Firm Profile > Dickinson Wright PLLC > Detroit, United States

Dickinson Wright PLLC
500 WOODWARD
DETROIT, MI 48226-3
United States

Cannabis Tier 4

The team at Dickinson Wright PLLC advises clients with state-issued licenses as well as businesses providing goods and services to the cannabis industry. The Columbus-based team covers the areas of financing, real estate, employment, lobbying and IP, with particular expertise in corporate M&A matters for cannabis industry players. Scot Crow leads the group and focuses on M&A, venture capital financings, private offerings, private equity investments, mezzanine debt offerings and management issues in the area.

Practice head(s):

Scot Crow

Other key lawyers:

Lloyd Pierre-Louis; Timothy McCulloch; Alex Brown

Key clients

Apeks Supercritical

Ohio Grown Therapies LLC

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

Dickinson Wright PLLC has been engaged by a number of new clients in the healthcare and automotive sectors, adding variety to its core client base of construction companies. Covenant Healthcare were one such client, calling on the team for negotiation and drafting of a construction contract for a $40m rehabilitation hospital in Saginaw, Michigan. In the automotive space, Slade Sevier led a team from the Nashville office that included construction group chair Rob Dodson in representing Hankook Tire America in a $50m dispute with its general contractor. Industry practice group director Stephen Richman and Peter Webster, who chairs the public sector group, help coordinate the construction law practice from Phoenix and Troy, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Richman; Rob Dodson; Peter Webster

Other key lawyers:

Slade Sevier; Cynthia Alexander

Key clients

18 Fremont Street Acquisition, LLC

W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company

Messer Construction Co.

Hankook Tire America Corp.

Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC

FCBank

The Huntington Real Estate Investment Company II

Coordinated Health

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Benchmark Investors Group

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC

LifePoint Health

Anthony & Sylvan Pools

Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

The Grid at Mesa, LLC

CORE Construction Services of Nevada, LLC

General commercial disputes Tier 4

Dickinson Wright PLLC runs a nationwide corporate defense team that handles a diverse range of matters, showing particular strength in energy, financial services and healthcare litigation. Recently, Detroit-based Thomas McNeill has been representing Usui Kokusai Sangyo Kaisha and Usi International in a series of high-stakes civil class actions in the Eastern District of Michigan against numerous automotive suppliers. Another contact in Detroit is Daniel Quick, who takes a lead role in shareholder disputes, trade secrets cases and IP litigation. Also recommended are John Desmond in Reno, who stands out for his strong appellate practice and wider commercial litigation work; and Scot Claus in the Phoenix office.

Practice head(s):

Thomas McNeill

Other key lawyers:

John Desmond; Scot Claus; Logan Mayfield; Daniel Quick

Testimonials

‘The firm is incredibly flexible in meeting client demands no matter where the firm’s team members are located. Without a doubt, in conjunction with providing exceptional legal analysis and work product, the firm consistently strives to accommodate the client in planning and scheduling.’

‘The DW team is atypically responsive and highly efficient. They are a valued business partner.’

‘The team I employed was skilled in litigation but well-informed by their frequent transactional work that typically precedes such litigation. This endowed the team with a more holistic understanding of the dispute.’

‘Dickinson Wright demonstrates first class knowledge and legal skills but what really sets them apart is their practical and reasoned approach to litigation. They do not take unnecessary steps and focus on resolving issues while still advocating forcefully on our behalf.’

Key clients

American Furukawa

Archon Corporation

Wynn Resorts, Ltd.

Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Hankook Tire America Corp

Usui-Japan

Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Sterling Bancorp

Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 4

Dickinson Wright PLLC's areas of expertise span wage and hour matters as well as discrimination class and collective actions. The team acts for private and public clients, often from the construction, hospitality and automotive sectors, as well as universities. Discrimination specialist Timothy Howlett and Kathryn Wood, who is engaged in retaliation and whistleblower cases, are both based in Detroit and jointly lead the group with Nashville-based Reid Estes. Other notable practitioners include William Thacker in Ann Arbor, who combines employment and labor experience, as well as Christina McDonald in Grand Rapids; she handles wrongful termination and sexual harassment claims.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Howlett; Kathryn Wood; Reid Estes

Other key lawyers:

William Thacker; Cynthia Alexander; Christina McDonald

Testimonials

‘Our experience with William Thacker of Dickinson Wright has been exemplary. He is very thorough and always brings deep perspective to the issues we face in our labor grievances and contract negotiations. He responds quickly and listens deeply. What makes this firm and Bill Thacker’s work stand out, is that he can provide specific guidance and points of importance instead of just quoting us the laws. He can give specific examples of how a negotiation will progress or digress. He can cut through what is just noise to the most important essence of an argument.’

‘Bill Thacker is very down-to-earth. He was instrumental in helping us reset our relationship with our employee union committee to be more positive. Because of his deep and broad experience with labor issues, we were able to get to resolution in a timely way. He learned our industry quickly and applied his knowledge of other industry labor issues to our situations. The Union reps that we have worked with also respect him. He is respectful to all and that matters.’

Key clients

Michigan Senate Business Office

Detroit Thermal Systems

Piston Automotive

Michigan House of Representatives

University of Michigan

Oberlin College

Carhartt, Inc.

Domino’s Pizza LLC

Magna International, Inc.

Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

Fielden Hanson Isaacs Miyada Robison Yeh, Ltd. and US Anesthesia Partners (collectively, “USAP”)

The D Las Vegas

Current and Former Sales Representatives of Wyndham Vacations Resorts, Inc.

P.A.M. Transport, Inc.

Current and Former Concierges and Marketing Managers of Diamond Resorts International Marketing, Inc.

Current and Former Sales Representatives of ServiceSource International, Inc.

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 4

Dickinson Wright PLLC has a wealth of experience in international M&A, acting for organizations with a presence across Mexico, Japan and Western Europe. Clients include both trading companies and private equity investors, with sector strengths in financial services, media, manufacturing and consumer goods. In addition to transactional work, the department has extensive expertise in M&A-related issues encompassing regulatory matters and federal securities law. Scot Crow in Columbus heads the corporate, M&A and private equity group, leading high value investments, acquisitions, divestitures, and mergers, and advising on corporate management issues.

Practice head(s):

Scot Crow

Other key lawyers:

Richard Bolton; Andrew MacLeod; Mark High

Key clients

Apeks Supercritical

Expedeon AG

Growth Catalyst Partners, LLC

The Stable Group Holdings, LLC

XanEdu Publishing, Inc.

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors

TrueFire Studios, LLC

GEMG Holdings, LLC

Active Interest Media, Inc.

Silver Peak Partners, LLC

ERI Holdings, LLC

The Peninsula Fund VI Limited Partners

Real estate Tier 5

Fielding a ‘deep and talented bench of real estate lawyers’, Dickinson Wright PLLC is active across an array of projects and transactions in the mixed-use, residential, hospitality, industrial, retail and office spaces. The team’s core real expertise is supplemented by specialist knowledge of land use and zoning, permitting, government incentives, brownfield development and construction affairs; it also in conjunction with the firm’s corporate and M&A department to handle real estate-related M&A, recapitalizations, private equity investment and venture capital financings. Based in Michigan, Katheryne Zelenock chairs the finance practice with Michael Lusardi, who leads the dirt offering.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lusardi; Katheryne Zelenock

Other key lawyers:

James Patterson; Jeffrey Braun; Leslee Lewis; Harlan Robins; Monica Labe; Erin Johnson

Testimonials

‘Their team is highly personalized to the client.  The real estate chair, Michael Lusardi is extremely knowledgeable, very kind, very personal, and provides great service. Monica Labe, our team manager for the client I am working for, is fantastically and naturally motivated to provide the best service possible to us. Both she and Michael, as well as all of other real estate attorneys on the team, continue to make us feel that we are their only client.’

‘They have become the arm of our business team; the people they have provided to our group to work with are exceptional attorneys.  Other firms I have worked with have not always done this.  Sometimes other firms might provide us with junior attorneys expecting us to lead the new attorneys, but in each and every case we have been surprised by the efficiency and expertise we are working with at Dickinson Wright.’

‘Michael Lusardi is highly personal, and has become a member of the family to many of us. He expertly drafts documents with efficiency and deals with multiple parties in each transaction with ease. We love his ability to look beyond the box’s rough edges and provides to us excellent observations. He has much empathy and sympathy for all sides, and yet continues to further his client’s objections at all times.’

‘Erin Johnson is highly personal, extremely detailed.  Her running of a closing is beyond most I have known and I have worked with dozens of real estate attorneys. Erin holds a highly tuned expertise in legal language and expressing that language to others.’

‘Monica Labe is passionate about her work and passionate about furthering her client’s objectives. She has a way with understanding big picture items and getting to the heart of what really counts. We couldn’t do without her!’

‘The firm has a deep and talented bench of real estate lawyers, who provide prompt attention to all real estate matters. The lawyers go above and beyond to provide excellent client service.’

‘The billing procedures are seamless, the rates are reasonable, and the collaboration between attorney and client is unparalleled.’

‘Monica Labe and Michael Lusardi do an excellent job managing the real estate legal team. They assign lawyers with the appropriate level of experience to handle each matter to ensure efficiency and manage legal costs.  The entire team is excellent, but I am particularly impressed with the legal skills of Monica Labe, Mike Lusardi and Erin Johnson.’

Key clients

City of Mesa, Arizona

Desert Rock Enterprises

Greystone Servicing Company

Orix Real Estate Mortgage Capital

Pinnacle Bank

Arbor Agency Lending

Kaufman Development

Northlight Real Estate Opportunity Fund I L.P.

Town of Queen Creek, Arizona

FCA US LLC (Fiat Chrysler)