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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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Education
J.D., University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1964
B.A., Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio, 1961
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William B. Dunn

Of Counsel

William B. Dunn serves clients and the firm as a trusted advisor. With a wealth of experience and a commitment to understanding his client’s business, Bill quickly applies the talents of his team to provide cost-effective solutions. 

Over his long and active career, Bill has routinely been involved in a broad spectrum of real estate and commercial transactions for private and public entities. His work has included infrastructure development; office and commercial acquisitions, development, and leasing; commercial real estate finance on behalf of lenders and borrowers; foreclosures and workouts; industrial project finance and land development; land use and development; and advising clients in all aspects of real estate matters. Bill served as special real estate counsel to the City of Detroit during a period of major redevelopment and investment in later 1990s and early 2000s. 

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

Among Bill's 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 Chair of the State Bar of Michigan Professional Ethics Committee. He served as Leader of Clark Hill's Real Estate Services Practice Group until becoming Counsel to the firm. Bill has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of Real Estate Law for more than 25 years and, in 2014, was recognized as Detroit Real Estate Lawyer of the Year by the publication. He is listed as a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine for Real Estate Law. Bill is also ranked as a Senior Statesman for Real Estate Law by Chambers USA, a designation given to long experienced lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field.  

Memberships
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; Section of Business Law, Legal Opinions Committee
American College of Real Estate Lawyers: Fellow and past President, Frederick S. Lane Award
State Bar of Michigan: Professional Ethics Committee, past Chair; Real Property Law Section, past Chair
News
Clark Hill Attorney William B. Dunn Serves As Reporter and Principal Drafter of Uniform Commercial Code Opinions in Real Estate Finance TransactionsClark Hill Attorneys Named 2019 “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USAClark Hill Attorney William B. Dunn to Speak at the 31st Annual RPTE National CLE Conference, May 9, 2019Sixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars143 Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USASixty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 Leading LawyersSixty-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 2014