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Running a successful business has never been easy, and with increasing globalization, regulations, tax complexity, and competition, the challenges are greater than ever. In this environment, the need for a highly-skilled business and corporate lawyer with deep experience is more important than ever.

Kerr Russell has experience helping clients throughout Michigan and beyond in all aspects of business and corporate law. Our business and corporate law attorneys provide comprehensive legal advice and counseling on the most sophisticated and complicated business and legal issues our clients face. Besides our considerable experience in the law, we are also experienced in business, as many of our attorneys have been involved in entrepreneurial and business ventures prior to joining the firm. This combination of experience in both the law and business is unique and beneficial to our clients.

Kerr Russell has considerable experience in:

  • Business entity formation
  • Mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts and other business agreements
  • Early stage and emerging growth companies
  • Joint ventures
  • Finance
  • Corporate governance and compliance
  • Security offerings, including IPO’s and private placement
  • International law and global business including operations by both US companies in other countries and foreign companies in the US
  • Labor and employment
  • Supply chain disputes and management
  • Succession planning
  • Franchising and distribution
  • Relationships with financial institutions and other creditors
  • Loan originations and modifications
  • Troubled business situations
  • Economic incentive programs such as tax abatement and bond financing programs
  • Technology protection, licensing and litigation
  • Copyright and trademark registrations, licensing and litigation
  • Intellectual property
  • Software development and licensing
  • Advising non-profit organizations
  • Commercial litigation and dispute resolution

Practicing Attorneys & Staff

Erik A. Reed

Of Counsel

Erik focuses his practice on commercial real estate and corporate transactions....

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Shavonne M. Gilkey

Associate

Shavonne supports clients with their business and litigation needs, with a special interest in...

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Conor M. Bowers

Associate

Conor supports clients in taxation, corporate law, and estate and trust planning matters....

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Rachel Hanson-Hervey

Associate

Rachel maintains a general litigation practice with a focus on municipal law and medical...

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Danielle M. Kus

Associate

Danielle supports clients with their business and litigation needs, with a special interest in...

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Paul C. Mallon, Jr.

Member

Paul assists corporate clients in navigating all aspects and phases of existence, from formation...

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Maxwell G. Shuart

Associate

Max maintains a general corporate practice, assisting clients with entity formation, governance, and mergers...

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J. Luke Brithinee

Associate

Luke supports businesses and individuals with matters related to real estate and commercial transactions....

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Amanda M. Phillips

Associate

Amanda maintains a general corporate practice, assisting clients with entity formation, corporate governance, and...

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Olivia V. Hankinson

Associate

Olivia Hankinson supports clients with their various labor and employment needs, including providing advice...

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Jason W. Bank

Member

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

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Kevin T. Block

Member

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

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Jeffrey A. Brantley

Of Counsel

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

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Richard C. Buslepp

Member

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

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James R. Cambridge

Of Counsel

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

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Mark M. Cunningham

Of Counsel

Mark M. Cunningham has nearly 30 years of experience in the areas of commercial,...

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David J. Den Dooven

Member

David J. Den Dooven practices in the areas of probate and estate planning, taxation...

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Daniel J. Ferris

Member

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

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John D. Gatti

Member

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

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Michael D. Gibson

Of Counsel

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

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Patrick J. Haddad

Member

Patrick J. Haddad has over 30 years of experience in the areas of corporate...

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Eric I. Lark

Member

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

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Kenneth R. Lombardo

Member

Kenneth R. Lombardo has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of...

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Matthew L. Powell

Member

Matthew L. Powell practices in the areas of litigation and general business law, with...

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Daniel J. Schulte

Member

Dan has significant experience in business law, finance and real estate transactions. His background...

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Michael A. Sneyd

Member

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

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Mark J. Stasa

Member

Mark J. Stasa has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of...

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Kurt R. Vilders

Of Counsel

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

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Cody Attisha

Member

Cody Attisha's practice focuses on taxation law, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, finance, and...

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Chaoyi Ding

Associate

Chaoyi Ding focuses her practice on general business and corporate law, with an emphasis...

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Kathleen A. Westfall

Member

Kathleen A. Westfall maintains a business practice focused primarily on helping clients to navigate...

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George J. Christopoulos

Of Counsel

A Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney, George advises clients in a...

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