Daniel J. Dingeman

Daniel Dingeman

Daniel J. Dingeman is a native of Traverse City who brings the added benefit of significant local contacts and perspectives that can only be acquired by generations of local knowledge and relationships. In 1990, he started the law firm that became Dingeman & Dancer, PLC.

Mr. Dingeman is a transactional attorney practicing in the areas of land use, development, financing and zoning matters, cottage and vacation home succession planning and implementation, business matters, health care, estate planning, Trust and Probate Administration and Litigation, wealth transfer planning, and oil and gas law. Mr. Dingeman has represented ambulatory surgery centers, physician hospital organizations, physicians, physician practices, practice purchase and sales matters, technology and employment agreements, health care organizations, and physician organizations.

For decades, Mr. Dingeman provided general legal counsel to a business that has become the community’s largest privately owned employer, assisting in corporate structure, expansion, national/international business operations and new business opportunity assessment. He oversaw all aspects of the business’s 100,000 square foot-plus downtown “campus” expansion, including successfully navigating through politically polarizing anti-growth/pro-growth debates, obtaining tax increment financing, brownfield remediation, Community Development Block Grants, and Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credits by working with all levels of government from local city commissions to the governor’s office.

In addition, Mr. Dingeman has provided legal counsel to some of the most significant developments in Northern Michigan. He represents numerous individuals and businesses in the development, sale, and exchange of real and personal property. He also has extensive experience in tax-deferred exchanges, commercial real estate finance and collateralization, challenges of tax assessments, property tax appeals and zoning matters, as well as site condominium development.

Mr. Dingeman has represented many commercial bank trust departments and individual clients in a wide range of complex estate litigation and planning matters, including estate and wealth transfer planning for traditional as well as non-traditional families and second marriages; planning for high net worth individuals, including pre-nuptial agreements and high net worth individuals’ divorces; planning for disabled and special needs individuals; trust administration; will and trust contests; and fiduciary representation.

Individually, Mr. Dingeman has also been an active real estate developer of residential subdivisions, condominiums, motels, single-tenant retail centers, shopping centers and office buildings in Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio and Florida.


Traverse City Office
100 Park Street
Traverse City
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J.D., University of Detroit Law School, 1986
B.A., George Washington University, 1983
University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, 1984
Oxford University, Oxford, England, 1985

Bar & Court Admissions

State Bar of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Community Involvement

  • Father Fred Foundation – a nonprofit organization providing food, shelter, clothing and utilities to the region’s underprivileged and homeless citizens
    • Co-founder (1989), Board Member and Officer (1989 to present)
  • Down Syndrome Association of Northern Michigan
    • Co-founder (1990)
  • Northern Michigan Planned Giving Council
    • Co-founder (1998) and Board Member (1998 to 2001)
  • Grand Traverse Area Community Living Management Corporation
    • Board Member (2007)
  • Traverse Area Developers Organization
    • Chairman (2009)


  • American Bar Association
    • Health Care Law Section
    • Dispute Resolution Section
    • Family Law Section
    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
    • Law Practice Management
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Real Property Law Section (Zoning and Land Use Committee)
    • Business Law Section
    • Health Care Law Section
    • Probate and Estate Planning Section
    • Family Law Section
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Certified Mediator with the Conflict Resolution Service