OUR HISTORY

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Berry Moorman is an iconic Detroit brand. During its 90-year history, the law firm has served the automotive industry, diverse businesses, charitable and philanthropic organizations, and notable citizens and families that together comprise our city’s rich tapestry of commerce and culture.

As Detroit rose to prominence during the first half of the twentieth century and as streetcars carried Detroiters up and down busy streets, Raymond Berry and other enterprising attorneys formed a new law firm in the city’s Penobscot Building.

When the Bureau of Internal Revenue, later renamed the Internal Revenue Service, suspected Ford Motor Company of withholding profits from shareholders, Raymond Berry formed an association with former U.S. Tax Court Justice James S. Y. Ivins and past Yale President Kingman Brewster to argue before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of minority shareholders, including the John F. Dodge Estate Trust.  Ultimately, the young tax attorney from Detroit scored a significant victory for his clients, returning home triumphant and built his law office into a Detroit institution.

 

At various times, Mr. Berry represented Henry FordEdsel Ford, and the Ford Motor Company, and served as Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President of the Detroit Board of Commerce.  In 1949, business litigation and tax attorney A. H. Moorman joined the practice, which later became Berry Moorman. The firm’s business clients range from small and emerging enterprises to large, publicly held corporations, governmental bodies and educational and charitable organizations.

In addition to its Detroit presence, the firm’s reach extends across Michigan and around the world; since 1990, Berry Moorman has been supporting diplomatic relationships with Russia and, in 1994, it became the first Russian-American joint venture law firm in St. Petersburg.  The firm also represents businesses who are key partners in a China-based supply line to the global automotive and truck industry.

Berry Moorman’s current and former clients include some of our region’s most recognized and important names, such as Vernors, The Detroit Athletic Club, Kelsey-Hayes, Cadillac Coffee Co., A. Raymond, Belle Tire, Jones Lange LaSalle Americas, Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center, Signal Restoration Services, PuroClean, and many other global corporations who have come to depend on the firms skilled and exceptional service.

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