Photo of Daniel J. Ferris


State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, Chair, Drafting Committee

Detroit Bar Association

Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan

Oakland County Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Foundation, Fellow

Washtenaw County Bar Association

Covenant House Michigan Young Professionals Society

Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Co-Chair, Professional Liability & Health Care Section 

Super Lawyers

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit 


University of Michigan Law School, J.D.

  • Associate Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law

University of Michigan, A.B.

  • with high distinction
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • James B. Angell Scholar

Daniel J. Ferris


Daniel J. Ferris feels privileged to be called upon to assist companies and individuals across a range of industries and with a wide variety of issues. He handles matters involving class action, commercial disputes, corporate law, employment law, insurance, licensing, litigation, products liability, and professional liability defense.  Dan represents automotive manufacturers and has served as a member of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association Young Leadership Council.  He also assists companies involved in the construction industry.  Additionally, Dan represents corporations and individuals involved in health care including dentists, hospitals, medical device manufacturers, and physicians.  He serves as Co-Chair of the Professional Liability & Health Care Section of Michigan Defense Trial Counsel.  He has particular experience in non-compete and sales representative contracts.  Dan has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” (no more than 2.5% of lawyers practicing in the State of Michigan receive this distinction).

Dan is passionate about education.  In addition to his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan, he completed a trial advocacy program at the Northwestern University School of Law.  Dan has served as an instructor at the University of Michigan and is an editor of Michigan Law of Damages and Other Remedies, a treatise published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He is a member of Kerr Russell’s Continuing Legal Education Committee and has served as a judge for moot court competitions at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law Schools. Dan has also served as a “Barrister” in the American Inns of Court, which is an organization that promotes legal education. He has presented on topics relating to commercial litigation, health care, and legal research.

Dan is also passionate about civic service. He was first appointed and then elected to serve as a member of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, which is the final policy-making body of the State Bar. As Chair of the Drafting Committee, Dan worked closely on a proposal that has been submitted to the Michigan Supreme Court and would represent the most significant reform of the Michigan Court Rules in more than 30 years. He is also a Fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation, which promotes increased access to and understanding of the legal system. Dan supports homeless youth as a member of the Covenant House Michigan Young Professionals Society. He additionally volunteers with Kerr Russell’s Giving Back program, has represented nonprofit corporations, and has represented clients on a pro bono basis.  Dan previously held a leadership position in a community service organization and has traveled to multiple sites around the United States to perform volunteer work.

Download our white paper "New laws for prescribing controlled substances in Michigan: Are you ready?," including "Fast Facts" timeline of new prescribing laws by effective date.

Download our white paper “Negotiating Uncertainty: Legal Options for Manufacturers Confronting Tariffs."

Representative Matters

Obtained dismissal of federal suit relating to sophisticated international transactions involving an automotive supplier and sales representative, which was upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Obtained seven-figure judgment in favor of health care corporation for breach of non-compete agreement following an arbitration proceeding, which was upheld by the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court

Obtained favorable settlement of products liability class action suit against automotive manufacturer

Obtained injunction and favorable settlement of matter involving former employees of automotive supplier who allegedly misappropriated trade secrets

Investigated financial and other wrongdoing allegedly committed by employees of nonprofit corporation

Obtained injunction in favor of distributor of automotive parts for breach of non-compete agreement

Obtained favorable settlement of automotive supply chain dispute involving request for injunctive relief

Obtained dismissal of medical malpractice suit prior to trial based on causation defense.  The Michigan Court of Appeals opinion upholding the trial court’s decision has become a leading authority in this area as identified by a prominent legal treatise 

News & Insights

Main Office - Detroit T 313.961.0200
Troy T 248.740.9820
China T +86 21 20501851