Eric I. Lark

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Eric I. Lark has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of business law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities law and private equity, real estate law, insurance law and the formation and representation of captive insurance companies, risk retention groups and other alternative risk transfer entities.

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Eric represents public and private companies in the manufacturing, technology, services, construction, transportation, real estate, financial services, private equity, healthcare and insurance industries. He serves as counsel for a number of businesses, and provides assistance with business formations, mergers, buying and selling businesses, joint ventures, international transactions, public and private offerings and other securities matters, private equity and financing transactions, contracts, real estate matters and captive insurance, both onshore and offshore.

Eric publishes articles and frequently lectures at the local, national and international levels on topics related to business law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and captive insurance. He is past Chairman of the 3,500 member Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Eric also continues his service to Northville Township and its residents. Eric was reappointed to the Northville Township Planning Commission after recently completing a three year term as Chair of the Commission. He has served on the Planning Commission for the past 6 years, and on Northville Township’s Zoning Board of Appeals for the past 3 years. He also has served as President of the Cascades of Northville Homeowners Association for the past 17 years.

Eric has been recognized by Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; ranks among The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc.; and has been rated a “Michigan Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. Eric holds the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating, reflecting preeminence in legal ability, integrity and overall professional integrity. Eric is also recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in Detroit and a Top Attorney in Detroit by DBusiness magazine and Crain’s Detroit Business . Eric was named a 2019 Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in corporate law.

Insights & News

September 20, 2018

Kerr Russell recognizes our 2018 dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees

Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees - 21 attorneys, many for multiple practice areas.

September 11, 2018

Sneak peek of Dbusiness Magazine Top Lawyers photo shoot with Kerr Russell

A little sneak peek of today’s DBusiness Magazine “Top Lawyers” photo shoot of Kerr Russell with the talented and gracious David Frechette. Thank you to Valerie Maness for her assistance.

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:

August 15, 2018

Eric Lark (corporate law) and Fred Herrmann (antitrust law) named Best Lawyers 2019 Lawyers of the Year in Detroit

Congratulations to Eric Lark and Fred Herrmann who were named the best lawyers 2019 Lawyers of the Year in Detroit for corporate law and antitrust law respectively. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a Lawyer of the Year award.

August 15, 2018

15 lawyers from Kerr Russell were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019

A total of 15 lawyers from Kerr Russell have been named to the prestigious 2019 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America . The award is given annually in recognition of being named as part of the “top legal talent in the U.S.”

August 8, 2018

Innovation and Evolution: A Q&A with Kerr Russell's Eric Lark About Trends in Captive Insurance - Captive Insurance Times, Vermont Captive Conference Edition

Kudos to Kerr Russell member Eric Lark who is featured in the latest issueof Captive Insurance Times, pages 48-50. Our ad appears on page 5. Thank you to Ned Holmes, Jonathan Savage, Justin J. Lawson, for the opportunity. We will be doing a similar feature on Kerr Russell’s Patrick Haddad in upcoming months with the magazine.

May 11, 2018

We've got you covered. Look for Kerr Russell advertising in Captive Insurance Times

Kerr Russell handles all aspects of captive insurance and alternative risk programs. For over 30 years, we have formed and advised countless captive insurance companies and other alternative risk entities, including pure captives, group captives, agency and association owned captives, IRC 831(b) small captives, rent-a-captives, cell captives, series captives, risk retention groups, risk purchasing groups and other pooling arrangements.

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.

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.

February 12, 2018

Eric Lark re-elected chair of Northville Township Planning Commission

Congratulations to Kerr Russell member Eric Lark who was recently re-elected chair of the Northville Township Planning Commission. He has served as chair since January 1, 2016. He has been a member of the planning commission since January 1, 2013.

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.

January 3, 2018

Kerr Russell highlighted in Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue

Look for Kerr Russell attorneys and advertising (pages 92-95) in the Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue. Earlier in 2017, a number of Kerr Russell's attorneys and practice areas were honored with U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers recognition.

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 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 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 3, 2017

Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees

Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees:

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.

September 5, 2017

Kerr Russell salutes Detroit Marine Week, sharing personal stories of military service

Each year, the United States Marine Corps chooses a different city to visit as an annual celebration of “community, country, and corps and to honor the service and sacrifice of Marines and their loved ones. This year, it's Detroit!

August 29, 2017

Tax Court Invalidates Section 831(b) “Micro-Captive” Finding Alleged Premium Payments Non-Deductible

The Tax Court issued its long-awaited decision in Avrahami v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 7 (August 21, 2017), agreeing with the IRS that amounts paid to a captive/reinsurer that elected to be a treated as “micro-captive” pursuant to 831(b) were not deductible insurance premiums because the arrangement failed to qualify as insurance.

August 21, 2017

17 lawyers from Kerr Russell were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2018

A total of 17 lawyers from Kerr Russell have been named to the prestigious 2018 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America . The award is given annually in recognition of being named as part of the “top legal talent in the U.S.”

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.

November 7, 2016

Kerr Russell attorneys named 2017 Top Lawyers by dBusiness Magazine

Kerr Russell counts 11 attorneys among this year’s Top Lawyers as recognized by dBusiness magazine. The 2017 Top Lawyers were selected based on a peer review survey of 19,000 attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties. Attorneys are asked to nominate lawyers among 48 legal specialties.

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 (9)

  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Captive Insurance and Alternative Risk Programs
  • Insurance Law
  • Finance
  • Securities Law
  • Real Estate
  • Automotive Industry Group
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
313-961-0200  Phone
313-961-0388  Fax
www.kerr-russell.com
University Attended:
University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, B.B.A., Finance, with distinction
Law School Attended:
Wayne State University Law School, J.D., with honors
Year of First Admission:
1991
Admission:
1991, Michigan; 1992, Illinois; 1993, District of Columbia; 1993, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 1993, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Memberships:

Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Past Section Chairman

State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Director of Legislative Review

State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Director of Programs

State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Michigan Business Corporation Act Revision Subcommittee

State Bar of Michigan,Business Law Section, former Council Member

State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, former Vice-Chair

State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Treasurer and Secretary

State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section, Liaison, In-House Counsel Subcommittee

State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section

Founder, Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award

American Bar Association, Business Law Section

Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth

Cayman Islands Captive Managers Association

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association

Northville Township Planning Commission, 2013-Present

Northville Township Zoning Board of Appeals, Chairman 2016-Present

Chairman of the Board, President, Cascades of Northville Homeowners Association 2002-Present

Firm Representative-MSI Global Alliance

Member-Cayman Islands Business Symposium

Firm Recruiting Partner

Firm Business Development Committee

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Represented large automobile dealer in connection with the sale of several automobile dealerships in Texas; Formation and representation of one of the first Michigan-domiciled captive insurance companies on behalf of a large waste hauling, environmental and energy company; Represented automotive OEM supplier in connection with a Mexican joint venture
ISLN:
901377867

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