Dennis W Archer

Dennis W. Archer

Chairman Emeritus

Education & Credentials


Western Michigan University

B.S., 1965

Detroit College of Law

J.D., 1970

Bar Admission

  • Michigan1970
  • District of Columbia1972


  • 2016 ABA Medal Recipient, American Bar Association, August 2016
  • Named "Public Official of the Year," Governing magazine, November 2000
  • Named one of the "25 Most Dynamic Mayors in America" by Newsweek magazine, November 1996
  • Named "Most Respected Judge in Michigan," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, April 1990
  • Named among "100 Most Powerful Attorneys in the United States," National Law Journal, April 1985
  • Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers 
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America

Prominent Assignments

Chairman, Dickinson Wright PLLC, 2002-2009

Chairman, Board of Directors, Detroit Regional Chamber, 2006-2007

President, American Bar Association, 2003-2004

Mayor of Detroit, 1994-2001 
        - President, National League of Cities

Associate Justice, Michigan Supreme Court, 1986-1990 

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association: - President, 2003-2004 - Member, Board of Governors, 1999-2002
  • National Bar Association:
         - President, 1983-1984
         - Life Member
  • Former President, Wolverine Bar Association, 1979-1980
  • Detroit Bar Association:
         - Member, Board of Directors, 1973-1975
         - Chairman, Young Lawyers Section, 1973-1975
  • State Bar of Michigan: President, 1984-1985
  • Associate Professor, Detroit College of Law, 1972-1978
  • Adjunct Professor, Wayne State University Law School, 1984-1985
  • Life Member, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Life Member of Fellows, American Bar Foundation and Life Member of Fellows, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers  
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