Education

Villanova University

B.A., 1989
  • cum laude
  • Double Major

University of Notre Dame Law School

J.D., 1996
  • Saint Athanatius Debating Society
  • Hispanic Law Students Association
  • Military Law Students Association

Bar Admission

Michigan

1996

Edward P. Perdue

Member

Prominent Assignments

Obtained $3 million judgment on counterclaim after 2012 trial in commercial case involving extended automotive warranty industry.

Lead Michigan counsel for national retail pharmacy in class action litigation pending in Kent County, Michigan. Dismissal upheld by Michigan Supreme Court in 2014.

Defended numerous railroad accident cases including death, disability and extensive destruction of personal property. 

Tried extensive number of civil trials as assistant city/township attorney for cities of Lowell, Rockford, Hudsonville and multiple townships in Southwestern Michigan.

Defended wide and varied array of insurance defense actions in medical, ERISA, automotive and industrial contexts.

Caused dismissal of civil rights class action brought against national auto rental company in Wayne County Circuit Court (Detroit) based upon failure of class counsel to serve proper class notice to her own clients.

Settled claim in federal court against national banking client based on alleged mishandling of depository funds for nuisance value during jury deliberations.

Forced extremely favorable settlement in $67 million automotive sales dispute involving frame assembly system productivity, computer production modeling and nation wide discovery.

Obtained swift return of 100% of funds embezzled from Michigan based publishing company client by bookkeeper.

Successfully defended federal action against automotive paint manufacturer based on allegations of misrepresentation and breach of contract relating to closure of an authorized distributorship.

Compelled judicial closure of million tire storage facility and junk yard for municipal client after bench trial in Berrien County in case tried on nuisance and zoning theories.

Representative Clients

  • Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership
  • FCA US LLC
  • CSX Transportation, Inc.
  • Budget Rent-A-Car
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • E.I. du pont Nemours and Company
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.
  • J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
  • Starbucks Corporation
  • Target Corporation
  • Wells Fargo, N.A.

Professional Involvement

  • Founder and Acting President, Grand Rapids Veterans Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) Board - Regional Director Central Region
  • DRI, Chair Emeritus of Veterans’ Network Committee
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Michigan Defense Trial Council, Regional DRI Representative
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association (GRBA) Board of Trustees, Former Member
  • Former Firm Management Representative to GRBA Diversity Initiative

Community Involvement

  • Mock Trial Coach, Catholic Central High School, Grand Rapids
  • United States Field Artillery Association
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • University of Notre Dame Alumni Association of Grand Rapids, Former Board Member
  • Former Football and Basketball Coach, St. Thomas the Apostle School
  • Kent County Veterans' Affairs Committee, Former Member 
  • Kent County Veterans Trust Fund Committee, Former Member  

Publications/Presentations

  • "Channeling Your Inner Napoleon – Applying the Principles of War to Your Litigation Campaigns," MDTC Quarterly, April 2014
  • Panelist, Responding to Workplace Embezzlement and Asset Misappropriation a Legal and Forensic Accounting Guide, Michigan Defense Trial Council Seminar, September 2010; Article Published January 2011, MDTC Quarterly
  • "Internet-Related Litigation Update: Online Terms and Conditions and Personal Jurisdiction Through Online Contacts," Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly, July 2010
  • Moderator, Use of Financial Experts in Commercial Litigation, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Winter Conference, November 2009
  • Enforceability of Agreements to Arbitrate ERISA Claims, Mich. Def. Q., April 2007
  • Presentation at the National Business Institute: Document Retention Policies and Considerations - Fundamentals of Effective Development and Implementation (2006)
  • Michigan Securities Law, in Michigan Business Torts 9 (2d ed. 2003)
  • Winning the Battle of the Forms, MiBiz West: MiBiz Southwest, September 2003

EXPERIENCE

  • Officer, United States Marine Corps, 1989-1997
    • Navy Achievement Medal for service as forward observer in Northern Iraq and in Mediterranean Sea
    • Awarded New York State Conspicuous Service Cross for service in Operations Desert Shield and Provide Comfort
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Acknowledgements

  • 2014, DRI State Leadership Award
  • 2015, DRI Veteran's Network Meritorious Service Award