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Our U.S. lawyers represent entrepreneurs, closely held companies, families and global manufacturers with operations on both sides of the busy U.S.-Canada border in North America.  The Detroit-Windsor border—which encompasses a bridge, a tunnel and freight rail lines—is the busiest in North America and carries a quarter of all U.S. trade with Canada, which was $120 billion in 2011.

Lawyers with diverse backgrounds and expertise provide seamless representation and counsel in multi-jurisdictional business transactions and litigation including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and insolvencies. Our lawyers are familiar with Canadian legal concepts and the interaction of Canadian/United States statutory and common law authorities.

Miller Canfield is uniquely positioned to provide legal services to global firms expanding, investing and establishing operations in Canada. This expertise complements the firm's ability to serve clients located in Mexico, the U.S., Poland, Europe, India and Asia, who seek a North American presence.  Lawyers assist with trade including NAFTA, tax, customs, immigration and homeland security issues.  Clients rely on Miller Canfield to assist with financing, r&d tax incentives, real estate, retail leasing and employment issues.  Growing market segments include advanced automotive manufacturing, technology, renewable energy, life sciences, private medical practices and franchising.

Miller Canfield has extensive experience in Canada and the U.S. financing and registering aircraft under the Cape Town Treaty.  Clients include aircraft owners, corporate fleet managers and airports on both sides of the border.

We are associated with Canadian litigation lawyers who regularly appear in all courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Canada, in addition to participating in alternate dispute resolution hearings and mediation.

Lawyers also provide services to trustees and executors administering estates holding assets in Canada. Our lawyers are experienced in dealing with the multitude of issues surrounding property owned by non-residents of Canada, a common occurrence in the Great Lakes and East Coast regions.

Since corporations in both the U.S. and Canada can be held criminally responsible for acts of their employees, we work hand-in-hand with our compliance team to ensure that clients are properly protected from this growing problem. Whether it is advice related to an ongoing government investigation, or whether the government has already proceeded with charges, we can quickly provide crucial advice at the earliest moment to help resolve a corporation’s most serious problem, the criminal charge.