DeFrancesco & Dienes PLLC St. Joseph, Michigan Office Profile
|DeFrancesco & Dienes PLLC |
|St. Joseph, Michigan|
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About this office:
DeFrancesco and Dienes is dedicated to providing its clients with exceptional, prompt and affordable legal services to businesses, municipalities and individuals over a broad spectrum of practice areas. We believe a small law firm model promotes greater flexibility and efficiency in the legal services we provide, without ever compromising the quality of our services. Our lawyers adhere to the philosophy that success is measured not by the billable hour, or by the rates we charge, but by the level of client satisfaction we receive on each and every project in which we are entrusted. Remembering that great law firms are built one successful client at a time, we never lose sight of the fact that your referral is the future of our success.
With over sixty years of combined legal experience, our partners have earned distinguished reputations for excellence in their respective areas of specialty, ranging from corporate and municipal law, real estate and estate planning, and commercial litigation. First established in 1998 by founding member, Frank J. DeFrancesco, the firm initially specialized in real estate, wills and estate planning, employment law and related litigation. Frank, a native of Berrien County, Michigan, graduated from Detroit Mercy law school in 1986, and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University in 1983. Frank is an active member of the Berrien County Bar Association, is actively involved in his community, and currently serves as a Catholic Community Education Commission Board Member.
In 2004, Scott A. Dienes returned to St. Joseph, Michigan, after practicing in the Grand Rapids office of Dickinson Wright, PLLC, to form DeFrancesco & Dienes. Scott expanded the firm's practice into municipal law, an area in which he currently specializes, representing numerous cities, townships and villages throughout southwest Michigan. Scott served as President of the Berrien County Bar Association in 2008 and is on the Board of Directors of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and the Board of Trustees of Siena Heights University, from which he received his law degree in 1995 and Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990, respectively.
Our firm has a robust practice that spans virtually every aspect of municipal law, real estate, estate planning, corporate and litigation as to each. Our past successes and experience in these areas combine to allow us the ability to serve our clients efficiently and effectively each day.
Business Law; Real Estate; Municipal Litigation; Insurance Litigation; Product Liability; Municipal Law; Public Finance; Planning Law; Administrative Hearings and Appeals; Public Law; Advertising and Labeling; Elder Law; Dealer and Distributor Termination; Distribution Agreements; Liquor Licensing; Competition; Airport Regulation; Commercial Foreclosure; Commercial Workouts; Foreclosures; Workouts; Bank Collections; Bank Foreclosures; Loan Workouts; Business Cooperatives; Business Dissolutions; Business Enterprises; Business Estate Planning; Business Formation; Business Litigation; Business Succession Planning; Business Succession; Business Transactions; Business Transfers; Buy-Sell Agreements; Buying and Selling of Businesses; Closely Held Business Estate Planning; Closely Held Business Law; Family Business Law; Family Business Successions; Joint Ventures; Limited Liability Company Law; Pass-Through Entities; Professional Practices; Small Business Law; Sole Proprietorships; Commercial Collections; Garnishments; Secured Collections; Commercial Arbitration; Commercial Fraud; Commercial Liability; Commercial Litigation; Commercial Mediation; Commercial Torts; Commercial Transactions; Complex Commercial Litigation; Sale of Goods; Uniform Commercial Code; Commercial Real Estate; Commercial Conveyancing; Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions; Commercial Real Estate Contracts; Commercial Real Estate Development; Commercial Real Estate Foreclosure; Commercial Real Estate Litigation; Commercial Real Estate Workouts; Industrial Real Estate Law; Retail Development; Shopping Center Acquisitions; Shopping Center Law; Freedom of Information; Construction and Design Law; Construction Arbitration; Construction Claims; Construction Contracts; Construction Defects; Construction Liability; Construction Liens; Construction Litigation; Construction Mediation; Construction Products Liability; Consumer Litigation; Consumer Protection; Breach of Contract; Commercial Contracts; Contract Litigation; Copyright Infringement; Copyright Litigation; Copyright Protection; Closely Held Corporations; Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Contracts; Corporate Control Contests; Corporate Dissolutions; Corporate Litigation; Corporate Organization; Corporate Partnerships; Corporate Planning; Corporate Real Estate; Corporate Successions; Incorporation; S Corporations; Small Business Corporations; Creditors Rights; Creditor Collections; Secured Creditors Rights; Americans with Disabilities Act (Employee Only); Employee Benefits Litigation; Entertainment Litigation; Brownfields Redevelopment; Environmental Cleanup; Environmental Compliance; Environmental Contamination; Environmental Corporate Law; Environmental Insurance; Environmental Insurance Coverage; Environmental Insurance Defense; Environmental Lender Liability; Environmental Liability; Environmental Litigation; Environmental Mediation; Environmental Real Estate; Environmental Regulation; Environmental Risk Management; Property Remediation; Wetlands Protection; Wetlands Regulation; Automotive Franchises and Dealerships; Dealership Law; Federal Practice; County Government Law; Government Immunity; Government Tort Liability; Governmental Defense; Governmental Law; Governmental Liability; Initiative and Referendum; Local Government Defense; Local Government Law; Local Government Liability; Political Subdivision Liability; Public Officials Liability; Township Law; Bid Protests; Government Construction Contracts; Local Government Contracts; Public Bidding; Public Contract Law; Public Works Contracts; Adult Guardianship; Advance Directives; Conservatorship; Elder Guardianship; Health Care Liability; Commercial Insurance; General Liability; Insurance Agents and Brokers Defense; Insurance Agents and Brokers Errors and Omissions; Insurance Contracts; Insurance Coverage; Intellectual Property Enforcement; Intellectual Property Infringement; Confidentiality Agreements; Covenants Not To Compete; Employee Discipline; Employer Liability; Employment at Will; Employment Breach of Contract; Employment Contracts; Employment Defense; Employment Law; Employment Termination; Family and Medical Leave Act; Noncompete Litigation; Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation Agreements; Wrongful Termination Defense; Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law; Commercial Leasing; Evictions; Retail Leasing; Shopping Center Leasing; Civil Litigation; Complex Litigation; Defense Litigation; Federal Civil Litigation; Federal Litigation; Trial Practice; Commercial Mortgages; Mortgage Foreclosure; Mortgage Lien Foreclosure; Municipal Bonds; Municipal Contracts; Municipal Corporation Law; Municipal Defense; Municipal Finance; Municipal Labor Law; Municipal Leasing; Municipal Liability; Municipal Prosecution; Municipal Redevelopment; Municipal Risk Management; Municipal Securities; Municipal Taxation; Municipal Utility Law; Municipal Utility Regulation; Tax Increment Finance; Riparian Rights; Water Law; Water Rights; Negligence Defense; Nonprofit Organizations Law; Family Limited Partnerships; Family Partnerships; Limited Liability Partnerships; Personal Injury Mediation; Premises Liability Defense; Products Liability Mediation; Products Liability Subrogation; Agents and Brokers Errors and Omissions; Agents and Brokers Liability; Architects and Engineers Errors and Omissions; Architects and Engineers Liability; Community Development; Economic Development; Industrial Development; Infrastructure Development; Public Authority Finance; Public-Private Partnerships; Tax Exempt Bonds; Tax Exempt Finance; Adverse Possession; Boundary Disputes; Common Interest Community Law; Community Association Law; Condominium Association Law; Condominium Conversions; Condominium Development; Condominium Law; Condominium Timeshares; Conservation Easements; Conveyancing; Cooperative Conversions; Cooperative Housing Association Law; Cooperative Housing Law; Easements; Homeowners Association Law; Land Acquisitions; Land Sales; Mobile Home Law; Planned Unit Development Law; Property Management; Quiet Title; Real Estate Acquisitions; Real Estate Brokers and Agents Liability; Real Estate Collections; Real Estate Contracts; Real Estate Development; Real Estate Exchanges; Real Estate Leasing; Real Estate Sales; Real Estate Tax Appeals; Real Estate Tax Assessment; Real Estate Tax Liens; Real Estate Taxation; Real Estate Title Insurance; Real Estate Workouts; Real Property; Real Property Acquisitions; Real Property Development; Residential Real Estate; Residential Real Estate Acquisitions; Residential Real Estate Development; Right of Privacy; Waterfront Development; Property Tax; Property Tax Abatement; Property Tax Appeals; Property Tax Assessments; Tax Appeals; Tax Litigation; Civil Liability; International Torts; Tort Defense; Tort Liability; Toxic Tort Defense; Theft of Trade Secrets; Trade Secret Misappropriation; Trademarks; Lanham Act; Trade Names; Trademark Licensing; Trademark Litigation; Trusts and Estates; Decedents Estates; Estate Administration; Estate Planning; Estate Planning for the Elderly; Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples; Estate Settlements; Family Trusts; Family Wealth Transfer; Fiduciary Litigation; Living Trusts; Trust Administration; Trust Planning; Public Utility Finance; Public Utility Rates; Sewer Utilities; Inheritance; Living Wills; Successions; Building and Public Safety Codes; Cemetery Law; Fire Districts; Land Conservation; Land Development; Land Use; Land Use Litigation; Land Use Permitting; Land Use Regulation; Rezoning; Subdivisions; Zoning Law; Zoning Variances.
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