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William B. Dunn

Of Counsel
fax +1 313.309.6810

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 brings value to problem understanding and solution.

Over his long and active career, Bill has routinely been and continues to be 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 the late 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.  His written work has been published widely. 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.


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


Named 2024 Top Lawyer by DBusiness

Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Rated

Detroit Real Estate Lawyer’s Lawyer of the Year (2014)

Named among The Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Law by Best Lawyers (1987-2024)

Chambers USA’s “Senior Statesman,” Real Estate Law

Selected to the Michigan Super Lawyers list for Real Estate (2021)

Named a Leading Lawyer in Chicago by Leading Lawyers℠ (2023)

Named a Leading Lawyer in Birmingham by Leading Lawyers℠ (2014-2024)


Working Group on Legal Opinions: Member Advisory Board,  James J. Fuld Award

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

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