Detroit-based Dickinson Wright has announced Robert B. Weiss has joined the firm’s Troy office as of counsel. He has more than 30 years of experience advising automotive OEMs and their suppliers as outside counsel.
“I’m excited to be joining Dickinson Wright and their nationally-recognized automotive and insolvency/restructuring practices,” says Weiss. “Over my career, I’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with many of my colleagues at Dickinson Wright and look forward to working with them and our clients, especially in the automotive industry, to navigate the evolving economic circumstances in the months ahead.”
Most recently, Weiss was general counsel of Joyson Safety Systems, a multinational Tier 1 supplier. He is a pioneer in the development and refinement of supply chain protection in the automotive, manufacturing, and related industries, and in collaboration with his colleagues, helped establish the protocol and refine processes used in dealing with critical, single-source suppliers in the “just in time inventory” context, which has since become the industry standard.
He previously headed the commercial, restructuring, and bankruptcy practice of a large Midwestern law firm. He has represented manufacturers in complex commercial transactions, the structuring and negotiating of complex commercial supply contracts, sensitive internal investigations, and commercial litigation. As the practice lead, Weiss oversaw and represented clients in the events leading up to the 2009 financial crisis and was the lead lawyer of one of three law firms retained to represent General Motors Co. in its Chapter 11 case.
Wiess has also overseen and has experience with restructurings of companies through pre-packaged arrangements, out of court restructurings, and Chapter 11 proceedings. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.
After completing his bachelor’s degree at Yeshiva University in New York, he earned his juris doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.
Dickinson Wright has more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. It was founded in 1878.