James E. Wynne

Director, Shareholder

wynne@butzel.com | P 313 225 7097 | F 313 225 7080

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  • Representation of issuer in claims against underwriter arising out of a failed IPO
  • Defended against claim for violation of a non-compete agreement
  • Engaged by a leading insurance company to anlayze the direct and indirect impact of the bankruptcies of GM, Chrysler and major Tier 1 and Tier 2 auto suppliers on its insured bond portfolio
  • Represented underwriter and officers of the underwriter in a securities and Interstate Land Sales Act fraud claim (Becherer v. Adams).
  • Engaged by the agent for a lending syndicate which extended more than $50 million in pre-bankruptcy loans to a Tier 2 auto supplier
  • Trademark cancellation proceeding
  • Tried case before Connecticut state court on behalf of plaintiff, seeking damages for breach of contract by hedge fund in a related federal action, prosecuted stock valuation claims, and defended trade secret counterclaims, against hedge fund manager
  • Counseling US and foreign based automotive suppliers regarding NHTSA compliance and recalls.
  • Represented large purchaser of a complex equity derivative investment in claims implicating regulatory issues under both federal securities and commodities laws.
  • Trademark infringement action
  • Trademark/patent litigation of an automtive service company
  • Represented numerous attorneys, judges in professional disciplinary matters
  • Trademark and Patent Filings
  • Represented physician in federal indictment for prescription abuse causing death.
  • Patent Prosecution: Drafted, prepared, filed and prosecuted numerous patent applications for major automotive suppliers
  • Prosecution of hundreds of preference actions on behalf of major automotive supplier
  • Represented Corporation in federal antitrust civil class action re automotive products
  • Defended major University against claim by graduate student that two Professors misappropriated work product.
  • Successfully defended a private securities SEC Rule 10b-5 action for manipulation Case set new standard for award of attorneys fees to a prevailing defendant
  • Represented both husbands and wives in numerous matters involving complex divorce related issues.
  • Successful defense of Benjamin Spock in breach of contract action
  • Represented a sales executive accused of helping a Fortune 500 company's employee steal tens of thousands of dollars from the customer-company.
  • Representation of broker-dealer in connection with arbitration concerning claims brought by former member.
  • Represented American subsidiary of China's third largest privately held company in an automotive supplier dispute in the U.S. District Court, E.D. Mich.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of Huron Valley Steel in an extremely complex, $500 million CERCLA cost-recovery litigation brought by Plaintiff.
  • Represented a foreign bank as a secured party in the Chapter 11 case of an automotive machining parts supplier
  • Represented a potential target of options back-dating investigation by US Attorney's Office and negotiated a non-prosecution agreement for the client as a witness
  • Successfully obtained summary disposition in defamation action.
  • Represented residential builder in a claim for damages
  • Defended automotive supplier against patent infringement
  • Defended Tier 1 automotive supplier in patent litigation involving universal garage door opener technology
  • Successfully represented officer of pharmaceutical company in largest health care fraud trial to date in U.S. District Court in Boston
  • Internal investigation and report regarding a University's response to campus murder
  • Representation of global investment bank as creditor in significant bankruptcy proceeding arising out of 1994 collapse of derivatives market
  • Defended music company in copyright action
  • Obtained a declination of prosecution for an accounting officer of an international automotive supplier after investigation by the DOJ and the SEC
  • Successfully defeated claims by a major NYSE firm in a New York Stock Exchange arbitration in connection with a broker dealer's settlement of customer claims
  • Represented a financially troubled supplier in negotiating a multi-party accommodation agreement, access and security agreement, together with extensions of each agreement
  • Represented the financial officer of ProQuest in In re ProQuest Company Securities Litigation.
  • Defense of registered representative in connection with adversary proceeding concerning multimillion dollar claims for fraudulent transfer
  • Prosecution and defense of accountants' malpractice cases involving both public and private companies
  • Defend residential home remodeler in a matter involving child injured by exposure to lead-based paint
  • Defended the interests of a client in thousands of asbestos personal injury cases
  • Represented a radio station in lawsuit brought over advertisement
  • Represented automotive supplier in patent infringement case
  • Represented Newspaper in acquisition of government files
  • Prosecution of attorney malpractice claims arising in connection with client's loss of European patent protection
  • Represented multiple employees/ executives/ officers in major US and international antitrust investigations
  • Represented a former high-ranking government official in connection with a public-corruption investigation.
  • Global brand/trademark portfolio management for division of major US software developer
  • Successfully positioned the defense of breach of contract dispute concerning the sale of a business so that plaintiff withdrew its claim with prejudice in the middle of arbitration.
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of Defendant in a $5 million lawsuit brought by a major hospital/health care system in connection with an acquisition of client’s optometric centers.
  • Biewer v. Coe. Represented defendant/counter-plaintiff in multi-million dollar commercial case.
  • Advised numerous clients as to deal structure and strategy for the acquisition of businesses and assets from financially distressed sellers both in and out of bankruptcy court
  • Represented a witness involved in stock options back-dating investigation by the United States Attorneys’ Office for the Northern District of California
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in Qui Tam case in Boston.
  • Represented high level executives in numerous divorces involving dividing interests in closely held stock interests, stock options and other forms of benefits.
  • Represented a major automotive supplier under investigation for allegedly participating in a several hundred million dollar international antitrust price-fixing conspiracy.
  • Interference proceeding against automotive supplier
  • Defended several issuer-defendants in related secruities actions concerning the structuring of their respective IPO's. In re Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation
  • Global Brand creation/trademark selection, clearance, registration, and portfolio management for New York-based maker of men's personal care products
  • Successfully represented Tier 1 Automotive Supplier in breach of contract disputes with its supply base.
  • Represented Assistant United States Attorney in investigation brought by Justice Dept Office of Professional Responsibility
  • Defended party in contract dispute
  • Represented provider of infrastructure services to the electric utility, gas, power and telecommunications markets in a lawsuit. We enforced restrictive covenant to the fullest extent and recovered majority of attorney fees.
  • Defense of libel suit. Case dismissed and sanctions imposed against plaintiff.
  • Represented an investment bank in arbitration against its former employees with respect to breaches of employment contracts, beaches of fiduciary duty, and theft of trade secrets and other confidential information.
  • Represented foreign-based automotive supplier in case pricing, warranty, and contract termination issues
  • Defended a “bet-your-company” breach of contract and fraud case on behalf of a publicly held broker-dealer in California federal court
  • Represented multiple Corporations in federal antitrust investigation re highway contracts
  • Represented auto supplier in securities fraud investigation in New York and California.
  • Represented major bank in claim against another major bank for breach of acquisition agreement
  • Television and Newspaper Publiser Litigation
  • Represented parties seeking to enforce Judgments and/or Settlement Agreements.
  • Represented a physician accused of illegally prescribing pain medication to individuals without a medical need.
  • Represented target of the Department of Justice's and Securities and Exchange Commission's parallel investigation into alleged price fixing and related securities law violations in the municipal bond underwriting industry.
  • Drafted numerous Prenuptial Agreements and other forms of contracts between partners in an intimate relationship.
  • Obtained summary judgment in multiple defendant mortgage fraud case alleging RICO and other claims
  • Obtained an arbitration award in excess of $400,000 in a contract dispute
  • Represented national tire manufacturing company in product liability litigation in several states
  • Copyright, trademark and trade secret action.
  • Defended manufacturer in trade dress and patent infringement lawsuit
  • Represented automotive supplier plaintiff in action for multiple breaches of contract in the U.S. District Court, E.D. Mich.
  • SEC Enforcement Actions: individual and corporate defendants facing federal criminal prosecution and SEC investigations
  • Representation of court-appointed official committee of equity security holders in bankruptcy proceedings
  • Defense of foreign bank in “clawback” litigation commenced by Fairfield Sentry, significant “feeder fund” to Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities.
  • Coordinated research and counsel on negotiations of supply agreement for new battery technology for international manufacturing client.
  • Defended manufacturer in patent infringement action
  • Represented research and development company in patent inventorship dispute.
  • Represented individuals and companies subject to SEC subpoenas and investigations concerning alleged violations of securities laws with respect to a wide variety of financial transactions.
  • Successfully represented residential real estate multi-list entity in antitrust dispute.
  • Trademark Prosecution: Prosecuted trademark applications for a major automotive company
  • Secured a judgment, automotive client
  • Successful prosecution of shareholders' derivative action against directors and officers of closely held corporation arising out of claims of corporate waste, fraud and mismanagement
  • Developed creative estate planning vehicle to divide interest in divorce proceeding to keep family business intact and do succession planing at the same time.
  • Successfully prosecuted claim of seller of a business for increase in purchase price based on terms of stock-purchase agreement and post-closing adjustment process
  • Defended a subsidiary of national insurance company against third party and class action claims alleging its participation in securities and common law fraud perpetrated by primary defendant, for which client had brokered insurance
  • Robotics Company Litigation
  • Obtained a $7.25 million settlement for German automotive corporation in dispute relating to the acquisition of a piston manufacturing company.
  • Global brand creation/trademark selection, clearance, registration, and portfolio management for manufacturer of custom golf clubs
  • Represented oil company in multiple cases brought by service station dealers
  • Represented bond insurers in connection with their exposure on bonds and other financial instruments they have insured
  • Defended fastener corporation-patent licensee in two companion actions alleging patent and trademark infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Represented defendant/appellee in U.S. Supreme Court where, in a 7-2 ruling, the High Court held that predicate "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" in 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9) need not include as an element a domestic relationship.
  • Overturned adverse decision by Board of Patent appeals and interferences in Federal Court; sustained on appeal
  • Filed amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 13 state-specific mutual-bond funds, addressing the issue of whether income-tax exemption for interest income from in-state municipal bonds violates the Constitution's Commerce Clause
  • Successfully arbitrated breach of supply contract between aerospace supplier and aircraft manufacturer.
  • International Sports Marketing v. Saatchi & Saatchi North America, Inc. Obtained reversal of trial court’s imposition of default judgment in excess of $20M against client. 2002 Mich. App. LEXIS 1877, December 3, 2002.
  • Successfully represented Tier 1 Automotive Supplier in breach of contract action in the United States District Court, North District of Illinois.
  • Trademark/patent litigation of a home repair and cleaning company
  • Represented a public company in an SEC investigation involving revenue recognition issues which, after significant document production and SEC depositions, culminated in a no action termination letter being issued by the SEC
  • Directed internal investigation concerning alleged SEC issues of entertainment distributor
  • Defended client in fraud claims relating to sale of business
  • Defended regional newspaper in defamation case
  • Representation of a leader in the school improvement industry in contract and employment litigation pending in the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Middle District of Louisiana
  • Sales commission case; obtain summary judgment for employer
  • Defended international tobacco company in several class actions alleging fraud and product liability claims
  • Defended injection molding equipment manufacturer in trademark infringement litigation
  • Design patent and trade dress rights
  • Corporate identity makeover for brand creation/trademark selection, clearance, registration and portfolio maintenance for a major US insurance/investment company
  • Represented the President of a company that distributes pharmaceuticals to nursing homes in a case the Michigan Attorney General referred to as "the largest criminal Medicaid fraud case ever initiated in Michigan."
  • Successfully obtained summary disposition in defamation action.
  • Successfully positioned client at trial to obtain a significant settlement on behalf of the defendant/counter-plaintiff in a dispute alleging breach of contract and fraudulent inducement relating to the sale of electrical control panel company.
  • Defended and won summary judgment in favor of a national insurance company, dismissing claims of breach of contract and wrongful termination brought up by former employee.
  • Represented a book publisher and distributor in criminal investigation conducted by US Postal Service
  • Represented corporations and executives under federal investigation
  • Representation of national independent sales representative organization in numerous contract disputes with suppliers
  • Trade secret lawsuits
  • Defend various companies against alleged wastewater discharge violations
  • Whitesell Corp. v. Whirlpool Corp. Represented plaintiff in action for multiple breaches of a supply contract. After a 4 week jury trial, obtained a $25.7 million dollar jury verdict in client’s favor and no-cause on Defendant’s counterclaim.
  • Successfully defended client against a $1 million arbitration claim from a Mergers & Acquistions firm on the grounds of changing the structure of a deal to avoid a fee.
  • Representation of official equity committee in chapter 11 proceedings of major cable company
  • Provided a plan of reorganization for an international shipping company
  • Defended music company in copyright action
  • Enforced publisher's copyrights against infringer
  • Represented an automotive supplier against a casting supplier which filed for Chapter 11 relief in a motion to reject the supply contracts with our client and several other key customers
  • Successfully defended owners of a business against claims by private equity firm that final agreement had been reached for stock sale
  • Represented pharmaceutical manufacturers in civil and criminal False Claim Act and qui tam matters.
  • Copyright infringement action
  • Patent and trade dress infringement, and trade secret misappropriation.
  • Represented major bank in defendant claims by beneficiary of a $3.5 million letter of credit
  • Represented official and unofficial creditors' committees, formed for the purpose of representing the interests of trade, bondholder or bank creditors
  • Successfully defended a private securities SEC Rule 10b-5 action for manipulation. Case set new standard for award of attorneys fees to a prevailing defendant
  • Prosecuted New York Stock Exchange arbitration for investment banker fired by major firm, asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duty
  • Represented Company in federal antitrust investigation re transportation industry
  • Represented an international children's toy and apparel company with respect to its registration of copyrights and trademarks in the United States, as well as regarding licensing agreements concerning such intellectual property.
  • Defended home builder in trial of a mold case, with claims for personal injury.
  • Represented an automotive parts supplier in a contentious termination of the supply relationship with the supplier based on an accommodation agreement and access and security agreement
  • Representation of calling card company in adversary proceeding arising out of WorldCom bankruptcy proceedings
  • Asserted breach of distributor agreement claims on behalf of licensor of copyrighted computer code
  • Represented a major pharmaceutical company prosecuting claims against its contract manufacturer regarding a recall of the product at issue and related breaches of the client’s rights, leading to a favorable settlement of the client’s claims.
  • Represented defendant / counter-plaintiff in multi-million-dollar commercial case.
  • Represented automotive inspection company in copyright lawsuit related to car inspection software
  • Successfully concluded an internal investigation for automotive manufacturer
  • Fraudulent misrepresentation, civil theft and conversion
  • Lead counsel in two separate litigations, both involving $100 million trusts, with respect to claims of breach of fiduciary and related claims
  • Obtained a summary disposition for a tire failure case
  • Leading Toy Manufacturing Company Litigation
  • Represented limited partners against a general partner that was a major investment bank for breach of fiduciary duties involving the sale of partnership assets
  • Succeeded in an administrative contested claim proceeding before the MIchigan Department of Transportation
  • Represented a casualty insurance carrier situated in Arizona in an action against one of the largest national banks in the country. The case alleges claims for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty and seeks damages of $24 million.
  • Represented a major law firm partner in connection with tax shelter investigation conducted by the DOJ Criminal Tax Division
  • Successfully represented a national joint venture training center operating a program assisting UAW members to obtain personal computers. We won a verdict of no cause in our client's favor in jury trial.
  • Successfuly defended a major U.S. securities firm in a proceeding before an NASD arbitration panel; claimant sought damages based on fraud claims in connection with futures trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • Represented close corporation and majority shareholder against breach of contract, conversion and dissolution claims brought by alleged minority shareholder.
  • Represented a registered representative in a selling away action
  • Pesta v. CBS, Inc. (60 Minutes), 653 F. Supp. 350 (E.D. Mich. 1986); 686 F. Supp. 166 (E.D. Mich. 1988); 837 F.2d 1091 (6th Cir. 1988). Represented defendants and ultimately obtained jury verdict of no-cause after multi-week trial.
  • Represent plaintiff in patent infringement and false advertising case
  • False advertising claims for manufacturer of computer components
  • Represented commercial lenders in connection with the restructuring of ther pre-bankruptcy loans as well as their DIP financing activities
  • Teamsters Local 372 v. Detroit Newspaper Agency. Defended employer in § 1983 suit brought by unions and bringing RICO counterclaim. Successful survived multiple motions to dismiss RICO counterclaim. 956 F. Supp. 753 (1997); 993 F. Supp. 1052 (1998).
  • Asserted preemption arguments on behalf of copyright holder in infringement case
  • Defended against claim by a Professor against university and his department chair for alleged theft of intellectual property; summary disposition granted in favor of university; affirmed by Michigan Court of Appeals
  • Obtained dismissal of False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit against healthcare provider and affirmance of dismissal in appeal (Chesbrough, et al. v. VPA, P.C. (6th Cir. August 23, 2011))
  • Representation of major Tier One automotive suppliers in arbitration and litigation of eight figure warranty and recall disputes with automotive OEMs.
  • Represented hundreds of witnesses in state and federal grand jury investigations in numerous jurisdictions across the country
  • Defended manufacturer in appeal of patent infringement action
  • Defended collegiate licensing entity in a copright lawsuit
  • Defended music company in copyright action
  • Defended a major financial management company against numerous claims for violation of non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements over a ten year period.
  • Olympia Entertainment Inc. v. Brass Ring Productions. Represented plaintiff in series of commercial disputes, successfully obtaining partial summary disposition and injunctive relief. 467 Mich. 855 (2002); 2002 Mich. App. LEXIS 621.
  • Patent Prosecution: Drafted, filed and prosecuted patent applications for a metallurgical company
  • Corporate identity makeover for US technology company including global trademark clearance and registration
  • Defense of law firms against claims of negligence arising in tax shelter, securities and general contract areas
  • Represented elected prosecuting attorney in defense of professional misconduct charges
  • Defended boat windshield manufacturer in patent infringement action
  • Successfully defended securities class action on behalf of former chairman and chief executive officer of Silicon Valley company
  • Represented party in their claim of fraudulent misrepresentation against seller of business
  • Represented professionals and/or spouses in matters involving high wage earners, spousal support and the tax consequences arising therefrom.
  • Represented attorney in federal antitrust.-related investigation
  • Represented Product liability litigation
  • Prepared an Amicus Curiae Brief to the U.S. supreme court urging the Court to grant states and local government units latitude in the regulation of firearms
  • Defended fiberglass manufacturer in patent/trade secret infringement action
  • Successfully represented healthcare technology company in breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secret/confidential information dispute.
  • Represented an international telecommunications equipment manufacturer in ICDR arbitration against its former component supplier regarding breaches of supply agreement, as well as resulting expenses and lost profit.
  • Conducted internal investigation and alleged environmental violations by public company.
  • Series of victories achieved in trial and appellate litigation involving the proposed sale of Michigan's Northville Psychiatric Hospital.
  • Representation of major Tier 1 automotive chassis component suppliers in defense of product liability litigation on regional and national basis
  • Represented trademark owner (automotive supplier) in domain name dispute; client gained possession of infringing domain name
  • Represented an attorney in criminal matter involving kickbacks on vendor contracts being funneled to corporate executive of company
  • Patent infringement actions
  • Successfully defended automotive supplier in patent infringement action; validated 2 patents on summary judgment and another after trial.
  • Represented a defense contractor accused of fraudulently supplying non-conforming materials to the Department of Defense.
  • Represented employer in successfully obtaining injunction against picket line violence.
  • Representation of franchisors and franchisees in "good cause" termination disputes
  • Jury trial verdict in a negligence case
  • Defended website owner of a health-care related site for trademark litigation against a provider of cosmetic surgery
  • Patent infringement action
  • Represented a major bank on its behalf and as servicing agent to 5 other banks in a Chapter 11 case
  • Pursuant to the request of officers of an international technology company suspecting the misappropriation of their Intellectual Property (“IP”) by employees, led the investigation to forensically evaluate the corporate servers, firewall logs and e-mail
  • Representation of direct mail business in connection with claims of fraud and breach of contract arising out of sale of business to private equity fund.
  • Patent infringement action
  • Litigated lease disputes on behalf of tenants concerning operating expenses in connection with lease audits
  • Representation of Mexican Purchaser of Delphi's automotive exhaust business
  • Represent Client in lawsuit against travel agent for refund of the cost of trip.
  • Represented witnesses in a variety of criminal and civil proceedings
  • Organized complex ESI issues for an Antitrust case involving multiple languages and with unique issues with disparate operating systems and data repositories.
  • Obtained dismissal by summary disposition in legal malpractice case
  • Represented plaintiff in multi-million supply contract dispute
  • Represented a major international cement and concrete corporation accused by private litigants of participating in a several hundred million dollar antitrust price-fixing conspiracy.
  • Successfully obtained summary disposition in defamation action.
  • Represented several sports and media professionals in divorce, custody, and paternity related matters
  • Defended copyright action against critic
  • Regional counsel for tire manufacturer
  • Represented German auto manufacturer in the U.S. Court of International Trade.
  • Argued case under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of commodity customer with resulting favorable opinion ruling that implied right of action exists under the CEA.
  • Represented bottled water company in trademark action
  • Contract dispute
  • Represented owners/partners in closely held businesses seeking sole control of family owned business through the divorce.
  • Engaged by a large private equity investor with respect to an out-of-court workout of the debts of one of its portfolio companies
  • Representation of foreign investment funds in litigation against hedge fund’s auditors and administrators.
  • Defended record publisher in copyright litigation
  • Patent Prosecution: Drafted, filed and prosecuted patent applications for a major insurance company
  • $200,000 judgment for lessor in commercial lease dispute; litigation counsel for real estate investment firm
  • Defended copyright action involving photographs
  • Design and Engineering Company Litigation
  • Detroit Newspaper Agency v. Local 372. Represented employer in successfully obtaining injunction against picket line violence.
  • Defended party in business fraud action
  • Represented a major manufacturer in a 363 sale of substantially all of the operating assets of an automotive parts supplier and debtor in possession of Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Action for sales commissions; obtain jury verdict for plaintiff
  • Representation of CEO of energy company in connection with derivative claims for breach of fiduciary duty based on alleged self-dealing
  • Defended publisher in trademark infringement action
  • Successful representation of several significant foreign investor groups against global bank selling equity derivatives and swap products
  • Represented real estate developer and landlord against a newspaper in libel action
  • Defended Defense contractor in wrongful death action alleging intentional tort against employer
  • Prosecution of massive negligence claims against national insurance broker on behalf of leasing/financing subsidiary of major auto manufacturer
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of purchaser of real estate development in a dispute with surety.
  • Defended automobile driver in lawsuit against passenger on bus involved in collision
  • Representation of the US investment vehicle of one of Europe’s wealthiest individuals in a series of business/commercial cases pending in New York County Supreme Court and alleging breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract, related claims
  • Bench trial verdict in a landlord-tenant case
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of public university on Section 1983 claim.
  • Obtained dismissal by summary disposition and summary judgment of asbestos claims
  • Completed internal corporate investigation of records and document management corporation and reported findings to SEC.
  • Represented automotive supplier in patent infringement/antitrust case
  • Represented a senior officer of CMS Energy in securities fraud and ERISA breach of fiduciary duty litigation (In re CMS Energy).
  • Defended surviving members of 1960's rock band in trademark and copyright infringement action against Plaintiff's heirs who sought a preliminary injunction to prevent clients from continuing to use the trademarks and copyrights relating to the band.
  • Successfully concluded by settlement a claim against the trustee of New York trusts for breach of fiduciary duty and alleged embezzlement of $49 million
  • Enforced finance company's trademark rights against infringer
  • Represented Italian fashion house in numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Represented parties seeking to modify child and/or spousal support.
  • Lead counsel in over 150 litigation actions on behalf of major tier 1 automotive supplier.
  • Successfully defended UCC rights of a Bank
  • Representation of former management of airline in connection with adversary proceeding arising out of tender offer and in connection with related SEC investigation
  • Defended oil corporation against claim of breach of contract.
  • Defense of major regional hospital system in an anti-trust case alleging conspiracy among hospital and physicians to exclude a cardiologist from the hospital staff
  • Copyright action
  • Represented parties seeking change of domicile as part of a job transfer or remarriage.
  • Trademark dispute
  • Asbestos personal injury cases
  • Played an active role in the representation of many of the largest Chapter 11 debtors including the case which established the precedent for the orderly management of cross-border insolvency proceedings
  • Patent infringement action against pharmaceutical company
  • Obtained TRO and preliminary injunctions for Tier 1 automotive suppliers in commercial disputes.
  • Obtained acquittal of pharmaceutical company executive in federal trial in Boston following 4 month jury trial
  • Representation of major Tier One automotive suppliers in litigation of price disputes involving potential manufacturing plant shut downs.
  • Representation of U.S. branch of foreign global bank in dispute arising out of the collapse of The Reserve Fund after it "broke the buck" in Net Asset Value
  • Asserted copyright infringement claims on behalf of the owners of copyrights associated with computer code
  • Represented a woman in a vegetative state through her Court appointed guardian to obtain a divorce from abusive husband resulting in the existing state of the law on a guardian initiated divorce.
  • Obtained complete acquittal of defendant charged in 83 count federal RICO indictment following 3 month jury trial
  • Represented a die casting and machining supplier filing for complex Chapter 11 relief
  • Represented battery supplier seeking to recover research and development costs
  • Breach of commercial contract case; summary judgment in state court
  • Prosecution of multimillion dollar ERISA breach of fiduciary claim against investment manager on behalf of pension plan sponsor
  • Prosecution of claims against wealth management consulting firm for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and violation of Investment Advisers' Act
  • Defended television station in trademark/copyright action
  • Represented defendants in multi-million dollar commercial cases over the course of 10 years.  Succeeded in obtaining dismissal of multi-million dollar judgment on appeal.
  • Represented President of Corporation in federal antitrust investigation re compressors
  • Defended and Represented counter-claimant in aviation supplier litiigation
  • Represent client after it was "raided" by US EPA
  • Represented provider of infrastructure services to the electric utility, gas, power and telecommunications markets in a lawsuit.
  • Represented major commercial tenant against real estate management company and landlord for breach of commercial lease agreement
  • Trademark infringement action
  • SEC Enforcement Action: Corporate Representation Regarding Alleged GAAP Accounting Irregularities
  • We obtained the Court of Appeals' affirmation of the trial court's dismissal of the challenge to the sale of the state hospital property to our client
  • Successfully represented client in breach of executive level employment agreement.
  • Represented individual bondholders against the Republic of Argentina and the Province of Buenos Aires
  • Represented a lawyer seeking reinstatement of his license to practice law.
  • Representation of significant hedge fund in $200 million dispute with global bank arising out of failed $1 billion mortgage-backed CDO^2 transaction
  • Defended client in First Amendment action
  • Patent infringement suit
  • Serves as the principal legal advisor to a public company listed on NASDAQ in the business of providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments, equipment and related services to hospitals throughout the US
  • Successful representation of significant purchaser of complex equity derivatives product in claims against a major global investment bank
  • Defense of trip and fall lawsuit against an assisted living facility
  • Challenge by group of journalists to ban on travel to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base to report on refugees detained there
  • Defended investment banker in claims by former firm for purported liability under promissory notes and seeking to recover the value of certain deals and production introduced to the firm on contract and unjust enrichment theories
  • Represented a boxing promoter in libel and contract litigation
  • Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete, copyright infringement, and unfair competition suit against former employees
  • Represented numerous individual and corporate defendants facing federal criminal prosecution arising from allegations of wire and mail fraud, tax fraud, insider trading, healthcare fraud, environmental crimes, theft of trade secrets and drug conspiracy
  • Prosecution of counterfeiting and trademark infringement action for Italian jewelry designer
  • Defended National Rifle Association of America in high-profile federal case involving claims for false light publicity, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and assault and battery
  • Represented individuals and companies subject to SEC subpoenas and investigations
  • Licensing/Transactions: Drafted license/transaction agreements for a media/entertainment entity
  • Successfully arbitrated and obtained $7.2 million award, including $675,000 in attorney fees and costs, in breach of contract dispute between aerospace supplier and aircraft manufacturer.
  • Defended automotive manufacturer in trademark litigation
  • Represented and advised a hedge fund with respect to rights and obligations pursuant to a credit facility agreement with a major financial institution.
  • Detroit News v. City of Detroit, 480 Mich. 1079 (2008). Represented newspaper in lawsuit under Michigan Freedom of Information Act for release of text messages involving Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick and his Chief of Staff.
  • Represented an energy company in its chapter 11 case and in the prosecution of more than $1 billion of claims against a major corporation and its affiliates
  • Represented pharmaceutical company in a false advertising lawsuit involving a product claiming to be the generic equivalent of a leading brand
  • Representation of different U.S. and foreign banks in three separate disputes arising out of collapse of mortgage-backed securities market
  • Successful defense of manufacturer accused of misappropriation of trade secrets and threatened with preliminary injunction that would have closed down one of its principal lines of business
  • CMACO Automotive Systems, Inc. v. Wanxiang America Corp. Represented defendant in commercial supply dispute. Summary judgment in client’s favor upheld on appeal. 589 F.3d 235 (6th Cir. 2009).
  • Trade secret action
  • Johnson Controls, Inc. v. Jay Industries. Represented Plaintiff in commercial litigation (jury trial, appeal and related arbitration). Obtained verdict in client’s favor in excess of $4M. 459 F.3d 717 (6th Cir. 2006).
  • Securities class action on behalf of former chairman and CEO of Silicon Valley company
  • Retained by Michigan Fortune 100 company to lead its internal litigation readiness initiative, which included the analysis of corporate e-mail, technology and data and retention systems.
  • Represented an individual in action to obtain documents from government including discovery over adequacy of search for documents
  • Defended web-based retailer in a trademark infringement action brought by a major OEM over domain name
  • Representation of corporate and individual defendants in direct action brought by partner in connection with operation of an international food services business
  • Represented a company in connection with a bribery investigation.
  • Represented and advised a hedge fund in connection with potential litigation risk arising from the alleged representations by fund managers regarding fund's asset and mortgage back securities.
  • Assist in brand creation/trademark selection, clearance, registration, and portfolio management
  • Defended semiconductor manufacturer in trademark infringement action. Summary judgment affirmed on appeal.
  • Represent a structured products hedge fund in claims against a global European bank and its US broker-dealer affiliate arising out of the bank’s refusal to complete and underwrite a contracted $1 billion ABS CDO^2.
  • Patent infringement action
  • Retained by global corporation to work with German counsel and assist in navigating cross-border data issues involving the European Data Privacy Directives and providing solutions for data privacy, access and transfer in U.S. based litigation.
  • Represented German manufacturer of industrial conveyor belts in personal injury case in the U.S. District Court, N.D. Ohio.
  • Represented executive of an environmental company charged with criminal violations of the Clean Water Act and related environmental statutes
  • Represented CFO of a non-profit hospital for securities fraud; case settled no jail or fine, SEC restitution
  • Engaged by a Major Tier 1 Plan Administrator to oversee the implementaion of Delphi corporation's confirmed chapter 11 plan.
  • Represented metals trading company in major U.S. Attorney and U.S. Customs investigation
  • Represented a major automotive supplier in a suit against a Texas aftermarket parts company for patent infringement
  • Successful representation of minority shareholders in closely held corporation in connection with claims arising out of buy/sell provisions in shareholders' agreement
  • Represented a former employee accused of stealing more than $100 million worth of trade secrets from his employers in violation of the federal economic espionage act.
  • Represented lawyers accused by ethics authorities of conduct unbecoming a lawyer, including criminal conduct.
  • False advertising action
  • Defended movie studio in copyright action
  • Represented employer in defending § 1983 suit brought by unions and media bringing RICO counterclaim.  Successfully survived multiple motions to dismiss RICO counterclaim.
  • Represented a wide variety of suppliers and purchasers in multiple industries with respect to contractual issues arising in connection with commercial supply agreements
  • Represented fastener supplier plaintiff in action for multiple breaches of a supply contract.
  • Represented witnesses and targets of federal and state investigations and prosecutions of alleged bid rigging and other price fixing conspiracies in various financial services industries.
  • Served as court-appointed Commercial & Litigation Counsel for a major auto supplier; acted as lead attorney in over 115 matters involving financially troubled suppliers against our client
  • Represented a lawyer accused by ethics authorities of having a conflict of interest with a client.
  • Ponzi Schemes: Representation of Broker Dealers/Investment Advisors
  • Represented Travelers Insurance against a workers' compensation price fixing conspiracy claim (American Association of Retired Persons v. National Surety Corp.).
  • Routinely represent individuals and companies subject to SEC subpoenas and investigations concerning alleged violations of securities law with respect to a wide variety of financial transactions
  • Rahn v. The Detroit News. Represented newspaper in defending defamation suit. Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of defendants.
  • Represented plaintiff in breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties action stemming from collapse of global financial services firm in U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y.
  • As debtor's counsel, was instrumental in confirming a plan of reorganization for a lodging company operating more than 80 hotels
  • Representation of major electronics manufacturers in numerous actions involving disputes with major accounts
  • Representation of foreign bank with more than $150 million in claims against Lehman Brothers
  • Prosecution of claims against wealth management consulting firm for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and violation of Investment Advisers' Act
  • Representation of issuers and attorneys in securities fraud actions, internal investigations and SEC proceedings
  • Represented in-store advertiser in opposition to debtor’s motion to reject retail advertising license agreement in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, N.D. Illinois.
  • Represented a corporation in copyright litigation transferred to religious court
  • Represented global staffing, employment and recruiting company nationally in trade secret and non-compete matters and obtained injunctions in approximately 70 cases in 2007-2008.
  • Represented employer in successfully negotiating settlement of covenant not to compete and unfair competition suit against former employ.
  • Construction; obtain no cause in Federal Court jury trial
  • Litigation over First Amendment rights of musicians to perform in the subway system
  • Automotive Company Litigation
  • Partial summary judgment in breach of contract and fraud case, granting default judgment for e-discovery abuses, and subsequently awarding $4-million judgment, attorneys’ and experts’ fees, and costs.
  • Acted as local counsel on behalf of a company accused of cybersquatting
  • Successfully represented a Community Preservation Corporation in litigation brought against it, former lawyer and state court judge over rulings and proceedings against opposing counsel in state court litigation
  • Represented auto supplier in major US and foreign antitrust investigation
  • Copyright infringement action
  • Represented biotech company and university in patent infringement/inventorship action.
  • Defense of registered representative and investor in fraudulent transfer litigation commenced by Madoff Trustee.
  • Defended an issuer of securities against claims by its underwriter arising out of its IPO and an underlying securities class action.
  • Prevailed at trial in a multi-million dollar patent case for an automotive manufacturing client, invalidating the last of three patents that had been asserted against client.
  • Successfully obtained summary disposition for the defendant seller of a classic race car against plaintiff seeking $1 million for breach of contract and fraud
  • Defended manufacturer of roofing staple device in patent litigation
  • Successful representation of numerous luxury goods and fashion apparel manufacturers in trademark infringement, gray market and counterfeiting disputes
  • Representation of large utility company in prosecution of letter of credit litigation against Italian bank.
  • Represented parties seeking to change or modify custody and/or parenting time.
  • Health Care Fraud Federal Criminal Trial: Individual Defense
  • Represented a church in litigation over privileged documents with IRS establishing procedure and burdens in applying crime fraud exception to the attorney client privilege and court authority to order conditional enforcement of IRS summons
  • Extensive experience in prosecuting and defending avoidance actions in bankruptcy court, most recently, successfully defended a $100 million fraudulent transfer case brought in the Southern District of New York by the Creditors' Committee
  • Obtained acquittal of attorney charged with criminal contempt in federal court matter
  • Trademark counterfeiting claim
  • Obtained summary disposition for trespass and nuisance claim
  • Representation of retail business in connection with claims of fraud brought by private equity fund acquirer of the business
  • Secured dismissal of all claims asserted against electronic trading platform of major U.S. bank in federal court litigation arising out of arbitrage of ADRs and underlying securities sold on foreign stock exchange
  • Defended major university and its president in a case challenging university's consideration of race in admissions decisions
  • Patent Prosecution: Drafted, filed and prosecuted patent applications for a major automotive supplier
  • Successfly represented newspaper in Freedom of Information lawsuit involving (now former) Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick
  • Representation of hedge fund in connection with litigation arising out of former employee’s claim to be an equity owner.
  • Conducted successful defense of a case brought by New York insurer against Latin American bank for fraud, breach of contract, interference with contract, and other claims
  • Defense of CEO of energy company in corporate derivative action involving claims of self dealing transactions
  • Obtained injunction enforcing covenant not to compete against former employee.
  • Successful representation of pharmaceutical company in prosecuting claims against contract manufacturer relating to conduct that caused product recall
  • Engineered Thermo Plastics Company Litigation
  • Defend manufacturer in patent infringement case
  • Represented lawyer after sanctions brought by Grievance Commission
  • Successful challenge on behalf of academics and writers to denial of visa to Hortensia de Allende
  • Broadcast tower lease dispute; summary judgment for lessor
  • Represented United American Health Care and its senior officers in securities litigation.
  • Defending newspaper against defamation and related tort action.
  • The Detroit News v. Wayne County. Successfully represented newspaper in lawsuit under Michigan Freedom of Information Act for release of salary information. Michigan Court of Appeals Docket No. 235831.
  • Defended client in contract dispute
  • Represented a promotion and sign company in challenge to application of zoning resolution to accessory signs on First Amendment and other grounds
  • Represented the Prime Minister of Greece in libel litigation in London. Case successfully settled prior to trial.
  • Successfully defended manufacturing company in two different lawsuits filed by another automotive company
  • Successfully defended securities class action on behalf of former chairman and chief executive officer of Silicon Valley company
  • False marking/advertising action
  • Defended paper manufacturer in catastrophic injury action
  • Automotive supplier dispute
  • Obtained a complete declination of all proceedings, criminal and civil health care fraud, against pharmaceutical client by the US Attorney's Office in Dallas
  • Representation of numerous hedge funds in diverse litigation and arbitration matters including partnership disputes, securities fraud, employment matters, breach of contract actions and innvestor litigation
  • Representation of business owners in contested buyout and corporate dissolution proceedings
  • Tire Company Litigation
  • Represent plaintiff in patent infringement case
  • Represented a power company in obtaining a favorable resolution of its bankruptcy claims against its joint venture partner
  • Tried case before Connecticut state court on behalf of plaintiff, seeking damages for breach of contract by hedge fund. In a related federal action, prosecuted stock valuation claims, and defended trade secret counterclaims, against hedge fund manager
  • Supervised and directly managed processes for the identification and data harvesting of relevant data repositories, including multiple systems (both current and legacy), for an international client with cross-border facilities.
  • Defended nonprofit organization in trademark/copyright/domain name infringement litigation
  • Defended prominent hedge funds in 18 related federal and state litigations, as well as NASD and AAA arbitrations, arising out of criminal conduct of the clients' portfolio manager that resulted in the liquidation of the funds.
  • Represented a technology consulting company in negotiations and contemplated litigation against its former client regarding breach of the parties' non-disclosure agreement and related copyright infringement and theft of trade secrets claims.
  • Newspaper Publisher Litigation
  • Action for damages by Freedom Rider against United States for failure to protect him from beating by Ku Klux Klan. Verdict for plaintiff after trial.
  • Defended international manufacturer of lighting equipment in asbestos litigation alleging product liability and wrongful death based on asbestos content of theatre lighting equipment.
  • Represented the CFO of a public company in a significant SEC enforcement action alleging 10b-5 and 17(a) violations in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Representation of minority shareholders in connection with litigation arising out of buyout of interest by majority shareholder.
  • Successfully represented document imaging company in Non-Compete/Trade Secret dispute.
  • Defend manufacturer of hoists and cranes in thousands of asbestos personal injury cases
  • Successfully obtained summary disposition in defamation action.
  • Licensing/Transactions: Drafted license/transaction agreements for a major automotive supplier
  • Represented movie theatre owner in defending against ADA claims
  • Represented church group in successful challenge on First Amendment grounds to charitable solicitation ordinance
  • Infringement action against mortgage company
  • Defense of majority shareholder and former management of airline company in adversary proceeding arising out of $100 million tender offer
  • Successfully defended corporation against former executives' lawsuit regarding deferred compensation plan.
  • Defended New York City real estate operators involving ownership of a New York City hotel, and claims of breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, and fraud
  • Successfully represented healthcare technology company in Non-Compete/Trade Secret dispute.
  • Representation of prominent hedge funds in 18 related federal and state court class action and individual litigations, as well as NASD and AAA arbitrations, arising out of criminal conduct of rogue portfolio manager; resulted in the liquidation of funds
  • Representation of Federal Communications Commission in connection with multibillion claim in bankruptcy against NextWave Communications.
  • Trade secret misappropriation action