Phillips, Daniel J.

Education

University of Michigan

B.A., 2007

Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 2010
  • cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
  • The Wayne Law Review, Senior Articles Editor
  • Board of Governors Distinguished Scholar
  • Silver and Bronze Key Certificates

Bar Admission

Michigan

Daniel J. Phillips

Member

Overview

Experienced litigator in the following substantive areas of law:

  • Commercial Litigation, with particular focus on contract disputes, sale of goods under the Uniform Commercial Code, business tort claims, and noncompetition agreements
  • Automotive Litigation, with particular emphasis on disputes between various tiers of automotive suppliers
  • Financial Services Litigation, with particular experience and expertise representing financial institutions and loan servicers in disputes with borrowers and third-parties, and against consumer protection claims

Prominent Assignments

  • Counsel to Tier I automotive supplier in lawsuit alleging $30 million in damages against supplier of allegedly defective components
  • Counsel to defendant public university in False Claims Act qui tam action alleging over $100 million in damages for federal grant fraud, obtaining full dismissal of claims at the trial court level and ultimately obtaining a published opinion by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals holding that a public university is not a “person” for purposes of the False Claims Act
  • Counsel to purchaser of information technology company in arbitration against seller, obtaining favorable claimant’s verdict and defense verdict of “no cause of action” in response to seller’s counterclaim
  • Counsel to leading national savings bank in portfolio of recourse actions against mortgage loan originators, obtaining judgments and favorable settlements in excess of $8 million
  • Counsel to magazine publisher in action alleging publication of false and defamatory information, resulting in dismissal of all claims
  • Counsel for out-of-state insurer in action involving claim for benefits under ERISA, obtaining summary judgment for insurer
  • Counsel for advertising publisher in actions involving enforcing contracts and defending against contract and business tort claims
  • Counsel for fortune five hundred company in actions involving recovery of collateral through negotiated settlements and judgments obtained in state courts
  • Counsel for Michigan school district in negotiation of contracts with food and transportation vendors
  • Counsel to mortgage loan servicers and banking institutions in state and federal actions asserting claims relative to mortgage foreclosure
  • Counsel to corporate clients on issues relative to class actions pending in state and federal courts.

Representative Clients

  • Upper Peninsula Concrete Pipe Company
  • Upper Peninsula Rubber Company
  • Skradski Family Funeral Homes
  • Meritor, Inc.
  • Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
  • Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership
  • Seterus, Inc.
  • Truman Capital Advisors
  • Flagstar Bank, FSB
  • Citizens Bank, N.A.

Professional Involvement

  • Board Member and Co-Chair, Charitable Committee, Detroit Bar Association Barristers Board
  • State Bar of Michigan, Character and Fitness Committee (District H)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Detroit Catholic Central High School Alumni Association

Publications/Presentations

  • Co-author, “Injunction Junction: Where the Real Battle is Won,” DRI Commercial Litigation Seminar Paper (April 2011).
  • Contributed to Michigan Business Torts, Ch. 3, “Covenants Not to Compete,” Edward H. Papas, Thomas G. McNeill, and Daniel D. Quick (ICLE 2009).
  • The Role of Discovery in Workers' Compensation Proceedings in Michigan: An Analysis of Stokes v. Chrysler, LLC, 55 Wayne L. Rev. 1155 (2009).

Experience

  • United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, Civil Division, Student Intern, Winter 2009.
  • Dickinson Wright PLLC, Summer Associate 2009.
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Acknowledgements

  • Recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016