Michael G. Latiff

Member; Board of Directors;
Detroit
E: mlatiff@mcdonaldhopkins.com
P: 248.220.1351

Michael serves as co-chair of the firm's Business Litigation Practice and on the firm's Board of Directors.

Michael has extensive experience as lead counsel in the litigation of significant commercial, business, construction, trade secret/non-compete, real property, OSHA/MIOSHA, professional liability, products liability/recall, and automotive indirect supply chain disputes. He has tried several jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts. In addition, he has represented clients in many arbitration disputes.

His business litigation experience includes handling the defense of privately held corporations in shareholder and oppression disputes, as well as the defense of Director and Officer claims against individual board members or officers.

Further litigation experience includes product liability, toxic tort and environmental litigation. Michael has handled the defense of product liability matters relating to personal, property damage and recall claims for a varied group of manufacturing operations in the automotive (plastic injection molding, presses, and rigging), aerospace, and medical device industries. He has also defended Fortune 500 companies relating to toxic tort claims including lawsuits asserting cancer caused by exposure to Benzene and Ethylene Oxide.

Additionally, Michael has represented the largest construction and road builder industry association in Michigan for over 15 years. He has assisted its members with the appeal of Willful and Serious OSHA citations, typically involving serious injuries or deaths. He has tried several of these matters in the Administrative tribunals with great success.

He has also represented legal professionals defending against claims of malpractice and/or breach of fiduciary duties.

Michael served as lead trial counsel in an E-discovery abuse case in which he obtained a Default, Sanction, and Summary Judgment Opinion in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. This was one of the first opinions and orders of its kind in the U.S. since the modification of discovery rules. His expertise also includes significant specialized knowledge defending construction clients who have been cited for multiple penalties and large fines by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). He is a frequent author on the legal issues related to workplace safety practices.

Michael earned a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1994. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1991.

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