Religious Land Use and Zoning Leaders

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Zana Tomich

Zana Tomich supports religious and nonprofit organizations facing governance issues and other significant legal matters, frequently incorporating relevant experience in business law and banking law. Her expertise has been invaluable in several cases involving religious land use and zoning issues, including Lighthouse Community Church vs. City of Southfield, Michigan; the House Where Jesus Shines v. City of Bellemead, Texas; and Carlinville Southern Baptist Church v. City of Carlinville, Illinois.

She regularly counsels corporations, limited liability companies and nonprofit organizations in business planning, operational and contractual matters. Zana also has experience in advising churches and other nonprofit organizations in church mergers, disaffiliations, employment-related matters including FLSA compliance issues and disability accommodation requirements. She has successfully negotiated and drafted employment agreements, in addition to assisting employers in drafting and revising employment policies and handbooks.

A founding member of Dalton & Tomich, PLC, Zana is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School (J.D., cum laude) and University of Michigan (B.A., with distinction). She is admitted to practice in the United States District Court – Eastern Division of Michigan, United States District Court – Western Division of Michigan, United States District Court – Northern Division of Illinois, United States Bankruptcy Court – Middle District of Florida.

Zana currently sits on the Henry Ford Health System Hospice Council of Advisors and Board of Directors of the East Michigan Chapter of the Risk Management Association. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, Turnaround Management Association and the Oakland County Bar Association. Zana has been named one of 20 Up & Coming Lawyers by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2011; a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers from 2010 – 2013; Top Women Attorneys in Michigan 2014, Hour Detroit; and is a Graduate of Leadership Detroit XXXII.

Professional Activity:

  • Named one of 20 Up & Coming Lawyers by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2011.
  • Named a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers from 2010 - 2013.
  • Top Women Attorneys in Michigan 2014, Hour Detroit
  • Graduate of Leadership Detroit XXXII.
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Risk Management Association
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Advisory Council of Henry Ford Health System Hospice and SandCastles
  • Leadership Detroit Class of XXXII (2010-2011)
  • Worked directly with consumer loss mitigation VP of $800 million asset size community bank to clear hundreds of defaulted loans obtained during FDIC acquisition through litigation, foreclosure and workout processes.
  • Assisted in employing best practices, integrated through weekly meetings, to guide community banks through state and federal regulations in aftermath of the Great Recession.
  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of assets of 60 year-old Michigan creative and design powerhouse.
  • Successfully represented seller in disposition of real property and business in economically depressed Monroe County, Michigan.
  • Serves as local counsel to out of state real estate developer in acquisition and disposition of real estate investment properties.
  • Serves as outside general counsel to a Michigan community bank reviewing key agreements to ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines.
  • Accomplished complex merger of two Unitarian churches.
  • Serves as outside General Counsel to a company specializing in e-commerce website with $10 Million annual revenues.
  • Serves as local counsel to several California denominational credit unions, achieving workouts of sensitive loans to churches.
  • Assisted several purchasers in the acquisition of dental practice assets and billings, navigated the purchase of accounts receivable and insurance proceeds to successful resolution.