Christopher G. Schultz

  • Equity/Managing Partner
  • Livonia, Michigan Office

Christopher G. Schultz is an equity partner, the managing partner of the Firm, and a member of the Executive Committee. He works out of our Livonia office and concentrates his practice on business law, real estate law, and estate planning.

Overview

Christopher G. Schultz is an equity partner, the managing partner of the Firm, and a member of the Executive Committee.  He works out of our Livonia office and concentrates his practice on business law, real estate law, and estate planning.  He maintains an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating an attorney can achieve for both ethical standards and legal ability.

Mr. Schultz represents and counsels manufacturers, financial service institutions, and small and large businesses in the retail and service sectors in many areas, including entity election, start-up issues, shareholder and owner relationships, employment matters, mergers, acquisitions, real estate matters, and business succession planning.

Additionally, he assists clients with estate planning matters, including wills, trusts, charitable giving, estate administration, irrevocable trusts, gifting and special needs trusts.

Mr. Schultz is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Education

University of Detroit Mercy, J.D., 1984

Wayne State University, B.A., 1981

Honors

AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating an attorney can achieve for both ethical standards and legal ability A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

Top Rated Lawyer in Corporate Law, DBusiness magazine, 2014

Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts and Estates, DBusiness magazine, 2014

Top Attorney in Livonia, voted by the citizens of City of Livonia, 2013

Memberships and Associations

State Bar of Michigan
– Business Law Section
– Elder Law and Disability Rights Section
– Law Practice Management & Legal Administrators Section
– Master Lawyers Section
– Probate & Estate Planning Section
– Taxation Section
Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Served on local township planning commissions and historic district commissions
Served as a member of local youth athletic associations
Volunteered at several civic organizations involving the development of youth athletics

Presentations & Articles

Numerous estate planning and succession planning presentations to variety of audiences

Presentations on business and shareholder planning

“Succession Planning: Now is the Time to Develop a Plan,” CMDA On Law, March 2014

“Tax Planning for Fiscal Cliff,” CMDA On Law, December 2012

“Highlights of the Tax and Benefit Provisions of the 2010 Health Care Act,” CMDA On Law, 2010

“Recent Developments in Construction Lien Act,” CMDA On Law

Exploring Franchise Opportunities Seminars

 

Representative Cases

Multi-national joint ventures structuring joint ownership of automotive suppliers

Establishing, maintaining and participation on numerous boards, foundations, community boards, including 501(c)(3) charitable organizations

Shareholder disputes and separations

Representation of insurance agencies in growth, sales, merger and dissolution issues

Representation of business associations such as associations of pharmacists, insurance agencies and property owners

Estate planning and administration

Jurisdiction and Court Admissions

Michigan State Courts
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Education

University of Detroit Mercy, J.D., 1984

Wayne State University, B.A., 1981

Honors

AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating an attorney can achieve for both ethical standards and legal ability A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

Top Rated Lawyer in Corporate Law, DBusiness magazine, 2014

Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts and Estates, DBusiness magazine, 2014

Top Attorney in Livonia, voted by the citizens of City of Livonia, 2013