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As national trial counsel, Daniel P. Dalton concentrates his practice in land use and zoning law.  He frequently litigates, lectures and writes on issues related to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and other land use and zoning matters throughout the United States.


To date, Mr. Dalton has secured the largest settlements in religious land use matters in the States of Texas, Michigan and Illinios.

Mr. Dalton received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University in 1986, his law degree from the University of Detroit, School of Law in 1990 and is a graduate of Class XVI of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Detroit program. He was admitted to practice in the State of Michigan in 1990; the Federal District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in 1992; the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1994, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court in 1995. He is also admitted in the Western District of Michigan, the Western District of Texas, the Central District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Southern District of California, the Southern District of Mississippi, the Central District of California, the Middle District of Florida, the District of Colorado and New Jersey. 


Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 60%
    25 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Business: 20%
    15 years, 700 cases
  3. Banking: 20%
    10 years, 300 cases



Hourly ($390/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Dalton & Tomich plc

719 Griswold Street
Suite 270
Detroit, MI, 48226


MIActive And In Good Standing199011/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 25 AttorneyLawyers Weekly2010
Super-lawyer in Land Use and Zoning 2009-2013West Publishing2009
dBusiness top Michigan Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning 2009 - 2013dBusiness Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding memberDalton & Tomich plc2010 - Present
Founding memberTomkiw Dalton, plc2002 - 2010
AttorneyJohnson Rosati1992 - 2002
law clerk to the Chief Justice of the CourtMichigan Supreme Court1990 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationState and Local Law; Council Member2010 - 2012
Detroit Regional ChamberLeadership Detroit Trustee2010 - 2012
Cabrini ClinicBoard Member2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationReligious land use committee Chair2008 - Present
Society of Non Profit OrganizationsChair2008 - 2010
Society of Non Profit AssociationsChair of Board of Directors2008 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lighthouse Community Church of God v City of Southfield, MichiganAwarded land use and significant damages
House Where Jesus Shines v. City of Bellmead, Tx.Settlement on day of trial
Carlinville Southern Baptist Church v. City of Carlinville, IlliniosSecured use of land and payment of attorney fees
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Publication nameTitleDate
University of Missouri at Kansas City Law ReviewReligious Land Use updates - 2007-20122012
Albany Law ReviewDefining "appropriate relief" under the religious land use and institutionlized persons act2009
American Planning AssociationReligious land use update, 20082009
Urban Law AnnualReligious land use update, 20072008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Detroit Mercy School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Western Michigan UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Michigan Planning Association, annual meetingRLUIPA update2009
American Planning AssociationRepresenting religious entities in land use disputes2009