W. Dane Carey

Dane Carey is a northern Michigan native and has been practicing law in Traverse City since 2015. He joined Kuhn Rogers in 2020. He represents businesses and individuals in transactional matters and handles all aspects of litigation.

Practice Areas: 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.

Awards/Recognition: 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, and 2020. 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.

Education: Kalamazoo College (B.A., cum laude, All-American Men’s Soccer, Men’s Basketball); Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude); Michigan State University (M.B.A., honors). 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 recent landmark decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, which overturned the federal ban on sports gambling.

Author: Two Lessons of Anticommandeering: The Preemptive Significance of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, 11 Willamette Sports Law Journal 1 (2013); 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; “Township Authority to Regulate Great Lakes Bottomlands,” State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section e-Newsletter, February 2016;

Lecturer/Commentator: “Practical Aspects of Riparian Law,” Presentation at the Torch Lake Protection Alliance Annual Meeting, August 2016; 7&4 News Interview, “Marijuana Becomes Legal Wednesday: What You Need to Know,” UpNorthLive, December 12, 2018

Bar Admissions: State Bar of Michigan, (Litigation, Real Property Law, and Business Law Sections); U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Court

Memberships/Associations: Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association (Member of the Board of Governors, 2017-2018; Young Lawyers Association Committee Chair, 2017-2018); Michigan Waterfront Alliance (Member of the Board of Directors, 2019-2020); Traverse City Young Professionals

Email: wdcarey@krlawtc.com