Phillip Korovesis, Butzel Long Photo

Phil’s clients benefit from his more than three decades of experience counseling individuals and entities in a variety of industries in trade secret and non-compete disputes. He has been involved in cutting edge litigation in federal and state courts in trade secret disputes throughout the US. His real world experience and successful results obtained in trials, appeals, and arbitrations in this specialized area of the law provides the deep level of expertise required to help clients navigate complex disputes.


Phillip C. Korovesis is a Shareholder practicing in Butzel's Detroit office. He is a graduate of Wayne State University (B.S., with distinction, 1984; J.D., cum laude, 1987). He is also a graduate of Leadership Oakland, Class XVIII, and has been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers (Business Litigation) and the Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation).

Mr. Korovesis' practice is focused on commercial disputes, with trial, litigation and consultation expertise in non-compete/trade secret disputes, product liability defense, life insurance claims and business and financial services industry disputes. Mr. Korovesis has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts in various parts of the country and has successfully represented clients in state and federal appellate courts. He has successfully arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Mr. Korovesis is the former Litigation Practice Group Leader and currently serves as the Chair of the Firm's Trade Secret and Non-Compete Specialty Team which focuses on trade secret, non-compete and business tort litigation. Mr. Korovesis is a regular presenter on trade secret and non-compete issues to lawyers and other professionals. He is an active member of the Defense Research Institute in the commercial litigation, product liability and life insurance areas. He is a former President of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Federal Bar Association and the American Bar Association.


Speaker and Co-author, "The Definitive Non-Compete Agreement," The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Presented on January 25, 2011

Co-author, "Why Non-Compete Critics Are Singing the Wrong Song," For The Defense, March 2012

Co-author, Michigan chapter, "Trade Secrets and Agreements Not to Compete," Defense Research Institute (DRI) 2012

Co-author, "Under Attack: Why the Foes of Non-Compete Agreements Are Firing Blanks," The Voice - Defense Research Institute (DRI) - The Voice of the Defense Bar, Summer 2010

Contributing Editor to Products Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium, Morton F. Daller, Editor-in-Chief (Aspen Publishers)

Contributing Editor to Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium, Morton F. Daller, Editor-in-Chief (Aspen Publishers)



Wayne State University Law School 1987, J.D.

Wayne State University 1984, B.S.

Leadership Oakland 2014



  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel - Vice-President, Board of Directors
  • Defense Research Institute - commercial litigation, product liability and life insurance areas
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section - Council

Awards & Recognitions

Awards & Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation, 2016-2024

Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2010-2023

DBusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Insurance Law, 2011-2013; Litigation-Commercial, 2013, 2017-2019, 2021-2023; Trade Secrets, 2017-2018, 2020-2023


  • Successfully obtained summary disposition for the defendant seller of a classic race car against plaintiff seeking $1 million for breach of contract and fraud

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