Mr. Wright is general counsel to numerous corporations both in the United States and abroad, advising senior management regarding general corporate affairs, finance, business planning and the resolution of business disputes.
Mr. Wright is often called upon to negotiate complex business and legal issues, including the purchase or sale of a client company or its assets, and the resolution of contentious disputes between clients and suppliers, competitors, or government regulators. He is trained and skilled in the most advanced negotiation methodologies developed by the Harvard Negotiation Project. Mr. Wright frequently lectures to lawyers and business executives on the topics of negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, international business transactions, enforcement of commercial agreements, and asset protection planning.
Mr. Wright is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court (1988). Also, he is a member of the Business Law, International Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of both the ABA and Michigan bars.
He is past Chair of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Wright has successfully represented clients before state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the United States and abroad.
Mr. Wright currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Search for Common Ground (formerly Chairman), a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit organization committed to Track II diplomatic initiatives world wide. It was Mr. Wright’s work with Search for Common Ground in the 1980s that led to the firm’s work in Russia and the NIS, and ultimately, the establishment of the firm’s St. Petersburg, Russia office. He participated on a multi-national, multi-cultural team of international lawyers representing thirty Russian companies during the privatization of Russian enterprises. Mr. Wright personally led negotiations with President Yeltsin’s administration, the Russian government, and the Russian Tax Inspection Service on behalf of the Russian companies and their Western joint venture partners.
The firm’s St. Petersburg office is very active, representing both Russian and Western companies.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Banking and Finance
Negotiation of Commercial Transactions
Real Estate Law
U.S. and International Business Law
American Bar Association – Business Law, International Law, and ADR Sections
State bar of Michigan – Business Law, International Law, and ADR Sections
Search for Common Ground – Board of Directors
B.S., Western Michigan University, 1968
J.D., Wayne State University, 1974
Bar & Court Admissions
State of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
United States Supreme Court
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