Alamo, Michelle L.

Education

Kettering University

B.S.E.E., 1993

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

J.D., 1999
  • Summa Cum Laude

Bar Admission

Michigan

Michelle L. Alamo

Member

Prominent Assignments

Responsible for managing Federal docket of ERISA breach of fiduciary duty cases for a major insurance company, as well as two class actions involving similar claims which were ultimately dismissed during the early stage of litigation – one on a successful motion to dismiss and the other voluntarily after discovery closed.

Key member of criminal antitrust investigation defense team for Japanese automobile supplier. 

Lead counsel for Walter Toebe Construction Company in AAA Arbitration stemming from unpaid contract balance on Federal construction project, resulting in Final Arbitration Award in favor of Walter Toebe, which was ultimately confirmed by the Circuit Court when challenged by the Defendant.

Second chair for Federal-Mogul Corporation in two International Trade Commission (ITC) patent infringement trials involving claims of illegal importation of wiper products. Obtained an initial determination of infringement in favor of Federal-Mogul in one matter before both matters were settled favorably to Federal-Mogul following trial in the second matter.

Co-Counsel for Federal-Mogul Motorparts Division against a Canadian competitor in relation to patent infringement, product disparagement, and trade dress claims in both Federal court and ITC.

Co-lead counsel in successful defense of RICO claim brought by an insured stemming from the denial of Worker’s Compensation benefits. Case was dismissed on early 12(b)(6) motion without having to engage in costly discovery.

Member of litigation team for AT&T Mobility LLC in patent infringement action in the Eastern District of Texas involving the routing of wireless E911 calls. Succeeded in obtaining very favorable claim construction ruling that led to quick resolution of case.

Member of litigation team for AT&T Mobility LLC in patent infringement matter in the District of Delaware involving the sale of digital content, such as ringtones, over the Internet.

Member of litigation team for Federal-Mogul Corporation in patent infringement action in the Eastern District of Michigan involving friction-welded steel pistons.

Lead counsel for Ford Motor Company in supplier defamation and tortious interference case. Succeeded in obtaining summary disposition of all claims in pending circuit court action and related arbitration.

Member of trial team for Ford Motor Company in multi-million dollar contract action resulting in no cause of action following four week arbitration, affirmed on appeal. Responsibilities included discovery, witness examination, and legal briefing.

Co-counsel for ArvinMeritor Inc. in multi-million dollar breach of warranty action to recoup costs related to defective tie rod assemblies. Successfully settled matter on behalf of ArvinMeritor after discovery and without protracted litigation.

Counsel for Walter Toebe Construction Company in million dollar construction delay case against MDOT involving the Davison Freeway. Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of Walter Toebe following deposition of MDOT's key project personnel.

Member of trial team for Ford Motor Company in billion dollar supplier action with RICO and antitrust claims. Responsibilities included discovery, expert witness supervision, and drafting and argument of dispositive and discovery motions, which ultimately led to complete dismissal of all claims against Ford.

Co-counsel for Federal-Mogul in supplier breach of warranty and trade secret case. Successfully obtained voluntary dismissal of trade secret claim following opponent's corporate deposition.

Co-counsel for Walter Toebe Construction Company on construction delay claim against steel supplier on Gateway 4 Project. Matter was settled in Walter Toebe's favor following key corporate representative depositions.

Representative Clients

  • AT&T Mobility LLC
  • BMW
  • Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership
  • Federal-Mogul Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Meritor, Inc.
  • Usui Kokusai Sangyo Kaisha, Ltd
  • Walter Toebe Construction Company

Professional Involvement

  • Chair, Intellectual Property Committee, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Member, DRI Commercial Litigation Committee
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan, Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation Committees
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Member, American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Committee
  • Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Delegate 

Publications/Presentations

  • “Leveling the Playing Field? Michigan’s Bad Faith Patent Infringement Claims Act,” DRI Intellectual Property Committee Community Blog, September 17, 2014
  • Introducing Evidence at Trial,(ICLE), 3rd Ed., contributing author
  • "Cumulative Impact Claims", Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Co-Presenter, Breakfast Roundtable.
  • Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education,Faculty Member, Deposition Skills Workshop

Experience

  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Patrick J. Duggan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1999-2001

Served as Co-Counsel with National Firms, including:

  • Baker Botts LLP
  • Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
  • Hunton & Williams
  • Koga and Partners (Japan)
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
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Acknowledgements

  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America, 21st Edition, Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • DBusiness 2015 Top Lawyer, Litigation - Intellectual Property 
  • The Top Women Attorneys in Michigan, Hour Detroit, Business Litigation
  • 2015 Benchmark Litigation, Future Star
  • Ironman Wisconsin 2014 Finisher