Areas of Practice
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Ave Maria School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
- Law Review, Senior Editor
James Madison College and the Honors College at Michigan State University, B.A.
- with high honors
- Phi Beta Kappa
In the News
- Outlines Permissible and Prohibited Political Activities for Tax Exempt OrganizationsOctober 1, 2012
- October 2011Association Law & Policy
M. Catherine Wilcox practices in highly regulated areas, including campaign finance and election law, casino gaming, consumer financial services, and insurance. She advises such clients on compliance and licensing matters and represents clients before administrative agencies. Ms. Wilcox’s practice also includes litigation in the areas of consumer financial services and fair debt collection practices.
Prior to joining Dykema, Ms. Wilcox gained significant legal experience through her externships at the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Appellate Division of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. She also served as a Senior Editor of the Law Review and participated in Moot Court competitions.
- Ms. Wilcox advises candidates, committees, and corporate clients regarding state and federal campaign finance law, election law, and compliance issues. Ms. Wilcox has successfully defended clients against campaign finance complaints and assisted clients with disclaimer and disclosure requirements for political advertisements.
- Ms. Wilcox has a variety of election law experience, especially in redistricting matters. She was appointed to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General to represent the Michigan Secretary State in obtaining approval under the federal Voting Rights Act for Michigan’s redistricting plans. She was part of the Dykema team that represented the State of Michigan in defending Michigan’s redistricting plans against legal challenges. Ms. Wilcox has also successfully represented the Michigan Attorney General and state representative candidates in recall matters.
- Ms. Wilcox has represented energy clients in a variety of matters, including reviewing and analyzing real estate interests in right-of-way acquisition projects. Ms. Wilcox also represents telecommunications clients before the Federal Communications Commission.
- Through various research projects, Ms. Wilcox has gained an extensive knowledge of gaming laws across the country.
- Ms. Wilcox has handled insurance regulatory issues and filings for insurance clients in all 50 states.
- Ms. Wilcox’s legislative experience includes drafting legislation in the casino gaming and insurance areas. Prior to joining Dykema, Ms. Wilcox researched and drafted a women’s health policy report for the United States House of Representatives. She also served as an intern for the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives.
- Ms. Wilcox helps clients start nonprofit organizations, including charities, social welfare organizations, trade associations, and political organizations, by handling the incorporation, drafting of organizational documents, and application for tax exempt status. She advises these organizations to ensure compliance with state and federal laws governing charities, nonprofit corporations, tax exempt organizations, and political activity.
- Ms. Wilcox is currently the Vice President of Capital Area Young Professional Republicans in Lansing, Michigan and a member of the Ingham County Republican Party. She is also a volunteer election attorney for the Michigan Republican Party.
- As a law student, Ms. Wilcox served on national committees and as a statewide leader for two U.S. presidential campaigns. Ms. Wilcox also has worked as a field representative for a successful U.S. congressional campaign.
- As a college student, she served as an outreach director for a national nonprofit organization and a campus leader for a U.S. presidential campaign, Michigan gubernatorial campaign, and several political organizations.
- NAACP, et al. v. Snyder, et al., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (2012), Case No. 2:11-cv-15385. An action challenging the state representative districts, based on alleged violations of the One-Person, One-Vote Standard of the U.S. Constitution, the Equal Protection Clause, and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The Court dismissed the case for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted.
- Michigan v. United States, United States District Court for the District of Columbia (2012), Case No. 1:11-cv-01938. An action seeking preclearance of Michigan’s congressional and legislative redistricting plans under the federal Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Department of Justice consented to the plans, and the Court entered a declaratory judgment granting preclearance.
- Summer 2012The Business Law Journalhttp://www.michbar.org/business/BLJ/Summer%202012/wilcox.pdf
- “How Can Your Association Get Involved in The Next Election Cycle?”October 2011Association Law & Policy
- "Disclosure and Disclaimer Requirements: The New Battleground After Citizens United"May 2010Republican National Lawyers Association Newsletter
- "Why the Equal Protection Clause Cannot 'Fix' Abortion Law"Fall 2008Ave Maria Law Review (republished in the Summer 2009 issue of Human Life Review)
Memberships & Involvement
- Diocese of Lansing Catholic Lawyers Guild
- Federalist Society
- Ingham County Bar Association
- Republican National Lawyers Association
- State Bar of Michigan, Nonprofit Corporations Committee
- Elected Precinct Delegate in Ingham County
- Founder and Board Chairman of Students for Life of Michigan
- Board Member of Right to Life of Michigan
- Life Member of Michigan State University Alumni Association
- Member of Dean's Alumni Advisory Council for Ave Maria School of Law
Awards & Recognition
- A recipient of the 2013 Susan B. Anthony List Young Leader Award
- Recipient of the Phillips Foundation's Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship
- Ave Maria School of Law: Dean's Honor Roll, Recipient of the St. Ives Award