BUSINESS LITIGATION BUSINESS LITIGATION ATTORNEYS When a dispute surfaces in today’s world, companies and individuals face risks or the need to enforce rights on a variety of fronts: the threat of civil litigation, media and public scrutiny, and the need to recognize important rights. At GMH, we embrace challenges like these because we understand that the value we offer clients comes from our ability to solve sophisticated problems. Our lawyers prosecute and defend lawsuits in both state and federal courts throughout the Midwest. The firm has an excellent reputation for getting results in critical cases involving all types of complex issues and disputes, including:
WILLIAM H. HORTON
Board of Directors, Chair, Business and Commercial Litigation Sections Mr. Horton has been trying lawsuits for over 30 years, primarily in the areas of business and commercial disputes, employment law, and real estate. Many cases involve the automobile industry. In business litigation, Mr. Horton has tried numerous shareholder disputes, claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of non-competition agreements, and other competitive disputes. He is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
ANDREW T. BARAN
Chair, Employment and Labor Law Mr. Baran concentrates his practice in matters relating to employment and commercial disputes, including cases involving breach of contract, discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and agreements restricting competition. He has broad experience as a counselor and advisor to employers across the Midwest and provides proactive assistance in avoiding disputes and legal exposure while achieving the employer’s desired objectives.
• Appeals • Banking and Finance • Business • Breach of Contract • Broker-Dealer • Business Torts • Class Actions • Computer Hardware and Software • Education/Schools
Employment and Labor Mr. Barlow concentrates his practice in labor and employment law, non-compete law and health care law. He has over 30 years of experience representing management in virtually all aspects of workplace and labor law. Mr. Barlow defends allegations of discrimination and harassment, wrongful dismissal, and retaliation. He also has extensive experience in health care, having represented both acute care hospitals and assisted living facilities.
• Environments and Energy • Family Law • Manufacturing Disputes • Municipal Law • Personal Injury • Probate • Product Liability • Real Estate
ELIZABETH A. FAVARO
Business and Commercial Litigation Mrs. Favaro defends corporations in product liability, consumer, personal injury, and commercial matters. With more than 12 years of courtroom experience, she has managed and tried litigation matters in a variety of disputes across the state of Michigan and the country. She represents a variety of small to mid-sized companies in various commercial and employment matters, including non-compete agreements, trade secrets, insurance coverage, and franchise law.
• Trusts • Wills
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ADDITIONAL EXPERTISE GEOFFREY S. WAGNER
Litigation, Family Law Mr. Wagner concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, family law and personal injury. He has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible ranking for ethical standards and legal ability. Mr. Wagner has been named a Top Lawyer by dBusiness Magazine, a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, and a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media.
JOHN R. FLEMING
EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR • Employment discrimination claims • Breaches of contractual restrictions • Workplace harassment claims • Wage claims and collective action • ERISA claims for benefits and for breach fiduciary duty • Family and medical leave act claims • Breach of employment contract lawsuits
Business Litigation Mr. Fleming’s primary area of practice is in defending physicians of all specialties and hospitals in complex medical malpractice lawsuits. He was instrumental in every facet of the litigation and settlement of complex medical malpractice claims. Mr. Fleming has given presentations to hospital and insurance company representatives on pertinent legal issues in the health care industry.
• Strategic analysis
BUSINESS, CORPORATE, TRANSACTIONAL
Business Litigation Mr. Morgan concentrates his practice in areas of commercial litigation, employment, and real estate matters. He has experience in real estate, probate, and commercial litigation. Mr. Morgan has negotiated both international and domestic multimillion-dollar sale and procurement contracts.
RYAN LEE PERRY
Commercial Litigation, Business and Employment, Family Law Mr. Perry’s area of specialization is commercial litigation, business and employment law. He assists businesses and business owners in all areas of commercial litigation and arbitration including breach of contract, shareholder disputes, non-competition issues, collection actions and wrongful discharge. Mr. Perry has extensive experience in these areas and is known for his aggressive pursuit of his client’s claims while also providing great personal service.
NINA M. ABBOUD
Business Litigation Mrs. Abboud is an associate attorney in our Business Litigation Group. Her practice focuses in the areas of insurance defense and coverage; product liability; employment litigation; shareholder, member, and partnership disputes; and commercial litigation matters.
• Due diligence • Preliminary agreements • Transaction planning • Negotiation and documentation • Financing • Closing and post-closing
• Selection and design of business entity, including analysis of tax and non-tax issues • Formation of corporations, limited liability companies and other business organizations • Business reorganization, liquidations, and dissolutions • Mergers and acquisitions • Real estate negotiation and documentation for leasing, acquisition and financing transactions, tax appeals, and other real estate contracts • Buy-sell agreements and other separation agreements among business owners • Family and non-family business succession planning • Qualified retirement plans, deferred compensation, and health, life, disability, and other welfare plans • Non-qualified executive compensation plans, phantom stock plans, stock appreciation right plans, and option plans • Contracts with employees, agents, sales representatives, and independent contractors