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Dirk A. Beamer
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Dirk A. Beamer

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

Historically rooted in business litigation and management-side employment law, Dirk continues to spearhead the firm’s efforts in those arenas. In April of 2020, following a lengthy arbitration proceeding and hearing, a retired Oakland County judge ruled that Dirk’s clients (an automotive supplier and its key employees) had not misappropriated trade secrets or breached their contractual commitments as alleged.

Dirk spent much of 2020 helping business owners navigate the new and evolving laws and policies surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the workforce. He works to develop and implement sound employment policies, handles terminations and reductions in force and negotiates employment packages and severance arrangements. In 2018, Dirk was asked to provide a training session on workplace harassment to the staff of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

Given his close working relationship with clients’ ownership and management, Dirk is regularly called upon for guidance on commercial transactions, M&A work and succession planning. In each of the last three years, Dirk worked on eight figure business sales.

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 300 such transactions.

"My job isn’t simply to tell clients what the law says. It’s helping them decide on the best course of action under the circumstances presented."

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, Juris Doctorate, with honors, 1993
  • Kenyon College, Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa and highest honors, 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
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Litigation Counsel of America Fellow

Publications

  • Overtime Changes Proposed. Exclusivefocus Magazine, Summer 2019.
  • Employee Misclassification: Are You Guilty Too? The Voice Magazine, Summer 2019.
  • What Are My Blood, Sweat and Tears Worth? Exclusivefocus Magazine, Spring 2019.
  • The Agency Agreement: Five Key Points. Exclusivefocus Magazine, Winter 2018.
  • Contract Value Primer. The Voice Magazine, Winter 2018.
  • CAL SC Narrows Scope of Independent Contractor Status. The Voice Magazine, Summer 2018.
  • Your Employee Handbook Should Fit Like a Glove. Exclusivefocus Magazine, Spring 2017.
  • When is Your One-Year “Non-Solicit” Not Really Limited to One Year? Exclusivefocus Magazine, Summer 2016.
  • Watch the Clock: Wage and Hour Rules for Small Employers. Exclusivefocus Magazine, Summer 2013.
  • One Year and One Mile: Understanding the Non-Compete Provisions of the Allstate R3001 Agreement. Exclusivefocus Magazine, Summer 2012.
  • Seller Financing – What Does It Mean? Exclusivefocus Magazine, Spring 2012.
  • Assessing the Risk of Paying Your Opponent’s Attorneys’ Fees in Non-Compete Cases. Midwest In-House, January 2004.

Speaking Engagements

  • United Farmers Agents Association National Convention 2018
  • Michigan Department of Civil Rights Staff Training – Sexual and Other Harassment Awareness 2018
  • HFTP Greater Detroit Chapter - Hospitality Headaches in H.R. 2016
  • AAIMCo Annual Conference 2015
  • National Association for Professional Allstate Agents Regional Forum 2015

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, Former President
  • City of Farmington 2018 Master Plan Update Steering Committee

Awards & Other Notables

  • dbusiness, Top Lawyers 2010, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2022
    • Business Law
    • Business & Commercial Litigation
    • Corporate Law
    • Labor & Employment Law
    • Real Estate Law
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2021
    • Business Litigation
    • “Top 50” Michigan Business Super Lawyers, 2014
    • "Top 100" Michigan Super Lawyers, 2014, 2018 - 2021
  • 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)