Attorney and Counselor at Law


  • Admitted, State Bar of Michigan, 1994
  • Admitted, Eastern District of Michigan, Federal Court, 1996
  • Admitted, U.S. Supreme Court, 2000


PRIVATE PRACTICE – DINAN & ASSOCIATES        October 1998 – Present

Currently representing clients in criminal and civil litigation, small business and real estate matters.  Representing title insurance carriers and real property interests in litigation matters; representing Bar Candidates for post-exam Appeals, Character and Fitness issues and private Bar Examination tutoring; representing the interests of tenured teachers before the Teachers Tenure Commission and representing clients in other administrative law matters.  Currently coaching sole practitioners and small firms in firm growth, increased efficiency and practice development.

Concurrently Executive Director – Lakeshore Bar Association

Concurrently General Counsel – CCW Defenders of Michigan, LLC

Martindale-Hubbell Rating:  AV

Michigan Super Lawyer Designation – 2009

Model D Magazine Top Lawyer – 2009


Adjunct Professor – Construction Management        January 2006 –Present

Subjects taught include construction law, contracts, legal aspects of construction projects and related topics. Teaching a Graduate Level course on Real Estate Development Winter 2008, Spring 2009.


Adjunct Professor – Bar Studies and Strategies        January 2010– Present

Developed and presenting a dynamic workshop style of bar instruction focusing on Same Day grading by former Michigan Bar Examiners.  Teaching classes on the Michigan Essay Exam as well as the Multistate Essay Examination and the Multistate Practical Examination.


Adjunct Professor – Bar Studies and Strategies        January 2007–May 2009

Developed and implemented classes to improve bar examination results and studies skills. Reviewed substantive law on all tested areas focusing on specific techniques for these subjects.


Litigation Associate                    February 1994–April 1998

Performed all tasks related to litigation file management and disposition of insurance defense cases.  Focused upon automobile negligence, premises liability, products liability and medical malpractice.  Expedited non-insurance general practice matters within the office.


Special Assistant Attorney General               May 1994–January 2000

Supported counsel to the Secretary of State in its defense of licensure matters.  This included legal research, drafting of pleadings and review of driver records.  Represented the State of Michigan collecting deficient loans and taxes.

Research Clerk                        August 1993 – January 1994


Fire Support Specialist/Infantry Scout March 1984–May 1992


The Detroit College of Law (Now Michigan State University College of Law); Detroit, Michigan

  • Juris Doctor, 1993
  • Class President, 1993

Michigan State University, James Madison College, East Lansing, Michigan

  • Bachelor of Arts – Political Philosophy, 1988


  • Criminal Advocacy Program (CAP) – Wayne County Circuit Court – 1999–2005
  • Capital Case Certified – Wayne County CAP Program 1999 – 2005
  • Panel of Appointed Attorneys – Macomb County, January 2000 – 2008
  • New Building Construction Seminar – ICLE, January 2001
  • Use of Private Investigators in Criminal Cases – ICLE, December 2000
  • Polygraph and DataMaster Seminar – ICLE, December 1999
  • Michigan No Fault Seminar – ICLE, October 1997
  • Power & Persuasion Trial Seminar – PICOM, May 1997
  • Negotiation Seminar – ICLE, December 1997
  • Real Estate Transaction Seminar – ICLE, April 1997, 2003
  • Deposition Seminar – ICLE, January 1995
  • OWI Law Updates – ICLE, October 2001 – 2008
  • OWI Trial Seminar – ICLE, October 2001, 2006
  • Drivers License Restoration and Implied Consent Seminar – ICLE October 2008
  • Domestic Violence Law Seminar – February 2003
  • Michigan Real Estate Title Law: Problems and Solutions – NBI, October 2001
  • Major Land Use Laws in Michigan – NBI, December 2001
  • Mastering Michigan Real Estate Titles and Title Insurance – NBI, May 2002
  • CDAM Semi -Annual Trial Training Seminars – March 2002 – Present
  • Local Government and the Law – Lorman Education Services – March 2003
  • Zingerman’s Experience (Business Training Seminar) – December 2003
  • Basic Real Estate Course (for broker’s license) March – April 2004
  • NRA Certified Instructor – Home Firearms Safety; Basic Pistol; Personal Protection in the Home – April 2005
  • ICLE Assigned Counsel/Felony Non Support Seminar – July 2005
  • U of M/ULI Urban Development Conference – October 2005, 2006
  • Urban Land Institute Basic Real Estate Finance – May 2006
  • Urban Land Institute Basic Land Development – May 2006
  • Site Acquisition/Land Development – Lorman Education Services – June 2006
  • Historic Tax Credit in Development – IPED – June 2006
  • Creditor Rights Seminar – ICLE, June 2007
  • Counseling the Economically Challenged Client – ICLE, October 2007
  • Barnett Bicycle Institute – Basis Bicycle Mechanics – June 2008
  • Barnett Bicycle Institute – Spoke Wheel Lacing Technique – June 2008
  • Master of Sales Presentation – Brian Tracy – October 2008
  • Referral Institute Presentation – Tim Green – October 2008
  • Urban Land Institute – Shelby Fort Redevelopment – May 2009


  • State Bar of Michigan: Criminal Law and Real Estate Sections
  • Member – Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers
  • Member & Past President – Hellenic Bar Association
  • Lecturer – Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program
  • Certified – Macomb County Panel of Appointed Counsel
  • Member – Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Member – National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lecturer – Concealed Pistol License – Various organizations
  • Member – Michigan Land Title Association
  • Lecturer & Grader – Bar-Bri of Michigan (Legal Writing)
  • Member – University of Detroit Jesuit High School Alumni Development Board
  • Member – Urban Land Institute
  • Member – Lakeshore Optimists
  • Member – Business Network, Int’l., Pipeline Chapter – Michigan (President 2008-09)
  • Educational Coordinator – Business Network, International, Pipeline Chapter
  • Founder & Executive Director – Lakeshore Bar Association
  • Founder & Executive Director – CCW Defenders of Michigan, LLC
  • Member – Great Lakes Self Defense Association (2008 – Present)
  • Member – Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners (2008 – Present)


“Thinking Outside The Box”  Published in Vol. 1, No. 2 (Autumn 2008) in Motion Magazine, a publication of Detroit Legal News.   This first column in a regular series focused on making changes in office procedure creatively in order to improve performance.

“Legal Briefs” Newsletter :  Published 2 times per year by my office.  It addresses issues of Real Estate Law, Criminal Law and legal issues of general interest.  May 2000–Present

“Preparation for the Michigan Bar Examination”:    First published in January 1999 for Essay Examination preparation seminar and revised in May 2002 and May 2007.  This 15 page manual is written to instruct law school graduates on successful techniques of writing the essay portion of the Michigan Bar Examination.

“Survey Said:  Marketing Matters”    Published in Vol. 6, No. 34 (2003) issue in “The Right to Counsel”, a publication of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.  This article discussed how attorneys market their practices to the public and among other attorneys.


Bar-Bri of Michigan: “Legal Writing for the Michigan Bar Examination”

May 2004–Present:  Presented Semi-annually

“Legal Writing Workshop”

June 2004–Present: Presented Semi-annually

Michigan State University College of Law: “Preparing for the Michigan Bar Examination”

April/June 2007–Present: Presented Semi-Annually

MSU Bar Essay Preparation Program

May/June 2009

Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program: “Ethics & Efficiency”

September 2007

Young Lawyers Section State Bar of Michigan: “Taking Charge! of Your Career”

Panelist and Speaker – February 2008, 2009

Lakeshore Optimists of Grosse Pointe: Keynote Speaker – “Respect for Law Day”

May 2009

Macomb County Bar Association – “Fire Up Your Career! 2010″ October/November 2009


Title Insurance Agent        September 2003–Present

Real Estate Broker         May 2004–October 2006

Affiliated with Kessler & Company – September 2005–October 2006