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Dykema’s William J. Kohler Appointed to the Connected Vehicle Trade Association’s Board of Directors

March 13, 2019

Dykema, a leading national law firm, today announced that William J. Kohler, co-leader of the firm’s Mobility and Advanced Transportation Team and senior counsel in its Corporate Finance Practice Group, has been appointed by the Connected Vehicle Trade Association (CVTA) to serve as a member of its Board of Directors.

Headquartered in Plymouth, Mich., the CVTA is a nonprofit business league established to facilitate the interaction and advance the interests of the entities involved in the vehicle communication environment. The organization enables the collaboration of companies, organizations, and governmental bodies engaged in developing bidirectional vehicle communications.

Kohler’s practice focuses on serving clients in the automotive industry. Prior to Dykema, he served for many years as general counsel at several automotive-related companies covering domestic and international matters. As a general counsel and in private practice, Kohler has advised some of the world’s largest automakers and suppliers. He has led some of the automotive industry’s larger and more complicated acquisitions and divestitures, negotiated specialized supply agreements involving the sale and purchase of billions of dollars in critical components, created important joint ventures, and established international operations and distribution networks.

Specifically, Kohler has experience with legal issues relating to autonomous and connected vehicles. His work in that area has involved investment transactions, technology development and licensing arrangements, and legislative and regulatory issues.

Kohler earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A. from the Michigan State University Broad College of Business, and a B.A. the University of Michigan Honors College.