Dalton & Tomich, plc delivers on the one clear goal that drove its formation: to provide our clients with the guidance and resources needed to succeed in resolving their legal issues at costs that represent an exceptional value.  Our firm has met and exceeded that goal for many of our clients, including governmental bodies, religious institutions, businesses, banks, communities, major corporations, non-profit entities and individuals.  In essence, we pride ourselves on providing inside counsel from the outside through a practical knowledge of the law gained through decades of experience gained inside state and federal courtrooms around the country.

We have diverse legal backgrounds with varying religious, business and practical experiences to go along with personal and professional interests that have made us leaders in our own communities.  These backgrounds give us a better appreciation for the myriad of legal problems that banks, businesses, individuals, and religious organizations such as churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and other religious organizations confront on a daily basis.

Daniel P. Dalton

Daniel P. Dalton, named one of the top land use and zoning attorneys in the United States by Martindale Hubble in 2012, and a top 25 attorney in the State of Michigan in 2010, focuses his practice on commercial litigation with an emphasis on banking, business and land use and zoning law, including Religious Land Use and Zoning (also known as "RLUIPA"). Dan is a frequent author; lecturer and considered a leading litigator on behalf of religious entities concerned with religious land use (RLUIPA) matters and called upon to advise corporations when involved with significant litigation matters.

Litigating Religious Land Use "Litigating Religious Land Use Cases," published by the American Bar Association. The book is a useful guide for religious entities and the lawyers who represent them. Dan is also the author of the yearly update of the law regarding religious land use that is published in the Urban Lawyer, a University of Missouri-Kansas School of Law publication and the Cutting Edge, a publication of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Dalton received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University and law degree from the University of Detroit, School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Dalton clerked for Chief Justice Dorothy Comstock Riley of the Michigan Supreme Court. He is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and has been since 1990; the federal District Court and Eastern District of Michigan in 1992; the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1994, and the United States Supreme Court in 1995. He is also admitted in the Western District of Michigan, the Western District of Texas, the Central District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Colorado Federal District Court, the Southern District of California, the Central District of California, the Southern District of Mississippi, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Central District of Florida and the Northern District of Indiana. 

Daniel Dalton is rated AV, the highest ethical and skill rating available from Martindale-Hubbell and rated 10.0, superb by AVVO, the highest skill and ethical rating available. He has been a Michigan Super Lawyer with respect to Land use and Zoning since 2009; one of dBusiness Magazine's Top Lawyers from 2009 through 2013; one of Hour Detroit's Top Lawyers from 2010 through 2012; and has been a Corporation Counsel Super Lawyer since 2010. Dan works closely with the Alliance Defending Freedom and is a recipient of the Bronze Award.

Dan is a founding member of Dalton & Tomich plc and actively serves on several boards and committees including serving as Chair of the Board of Cabrini Clinic, the oldest and largest free medical clinic in the City of Detroit, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Plymouth First United Methodist Church. Dan also serves on the Finance Committee of the Detroit Athletic Club; the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Dean's Advisory Board; the MORE Program and was elected to serve the City of Plymouth, Michigan as a City Commissioner. Currently, Dan is as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Chair of the Religious Land Use Committee of the American Bar Association's State and Local Government Law Section and was formally on the section Council. He is a life member of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American and Michigan Planning Associations.

In his free time, Dan is an avid swimmer and aspiring runner. He counts running The Dexter-Ann Arbor half marathon, and participating in the Tough Mudder as two of his greatest accomplishments. 
 

 

Zana Tomich

Zana Tomich focuses on representing privately held companies, financial institutions and nonprofit corporations. She frequently advises clients in the business planning stages, drafting organizational and shareholder/member agreements, and guiding them through the funding process. She counsels second stage companies in day to day business matters, leasing, operational and contractual matters, succession planning and sale or disposition of assets.

Zana frequently works with lenders during the loan origination process, achieving workouts, foreclosures, short sales and negotiating forbearance agreements.

Zana also has experience in advising clients in all aspects of real estate transactions including acquisition, financing, development, sale and leasing of commercial properties.

Additionally, she guides employers through employment-related matters, including confidentiality and non-competition issues, employment agreements and handbooks, discrimination/harassment claims, wage-hour issues, and disability accommodation requirements.

A founding member of Dalton & Tomich plc, Zana is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2002) and University of Michigan (B.A., with distinction, 1998). She is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan and in the United States Eastern and Western District of Michigan.

Zana currently sits on the Risk Management Association, SE Michigan Board and on the Henry Ford Hospice Counsel of Advisors.  She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Turnaround Management Association. 

In 2011, Zana Tomich was named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, and has been named a Rising Star by Michigan Superlawyers through 2013.  Zana is also a proud graduate of Leadership Detroit XXXII.

Katharine Brink

Katharine Brink focuses her practice on land use and zoning litigation, banking and business law. She is admitted to practice in Michigan, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Kate is a member of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association's Barristers Board, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, and the Federal Bar Association.

Kate is a 2012 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., cum laude). At UDM, Kate was a Title Editor on the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, a member of the Dean’s Honor Society, and Dean’s Scholarship recipient, and received Book Awards for earning the highest grade in Legal Writing, Civil Procedure, Law and Religion, and the Immigration Law Clinic. Kate’s law review article, entitled “Denying Due Process Rights in the Southwest: A Critique of Operation Streamline,” was published in Volume 89-3 of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review.

Kate received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish from Albion College (2008, cum laude). While at Albion, she was involved with Delta Gamma Fraternity and spent a semester abroad in Alicante, Spain. During her free time, Kate enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and exploring Detroit.

Lawrence Opalewski

Lawrence joined Dalton & Tomich in 2014 and focuses his practice on business law, banking law, and land use litigation. He is admitted to practice in Michigan courts, as well as the United States Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He received his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2013 (J.D., cum laude). While at UDM Law, Lawrence was a Title Editor on the UDM Law Review, a member of the Dean’s Honor Society, and a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. Mr. Opalewski also received a Book Award for earning the highest grade in his Evidence class. He was also involved with the Elder Law and Estate Planning Society. His Law Review Article, “Why the Michigan Supreme Court in Saurman was Wrong to Grant MERS the Authority to Foreclose by Advertisement in Michigan,” was published in the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, Volume 90-2.

Before law school, Lawrence graduated from Oakland University in 2010 with a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science with a minor in History. While at Oakland, he spent a summer studying abroad in Israel where he also volunteered teaching English to young Israeli children. In his free time, Lawrence enjoys running, reading, and playing basketball. His favorite books include The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and David McCullough’s biography of John Adams. Lawrence was born and raised here in Michigan and is firmly rooted to the community through his family, his friends, and his church. He and his wife Jennifer are expecting their first child in December, 2014.

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