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Commercial and General Litigation

When results matter.

There is no second place in litigation. Clients from Fortune 100 corporations to family businesses and individuals have turned to our award-winning litigators to handle their most important cases and solve their most difficult problems.

Professional sports franchises, public utilities, prominent political figures, major banks, governments, auto manufacturers and suppliers, family businesses, and many others have relied on our attorneys to get results and achieve their goals.

In the last year alone, our attorneys have:

  • Overturned a $21 million jury verdict by the Court of Appeals and had that decision upheld by the Michigan Supreme Court;
  • Won a $6 million verdict in favor of a corporate client against the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, reversing improper business tax assessments;
  • Successfully defended and resolved class action basement flooding matters involving thousands of potential plaintiffs;
  • Achieved summary disposition on all major claims of a Greek distributor of our client's products (including claims for fraud and claims based on Greek law), and successfully defended the win on appeal; and
  • Successfully defended dozens of quiet title actions and challenges to the County's tax foreclosure process on behalf of real estate developers.

Aggressive yet pragmatic, our lawyers have a particular focus on finance, fraud, and fiduciary issues; municipal and election law and policy; health care; public authorities and utilities; franchise, supplier, and distribution issues; appeals; class action suits; real estate; and contract and general commercial disputes.

Before joining Ottenwess, Taweel & Schenk to run the Commercial and Governmental Litigation practice, Tom Bruetsch spent 18 years at one of Michigan's largest and most respected firms. He has taken matters to trial or arbitration in Michigan, Arizona, Texas, and the United Kingdom, and has argued before the Michigan Supreme Court. The firm's Managing Partner, David Ottenwess, specializes in professional liability claims, healthcare, contracts, labor and employment, constitutional and election law litigation matters and has more than fifty jury verdicts worth of experience. Tony Taweel defends health care providers in medical malpractice litigation and is presently defending a local transit agency against a significant insurance claim. Stephanie Ottenwess litigates healthcare issues and is an experienced appellate practitioner. John Monnich, Sr. has more than one hundred trials worth of experience, focusing his practice in the areas of insurance law and healthcare defense.

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