Detroit

Foley’s Detroit office stands apart from other firms in the region by providing you with local access to the firm’s global resources and to attorneys who cover virtually every legal practice area. As an integrated part of a firm with best-in-class service, technology, and legal skills, our Detroit office offers a comprehensive range of services — enabling us to provide you with economies of scale and attract top talent — while maintaining a first-hand understanding of the area’s industrial economy and business climate.

Foley's commitment to client service has been recognized by some of the world's most prestigious sources. Our Detroit attorneys carry out that commitment by striving to understand your specific challenges, then tailoring our approach to fit your business. We also offer numerous ongoing training opportunities, including our annual State of the Law Update, co-hosted with the Michigan Chapter of the Association for Corporate Counsel (ACC-MI), and our annual update on government procurement.

Working as part of Foley's national practices or cross-disciplinary industry teams, our Detroit attorneys address a wide range of legal disciplines in a variety of industries. Our clients include many significant companies in the automotive, e-business, health care, finance, gaming, retail, transportation, and private equity and venture capital industries, among others. We also have a strong heritage of representing manufacturers and distributors in Detroit as well as globally in China, India, Japan, and Europe.

Our Detroit office is particularly strong in the following areas:

Automotive: Our Automotive Industry Team is based in Detroit and comprises attorneys from a variety of legal disciplines who devote their professional practice to serving the needs of our clients in the automotive industry, both in the United States and abroad.

Manufacturing: Our Detroit attorneys have a strong heritage of representing manufacturers and distributors in Detroit as well as globally in China, India, Japan, Korea, and Europe. As our clients move into the future of manufacturing, we are working shoulder to shoulder with them to focus on advanced manufacturing issues such as continuous process improvement; customer-focused innovation; human capital acquisition, development, and retention; enterprise-wide supply and distribution chain management and collaboration; sustainability; global engagement; reshoring; facilities siting, reconfiguration, and management; foreign direct investment; strategic acquisitions and divestitures; government and public affairs; next-generation technologies; and Big Data, as well as traditional areas such as corporate, labor, tax, and IP. We take a holistic approach to the industry, working closely with colleagues from all practices, industry teams, and offices across the firm to deliver comprehensive solutions that help you achieve your business goals.

Bankruptcy: Our attorneys regularly represent parties in all aspects of bankruptcy law, and they work integrally with the firm's other highly regarded practices, including our industry-focused practices, to form multidisciplinary restructuring teams with a focus on your specific industry.

Business Law: Foley's corporate and business practice includes attorneys skilled in counseling public and private companies, investment banks, private equity and venture capital funds, and lenders in a broad range of capital-raising and acquisitive transactions.

Business Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Our multi-skilled litigation practice includes litigators experienced in handling and (when necessary) trying complex and high-stakes business disputes, including disputes involving the Uniform Commercial Code, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, class actions, health law, business torts, antitrust, misappropriation of trade secrets, public law, international disputes, shareholder disputes, and securities issues. We also focus on handling supply chain disputes, including cases requiring injunctions.

Distressed Real Estate: Our attorneys have extensive experience in resolving distressed assets and large-scale, distressed sponsor issues, including the handling of work-outs and restructurings (both in and out of bankruptcy).

Environmental: We offer a broad range of services covering all environmental media (air, water, and land). These services include environmental litigation, transactional and due diligence assistance on the purchase, remediation and redevelopment of contaminated properties, and extensive experience and counseling on rulemaking, permitting, and compliance and enforcement issues before local, state, and federal authorities.

Government Contracts: Our government procurement attorneys have more than 40 years of experience addressing municipal, state, and federal contract matters, including negotiating contracts and subcontracts, contesting and defending government contract award decisions through bid protest actions, submitting, negotiating, and litigating contract disputes and claims, developing compliance programs, and providing in-house, customized training on government procurement topics. We can also assist you in obtaining statutory or regulatory relief with the assistance of our Public Policy colleagues in Washington, D.C.

Health Care: Our attorneys are integral members of our health care industry practice — one that is consistently ranked a top health care practice in the United States by Chambers USA.

Intellectual Property: IP is a principal strength of our law firm. With more than 200 attorneys firm-wide and a core group in our Detroit office, our IP practice delivers an innovative life cycle of IP services to obtain, protect, and add value to your IP assets. We also provide product clearance opinions, conduct licensing programs, and handle the IP due diligence for corporate transactions. If you must litigate to enforce or defend your IP rights, you can call upon our experienced IP trial attorneys, who have handled hundreds of patent and IP litigation matters.

Internal Investigations and Compliance: Our attorneys defend clients and conduct internal investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-kickbacks, and bribery. Our Detroit office also handles investigations in response to administrative and Inspector General investigations in addition to internal investigations for a broad range of enforcement and compliance issues.

Labor and Employment: Our nationally recognized attorneys counsel and defend clients in Michigan and across the country on a vast array of issues related to labor and employment, including class action prevention and defense, wage and hour collective action compliance and defense, employment discrimination litigation, non-competition and trade secrets matters, collective bargaining, labor relations disputes, and labor arbitrations. Our attorneys also represent clients before federal and state administrative agencies, including the EEOC, NLRB, OFCCP, OSHA, and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and focus on assisting companies in developing effective problem prevention and dispute resolution strategies.

Securities Enforcement and Litigation: Securities enforcement and litigation is another Foley strength. Attorneys in our Detroit office handle 10b-5 class actions and other securities litigation, SEC enforcement and investigations, and broker-dealer arbitrations.

Because of the exceptional reputation and collective strength of our attorneys and practices, our Detroit office has attracted a formidable pool of diverse, multi-talented leaders. We include in our ranks a former director and former deputy director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, a former chairperson and former director of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and a former state prosecutor.

Foley also has several partners who have been adjunct professors at prominent law schools, including the University of Michigan Law School, Loyola University School of Law, and the University of Toledo College of Law, and an associate professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Partners in our Detroit office hold a number of national management positions within the firm as well as leadership positions in outside organizations such as the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan.

  • Nine Detroit attorneys were named in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016, with one attorney earning Best Lawyers® 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” recognition
  • In 2015, Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers ranked our Detroit attorneys for excellence in corporate/M&A, and one attorney received individual local recognition
  • Detroit received Tier 1 rankings in the 2015 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate law, employment — management, government relations, health care, labor and employment litigation, labor — management, and securities and capital markets
  • Fifteen Detroit attorneys were named to the 2014 Michigan Super Lawyers® or Rising Stars® lists, published by Law & Politics magazine
A strong sense of community drives our commitment to making a meaningful difference in Detroit by contributing to local charities, partnering with area organizations, and offering quality pro bono work. We are involved with Think Detroit PAL, which works to provide Detroit youth with opportunities to build character and leadership skills, and Cornerstone Schools. Additionally, we provide pro bono legal services to the University of Michigan Law School's Michigan Innocence Clinic, the national Innocence Network, the ACLU of Michigan, and the Legal Aid and Defender Association.