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Donald J. Kunz

Partner
Chair, Corporate Department

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • magna cum laude
  • Harvard Journal on Legislation, Managing Editor, 1980-1981
University of Michigan, B.S.E.
  • Industrial and Operations Engineering
  • summa cum laude; Tau Beta Pi, Alpha Pi Mu

Bar Admissions

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

  • Business Law Section, Council Member, 1988-1996

American Bar Foundation

  • Fellow, 2014-present

National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT)

Law360

  • Capital Markets Editorial Advisory Board

National Association of Stock Plan Professionals

Overview
Experience
Community
News & Resources
Honors

Overview

Don Kunz focuses his practice on corporate transactional matters and client counseling, with a particular emphasis on the representation of publicly traded companies. He has experience with domestic and international acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, capital raising, commercial contracts, various regulatory and compliance matters, and other business operation and planning concerns. Don has extensive experience representing public and private companies and their owners, directors, and officers on a range of day-to-day issues, including corporate governance issues and compensation planning for key executives. He also has considerable knowledge regarding the issues faced by real estate investment trusts (REIT), as well as experience working with organizations in a wide range of industries, including insurance, automotive, investment banking, and manufacturing. Don is recognized as one of the top corporate lawyers in the state of Michigan by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, where he has been listed for well over a decade.

  • Possesses significant experience in the representation of publicly traded corporations, securities law, corporate governance, and corporate finance matters
  • Representative clients include Taubman Centers, Inc., Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, Agree Realty Corporation, Neogen Corporation, and Kenwal Steel Corporation
  • Serves as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, the Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department, and the Chair of the firm’s Sarbanes-Oxley Act Committee

Experience

  • Represented a supplier of automotive data and business intelligence services in its divestiture to a Colorado-based publicly traded company for $1.4 billion in 2013
  • Represented an automotive supplier of electronics manufacturing services, solenoids, and wiring with respect to its divestiture to a California-based company for more than $190 million in 2012
  • Has served as lead counsel for both issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings and follow-on offerings

Community

Birmingham Community House

  • Director, 2004-present
  • Chairman, 2010-2012 

Bloomfield Village Association

  • President, 2005-2006

Cranbrook Schools

  • Board of Governors, 1998-2009
    • Chairman, 2004-2007

Red Run Golf Club

  • Board of Directors, 2001-2007
    • President, 2005-2007

News & Resources

News

Press Releases

Seminars & Events

  • Representing the Venture Capitalist
  • Corporate Stock Buy-Back Programs and Associated Issues
  • Buying and Selling A Business
  • Liabilities of Directors and Officers Under Federal and State Securities Laws
  • "Friends and Family" Issuer Directed Stock Programs
  • Rule 10b5-1 Trading Programs
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
  • WKSI Offerings
  • The New Shelf Registration Rules

Honors

  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business since 2003
    • Recognized as one of four individuals in the first tier of lawyers in the Corporate/M&A field in the state of Michigan; Chambers USA adds: 
      • 2017 – "Donald Kunz leads the firm's corporate team and has considerable experience regarding transactional, operational and planning issues. He regularly advises on securities issuances, acquisitions and matters of corporate governance. Sources describe him as 'a fabulous lawyer' who is 'very experienced' in this field."
      • 2016 – "Head of the firm's corporate department Donald Kunz has a strong track record representing publicly held companies in complex transactional matters, and related securities and governance work. Clients find he is 'very good at helping us manage the process by directing what needs to be done, and looking at the bigger picture.'"
      • 2015 – "Donald Kunz is described as an 'outstanding lawyer' who 'gives very sound and considered advice.' He recently advised Ramco-Gershenson Properties on two equity offerings of common shares, totaling $196 million."
      • 2014 – “Donald Kunz is widely respected for his abilities in the field of corporate law, representing publicly traded companies in areas such as corporate governance, corporate finance and securities law. He is lauded by sources as 'the kind of lawyer who focuses on what’s important and fights for it in a congenial and effective manner.'"
      • 2013 – "Donald Kunz is held in high esteem. He is known for his public company expertise and has notable experience of handling corporate finance-related matters."
      • 2012 – "'Great lawyer' Donald Kunz specializes in corporate matters relating to publicly traded companies, including securities law."
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2017
    • 2017 Detroit Securities/Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year
    • 2016 Detroit Securities Regulation Lawyer of the Year
    • 2015 Detroit Securities/Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year
    • 2014 Detroit Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year
    • 2012 Detroit Corporate Lawyer of the Year
    • 2011 Detroit Securities Lawyer of the Year
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Corporate Finance Law
      • Publicly Held Corporations Law
      • Securities & Venture Finance Law
    • Listed as one of the:
      • Top 100 Leading Lawyers
      • Top 100 Leading Business Lawyers
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2017
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007-2016
    • Recognized as one of the Top 50 Business Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
    • Recognized in the Top 100 rankings 
  • Listed as a highly recommended M&A attorney in Legal 500 United States 2008
  • Lawdragon 500 New Stars, New Worlds, 2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated