Bruce Thelen is a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC in Detroit, where he chairs the international practice team composed of lawyers from all of the firm's substantive groups.
Mr. Thelen represents clients throughout the world in a wide-ranging practice that includes cross border acquisitions and direct investments, joint ventures and strategic alliances, distribution, marketing and licensing arrangements, cross border debt financing and trade finance, customs and international trade, and international regulatory compliance. Although his practice covers many industries, he has extensive background in the automotive sector. For two years, while remaining a member of Dickinson Wright, he served as in-house international counsel for Chrysler Corporation.
Mr. Thelen has held numerous positions in civic and professional organizations including service as an officer of the International Bar Association and as chair of the Michigan Bar's International Law Section. Since 1995, he has served by appointment of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on the Michigan District Export Council, a private sector advisory body for the Commerce Department's export promotion programs. Mr. Thelen was the founder of the German American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan, the largest in the United States, and was awarded the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) by the President of Federal Republic of Germany in acknowledgement of his work. He is recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer.
Mr. Thelen received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School (1977) and his B.A. with high honors from Michigan State University (1973).