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Education

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

J.D.
  • cum laude
  • Honors: Law Review, Moot Court Board of Advocates, Dean’s List

Bar Admission

Michigan

Justin S. Zatkoff

Associate

Overview

Mr. Zatkoff focuses his practice on advising closely-held and family-owned businesses on matters relating to corporate governance, contracts, employment, compensation and risk management, litigation strategies, and business succession planning, which includes wealth transfer and asset protection. As a licensed realtor, Mr. Zatkoff also advises businesses and high-net-worth individuals on the acquisition and disposition of commercial and residential property.

Mr. Zatkoff is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan. He graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law with honors, where he was a member of the Law Review and the Moot Court Board of Advocates. Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, Mr. Zatkoff served as a law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra, and served as a judicial intern for Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Mr. Zatkoff is very involved in the community, serving as a board member on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, and participating as an active member of the Young Leader’s section of the Detroit Economic Club.

Prominent Assignments

Advising businesses on mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, and taxation.

Advising start-ups on entity formation, planning, and financing, including crowdfunding under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.

Wealth transfer and protection planning for high-net-worth individuals.

Business succession planning for closely-held and family-owned businesses.

Drafting purchase and sale agreements, subordination and non-disturbance agreements, shareholder agreements, operating agreements, joint venture agreements, employment agreements, compensation agreements, and confidentiality, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements.

Advising family foundations, donor-advised funds, and other charitable and non-profit organizations.

Advising businesses and individuals on the acquisition and disposition of real property, including financing, new construction, leasing, warranties and representations, title insurance, boundary disputes and surveying, economic development and land use, and property taxation.

Representative Clients

  • Zatkoff Seals & Packings

Professional Involvement

  • Taxation Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • Licensed Realtor, Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors

Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Health
  • Detroit Economic Club, Young Leader’s section
  • Board of Directors, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Alumni Association

EXPERIENCE

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Brian K. Zahra, Michigan Supreme Court, 2014-2016
  • Judicial Intern to the Hon. Lawrence P. Zatkoff, United States District Court, 2012