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Samuel C. Damren Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1975

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Tax Court


Wayne State University, J.D., cum laude

University of Michigan Honors College, A.B.

  • with distinction
  • with highest honors

Samuel C. Damren has experience in all aspects of civil and criminal practice. He began his career as a trial prosecutor in Detroit, first with Wayne County and then with the United States Attorney's Office. Since entering private practice in 1981, Mr. Damren has counseled and represented privately and publicly held entities in civil and criminal litigation, business planning and transactional work.


  • Complex Business Litigation and Arbitration
  • Intra-Entity Disputes involving shareholders, directors, officers, partners, trustees, beneficiaries, members, and managers
  • Business Formation, Reorganization and Relations, including acquisitions, contracts, fiduciary obligations, financing and real estate
  • Corporate Governance, Internal Investigations, Compliance and White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Commercial Mediator and Arbitrator
  • Marks One Car Rental v. Farmers Insurance, 2018 U.S. District Court Lexis 34913
  • People v. Davontae Sanford, Wayne County Circuit Court, 2008 murder convictions of teenager overturned in 2016 by Dykema Pro Bono Team based on innocence.
  • Cullan Meathe v. Daniel Ret, et al., 2013 WL 5815570 (Fed. 6th Cir. 2013)
  • Dwayne B. et al. v Governor Granholm, U.S. District Court Lexis 60412 (2007)
  • Akouri v Standard Fed Bank, N.A., 2006 WL 2423305 (Mich App Ct, Aug. 22, 2006)
  • Oakland County Bd. of Co. Rd. Comm'rs v Mich Prop & Cas Guar Ass'n, 456 Mich 590 (1998)
  • Valassis v Samelson, 142 FRD 118 (ED Mich, 1992)
  • Briarwood v Faber, 163 Mich App 784 (1987)
  • Nogueras v Maisel & Associates of Michigan, 142 Mich App 71 (1985)

Memberships & Involvement

  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator, 1992-2016
  • Michigan State Bar, Attorney Discipline Board, Panelist, 1995-2017
  • Henry P. Tappan Society, University of Michigan Endowments, 2013-present
  • Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Trustee, 2003-2014
  • State Bar of Michigan Task Force on Attorney Client Privilege, 2006-2007

Named a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2014-2018

Named National Super Lawyer by Corporate Counsel Edition

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Closely Held Business, 2006-Present

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Commercial Litigation and ADR: Commercial Litigation Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America® 2005-Present for Mediation and Commercial Litigation. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine for Commercial Litigation and Mediation, 2010-2013, 2015-2016

Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Metropolitan Bar Inn of Court, Master, 2011-14