William P. Shield , Jr. - Dickinson Wright PLLC

William P. Shield , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D. 1984

Client Comments

"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
Senior Vice President
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
Senior Vice President
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
Managing Director, Loan Syndications
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. "

"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
Vice President
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

Office Location

500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 4000
Detroit, MI 48226-3425
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Banking and Finance Law of the Detroit Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Banking and Finance Law of the Detroit Metro Area
William P. Shield, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!William P. Shield, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law (Acquisition Finance, Asset-Based Lending, Commercial Finance, Debt Finance, Finance, International Business Transactions, Leveraged Finance, Loan Documentation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mezzanine Finance, Real Estate, Regulatory, Syndicate Transaction Lending, Transactions)