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Leonard C. Wolfe

Leonard C. Wolfe

Chairman and CEO


  • Administrative Law & Regulation
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cannabis Law
  • Corporate Finance

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Michigan, U.S.A.

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Len Wolfe is Dykema’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to assuming his new role in January 2021, Wolfe served in Firm senior leadership positions including two terms on the Firm’s Executive Committee and nine years as Director of the Firm’s Regulated Industries Department and Practice Group Leader of the Government Policy Practice Group. He also served as Board Liaison to the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee for four years.

Len is a member of the Detroit Economic Club Board of Directors. The DEC is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization committed to shaping a modern business environment through the free exchange of ideas and debate. He has also served in various state, business and community leadership roles, including board roles with the State Board of Ethics and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce,

Before being elected Chairman and CEO, Len was a skilled government policy and regulatory attorney with over two decades of substantive experience helping clients formulate and implement significant public policy initiatives. His practice covered several areas of legal representation, including government reorganization and restructuring, education law, state procurement and representing clients before various state departments, agencies and boards. Len was regularly retained to assist with the drafting and design of complex legislation and rules affecting the delivery, funding and licensure of public services and regulated industries. His practice also included representation of clients in a number of high profile public policy litigation matters.

Bar Admissions



Indiana University, J.D. James Madison College at Michigan State University, B.A.
Areas of Practice

Administrative Law & Regulation | Cannabis Law | Corporate Finance | Cybersecurity | Education | Gaming & Indian Law | Government Contracts | Government Policy & Practice | Government Reorganization and Restructuring | Hospitality | Nonprofits & Tax-Exempt Organizations | Political Compliance, Elections & Campaign Finance | Privacy and Data Security | Privacy, Data Security & E-Commerce | Public Finance | Real Estate Tax Incentives & Economic Development | Telecommunications Regulatory

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • Member, State Ethics Board (Appointed to a four-year term by Governor John Engler) (2001-2005)
  • Board Member, Michigan Chamber of Commerce (2006-present)
  • Board Member, Westside Community YMCA (2005-present)
  • Alternate Board Member, Delta Township Zoning Appeals Board (2005-present)
  • Advisory Board Member, CMU Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship Dinner, Detroit, Michigan (2002-present)
  • Panel Member, Policy Committee, National Association of Charter School Authorizers (2006)
  • Co-Chair, Republican Lawyers For Michigan
  • National Republican Lawyer''s Association
  • Michigan School Board's Association Council of School Attorneys
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Member, Federalist Society


  • 2006 - (Moderator/Presenter) NACSA Annual Conference - "Public or Private? Legal Issues in Defining Charter Schools"
  • 2005 - (Panel Moderator/Panelist) National Association of Charter School Authorizers Annual Conference - "Charter School Law"
  • 2005 - (Presenter) Michigan School Boards Association Fall Law Conference - "Overview of Conflicts of Interest and State Ethics"
  • 2004 - (Panelist) National Association of Charter School Authorizers Annual Conference - "Charter School Law"
  • 2004 - (Presenter) ACCT Annual Leadership Conference - "Charter Schools: Unique Public-Private Partnerships for Community Colleges"
  • 2003 - (Panelist) National Association of Charter School Authorizers Annual Conference - "Educational Management Companies"
  • 2002 - (Panelist) National Association of Charter School Authorizers Annual Conference - "Educational Management Companies"
  • 2002 - (Presenter) National Charter Schools Institute - "Charter School Financing"
  • 2001 - (Presenter) Ingham County Bar Association Luncheon Lecture Series - "Overview of Open Meetings Act and FOIA"
  • 2001 - (Presenter) Lorman Education - "Michigan Freedom of Information Act"
  • 2001 - (Presenter) National Contract Manager''s Association - Detroit Chapter - "Overview of State Procurement Process"
  • 2000 - (Presenter) National Contract Manager''s Association - West Michigan Chapter - "Overview of FOIA and State Bid Protests" ...


Michigan’s New COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules: Enforcement of Regulatory Compliance May Increase – Is Your Business Compliant?
Dykema, May 2020

As more and more of Michigan’s economy is being reopened, Governor Whitmer set forth required workplace safeguards in a separate and standalone executive order. Executive Order No...

What Do Eased Restrictions of Michigan’s Reaffirmed Stay-At-Home Measures Mean for Your Business?
Dykema, April 2020

On April 24, 2020, Governor Whitmer reaffirmed the stay-at-home measures set forth in Executive Order 2020-42, amended the scope of that order, and extended the duration of such measures through May 15, 2020 (unless modified earlier). While many of the restrictions from her prior executive orders remain in place, Executive Order 2020-59 includes some easing of in-person operation restrictions as well as some corresponding requirements for those operations...

COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide – State By State Treatment of Business Essentiality
Dykema, March 2020

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is affecting companies across the nation and around the world in a variety of ways. Dykema is closely monitoring the legal ramifications of the crisis and evaluating the potential impact on businesses in a wide variety of industries...

Additional Articles

  • 2006 -, "Balanced Leadership for Lasting Change" The Definitive Guide to Charter School Oversight in Michigan (MCCSA Publication)
  • 2001 - Testimony on White Paper, McPherson Commission "Understanding Governance and Re-Thinking Regulation", Grand Rapids, MI
  • 1998 - "Public School Academy Authorizing Bodies: Chartering Authorities, Oversight Bodies and Fiscal Agents", (prepared for Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University and Eastern Michigan University)

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