John W. Bryant (Retired)
John Bryant recently retired with over 40 years of experience as a business litigator and adviser to corporations engaged in transportation, manufacturing and international trade. Prior to retiring, he handled numerous complex litigation projects in state and federal courts, and wrote over 200 trial and appellate briefs.
John was nationally recognized for his expertise in transportation and administrative agency law. He served as a founding member of the Firm’s Transportation and Logistics Law Group and was a frequent speaker at transportation industry seminars. He was involved in three United States Supreme Court cases of major importance to the transportation industry: Square D Co. v. Niagara Frontier Tariff Bureau, Inc., 476 U.S. 409, Maislin Industries, U.S., Inc. v. Primary Steel, Inc. 497 U.S. 116, and most recently, Yellow Transportation v. Michigan, 537 U.S. 36, in which he represented motor carrier interests in their successful efforts to retain a uniform national interstate motor carrier fee system. He remains in regular contact with his former colleagues in the Transportation and Logistics Law Group.
In serving his transportation law clients, John also had substantial experience dealing with the bankruptcies or financial reorganizations of their customers or suppliers. He wrote papers and presented articles on obtaining critical supplier status or other preferred positions in major corporate bankruptcies. He also defended preference claims, pursued setoff remedies, and defended corporations in bankruptcy adversary proceedings. Between 2010 and 2015, he successfully defended actions brought by bankruptcy trustees against motor carriers in five separate proceedings, each of which involved risks of over $1 million.
John served as President of Dean & Fulkerson from 2009 to 2011 and as Executive Vice President from 2005 to 2009.
Honors & Awards
- Named Michigan “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics® for Transportation/Maritime Law (2006-2015)
- Listed as one of the "Top Lawyers in 2010" by dbusiness Business Journal
- AV-rated, Martindale Hubbell Law Directory. For over 100 years, Martindale Hubbell has published peer review ratings for attorneys. An AV rating is a combination of the Legal Ability Rating (“A” from very high to preeminent) and the General Ethical Standards Rating (“V” very high).