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
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