Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 500 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 20 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 13 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Lexington, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Denver, Colorado; Phoenix, Arizona; Silicon Valley, California; and Washington, D.C. The firm's Canada office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience in Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

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

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  • 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
  • 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

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Michigan Court of Appeals Strikes State PFAS Drinking Water Standards

On August 22, 2023, a split panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals held that the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) by promulgating a new rule establishing drinking water standards for seven PFAS[1] compounds. The required regulatory impact statement (RIS) did not consider compliance costs associated with a change in cleanup s

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Sharon R.


Avoiding a Bad Trip: How Cannabis Companies Can Mitigate the Risk of an Infringement Lawsuit

Over a decade has passed since recreational cannabis began to see legalization at the state level. Yet cannabis businesses continue to grapple with protecting their brands, as trademark protection at the federal level remains unavailable. The current hodgepodge of state trademark regimes will undoubtedly result in litigation and a race to register federal marks once Congress legalizes cannabis. Wh

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Kory M.


How To Protect Your Cannabis Trademarks in a Legal Landscape That Is Half-Baked

In our previous post, we discussed how a cannabis business can take steps to avoid potential trademark infringement claims. In this release, we will discuss how a cannabis business can use trademarks for brand protection – despite the fact that federal law prohibits filing a cannabis-related trademark.

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Kory M.


Doobie-ous Competition: How a Cannabis Company Can Use Employment Agreements to Protect Intellectual Property

In this post, we briefly discuss how cannabis businesses can implement employment agreements to further protect their intellectual property.

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Kory M.


USCIS Fee Hikes Effective April 1 – 4 Key Takeaways for Employers

On January 31, 2024, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a Final Rule to announce new filing fees for immigration and naturalization benefit requests. The rule is set to take effect on April 1, 2024.

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Heather L.


H-1B Cap Season: A Changing Landscape

March Madness will once again not fail this Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) H-1B cap season. The shift in 2020 to the “new” H-1B registration system continues to be a work in progress. The USCIS strength and conditioning exercises will give this H-1B cap season an added boost. The USCIS is flexing its muscles and opted to shoot some 3s for additional points with increased USCIS filing fees to take effect

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Suzanne K.


A State-Based Cure – Interested Government Agency J-1 Waivers for Physicians

Recently, the president of the American Medical Association, Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, stated in a national address that the physician shortage long-feared is here and that “It’s an urgent crisis…hitting every corner of this country—urban and rural—with the most direct impacting hitting families with high needs and limited means… Ninety percent of counties in the U.S. are without a pediatric ophthal

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Kathleen Campbell


Mastering Retirement Plan Forfeitures: A Deep Dive into IRS’s 2023 Proposals & Fiduciary Litigation Trends

When a participant terminates employment without being fully vested in their qualified retirement plan account, the non-vested portion of the account is a “forfeiture.” While forfeitures are a common element of most retirement plans, many plan sponsors remain unclear on how and when forfeitures may be used. This led the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) to issue proposed regulations earlier in 2023

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Eric W.


Growing Pains: Cultivating Effective Workplace Policies in a Recreational Cannabis State

With the November 7 passage of Issue 2, effective December 7, 2023, Ohioans will be able to purchase and possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis and grow marijuana plants in their home. Ohio is the 24th state to allow recreational marijuana

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Sara H.


Workforce Mobility at Risk Under a NAFTA Renegotiation

by Suzanne K. Sukkar

The assessments of President Donald J. Trump’s first year in office have had a recurring stormy theme.

Workforce Mobility at Risk with NAFTA Renegot

U.S. Business Immigration: Year-in-Review

by Christian S. Allen

For more reasons than are probably appropriate to include here today, 2017 will be forever be burned into the memories of everybody in the U.S. immigration industry, and all HR and legal professionals who were involved in hiring and/or employing foreign workers in the U.S. No matter your political persuasion, 2017 turned out to not be anything like we all expected at the beginning of the year, fol

U.S. Business Immigration: Year-in-Review

Interagency Cooperation: Raising the Bar for Immigration Compliance

by Kathleen Campbell Walker

Stove-piped legal representation is not advisable (e.g., only focusing on one agency segment or one portion of a filing process).

Immigration Compliance

Basic Concepts and Precepts of Child Custody

by Leonce A. Richard

The result is one of the most emotional and traumatic issues in family law: child custody.

Child Custody

Spousal Maintenance and the Retirement Age Spouse

by Leonce A. Richard

The limited goal of preserving a spouse’s “nest egg” prior to retirement is simply to make sure that he or she has retirement assets to use at retirement.

Spousal Maintenance

Stopping Infringement before It Happens

by Jennifer Ko Craft

IPR protection strategies that work.

How to Prevent Copyright Infringement

Premarital Agreements: More than just a Divorce Document

by Leonce A. Richard

Drafting a premarital agreement should instead focus on a collaborative effort of two people coming together to create a “life plan” with regard to forming a lifetime partnership.

Premarital Agreements

When is a Plum a Potato Chip?

by William T. Burgess

Sharpening business acumen in shifting environments—and reaping the fruits.

When is a Plum a Potato Chip?

Can a hyperlink be defamatory?

The usage of the internet raises questions about the application of defamation law. Find out how the Supreme Court of Canada views defamation laws in relation to the internet.

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Brian N.


Don't Lose Your Cool: A Practical Guide To Civility

Seven suggestions on how to deal with confrontational situations.

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Brian N.


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