About Us

Superior Legal Services for Every Client
At Dickinson Wright, we define success by our clients’ metrics. 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, providing practical solutions and actionable advice. We are always mindful that we must earn our reputation each and every day by delivering results that speak for themselves.

As a growing, full-service law firm of 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 140 years, we’ve put our clients first. From Fortune 500 companies to small and emerging businesses to governmental entities, nonprofits and individuals, every client is important to us.

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.

We promise the following:

A Long-Term Partnership: We make it our business to know your business and, especially, your way of doing business. We build relationships that last centuries by investing in each client's success and partnering with you to achieve your business goals.

Personalized Support: We treat each client as if they were our only client, proactively sharing our business and legal acumen to solve your toughest and most complex legal issues. We are committed to providing you with excellent client service through both responsiveness and turnaround time.

Seamless Representation: We assemble the best teams across multiple markets to deliver personalized legal solutions for our clients, wherever their businesses take them. Our attorneys leverage advanced technology and communication strategies throughout the firm to ensure that you stay informed and involved.

Forward-Thinking Leaders: We strive to continuously evolve as a firm, implementing innovative and thoughtful best-practices while ensuring our founding values guide how we engage with others and who we select to join our firm.

Cost-Effective Services: We work closely with you to provide quality legal counsel at a reasonable cost, in the most efficient manner possible. Our firm encourages alternative fee arrangements and risk-reward solutions to ensure financial predictability and accountability.

We look forward to exceeding your expectations every day.

Firm Leadership

Michael C. Hammer




William T Burgess

William T. Burgess




Cynthia L Alexander

Cynthia L. Alexander

Deputy CEO – Practice Management and HR



K Lance Anderson

K. Lance Anderson

Deputy CEO – Marketing and IT



J Benjamin Dolan

J. Benjamin Dolan

Deputy CEO – Member Allocations and Advancement



Steven G Howell

Steven G. Howell

Executive Director of Community and Client Relations



James A. Plemmons

Deputy CEO – Lateral Partner Recruitment



William P Shield

William P. Shield
Deputy CEO - Finance

Mark S Shapiro

Mark S. Shapiro

Managing Partner and Practice Department Chair – Canada




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. Dickinson Wright is the member firm for Toronto, Canada. 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.  

International Bar Association (IBA): IBA – the global voice of the legal profession – is the foremost organization for international legal practitioners, law firms, bar associations and law societies. Established in 1947, the present membership is comprised of more than 80,000 individual international lawyers from most of the world’s leading law firms, and some 190 bar associations and law societies spanning more than 170 countries. Dickinson Wright is one of only 200 prominent international law firms with full firm membership in the IBA. To learn more, please visit www.ibanet.org.

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

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.

Dickinson Wright Featured on Lifetime's The Balancing Act

Lifetime’s The Balancing Act featured Dickinson Wright in a segment discussing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. D&I Committee Co-Chair and Member Aaron Burrell spoke with host Montel Williams about how Dickinson Wright is working to break down barriers in the legal industry for diverse lawyers and professionals. Click on the video below to learn more about Dickinson Wright’s D&I mission, associated efforts, and successes as we further our commitment to diversity and inclusion. 


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.


Dickinson Wright lawyers are esteemed by their clients and peers for their knowledge and experience 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 121 first-tier rankings

Chambers USA: Dickinson Wright is consistently recognized for its practices in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. 43 of our lawyers were individually recognized for their practices

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

Chambers Global: Two 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. 28 of our lawyers have been named “Lawyer of the Year” for 2020

Midwest Real Estate News “Best of the Best”: Dickinson Wright’s Real Estate practice is ranked the #2 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. Nine 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, Northern California 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. Five of the firm’s lawyers are individually ranked. 

Legal 500: Dickinson Wright’s Construction, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Labor & Employment, and Real Estate practices are ranked in Legal 500 USA. 25 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”. 


At Dickinson Wright “collegiality” is not just talk. It’s our way of life. And we didn’t just make that concept up yesterday. Our lawyers thrive not only in their professional endeavors with their colleagues, but also in their personal relationships with each other.

A quick review of our roster reveals lawyers from every walk of life, from all different socio-economic, geographic, and ethnic backgrounds. Our culture reflects the fact that we look for individuals who have the skills and the drive to make their communities, and in turn, the world, a better place to live and work. We're justifiably proud of the wide range of people who have chosen to establish their legal careers and build their practices at Dickinson Wright.

As a potential team member, we value your academic achievements and credentials, yes, but we’re also interested in you as an individual. We are committed to your success, so we ensure that you have the tools you need to excel in your personal and professional life. Our training program coupled with our mentoring program is like no other, giving you access to top lawyers in diverse areas, prominent judges, and outside professionals. Building on the strong academic and intellectual foundation gained from law school, we provide training on the key skills that clients require of the best lawyers in America. We teach advanced legal strategy and tactics that give our lawyers and our clients the advantage in the boardroom and in the courtroom.

In addition to being trusted advisors to their clients and leaders in the field of law, our lawyers are leaders in the communities where they live and work. In any economic climate, Dickinson Wright will continue its commitment to pro bono legal services because we believe that service to our communities is always good business. At Dickinson Wright, you'll be expected to do your share. But as you work, you'll find both senior partners and young associates working along with you. We work hard, and we do so as a team.

To learn more about becoming part of Dickinson Wright’s team, please see below:

U.S. Law Students
Canadian Law Students
Judicial Clerks
Lateral Attorneys
Professional Staff

Non-Legal Management

 Michael P Kolb Michael P. Kolb
Chief Operating Officer
  Lance S. Brownsworth
Vice President of Finance
  Brandon E. Lulis
Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer 
 Linda M Reyna Linda M. Reyna
Senior Director of Human Resources
  Jill S. Ingber
Director of Recruitment and Associate Development

Jake R. McMillian
Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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