skip to main content

Automotive

For more than a century, Kerr Russell has been serving and has helped grow the U.S. and global auto industry. As the industry continues to evolve, so have the capabilities and services provided by the firm to its auto-related clients. Our wealth of attorneys, with decades of automotive industry background, have assisted companies who want to survive, thrive and grow since Kerr Russell began its work in Detroit in the late 1800s.

We now help suppliers and automotive companies in countries around the world and are working actively with manufacturers to support vehicle research and development including creation of a national network of electric charging stations.

So what sets us apart? We have made a practice of getting to know you and being a part of your team. We get what keeps auto suppliers and dealership management up at night and we make it our goal to not only problem solve, but to strategically assist our clients in setting a course for the future. We provide our clients with practical legal solutions that help them manage risks in the complex industry in which they compete. We work with clients as a strategic partner to help keep their supply chain healthy, their customer relationships intact, and their products safe and compliant with the myriad regulations that affect the industry. And because we’re not the biggest firm in town, we’re more flexible and accessible than most, and never hand a client off, whether they be in Tennessee, California, Europe, Asia or Detroit.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Working with Electrify America in establishing the development of a national network of electric vehicle charging stations. Crafted form lease to be used with hotel chains, shopping malls, and other multi-use facilities whereby parking spaces are leased as charging stations

Represented Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. in the development and construction of numerous parts distribution centers between 250,000 and 1,000,000 square feet nationwide

Assisted Toyota in the procurement of entitlements, tax incentives, development and construction of a large research and development center in York Township, Michigan

Assisted Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. in negotiating the financing, acquisition and leasing of flagship dealerships in New York City for Audi and Volkswagen

Represented a Chinese auto manufacturing company related to the acquisition of controlling interest in a U.S.-based auto parts company with an enterprise value of $100,000,000

Represented a Chinese auto manufacturing company related to a $51,000,000 acquisition of a U.S.-based auto parts company

Formed multiple US subsidiaries of various Chinese enterprises

Practicing Attorneys & Staff

Robert S. Anderson

Member

Robert S. Anderson has significant experience in the areas of employment-based immigration and the...

View Profile

Jason W. Bank

Member

Jason W. Bank has over 25 years of experience in bankruptcy, restructuring and general...

View Profile

Kevin T. Block

Member

Kevin T. Block’s practice focuses primarily on business law, including business transactions, real estate...

View Profile

Jeffrey A. Brantley

Of Counsel

Jeffrey A. Brantley has more than 30 years of experience in multiple aspects of...

View Profile

Richard C. Buslepp

Member

Richard C. Buslepp, who is a Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney,...

View Profile

James R. Cambridge

Of Counsel

James R. Cambridge has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of...

View Profile

James E. DeLine

Member

James E. DeLine focuses his practice on complex business litigation, counseling automotive suppliers, and...

View Profile

Daniel J. Ferris

Member

Daniel J. Ferris feels privileged to be called upon to assist companies and individuals...

View Profile

John D. Gatti

Member

John D. Gatti has more than 25 years of experience in business law and...

View Profile

Michael D. Gibson

Of Counsel

Michael D. Gibson has more than 39 years of experience in all aspects of...

View Profile

Fred K. Herrmann

Member

Fred K. Herrmann maintains a diverse litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice across a...

View Profile

Mark C. Knoth

Member

Mark C. Knoth has over 20 years of experience representing employers in a wide...

View Profile

Eric I. Lark

Member

Eric I. Lark has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of...

View Profile

Kate M. McCarroll

Member

Kate McCarroll practices in the area of immigration and nationality law and leads the...

View Profile

Miroslava Orduño Rincón

Member

Miroslava Orduño Rincón focuses her practice, and leads the firm’s practice group, in the...

View Profile

Michael A. Sneyd

Member

Michael “Max” Sneyd focuses his practice on assisting clients with business issues, intellectual property...

View Profile

Kurt R. Vilders

Of Counsel

When faced with a difficult legal challenge, a business’ most important asset is the...

View Profile

Related Insights

June 29, 2023

Lordstown Motors vs Foxconn: 3 takeaways for automakers

As part of its bankruptcy filing, Lordstown sued its strategic partner, Taiwan’s Foxconn, for allegedly setting in motion the circumstances that drove Lordstown into bankruptcy. Lordstown’s lawsuit teaches valuable...

Read More

September 14, 2022

Changing Suppliers in These Changing Times

With market volatility and supply chain constraints at record levels, manufacturers find themselves in unfamiliar territory with their supply base. As a consequence, manufacturers may need to protect production...

Read More

June 6, 2022

Lemon Law in the Age of Electric Vehicles

In particular, EVs are subject to claims related to battery defects, vehicle range, software and availability of replacement parts. Battery Defects and Degradation Batteries in an electric vehicle are large, complex...

Read More

October 19, 2021

Jason Bank Discusses Planning for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on OESA's Automotive Insiders

In this episode, Jason explains how an automotive business in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy must prepare a comprehensive and realistic plan to restructure its financial affairs and demonstrate the...

Read More

March 31, 2021

Kenneth Lombardo Discusses Business Succession Planning for Automotive Suppliers

In this episode, Ken discusses why business succession planning is important, why is matters in the automotive industry, and how it impacts automotive suppliers. He also discusses exit strategies...

Read More