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Detroit-born Dykema has been partnering with our automotive industry clients since the first automobiles rolled off the Motor City’s assembly lines. With decades of industry experience, Dykema fields one of the most extensive automotive-related legal practices in the United States. The attorneys in our coast-to-coast network of offices lead the way, guiding our international roster of automotive industry clients through the many legal hurdles they face and, ultimately, to business success. 

With more than 140 professionals with industry-related experience, Dykema’s Automotive Industry Group anticipates legal issues and meets client challenges long before they have grown into full-blown problems. Faced with the unique industry challenges created by the complexity of conducting business in a global marketplace, new and innovative supply chain structures, ever increasing regulatory restrictions, and pressure for “ever-greener” automobiles, our automotive industry clients get a true advantage from having our industry savvy lawyers on their side. 

In 2010, we created the Dykema Automotive Institute to provide continuing industry education to our lawyers and our clients. Each month, the Dykema Automotive Institute invites one or more outside industry experts who, along with Dykema automotive industry group lawyers, conducts a presentation on a different “hot” automotive industry topic. Once a year, the Institute’s presentation involves leading industry insiders in a brainstorming session focused on forecasts, trends, and future challenges. Other presentations have covered such topics as current legislative and regulatory issues impacting the automotive industry, “Counterfeiting, Trade Secrets and New gTLDs: What Automakers and Suppliers Need to Know,” conducting business in China and Korea, and the changing future of mobility. The Dykema Automotive Institute provides real value to both our lawyers and our clients by keeping them ahead of the competition.

Automotive Antitrust and Trade Regulation

Dykema’s antitrust and trade regulation lawyers team with the our automotive industry lawyers and clients to solve the complex issues relating to the regulation of competition and trade. Our broad wealth of experience includes structuring transactions, business relationships, sales practices, and internal processes to avoid antitrust and trade regulation problems. We have also successfully represented clients in regulatory, arbitration, and investigatory proceedings, as well as state and federal court litigation throughout the United States. Read more.

Automotive Corporate and Compliance

Dykema professionals assist automotive clients in a broad range of corporate and commercial legal matters. Whether counseling clients on acquisitions, divestitures, dealer terminations, joint venture formation or commercial contract negotiation and compliance programs, clients rely on us to accurately gauge automotive trends and assess risk as they consider expanding, retooling, or simply refueling their core business operations. Read more.

Automotive Government Policy and Practice

Dykema’s automotive government policy practice consists of regulatory specialists and government relations professionals who serve our clients on federal and state agency and legislative matters. Our long-standing relationships with federal and state legislators and regulators assure our clients that their voices are heard in a range of forums on the policy matters most critical to their businesses—including import and export issues, legislation and lobbying, and regulation and compliance. Read more.

Automotive Intellectual Property

Dykema helps its automotive clients survive and thrive in our fast-paced global marketplace using both our in-depth industry and strong technical knowledge. Considered a “go-to law firm” for intellectual property by general counsel, Dykema IP attorneys deliver solutions that safeguard or enforce the intellectual property rights of our automotive industry clients, as well as assisting them in unearthing value in their patent portfolios through valuations and other strategies. Read more.

Automotive Environmental Issues

Dykema’s automotive and environmental lawyers understand the environmental challenges faced by the automotive sector. We work alongside our automotive clients to help them resolve their environmental issues—whether managing waste, decommissioning a plant, responding to an accidental discharge or achieving sustainability goals. Read more.

Automotive Supplier and Supply Chain Issues 

By understanding the pressures exerted on every link in the supply chain—from increases in material and transportation costs to problems with single source inventory suppliers, accommodating volume swings and technological impacts on product architecture—Dykema attorneys help develop timely and cost-effective solutions for the full spectrum of supply chain management, supplier dispute, and troubled supplier issues. Read more.

Automotive, OEM and Supplier Business Services

Dykema provides automotive industry, OEM and supplier clients—public and private—with a full range of business services. By combining our intimate knowledge of the industry with our sharp legal focus, we help clients reduce risk, create opportunity, and partake in innovative and strategic business structures and relationships. Read more.

Automotive, OEM and Supplier Litigation

Chambers USA recognizes Dykema as a leading litigation firm, which, when paired with our national automotive reputation, makes Dykema a firm of choice in automotive sector related disputes. Backed by the strength and success of our litigation practice, Dykema lawyers represent the Firm’s automotive industry clients in state and federal courts from coast to coast, in bench and jury trials and on appeals of right and discretionary appeals to even the highest courts of the land, and in every conceivable alternative dispute resolution forum. Read more.

Automotive Product Liability

Dykema’s team of “tremendous” and “well prepared” litigators (Chambers USA) provides high quality and high value litigation, trial and appellate, and counseling services to the worldwide automotive industry. Clients benefit from our understanding the complex competing considerations involved in product design and development, testing, integration, and manufacture. We know how to win cases by explaining difficult scientific principles to judges and juries—and as a result, have brought even the most challenging automotive-related product liability lawsuits to favorable verdict in some of the nation’s toughest jurisdictions. Read more.

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