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Dirk A. Beamer

Direct: (248) 893-1401
Main: (248) 477-6300
Fax: (248) 477-7749

Dirk Beamer works with business owners and managers, providing practical, results-oriented advice in a broad arena. Having learned to excel in both the courtroom and the board room, he is uniquely situated to counsel businesses on the numerous legal tools available to help them define and achieve success.

Dirk spearheads the firm’s efforts in insurance law, unfair competition, employment claims and contract disputes. In addition to his trial work, he has successfully handled numerous appeals. Dirk spent much of 2016 traveling to and from Buffalo, New York, handling a multi-count breach of contract claim on behalf of an insurance agency suing a major insurance company. He also appeared before the Michigan Court of Appeals in November on behalf of an Indiana corporation challenging a Michigan law firm’s claim for attorney fees. Recent victories of note include a summary judgment award in favor of an employer facing a sexual harassment lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court and a favorable settlement on behalf of a key creditor in the Olga’s bankruptcy case filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

When not in the courtroom, Dirk can be found in meetings and on the phone counseling clients on management strategies, commercial transactions and employment practices. In 2016, Dirk helped the owners of a Michigan manufacturer sell their stock for over $15 million. He works to develop and implement sound employment policies, handles terminations and reductions in force and negotiates employment packages and severance arrangements. When necessary, he appears before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights to defend employers facing discrimination and related claims filed by dissatisfied employees.

Dirk serves as general counsel for several national professional trade associations, including the National Association of Professional Allstate Agents (NAPAA) and the United Farmers Agents Association (UFAA). Through the latter two relationships in particular, Dirk has acquired expertise counseling insurance agents in management, corporate discipline and buying and selling agencies, handling over 100 such transactions.

"Litigation is rarely the preferred method to resolve a business dispute, but sometimes it's the only method available. I enjoy helping clients understand their options and developing strategies to force resolution in the most timely, cost-effective and favorable manner possible."

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, Juris Doctorate, with honors, 1993
  • Kenyon College, Bachelor of Arts, 1990

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Ohio
  • Numerous U.S. Federal Courts

State Bar of Michigan Memberships

  • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Litigation Section
  • Business Law Section

Professional Memberships & Associations

  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Former Federal Clerks Society

Publications

  • Assessing the Risk of Paying Your Opponent’s Attorneys’ Fees in Non-Compete Cases. Midwest In-House, January 2004.
  • Seller Financing – What Does It Mean? Exclusivefocus Magazine, Spring 2012.
  • One Year and One Mile: Understanding the Non-Compete Provisions of the Allstate R3001 Agreement. Exclusivefocus Magazine, Summer 2012.
  • Watch the Clock: Wage and Hour Rules for Small Employers. Exclusivefocus Magazine, Summer 2013.
  • When is Your One-Year “Non-Solicit” Not Really Limited to One Year? Exclusivefocus Magazine, Summer 2016.
  • Your Employee Handbook Should Fit Like a Glove. Exclusivefocus Magazine, Spring 2017.

Civic Involvement

  • Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Farmington Downtown Development Authority, Former President
  • Farmington Board of Tax Review, Former Member
  • Hope Lutheran Church, Farmington Hills, Former President
  • Huron River Hunting and Fishing Club, President

Awards & Other Notables

  • dbusiness, Top Lawyers 2017: Corporate Law
  • dbusiness, Top Lawyers 2016: Business & Commercial Litigation, Employment Law
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013-2017: Business Litigation
  • “Top 50” Michigan Business Super Lawyers, 2014
  • "Top 100" Michigan Super Lawyers, 2014
  • National Association of Professional Allstate Agents President’s Award
  • Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, Make a Difference Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s Highest Peer Review Rating (AV Preeminent)
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow