Robert P Zora

Robert P. Zora

Member

Robert P. Zora joined Dickinson Wright in 2012 and is a Member in the firm’s commercial litigation practice. With a focus on shareholder disputes, business torts, and business breakups resulting in litigation, Mr. Zora has broad and extensive experience counseling clients through various complex business disputes, breach of contract matters, shareholder oppression actions, real estate disputes, trade secret and non-competition issues, antitrust and trade regulation issues, and consumer protection lawsuits. He has successfully represented Fortune 500 companies, close corporations, and individuals alike in complex commercial litigation in a number of federal and state trial courts, and has been recognized as a dBusiness Top Lawyer in commercial litigation.  

Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, Mr. Zora served as law clerk to the Honorable Sean F. Cox of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan from 2010-2012.

Education & Credentials

Education

University of Michigan

B.A., 2007

Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 2010
  • cum laude
  • The Wayne Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Bronze Key Recipient

Bar Admission

  • Michigan

Representative Clients

  • AT&T
  • Ally Financial, Inc.
  • Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership
  • Google
  • Oakland County

Prominent Assignments

  • As lead counsel for worldwide distributor of goods in an action for breach of contract and various business torts, obtained complete dismissal of all claims asserted by buyer of goods.
  • As lead counsel for Fortune 500 telecommunications company in a breach of contract case, obtained complete dismissal of all claims brought by real estate company and management company for client’s use of easement. 
  • Successfully represented shareholder in shareholder oppression lawsuit against principal of national real estate company, resulting in a nine-figure settlement.
  • Represented minority shareholder in prosecuting breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract claims against international government contractor, resulting in a favorable, multi-million dollar settlement.
  • Member of trial team that successfully represented Fortune 500 company against a property owner on issues regarding public utility easement use, preventing negative precedential outcome relating to the company’s statewide use of public easements.
  • As lead counsel in an action against online startup, successfully obtained complete dismissal of all claims on summary disposition, including claims for shareholder oppression, breach of contract and fraudulent concealment.
  • Defended private equity management firm in dispute with former business partners and their subsequent businesses. Successfully obtained dismissal of 12 count complaint alleging violations of the Lanham Act and various other commercial claims, which was affirmed on appeal by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Counseled and represented commercial landlords in resolving leasehold disputes, including in complex, contested litigation related to commercial leases.
  • Successfully represented insulation dealer from claims of price-fixing and collusion by a manufacturer, including obtaining a speedy dismissal of all claims prior to discovery.
  • Successfully counseled and represented multiple clients regarding director and member disputes, shareholder oppression and fiduciary duty issues, and other disputes arising out of shareholder agreements.

Professional Involvement

  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Chaldean American Bar Association

Experience

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Sean F. Cox, United States District Court, 2010-2012

Publications/Presentations

  • Contributing author to Michigan Contract Law (3d Ed.), Ch. 10, “Damages in Breach of Contract Cases,” (ICLE 2019)
  • Contributing author to Damages and Remedies in Michigan (4th Ed.), Ch. 8, “Contract Damages and Remedies,” (ICLE 2018)
  • Preparing a Commercial Damages Case or Defense (Top Tips in Ten Minutes) (ICLE 2018)
  • "The Bank Failure Crisis: Challenges in Enforcing Antitrust Regulation," The Wayne Law Review, 55 WAYNE L. REV. 1175 (2009).
  • “A New Frontier: Employer Considerations and the New Marijuana Reality” (Presentation to the Michigan Agri-Business Association, 2019 Winter Conference)
     
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