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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

Tried a one-day bench trial requiring direct examination of three adverse witnesses without the benefit of prior discovery and achieved a favorable verdict which included an award of fees and costs based on a showing that the opposing party’s defense was frivolous.

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.

Planned, researched and drafted oppositions to class certification in multi-million dollar national class action litigation predicated on ERISA notice and appeal right violations and products liability claims.

Planned, researched, and drafted Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals briefing challenging an unfavorable district court decision exposing the client to millions of dollars in liability for purported ERISA fiduciary duty violations.

Managed exhibits, drafted bench briefs, crafted 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.

Researched and briefed dispositive and appellate motions in mortgage foreclosure litigation based upon a controversial Michigan Court of Appeal’s decision which threatened to invalidate thousands of foreclosures in the state of Michigan.

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.

Reviewed, analyzed and summarized hundreds of hours of undercover F.B.I. wiretap recordings on behalf of an international arms dealer defendant in the largest white collar crime sting in the history of federal law enforcement.      

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)