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: • Appeals
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.
ELIZABETH A. FAVARO
Business and Commercial Litigation
• Banking and Finance
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.
• Business • Breach of Contract • Broker-Dealer • Business Torts • Class Actions • Computer Hardware and Software • Education/Schools • Employment
GEOFFREY S. WAGNER
• Environments and Energy
Litigation, Family Law
• 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.
• Manufacturing Disputes • Municipal Law • Personal Injury • Probate • Product Liability • Real Estate • Securities • Trusts
ADDITIONAL EXPERTISE JOHN R. FLEMING Business Litigation
Mr. Fleming’s primary area of practice is in defendingphysicians 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.
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. JANKOWSKI 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.
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 • Strategic analysis • Due diligence • Preliminary agreements • Transaction planning • Negotiation and documentation • Financing • Closing and post-closing
BUSINESS, CORPORATE, TRANSACTIONAL • 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
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