Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Chambers USA List of Leading Attorneys in 2009

Jun 26, 2009

Clark Hill attorneys Thomas P. Brady (Labor and Employment), Daniel J. Bretz (Labor and Employment), William B. Dunn (Real Estate), Thomas M.J. Hathaway (Labor and Employment), Timothy M. Koltun (Real Estate), Daniel H. Minkus (Corporate/M&A) and James Wernstrom (Litigation: General Commercial) were named to the Chambers USA List of Leading Attorneys for 2009. Chambers is a world renowned organization that ranks attorneys and firms based on peer review and the views of clients.  Greater weight is given to the client's perspective. For more information please visit .

Thomas P. Brady is a member and the co-leader of Clark Hill's Labor & Employment Practice Group. For 25 years, Thomas has represented management in labor and employment matters. He is "AV" rated (the highest rating available) in the Martindale Hubbell Law Firm directory. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America as one of the best labor and management employment attorneys in Michigan. He is also named in The National Registry of Who's Who and The Empire Who's Who Registry.

Daniel J. Bretz is a member in Clark Hill's Labor & Employment Practice Group. Daniel practices in the areas of employment law and litigation, traditional labor work, and business litigation. He represents a number of regional and national clients, including employers in the health care, transportation, construction, automotive and hospitality industries. He has served as first chair in trials involving discrimination, harassment, contract and labor issues. “Chambers USA” describes Daniel as “a leading light among litigators” in the state of Michigan. He is currently Chair of the State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, comprised of 2200 Michigan Lawyers.

William B. Dunn is a member at Clark Hill and specializes in real property, secured transactions and related business practice, as well as ethics and professional responsibility. He is resident in the firm's Detroit office. Bill is routinely involved in a broad spectrum of sophisticated real estate and commercial transactions.

A frequent lecturer at national, regional and statewide seminars and author on real estate and financing transactions and on ethics, he is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in the Law, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World; Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers; Law Business Research, An International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers, and Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers.  For the last 4 years, he has named as one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Michigan.

Thomas M. J. Hathaway is nationally known as a premier lawyer displaying “superb skills and an excellent trial demeanor” (“ Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business ”). Thomas is a Member in Clark Hill's Labor & Employment Practice Group where he specializes in representing public and private sector management and executives in labor, employment and business litigation, including employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, trade secret and non-compete matters, and counsels on business and personnel matters. A frequent lecturer at national, statewide and local seminars, prior to joining Clark Hill, Thomas was a founding partner and President of Brady Hathaway Brady & Bretz, P.C.

Thomas is named in The Best Lawyers in America , and Super Lawyers in Michigan , as well as Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business , and has over 30 years experience drafting policies and contracts, advising and defending employers in a wide range of employment, corporate, business and admiralty litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts and before numerous administrative tribunals, as well as advising and representing clients on traditional labor matters, collective bargaining negotiations and interest arbitrations.

Timothy M. Koltun's practice is comprised almost entirely of real estate transactional matters.

He has extensive experience in the sale, acquisition, development and leasing of residential, retail, office, industrial and hotel projects. Timothy has represented clients in complex sale/leaseback transactions involving commercial properties located in several states, and projects involving the utilization of tax credits and public and quasi-public funding. He has also represented institutional lenders as well as commercial borrowers in connection with construction and permanent financing, including securitized loans, and workouts, restructuring and enforcement of troubled loans.

Timothy has significant experience in forming limited liability companies and drafting and negotiating operating agreements for real estate projects. He has substantial expertise in the negotiation and documentation of design and construction related contracts, both from the contractor’s and owner’s standpoint. Timothy has represented numerous clients with respect to attached and site condominium projects as well as traditional platted projects.

Timothy is named in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and Super Lawyers in Michigan. Timothy is one of the limited number of attorneys nationwide who is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Daniel H. Minkus is the partner in charge of the firm's Birmingham office, where he practices in the firm’s Business Practice Group. Daniel specializes in mergers and acquisitions transactions as well as business planning. He also serves as general counsel for various business clients of the firm. Daniel has led Clark Hill teams on various international transactions in recent years and has closed numerous sophisticated transactions involving buy-side as well as sell-side representation. Daniel is a former Chairman of the Business Law Section (BLS) of the State Bar of Michigan and has served as the Chairman of the Unincorporated Enterprises Committee of the BLS for over fifteen years. Daniel is also an active member of the American Bar Association’s (“ABA”) Merger and Acquisitions Committee. Daniel has been a contributing author to treatises published by Michigan’s ICLE as well as by the ABA.

Daniel is a frequent lecturer on a variety of legal topics, including limited liability companies, mergers and acquisitions and minority business enterprises. Chambers comments that Daniel is “an effective negotiator and speaker and that he is one of the finest international M&A attorneys in Michigan and a market leader in bringing together various multinational parties in multi-jurisdictional transactions.”

For several years running, Daniel he has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers (Listed as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan), and Chambers America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Highest Ranking) as a preeminent business lawyer.

James L. Wernstrom is a member of Clark Hill’s Litigation Practice Group in the Grand Rapids Office. James is an accomplished litigator, having litigated matters in state and federal courts throughout the country for over 30 years. His experience includes many jury and bench trials, arbitrations, and administrative hearings. A graduate of Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan Law School, he was admitted to the bar in 1973. Since then, he has worked exclusively in civil litigation.

James has represented, among others, Amtrak; CSX Transportation, Inc.; the City of Grand Rapids; Herman Miller, Inc.; L. Perrigo Company; Wackenhut; and Humana, Inc. in matters involving personal injury, construction disputes, probate disputes, corporate financing, securities fraud, commercial contracts, defective products and packaging, negligence, fraud, and professional liability. He has also litigated trademark and copyright matters and has successfully represented insurance companies in a wide variety of matters. His experience also includes mediation and arbitration.

James is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Commercial Litigation, Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA Leading Litigation Lawyer. He has also been a lecturer at the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, the American Bar Association, and the Hillman Advocacy Institute. James is also a member of the American College of Trial Attorneys.