Michael C. Hammer
William T. Burgess
Cynthia L. Alexander
Deputy CEO – Practice Management and HR
K. Lance Anderson
Deputy CEO – Marketing and IT
J. Benjamin Dolan
Deputy CEO – Member Allocations and Advancement
Steven G. Howell
Executive Director of Community and Client Relations
James A. Plemmons
Deputy CEO – Lateral Partner Recruitment
William P. Shield
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.
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:
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:
Learn about the Dickinson Wright Women's Network.
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:
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
|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
Senior Director of Human Resources
|Jill S. Ingber
Director of Recruitment and Associate Development
Jake R. McMillian