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Colombo & Colombo

Lawrence F. Raniszeski

Larry has been with the Firm since 1975 and a partner since 1980. He has concentrated his efforts in helping auto dealer associations and generations of auto dealers and their families keep pace with the ever changing needs of this dynamic industry. Among his areas of expertise are Labor and Employment Law where he has conducted numerous seminars over the years on a myriad of subjects ranging from hiring practices, to steps to protect a dealership from labor organization efforts, to compliance with Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Another area of expertise is Family Law, where he has successfully represented clients throughout Michigan to protect their interests. Larry has significant experience in Family Law cases where business assets are involved. Larry can be reached by email at:


Larry, along with Colombo & Colombo attorney Michael O’Shaughnessy, were the prime litigators who won 3 of the Arbitration cases against Chrysler after the bankruptcy. (In total, of the hundreds of cases filed against Chrysler, only 31 were ruled in favor of the dealer.) Larry and Michael also assisted numerous General Motors dealers throughout Michigan in securing the return of their franchises after General Motors initially terminated them as a part of its post-bankruptcy actions. Born in Detroit and currently residing in Troy with his wife, Barbara, Larry proudly served as an Active Duty Vietnam Era Army Veteran before returning to complete Law School and obtain his degree. He worked as a Clerk to one of the Judges of the Michigan Court of Appeals before joining Colombo & Colombo. He is a founding Board member of LEGUS, an International Network of Law Firms which provides services to its clients by establishing a network of qualified firms throughout the country and the world. Larry holds an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded to attorneys by their peers.


J.D. cum laude from the Detroit College of Law

B.S. from Wayne State University

Practice Areas

  • Auto Dealers & Franchising
  • Employment & Labor
  • Employee Benefits
  • Family Law
  • Litigation


Larry is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States; U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; U.S. Tax Court.  He is a member of the DADA, the MADA, the LEGUS International Network of Law Firms, the Oakland Family Law Committee, and the United Way Community Services Volunteer Committee.


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