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W. Dane Carey

Dane Carey is a partner at Kuhn Rogers. He is a northern Michigan native and has been practicing law in Traverse City since 2015. He represents businesses and individuals in transactional matters and handles all aspects of litigation.

Dane’s practice focuses on general civil and commercial litigation, real estate and water law, business and development, corporate law, employment matters, land use and zoning, and municipal law. He has significant experience in matters involving businesses, commercial disputes, property actions, civil rights claims, employment law, and other complex civil matters. Although based in Traverse City, he represents clients throughout the State of Michigan and in Federal Courts.

In recognition of his dedicated and successful work on behalf of clients, Dane was selected as a “Rising Star” in Michigan’s Super Lawyers publication for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Rising Stars are attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or those who have practiced for ten years or less. Only 2.5 percent of Michigan lawyers are named to this list every year.

Dane is respected by colleagues for his insightful analysis and creative approach to legal issues. While in law school, Dane served as Associate Editor of the Michigan State Law Review, received a full-tuition merit scholarship, and authored an article that was published in an academic law journal and later cited in a U.S. Supreme Court brief. His article offered a completely novel application of U.S. Constitutional law as a basis for invalidating the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. This argument received tremendous praise in the legal community and was ultimately adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court in its landmark decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, which overturned the federal ban on sports gambling.

In addition to his legal work for clients, Dane has also published numerous legal articles regarding his practice areas, and has spoken publicly on legal issues of interest to local organizations and news outlets.

Practice Areas
  • Real estate law
  • Riparian rights law
  • Commercial transactions and litigation
  • Corporate law
  • Employment law
  • General civil litigation
  • Land use and zoning
  • Municipal law
Education
  • Michigan State University College of Law, J.D. magna cum laude
  • Kalamazoo College, B.A. cum laude
Admissions to Practice
  • Michigan
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Court
Professional Memberships and Organizations
  • State Bar of Michigan, Litigation, Real Property Law, and Business Law Sections
  • Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association (Member of the Board of Governors, 2017-2018; Young Lawyers Association Committee Chair, 2017-2018)
  • Traverse City Young Professionals
Honors and Recognitions
  • Selected to Michigan Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021
Publications and Speaking Engagements
  • 7&4 News Interview, “Marijuana Becomes Legal Wednesday: What You Need to Know,” UpNorthLive, December 12, 2018
  • Fiduciary Duties Owed by Minority Members of a Limited Liability Company, Michigan Business Law Journal, Volume 38, Issue 2 (Summer 2018)
  • “Cash Cow: Medical Marijuana’s Potential Revenue Lures Municipalities,” Traverse City Business News, (April 2018)
  • “Practical Aspects of Riparian Law,” Presentation at the Torch Lake Protection Alliance Annual Meeting, August 2016
  • “Township Authority to Regulate Great Lakes Bottomlands,” State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section e-Newsletter (February 2016)
  • Two Lessons of Anticommandeering: The Preemptive Significance of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, 11 Willamette Sports Law Journal 1 (2013)
Community Involvement
  • Michigan Waterfront Alliance (Member of the Board of Directors, 2019-2020)

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