Zana Tomich

Zana Tomich is a Detroit business attorney who has been helping businesses nearly her whole life. As an integral part of her family’s restaurant, operating for nearly four decades, she developed the business mindset early on in life. Today she advises creative companies, financial institutions, restaurants and other emerging businesses on a wide range of issues. Her work has earned her recognition as one of Michigan’s Top Women Attorneys, and she has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star and a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyer.

A founding partner of Dalton & Tomich, PLC, Zana frequently serves in the role of general counsel to her clients, advising on varied subject matter including the following. More information is available at dtbusinesslaw.com.

business formation, including organizational documents such as shareholder agreements
employment issues
securing funding
negotiation of contracts, including leases and vendor agreements
acquisitions and mergers
selling or otherwise disposing of assets
succession planning

The attentiveness, deep understanding of clients’ businesses and pragmatic approach Zana brings to every new collaboration frequently allows her clients to avoid issues altogether. Most importantly, it frees them to focus on their creative work.

For these clients and others, Zana also brings particular experience in banking and real estate matters. She frequently works with lenders during the loan origination process; in achieving workouts, foreclosures, and short sales; and in negotiating forbearance agreements. She also assists clients in all aspects of real estate transactions, including the financing, development, sale and leasing of commercial properties. Her expertise has been featured in publications such as AdWeek (and Michigan Banker).

Zana graduated from Wayne State University Law School (J.D., cum laude) and the University of Michigan (B.A., with distinction). She is a proud graduate of Leadership Detroit XXXII, a selective leadership program aimed at identifying future leaders of the city.

Zana serves on the Henry Ford Hospice SandCastles Counsel of Advisors and the Detroit Athletic Club Community Outreach Committee.  She is also a member of the American Bar Association.

Zana lives in Beverly Hills, Michigan with her husband and two daughters. A self-described foodie, in her downtime, Zana enjoys exploring Detroit’s culinary scene, practicing Pilates, and trying to master her serve in tennis.

Professional Activity:

  • Named one of 20 Up & Coming Lawyers by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2011.
  • Named a Rising Star by Michigan Super Lawyers from 2010 - 2013.
  • Top Women Attorneys in Michigan 2014, Hour Detroit.
  • Graduate of Leadership Detroit XXXII.
  • Profiled in Detroit Legal News in April 2020.
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Risk Management Association
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Advisory Council of Henry Ford Health System Hospice and SandCastles
  • Leadership Detroit Class of XXXII (2010-2011)
  • Worked directly with consumer loss mitigation VP of $800 million asset size community bank to clear hundreds of defaulted loans obtained during FDIC acquisition through litigation, foreclosure and workout processes.
  • Assisted in employing best practices, integrated through weekly meetings, to guide community banks through state and federal regulations in aftermath of the Great Recession.
  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of assets of 60 year-old Michigan creative and design powerhouse.
  • Successfully represented seller in disposition of real property and business in economically depressed Monroe County, Michigan.
  • Serves as local counsel to out of state real estate developer in acquisition and disposition of real estate investment properties.
  • Serves as outside general counsel to a Michigan community bank reviewing key agreements to ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines.
  • Accomplished complex merger of two Unitarian churches.
  • Serves as outside General Counsel to a company specializing in e-commerce website with $10 Million annual revenues.
  • Serves as local counsel to several California denominational credit unions, achieving workouts of sensitive loans to churches.
  • Assisted several purchasers in the acquisition of dental practice assets and billings, navigated the purchase of accounts receivable and insurance proceeds to successful resolution.