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Detroit—July 26, 2021—Daniel Dalton, co-founder of Detroit-headquartered law firm Dalton & Tomich PLC, has been named a Michigan “Go-To” Lawyer for Real Estate by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The publication’s “Go-To” Lawyer honor spotlights Michigan lawyers who are leaders in a particular field of law; Dalton was noted on an exclusive list of 20 real estate lawyers from across the state. His Go-To Lawyer profile can be viewed in the Michigan Lawyers Weekly feature here.
Dalton is a national leader in religious property law and guides religious leaders and congregations with his expertise. With a masterful understanding of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA), he handles the business side of religious property for all faiths to protect the religious organization’s right to use its property within the parameters of its spiritual mission. Since 2004, Dalton has worked with churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and almost all types of religious assembly use throughout the country to secure site plan approval or litigate claims in Federal Courts. Starting with a case of a very small church against the City of Southfield, Michigan, Dalton has successfully represented all types of religious uses and schools in trial and on appeal across the United States. He also works with churches who wish to leave their denominations and keep their property.
Dalton started his career representing local governments in land use and zoning disputes. From there, he focused his attention on developers and commercial real estate, particularly land use and zoning, an area where he continues to practice and excel.
The “Go-To” Lawyer distinction is one of several that Dalton has earned in his career, including recognition by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a Leader in the Law, Michigan Super Lawyers, and DBusiness Top Lawyers. Dalton is also the author of the award-winning Litigating Religious Land Use Cases, (published by the American Bar Association, August 2014; second edition, 2016). His book, Religious Property Disputes and the Law: House of God. Laws of Man.,is slated for publication by the American Bar Association this summer. Dalton is also the author of the 2020 eBook about protocols for the United Methodist Church separation entitled,What the Proposed UMC Separation Means for Your Church, and Navigating the United Methodist Church Trust Clause, (self-published e-book, August 2017).
Dalton holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Western Michigan University.
About Dalton + Tomich
Serving as a partner to religious organizations, Detroit-based Dalton + Tomich is a national leader in religious property law land use, notably with cases related to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and denominational splits. The firm also represents private property owners in site plan approvals, zoning appeals and land use disputes involving zoning, easements, boundary line disputes and access to water. Additionally, the firm works with privately held businesses, lending institutions and businesses in Michigan and Illinois. Learn more about our services for businesses and religious organizations at https://www.daltontomich.com/.
The attorneys of Dalton & Tomich, PLC have the experience and the knowledge to work with you to develop a legal solution that helps accomplish your goals. Our collaborative approach has helped leaders like you grow businesses and banks, develop and expand churches, and build nonprofit organizations nationwide.
In my role as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God, quite often we are faced with issues that involve local governments and municipalities. Many of these issues that arise in dealing with entities are land use related. I have found Dalton & Tomich’s experience and expertise in this area to be a valuable resource and asset in every situation.
Never one time during a year-long litigation process did Dalton & Tomich demonstrate anything other than Christ-like professionalism. They managed the legal details, while we continued to do church. How they managed themselves, managed our case, and represented our church set the table for me and our church to be where we are today.
Dalton & Tomich’s expertise and experience helped us through a very difficult legal journey, ultimately achieving a favorable outcome. Their personal interest in helping us went “above and beyond” just the call of duty.