Business Law

Providing guidance to small business owners and professionals, including contract reviews, transaction negotiation, litigation, property tax appeals and guiding businesses through the day-to-day issues that arise in today’s complex legal environment.


Litigating issues related to high-end real estate requires experienced professionals who understand the intricacies of sophisticated deal, financing and ownership structures. The attorneys at Nykanen Dorfman not only understand the unique rules and regulations that apply to real estate and secured transactions, but in some cases helped author them.

Education Law

We help parents advocate for educational rights for their special needs child. We have extensive experience negotiating with school officials and can assist you with mediation of disputes, and represent you in all phases of the legal process often involved in special education disputes.

  • Welcome

    Nykanen Dorfman, PLLC, is a full service law firm located in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, Michigan. Our firm has a long-standing reputation for its no-nonsense approach to protecting our clients’ interests in the courtroom, the boardroom, the tribunal, and the classroom. Our clients are viewed as part of the solution and a member of the team in our approach to arriving at a fair and equitable conclusion to the legal issues and proceedings for which we have been retained. Our attorneys will address your legal concerns vigilantly, yet remain cost-conscious and efficient.    

  • David Nykanen

    Attorney David Nykanen provides exceptional skills and vigorous advocacy on behalf of his clients. His representation is backed by almost 20 years of experience in the property tax field, representing the owners of hundreds of properties. His experience and results have been recognized by his peers. Dave is a Council Member of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan. In addition, he is a frequent speaker before legal and trade groups. Dave has written numerous articles about property tax issues. As a result of Mr. Nykanen’s experience, results, and legal writing, he has been recognized by his peers as both a SuperLawyer, and as one of the Best Lawyers in America.

    Dave is a lifelong resident of Michigan, and resides in Farmington Hills with his wife and two children.

  • Michael Dorfman

    Attorney Michael Dorfman is an experienced litigator helping business owners, professionals, partnerships, and individuals protect their interests in an aggressive and professional manner. Mike has represented and defended clients in even the most complex civil cases in state, federal, and appellate courts. He is known and respected for his wide range of knowledge and record of success in the courtroom.  Mike also represents families with students in special education when schools deny legally-entitled services to students.  Mike is often sought out by advocacy groups and educational professionals to speak regarding the application of federal and state Special Education laws.  Mike is often quoted in newspapers, radio, and television regarding his high-profile cases.  Common sense, professionalism, excellent writing skills, and drive are what has made Attorney Mike Dorfman successful in handling the needs of clients in and out of the courtroom. 

Nykanen Dorfman represented the rights of my child with special needs requiring the school to provide the proper education and care that he needs.

Nykanen Dorfman not only aggressively represented my interests in the courtroom, but also helped to restructure my entire corporate operation.

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