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Legal Services | Michigan, USA

tel: +1 313 568 6800 | fax: +1 313 568 6893
400 Renaissance Center | Detroit | Michigan | 48243 | USA

Dykema's Overview

Dykema, with over 450 attorneys and professionals, is a leading national law firm with a Midwest heritage that has been serving clients for more than a century. The firm, with offices in California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas and Washington, D.C., is recognized as one of the top law firms in the United States. Dykema is a strategic partner and the firm of choice for many Fortune 500, middle-market and startup companies that are attracted to the firm's sophisticated practices, focus on practical solutions, quality lawyers and commitment to providing value.

What sets Dykema apart from other firms in the market is its unique value equation which includes a commitment to dedicated client service teams; flexible billing to create financial predictability and accountability; lower cost structure; and advanced technology and communication strategies. Using a value-focused business model, Dykema's full-service capability delivers results for sophisticated purchasers of legal services who increasingly demand alternative and more efficient ways of streamlining their legal work without sacrificing their bottom line.

The firm's attorneys and government policy advisors have experience in a broad range of government, corporate and private practice positions in top-tiered companies and organizations. At our core are attorneys and other professionals who are nationally recognized leaders in their area of practice.

Driven by the needs of its clients, Dykema has extended its platform nationally by developing national practices in the following areas: automotive litigation; biotechnology and life sciences; consumer financial services litigation; consumer product safety and compliance; energy and electric distribution; health care; infrastructure finance; intellectual property litigation and pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.

  • Year this Office was Established: 1926
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 15
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 450

Languages: Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, Yiddish, Yoruba


Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law & Regulation
  • Adoption & Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Affordable Housing & Community Development
  • Agency Enforcement & Private Party Litigation
  • Agribusiness Lending
  • Agriculture
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate
  • Asbestos & Toxic Tort
  • Asset Purchases
  • Automotive Product Liability Litigation
  • Aviation & Aerospace
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation
  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights
  • Bioethics & End-of-Life Care
  • Biotechnology & Life Science
  • Business & Commercial
  • Business Services
  • Class Action Defense
  • Commercial Lending
  • Construction Law
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Copyright
  • Corporate & Real Estate Transactions
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Creditors' Committees & Trustee Representation
  • Cybersecurity
  • Dental Service Organizations Group
  • Discovery Management & E-Discovery
  • Education
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment Counseling
  • Employment Litigation
  • Energy Lending Transactions
  • Energy Regulatory
  • Entertainment, Media & Sports
  • Environmental
  • Environmental Regulatory Compliance
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Family business Transition Team
  • Federal Tax
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Franchise Services
  • Gaming & Indian Law
  • Government Policy & Practice
  • Health Care
  • Health Care Administrative Law & Regulatory Appeals
  • HIPAA - Health Information Privacy & Security
  • Hospitality
  • Hospitals and Health Care Systems
  • Immigration
  • In- and Out-of-Court Restructurings & Liquidations
  • Information Privacy & Security, HIPAA, Electronic Health Records
  • Infrastructure & Project Finance
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Bad Faith Defense
  • Intellectual Property & Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Law & Trade Regulation
  • Investment Management
  • Korean Business Team
  • Labor & Employment
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Landlord Representation
  • Leasing & Property Management
  • Litigation
  • Long Term Care
  • Long-Term & Post Acute Care Providers
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • National Trial Team
  • National/Regional Coordinating, Trial and/or Discovery Counsel
  • Nonprofits & Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products
  • Pharmacies, DEA & Robinson-Patman/340B Drug Programs
  • Physicians, Dentists and Non-Physician Practioners
  • Physicians, Mid-Level Providers & Allied Health Professionals
  • Political Compliance, Elections & Campaign Finance
  • Portfolio Due Diligence
  • Privacy, Data Security & E-Commerce
  • Private Equity, Venture Capital & Mezzanine Finance
  • Probate, Trust & Fiduciary Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Product Safety
  • Property Tax Appeals
  • Public Finance
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Tax Incentives & Economic Development
  • Real Estate Workouts
  • Representation of Distressed Businesses
  • Representation of Financial Institutions in Bankruptcy & Workout Matters
  • Securities
  • Site Remediation
  • State & Local Tax
  • Structured Finance
  • Tax & Estate Planning/Administration
  • Tax Controversies & Litigation
  • Taxation
  • Technology & Outsourcing Transactions
  • Trade Secret & Noncompete Litigation
  • Trademark
  • Unions & Collective Bargaining
  • White-Collar Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations
Representative Clients
  • Bank of America
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Brunswick Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors Corporation
  • Honda North America, Inc.
  • Sears Roebuck & Co.



Of Counsel

Janet Conigliaro

Janet L. ConigliaroSenior Counsel

Samuel Damren

Samuel C. DamrenSenior Counsel

Richard Goetz

Richard G. GoetzSenior Counsel

Steven Grob

Steven E. GrobSenior Counsel

Joel Kellman

Joel D. KellmanSenior Counsel

William Kohler

William J. KohlerSenior Counsel

Harold Pope

Harold D. PopeSenior Counsel


Ayanna Clinton

Ayanna C. ClintonChief Human Resources Officer

Gemma Galeoto

Gemma R. GaleotoSenior Attorney

Richard Holdrup

Richard E. F. HoldrupChief Operating Officer

Ellen Kain

Ellen K. KainDirector of Litigation Support

Peter Kellett

Peter M. KellettChairman and CEO

Christian Lueth

Christian R. LuethChief Financial Officer

Linda Moss

Linda M. MossChief Business Development and Marketing Officer

Ava Ortner

Ava OrtnerMarketing Manager

Nasseem Ramin

Nasseem S. RaminSenior Attorney

W. Steiner, Jr.

W. A. Steiner, Jr.Director of Practice Economics

Thomas Trapnell

Thomas H. TrapnellSenior Attorney

Tim Trunzo

Tim TrunzoMarketing Manager

Boyd White III

Boyd White III, IIISenior Attorney


Michigan Seeks Comment on Tax Treatment of Marijuana Sales
Dykema, December 2017

The Michigan Department of Treasury (the “Department”) recently released a draft Revenue Administrative Bulletin (“RAB”) entitled Marihuana Provisioning Center Tax and Sales and Use Tax Treatment of Marihuana. An RAB is a directive issued by the Bureau of Tax Policy. The following is an excerpt from the Department’s website describing RABs, generally: Its purpose is to promote uniform application of tax laws throughout the State by the Bureau of Tax Policy personnel and provide information and guidance to taxpayers...

U.S. International Trade Commission Finds Domestic Solar Manufacturing Companies Harmed by Foreign Imports
Dykema, December 2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) issued a determination on Friday, September 22, 2017, finding that solar panel imports are hurting domestic businesses that operate in the solar industry. The ITC’s determination was issued in connection with a trade case filed in April 2017 by a Georgia-based company, Suniva, Inc., shortly after filing for bankruptcy protection. SolarWorld Americas, Inc. joined Suniva’s petition in May 2017...

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Dykema Appoints Reed R. Heimbecher as Minneapolis Office Managing Member
Dykema, January 2018

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Reed R Heimbecher has been appointed as Office Managing Member of its Minneapolis office. Heimbecher also serves as Leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Transactional Group. Heimbecher has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of worldwide intellectual property law—including a seven-year stint in-house as vice president of intellectual property for a medical device business with a billion dollars of annual sales. His practice focuses on patent and trademark prosecution, patent portfolio management, intellectual property due diligence, and client counseling...

Jill Wheaton and Alexis Schostak Included in Crain’s Inaugural List of Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan
Dykema, December 2017

Dykema, a leading national law firm, is proud to announce that Jill Wheaton and Alexis Schostak were both recognized on the Crain’s Detroit Business inaugural special report on Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan. According to Crain’s, the most Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan set legal precedent, navigate the complexities of mergers and acquisitions and manage high-profile cases. This special report profiles dozens of women lawyers who were nominated by their peers at work and in the community. Crain Content Studio leaned on the expertise of advisors in the legal field in developing the criteria for selecting those featured...

All press submitted by Dykema


Cannabis Law Blog

The cannabis industry presents unprecedented opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs. Yet, entities looking to engage in this emerging industry face daunting levels of legal complexity and uncertainty. Moreover, state and local governments are constantly tasked with regulating an...

Food and Beverage Law Blog

The Dykema Food & Beverage Law Blog covers a variety of legal news related to the food and beverage industry. We hope to keep you up-to-date on important developments and provide analysis of legal issues facing the industry. If you need additional information about any of the issues discussed on...

Infrastructure Law and Policy Blog

The Infrastructure Law and Policy Law Blog covers developments in four key infrastructure areas: roads and bridges, mass transit, sewer and water, and broadband internet. As governors, legislature, and local governments continue to grapple with these important issues, this blog will serve as a...

Labor & Employment Law Blog

In the rapidly evolving field of labor and employment law, we know that employers need to stay informed about changes in the law, and how these changes impact day-to-day business operations. Dykema’s Labor & Employment Law Blog (www.laboremployment-lawblog.com) discusses important labor and...

NextGen Financial Services Report

NextGen Financial Services Report is published by the Financial Industry Group at Dykema. The Financial Services Industry has gone through a tremendous amount of regulatory and operational IT change in recent years, and with a new presidential administration more changes and developments are on the...

SerendIPity: Intellectual Property Law Blog

Few areas of law are as dynamic and fast-changing—and impact as many product categories, industry sectors and individuals (both inventors and creators of original content as well as end-users of those intellectual properties)—as IP law. The contributors to SerendIPity, Dykema’s IP law blog...

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