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Mr. DeVito concentrates his practice on business and financial transactions and real estate matters, including: mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations of business entities; complex commercial and real estate lending and restructuring transactions; international business transactions; real estate sale and leasing transactions; securities law and private placements and healthcare related corporate matters.
He formerly served as Assistant General Counsel responsible for mergers and acquisitions for ThyssenKrupp in North America, and has also served as interim general counsel for corporate clients in the automotive, technology and service industries, and in such capacity has advised members of management on all aspects of corporate, financial and real estate transactions (both domestic and international) and securities issues. His experience includes negotiation and consummation of mergers and acquisitions, formation of new subsidiaries and joint ventures including certified Minority Business Enterprises, negotiation and drafting licensing, e-commerce and other I.P. related agreements, negotiation and drafting of real estate purchase and leasing agreements and various aspects of securities transactions and regulatory compliance. Mr. DeVito's former firms include Dinsmore & Shohl (Cincinnati) and Butzel Long (Bloomfield Hills).
Mr. DeVito is the former assistant editor of the Michigan International Lawyer, and has authored various articles for the Michigan Business Law Journal. He is a frequent lecturer at ICLE and industry group seminars on various topics, such as mergers and acquisitions, corporate and real estate financing related matters.
He is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School (LL.M. Corporate Finance, 2005), Wayne State University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1995) and Michigan State University - James Madison College (B.A. of International Relations - Economics Emphasis, 1992). He is an alumnus of The Hague Academy of Private International Law.
Mr. DeVito is admitted to practice in Michigan and Illinois, and is admitted but inactive in Ohio. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York.
U.S. Court of International Trade, 1995
Law School: Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1995
Law School Honors/Involvement: Cum laude
Graduate School: Wayne State University Law School, LL.M., 2005
Undergraduate School: Michigan State University - James Madison College, B.A., 1992
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Former Assistant Editor, Michigan International Lawyer
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Crain's Detroit Business, Deal Maker of the Year (Advisor Category), 2014
Finance Monthly - Deal Maker of the Year, 2013
The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2015
dbusiness Magazine Top Lawyers, 2011-2014
Michigan Super Lawyers, 2011-2014
Top 100 Michigan Lawyers, 2013
Top 50 Michigan Business Lawyers, 2013
Michigan Rising Stars, 2008-2010
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