For this list, DBusiness magazine polled more than 15,000 private attorneys in the five-county region. The lawyers were asked to nominate up to three attorneys among 49 specialized practice areas. Of the nearly 900 honorees selected from thousands of votes cast electronically, special weight was given to lawyers chosen by attorneys working in firms other than their own. Additionally, favor was given to prior honorees.
Attorney Larry McLaughlin gathered his bags at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport and wondered about the reception he would receive. As chair of Honigman’s real estate department in Detroit, McLaughlin was in South Korea to negotiate a large retail project for luxury mall developer Taubman Centers Inc. of Bloomfield Hills.
“A lot of the early negotiations turned on the prevailing language of the contract — whether it would be in English or Korean. It was critically important that if a dispute arose, we [could] settle it using English law,” says McLaughlin, who had traveled to South Korea on three separate occasions to seal the deal on behalf of Taubman.