly
Peninsula Capital Partners LLC


"We came to Rick and the Dickinson Wright folks on the recommendation of a media executive whose opinion carries a premium in my world. As a recently-minted CEO, I had many questions when I first met Rick regarding, not only the applicable skill sets and credentials of his firm, but the immediate and longterm needs of my newly formed company. We were starting from scratch, and he played an integral role in establishing the model for our full legal function at InterMedia Outdoors. Did I mention that he and his firm are managing this for us from Detroit? "

Jeff Paro
InterMedia Outdoors Inc.


"I have had the privilege of working with Rick for over 20 years in a variety of corporate finance activities ranging from public offerings to M&A transactions. His keen insight and strong work ethic have been significant reasons for the success of many transactions. It's also fair to say that unlike many attorneys, Rick helps solve problems and craft solutions rather than create problems. He fundamentally understands that good deals need to get done."

William McKinley
W. Y. Campbell & Company


"I have worked with Rick Bolton for over a decade on many differing projects requiring substantially different skills and found in every case wise counsel, conservative but creative solutions, and tremendous focus on protecting the client."

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Robert W. Stocker II

"Mr. Stocker is, by far, the best gaming law attorney I have had the privilege of working with for many years. His knowledge, expertise, experience, and awareness of gaming industry issues are all exceptional. All this said, what I have found Mr. Stocker to be most skilled at is problem resolution. He has an uncanny ability to see options and/or solutions that no one else does, and he does it quickly saving his clients time, money, and worry. He is truly an extraordinary attorney and it gives me great comfort knowing that he is always there to protect my interests."

John LaRose
Celink


"I have worked with Bob Stocker on a number of cases and can say that, without question, Bob is the hardest working lawyer I know. Intelligent, insightful, and a creative problem solver, he quickly discerns the key issues of a case. His litigation and negotiation skills are such that disputes are resolved expeditiously and in a cost-effective manner. I cannot recommend Bob too highly."

Robert Tabor
Maloney & Tabor, Inc.


"Robert has provided representation to our company for a number of years and is considered second to none in the areas for which he provides representation. There is no other choice of representation when it comes to the areas for which he provides representation. We are fortunate he considers us a valued client."

Robert Ziems
Progressive Gaming International Corporation


"Bob has knowledge of the law and regulations, and he has access to the regulatory authorities. These are two vital components for a gaming lawyer."

Anonymous


William P. Shield, Jr.

"We work in a very active environment and Bill goes above and beyond to provide excellent service. He truly is a partner who has our best interest in mind. He is dedicated to meeting or exceeding all of our expectations, especially tight time frames. He has consistently performed at this level and earned the right to have us continue to send business his way."

Rick Ellis
JP Morgan Chase


"Bill has been an integral part of our bank's success in the southeast Michigan marketplace. His legal acumen, negotiating skills, practicality, responsiveness, and business demeanor have been instrumental in a number of very successful lending transactions over the years. He is well regarded both internally (within the bank) and externally (by our clients). The bankers who report to me frequently seek Bill's counsel on a variety of legal and banking matters. Bill is my first choice for any complicated banking transaction. He has also been a savvy and unvarnished advisor for deal structure and strategic advice. Lastly, Bill has been a tireless contributor over the years; he adjusts his time management to meet the requirements of my organization. I have always been extremely appreciative of Bill's attention to detail and commitment to completion of the relevant transaction. "

John Carter
JP Morgan Chase


"Of the dozens of lawyers I have worked with over the years, there are none that I would rather work with than Bill Shield. Bill combines a high level of expertise with superior responsiveness. Bill does not waste time, which means work is timely, and thus economical, yet at the highest quality. Bill also possesses an ability to adapt to the situation at hand. Whether a negotiation requires a tough stance or a more passive approach, Bill finds a way to get the best results for his clients. "

Thomas Gamm
JP Morgan Chase


"Bill is as much a partner as he is an attorney. He combines very strong technical advice with a responsive, clear, and practical approach. This is the reason he's highly sought after by not only our firm, but our competitors as well."

Matthew Elliott
LaSalle Bank


"Bill has been primary counsel on a number of transactions I have worked on in my 20-year banking career. He has a tremendous understanding of commercial law and experience in constructing loan documents. Bill has several character traits that differentiate him from other lawyers. Two traits stand out: 1. When necessary, he plays an active role in both the term sheet phase and the documentation phase by suggesting/recommending credit structures that are viable to both the borrower and the Bank, while never forgetting our underwriting standards. 2. He understands the difference between a business issue that will potentially negatively impact the Bank and a legal issue that is not significant to the Bank. He doesn't waste his client's time with insignificant legal issues and is concise and clear when describing relevant business issues. "

Erik Bakker
JP Morgan Chase


"I work with lawyers every day in loan syndications covering mid-corporate and middle-market clients, and Bill Shield is the most responsive, thorough, knowledgeable, and efficient counsel I work with. He is an invaluable member of our deal teams, an excellent communicator, and he always provides thoughtful legal advice. Most importantly, Bill always puts the client first and is a respected and tenacious negotiator who understands the syndicated loan market and how to structure deals."

Matthew Greene
J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.


"Mr. Shield provides excellent legal services to me and to my firm. He is responsive and works hard to serve our needs. His most important skill is his ability to sort through complex issues and provide succinct and clear explanations and solutions. In negotiations, he is able to provide advice that assists in the process of getting the deal closed while protecting my firm's interests."

Thomas Lakocy
JP Morgan Chase


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Administrative / Regulatory Law

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Banking and Finance Law

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Construction Law

Copyright Law

Corporate Governance Law

Corporate Law

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Employment Law - Management

Energy Law

Environmental Law

Family Law

Gaming Law

Government Relations Practice

Health Care Law

Immigration Law

Information Technology Law

Insurance Law

International Trade and Finance Law

Labor Law - Management

Land Use and Zoning Law

Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law

Litigation - Antitrust

Litigation - Banking and Finance

Litigation - Bankruptcy

Litigation - Construction

Litigation - Environmental

Litigation - ERISA

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions

Litigation - Municipal

Litigation - Patent

Litigation - Real Estate

Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Litigation - Securities

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Litigation and Controversy - Tax

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

Mediation

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Municipal Law

Natural Resources Law

Non-Profit / Charities Law

Oil and Gas Law

Patent Law

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Public Finance Law

Real Estate Law

Securitization and Structured Finance Law

Tax Law

Technology Law

Trademark Law

Trusts and Estates

Utilities Law

Personnel

  • Partners: 177
  • Of Counsel: 18
  • Associates: 62

Management

Clients

Ford Motor Company
JPMorgan Chase & Company
SBC Communications, Inc.
MGM Grand Detroit
Magna International, Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Dupont
The State of Michigan
Visteon Corporation
Dura Automotive Systems, Inc.
Dow Chemical Company

Contacts

  • Practice Department Manager, Automotive, Product Liability Litigation, Telecommunications and Family Law
    James A. Plemmons
    313-223-3106
  • Practice Department Manager, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, and Municipal Finance
    Steven G. Howell
    313-223-3033
  • Practice Department Manager, Commercial Litigation and Alternate Dispute Resolution
    Thomas G. McNeil
    313-223-3632
  • Practice Department Manager, Corporate, Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and International Law
    Michael T. Raymond
    248-433-7273
  • Practice Department Manager, Employee Benefits, Estate Planning, Gaming, Healthcare, Immigration and Tax
    Cynthia A. Moore
    248-433-7295
  • Practice Department Manager, Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
    William H. Honaker
    248-433- 7381
  • Practice Department Manager, Labor and Employment, Appellate Litigation and Insurance
    Francis R. Ortiz
    313-223-3690
  • Practice Department Manager, Real Estate, Environmental, and Energy and Sustainability
    Leslee M. Lewis
    616-336-1042

Locations

United States
  • Washington, DC
    International Square, Suite 1200
    1875 Eye Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20006
    Phone: 202-457-0160
  • Ann Arbor, MI
    350 South Main Street, Suite 300
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2266
    Phone: 734-623-7075
  • Detroit, MI
    500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 4000
    Detroit, MI 48226-3425
    Phone: 313-223-3500
  • Grand Rapids, MI
    200 Ottawa Avenue, NW, Suite 1000
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2427
    Phone: 616-458-1300
  • Lansing, MI
    215 South Washington Square, Suite 200
    Lansing, MI 48933-1816
    Phone: 517-371-1730
  • Saginaw, MI
    4800 Fashion Square Boulevard, Suite 300
    Saginaw, MI 48604
    Phone: 989-791-4646
  • Troy, MI
    2600 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 300
    Troy, MI 48084-3312
    Phone: 248-433-7200
  • Las Vegas, NV
    7201 West Lake Mead Boulevard, Suite 503
    Las Vegas, NV 89128
    Phone: 702-541-7888
  • Columbus, OH
    150 East Gay Street
    Columbus, OH 43215
    Phone: 614-744-2570
  • Nashville, TN
    Fifth Third Center, Suite 1401
    424 Church Street
    Nashville, TN 37219
    Phone: 615-244-6538

Canada

  • Toronto, ON
    199 Bay Street, Suite 2200
    Toronto, ON M5L 1G4
    Canada
    Phone: 416-777-0101

Practice Areas

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Gaming Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Health Care Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Insurance Law
  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Mediation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Non-Profit / Charities Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Patent Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Utilities Law