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Daniel P. Makarski Presented With MDTC President’s Special Recognition Award

 / March 1, 2024

Congratulations to Daniel P. Makarski, Senior Partner at Secrest Wardle’s Troy location, on receiving the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel’s President’s Special Recognition Award in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to civil litigation.

As part of his successful practice of the law for over 50 years, Daniel P. Makarski has earned a solid reputation in alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Makarski is routinely appointed as an arbitrator, case evaluator, facilitator, and mediator in a wide variety of cases involving personal injuries, medical malpractice, as well as property and business disputes.

Mr. Makarski’s stature in the alternative dispute resolution field is recognized statewide and locally. He has been awarded the prestigious Respected Advocate Award from the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association. He has also received the Civility Award from the Macomb County Bar Association and has maintained Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating of “AV” for over 30 years. From 2018 to the present, Mr. Makarski has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©. In 2024, Mr. Makarski received the Best Lawyers® Insurance Law-Troy, Michigan “Lawyer of the Year” Award. “Lawyer of the Year” recognitions are presented to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location.

Mr. Makarski has also been included in dbusiness Magazine’s list of “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit” from 2010-2014, 2016, and 2018 through the present. In 2020, he was listed in the Arbitration and Mediation categories. Mr. Makarski has also been voted by his peers to Super Lawyers Magazine’s list of Michigan Super Lawyers from 2018 through the present in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Makarski has been with Secrest Wardle since 1979. He became a Partner in 1986, and a Senior Partner in 1994. He currently serves as Chair of the Firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Mr. Makarski earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Wayne State University Law School. He also received a Master of Education Degree from Wayne State College of Education and a Bachelor of Philosophy Degree from Wayne State University Monteith College. Mr. Makarski is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


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