Clifford J. De Vine

Of Counsel
Detroit | P 313 225 7081 | F 313 225 7080

Clifford J. De Vine is Of Counsel and practices in Butzel Long's Detroit office. He concentrates his practice on commercial litigation, construction litigation, arbitration, and mediation.

Mr. De Vine has over thirty-five years of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in the construction industry. He primarily represents sub and specialty contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, owners, developers, public agencies, architects, engineers, designers, and general contractors involved in public and private projects. Mr. De Vine has also advised on general corporate law matters.

With over twenty-five years of experience as a sole arbitrator and chairman of three arbitrator panels involving complex construction projects with values up to $100 million, Mr. De Vine is an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association's Construction and Commercial Panels, a case evaluator for the Wayne County Circuit Court, a mediator for the Oakland County Circuit Court, and a volunteer mediator at the Wayne County Mediation Center. He has arbitrated construction projects involving public and private jobs, museums, office buildings, medical facilities, apartment buildings and residential structures. Mr. De Vine has overseen arbitrations relating to issues such as delay/disruption claims and defective work claims involving all aspects of construction. He is also Chairman of a Hearing Panel for the State Bar of Michigan's Attorney Discipline Board.

Mr. De Vine has written numerous articles concerning construction-related matters, including "Expert Opinions and the Work-Product Privilege," Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring 2005; "Michigan Builder's Trust Fund Act Revisited: Is a Supplier a Subcontractor/Trustee," Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 26, No. 2, Summer 1999 (co-author); "Recovery of Consequential Damages and Delay/Disruption Damages from Payment Bond Sureties," Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer 1993; "Problem Loans in Michigan," NBI, February 1990; "Homeward Bound Series, Construction Liens and Bonds," State Bar of Michigan Real Property Section, November 1989 (co-lecturer and author); "Analysis of Construction Subcontract Agreements," Michigan Real Property Review, Vol 16, No. 2, Summer 1989; "Analysis of Priority Claims Under the Michigan Builders Trust Fund Act in the Bankruptcy Setting," Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 13, No. 2, Summer 1986; "Alternative Theories for Recovery of Construction Claims," Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 12, No. 3, Fall 1986; and "Competing Priority Claims Under the Michigan Builders Trust Fund Act, "Michigan Real Property Review, Vol. 10, No. 2, Summer 1983 (co-author).

Mr. De Vine is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., with honors), 1974, and of the Detroit College of Law (J.D., 1977, now known as the Michigan State University College of Law). He is licensed to practice in Michigan and in Florida. Mr. De Vine is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan's Real Property Section (Construction Law Subcommittee), and Scribes, the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects.

  • University of Michigan Undergraduate 1974, B.A.
  • Detroit College of Law Law School 1977, J.D.

The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2015-2017

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Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2013-2016

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  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Tax Court
  • Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Michigan

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Section, Litigation Section, Master Lawyers Section

American Arbitration Association

Scribes, the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects