Lang, Kathleen A.

Education

Michigan State University

B.A., 1979
  • With Honors

University of Detroit Law School

J.D., 1982
  • With Honors

Bar Admission

Michigan

Kathleen A. Lang

Member

Prominent Assignments

First chair trial attorney who has litigated and tried commercial, product liability, environmental, insurance, intellectual property and class action cases in courts and forums throughout Michigan and the United States.

Lead counsel for Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership in litigation and counseling arising out of a release from an oil pipeline. The litigation includes claims for property damage, personal injury, remediation, and business claims, in state and federal court, including defense of several class actions.

Lead Michigan counsel for The Dow Chemical Company in a putative class action alleging dioxin contamination of property from historic discharge of materials into the Tittabawasee River.

Lead counsel for Ford Motor Company in wide variety of commercial and product liability litigation, as well as dealer litigation and arbitrations, both internationally and throughout the United States.

Lead Michigan counsel for Lorillard Tobacco Company throughout the United States in a series of trademark infringement litigation arising from sale of counterfeit cigarettes. In one of the cases, obtained a published decision from the 6th Circuit establishing the proper standards for preliminary injunctions in trademark litigation, overturning the lower court?s denial of injunctive relief, and directing the trial court to enter a preliminary injunction without further proceedings.

Lead Michigan counsel for Microsoft Corporation in trademark and copyright infringement litigation arising from the sale of counterfeit software and other products. In one of the cases, received a published decision granting summary judgment, including an award of substantial attorney fees, which established standards for liability and damages in infringement cases in the Eastern District of Michigan.

Lead Counsel for MGM Grand Detroit in putative class action filed against all Detroit casinos arising out of proposed private enforcement of disassociated persons list at casinos. Dismissal of case affirmed by Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court.

Lead counsel for MGM Grand Detroit and other Detroit casinos in class action alleging violations of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act in the use and operation of certain types of slot machines. The trial court dismissed the case prior to discovery and the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of claims.

Representative Clients

  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership
  • Ford Credit
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Google
  • Lorillard Tobacco Company
  • Magna International Inc. (and its affiliated companies)
  • Michigan's Largest Health Care Company and Insurance Subsidiaries
  • Microsoft Corporation

Professional Involvement

  • Board of Governors and Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Chair, Commercial Litigation Committee, Defense Research Institute (DRI) 
  • Member, Detroit Bar Association Inns of Court
  • Member, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Intellectual Property Inns of Court
  • Member, Federation of Defense Corporate Counsel
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel 
  • Member, Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education Litigation Advisory Board 
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member of Judicial Task Force Business Impact Committee and Awards Committee
  • Federal Bar Association, selected as Team Leader for New Lawyers' Trial Advocacy Program

Community Involvement

  • Treasurer for multiple candidates running for election for Michigan judicial positions
  • Pro bono representation of several women's shelters and other individuals, including a death row inmate
  • Selected for advisory committee for litigation pending against the State Bar of Michigan

Publications/Presentations

  • DRI Annual Commercial Litigation Seminar, The Virtual Law Firm (2010)
  • Casino Lawyer, "What is the Duty to Preserve Evidence?", Spring 2010
  • Introducing Evidence at Trial (ICLE), editor and contributing author
  • Damages (ICLE), contributing author
  • Michigan Civil Procedure (ICLE); lead editor and contributing author
  • Torts: Michigan Law and Practice (ICLE); contributing author
  • Michigan Causes of Action Formbook (ICLE); contributing author
  • Michigan Statute of Limitations (ICLE); contributing author
  • Compendium on Class Actions (DRI), contributing author
  • Compendium of Trade Secret and Employee Misappropriation Law (DRI), contributing author
  • DRI Annual Commercial Litigation Seminar, The Strategic Use of Motions in Class Actions (2009)
  • General Counsel Leadership Series, The Evolving Role of General Counsel, Leadership in Challenging Times: A Roundtable Discussion (2007)
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Damages in Commercial Litigation (2007)
  • Ethics in Class Actions (June 2005)
  • Member of faculty, Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education Trial Advocacy Program and Deposition Skill Workshop, as well as frequent lecturer for Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education on variety of other substantive and procedure topics

Served as Co-Counsel with Many National Firms, Including:

  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Baker Botts LLP
  • Clifford Chance US LLP
  • DLA Piper US LLP
  • Fish & Richardson
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP 
  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • Hogan & Hartson
  • Jones Day
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • McGuire Woods LLP
  • O'Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP 
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP
  • Thompson Hine LLP
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Acknowledgements

  • 2013 Excellence In Defense Award from the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Listed in Chambers USA
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Defense)
    • Lawyer of the Year 2016- Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers (including identified as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan and one of the Top 25 Women Business Lawyers in Michigan)
  • Identified as Litigation Star in Michigan, Benchmark Litigation, the Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2010 Top 20 Women in Law Award 
  • Member of Board of Governors and Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society
  • Fellow, State Bar of Michigan Foundation