Trade and Professional Associations

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Trade and Professional Associations

For nearly a century, Kerr Russell has served trade associations, professional societies, charitable foundations, and other not-for-profit organizations as a trusted partner that delivers results in a wide variety of situations and legal contexts.

Kerr Russell’s multidisciplinary practice provides our trade and professional association clients the broad perspective, deep experience, and specific legal advice necessary to resolve virtually any legal issue they may face. We deliver practical, workable solutions and alternatives to legal challenges that are as creative and unique as the associations we represent. Attorneys in our trade and professional associations practice are zealous advocates and also  consensus-builders. We have built a strong reputation for our ability to foster collaboration and diffuse situations and issues that may prove internally divisive.

Our attorneys advise trade and professional associations on general legal matters in addition to legal matters unique to their professions, industries, or missions. We counsel trade and professional associations on corporate organization and governance, tax issues, intellectual property matters, executive and employee relations, financing, regulatory matters, technology, contracts, litigation, print and online publishing, and media relations. We prepare organizational and compliance documents and draft and negotiate all types of contracts, including employment contracts, vendor and subcontractor purchase agreements and health and benefit contracts. We also assist with corporate record-keeping, and updating and monitoring policies and procedures to ensure compliance and minimize risk.

Should disputes arise, our attorneys are skilled in effective dispute resolution techniques. We have successfully resolved disputes through mediation, arbitration and facilitation, and, when necessary, our experienced litigators marshal formidable advocacy on behalf of our clients in state and federal courts.

+Practicing Attorneys & Staff


James E. DeLine
James E. DeLine


Patrick J. Haddad
Patrick J. Haddad


Daniel J. Schulte
Daniel J. Schulte


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January 26, 2018

Download Kerr Russell's updated firm brochure and overview of services

Kerr Russell is proud of Detroit. We are proud to have had a seat at the table here since 1874. Our exceptional attorneys understand the unique challenges facing business leaders. Our legal solutions are prompt, accurate, economical, and focused around your needs in every area. We know Michigan business like the back of our hands.

January 15, 2018

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On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and every day, we at Kerr Russell honor Reverend King’s leadership and his legacy as well as the critical importance of diversity and opportunity in this great land of ours. Strength comes from difference; a multiplicity of voices brings positive change; understanding and inclusion inspire creativity and innovation.
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January 29, 2018

Jim DeLine serves as an editor of ABA's recently published Antitrust Class Actions Handbook, Second Edition

Congratulations to Jim DeLine, member, who served as an editor of the American Bar Association's recently published Antitrust Class Actions Handbook, Second Edition. Jim also worked on the first edition. From the preface: "The Global Private Litigation Committee and the Trial Practice Committee of the Section of Antitrust Law are pleased to present this Handbook on Antitrust Class Actions, Second Edition.

January 3, 2018

Kerr Russell highlighted in Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue

Look for Kerr Russell attorneys and advertising (pages 92-95) in the Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue. Earlier in 2017, a number of Kerr Russell's attorneys and practice areas were honored with U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers recognition.

December 18, 2017

Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan

One of our traditions here at Kerr Russell is to hold a holiday raffle to benefit three local charities as well as to conduct a toy drive for local children. This year's raffle (many of the beautiful and festive prizes picture here) raised a record total of $3,450 which will be divided equally among three organizations: Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc., and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor.

November 30, 2017

Merry and bright ... Kerr Russell welcomes the holiday season

It's a time to celebrate, reflect and remember. However you mark the holidays, we hope your days are filled with warmth and thankfulness, good times, and endless cheer. As another year draws to a close, we at Kerr Russell are grateful to you. You give purpose to our work and add meaning to our relationships. Your trust is a cherished gift. Enjoy these images as we get our offices ready to celebrate the holiday season. Design by Mandy Lark of Lark Interior Design.

November 16, 2017

Culture of Connection - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in Michigan Lawyers Weekly and dbusiness

Kerr Russell introduces the second ad in the new "Est. in Detroit 1874" series: "A culture of connection." The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. "We are relationship focused. We know our people and our clients are the lifeblood of our firm."

November 3, 2017

Kerr Russell launches new advertising in upcoming issues of dbusiness and Crain's Detroit

With this month's issue of dbusiness, focused on Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Kerr Russell launches its new brand advertising with "A Track Record of Results." Working with Identity Public Relations and Marketing, Kerr Russell's marketing team developed the creative to emphasize the firm's longstanding place in Detroit's legal and business history.

November 1, 2017

Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the eighth consecutive year, announce the "Best Law Firms" rankings.