William H. Heritage, III

President – Board of Directors
Chair of Business Law & Commercial Transactions

Curriculum vitae

EXPERIENCE

Will Heritage concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, healthcare law, business planning and transactions, and real estate law. He has twenty-five years of experience in dealing with complex business and commercial transactions within a broad range of clients and representative industries.

His practice includes representation of small to large privately-held businesses as well as international business clients. Mr. Heritage’s clients are involved in many industry and service segments, including automotive, health care, professional practices, general manufacturing, food products and distribution, capital equipment manufacturing, and consulting. He assists businesses in their formation and counsels them on all corporate law matters including governance issues, contracts, growth through acquisitions and financing. He works with closely-held businesses to develop succession planning and buy-sell agreements. A significant part of Mr. Heritage’s business work includes negotiating and drafting a wide variety of contracts to meet his clients’ needs. Mr. Heritage represents many physicians, dentists and their related professional practices and ancillary business interests, and he is knowledgeable at handling health law matters.

Mr. Heritage’s experience includes many complex business transactions, and he has represented both purchasers and sellers. A representative list of his transaction experience is provided below under Transactions. His representation of merger and acquisition clients covers the entire spectrum of the transaction from initial assessment and planning, drafting letters of intent and conducting due diligence through negotiating the transaction, preparing the transaction agreements, closing and post-closing matters. He is skilled in business planning strategies and the structuring of transactions to accomplish the needs of his clients.

He also conducts a very active real estate practice representing clients with the purchasing, selling and leasing of commercial, professional, industrial and retail properties. He is also experienced in real estate financing.

Mr. Heritage is the President of the Law Firm, Chair of the Business Law & Commercial Transactions Group and a member of both the Firm’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. He has practiced law with the Law Firm during the entirety of his distinguished career. Mr. Heritage was recognized in 2018 and 2019 by dbusiness magazine as one of Metro Detroit’s 500 most powerful business leaders.

Mr. Heritage is active in a number of community and civic organizations. He served on several boards, including his current longstanding service as a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American Red Cross – Michigan Chapter. He has been active as a member of fund raising committees, including serving as the honorary chairman of events for organizations such as Children’s Hospital, Haven House and the American Red Cross.

CONTACT WILLIAM

P  (248) 457-7104
E  wheritage@gmhlaw.com

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EXPERIENCE

Will Heritage concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, healthcare law, business planning and transactions, and real estate law. He has twenty-five years of experience in dealing with complex business and commercial transactions within a broad range of clients and representative industries.

His practice includes representation of small to large privately-held businesses as well as international business clients. Mr. Heritage’s clients are involved in many industry and service segments, including automotive, health care, professional practices, general manufacturing, food products and distribution, capital equipment manufacturing, and consulting. He assists businesses in their formation and counsels them on all corporate law matters including governance issues, contracts, growth through acquisitions and financing. He works with closely-held businesses to develop succession planning and buy-sell agreements. A significant part of Mr. Heritage’s business work includes negotiating and drafting a wide variety of contracts to meet his clients’ needs. Mr. Heritage represents many physicians, dentists and their related professional practices and ancillary business interests, and he is knowledgeable at handling health law matters.

Mr. Heritage’s experience includes many complex business transactions, and he has represented both purchasers and sellers. A representative list of his transaction experience is provided below under Transactions. His representation of merger and acquisition clients covers the entire spectrum of the transaction from initial assessment and planning, drafting letters of intent and conducting due diligence through negotiating the transaction, preparing the transaction agreements, closing and post-closing matters. He is skilled in business planning strategies and the structuring of transactions to accomplish the needs of his clients.

He also conducts a very active real estate practice representing clients with the purchasing, selling and leasing of commercial, professional, industrial and retail properties. He is also experienced in real estate financing.

Mr. Heritage is the President of the Law Firm, Chair of the Business Law & Commercial Transactions Group and a member of both the Firm’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. He has practiced law with the Law Firm during the entirety of his distinguished career. Mr. Heritage was recognized in 2018 and 2019 by dbusiness magazine as one of Metro Detroit’s 500 most powerful business leaders.

Mr. Heritage is active in a number of community and civic organizations. He served on several boards, including his current longstanding service as a member of both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American Red Cross – Michigan Chapter. He has been active as a member of fund raising committees, including serving as the honorary chairman of events for organizations such as Children’s Hospital, Haven House and the American Red Cross.

Practice Areas

•  Mergers & Acqusitions
•  Business Law & Commercial Transactions
•  Automotive
•  Health Care
•  Real Estate
•  Commercial Transactions
•  International Law

EDUCATION

•  Duke University, B.A.
•  Michigan State University College of Law (f/k/a Detroit College of Law), J.D., cum laude

Admitted to Practice

•  Michigan: 1995
•  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan 1995

Memberships

•  American Bar Association – Member of Business Law Section, Health Law and Life Sciences Subsection, Middle Market and Small Business Subsection and Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
•  Michigan Bar Association, Member of Business, Healthcare and Real Estate Law Sections
•  Oakland County Bar Association
•  Law Review, Detroit College of Law – Former Editorial Board Member
•  Legal Issues Council, Original Equipment Supplies Association
•  German American Chamber of Commerce
•  American Red Cross, Member Board of Directors, Member Executive Committee

Transactions
  • Sale of specialty candy and gourmet foods manufacturer and retailer
  • Sale of national food product distribution business
  • Sale of medical consulting and evaluation business
  • Purchases and sales of many medical practices
  • Reorganization and sale of a national distribution business
  • Represent Michigan manufacturer in one of Michigan’s first PACE financing transactions
  • Purchase of an ultra-high speed metal machining business
  • Purchase of a prototype and fabrication business
  • Sale of large multi-office specialty medical practice to private equity buyer
  • Sale of a medical equipment joint venture
  • Sale of urgent care and radiology center
  • Sale of a national pharmaceutical distribution business
  • Purchase of a division of a publicly traded company operated as a Mexican maquiladora and successful negotiation of a multi-year $1,000,000,000 exclusive supply agreement with the seller
  • Merger of wire and cable businesses
  • Sale of a communications and call center business
  • Sale of proprietary media consulting and production company
  • Corporate reorganization of a privately held niche auto supplier and vehicle manufacturer involving mezzanine financing and new investors
  • Divestiture of a privately held metal fabricating company to an investment banking group with subsequent roll-up and initial public offering
  • Sale of precision turning business with multiple facilities
  • Sale of a specialty plastic mold business and Ohio facility
  • Sale of a software development firm to a publicly traded British company
  • Sale of food vending business
  • Purchase of a multi-state food sales and distribution business
  • Purchase of food product manufacturing business
  • Sale of a closely-held oil and lubricant business
  • Sale of specialty aluminum stamping automotive business
  • Purchase and reorganization of German strategic joint venture
  • Sale of capital equipment manufacturer
  • Represent borrowers in numerous sophisticated credit facilities
DESTINCTIONS
  • “AV” Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers in America 2013-2020
  • Michigan Super Lawyer 2011-2020
  • Michigan Rising Stars (Super Lawyers) 2008
  • dbusiness Top Lawyer 2011-2014, 2016-17, 2019
  • Leading Lawyers 2014-2019
  • Recognized as a Top Attorney in Michigan by the New York Times
  • Recognized as one of Metro Detroit’s 500 most powerful business leaders by dbusiness magazine (2018 and 2019)
  • Association for Corporate Growth recognized Kar Nuts Product Company’s acquisition of Sander’s/Morley Candy Makers as the “All Star Deal of the Year Under $50MM” for 2018.
    Mr. Heritage represented Sander’s and Morley Candy Makers.  https://www.dbusiness.com/from-the-magazine/2019-acg-ma-all-stars/
articles

  “Kassab v. Michigan Basic Property Assn: Contract Performance Not Within Civil Rights Act,” 1993 Det. C.L. Rev. 1687 (1993)

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2014-2019

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best lawyers: 2013-2020

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rising stars: 2008

top lawyers: 2011-2014, 2016-17, 2019

2014-2019

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Leading Lawyers
DBusiness Top Lawyers
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Fortune Magazine Top Ranked Law Firms

Contact

P  (248) 457-7000
F  (248) 457-7001
E  contact@gmhlaw.com

Honors

US News Best Lawyers Best Law Firms
Detroit Free Press Top Places to Work
Leading Lawyers
DBusiness Top Lawyers
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed
Fortune Magazine Top Ranked Law Firms

Contact

P  (248) 457-7000
F  (248) 457-7001
E  contact@gmhlaw.com