Thomas G. McNeill

Thomas G. McNeill

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Detroit, MI

Dickinson Wright PLLC
 | 500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 4000
Detroit, MI 48226-3425
Phone: 313-223-3500
Fax: 313-223-3598
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (80%),
  • Securities Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    For 27 years, Tom McNeill has represented Fortune 500 companies, professional service firms, middle market and closely held companies and business owners, officers and directors in all manner of business and financial litigation. As a courtroom lawyer, he has tried 34 cases to verdict or award, compiling a record of 33-1. To best serve his clients in managing the cost of litigation,  Mr. McNeill aggressively pursues early dispositive motion practice, carefully focused discovery, early resolution opportunities and he embraces alternative fee arrangements (to avoid the uncertainty and surprises of traditional hourly based fees).

    Mr. McNeill regularly appears in state courts throughout Michigan, but he is particularly well known for his practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, including as lead or co-counsel counsel in more than thirty securities, consumer and ERISA class actions. In that court, he presently serves as President-Elect of the Federal Bar Association. Based upon a number of longstanding professional relationships and a track record of success, Mr. McNeill also represents clients outside of Michigan (most recently in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma and Virginia).


    For his entire career, Mr. McNeill has practiced with Dickinson Wright. Presently, he serves as the Practice Director for Commercial Litigation.

    About Thomas McNeill

    Admitted: 1984, Michigan

    Professional Webpage:


    • Best Lawyers in America, in four disciplines: Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance   Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation and Securities Litigation
    • Benchmark Litigation, Michigan Litigation Star
    • Chambers and Partners USA, Best in Their Field, Commercial Litigation

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • State Bar of Michigan Foundation, Fellow (Top 5% of the profession in the state).
    • Appellate Defender Commission, Member, Nominated by the Michigan Supreme Court and Appointed by Governor Rick Snyder.
    • Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, President-elect (2011-12) and Board Member (since 2001).
    • Federal Bar Association (the national organization), Federal Litigation Section, Board Member.
    • Merit Selection Panel for Eastern District of Michigan Magistrate Judge Position (2011), Chairman.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Mr. McNeill is a co-author of Michigan Business Torts, Pappas, McNeill & Quick (ICLE 2003, 2007, 2009), which is widely regarded by judges and trial lawyers as the seminal text in the field.
    • Mr. McNeill regularly publishes and presents on EData, EDisovery and trial presentation and discovery in complex financial litigation.

    Representative Clients:

    • Representative Professional Service Provider Clients: AlixPartners, LLP; BDO USA, LLP; Crowe Horwath, LLP; Ernst & Young, LLP; Towers Watson
    • Representative Corporate Clients:  The Coca-Cola Company; The H.J. Heinz Company; JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA; McDonald’s Corporation; Northern Trust Corporation; The Scott’s Miracle Gro-Company
    • Serving as Michigan Co-Counsel for National Firms and Their Clients: Bracewell & Giuliani; Cahill Gordon & Reindel; Davis, Polk & Wardell; DLA Piper; Groom Law Group; Hunton & Williams; Kaye Scholer; Latham & Watkins; Mayer Brown; Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp; Proskauer Rose; Shearman & Sterling; Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom; Steptoe & Johnson; Willkie, Farr & Gallagher; Winston & Strawn
    • Representative Middle Market and Private Equity Clients: E&E Manufacturing Company; MAG Industrial Automation Systems, LLC; Michigan State University Foundation; Peninsula Capital Partners, LLC; Premio Foods, Inc.; Robotic VISION Technologies, LLC; Warburg Pincus; Wind Point Partners; Wolverine Energy, LLC

    Educational Background:

    • University of Virginia, J.D. 1984 (Trial Advocacy Award from clinical practice)
    • University of Notre Dame, B.A. 1981 (magna cum laude)
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    Office Location for Thomas G. McNeill

    500 Woodward Avenue
    Suite 4000
    Detroit, MI 48226-3425

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    Last Updated: 2/22/2021

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