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. Dan is 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 and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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 2012; 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 the City of Plymouth Michigan Zoning Board of Appeals. 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.


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.

Ms. Tomich frequently works with lenders conducting loan origination, achieving workouts, foreclosures, short sales and negotiating forbearance agreements.

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

She currently sits on the Risk Management Association, SE Michigan Board and on the Henry Ford Hospice Counsel of Advisors.  Ms. Tomich 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.  Ms. Tomich is also a graduate of Leadership Detroit XXXII.

Katharine Brink

Katharine Brink focuses her practice on land use and zoning law, banking and business law. Ms. Brink is a 2012 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (J.D., cum laude), where she was a member of the Dean’s Honor Society and a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. She also served as a Title Editor on the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, and received Book Awards for earning the highest grade in Legal Writing, Civil Procedure, Law and Religion, and the Immigration Law Clinic. Ms. Brink also published an article in the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, entitled “Denying Due Process Rights in the Southwest: A Critique of Operation Streamline.” During law school, Ms. Brink completed internships with Judge Kathleen Jansen of the Michigan Court of Appeals and with the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review in Detroit. 

Ms. Brink received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish from Albion College (2008, cum laude). During that time, she was involved with Delta Gamma Fraternity and also spent a semester studying abroad in Alicante, Spain.

Lawrence Opalewski

Lawrence Opalewski focuses his practice on land use litigation, banking and business law. He received his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2013 (J.D., cum laude). While at UDM Law, Mr. Opalewski 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, Mr. Opalewski 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 children. Mr. Opalewski was born and raised here in Michigan and is firmly rooted to the community through his family, his friends, and his church.

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