Dingeman Dancer

W. Dane Carey

Dane Carey joined Dingeman & Dancer in 2015. He represents businesses and individuals in transactional matters and handles all aspects of litigation. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and corporate law, real estate and development, environmental and municipal law, as well as succession planning and asset management for businesses and individuals.  

Mr. Carey has significant experience in matters involving businesses, contracts, and civil litigation. He is involved in a wide variety of litigation dealing with commercial disputes, property actions, civil rights claims, employment law, and other complex civil matters. Although based in the Traverse City area, he represents clients throughout the State of Michigan and in Federal Courts.

In recognition of his dedicated and successful work on behalf of clients, Mr. Carey was selected as a "Rising Star" in Michigan's Super Lawyers publication for 2017, 2018, and 2019Rising Stars are attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or those who have practiced for ten years or less. Only 2.5 percent of Michigan lawyers are named to this list every year.

In addition to his work for Dingeman & Dancer, Dane is also actively involved with the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association, where he was a former member of the Board of Governors and Committee Chair of the Young Lawyers Association.

Mr. Carey received his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law. While in law school, he served as an Associate Editor of the Michigan State Law Review, received a full-tuition merit scholarship, and authored an article that was published in an academic law journal and later cited in a U.S. Supreme Court brief. Dane's article offered a completely novel application of U.S. Constitutional law as a basis for invalidating the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. This argument received tremendous praise in the legal community and was ultimately adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court in its recent landmark decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, which overturned the federal ban on sports gambling.

While attending law school, Mr. Carey also obtained his MBA in the joint JD/MBA dual-degree program at Michigan State University. Prior to law school, he attended Kalamazoo College, where he played on both the men’s soccer and basketball teams and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. 

Dane is a northern Michigan native. Before joining the firm, he completed an internship at the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and served as a law clerk for the Hon. Michael J. Baumgartner, former Chief Circuit Judge for the 34th Circuit Court of Michigan. He also worked as a summer associate for a large, well-regarded law firm in the Detroit area and as a summer law clerk at another Northern Michigan firm. 

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100 N. Park Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Ph. 231-929-0500
Fax 231-929-0504

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  • J.D., magna cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law, 2015
  • M.B.A., Finance, Michigan State University, 2015
  • B.A., cum laude, Kalamazoo College, 2011

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Court