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   3William H. Heritage IIITroy(248) 457-7104wheritage@gmhlaw.comwheritage@gmhlaw.comGiarmarco Mullins & Horton PCwww.gmhlaw.comwww.gmhlaw.comheritagewilliam.jpgClosely & Privately Held Business LawCorporate Finance LawMergers & Acquisitions LawPublicly Held Corporations LawReal Estate Law: CommercialAutomotive Business PlanningBusiness PlanningHealth Care LawInternational LawMergers and Acquisitions
William H. Heritage IIIwheritage@gmhlaw.com
Giarmarco Mullins & Horton PChttp://www.gmhlaw.com
101 W Big Beaver Rd 10th Fl
Columbia Center
Troy MI 48084
Ph.(248) 457-7104 Fx.(248) 404-6304
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Closely & Privately Held Business Law    Automotive Business Planning
Corporate Finance Law    Business Planning
Mergers & Acquisitions Law     Health Care Law
Publicly Held Corporations Law     International Law
Real Estate Law: Commercial     Mergers and Acquisitions
Advisory Board Member
County:  Oakland
Practice Description:  
Mr. Heritage concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, business formation and planning, corporate law, health care law and real estate law. He has over 17 years of experience in dealing with complex business and commercial transactions within a broad range of industries.

His practice includes representation of small to large privately-held businesses as well as international business clients. Many of his clients are involved in the automotive industry, and other representative client industry segments include health care, information systems, consulting, food products and distribution, and general manufacturing. He assists businesses in their formation and counsels them on all general corporate 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's experience includes many complex business transactions, and he has represented both purchasers and sellers. A representative list of his transaction experience is provided under Selected 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. He is skilled in business planning strategies and the structuring of transactions to accomplish the needs of his clients.

He 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 active in a number of community and civic organizations. He served on several boards, including as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the S.E. Michigan American Red Cross. He has been active as a member of fund raising committees, including events for organizations such as Children's Hospital.


Notable Cases and Results:  
  • Reorganization and sale of a national distribution business

  • Purchase of an ultra-high speed metal machining business

  • Purchase of a prototype and fabrication business

  • Purchases and sales of many medical practices

  • 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 billion exclusive supply agreement with the seller

  • 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

  • Purchase of a multi-state food sales and distribution 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


Bar Admissions:  
Michigan, 1995
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1995


Law School:  Michigan State University of Law (f/k/a Detroit College of Law), J.D.

Law School Honors/Involvement:  Cum laude

Undergraduate School:  Duke University, B.A.

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Bar Association, Member Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
Oakland County Bar Association
Former Editorial Board Memeber, Law Review, Detroit College of Law
Legal Issues Council, Original Equipment Supplies Association
German American Chamber of Commerce

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
U.S. News Best Lawyers in America, 2013
Michigan Super Lawyer, 2011-2012
Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2008
dbusiness magazine, Top Lawyer 2012-2013
Top Attorney in Michigan, The New York Times


Community Involvement:  Board of Directors, American Red Cross, Blood Services, Southeast Michigan

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

Firm Description:  
Founded 39 years ago, Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. ranks as the 12th largest law firm in Michigan. With over 60 attorneys, GMH is a full-service law firm offering our clients a diverse range of capabilities and specialties.


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