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Mitzel, Dennis M.

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Updated 10/4/2010
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Berry Moorman PC

900 Victors Way, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48108


Phone: (734) 668-4100
Fax: (734) 668-4101
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Summary

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Lawyer Overview

Mr. Mitzel was an estate and gift tax attorney for the Internal Revenue Service in Detroit, Michigan from 1977 to 1981. He was then an Assistant Vice President with Comerica Bank in Detroit, where he headed the Estate Tax Division of the Trust Tax Department. Mr. Mitzel joined Berry Moorman in 1985.

Mr. Mitzel was the Co-Chairman of the Tax Committee of the Detroit Bar Association from 1986 to 1988; he is a member of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan, where he was Chairman of the Estates and Trusts Sub-Committee from 1986 to 1988, a Council Member from 1988 to 1995, and Chairman from 1993 to 1994; and the Christian Legal Society, where he served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Metropolitan Detroit Chapter from 1981 to 1982. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

Mr. Mitzel was a member of the ad hoc committee of the Taxation Section and Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan, which successfully introduced legislation repealing the Michigan inheritance tax in 1993. He testified before the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Treasury in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan regarding the proposed Internal Revenue Service Regulations on the Generation Skipping Tax issued in December, 1992.

Mr. Mitzel has been a member of the Board of Directors of Huron Valley Grade School in Washtenaw County, Michigan from 1991 to 1996, where he served as Chairman during the 1992-93 and 1995-96 school years. He is currently a member of the Development Committee of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the T.H.A.W. Fund from 1988 to 1992. Mr. Mitzel is a Board Member and Past President of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeastern Michigan, and a member and Past President of the Washtenaw Estate Planning Council. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Herbert and Elsa Ponting Foundation.

Mr. Mitzel is a church youth group leader and for many years coached youth hockey. He was named the Ann Arbor Hockey Association Coach of the Year for the 1990-1991 and the 1992-1993 seasons. Mr. Mitzel was the recipient of the Sharon V. Abbott Scholarship Award at The Detroit College of Law in 1974.

Mr. Mitzel is a frequent lecturer on estate tax, the generation skipping tax, charitable giving and asset protection topics, and has been selected as one of Michigan's Super Lawyers for the years 2006 through 2009 for his expertise in the category of estate planning and probate.

Areas of Practice

  • Charitable Planning
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate and Asset Protection
  • Tax
4% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1977

Certification/Specialties

  • Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury in Washington, D.C.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Detroit Bar Association, 1986 - 1988 (Co-Chairman, Taxation Committee)
  • State Bar of Michigan, 1986 - 1988 (Chairman, Estates and Trusts Subcommittee, Taxation Section)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Member, Ad Hoc Committee)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Taxation Section)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Member, Probate and Estate Planning Section)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Member of the Council, Taxation Section)
  • State Bar of Michigan, Taxation and Probate and Estate Planning Sections (Member, Ad Hoc Committee )
  • Metropolitan Detroit Chapter, 1993 - 1994 (Chairman)
  • Metropolitan Detroit Chapter, 1981 - 1982 (Secretary Treasurer)
  • Huron Valley Grade School in Washtenaw County, Michigan, 1991 - 1996 (Board of Directors )
  • Huron Valley Grade School in Washtenaw County, Michigan, 1992 - 1993 (Chairman)
  • Huron Valley Grade School in Washtenaw County, Michigan, 1995 - 1996 (Chairman)
  • University of Detroit Jesuit High School (Member, Development Committee)
  • T.H.A.W. Fund, 1988 - 1992 (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Southeastern Michigan (President)
  • Washtenaw Estate Planning Council (Member, Board of Directors )
  • Herbert and Elsa Ponting Foundation (Board of Trustees)
  • Clarence and Grace Chamberlin Foundation (Board of Trustees)

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Ann Arbor Hockey Association Coach of the Year, 1990 - 1991
  • Recipient, Sharon V. Abbott Scholarship Award, The Detroit College of Law, 1974

Classes and Seminars

  • Frequent Lecturer, Estate Tax, The Generation Skipping Tax, Charitable Giving and Asset Protection Topics

Past Employment Positions

  • Internal Revenue Service in Detroit, Michigan, Estate and Gift Tax Attorney, 1977 - 1981
  • Comerica Bank in Detroit, Assistant Vice President, 1981 - 1985

Education

  • Detroit College of Law, Detroit, Michigan, 1976
    J.D.
    Honors: cum laude
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1972
    B.A.
Office Information

Address

900 Victors Way, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Phones

(734) 668-4100

Faxes

(734) 668-4101

Emails

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Websites

http://www.berrymoorman.com

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