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William B. Dunn

Of Counsel
Office

Grand Rapids

200 Ottawa NW
Suite 500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Fax: 313.309.6810
Practice Areas
Professional Ethics & Risk ManagementReal Estate
Areas of Emphasis
Acquisitions & DispositionsCommercial FinancingConsolidation & RestructuringForeclosures, Loan Modifications and Lender's RemediesLand Use & ZoningLeasingPublic Contracting
Services
Economic Development Services
Education
J.D., University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1964
B.A., Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio, 1961
State Bar Licenses
Michigan
Membership
American Bar Association: Section of Real Property, Trust and Estates Law, past Chair; Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, past Chair; Center for Professional Responsibility
American College of Real Estate Lawyers: Fellow and past President
State Bar of Michigan: Professional Ethics Committee, past Chair; Real Property Law Section, past Chair
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William B. Dunn

Of Counsel

William B. Dunn serves as "Of Counsel" in Clark Hill's Real Estate Services Practice Group. He specializes in real property, secured transactions and related business practice, as well as legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Over his long and active career, Bill has been, and continues to be, routinely involved in a broad spectrum of sophisticated real estate and commercial transactions. He works extensively in lending, foreclosures and workouts, leasing, acquisitions and sales as well as development activities, and represents public bodies, developers and end users of real estate.

He is a recognized authority in the area of legal opinions in business transactions, and has served as chair of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estates Law committees on that subject. He is a frequent lecturer at national, regional and statewide programs on various aspects of secured financing. In addition, his activity in the area of legal ethics and professional responsibility has led to speaking and consulting engagements, and to his service as expert witness.

Among his many professional achievements is Presidency of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Chair of the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estates Law Section, Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and of the State Bar of Michigan Professional Ethics Committee. He served as the Real Estate Services practice group leader at the Firm until becoming Counsel to the Firm. William has been selected for listing in The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of Real Estate Law for more than 20 years, and in 2014, was recognized as Detroit Real Estate Lawyer of the Year by that publication; he has been named as a Michigan Super Lawyer. He is also ranked as a Senior Statesman in real estate by Chambers USA Leading Business Lawyers, a designation given to long experienced lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field.

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Sixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsSeventy-Four Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorney William B. Dunn to Receive Frederick S. Lane AwardClark Hill Attorneys Named in Who’s Who Legal: Real EstateClark Hill Attorneys Named 2017 “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USASixty Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsSixty-Four Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorneys Named 2016 “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USAClark Hill Attorney William B. Dunn to Present at the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Section’s Spring SymposiumClark Hill Attorney William B. Dunn to Present During the Working Group on Legal Opinion Foundation’s Spring MeetingSixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for the 2015 Super Lawyers Business EditionSixty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2015 ListClark Hill PLC Receives National and Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America's “Best Law Firms”Sixty-Two Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorney William B. Dunn Appointed to the State Bar of Michigan’s 21st Century Task Force Committee: Modernizing the Regulatory MachineryChambers USA Names Clark Hill Attorneys “Leaders in their Field” for 2015Clark Hill Attorney William B. Dunn to Present “Lawyers Without Boundaries? Keeping the UPL Out of Your MJP” to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers on March 28, 2015Fifty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2014 Leading LawyersFifty-Nine Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America Chambers USA Names Thirteen Clark Hill Attorneys “Leaders in their Field” for 2014West Michigan Attorney William B. Dunn Appointed Chair of the Committee on Professional Responsibility for the American College of Real Estate LawyersClark Hill Attorney William B. Dunn to Present “Opinion Letters in Real Estate Transactions: The Key Details”Clark Hill Attorney William B. Dunn to present at the International Council of Shopping Centers US Shopping Center Law Conference October 17, 2013Sixty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2013 ListFifty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill PLC Attorney William B. Dunn Addresses National Crowd at the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Symposia in Washington DC - May 2Clark Hill PLC Attorney William B. Dunn to Present at the Spring Meeting of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers– March 15 & 16Forty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2013 Top Lawyers by dBusiness MagazineForty-Four Clark Hill PLC Attorneys Selected for Inclusion on the 2013 Best Lawyers in America ListFifty-Three Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2012 ListThirty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers Business Edition 2012Clark Hill PLC Nationally Ranked by Prestigious Chambers USAClark Hill PLC Attorney William B. Dunn to Serve as a Panelist at the 38th ABA National Conference on Professional ResponsibilityForty Clark Hill Attorneys Listed in the Best Lawyers in America 2012 EditionForty-Nine Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2011 ListFifty-One Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2010 ListThirty Four Clark Hill Attorneys Listed in the Best Lawyers in America 2011 EditionAttorney William Dunn to Complete Eight-Year Term of Service on the State Bar of Michigan's Professional Ethics CommitteeSeven Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Chambers USA List of Leading Business AttorneysClark Hill Attorneys Daniel J. Bretz, William B. Dunn and Daniel H. Minkus Ranked #1 by Chambers USA 2009.Thirty Clark Hill Attorneys Selected as Best Lawyers in AmericaThirty Two Clark Hill Attorneys Named in Michigan Super Lawyers MagazineClark Hill Attorneys Named to Chambers USA List of Leading Attorneys in 2009Twenty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Selected as Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorney William B. Dunn to Speak at OESA’s Legal Issues Council MeetingClark Hill Attorneys Named to Chambers USA List of Leading Attorneys in 2008Four Clark Hill Attorneys Named in Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine Top 100Thirty Two Clark Hill Attorneys Selected as Michigan Super LawyersClark Hill Attorney William B. Dunn to Chair State Bar of Michigan Professional Ethics Committee