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Laura C. Baucus Named Director of Dykema’s Automotive Industry Group

February 24, 2021

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that Laura C. Baucus has been named Director of the firm’s Automotive Industry Group.

Based in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Baucus joined Dykema more than two decades ago and has worked extensively with automotive companies throughout her career. Baucus has a hybrid business and litigation practice. She regularly counsels clients on production, force majeure and other contract performance options, as well as negotiates and drafts supply chain and other agreements, including general terms and conditions. Her litigation practice focuses on high-stakes warranty and cost recovery, contract performance, supply chain disputes, financial services, contract termination, preliminary injunctions related to part production, tooling recovery, and Uniform Commercial Code issues.

“Dykema’s history is inherently intertwined with the automotive industry,” said Baucus. “Some of the firm’s first clients were those producing automobiles during the industry’s earliest stages. That everlasting relationship is the reason why Dykema remains at the forefront of automotive law. I look forward to leading the firm into the future as we continue to grow and adapt along with the industry, including focusing on both traditional automotive issues as well as the exciting new electric vehicle and mobility world.”

Prior to her appointment as Director of its Automotive Industry Group, Baucus has held various leadership roles at Dykema throughout her career. She is a Co-Leader of the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force, the Leader of a firm automotive Original Equipment Supplier (OEM) client team, the immediate past Leader of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation Practice Group, and the immediate past Managing Member of its Bloomfield Hills office.

During the past year, Baucus also helped drive efforts on Dykema’s COVID-19 Automotive Outlook Flash Survey, which partnered with MICHauto and The Right Place. The survey covered the state of the auto industry during the pandemic and the current and future U.S. economy, analyzing results compiled from various automakers, suppliers, and automotive industry executives. Baucus also writes and trains extensively on supply chain issues, and best practices for contract formation and performance.

Baucus earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from Wayne State University School of Law and a B.A., summa cum laude, from The Catholic University of America. Throughout her career, she has earned various accolades, including recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, by The Legal 500 for Transport: Rail and Road, and selected as a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation each year since 2013.

Baucus succeeds Dommond Lonnie, who was appointed to serve as a member of Dykema’s Executive Board.

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. “Best known for its strong reputation and depth of experience in the automotive industry,” (Legal 500 US 2020) and recognized as Law360’s 2019 Transportation Practice Group of the Year, Dykema fields one of the most extensive and innovative automotive-related legal practices in the nation.