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Bradley S. Defoe Partner

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Tricia Adgate, 248/567-7833

Litigation and Trial Experience

Brad is a member of the litigation team, concentrating in commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He focuses his practice on commercial contract disputes, creditors' rights and collections, and landlord/tenant matters, construction lien litigation and other real estate disputes.


  • Syracuse University College of Law
    Syracuse, New York
    J.D., magna cum laude, 2006
    Syracuse Law Review
    Syracuse Law and Technology Journal
  • Syracuse University
    Syracuse, New York
    B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, Broadcast Journalism, 2003

Representative Matters

  • True Temper Sports, Inc v Ralco Industries, Inc, 2016 WL 8376740 (WD Tenn, October 14, 2016) (represented automotive supplier in contract dispute)
  • Randall S Miller & Associates, PC v Pitney Bowes Inc, 2016 WL 1242356 (ED Mich, March 20, 2016) (represented software and equipment provider in contract dispute)
  • Matter v Verstraete, 2015 WL 7911160, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued [December 3, 2015] (Docket No. 322514) (represented property owner in dispute concerning right of first refusal)
  • Francis & High Properties, LLC v Happy's Pizza Franchise, LLC, 2015 WL 7283382, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued (November 17, 2015) (Docket No. 332678) (represented landlord in lease dispute) 
  • Legacy Five, LLC v City of Jackson, 495 Mich 1002; 846 NW2d 51 (2014) (represented property owner in dispute regarding rental property inspection fees) 
  • Independent Bank v Baarstad, 2014 WL 238128, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued [January 21, 2014] (Docket No. 314894) (represented bank in dispute with guarantor) 

Professional Affiliations

  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan

Community Involvement

  • Achieve Charter Academy in Canton, Board of Directors
  • Novi Parks and Recreation, volunteer coach


  • Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, since 2013
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