With a history dating to 1883, Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C. is the oldest law firm based in Michigan’s capital city. With offices in Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Washington, D.C., the firm provides quality legal and governmental relations services to businesses, governmental entities, associations and individuals. Consisting of over 50 lawyers, lobbyists and consultants, the firm’s professionals are dedicated to providing high quality, timely and affordable services to clients. As legal counsel, the firm has prevailed at every level of state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. The firm’s business lawyers have guided companies through a wide range of transactions and strategic initiatives. The firm’s lobbyists and consultants have an in-depth knowledge of the legislative process and have established professional relationships with elected officials and other policy makers. The firm’s locations in each city, including across from the State Capitol in Lansing and across from the City/County Building in Detroit, provide close proximity and contact with most of the state’s significant governmental leaders.
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November 2018: Best Lawyers® has awarded Michigan member firm Fraser Trebilcock first tier rankings in seven practice areas including administrative/regulatory law, arbitration, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, commercial litigation, litigation – regulatory enforcement (SEC, telecommunications, energy), real estate law and utilities law. In addition, the firm has earned tier two rankings in Lansing in four practice areas (closely held companies and family businesses law, corporate law, employee benefits (ERISA) law, and litigation – labor and employment) and tier three rankings in Lansing in six practice areas (appellate practice, DUI/DWI defense, environmental law, litigation – construction, mediation, and trusts and estates law). Also at Fraser Trebilcock, Mike Senyko has joined the firm as its new executive director. Previously, Mr. Senyko was chief of staff for Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. He succeeds Tom Smith, who held the position for more than 32 years. Mr. Senyko received his baccalaureate degree in political science from Michigan State University and his M.P.A. from Oakland University.
September 2018: Marlaine Teahan of Michigan member firm Fraser Trebilcock has been named one of the Top 30 Women in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The award is given annually to inspiring and accomplished female lawyers who also serve as mentors to others and contribute significant time giving back to their communities. Ms. Teahan chairs the probate and estate planning section of the State Bar of Michigan and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Super Lawyers® also recently named her one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Michigan, one of the Top 50 Female Attorneys in Michigan, one of the Top 50 Consumer Law Attorneys in Michigan, and one of the Top 25 Female Consumer Law Attorneys in Michigan, and Best Lawyers® named her a Lawyer of the Year. Elizabeth Latchana was also named a Lawyer of the Year, for employee benefits (ERISA) law, and the following 18 other attorneys from the firm were listed for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers® in America: Michael Ashton, for administrative/regulatory law, litigation – regulatory enforcement (SEC, telecom, energy), and utilities law); Douglas Austin, for real estate law; Stephen Burlingame, for corporate law); Mark Bush, for commercial litigation; Michael Cavanaugh, for administrative/regulatory law, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, litigation (labor and employment); Graham Crabtree, for appellate practice; Anita Fox, for commercial litigation; Jennifer Utter Heston, for administrative/regulatory law; Max Hoffman, Jr., for administrative/regulatory law; Peter Houk, for arbitration, mediation; Mark Kellogg, for closely held companies and family businesses law; Darrell Lindman, for employee benefits (ERISA) law; David Marvin, for administrative/regulatory law, corporate law, and utilities law; Thad Morgan, for commercial litigation and litigation (construction); Brian Morley, for DUI/DWI defense; Michael Perry, for environmental law; Gary Rogers, for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, and litigation (insurance); and Thomas Sparks, for administrative/regulatory law. Finally, the Fraser Trebilcock Supreme Court team scored a major victory before the Michigan high court on behalf of its client Voters Not Politicians, placing on the November ballot VNP’s proposal to create a citizens’ redistricting commission to draw nonpartisan congressional and legislative boundaries by means of an amendment to Michigan’s constitution. The court held that the proposal sought an amendment to – and not a general revision of – the constitution, and thus was properly subject to voter approval rather than a full-blown constitutional convention. The firm’s team members included Graham Crabtree, who argued the case in the Supreme Court, Peter Houk, and Jonathan Raven.
August 2018: Jared Roberts has joined Michigan member firm Fraser Trebilcock in the firm’s Lansing office. An experienced civil litigation attorney with nearly two decades of experience litigating and resolving disputes in the areas of commercial transactions, real estate transactions, contracts, real property, and intellectual property, Mr. Roberts also defends professional and trade licensees and breach of duty disputes, handles real estate transactions, counsels clients on intellectual property, branding and mark registration, and provides general legal counseling to a variety of firms and individuals. He received his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. Also at Fraser Trebilcock, attorney Shaina Reed was recently appointed to chair the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel’s general liability section. MDTC is an association of top lawyers in the state dedicated to the representation of individuals and corporations in civil litigation. For the past four years, Ms. Reed has been named a “Rising Star” in Michigan by Super Lawyers®, recognizing her for her talents in civil litigation, employment, and labor law.
December 2017: Marlaine Teahan of Michigan member firm Fraser Trebilcock has been named chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Council for the Probate and Estate Planning Section. The section works to enhance and improve the practice and administration of law pertaining to probate, trust and estate planning and administration, guardianships and conservatorships, and tax planning. As chair of the council, Ms. Teahan will lead the probate and estate planning section’s 3,400 attorneys. She currently chairs the firm’s trusts and estates department and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council. In each of the last four years, Ms. Teahan has been named to the top 50 women Michigan Super Lawyers List, top 50 consumer law attorneys in Michigan, and the top 25 female consumer law attorneys in Michigan.