Michael D. Gibson

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Michael D. Gibson has more than 39 years of experience in all aspects of business and corporate law. He is a Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney.


Michael represents commercial business enterprises in a range of industries, including auto suppliers, logistic companies, healthcare entities and construction contractors. He provides assistance with corporate agreements (shareholder, franchise, consulting, confidentiality, non-compete, employment, sales representative, severance, termination, sales terms and conditions); banking related documents; leases and purchases of real estate; joint ventures; entity formation; bylaws; corporate governance issues; license and operating agreements; securities law and SEC filings. Michael represents U.S.-based businesses as well as many entities headquartered in Europe and China

A particular strength of Michael’s practice is in the area of corporate mergers and acquisitions, including mergers with publicly traded companies, reverse mergers into public corporations, PIPE transactions, management buyouts of divisions and subsidiaries of private and public companies, the sale and purchase of family owned entities and purchase and sale of troubled companies in workout situations. His work on these projects includes entity structure, drafting of all pertinent documents, legal due diligence, securities filings and consultation with clients as to strategy and negotiations.

Michael also works closely with individuals and corporate clients in the estate and family planning context. This includes analysis and consultation regarding usage of wills, trusts, family limited partnerships, family LLCs, gifting, charitable foundations and trusts, corporate transition planning and structuring, insurance trusts, life insurance, annuities, self-canceling installment notes, and discussions with families and corporations on the practical aspects of financial tools.

Michael was named a “Michigan Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters.

Insights & News

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 14, 2018

Kerr Russell lunch and learn with Sterling Insurance Group

Kerr Russell hosted a lunch and learn on February 14 with Brandon Horrocks (certified risk architect), Joan Giffels, and team from Sterling Insurance Group. They facilitated a robust dialogue about assessing and mitigating client risk as well as rep and warranty issues.

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.

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 17, 2017

Detroit Legal News covers Detroit Chinese Business Association recognition of Kerr Russell, and Jim Cambridge on ChinaDaily.com (Michigan trade group spurs China-US ties)

The Detroit Legal News covers Kerr Russell's recognition as Sponsor of the Year by the Detroit Chinese Business Association.

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 11, 2017

Detroit Free Press features Detroit Chinese Business Association US/China Auto Expo, Kerr Russell

Great coverage from the Detroit Free Press of the Detroit Chinese Business Association US/China Auto Expo - excerpt from the article (which can be found in its entirety here) follows: DCBA, meanwhile, had a busy week hosting the 2017 USA China Auto Expo & Forum in Dearborn with more than 20 major Chinese auto suppliers on hand.

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 21, 2017

Mike Gibson and Jim Case, members, play in US/China Auto Cup golf classic in Shanghai

Mike Gibson and Jim Case, members, played in the US/China Auto Cup golf classic in Shanghai October 21 and 22, and Team USA ended up winning the cup! Congrats! Looking good, gentlemen!

October 13, 2017

Kerr Russell Fun Fact: Father of Mike Gibson once featured in a Chrysler Dodge Dart advertisement

Kerr Russell Fun Fact - the father of Mike Gibson, member, was not only featured on the cover of Automotive Industries magazine but in the ad for Chrysler's Compact Dodge Dart.

September 19, 2017

Kerr Russell team places second and scores longest drive at Detroit Chinese Business Association golf outing

At the 22nd Annual Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) International Golf Opening at Indianwood Golf and Country Club, our attorneys experienced a great afternoon of golfing and kinship, plus a wonderful dinner with opening remarks by Executive Office, Oakland County, Michigan's Deputy Executive Matthew Gibb.

January 15, 2017

Kerr Russell receives consecutive awards from The M&A Advisor: John Gatti and Mike Gibson receive 2016 “Materials Deal of the Year” Award

Kerr Russell is pleased to have been recognized again by the M&A Advisor who today announced that Kerr Russell was among the winners of the 11th Annual Turnaround Awards.

November 6, 2016

Kerr, Russell, Rich Buslepp and Michael D. Gibson receive Materials Deal of the Year Award from The M&A Advisor

KR was recently awarded 2015 Materials Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor for its Representation of Zhongli Corporation in connection with the its acquisition of Stern Rubber Company. Zhongli Corporation was principally represented by KR members Mike Gibson and Rich Buslepp.

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.

August 10, 2016

Kerr Russell, John D. Gatti and Michael D. Gibson named finalists by M&A Advisor for Restructuring Deal of the year Award.

Kerr, Russell, John D. Gatti and Michael D. Gibson have been named finalists for M&A Advisor's Restructuring Deal of the Year (Under $100MM) Award for their work in the 363 Sale of Quantum Technologies.

February 10, 2016

Kerr Russell, Richard C. Buslepp and Michael D. Gibson receive M&A Advisor Award

The acquisition of Stern Rubber by Shanghai Zhongli has been named as a finalist by the M&A Advisor for the 8th Annual International M&A Awards.

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Automotive Industry Group
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • China - US Business
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • International Business
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
313-961-0200  Phone
313-961-0388  Fax
University Attended:
Xavier University, B.S.B.A., 1973; Boston College, M.B.A., 1975
Law School Attended:
Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 1980
Year of First Admission:
1980, Michigan; 1981, Florida


State Bar of Michigan

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Florida Bar Association

American Bar Association

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Michigan Seniors Golf Association, Board of Governors

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Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Recently represented a family-owned home products business in an $85,000,000 sale of stock to a NYSE company.; Counsel for a HMO that was owned by five Detroit area hospitals related to the $200,000,000 sale of the HMO.; Recently represented a Chinese auto manufacturing company related to the acquisition of controlling interest in a U.S.-based auto parts company with an enterprise value of $100,000,000.; Counsel for national health care staffing company, DME provider and mail order pharmacy related to IPO.

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