About Bodman PLC

Bodman has deep roots in the Motor City.  Formed by in-house attorneys at Ford Motor in 1927, Bodman is today considered one of Detroit's top firms, and its practices run the gamut, including banking, business, construction, intellectual property, municipal law and finance, real estate and tax.

Goodbye Ford, Hello Bodman

The year the Model T made its first appearance, Wallace Middleton and Clifford Longley, two in-house attorneys at the Ford Motor Company, bid adieu to Mr. Ford to form their own law firm. The parting was apparently on good terms, as the firm has represented the Ford family since 1929. Henry Bodman, the firm's namesake, was an attorney for the Packard Motor Car Company before joining the practice early in its history. In 1933, the firm helped found the Manufacturers National Bank of Detroit and has since represented the institution, which became Comerica Incorporated.

Today, while maintaining its base in Detroit, the firm has branched out to other Michigan locales including Ann Arbor, Cheboygan and Troy, in addition to an associated office in Texas. U.S. News ranks the firm as a leader in Detroit in the banking and finance, commercial litigation, corporate law, employment law, environmental litigation and real estate law arenas. Recently, the National Law Journal picked Bodman as one of the "Hottest Mid-Sized Firms."

The firm has a wide-ranging client roster, including the Archdiocese of Detroit, Bank of America, CBS Outdoor, Cheboygan Memorial Hospital, Citizens Bank, the city of Ann Arbor, Comcast Cablevision and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, to name a few.

Serving Michigan Since 1927

Bodman is also strong in municipal matters and public financing, as evidenced by its work for the downtown Detroit Stadium project. Once the stadium was built, the firm stayed in the game by helping the NFL enforce its trademarks and prevent the sale of counterfeit merchandise at the stadium. As if helping erect the home of the Detroit Lions wasn't enough for the inhabitants of the Great Lakes state, Bodman also served as bond counsel to the state of Michigan in its issuance of one-year notes to fund general operating and education expenses. 

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Bodman PLC

1901 St. Antoine Street
6th Floor at Ford Field
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 259-7777
Fax: (313) 393-7579


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman: Ralph E. McDowell
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 143

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $105,000
    Summer associate: $1,923/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    5 out of 5 (2012)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Debtor-Creditor Rights & Bankruptcy
    Enterprise Procurement
    Health Care
    High Tech
    Individual Clients
    Intellectual Property
    Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Municipal Law & Finance
    Real Estate
    Workplace Law

Major Office Locations

  • Detroit, MI
  • Troy, MI
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Cheboygan, MI