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David  Foltyn

Chief Executive Officer


University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Winner, Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, 1980
  • Michigan Law Review, Senior Editor, 1979-1980
University of Michigan, B.B.A.
  • with high distinction

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Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

  • Business Law Section
    • Council, Past Chairman

Ray Garrett Institute (Northwestern University Law School)

  • Planning Committee, Member
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Mr. Foltyn has served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Honigman since 2008.  Under his guidance, the firm has instituted innovative strategies to become a "value leader" in the legal marketplace by implementing processes, technology and staffing models to increase value and maintain the high quality of its legal services.  In addition, Mr. Foltyn has enhanced the recruitment and development functions of the firm by providing a wide variety of internal and external tools to assist attorneys and staff with career advancement. He is also a community leader and serves on boards such as the Downtown Detroit Partnership, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, among others.  

Mr. Foltyn successfully led the firm through the acquisition of a Chicago-based litigation boutique and the integration of its lawyers into Honigman. Already Michigan’s largest law firm, Honigman now has more than 300 legal professionals in the Midwest and a growing national client base served by prominent practices in intellectual property, private equity, corporate and securities, real estate and litigation, among others. Before becoming Chairman and CEO, Mr. Foltyn served the firm as Recruiting and Business Development Partner and Co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Mr. Foltyn is a well-respected corporate attorney who:

  • Counsels publicly and privately held business clients
  • Provides guidance to boards of directors regarding corporate governance and adherence to state and federal law
  • Represents large and small companies, private equity firms and financial service firms
  • Advises clients with regard to corporate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financial transactions, public offerings and private placements of securities and debt
  • Continues to serve the firm as a member of its Strategic Planning Committee


Detroit Economic Club, Board of Directors, 2013-present

United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Board of Directors, 2012-present

Downtown Detroit Partnership, Board of Directors, 2012-present

Community Legal Resources (CLR), Law Firm Appeal Chair, 2011

JVS, Past Chair, 2004-2006

Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

  • Board of Directors
  • PAC Board Member

Temple Beth El

  • Vice President
  • Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee

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  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2004-2016
    • Recognized as an Eminent Practitioner; Chambers adds:
      • 2016 - "David Foltyn regularly handles sales, purchases and public offerings for a diverse list of corporate clients. Reporters find that he is 'very practical, smart and knows how to work as part of a team.'"
      • 2015 - "David Foltyn advises on M&A, public offerings and securities, and is singled out by market sources as a 'wise and trusted adviser.'"
      • 2014 - “'has the ear of his clients, offers practical solutions and doesn’t mess around,' according to commentators. He provides guidance on subjects such as corporate governance, divestitures and public offerings."
      • 2013 - "The 'terrific' David Foltyn is chief executive of the firm. He has extensive experience in a range of corporate matters, including M&A, public offerings and private equity transactions."
      • 2012 - "Firm chief executive David Foltyn is viewed as a 'very impressive' corporate M&A lawyer with extensive experience in handling transactions for venture capital firms and other financial institutions."
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2017
    • Named 2013 Detroit Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year
    • Named 2011 Detroit Corporate Governance and Compliance Lawyer of the Year
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated 
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
    • Recognized in the Top 100 rankings, 2006-2015
    • Named as one of the Top 10 Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Legal 500 United States 2008: listed as highly recommended M&A attorney
  • Lawdragon, recognized as a finalist for 2010