Dean and Professor of Law
- Room: 202
- Telephone: 313-596-0210
- J.D. with distinction University of Michigan ’64
- B.A. Yale University '61
Dean Semple joined the UDM School of Law faculty as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in 2004, teaching courses in Corporate Law and Business Transactions. He was appointed Dean in April 2009.
Before joining the UDM faculty, Dean Semple practiced corporate law with the Detroit-based law firm of Dykema Gossett for more than 40 years. He served as outside counsel for several Michigan-based business enterprises, primarily in the health care and automotive industries, and as securities and bond counsel for several Michigan-based health care institutions. Mr. Semple retired from Dykema Gossett in July of 2004, although he remains affiliated with the title of Chairman Emeritus.
Mr. Semple was Chairman and CEO of Dykema Gossett from September 1995 through April 2002. Prior to that time, he served for many years on the Executive Committee and as Dykema’s Corporate Finance Practice Group Leader. He has also served as a director and officer of several prominent public and closely held businesses in Michigan and elsewhere.