Maxwell, Salina M.


Alma College

B.A., 2008
  • Honors in Business Administration and History

Michigan State University College of Law

J.D., 2011
  • summa cum laude
  • Dean King Scholar
  • Michigan State Law Review, Senior Articles Editor

Bar Admission


Salina M. Hamilton


Prominent Assignments

Co-lead counsel for Fortune 500 company in a bench trial that resulted in the dismissal of plaintiff’s claims.

Obtained judgments and negotiated settlements on behalf of corporate clients in collection matters.

Lead counsel for major advertising publisher in actions involving contract disputes and business tort claims.

Experienced in negotiating, drafting and reviewing a variety of contracts.

Regularly practice before trial and appellate state and federal courts, including various Michigan district and county circuit courts, and the Eastern District of Michigan.

Experienced in all phases of commercial litigation in state and federal courts, including pretrial discovery, motion practice, alternative dispute resolution, and trial practice.

Proficient with Federal and State E-discovery rules and requirements and general E-discovery management.

Member of litigation team for Federal-Mogul Corporation in patent infringement action before the International Trade Commission.

Member of litigation team for Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership in Federal lawsuit alleging claims arising out of oil pipeline leak in Marshall, Michigan. 

Representative Clients

  • Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
  • Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership
  • Federal-Mogul Corporation
  • Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • McDonald's Corporation
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • YP Midwest Publishing LLC

Professional Involvement

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Labor & Employment Law Section
    • Litigation Section
    • Young Lawyers Section
    • Business Law Section


  • Co-Author, "Retailer Beware: A Retailer’s Guide to The Michigan Shopping Reform and Modernization Act," Michigan Defense Quarterly, Volume 30, No. 3 (February 2014)
  • Co-Author, “Protecting Consumers: The Contractual and Real Estate Issues Involving Timeshares, Quartershares, and Fractional Ownership” 37 Real Estate Law Journal 278 (2009).
  • Note, “Keep Your Contract to Yourself: Attempting to Balance the Expectations of Signatories in Arbitration Agreements with the Freedom from Contract Rights of Non-Signatories,” 2010 MICH. ST. L. REV. (2010).


  • Michigan Court of Appeals Research Division Extern - Lansing, MI (2009)
  • Dickinson Wright PLLC, Summer Associate - Detroit, MI  (2010)

Jurisprudence Achievement Awards

  • Research, Writing, and Advocacy II-IP Perspective
  • Torts
  • Contracts I & II
  • Business Enterprises
  • Decedent's Estates and Trusts
  • Contract Theory Seminar
  • Entertainment Law