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email:        mjl@lebowgerlach.com
office:        248.4065015
direct:        248.429.9053

Mike Lebow has practiced exclusively as a litigation and trial attorney since
conducting his first jury trial in 1981.  He has extensive experience in a wide variety of
cases including business disputes among shareholders, members and partners,
between businesses or individuals and criminal matters.  He has been board certified
by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification as a Civil Trial Specialist since

Mr. Lebow has experience in all types of trials and litigation including anti-trust, real
estate, criminal, business and partnership disputes.  He has been called upon to
represent members of the bar and judges.  He has both obtained million dollar
verdicts and successfully defended against claims for multi million dollar judgments.

Board Certification

Objective verification of expertise supplied by an independent board as a third party
agency has been the standard in medical practice for decades.  Legal specialization
has followed the same course.  While not as well known as other models, board
certification services for trial attorneys has been offered by the National Board of
Trial Advocacy (now known as the National Board of Legal Specialization) since
1978.  It was the first organization accredited by the American Bar Association to
certify attorneys as specialists.  The United States Supreme Court has described the
process which certified Mike Lebow as  

    "a highly-structured and arduous process that employs a wide range of assessment
    methods.… a rigorous and exacting set of standards and examinations on a national scale
    before certifying a lawyer as a trial specialist...  a certification of specialty by NBTA would
    indicate a level of expertise with regard to trial advocacy in excess of the level of expertise
    required for admission to the bar generally".    

Peel v. Atty. Registration & Disciplinary Comm'n, 496 U.S. 91, 96 (1990).

Dedication to excellence in the courtroom is represented by undergoing the process
of becoming board certified.  

Areas of Practice
Trial and Litigation Counsel, Complex Civil Business,
Commercial, Personal and Criminal Matters
Expert Witness, Trials and Litigation

Board Certification
Dual Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy /
National Board of Legal Specialty Certification as a Civil Trial and
Pretrial Specialist

President, National Board of Trial Advocacy, Boston, MA (2004 -
Member, ex officio, Board of Directors, National Board of Legal
Specialty Certification. Wrentham, MA (2005 - Present)
Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2007)
Charter Fellow, American Trial Lawyers Association (2007)
Fellow, State Bar Foundation of Michigan (Membership limited to
5% of Bar. Nomination and election by Fellows only)
"AV" Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (highest possible peer rating for
skills and ethics)

Admitted to Practice
1982, Michigan
1982, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
1986, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
2000, United States Supreme Court

Wayne State University, B.A., 1978
Michigan State University College of Law (f/k/a Detroit College of
Law), 1982

Disqualification of Trial Judges for Bias or Prejudice, Vol 72 Michigan
Bar Journal, No. 7, (1993)

Selected Reported Cases
Oakland County Prosecutor v Oakland Circuit Judge, (People v
Houston) 179 Mich App 753; 446 NW2d 543 (1989) (Lv Den);
Breck v. Michigan, 47 F. Supp. 2d 880, 1999 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6377 (E.
D. Mich. 1999);
Breck v. Michigan, 203 F.3d 392, (6th Cir. 2000);
Breck v. Michigan, 530 U.S. 1244, 147 L. Ed. 2d 963, 120 S. Ct. 2691,
2000 U.S. LEXIS 4201, 68 U.S.L.W. 3773 (2000);  
Hartman & Eichhorn Bldg. Co. v. Dailey, 266 Mich. App. 801, 703 N.W.
2d 496, (2005), (Lv grnt’d) 474 Mich. 1132, 712 N.W.2d 724 (2006).
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