Automotive and Manufacturing


Honigman’s Automotive and Manufacturing practice group includes lawyers with decades of experience representing original equipment manufacturers (OEM), Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, and significant automotive aftermarket companies. The team brings a holistic and strategic perspective to representing key companies in this sector, applying overall industry knowledge and depth of experience to assist companies in meeting their legal challenges and business objectives. Our lawyers are active with various industry and professional associations and routinely update automotive executives on relevant trends and developments impacting the industry. 

Unique Perspective

Many of our attorneys have worked in-house with major automotive corporations, and several of our intellectual property lawyers and professionals have also served as engineers with automotive and manufacturing companies. Our team is able to apply this unique combination of perspectives gained from key in-house roles and as outside advisors to craft actionable, value-added solutions to strategic challenges.

Global Experience and Capabilities

Honigman has specific experience representing non-U.S. based automotive supplier businesses advising on various aspects of their North American operations, ensuring alignment to their global business model. We are located in the heart and nerve center of the North American automotive industry and are able to assemble a diverse and broad-based team that encompasses capabilities and experience in the relevant practice areas that a supplier or manufacturer might require. Our team prides itself on crafting practical solutions for specific client situations, solutions whose roots can be traced to creative, precedent-setting thinking contained in our knowledge center and developed through decades of representing clients during industry-transforming events.

The firm augments its global capabilities as a member of a network of prominent independent international law firms, Interlaw. Through these select relationships, we are able to provide our clients with legal advice and business experience worldwide with lawyers who are familiar with the language, customs, laws, regulations, and protocols of their respective jurisdictions.

Strategic Thinking, Practical Solutions, and Teamwork

Business leaders and decision makers come to Honigman for strategic guidance within a framework of practical, cost-effective solutions. We produce specific and actionable strategies and assist in their implementation in concert with the client’s legal staff and management. 

Honigman brings a unique and valuable business and legal perspective since we have advised major OEMs, Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, and key automotive aftermarket companies on some of their most important and challenging issues. Our lawyers have developed precedent-setting approaches to industry-wide processes and workflow structures, while helping to create efficiencies in more routine situations. We can apply a specific skill set to a discrete issue or matter or marshal a cross-functional team to implement solutions that support our client’s strategic goals. 

Our relationships range from serving as outside general counsel for an organization to providing specialized advice to an established in-house legal group. We are equally comfortable advising senior business management or supplementing existing legal staff or select outside business advisors.  We prefer to work closely with the client as members of a dedicated team, enhancing the value of the counsel and services we deliver.

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