IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

Bodman, founded in 1929, is based in Detroit, but has five offices throughout Michigan and is also located in Ann Arbor, Cheboygan, Grand Rapids and Troy. The firm is considered the top firm for financing matters and a strong firm for M&A within Michigan.  

“Bodman is [the] number one firm,” says one firm of Bodman’s banking practice. 

The firm’s banking team has a wide range of lender clientele. Chemical Bank was an active client which the firm advised on granting financing to a Florida-based developer to renovate an office building in Troy, Michigan and on granting financing for the construction of a luxury apartment in Birmingham, Michigan. Comerica Bank was another active client which the firm advised on the $135 million workout of debt, on granting $20 million in credit facilities for Tusk Environmental and on $13.7 million in credit facilities for Pride Disposal.  

The firm also has a strong M&A practice. The firm advised Meridian Health Plan of Michigan, Meridian Health Plan of Illinois and MeridianRx with the sale of Meridian Health to Wellcare Health Plans for $2.5 billion. The firm also advised Rock Holdings on the acquisition of Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com and advised Triton Industries on the $78.5 million acquisition by BRP.  

Over the research period, the firm added Steven Cole and Emily Kwole from Lipson Neilson Cole Seltzer & Garin as to its M&A team and Joseph Nuyen, Jr.  from Nuyen Tomtishen & Aoun to its corporate and healthcare practice. The firm added Hebba Aref from Dorsey & Whitney, Adam Weiner from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Adam Norlander from Miller Canfield to its banking team. 

Client feedback 

“Outstanding, great value.” – Banking 

 “Best in class.” – Banking 

“Excellent work product. Timely, responsive and [has] fair costs." - Banking 

“Bodman does an excellent job representing the bank. They are knowledgeable, timely and have a strong attention to detail. Bodman is a true partner in the closing process and they are respected by our clients.” – Banking, Real estate 

“Bodman provides excellent service, they have a strong sense of urgency and are very detail-oriented. Bodman acts as a trusted advisor to the bank and we rely on them for the expertise.” – Banking, Real estate  

“Dave Stone and Emily Kwolek are absolutely first-rate advisors. Excellent advice and thoughtfulness on keeping agreements as straightforward as possible.” – M&A 

“Very thorough and pleasant to work with. Knowledgeable about M&A. High attention to detail. Easy to work with.” – M&A  

“Very timely and thorough. Provided innovative ideas to solve key issues and removing roadblocks to getting deals done.” – M&A 

David Stone 

“Tremendous depth of knowledge and experience. David was consistently eager to learn more about our business to add value to the transaction. He is truly the best lawyer that I have ever been involved with.” 

Lawrence Deitch 

“Very street-smart and practical. Will be tough or play nice as instructed by client.” 

Larry Shulman 


David Larsen 

“Very smart and very responsive. Always finds a way to get the job done.” 

Wendy Zabriskie 

“Wendy is best in class! Handles large, complex relationships.”  

“Best bank attorney I have worked with.” 

“Wendy does an excellent job. She acts as a trusted advisor to the bank and brings knowledge and expertise to the table with every transaction. She completes work in a timely manner and has a strong understanding of the bank's needs.” 

“Wendy is an excellent attorney, has a very strong rapport with our clients and is very knowledgeable about all facets of real estate law.” 

Dickinson Wright

Dickinson Wright maintains six offices in Michigan. Aside from its Detroit headquarters, the firm has offices in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Lasing, Saginaw and Troy. The firm is involved in several networks including Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW), which involves over 95 law firms; United States Law Firm Group (USLFG) which contains 18 law firms and State Law Resources (SLR).  The firm is strong in banking and in M&A. 

In one key M&A deal, Dickinson Wright advised Crestmark Bancorp on its $ 316.1 million acquisition by Meta Financial Group. 


Honigman is based in Detroit but has five additional offices in Michigan in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Bloomfield Hills and Kalamazoo. The firm also has a Chicago office. The firm is a strong firm in M&A within Michigan. In one highlight transaction, the firm advised Mackinac Financial Corp on its pending acquisition of First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp.