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Seeking Common Ground

Finding Resolution

Michael Hayes Dettmer


Specializing in civil litigation, Mike has litigated cases across the State of Michigan for more than 48 years.  Given the breadth of his experience, he now maintains an active mediation and alternative dispute resolution practice.  He has consistently been named one of Michigan’s Super Lawyers and has held Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer rating of AV since 1987 and recently received recognition as the eighth recipient of the SBM Negligence Section’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

He has served the 41,000 lawyers of the State Bar of Michigan in many capacities including service as its 59th President. He has also served on its governing Board of Commissioners for 8 years and chaired many of the Bar's policy committees. In conjunction with his service to the Bar, he was one of nine incorporators of Michigan Lawyers Mutual insurance company formed to address the legal malpractice crises of the late 1980's. In that role he served as a Director, chair of its claims committee and then its President and C.E.O. In 1994 Mike was appointed by President William Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as United States Attorney and chief federal prosecutor for the Western District of Michigan and served in the role with distinction until 2001.