Achieving Results, Exceeding Expectations

James J. Vlasic

Education

  • University of Michigan - Dearborn, M.B.A
  • Wayne State University Law School, Taxation, LL.M.
  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, J.D. Honors: Cum Laude
  • Yale University, B.A.

Associations

James J. Vlasic

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

(248) 642-8591 p / (248) 642-7791 f

jvlasic@dmms.com

James J. Vlasic concentrates his practice in the areas of business planning and organization, and business and trust litigation. Mr. Vlasic acts as a manager of Villco Management, LLC, a manager of diversified investment companies. He also serves as a director of MAV Development Company, a real estate development company with offices in southeast Michigan and Colorado.

Over the past forty-one years, Mr. Vlasic has handled legal cases involving building construction, secured transactions, commercial mortgage foreclosures, business fraud, mergers, corporate and partnership disputes, buying and selling of aircraft, transportation equipment and insurance.

Mr. Vlasic is a former member of the Board of Directors at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cranbrook Educational Community.

Before joining Dawda Mann, he was a Member of Bodman, PLC, and prior to that, a shareholder at Sommers Schwartz, P.C., where he served on the Board of Directors and on its executive committee for eight years.

Bar Admissions

Florida
Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
U.S. Tax Court

Honors and Awards

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated – LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell® for Highest Level of Professional Excellence; Endorsed for High Ethical Standing

Top Lawyer: Business Law, Business Litigation – DBusiness, 2010

Publications

Common-Law Arbitration in Michigan Since “Wold”
Michigan Lawyers Weekly
October 24, 2011

Limitations on Transfer of Limited Liability Company Membership Interests
The Michigan Business Law Journal
Spring 2011

Debate Rages: Draft Arbitration Awards or Not?
Michigan Lawyers Weekly
February 8, 2010

Med-Arb – Can you Afford the Risk?
The ADR Newsletter
January 2008

Towards a Litigator’s Philosophy of ADR 
The ADR Newsletter
March 2006

Speaking Engagements

WebcastBest Practices for Mediation Summaries 2015

Panel, What Other ADR Tools are in the Litigator’s Toolbox? 
Advanced Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Institute 2014

Panel, Promoting Early Facilitation and Mediation: A Panel Discussion
Advanced Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Institute 2013

Lecture, Med-Arb – A Cautionary Tale: It Ain’t as Easy (Or as Ethical) as it Looks!
Advanced Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Institute 2008

Lecture, How Litigators Maximize the Benefit of ADR – Optimizing Process Choices and Timing
Advanced Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Institute 2006