The Commercial Litigation Practice Group has represented retailers, hospitals, manufacturers, financial institutions, real estate developers, and other businesses for more than 65 years. Successful litigation, proactive counseling, and responsive client service have always been our hallmarks.
As counselors, we are trusted to thoroughly analyze the risks, costs, and benefits of a potential lawsuit. We are experienced at balancing the potential impact of a lawsuit or alternative dispute resolution with long-term business goals. As business-focused practitioners, we also provide proactive counsel to prevent or limit clients’ exposure to liability.
The ideal solution for a specific client may not be litigation, but prevention and settlement prior to a lawsuit. Thus, we provide clients with methods of avoiding litigation, and advice on using non-litigation alternatives to resolve business disputes. If negotiation fails to achieve our clients’ desired results, our premier litigation attorneys are ready to respond rapidly and efficiently.
Notably, our firm was recommended by Benchmark Litigation 2010 for having one of the leading litigation practices in Michigan. Our firm is also ranked "#1 in Traverse City in Commercial Litigation" by The Best Lawyers in America and six of our commercial litigation attorneys have been selected to be included in the Michigan Super Lawyers listing.
Above all, we take a personal interest in our clients. We listen and actively respond to their concerns and we strive to consistently exceed their expectations.
Client Successes for Commercial Litigation
In November 2011, after a two-and-a half-week jury trial, Marilyn Tyree and Beth Kromer obtained a "No Cause of Action" verdict in Ottawa County Circuit Court. The plaintiff, a 34-year-old professional roofer, fell as he attempted to take a perilous route to access the roof via the defendant’s scaffolding, without permission, and, as a result, fell and sustained very serious injuries, including multiple spinal fractures and a wrist fracture. The plaintiff claimed $6-8 million in damages, including damages related to an alleged closed-head injury and severe psychological harm. The plaintiff claimed to be completely and permanently disabled. Unusual testimony included (i) a co-worker’s testimony that the plaintiff smoked marijuana on the way to the job; (ii) testimony from police officers regarding the plaintiff’s theft of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in 2010 and his subsequent felony conviction; and (iii) testimony by the defendant’s multiple private investigators who had performed surveillance on the plaintiff. The jury found that he was a trespasser on the scaffolding to whom the defendant premises owner/general contractor owed no duty.
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Blog posts for Commercial Litigation
Smith Haughey Publications for Commercial Litigation
|Newsletter||8/8/2013||Litigation Newsletter August 2013|
|Legal Alert||7/11/2013||Michigan Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling Applies To All Michigan Limited Liability Companies|
|Legal Alert||9/28/2012||Litigation Legal Alert|
|Newsletter||11/16/2011||Legal Ease Fall 2011|
|Newsletter||5/14/2010||Legal Ease Spring 2010|
|Legal Alert||5/22/2008||Michigan Liability Law Update (May '08)|
|Legal Alert||1/16/2008||Construction Law Update (Jan. '08)|