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Michael L Dallaire


Michael Dallaire focuses his practice on commercial litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency, and other complex business disputes.  In addition to his broad-based commercial practice, Michael frequently represents Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and tiered automotive suppliers in supply chain litigation, financial restructurings, workouts, and asset sales. Additionally, he is included in Best Lawyers in America® “Ones to Watch” 2021.

Education & Credentials


Michigan State University

B.A., 2010

The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

J.D., 2014
  • The Ohio State Law Journal, Associate Editor
  • National Moot Court Competition Team, Member

Bar Admission

  • Michigan


  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • "Ones to Watch," Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights, Insolvency and Reorganization, 2021-2022

Representative Clients

  • Adient US LLC
  • Caterpillar Financial Services Corp.
  • Detroit Thermal Systems, LLC
  • FCA US LLC f/k/a Chrysler Group LLC
  • Flagstar Bank, FSB
  • Adient
  • JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
  • Magna International, Inc., and its affiliates
  • Weber Manufacturing Technologies, Inc.
  • Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors Systems Co., Ltd.

Prominent Assignments

Represented OEMs and Tier I automotive suppliers in supply agreement disputes against subordinate suppliers, including crisis stop-ship situations and claim and delivery actions to recover tooling and materials 

Obtained temporary restraining order on behalf of Tier I automotive supplier requiring its customer to continue shipping parts integral to Tier I supplier’s assembly and supply of components to original equipment manufacturer

Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of Tier II automotive supplier after more than two years of discovery in dispute with Tier I supplier involving breach of contract and breach of warranty claims totaling over $10 million

Obtained summary disposition and dismissal of all direct and third-party claims against metal fabrication company in contract dispute arising from company’s acquisition of competitor

Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of former salesman in automotive industry in dispute involving claims for misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract

Defended former executive of steel processing company against former employer’s claims of breach of fiduciary duty and conversion, culminating in eight-day arbitration

Counsel to over 25 consignment creditors in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case and related adversary proceeding against national supplier of books, music, and other media

Counsel to large Canadian oil producer with respect to Chapter 11 bankruptcy of critical hazardous waste recycler

Counsel to OEMs and Tier I automotive suppliers in various bankruptcy matters


  • Dickinson Wright, PLLC Summer Associate (2013)
  • Extern to Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Supreme Court of Ohio (2012)
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