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Dickinson Wright PLLC
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United States

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 4

Dickinson Wright PLLC handles matters from its Michigan, Nevada and Tennessee offices; practice chair Rob Dodson is based in the latter. He recently represented Balfour Beatty Construction in disputes with six different subcontractors over works defaults on a $40m multi-family residential project in Williamson County. In addition, Dodson replaced the existing counsel of Strong Waterproofing LLC in representing the client in a lawsuit between investors concerning breach of fiduciary duty and fraud; prior to the trial, opposing counsel requested settlement and conceded full repayment of the client's losses, totaling more than $5m. He supported member Slade Sevier, also of Tennessee, in acting for Hankook Tire America Corporation in a $50m dispute with its general contractor over delay and damages claims. Michigan-based Peter Webster is defending Oakland County clients against class actions alleging negligent drainage system design, maintenance and operation, stemming from the 2014 flooding disaster. Nevada-based litigation practice group chair Cynthia Alexander, supported by associate Taylor Anello, is representing the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in ongoing disputes relating to claims over liens against publicly-owned property.

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

Dickinson Wright PLLC is known to be 'aggressive and very knowledgeable'. The team is also appreciated for being 'honest to a fault in guiding through very difficult terrain'; it is regularly engaged in wage-and-hour collective and discrimination class actions. Detroit-based practice head Timothy Howlett is well versed in employment litigation. In Nashville, Reid Estes acted for McDonald’s Restaurants of Kentucky after it was sued by a former employee for violations of the FLSA and various state law claims. Ann Arbor's William ThackerCynthia Alexander in Las Vegas and Ben Dolan in Troy are 'very thorough in research, advice and application of the law'. Kathryn Wood, also in Troy, and Samuel Coffman in Phoenix are further noted.

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

Dickinson Wright PLLC's 'very knowledgeable team provides timely responses'. It advises clients in a range of industry sectors, including financial services, media, sports, real estate, automotive manufacturers and suppliers, and consumer product manufacturers, and the practice has a growing specialism in deals involving Japan and China. The practice assisted Crestmark Bancorp (Crestmark), and its Michigan state-chartered bank subsidiary, with Crestmark’s public merger with Meta Financial Group and MetaBank, a federally chartered stock savings bank. In large deals, the team acted for Ladbrokes Coral Group, a British-based betting and gambling company, in its sale to GVC Holdings, one of the world's largest sports betting and gaming groups. Columbus-based Scot Crow and Richard BoltonAndrew MacLeod and Mark High in Detroit, and Grand Rapids' John Schuring and Jeffrey York, are the key names.

General commercial disputes Tier 5

A 'solid all-around team with exceptional attention to detail’, Dickinson Wright PLLC is 'great at looking at an issue from all points of view’. With a strong focus on Heartland America, its litigators are spread across multiple offices in the US. Among a range of recent successes was Detroit-based Thomas McNeills victory for J&B Medical in a lawsuit filed by Roche concerning diabetes test strips. From Troy, Michigan, Daniel Quick handles shareholder, trade secrets and IP disputes; litigator and appellate lawyer John Desmond is based in Reno; and Cynthia Alexander, who is highly recommended, splits her time between Troy and Las Vegas.

Real estate Tier 5

Dickinson Wright PLLC, which provides ‘strong communication, excellent legal solutions, great research and good contacts’, has a nationwide practice which advises on real estate finance, acquisitions, development and sales, leasing and litigation. Clients include financial institutions, developers, real estate investors, lenders, multinational corporations, and small and medium-sized businesses. Ohio-based Harlan Robins recently advised Northlight Real Estate Opportunity Fund II on the purchase of a $70m non-performing loan portfolio, while Arizona-based James Patterson took a lead role for the City of Mesa on a $40m downtown redevelopment and revitalization project. Stephen Dawson acted for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA as lender on a $40m loan secured by a leasehold deed of trust on real estate located in downtown Los Angeles. Katheryne Zelenock is noted for her commercial and multifamily mortgage loans experience. Michael Lusardi focuses on buying and selling real estate assets and providing mortgage loans. All named attorneys are based in Michigan unless otherwise stated.