Michigan

Benchmark Litigation Reviews

Dispute resolution
Bodman
Headquartered in downtown Detroit with additional offices in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Troy, and Cheboygan, Bodman is highly regarded as one of the leading business law firms operating in the Great Lakes State. For more than 85 years, the firm has offered a full range of services to clients in a variety of sectors. In particular, the firm’s litigation group has received praise from clients with one commenting the team has a “high level of knowledge and industry expertise” while another touts the “excellent job” they did in a recent matter. Michelle Czapski serves as chair of the firm’s Insurance Practice Group and is lauded by one client for her “efficient and strategic” approach as a litigator. Czapski has over 20 years of experience representing a variety of companies in issues related to product liability, insurance, class actions, as well as other commercial-related litigation. Based in the firm’s office in Troy, Thomas Tallerico successfully defended FCA Italy SpA and FCA International against claims by FCA’s Greek distributor of Jeep and Lancia products, who sued asserting that it was fraudulently induced into settling a prior dispute with the promise that FCA would develop and market a full line of Lancia brand vehicles.
     Dennis Levasseur operates out of the firm’s office in Detroit and focuses his practice on complex intellectual property and commercial litigation. Among his current matters, Levasseur is defending Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories in an ongoing shareholder class action lawsuit. With over 30 years of courtroom experience, Joseph Shannon is a highly skilled litigator and has represented clients in a number of industries, with a particular emphasis on the automotive and industrial sectors. In addition, Shannon is a member of the firm’s executive committee and serves on a number organizations including the University of Notre Dame Law School and the Notre Dame Club of Detroit.
Bush Seyferth & Paige

Having been formed in 2003, Bush Seyferth & Paige stands as unique amongst its peer institutions for employing more female than male attorneys.  Competitors confirm that the outfit is a “small litigation boutique but very top drawer.”  With extensive first-chair trial experience and with favorable outcomes major product liability and commercial litigant cases, Cheryl Bush has serviced such household name clients as Chrysler, General Motors, Ford, U.S. Gypsum, and Yale Materials Handling.  When plaintiff in a recent case was injured in a rear end collision, she sued client FCA US alleging several product liability claims.  The client successfully moved to dismiss in district court and drafted and argued the appeal in the Sixth Court of Appeals.

Dykema Gossett

Headquartered in Detroit, Dykema Gossett is known for its wide reach and abilities to handle cases across the country. Its nearly 200 partners and associates dedicated to litigation operate out of 12 offices throughout Michigan as well as in Illinois, Texas, California, Minnesota, and Washington, DC. In its home state alone, the firm can be found in Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing. Dykema attorneys are known for their collaborative approach to the process and highly specialized abilities across numerous and diverse practice areas. The firm primarily works on the defense side except when commercial or business litigation is concerned, when it acts on behalf of both sides of the aisle. With cost-effective legal services, Dykema is considered a more-bang-for-your-buck firm with “solid” professionals unanimously referenced and praised by competitors.

Michael Cooney is the director of the litigation department. “Any list would include him,” a colleague insists. Product liability, including disputes related to automobiles, is among his areas of specialization. He has been engaged in multiple cases in excess of $1 million and frequently represents Fortune 500 companie in front of juries, judges, and arbitration panels. James Feeney represented Ford in the retrial of a class action that had originally resulted in a $2.2 billion dollar class action verdict. The lawsuit was initiated by Ohio Ford truck dealer, Westgate, on its own behalf and as the representative of 3,200 Ford dealers who purchased medium- and heavy-duty trucks from Ford over a 10-plus year period. Westgate claimed that Ford breached its contracts with the dealers, including a Competitive Price Assistance program designed to provide transaction-specific discounts based on competitive need.

Rhoades McKee

Rhoades McKee operates out of two offices in the greater Michigan area where the staff of legal professionals offer litigation, arbitration and mediation services to clients ranging from small, local start-up businesses to large multinational corporations. The litigation team is recognized for being “experts in complicated litigation” as described by a client. The firm “came highly recommended by peers.” Seasoned litigator Paul McCarthy is an expert in business litigation and family law. One client testifies, “Paul McCarthy was proficient in business litigation and business valuation.” McCarthy represented Advance Tooling Systems in a dispute involving extra charges involving the movement and re-assembly of one of North America’s largest stamping presses.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Founded in 1941, Smith Haughty Rice & Roegge is a Grands Rapids-based full service law firm with additional locations in Ann Arbor, Holland, and Muskegon. The firm draws on a host of experience litigators to handle a variety of matters for clients across a number of industries. John Oostema is a shareholder at the firm and has over 35 years of experience in insurance-related litigation, specifically issues related to legal malpractice actions and insurance coverage issues. Working alongside Oostema in Grand Rapids is E. Thomas McCarthy, who is an adept litigator handling a number of civil and criminal matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. Both Oostema and McCarthy recently served as lead counsel for a major international law firm in a multi-year litigation and arbitration proceeding involving a dispute over a partners ownership interests, successfully ruling in the client’s favor. Carol Carlson focuses her practice on defending a number of health care providers and facilities in complex malpractice litigation. Among her recent cases, Carlson represented a major healthcare system in a case involving alleged negligence, obtaining a successful dismissal for the client.
Varnum

Rhoades McKee operates out of two offices in the greater Michigan area where the staff of legal professionals offer litigation, arbitration and mediation services to clients ranging from small, local start-up businesses to large multinational corporations. The litigation team is recognized for being “experts in complicated litigation” as described by a client. The firm “came highly recommended by peers.” Seasoned litigator Paul McCarthy is an expert in business litigation and family law. One client testifies, “Paul McCarthy was proficient in business litigation and business valuation.” McCarthy represented Advance Tooling Systems in a dispute involving extra charges involving the movement and re-assembly of one of North America’s largest stamping presses.