Kaitlyn M. Elias


An Associate in Dickinson Wright’s Troy office,  Kaitlyn M. Elias focuses her practice on real estate, landlord-tenant, and commercial litigation, as well as marijuana and industrial hemp and telecommunications. Ms. Elias is licensed to practice law in Michigan and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. She is an active member of the Building Owners Management Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Detroit Bar Association. Kaitlyn is also a certified mediator.

Ms. Elias earned a B.A. in Global and International Studies from Western Michigan University and worked in international higher education before receiving her Juris Doctor from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. While in law school, Kaitlyn received honors for her participation in several international commercial arbitration moot court competitions, and she spent a semester in Washington, DC externing at the U.S. State Department Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law. She also earned first prize in the Andrew P. Vance Memorial Writing Competition for her submission on the international enforcement of mediated settlement agreements. After graduating from ASU and before returning to Michigan to practice law, Ms. Elias served as a judicial law clerk for Associate Justice Elvis R. Pila Patea at the High Court of American Samoa.

Education & Credentials


Arizona State University


Western Michigan University


Bar Admission

  • Michigan


  • Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Best Lawyers of America – Ones to Watch
  • DBusiness Top Lawyers
  • Building Owners and Managers Association Detroit 2022 Professional Service Member of the Year Award
  • State Bar of Michigan 2021 Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award Runner-Up

Prominent Assignments

Experience negotiating an option and lease agreement for a solar project, as well as appearing before the Michigan Public Service Commission regarding a proposed transmission line.

Professional Involvement

  • Oakland County Bar Association Real Estate Committee and Business Court and Counsel Committee
  • Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Detroit Bar Association Access to Justice Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan Cannabis Law Section

Community Involvement

  • Pro bono work involving expungements, name changes, and residential tenant defense

Court Admissions

  • Western District of Michigan
  • Eastern District of Michigan


  • Federal Bankruptcy Protection Exclusions for Cannabis Companies, January 2024 Issue of the Oakland County Bar Association magazine Laches
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