About Us

Superior Legal Services for Every Client
Dickinson Wright is committed to providing superior legal services to every client. We are highly regarded because we recruit and retain professionals that have not only graduated at the top of their class, but have proven themselves in both business and legal environments.  Dickinson Wright attorneys are respected by their clients and peers, honored by industry endorsements, and recognized through significant appointments to bar associations and the judiciary. Through the continuous and thoughtful application of people, process and technology, Dickinson Wright strives to provide the appropriate response to each client’s particular culture and need. 

Our unwavering focus on client satisfaction and service has defined our purpose and propelled our growth. We develop strong relationships built on a deep understanding of each client’s needs, quick responsiveness and sound advice. To develop such a relationship with you, we pledge the following: 

• We make it our business to know your business and, especially, your way of doing business. 
• We will listen to you. 
• We will proactively share our legal and business acumen with you. 
• We are a multi-specialty firm that brings significant resources to you in a personalized, individualized approach as if you were our only client.
• We will be responsive and accessible to you in the manner which you need us to be. 
• We seamlessly operate as one office regardless of location. 
• We encourage the use of alternative fee arrangements and risk-reward solutions to help you with financial predictability and accountability. 
• We participate in legal, civic, and philanthropic organizations to grow as both lawyers and individuals. 
• We will leverage advanced technology and communication strategies throughout the firm to ensure that you are informed and involved. 

At Dickinson Wright, client satisfaction and exceeding expectations are daily commitments. We look forward to exceeding your expectations every day. 

Affiliations

Dickinson Wright is dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality legal services no matter the jurisdiction. We are proud to be affiliated with these legal networks in an effort to provide you with the best service, both on a national and international scale: 

Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW): LAW is a global association of more than 95 independent law firms located in more than 50 countries. With access to more than 4,000 lawyers worldwide, LAW allows members to service the international legal needs of clients that are expanding their operations and relationships into new domestic and foreign markets. To learn more, please visit www.lawyersworldwide.com

United States Law Firm Group (USLFG): USLFG is a national network of 18 established U.S. law firms with complementary geographies and practices. USLFG meets frequently to exchange ideas and experiences regarding current and legal practice developments in virtually every area of local, regional, national, and international law. To learn more, please visit www.uslfg.com

State Law Resources, Inc. (SLR): SLR is an international network of independent law firms. Their network helps businesses, trade associations and public policy coalitions navigate the complex and time-consuming process of managing both legal issues and state government relations. In the United States, SLR is limited to one firm from each state and the District of Columbia. To learn more, please visit www.statelaw.org

Our Approach

Dickinson Wright is a growing, full-service law firm of experienced, creative, diverse and dedicated legal professionals. Our lawyers are respected by their peers, honored by industry endorsements and recognized through significant appointments to bar associations and the judiciary system.

But, the most important thing to us is the respect we’ve earned from our clients. For more than 138 years, we’ve put our clients first.

Across our 40 practice areas, our team of over 475 lawyers has an unwavering focus on providing unmatched client service and the highest quality legal advice. We are proactive and accessible. We offer clear and concise solutions. And always, we are mindful that we must deliver the absolute best value on every client engagement, whether it’s large or small.

At Dickinson Wright, we generate value for our clients through state-of-the-art technological sophistication, a supportive working environment and the recognition that we must earn our reputation each and every day by delivering superior client service and results.

From Fortune 500 companies to small and emerging businesses to governmental entities, nonprofits and individuals, every client is important to us. Every client benefits from the depth of our experience, the breadth of our expertise and our focus on providing personalized service.

Dickinson Wright serves our clients from law offices in DetroitAnn ArborLansingGrand RapidsSaginaw and Troy, Michigan; Columbus, Ohio;  Lexington, KentuckyLas Vegas, NevadaReno, NevadaNashville, TennesseePhoenix, ArizonaWashington, D.C.; Toronto, OntarioFort Lauderdale, FloridaAustin, TexasEl Paso, Texas; and Silicon Valley, California. And, our affiliations with leading law firms throughout the world provide us with global reach.

At Dickinson Wright, we are committed to continuing our long history of client service and excellence. We are proud of our proven track record of producing results for our clients, and we are pleased to offer our clients both personalized service and legal assistance around the world.

Dickinson Wright is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and is a recognized leader among law firms for our diversity initiatives. For decades, Dickinson Wright has been a pioneer in all aspects of diversity – both within the firm and in the communities where we do business. From the associate level up to management, we are committed to recruiting and supporting diverse candidates. We know that a diverse team enables us to offer our clients a variety of mindsets when approaching complex legal issues.

Diversity Mission Statement

We follow an established set of policies, practices and programs to demonstrate measurable progress towards a genuinely open, transparent, fair and inclusive workplace. In support of our diversity mission, the firm has adopted the following Diversity and Inclusion Statement:

To cultivate an organization, at every level, that is as diverse as the communities in which it works, and as diverse as the clients it serves. To encourage the inclusion of backgrounds, ideas, and beliefs that span a broad range of the human experience by embracing our commonalities and respecting the differences among us. To promote individual success by providing all persons with opportunities to achieve their full potential as organizational goals are pursued.  

The Firm resolves to accomplish its mission by:   

  • Fostering a respectful and supportive work environment for all lawyers and staff;
  • Continuously seeking to increase the number of diverse lawyers and staff through targeted recruitment, retention and promotion programs;
  • Creating and expanding upon programs to support, mentor and sponsor diversity;
  • Arranging social, professional development and networking opportunities tailored to meet the needs of our diverse colleagues;
  • Managing and monitoring the allocation and quality of work assignments provided to diverse lawyers to maximize access/exposure to a wide variety of the Firm’s clients and to the partners and leadership of the Firm; and
  • Ensuring that lawyers and staff of varying backgrounds and perspectives are represented in leadership positions within the Firm.

Dickinson Wright's Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The overall goal of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee is to ensure that Dickinson Wright’s corporate culture is one of inclusion – at every level and in every aspect of the firm. Through the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the firm’s leadership recommends and implements strategies and practices consistent with our commitment to diversity. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee includes the chairman of the firm, a member of the Management Group and several equity members with key client relationships. In addition, a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee serves on each of the firm's standing committees to ensure a continued focus on advancing our diversity goals.

We offer training and education throughout the firm on the importance of diversity and the role of each person in promoting an inclusive work environment that allows everyone to succeed.

Supporting Diversity in the Community

Our commitment to diversity goes beyond internal initiatives; we support diversity in the legal profession and in the community in general. In particular, we are committed to funding scholarships and supporting academic programs to recruit minority and female students into the legal profession. We firmly believe that it is our duty to look outside the firm and promote diversity: in bar organizations, community activities, with our clients and anywhere else where we can have an impact.

As part of our collaboration in the legal profession we signed the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative Agreement between the Grand Rapids Bar Association and 12 other law firms to begin discussions on how to promote diversity and inclusion in our law firms and the Bar.  The action plan will address these initial challenges: 

  • Increasing the number of lawyers of color in our organization.
  • Improving the rate of retention and advancement of female lawyers and lawyers of color. 
  • Expanding the pipeline of persons of color who enter law school and the legal profession.

Learn about the Dickinson Wright Women's Network.

Our History

Dickinson Wright has a proud history of client service and a longstanding tradition of excellence. From our founding in Detroit in 1878 by two young lawyers, Henry Monroe Campbell and Henry Russel, the firm has evolved and flourished by maintaining a focus on the client while staying on the leading edge of legislative and technological developments. 
Our commitment to excellence and client service is evidenced by our long-term client relationships. We have worked with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company since the late 1800s and with Chrysler Corporation since it was organized in the 1920s. Our association with both Ford Motor Company and National Bank of Detroit, which now is JPMorgan Chase Bank, spans eight decades. 

Throughout the years, Dickinson Wright has been involved in a number of historically-significant events. Members of the firm were involved in drafting the state of Michigan’s two constitutions in 1908 and 1963. After President Roosevelt closed banks nationwide in 1933, Dickinson Wright was instrumental in helping to organize a new national bank in Detroit. Dickinson Wright has the honor of representing leading industrial, financial, insurance, emerging technology and service enterprises around the world. 

On the legislative front, Dickinson Wright has drafted several significant statutes, including the Michigan Financial Institutions Act of 1937, the Intangibles Tax Act, the Industrial Facilities Tax Act of 1974 and the Community Property Tax Act of 1948. 

Numerous members of Dickinson Wright have been appointed or elected to the judiciary. As of January 1, 2013, three of the seven justices of the Michigan Supreme Court began their legal careers at Dickinson Wright and became members of our firm. 

As the firm grew and evolved, its name changed several times to reflect changes in leadership. In 1998, the firm became Dickinson Wright PLLC. In 2011, the firm’s Ontario affiliate, Dickinson Wright LLP, grew through a combination with Toronto-based Aylesworth LLP, a firm that has been serving clients with distinction since 1861. In 2012, Dickinson Wright expanded again with the additions of new offices in Columbus, Ohio and Saginaw, Michigan. At the beginning of 2013, our Phoenix office combined with Phoenix-based Mariscal, Weeks, McIntyre & Friedlander, P.A., with over 60 attorneys, Phoenix is the firm’s largest office outside the Detroit area. In 2015, Dickinson Wright opened offices in Lexington, Kentucky and Reno, Nevada. In 2016, the firm opened offices in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and Austin, Texas. In 2017, the firm opened up an office in El Paso, Texas. In 2018, the firm opened up an office in Silicon Valley, California. Dickinson Wright continues to grow where opportunities to serve our clients arise. 

In addition, Dickinson Wright recently received ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for its information security management system. 

From a two-person firm serving Detroit-based clients, Dickinson Wright has evolved into a leading global law firm. With more than 475 lawyers across more than 40 practice areas, Dickinson Wright serves clients from offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Saginaw and Troy, Michigan; Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Lexington, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; Silicon Valley, California; Washington, D.C.; and Toronto, Ontario. We’ve worked with clients on six continents and our global presence continues to expand.

Pro Bono

“Lawyers have a license to practice law, a monopoly on certain services. But for that privilege and status, lawyers have an obligation to provide legal services to those without the wherewithal to pay, to respond to needs outside themselves, to help repair tears in their communities.” – U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

At Dickinson Wright, we understand and appreciate the unfortunate fact that not all people and organizations can afford legal representation. We also recognize the importance, and our professional responsibility, to give back to the community by making pro bono legal services accessible to those in need. That is why Dickinson Wright attorneys are encouraged to engage in pro bono causes they are passionate about and will impact the local communities in which they live and work. 

Dickinson Wright’s Pro Bono Committee oversees the firm’s partnerships with local and national organizations throughout the U.S. and in Canada. Our committee provides pro bono opportunities for our lawyers to gain practical experience and grow as legal professionals. 

Our commitment to pro bono work is not limited to a particular cause or type of organization. Below is a snapshot of just a few ways our lawyers are giving back to their communities:

  • Assisting survivors of domestic violence: Our lawyers assist low-income domestic violence survivors in preparing the affidavits that accompany their requests for Personal Protection Orders (“PPOs”). The affidavits explain how the individual’s circumstances satisfy statutory requirements for obtaining a PPO. Our lawyers also represent domestic violence survivors in Show Cause hearings to ensure that the PPOs remain in effect.
  • Assisting the homeless/low-income: Through our work with various legal aid clinics throughout the country, our lawyers consult with the homeless and/or low-income population about their legal issues, including helping them resolve issues involving outstanding tickets, child support, employment matters, obtaining birth certificates and IDs, and landlord-tenant issues.
  • Veteran’s Rights: As a firm, we understand the importance of showing our veterans that we appreciate their service and sacrifice by providing pro bono legal services. We work with various organizations to provide low-income veterans with legal advice and representation to resolve issues involving benefits, housing, and employment matters. Our lawyers also serve as mentors in an alternative treatment and rehabilitation program to assist veterans in getting clean and back on their feet.
  • Refugee Assistance: Through work with agencies such as the Syrian American Rescue Network, Kentucky Refugee Ministries and the Florence Immigrant Refugee Rights Projects, our lawyers assist low-income refugees with their legal needs, including helping many newly arrived refugee minors find legal guardians so that they can obtain medical treatment and enroll in school.
  • Transgender Name Change Project: Through a partnership with the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund and State Bar Associations, our lawyers provide free legal name change services to low-income transgender people.

If you have a matter and/or project that you would like Dickinson Wright to consider on a pro bono basis, please fill out the “Request Pro Bono” form in the top right corner of your screen.

Recognitions

Dickinson Wright lawyers are esteemed by their clients and peers for their knowledge and expertise through significant appointments to bar associations and the judiciary. We are also proud of the recognition that both the firm and our lawyers receive from leading industry publications, including: 

US News & World Report/Best Law Firms: In the annual edition of US News & World Report/Best Law Firms survey, Dickinson Wright garnered 108 first-tier rankings

Chambers USA: Dickinson Wright is consistently recognized for its practices in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, and Tennessee. 35 of our lawyers were individually recognized for their practices

Chambers Canada: Three of the firm's lawyers are recognized in Chambers Canada Guide. 

Chambers Global: Three of our lawyers are recognized individually for their practices according to Chambers Global Guide. 

Chambers High Net Worth Guide: Dickinson Wright’s Arizona and Kentucky Private Wealth practices are ranked in Chambers High Net Worth Guide. Five of the firm’s lawyers are ranked individually. 

Best Lawyers: Our lawyers are listed in Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in Canada. 24 of our lawyers have been named “Lawyer of the Year” for 2018

Midwest Real Estate News “Best of the Best”: Dickinson Wright’s Real Estate practice is ranked the #3 law firm in Midwest Real Estate News “Best of the Best” guide. 

Managing Intellectual Property “IP Stars”: Dickinson Wright’s Michigan Intellectual Property practice is ranked among the best in state. Five of the firm’s lawyers are individually ranked as “IP Stars”. 

Super Lawyers: Over 150 Dickinson Wright attorneys are listed in Super Lawyers, including: Florida Super Lawyers, Michigan Super Lawyers, Mid-South Super Lawyers, Mountain State Super Lawyers, Ohio Super Lawyers, Southwest Super Lawyers, Texas Super Lawyers, and Washington, DC Super Lawyers. 

Benchmark Litigation: Dickinson Wright’s Litigation practices in Michigan and Arizona are consistently ranked in Benchmark Litigation’s annual guide. Nine of the firm’s lawyers are individually ranked. 

Legal 500: Dickinson Wright’s Corporate/M&A and Labor & Employment practices are ranked in Legal 500 USA. Eight attorneys are listed as Recommended Lawyers. 

BTI Power Rankings: Dickinson Wright’s Insurance practice was listed in BTI Power Rankings “Honor Roll of Core Firms in Insurance”. 

Non-Legal Management

  John D. Gorzalski
Chief Administrative Officer
313.223.3515
jgorzalski@dickinsonwright.com
  Michael P. Kolb
Chief Information & Security Officer
313.223.3608
mkolb@dickinsonwright.com
                James J. Stapleton
Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer
313.223.3081
jstapleton@dickinsonwright.com 
  Brandon E. Lulis
Director of Practice Management
313.223.3035
blulis@dickinsonwright.com 
  Linda M. Reyna
Director of Human Resources
313.223.3580
lreyna@dickinsonwright.com 
  Christine A. Scurto
Recruitment Coordinator
313.223.3150
cscurto@dickinsonwright.com 

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