Top Ranked by Chambers USA; 16 Attorneys Recognized as Leaders in their Fields

June 11, 2010

Chambers USA, publisher of the world's leading guides to the legal profession, have named Dickinson Wright's Banking & Finance, Real Estate, General Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment, and Corporate/M&A practices "Top Ranked" practices in Michigan. Sixteen attorneys practicing in these areas also were named "Leaders in their Fields."

London-based publisher Chambers & Partners conducts research into the strengths and reputations of U.S. law firms by state, through in-depth interviews with peer and competing-firm attorneys, in-house counsel and significant purchasers of legal services.

Of the ranked Dickinson Wright attorneys, William P. Shield Jr., received a first-place ranking in Banking and Finance, and Edward H. Pappas received a first-place ranking in General Commercial Litigation. Individual honorees include:

Banking and Finance

William P. Shield, Jr. is recognized for his exceptional handling of multibank syndicated credit facilities and cross-border financings.

Colleen M. Shevnock is recognized for her work as counsel to banks and other institutional lenders in commercial lending matters, as well as the documentation for a wide array of loan transactions.

Banking and Finance: Bankruptcy

Steven G. Howell, director of the firm's banking and finance, bankruptcy and insolvency, and municipal finance group, is recognized for his work with the country's leading financial institutions.

James A. Plemmons, director of the firm's automotive, product liability litigation, telecommunications and family law group, is recognized for his skilled handling of bankruptcy matters.

Theodore B. Sylwestrzak is recognized for his work in bankruptcy, workouts, asset-based lending and other secured lending situations, as well as his speed, efficiency and responsiveness toward clients.

Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions

Richard M. Bolton is recognized for his expertise in providing counsel to private equity funds, and his expertise in M&A and mezzanine finance transactions.

Mark R. High is recognized for providing expert counsel to the domestic offices of numerous foreign businesses. He also represents both buyers and sellers in M&A transactions throughout a diverse range of industries, including food service, retail and real estate.

Labor and Employment

Timothy H. Howlett
is recognized for his counseling in all aspects of employment law and employment litigation, especially his recent handling of a disability discrimination matter for a major restaurant chain.

General Commercial Litigation

Thomas G. McNeill, director of the firm's commercial litigation and ADR group, is recognized for his work on class action lawsuits across a variety of industries, and has expertise in transactional disputes.

Edward H. Pappas is recognized for his expertise in a variety of tort claims, and for his prowess in breach of fiduciary duty and non-compete cases.

Kathleen A. Lang is recognized for her work in supply-chain disputes in the auto industry and other sectors, and is recognized for her success on behalf of clients Ford and Microsoft.

Real Estate

Monica J. Labe
, director of the firm's real estate, environmental, energy and sustainability group, is recognized for her work in high-profile acquisitions and dispositions, as well as leasing transactions.

James N. Candler Jr. is recognized for his extensive experience in real estate finance, leasing, zoning and development plan approvals, mortgage workouts and foreclosures.

Stephen E. Dawson is recognized for his work in development, financing, commercial mortgage lending and leasing.

Laurence E. Winokur is recognized for his extensive leasing experience and his work on complex multi-state transactions.

Katheryne L. Zelenock is recognized for her considerable experience handling large-scale commercial mortgage loans, as well as the restructuring and workout of financial arrangements.

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2010 is available online at:

About Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright has approximately 260 attorneys in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Lansing, Michigan; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; Washington, D.C.; and Toronto.

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