Dykema Gossett

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No. of offices 13
No. of attorneys 340 (2013)
Major practice areas General practice
Key people Peter M. Kellett, Chairman and CEO (effective January 1, 2012)
Revenue $172,000,000 (2010)
Company type Professional limited liability company
Slogan Exceptional Service. Dykema delivers.

Although widely known as a Detroit-based law firm, Dykema was actually founded in 1897 in Chicago.[1] The firm has offices in various locations around the United States including Detroit, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis (opened in January 2013) and Washington, D.C. It currently employs more than 350 lawyers and lobbying professionals.[2] Dykema's largest office is in Chicago but its combined southeastern Michigan offices are collectively larger.

The firm is one of the largest Midwest-based United States law firms,[3] and is the 130th largest firm in the United States.[4] The firm's website indicates that it represents "individuals, publicly held companies, hundreds of privately held corporations, limited and general partnerships, associations, hospitals and managed care networks, banks and financial institutions, and retailers."[3] Among other areas, Dykema has one of the larger automotive-related law firm practices in the United States.[3] The firm represents Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, and Volvo.[3]

Also substantial is Dykema’s banking and consumer financial services practice. For example, thirty percent of the firm's reported litigation cases over the last two years have involved banking issues,[5] and two of its financial services lawyers receive the highest nationwide ratings from Chambers USA as acknowledged leaders in this area.[3] According to the firm, it "provides counseling and litigation representation to financial institutions, including banks, savings and loan associations, finance companies, credit card issuers, mortgage bankers, vendors and retailers."[3] Dykema is also Michigan editor to the consumer financial services online publications HouseLaw and CarLaw.[3]

In January 2013, the firm expanded into Minneapolis, Minnesota.[6]


Dykema is ranked as a top firm by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with Chambers identifying six Dykema practice areas and twenty Dykema lawyers in 2013 as leading practitioners in their fields [7] Also, 99 Dykema attorneys were named a 2012 Super Lawyer or Rising Star by Law & Politics, the annual ranking that recognizes attorneys who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.[8] Also in 2012, Dykema was named to MultiCultural Law magazine’s 2012 list of Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity, and one of the Top 25 Law Firms for African-Americans.[8] Dykema was, in 2012, named the top corporate law firm in Detroit by Corporate Board Member Magazine. The 2012 study is the publication’s 12th annual Legal Industry Research Study, a comprehensive ranking by U.S. corporate directors and general counsel at the nation’s top corporate law firms.[8]