Howard J. Gourwitz

Of Counsel

Howard J. Gourwitz is a Member of Dickinson Wright’s Troy office. Mr. Gourwitz specializes in the practice of personal and business planning, tax law, estate and financial planning, real estate, and sports and entertainment law. Since 1980, he has been a practice consultant for the Midwest Transaction Guide, a 14-volume set of books published by Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. He has also authored many articles and has participated as a speaker in many Institute of Continuing Legal Education seminars and lectured on “Conducting Effective Negotiations.”  Since 1986, he has been a Registered Agent with the National Hockey League Players’ Association and a member of the Sports Lawyers Association. He is AV-Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Education & Credentials


University of Michigan


Wayne State University

  • cum laude

New York University

LL.M., Taxation

Bar Admission

  • Michigan


  • AV-Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Clients

  • Multi-party complex contract negotiations
  • High net worth individuals and families regarding Financial, Estate and Business Planning
  • Professional athletes, composers and musicians
  • Advisor and fiduciary for established clients

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan, Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports, Business Law, and Taxation Sections 
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Detroit Institute of Arts Tannahill Estate Planning Council
  • Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metro Detroit
  • National Hockey League Players’ Association, Registered Agent

Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Governors at Cranbrook Schools
    • Chair of the Development Committee
  • Board of Directors, University of Michigan Band Alumni Association
  • Board of Directors, The Elbel Club…The Friends of the Michigan Marching Band
  • National Leadership Council, Michigan State University College of Music
  • Board of Directors, Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy Network

Court Admissions

  • Michigan State Courts
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


  • Lectures on “Practical Tips for Conducting Effective Negotiations” at law schools and business colleges
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