Zane S. Hatahet



Zane Hatahet is a business law associate with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the Transactions Practice where he advises on a wide range of business matters, including securities regulation, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate finance & governance.

A Detroit native who spent part of his childhood growing up in Dubai, Zane also advises on energy/environmental matters and international legal matters. Prior to joining Foley, Zane worked four years as an attorney at a large Detroit-based law firm. During his studies at the University of Michigan Law School, Zane gained experience working as a student attorney for the Unemployment Insurance Project, Environmental Law Clinic, Low Income Taxpayers Clinic, and as a research assistant for J.J. Prescott, for whom he did research primarily regarding law & economics. In his first and second summers at law school, Zane served as a judicial intern for Judge Julian Abele Cook, Jr. in Detroit, and worked in-house at Marathon Petroleum Corporation. He was also actively involved with the State Bar of Michigan during law school, initially serving as a student representative for the University of Michigan Law School to the State Bar of Michigan, and later serving as the chair for the 2013-2014 1L Oral Advocacy Competition and the chair of the Law Student Section for 2014-2015.

Supplementing his practice, Zane has presented on such subjects as “zero waste” policies and disaster preparedness (in the corporate/environmental context) at symposiums hosted by the Manufacturers’ Education Council, and has also presented on certain international law subjects, including the FCPA and related international laws, he has written articles on various corporate/securities and environmental subjects, including crowdfunding and vapor intrusion, and he co-authored PLC’s corporate law summary for the State of Michigan.

Professional Memberships

Zane is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association.

Affiliations And Community Involvement

Zane has mentored for several years with the University of Michigan Pre-Law Society.

Zane serves on the board of directors of Student Leadership Services (including in his capacity as media spokesperson), the board of directors of the Chamber Soloists of Detroit (including in his capacity as director of development and founder of the “Music Matters” Essay Scholarship), and on the Scholarship Committee of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra.

During the summer of 2018, Zane was invited to design the curriculum for and teach a course on disruptive business models in the Summer Discovery program at the University of Michigan, and he was invited back to teach for the summer of 2019. For several years, Zane has tutored for free on a variety of subjects, including for test preparation and school applications.

In addition, Zane has helped re-establish and coach a debate team at Divine Child High School in Dearborn, MI, and has become involved with several charitable organizations at various levels, including the American Red Cross, the Young Leaders Society (United Way of Washtenaw County), and Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.


Zane earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School (J.D., December 2014), and during law school, he served as a volunteer and orientation leader, served as an executive editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law, served as president of the Middle Eastern Law Students Association, competed as a quarterfinalist (and, post-graduation, has served several times as a judge) in the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi professional legal fraternity.

Prior to law school, Zane completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan with a major in history and a minor in anthropology (December 2011, distinguished scholar, with high distinction), where he received the Chancellor’s Scholarship (full-tuition scholarship), the Chancellor’s Medallion (awarded to the top student(s) of the graduating class), the 2012 Honor Scholar award in History, a 2012 Difference Maker award, the James B. Angell Scholar award, and served on the Honors Program Advisory Committee.


Zane is admitted to practice law in Michigan, and is admitted before the U.S.D.C. for the Eastern District of Michigan, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


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