Represented Detroit Public Schools in defending against lawsuits seeking payment of taxes levied without voter approval. The Michigan Court of Appeals had ruled that the taxes were the result of a mutual mistake of fact between the taxpayer and assessor, and thus subject to an extended three-year period of limitations. After granting leave to appeal, the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Detroit Public Schools, resulting in a victory speculated by some media outlets to be worth as much as $250 million. (Briggs Tax Services v. Detroit Public Schools, 485 Mich 69 (2010).)
Represent public school district in circuit court, State Tax Commission, and Michigan Tax Tribunal in a proceeding pursuant to MCL §211.154 to recover tax revenue that had been lost as a result of incorrectly reported/omitted property.
Successfully represented corporation in challenge to applicability of certain tax obligations to property located in a Renaissance Zone. (Lafarge Midwest, Inc. v. City of Detroit, ___ Mich App ____ (Docket No. 289292; Decided October 12, 2010).)
Represented numerous corporate trustees/fiduciaries in various actions alleging violations of Michigan’s prudent investor rule, breach of duty of loyalty, conflict of interest, and/or lack of active management.
Represented university and individual employees in action involving allegations including violations of 42 USC §1983, failure to train/supervise, and conspiracy involving failure to produce potentially exculpatory evidence. Obtained dismissal of certain defendants and claims on motion, and the case subsequently settled.
Represented university and individual employees in action involving allegations of discrimination, defamation, tortuous interference with a contract or expectancy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violation of privacy rights. Plaintiff alleged that he was dismissed from the school for discriminatory/improper reasons; defendants claimed that his dismissal was purely based on his academic performance. The Court granted the defendants’ motion for summary disposition.
Represented corporation in appellate litigation involving interpretation of Michigan single business tax statute.
Represented OEMs and Tier 1 automotive suppliers in supply agreement disputes against subordinate suppliers, including crisis stop-ship situations and claim and delivery actions to recover tooling and materials.
Represented family-owned Tier 1 automotive supplier in a high-stakes wrongful termination case against an OEM.
Represented small business-owner in binding arbitration regarding contract dispute.
Obtain successful resolution in favor of lender accused of misrepresentation, violations of truth in lending and consumer protection acts, and collection practices act.
Draft various motions and otherwise research and analyze legal issues in trial involving claims of misappropriation of trade secrets.
As National Discovery Counsel for automaker, respond to discovery, draft and defend adversarial motions, and assist in trial preparation.
Represent manufacturers in asbestos personal injury claims brought in Michigan.
General experience with pretrial discovery, motion practice, alternative dispute resolution, and other pretrial activities in commercial litigation matters on state and federal levels.
Admitted to practice in Michigan, Illinois, and the District of Columbia.