Michael C. Hammer
William T. Burgess
Cynthia L. Alexander
Member and Deputy CEO – Innovation
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
Deputy CEO - Practice Management
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.
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:
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 117 first-tier rankings, and 27 national rankings
Chambers USA and Chambers Canada: 17 practices and 43 of our lawyers are individually recognized by Chambers USA and Chambers Canada.
Chambers High Net Worth Guide: Dickinson Wright’s Arizona and Kentucky Private Wealth practices are ranked in Chambers High Net Worth Guide. 5 of the firm’s lawyers are ranked individually.
Best Lawyers: The firm has 183 lawyers listed in Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in Canada for 2023. 21 of our lawyers have been named “Lawyer of the Year” for 2023, and 40 lawyers have been named “Ones to Watch” for 2023.
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 and Nevada Intellectual Property practices are ranked among the best in state. 11 of the firm’s lawyers are individually ranked as “IP Stars”.
Super Lawyers: 100+ 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. 12 of the firm’s lawyers are individually ranked.
Legal 500: Dickinson Wright’s Cannabis, Construction, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, and Real Estate practices are ranked in Legal 500 USA. 34 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”.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Survey: Dickinson Wright has scored a Perfect 100 in the HRC Corporate Equality Index Survey 5 years running (2018–2022).
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
Chief Financial Officer
|Brandon E. Lulis
Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer
|Linda M. Reyna
Vice President of Human Resources
Anthony L. Garza
|Jill S. Ingber
Director of Recruitment and Associate Development