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Edward H. Pappas

Chairman Emeritus and Consulting Member
Edward H. Pappas, a consulting member in Dickinson Wright’s Troy office, is a leading business litigator, mediator and arbitrator. He has extensive experience litigating, mediating and arbitrating cases that involve complex business and commercial issues. He is a former President of the State Bar of Michigan and a past recipient of the Roberts P. Hudson Award, the State Bar’s highest honor.

Education & Credentials


University of Michigan

B.B.A, 1969

University of Michigan Law School

J.D., 1973
cum laude

Bar Admission

  • Michigan1973


  • Founders Award, Michigan State Bar Foundation, 2023
  • Roberts P. Hudson Award, State Bar of Michigan’s Highest Award
  • DBusiness Magazine
    • "Top Lawyers," 2014-2021
  • Best Lawyers In America®
    • Commercial, Bet-The-Company and Real Estate Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation 2005-2024
    • "Regional Lawyer of the Year," Mediation, 2013, 2021, 2024
    • "Regional Lawyer of the Year," Arbitration, 2012, 2017, 2020
    • "Regional Lawyer of the Year," Real Estate Litigation, 2014, 2018
    • "Bet-The-Company," Litigation, 2015
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • 2005-2022,2024
  • Michigan Super Lawyers®
    • "Top 100 Lawyers," 2021-2022, 2024 
    • Business Litigation Law, 2006-2022, 2024
    • "Top 10 Lawyers in Michigan," 2008, 2009, 2011-2021
    • "Top Lawyer in Michigan, 2012
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
    • "Top 25 Leaders in the Law," 2009
  • Benchmark Litigation United States
    • "Local Litigation Star," 2008-2021
  • America’s "Top 100 High Stakes Litigators," 2017-2021
  • National Law Journal
    • ADR Champions Trailblazers Award, 2016

Representative Clients

  • Crown Cork & Seal Company
  • Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership
  • Ford Motor Company
  • GKN Sinter Metal
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Jervis B. Webb Company
  • Former Kmart Corporation
  • Federal Mogul LLC
  • Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Park West Galleries

Prominent Assignments

Lead counsel with significant litigation, trial, appellate and arbitration experience in all types of business and commercial cases in federal and state courts.

Obtained an arbitration award of more than Three Million Dollars in a complex construction case after 32 days of hearing.

Obtained a no cause for action (zero damages) arbitration award in defense of a one hundred twenty million dollar Breach of Contract/Business Tort case.

Obtained summary judgment in a trade secret/non-compete case, which judgment was upheld in the Michigan Court of Appeals in the first reported Michigan decision on inevitable disclosure of trade secrets.

Obtained a favorable decision after trial in a complex trade secret/non-compete case.

Obtained a favorable jury verdict in federal court in a complex, commercial products liability lawsuit.

Obtained injunctive relief putting an end to a corporate raid of a competitor's key employees in a complex business tort case.

Obtained permanent injunctive relief after trial enjoining an unauthorized retailer from diverting products from an authorized distribution network, and recovered actual attorney fees.

Obtained a favorable decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit overturning an unfavorable decision of the lower Federal court (handled by different counsel) in a major real estate dispute.

Obtained summary judgment in a Eighty Million Dollar lender liability lawsuit filed in Federal Court.

Obtained summary judgment dismissing a lawsuit for millions of dollars in damages for alleged breach of an agreement to sell an automotive manufacturing plant, which judgment was upheld in the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Successfully defended a credit reporting company (jury verdict) in federal court against a claim that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Obtained summary judgment dismissing two separate lawsuits alleging minority shareholder oppression and fraud claims, which judgment was upheld in the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Successfully mediated approximately 500 civil cases, most of which involve complex business and commercial issues.

Professional Involvement

  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators, Fellow
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Member
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, Member
  • President, Michigan State Bar Foundation, 2018 - Present, Board of Trustees, 2013 - Present (Vice President, 2016-2018)
  • President, State Bar of Michigan, 2008-2009; Board of Commissioners 1999-2009 (Champion of Justice Award, 2011)
  • President, Oakland County Bar Association, 1997-1998 (Board of Directors, 1990-1998; Distinguished Service Award, 1993; Professionalism Award, 2008)
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation and Oakland Bar Foundation, Fellow

Community Involvement

  • Oakland Mediation Center, Board of Trustees, 1996-1996
  • Oakland Livingston Legal Aid, Board of Trustees, 1982-1990 (President, 1985-1987)
  • Oakland Community College, Board of Trustees, 1982-1990
  • American Constitution Society, Board of Directors, 2007-2010
  • Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Board of Directors, 2009-Present


  • Enforcing Arbitration Awards in Michigan, co-author, Practical Law, August 2016
  • The Defend Trade Secrets Act/Trade Secret Protection Act – Finally, Federal Protection for Trade Secrets, Bloomberg BNA’s Corporate Counsel Weekly, October 2014
  • Michigan Business Torts (ICLE), co-author, First Edition 2001; Supplements 1993, 1995, 1997; Second Edition, 2003; Paperback Edition, 2009
  • Trade Secrets: Protection and Remedies (BNA), co-author, 2007 and 2009 Editions
  • Michigan Law of Damages (ICLE), co-author of chapter on Damages Recoverable in Business Tort Cases, September 1989
  • Michigan Causes of Action Formbook (ICLE), co-editor and contributing author, September 1989
  • Frequent speaker and writer on litigation, arbitration and mediation issues
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