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Litigation Attorney

Brett is a lead litigator in the firm’s Novi office. Brett began his career in Grand Rapids as a part of Varnum’s nationally-recognized Employment Law Team and has evolved into a trial advocate with substantial experience in complex commercial, real estate, lending and employment disputes. In 2005, Brett assisted the firm in establishing its southeast Michigan office. Brett is also a member of the firm's Recruiting and Retention Committees.

Brett has first-chair trial experience and has obtained several multimillion dollar judgments on behalf of clients.



Obtained summary judgment for Tier I automotive supplier in breach of contract/declaratory judgment action filed by Tier II supplier.

Defeated numerous Tier I suppliers' motions for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions involving supply chain disputes against Tier II suppliers, which ultimately resulted in dismissal or settlement of the Tier I suppliers' claims.

Successfully represented several large financial institutions in complex real estate and lending litigation matters, including appointment of receivers, injunctions and other equitable actions.

Obtained permanent injunction and Judgment against former employees of financial institution for trade secret violations.

Represented manufacturing, service and banking clients against discrimination and harassment claims, all resulting in summary dismissal, settlement or favorable jury and arbitration verdicts.

Successfully represented Fortune 500 company in action involving an earn-out agreement.


Honors & Recognitions

Benchmark Litigation©, Future Star since 2009

Best Lawyers in America® since 2014

DBusiness© magazine, Top Lawyer, 2015

Leading Lawyers: Commercial Litigation; Employment Law - Management

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2010

Professional Affiliations

Federal Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, Board member, 2009 - present

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements


Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, Michigan
J.D., 2001, cum laude
Order of the Coif
Wayne Law Review, Survey Editor

Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, Michigan
B.B.A., Finance, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
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