Firm Profile > Dickinson Wright PLLC > Nashville, United States

Dickinson Wright PLLC
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United States

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

Dickinson Wright PLLC's practice covers an impressive range, from harassment claims, workplace violence, and wage-and-hour matters, to OSHA and MIOSHA, and the enforcement of agreements such as non-competition and confidentiality ones. Focus industries of the team lie in healthcare, automotive, education and hospitality. The group is led by Timothy Howlett who is based in Detroit. Reid EstesSamuel Coffman and Kathryn Wood in Nashville, Phoenix and Detroit respectively are also key contacts. Other prominent practitioners include Ann Arbor's William Thacker and Cynthia Alexander in Las Vegas.

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Dickinson Wright is amazing to work with; the team cares about the client and is a supporter of the community in which they work.’

William Thacker’s deep and relevant knowledge of the law allows for fluid application to different strategies and tactics.’

Key clients

P.A.M. Transport, Inc.

DROCK Gaming, LLC dba The D Las Vegas

Piston Automotive

Michigan House of Representatives

The University of Michigan

Carhartt, Inc.

Magna International of America, Inc.

Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

Domino’s Pizza LLC

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 4

Dickinson Wright PLLC handles a broad range of foreign and domestic M&A. In addition to its core strength is M&A, the team is experienced in asset deals and divestitures, divisional spinoffs, recapitalizations, reorganizations, and LBOs. The practice group is active in a number of key industries, including financial services, media, sports, real estate, automotive, manufacturing and consumer products, acting both for trading companies and private equity investors engaged in those sectors. The corporate team also benefits from its working relationships with the firm's environmental, labor and employment, IP and tax teams. Columbus-based Scot Crow heads the corporate, M&A and private equity practice group.

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‘Mark High is excellent at identifying key issues, protecting our interests and perhaps most importantly responsiveness’.

‘We have partnered with Dickinson Wright from our company’s inception through every phase of growth, acquisitions, capital raising, and debt financing.  They have proven to be exceptional allies and resources at every turn’.    

‘They know our business, values and culture, and represent us both capably and admirably in negotiations and transactions’.  

‘They take a consultative approach and give us great advice and help us think through strategies with important transactions and other issues’.

Key clients

FOD Capital, LLC

PLM Asphalt & Concrete

Harvey Performance Co.

Learning Technologies Group plc

Silver Peak Partners, LLC

CyberRisk Alliance, LLC

Bristol Graphics, Inc. d/b/a Bristol ID Technologies

Growth Catalyst Partners, Trendline Interactive, LLC

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

With a range of ‘high-quality work’ on offer at Dickinson Wright PLLC, the practice is overseen by Tennessee-based chair Rob Dodson, an expert litigator currently defending Coordinated Health in a novel $9.5m contract termination case, which requires the application of laws from two different states. The firm specialises in claim handling and regularly acts as arbitrators or mediators in complex disputes, with Phoenix-based Stephen Richman and Troy-based Peter Webster active on cases featuring multiple class actions and insurance subrogations. In Columbus, Harlan Robins and Jeremy Schirra represented 18 Fremont Street Acquisition, LLC during the structuring of a $1.1bn casino, entertainment, spa, garage and hotel facility. In Tennessee, the ‘focused and conscientiousSlade Sevier, has ‘a wealth of engineering knowledge’ which benefits contract negotiations and work in front of appellate courts.


High-quality legal work at a reasonable price. In-house expertise in the industrial practices that concern my company. Good relationships with individuals at competing law firms, which has made our litigation against them much easier.

Slade Sevier brings a wealth of engineering knowledge from his former career as an engineer. His work on our construction litigation has therefore been very cost-effective, including the avoidance of some expert fees. He also seems to understand the case better than his competition. He is focused and conscientious and fair with billing.

Key clients

18 Fremont Street Acquisition, LLC

City of Mesa, Arizona

County of Oakland, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, George W. Kuhn Drain Drainage District

Hankook Tire America Corp.

Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC


The Huntington Real Estate Investment Company II

Coordinated Health

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Benchmark Investors Group


LifePoint Health

Messer Construction Co.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 5

Based in Michigan, Dickinson Wright PLLC has wide-ranging disputes capabilities, with a strong reach over the Midwest, as well as Nevada and Arizona. Key lawyer and director of the litigation division Thomas McNeill has extensive experience representing high-profile clients, defending class actions, and continues to represent American Furukawa in a $350m cross-border case stemming from a mass product recall. In the Reno office, John Desmond is defending Allied Nevada Gold Corp in securities litigation brought by the company's shareholders before the Ninth Circuit. Also of note is Daniel Quick, who focuses on IP disputes and recently defended healthcare company Graminex in a trademark infringement case brought by competitor AB Cernelle in the Eastern District of Michigan. In 2019, there were a number of arrivals to the firm's Phoenix office from Steptoe & Johnson LLP: generalist litigator Bruce Converse, Timothy Overton, who has expertise in complex insurance coverage disputes, and Bennett Cooper, an expert on appellate practice, especially on the Ninth Circuit.

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Key clients

American Furukawa

Green Thumb Industries

Allied Nevada Gold


National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh



Caesars Entertainment

Real estate > Real estate Tier 5

The ‘cohesive’ team at Dickinson Wright PLLC  ‘goes above and beyond to ensure that all matters are handled quickly and efficiently’. Clients include financial institutions, commercial and residential developers, investors, lenders and multinational corporations, among others. In Troy, Michigan, the ‘standoutMichael Lusardi heads the department alongside Katheryne Zelenock. Areas of specialization include leasing, financing, developments, sales and acquisitions, litigation and title insurance. The team has experience across industrial, retail, office, hospitality, residential and mixed-use property deals, and also has core strengths in eminent domain, condemnation law, and economic inventive agreements.

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‘We have received thorough and excellent guidance from James Patterson with regard to crafting a favorable lease renegotiation and subsequent purchase contract.’

‘Mr. Patterson’s ability to listen and discern priorities as well as his attention to detail are most appreciated.’

‘The team is very cohesive.  They are able to tackle all angles of a real estate transaction, which is extremely helpful to an in-house legal team that may know what to look for, but the Dickinson-Wright team is able to expand upon.  Given the nature of the law firm as a whole, if there are tax or environmental issues in a real estate transaction, they have the team and resources available to get the answer quickly and correctly.’

‘The standout partners are Michael Lusardi and Mahesh Nayak.  They are different from other competitors because of their desire to understand our business and long-term goals. They provide valuable insight on not just an actual real estate transaction but also tangential matters that will make sure all avenues are covered. And their price point is far better than any of the competitors.’

‘Dickinson-Wright’s real estate team consists of a deep bench of talent, including senior partners, mid-level partners, associates, and a paralegal, thereby ensuring that all matters can be staffed in a cost-effective manner. The DW team goes above and beyond to ensure that all matters are handled quickly and efficiently. The team has handled very complex real estate transactions for our company, and we have been very impressed with their legal advice, talent, and work ethic. The team members do not rest on their laurels; rather they are constantly striving to improve their already top-notch legal service.’

‘Monica Labe is an excellent leader of the team. She has unparalleled expertise in complex real estate matters, and we have high confidence in her legal advice and leadership.  Michael Lusardi also provides leadership to the team and is likewise a great attorney. The team is heavily supported by two mid-level partners, Ian Hunter and Erin Johnson, who are both very talented lawyers with whom we have the pleasure to work.  Finally, we are fortunate recipient of the excellent paralegal services of Amy Fox Long, as well as, real estate legal services of attorneys, Shannon Nichols and Kim Bryant (both of whom are very personable and skilled attorneys).’

Key clients

Desert Rock Enterprises

Greystone Servicing Company

Orix Real Estate Mortgage Capital

Pinnacle Bank

Arbor Agency Lending

Kaufman Development

Northlight Real Estate Opportunity Fund I

Town of Queen Creek, Arizona

FCA US (Fiat Chrysler)