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Education

Western Michigan University

B.S., Psychology and Sociology, 2005
  • summa cum laude
  • Dean's List: 2001-2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society: Inducted 2005

Wayne State University

J.D., 2009
  • magna cum laude
  • The Wayne Law Review, Assistant Editor 2007-2008
  • Dean's Scholar, Lombard Fellow, Silver Key Recipient

Bar Admission

Michigan

Benjamin M. Sobczak

Member

Prominent Assignments

Drafted 100+ pages of briefing in support of, and took lead argument before the Eastern District of Michigan concerning, motion to dismiss a $70 million securities fraud lawsuit stemming from a private equity firm’s purchase of a major tier-two auto supplier.

Lead counsel in a bench trial requiring the direct examination of three adverse witnesses without the benefit of prior discovery which resulted in a favorable verdict including fees and costs based on a showing that the opposing party’s defense was frivolous.

Strategized and briefed response in opposition to class certification in a national class action alleging product liability and breach of warranty claims regarding 54 million units purportedly causing damages estimated around $11 billion.

Successfully drafted an application for leave to appeal causing the Michigan Supreme Court to peremptorily vacate the Court of Appeals affirmance of the lower court’s opinion concerning the interpretation of a personal guarantee.

Planned, researched and drafted oppositions to class certification in multi-million dollar national class action predicated upon ERISA notice and appeal right violations.

Managed exhibits, drafted bench briefs, crafted lead counsel’s closing argument and reviewed daily transcripts as a defense team member for Michigan’s largest insurance company in multi-million dollar breach of contract and tortious interference litigation culminating in a 10-day jury trial.

Managed document production in national products liability class action against a Fortune 500 company which required application of the joint defense doctrine and analysis of the standards by which the court would evaluate the sufficiency of a privilege log.

Successfully argued before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in a pro bono prisoner civil rights case turning on the defendants’ asserted entitlement to governmental immunity.

Advised on regulatory requirements and oversaw application process regarding prospective medical marijuana cultivator’s efforts to obtain one of twelve 25,000 sq. ft. cultivation licenses available in the State of Ohio.

Representative Clients

  • AIG
  • AT&T
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • BDO Seidman, LLP
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Electric Company
  • Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership
  • HSBC Financial Services, Inc.
  • Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • William Beaumont Hospital
  • PNC Bank
  • UGM Recordings, Inc.

Professional Involvement

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association

Publications/Presentations

  • The Sixth Circuit's Doctrine of Consent Once Removed: Contraband, Informants and Fourth Amendment Reasonableness, 54 WAYNE L. REV. 889 (2008)