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Bruce D. Birgbauer

Senior Counsel





Harvard Law School, J.D., 1967

Williams College, B.A. 1964

Bar Admissions

Bruce D. Birgbauer is a veteran corporate and international lawyer who focuses on three principal areas -- automotive suppliers, inbound foreign investment and economic development.

With his extensive knowledge of the global marketplace, he represents new and existing businesses, both domestic and international, in such areas as mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, licensing, joint ventures, business planning, and obtaining governmental incentives.

Widely recognized as a leading expert in his field, Bruce has authored and lectured on a variety of subjects dealing with international companies and their subsidiaries, family and closely held businesses, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He has also served on various boards of directors for public and private corporations and nonprofit entities.

Representative Matters

Over his distinguished legal career, Bruce has established a reputation as a “go-to” attorney who knows how to help his clients speedily accomplish their goals, often achieving what seemed almost impossible. For example, a client had been trying to set up a meeting with the mayor of a major city for six months. Frustrated, the client sought Bruce’s help.  It was a wise move: Bruce was able to schedule a meeting within one week.

Examples of outstanding service are legion in Bruce’s client files.  An international client asked for Bruce’s help on a very short notice in setting up acquisition subsidiaries in the United States in connection with a global acquisition involving more than $1 billion of sales and thousands of new employees. Bruce and his acquisition team ended up handling a variety of legal issues in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China to meet a very demanding closing deadline. In another case, Bruce represented a client that was entangled in the split-up of a joint venture with potential claims totaling several millions of dollars. The matter was settled without litigation through three months of intensive negotiation at a greatly reduced cost to the client.


Williams College (Phi Beta Kappa and highest honors in Political Science)

Harvard Law School, J.D. (cum laude)

Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, International Trade & Finance Law 1983-present

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Corporate and International Trade and Finance 2010-present

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan, Former Chair, International Law Section; Former Chair, Business Law Section

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Association for Corporate Growth

Miller Canfield Leadership Positions, former Managing Director and head of Business Law Group

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Detroit Regional Chamber, Member, Advisory Board of Detroit Regional Economic Partnership; Former Chair and present member of European Committee and North American Committee; Former Chair, Germany Committee; Former Chair, Canada Committee

Christ Church, Grosse Pointe, Former Senior Warden and Chancellor

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Former Senior Warden

Golf, tennis, squash and other sports