Daniel J. Ferris

Daniel J. Ferris: Attorney with Kerr, Russell and Weber, PLC
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Biography

Daniel J. Ferris feels privileged to be called upon to assist companies and individuals across a range of industries and with a wide variety of issues.

Bio

Daniel handles matters involving class action, commercial disputes, corporate law, employment law, insurance, licensing, litigation, products liability, and professional liability defense, and has particular experience in non-compete and sales representative contracts.

His industry-specific experience includes:

•Representing automotive manufacturers and serving as a member of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association Young Leadership Council
•Representing corporations and individuals involved in health care including dentists, hospitals, medical device manufacturers, and physicians; serving as Co-Chair of the Professional Liability & Health Care Section of Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
•Representing companies involved in the construction industry

Dan has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” (a distinction earned by no more than 2.5% of Michigan lawyers). He was elected into the The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (a distinction limited to 1% of Michigan attorneys) and the The Michigan State Bar Foundation Fellows Program (a distinction limited to 5% of Michigan attorneys).

Dan is passionate about education, is a lifelong learner, and works hard to stay at the leading-edge of knowledge, training, and tactics in the legal profession so as to provide clients with the best client service, work product, and results possible. In addition to his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan, he completed a trial advocacy program at the Northwestern University School of Law. Dan has served as an instructor at the University of Michigan and is an editor of Michigan Law of Damages and Other Remedies, a treatise published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He is a member of Kerr Russell’s Continuing Legal Education Committee and has served as a judge for moot court competitions at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law Schools. Dan has also served as a “Barrister” in the American Inns of Court, which is an organization that promotes legal education. He has presented on topics relating to commercial litigation, health care, and legal research.

Dan is also passionate about civic service. He was first appointed and then elected to serve as a member of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, which is the final policy-making body of the State Bar. As Chair of the Drafting Committee, Dan worked closely on a proposal that has been submitted to the Michigan Supreme Court and would represent the most significant reform of the Michigan Court Rules in more than 30 years. He is also a fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation, which promotes increased access to and understanding of the legal system. Dan supports homeless youth as a member of the Covenant House Michigan Young Professionals Society. He additionally volunteers with Kerr Russell’s Giving Back program, represents nonprofit corporations, and represents clients on a pro bono basis. Dan previously held a leadership position in a community service organization and has traveled to multiple sites around the United States to perform volunteer work.

Download our white paper “New laws for prescribing controlled substances in Michigan: Are you ready?,” including “Fast Facts” timeline of new prescribing laws by effective date.
Download our white paper “Negotiating Uncertainty: Legal Options for Manufacturers Confronting Tariffs.”
Daniel Ferris and Derek Boyd’s “Navigating Uncertainty: Legal Options for Manufacturers Confronting Tariffs” included in OESA News publication.
Michigan Lawyers Weekly publishes “Negotiating Uncertainty: Legal Options for Manufacturers Confronting Tariffs” by attorneys Daniel Ferris, Derek Boyd.

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September 7, 2018

15 Kerr Russell attorneys recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers

Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been designated Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters:

September 5, 2018

Daniel Ferris serves as editor of Damages and Remedies in Michigan (4th edition) for Institute of Continuing Legal Education

Kudos to Kerr Russell member Daniel Ferris who served as editor of the recently published Damages and Remedies in Michigan, a leading litigation treatise published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. fellow editors included Barbara A. Patek, Mark Granzotto, and David H. Freedman. You can order the publication here- from the website:

September 5, 2018

Daniel Ferris serves as editor of Damages and Remedies in Michigan (4th edition) for Institute of Continuing Legal Education

Kudos to Kerr Russell member Daniel Ferris who served as editor of the recently published Damages and Remedies in Michigan, a leading litigation treatise published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. fellow editors included Barbara A. Patek, Mark Granzotto, and David H. Freedman.

July 20, 2018

Daniel Ferris and Derek Boyd's Navigating Uncertainty: Legal Options for Manufacturers Confronting Tariffs included in OESA News publication

Kudos to Daniel Ferris and Derek Boyd whose article Navigating Uncertainty: Legal Options for Manufacturers Confronting Tariffs has been published in OESA News 2018 Third Quarter Edition 1.

June 18, 2018

Michigan Lawyers Weekly publishes Negotiating Uncertainty: Legal Options for Manufacturers Confronting Tariffs by attorneys Daniel Ferris, Derek Boyd

Kudos to Daniel Ferris and Derek Boyd whose article “Negotiating Uncertainty: Legal Options for Manufacturers Confronting Tariffs, was picked up by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

June 4, 2018

Download our white paper Negotiating Uncertainty: Legal Options for Manufacturers Confronting Tariffs by Daniel Ferris and Derek Boyd

Negotiating Uncertainty: Legal Options for Manufacturers Confronting Tariffs, written by Kerr Russell attorneys Daniel Ferris and Derek Boyd.

April 23, 2018

Kerr Russell colleagues and family members spend Earth Day 2018 volunteering at Votrobeck Playground

In observance of Earth Day 2018, Kerr Russell colleagues returned to the garden at Votrobeck Playground in Detroit for spring planting and clean-up on Saturday, April 21. Thank you to Joanne Geha Swanson both for organizing the effort and for these beautiful photos - view the full album here.

April 5, 2018

Fred Herrmann honored at Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Leaders in the Law luncheon

On April 5, Kerr Russell member Fred Herrmann (antitrust, litigation, dispute resolution) was honored at a luncheon, held at the Detroit Marriott - Troy, alongside the rest of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Leaders in the Law Class of 2018. Kerr Russell attendees included Jim Cambridge, Jason Bank, Dan Schulte, Dan Ferris, Jeff May, Anna Valk, Ashley Racette, and Roy Sexton. Fred's wife Mindy Herrmann was there as well. (Picture left. To the left, Fred receives his award from Opinion Editor Agenique Smiley.)

March 29, 2018

Detroit Public Television's PBSNewsHour and Nightly Business Report to be sponsored by Kerr Russell

Kerr Russell is pleased to support Detroit Public Television, and, beginning April 2, the following spot will air during PBS NewsHour (weekdays, 6-7 pm) and the Nightly Business Report (weekdays, 7-7:30 pm). View the spot here.

March 14, 2018

New laws for prescribing controlled substances in Michigan: Are you ready?

In an effort to further combat prescription drug and opioid addiction, the Michigan legislature recently enacted new legislation affecting the prescribing of controlled substances by physicians and other licensed prescribers.

February 26, 2018

Kerr Russell's latest ad Driven By Results debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week

Kerr Russell's latest ad Driven By Results debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week. The ad emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We understand the region. We know what moves Michigan. We are committed to the community.

January 26, 2018

Download Kerr Russell's updated firm brochure and overview of services

Kerr Russell is proud of Detroit. We are proud to have had a seat at the table here since 1874. Our exceptional attorneys understand the unique challenges facing business leaders. Our legal solutions are prompt, accurate, economical, and focused around your needs in every area. We know Michigan business like the back of our hands.

January 15, 2018

Influencing the Legal Landscape - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in dbusiness

Kerr Russell introduces the third ad in the new Est. in Detroit 1874 series: Influencing the legal landscape. The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We don't sit on the sidelines. We are active in industry groups and we're driving legislative change. We are leaders in the law.

December 22, 2017

Kerr Russell's health care practice updates advertising message for physician association publications, including MSMS' Michigan Medicine and MOA's TRIAD

Be on the lookout for our updated in-magazine advertising for the Michigan Osteopathic Association's TRIAD and Michigan State Medical Society's Michigan Medicine, among other publications in future months. [Design by Nikki Horn.]

December 18, 2017

Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan

One of our traditions here at Kerr Russell is to hold a holiday raffle to benefit three local charities as well as to conduct a toy drive for local children. This year's raffle (many of the beautiful and festive prizes picture here) raised a record total of $3,450 which will be divided equally among three organizations: Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc., and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor.

November 30, 2017

Merry and bright ... Kerr Russell welcomes the holiday season

It's a time to celebrate, reflect and remember. However you mark the holidays, we hope your days are filled with warmth and thankfulness, good times, and endless cheer. As another year draws to a close, we at Kerr Russell are grateful to you. You give purpose to our work and add meaning to our relationships. Your trust is a cherished gift. Enjoy these images as we get our offices ready to celebrate the holiday season. Design by Mandy Lark of Lark Interior Design.

November 30, 2017

Kerr Russell, Boulevard Investment lunch and learn

Kerr Russell hosted Royal Oak's Boulevard Investment Banking at our Detroit office for a lunch-and-learn event on Thursday, November 30. From Boulevard's website: Boulevard is a boutique, investment banking and private investment firm focused on working with owners, operators, and businesses active in the middle market.

November 21, 2017

Detroit Bar Honors Mayor Mike Duggan at 2017 Archer Award Gala; Kerr Russell a Silver Sponsor

From the Detroit Bar Association: Congratulations to Mayor Mike Duggan who was presented the Dennis Archer Public Service Award by the Detroit Bar Foundation Thursday, November 16 at the Detroit Yacht Club. Also congratulations to the Detroit Bar Legal Scholars for their original legal work product that advances the field of law and our Corporate Citizen Outreach Recognition of DTE Energy, Matrix Human Services, Ally Financial and General Motors Company.

November 16, 2017

Culture of Connection - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in Michigan Lawyers Weekly and dbusiness

Kerr Russell introduces the second ad in the new Est. in Detroit 1874 series: A culture of connection. The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We are relationship focused. We know our people and our clients are the lifeblood of our firm.

November 4, 2017

Daniel Ferris appointed Chair of the Drafting Committee of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly

Daniel J. Ferris, member, has been appointed Chair of the Drafting Committee of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly. In 1971, the State Bar Board of Commissioners requested the Supreme Court create a representative assembly .

November 3, 2017

Kerr Russell launches new advertising in upcoming issues of dbusiness and Crain's Detroit

With this month's issue of dbusiness, focused on Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Kerr Russell launches its new brand advertising with A Track Record of Results. Working with Identity Public Relations and Marketing, Kerr Russell's marketing team developed the creative to emphasize the firm's longstanding place in Detroit's legal and business history.

November 1, 2017

Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the eighth consecutive year, announce the Best Law Firms rankings.

October 2, 2017

Jeffrey May named to Original Equipment Suppliers Association’s Young Leadership Council

Kudos to Jeffrey May, associate, who was just named to Original Equipment Suppliers Association’s Young Leadership Council. This new class cohort - the organization’s sixth - begins its activities later this month.

September 12, 2017

16 Kerr Russell attorneys recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers

Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been designated Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.

September 11, 2017

Daniel Ferris, part of Original Equipment Suppliers Association's Young Leadership Council graduating class

Congratulations to Daniel Ferris (depicted fifth from the left on the back row in the above image) who is a member of the latest Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) Young Leadership Council's graduating class: This week, we 'graduated' our 4th Young Leadership Council. Best of luck as you continue to grow in your careers.

August 21, 2017

Daniel Ferris inducted into Covenant House Michigan Young Professionals Society

Congratulations to Daniel Ferris who was inducted into Covenant House Michigan Young Professionals Society last week.

August 21, 2017

2017 Associate Golf Outing at Links of Novi

Like many organizations, we are so dedicated to creating client value, meeting your needs, and exceeding your expectations that we may neglect to recharge our own batteries, on the way to inspiring even greater collaboration, ingenuity, and teamwork.

August 10, 2017

A culture of giving

If you want to know how a firm can thrive for over 140 years in a city that has faced considerable challenges, walk through the door of Kerr Russell’s suite on the 25th floor of the Detroit Center and get a feel for the people.

August 4, 2017

Daniel Ferris appointed Co-Chair of the Professional Liability & Health Care Section of Michigan Defense Trial Counsel

Congratulations to Daniel Ferris who was recently appointed Co-Chair of the Professional Liability & Health Care Section of Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. Dan handles matters involving class action, commercial disputes, corporate law, employment law, insurance, licensing, litigation, products liability, and professional liability defense.

November 1, 2016

Kerr Russell Attorneys Named 2016 Super Lawyers

Kerr Russell attorneys have been named SuperLawyers for 2016, two have been named to the Michigan Top 100 and four have been named as Rising Stars.

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Automotive Industry Group
  • Automotive Warranty and Supply Chain
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Construction
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Labor, Employment, Employee Benefits and ERISA
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Michigan Business Court Litigation
  • Physician Licensing, Staffing and Contract Disputes
  • Sales Commissions
  • Shareholder / Member Disputes
  • Surety

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
313-961-0200  Phone
313-961-0388  Fax
www.kerr-russell.com
University Attended:
University of Michigan, A.B., with high distinction
Law School Attended:
University of Michigan Law School, J.D.; Associate Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law; Phi Beta Kappa; James B. Angell Scholar
Year of First Admission:
2006
Admission:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York; Michigan; United States District Court for the Northern District of California; United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
Memberships:

Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, Chair, Drafting Committee

Detroit Bar Association

Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan

Oakland County Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Foundation, Fellow

Washtenaw County Bar Association

Covenant House Michigan Young Professionals Society

Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Co-Chair, Professional Liability & Health Care Section

Super Lawyers

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Obtained dismissal of federal suit relating to sophisticated international transactions involving an automotive supplier and sales representative, which was upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Obtained favorable settlement of products liability class action suit against automotive manufacturer; Investigated financial and other wrongdoing allegedly committed by employees of nonprofit corporation; Obtained favorable settlement of automotive supply chain dispute involving request for injunctive relief; Obtained seven-figure judgment in favor of health care corporation for breach of non-compete agreement following an arbitration proceeding, which was upheld by the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court; Obtained injunction and favorable settlement of matter involving former employees of automotive supplier who allegedly misappropriated trade secrets; Obtained injunction in favor of distributor of automotive parts for breach of non-compete agreement; Obtained dismissal of medical malpractice suit prior to trial based on causation defense. The Michigan Court of Appeals opinion upholding the trial court's decision has become a leading authority in this area as identified by a prominent legal treatise
ISLN:
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