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August 15th, 2018

The Miller Law Firm is proud to announce that six of its attorneys have been named in The Best Lawyers® in America for 2019. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and a highly respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. Recognition in Best Lawyers® is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

Powell Miller is recognized in the practices of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, and Securities Litigation. Mr. Miller has been named in Best Lawyers® since 2006.

Mr. Miller has just received the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” honor in the area of Antitrust Litigation.  Congratulations Powell!

Marc L. Newman is named in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation, marking his seventh consecutive year of being recognized in Best Lawyers®.

Thomas Wienner is recognized in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants and he has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2014.  Mr. Wienner received the honor for “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants in 2018.

Lawrence J. Murphy is named in Best Lawyers® for Commercial Litigation. Mr. Murphy has received this recognition since 2011.

Kevin F. O’Shea is honored in Best Lawyers® for the practice of Commercial Litigation for the third consecutive year.

Richard L. (Tony) Braun, II is recognized in the practice of Product Liability Litigation for Plaintiffs in Best Lawyers®. This is Mr. Braun’s sixth consecutive selection for this honor.

December 20th, 2017

Miller Law Firm attorneys, Sharon Almonrode and Martha Olijnyk were recently named among the most notable women lawyers in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business.

Sharon S. Almonrode

When Sharon Almonrode wins, she wins big.

“Ms. Almonrode is a brilliant, tenacious trial lawyer, and you want her on your side and never against you,” said Norman Lippitt, a former Oakland County circuit judge.

Almonrode oversees more than 90 class action lawsuits related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, pension funds, financial services, consumer protections, securities, antitrust and more.

Almonrode, who currently sits on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the highly publicized Epipen consumer pricing controversy, also is a member of numerous legal associations and on the board of advisers of the Detroit Urban Debate League.

In the past two years, she has been lead or co-lead counsel in two class action suits netting 100 percent recovery of attorneys’ fees and damages, with one suit awarded more than $51 million. In five years, Almonrode has played a role in recovering more than $500 million.

She also set a legal precedent by successfully litigating an unusual case against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan claiming that highly compensated retirees could assert claims when their employer erred in applying tax liability.

 

Martha J. Olijnyk

Martha Olijnyk, barrister of the Oakland County Bar Association, began leading her firm’s automotive litigation and counseling practice group in 2012.

Over the past two years, she has defended an $80 million dispute involving a tier two supplier and was the lead attorney for two successful trials, valued at $12 million, involving two tier one automotive suppliers. She also prevailed at a jury trial involving intellectual property and trade secrets.

“She is exceptionally well-organized, thoughtful and doesn’t back down when she knows she’s on the right side,” said Marc Newman, a senior partner at Miller Law.

Said Miller Law partner Kevin O’Shea: “I’ve often marveled at Martha’s enviable ability to remain calm and focused, even in the midst of the most intense litigation hurricanes. Her unique combination of skills has made her that rare lawyer — successful in the extreme, yet well-liked and respected by all.”

Besides her legal cases, Olijnyk worked with outside vendors and trained attorneys and staff when she led her firm’s transition to a new electronic case management system.

December 8th, 2017

Attorney Representatives Will Provide Update On New Class Action Lawsuit

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Environmental and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich will host a community meeting at Comstock Park High School on December 16 to speak with residents about the PFAS water contamination that is affecting Kent County. Groundwater testing revealed the contamination in the summer and fall of 2017 and many residents have been warned not to drink water from their wells for the foreseeable future.

On December 1, the first class action lawsuit was filed against Wolverine WorldWide and 3M for dumping toxic waste and polluting the groundwater in Belmont, Rockford, Plainfield and other areas of Kent County. The lawsuit seeks immediate blood testing, monitoring, and damages for residents who have been harmed by the pollution. Attorneys from The Miller Law Firm, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, and Weitz & Luxenberg will join Brockovich at the meeting to discuss the lawsuit and provide an update for residents.

WHAT:
Community meeting to discuss Kent County PFAS water contamination and class action lawsuit

WHO:
Erin Brockovich, Environmental & Consumer Advocate
The Miller Law Firm
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd
Weitz & Luxenberg

WHEN:
Saturday, December 16 at 2:00 PM

WHERE:
Comstock Park High School Gymnasium
150 6 Mile Rd NE,
Comstock Park, MI 49321

Media Contacts:
Jane Hardey, jane@marathonstrategies.com, 212-390-1225
Carly Sullivan, carly@marathonstrategies.com, 212-390-0447

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The Miller Law Firm
The Miller Law Firm is Michigan’s pre-eminent class action law firm, obtaining billions of dollars in recoveries in cases involving complex issues, including consumer protection and fraud. It has successfully represented plaintiffs in class actions across the country.

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, with 200 attorneys in 10 offices nationwide, represents consumers across the country in a variety of important and unprecedented class actions. The Firm’s attorneys have taken a leading role in many of the largest federal and state consumer fraud, environmental, human rights and public health cases throughout the United States.

Weitz & Luxenberg
Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. is among the nation’s leading and most readily recognized personal injury and consumer protection law firms with offices in several cities around the country, including Detroit, MI. The firm’s numerous litigation areas include: mesothelioma, defective medicine and devices, environmental pollutants, products liability, consumer protection, accidents, personal injury, and medical malpractice.

December 5th, 2017

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
Date: December 5, 2017

FIRST CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST WOLVERINE WORLDWIDE AND 3M OVER TOXIC WASTE DUMPING IN MICHIGAN

Complaint Alleges PFAS Chemicals from Scotchgard Contaminated Drinking Water in Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (DEC. 5) — A national team of law firms today announced a new class action lawsuit against Wolverine WorldWide, 3M Corporation and Waste Management Inc. for dumping toxic waste and polluting groundwater in Belmont, Rockford and other areas in Kent County. This is the first environmental class action lawsuit filed against these companies, and it seeks immediate blood testing, monitoring, and damages for residents who have been harmed by the pollution.

Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, who is working with the legal team and has championed the cause of PFAS victims in Kent County, said: “The scope of this contamination is alarming, and thousands in Kent County are now faced with unsafe drinking water and increased health risks. This lawsuit puts these corporations on notice that they will be held accountable for their actions and should make it clear to other corporate polluters that they can’t get away with poisoning our water.”

According to the complaint, which was filed by The Miller Law Firm, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, and Weitz & Luxenberg, footwear manufacturer Wolverine WorldWide dumped waste containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, from 3M’s Scotchgard product at more than 75 sites in Kent County. PFAS exposure has been linked to serious health problems, including cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and developmental and reproductive problems.

Wolverine used Scotchgard to waterproof the leather in its shoes and boots beginning in the 1950s. The lawsuit alleges that Wolverine and 3M were aware of Scotchgard’s dangers to human health for decades, but covered up the truth until unrelated groundwater testing revealed the contamination in the summer and fall of 2017. Waste Management is alleged to have participated by transporting, dumping, and maintaining contaminated materials throughout the region.

Limited testing has revealed high levels of PFAS in the areas where the dumping occurred. The scope of the contamination has expanded greatly in recent months as authorities continue to investigate and residents come forward to identify new dump sites. Some residents have found PFAS in their wells beyond the current guidelines set by government agencies, and many residents have been warned not to drink water from their wells for the foreseeable future.

“It’s important to work as quickly as possible to identify the full scope of the contamination and force the companies to pay for the damage,” says Sharon Almonrode, Chair of the Class Action Group at The Miller Law Firm. “A class action is the best way to obtain a legal recovery that will benefit everyone who’s been harmed. Our team of attorneys has the commitment, experience, and resources to go toe-to-toe with these companies.”

Erin Brockovich will join the three law firms at a community meeting to explain next steps in the litigation and answer questions from residents. The evening meeting will be held the week of December 11, 2017 at a date and time to be announced shortly.  Information will be available on the law firms’ websites where you can also find a copy of the complaint:  www.millerlawpc.com, www.weitzlux.com and www.rgrdlaw.com.

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The Miller Law Firm
The Miller Law Firm is Michigan’s pre-eminent class action law firm, obtaining billions of dollars in recoveries in cases involving complex issues, including consumer protection and fraud.    It has successfully represented plaintiffs in class actions across the country.

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd
Robbins Geller Rudoman & Dowd LLP, with 200 attorneys in 10 offices nationwide, represents consumers across the country in a variety of important and unprecedented class actions.  The Firm’s attorneys have taken a leading role in many of the largest federal and state consumer fraud, environmental, human rights and public health cases throughout the United States.

Weitz & Luxenberg
Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. is among the nation’s leading and most readily recognized personal injury and consumer protection law firms with offices in several cities around the country, including Detroit, MI. The firm’s numerous litigation areas include: mesothelioma, defective medicine and devices, environmental pollutants, products liability, consumer protection, accidents, personal injury, and medical malpractice.

Press Release

Filed Class Action Complaint

Media Contacts:

Jane Hardey
jane@marathonstrategies.com
212-390-1225

Carly Sullivan
carly@marathonstrategies.com
212-390-0447

October 12th, 2017

DETROIT – Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson today announced a joint lawsuit against multiple drug manufacturers and distributors alleging the deceptive marketing and sale of opioids – a dangerous, highly addictive and often lethal class of painkillers, including OxyContin and Fentanyl. The lawsuit, the first such suit filed in Michigan, comes as opioid-related deaths continue to climb and opioid-related addiction continues to devastate communities across the country.

“This is a full-blown health crisis from which the drug companies made billions,” Executive Evans said. “People are dying and lives are being ruined by addiction as this horrible tragedy unfolds. We see the devastation every day in our hospitals, in our jails and at the morgue, and it’s getting worse. There has to be a price to be paid when corporations show such disregard for human life.”

The lawsuit alleges that one of the main drivers of the catastrophic nationwide opioid epidemic is drug manufacturers’ deceptive marketing and sale of opioids to treat chronic pain, including their concerted, coordinated strategy to shift the way in which doctors and patients think about pain and to encourage the widespread prescribing and use of opioids.

The complaint alleges that defendants intentionally misled doctors and patients about the appropriate uses, risks, safety, and efficacy of prescription opioids while downplaying the risks of addiction. The defendants in the case are Purdue Pharma, L.P., Cephalon, Inc., Endo International, PLC, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd., Teva Pharmaceuticals, USA, Inc., Insys Therapeutics, Inc., AmerisourceBergen Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., McKesson Corporation, Mallinckrodt PLC. and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

“The opioid industry has taken a page out of big tobacco’s playbook,” Executive Patterson said. “They utilized misleading information, marketing campaigns, and studies to convince the public that their product was safe. They put profits over people and now people are paying the price, some with their lives.”

In all, more than 183,000 people died in the United States between 1999 and 2015 from overdoses directly related to prescription opioids. In 2016, opioid-related deaths in Wayne County alone totaled 817, up from 506 in 2015, a 61% increase. Opioid related deaths in Oakland County increased 267% from 9 deaths in 2009 to 33 deaths in 2015.

Wayne and Oakland Counties have also suffered significant financial consequences that continue to grow as a result of opioid over-prescription and addiction, including increased costs for law enforcement, courts, jails, emergency and medical care services, public works, and substance abuse treatment and diversion plans.

“There was a concerted, and tragically successful effort to get more doctors to prescribe these drugs while distorting the conversation about addiction,” said Lead Counsel E. Powell Miller of The Miller Law Firm, which is representing both Wayne and Oakland counties. “As communities like Oakland and Wayne County continue to shoulder the burden of this epidemic, justice demands that the companies responsible pay for the tragedy they’ve created.”

The complaint alleges that defendants, including McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Cardinal Health which are each among the top 15 companies in the Fortune 500, have reaped tremendous profits from these practices. In 2011, pharmaceutical companies generated revenues of $11 billion from opioid sales alone[1].

The complaint was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Plaintiffs Wayne and Oakland counties are represented by The Miller Law Firm, P.C. and Robbins, Geller, Rudman & Dowd LLP. In order to have the strongest legal representation, the Corporation Counsels of Wayne County, Zenna Elhasan and Oakland County, Keith Lerminiaux sought out the most highly qualified firms to pursue this litigation.

Media Contact:
Jim Martinez, 313-967-1357
jmartinez@waynecounty.com
Bill Mullan, 248-858-1048
mullanw@oakgov.com

Filed Opioid Complaint

Opioid Complaint Exhibits 1-50

Opioid Complaint Exhibits 51-111

Official Press Release

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[1] Market Research Firm Frost & Sullivan cited in ”OxyContin: Purdue Pharma’s Painful Medicine,” Fortune Magazine, https://www.google.com/amp/amp.timeinc.net/fortune/2011/11/09/oxycontin-purdue-pharmas-painful medicine

August 21st, 2017

The Miller Law Firm is honored to announce that five of its attorneys have been named in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2018. Best Lawyers is the oldest and a highly respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. Recognition in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

Powell Miller is recognized in the practices of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, and Securities Litigation. Miller has been named in Best Lawyers since 2006.
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Marc L. Newman is named in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation, marking his sixth consecutive year of being recognized in Best Lawyers.
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Richard L. (Tony) Braun, II is recognized in the practice of Product Liability Litigation for Plaintiffs in Best Lawyers. This is Mr. Braun’s fifth consecutive selection for this honor.
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Kevin F. O’Shea is honored in Best Lawyers for the practice of Commercial Litigation for the second consecutive year.
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Lawrence J. Murphy is named in Best Lawyers for Commercial Litigation. Mr. Murphy has received this recognition since 2011.
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August 4th, 2017

Congratulations to David Goodrich for being honored as an Unsung Legal Hero by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. This award honors law firm employees who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty, often behind the scenes. This award is reserved for the state’s most talented and dedicated legal support professionals.

David has been instrumental in preparing visual demonstrative exhibits for trial. He has approximately 10 major trials/arbitrations under his belt before spending a single day as a law student. In the Farmington Hills v. Wells Fargo case, he created thematic slides for the opening statement that were praised by two different mock juries, made the final cut for an opening statement that more than a million dollars was spent to prepare in a very complicated securities lending case. The case settled for $62.5 million. In the Karmanos v. Compuware case, Mr. Goodrich created visual images of sharks circling around the Compuware building and created a visual Trojan horse in the opening statement and visually destroyed it in the closing argument. His work was important in obtaining a $16.5 million award. Last summer in a jury trial in federal court on a key liability bifurcated trial, after the jury ruled in our favor the first thing they said is how much the visual evidence helped them understand the case. David will soon start law school and be an amazing lawyer.

  1. Why did you choose a career in the legal field?

Growing up my Dad worked as a prosecutor for the State of Michigan so I was always intrigued with the practice of law. However, it wasn’t until I experienced the thrill of litigation that I knew that this is what I wanted to do. Litigation is a rollercoaster ride of twists and turns and highs and lows, but in the end, I know it’s a ride that I want to get back in line for, again and again.

  1. What is the best part of your job?

Definitely the learning and experience. Since starting at Miller I have been on the frontlines in over nine trials with almost every Partner at our firm. Last year, in a three week jury trial we had to explain the molecular relationship between different chemical ingredients. The year before that I participated in an arbitration involving Peter Karmanos’ employment dispute and also prepared for a jury trial arguing damages for depressed wages on behalf of Detroit area nurses. And before that I even moved into an apartment in St. Paul, Minn., as we prepared for a federal jury trial that required us to explain a complex securities investment program, involving hundreds of millions of dollars and abstract financial concepts. Being able to learn more about your clients industry, while at the same time working firsthand with and against some of the most talented lawyers in the country is something you can’t beat or find anywhere else.

  1. What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?

Lately it has been catching up on sleep, but when I do find time I try and spend it on the golf course, although my handicap might not reflect that. Aside from that, I am excited to see the upswing of Detroit and I spend a lot of time downtown. I will also never pass on an opportunity to go to a Tiger’s game.

August 1st, 2017

DETROIT – The Miller Law Firm is currently investigating Wells Fargo for improperly charging customers for auto insurance.

Between 2012 and 2017 Wells Fargo charged more than 800,000 customers for auto insurance they did not want or need. The New York Times reported that the “insurance, which the bank required, was more expensive than car insurance that customers often already obtained on their own.” The bank also confirmed to the New York Times that it engaged in improper insurance practices.

According to a report, by the Oliver Wyman consulting firm, the expenses incurred by Wells Fargo customers to pay for the unnecessary insurance resulted in wrongful repossessions, added costs for late fees, and insufficient funds and harmed consumer credit scores.

The bank also violated disclosure requirements in Arkansas, Michigan Mississippi, Tennessee and Washington, which required the bank to notify customers before the insurance was imposed.

***UPDATE***

August 3, 2017 – A class action lawsuit has been filed against Wells Fargo in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. A copy of the Complaint and Notice can be found using the links below.

2017-08-02-Certificate and Notice of Interested Parties

2017-08-03-Complaint

If you or someone you know obtained a car loan from Wells Fargo and were charged for unnecessary or unwanted insurance as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact the Miller Law Firm at 248-841-2200 or visit www.Miller.law for more information.

January 19th, 2017

The Miller Law Firm has been appointed co-lead counsel in a national securities class action alleging that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, N.V. (FCA) misled investors by improperly inflating its sales numbers. The action is captioned Samaras v. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., et al., No. 2:16-cv-12803-LVP-SDD and is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period the Defendants made false and misleading statements and failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business and operations to investors, in part by purposely inflating FCA’s vehicle sales numbers and falsely promoting the Company’s apparent streak of U.S. monthly vehicle sales growth (on a year-over-year basis).

FCA is an international automotive group engaged in designing, engineering, manufacturing, distributing, and selling vehicles, components, and production systems.  Its vehicles are sold under the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Lancia, and Ram brands and the SRT performance vehicle designation. FCA sells vehicles in the United States through its U.S. subsidiary, FCA US LLC (“FCA US”).

January 12th, 2017

The Rochester Bar Association (RBA) will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to discuss the topic of business development strategies among professionals. The meeting will take place at the Rochester Mills Beer Co., 400 Water St. in Rochester. This is a good opportunity for new attorneys to gain some insights and tips and for established attorneys to brush up on techniques or add to their repertoires.

The featured speaker will be Matthew Gurwin of Doeren Mayhew, who spoke to the Rochester Bar Association about two years ago. This is a good opportunity to share feedback and reflect on strategies that have worked. Please be ready to share your own tips too!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Martha Olijnyk of the Miller Law Firm at 248-841-2200

January 6th, 2017

Powell Miller has a simple philosophy that has served him well in building the premier litigation law firm in Michigan while putting together an undefeated trial record: “We’re going to out-work our opponent, we’re going to out-think our opponent, we’re going to out-strategize our opponent.” The most recent issue of Leading Lawyers includes a feature article on Powell Miller that offers unique insights into his winning formula for success.

In addition to founding the Miller Law Firm, Powell Miller has been named as one of the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2005 by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report, including being selected as Lawyer of the Year three different times. Those accolades compliment his long streak as one of Super Lawyers’ Top Ten Attorneys in Michigan. Focusing his practice on all aspects of litigation, Powell has represented clients throughout the United States, including various Fortune 500 companies.

Since 1996, Powell Miller has recovered over $2 billion in combined settlements and thirteen consecutive trial victories, including several verdicts in the tens of millions of dollars.

Click here to read the full Leading Lawyers article featuring Powell Miller. The article can also be found in the Leading Lawyers insert in the Crain’s Detroit Business Book of Lists 2017.

January 4th, 2017

Detroit, MI – Nine attorneys from the Miller Law Firm have been recognized in the Super Lawyers® Business Edition Annual Directory as being the top business litigators in Michigan. There are only 40 lawyers total that are listed in this category. The nine Miller Law attorneys listed include:

Richard (Tony) Braun II

Brian Etzel

Ann Miller

Powell Miller

Lawrence Murphy

Marc Newman

Martha Olijnyk

Kevin O’Shea

David Viar

The Miller Law Firm is headquartered in Rochester, Michigan and is recognized throughout the United States as a leader in complex business lawsuits and securities and consumer class action litigation, representing individuals, investors, and companies of all sizes.

The Super Lawyers® list is comprised of the top 5% of attorneys in each state selected via a patented process that includes independent research, peer nominations and evaluation. Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Thomson Reuters.

November 30th, 2016

The Miller Law Firm is proud to announce that it has been named as a Best Law Firm for 2017 by the U.S. News & World Report. The firm received a Tier 1 Metropolitan ranking for the practices of commercial and securities litigation in the Troy area. The U.S. News ranks law firms based upon a rigorous evaluation process encompassing client and lawyer evaluations, peer review, and review of additional information provided by law firms.

October 10th, 2016

DETROIT, MI On September 14, 2016 the Miller Law Firm received a judgment of no cause of action based on a unanimous jury verdict in Blumberg v. DocNetwork LLC, et al. Partners Kevin F. O’Shea and Emily H. Hughes tried the case before Judge Mark Goldsmith in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The six-day trial involved a claim by Plaintiff that she was a partner in Defendant, DocNetwork LLC, and was entitled to half the value of the company. The jury heard testimony from nine witnesses, including two business valuation experts, before rendering its verdict for Defendants. Associate Shannon King and Legal Analyst David Goodrich rounded out the trial team.

October 7th, 2016

The Miller Law Firm is pleased to announce that five of its attorneys have received “Top” recognitions in the 2016 edition of Michigan Super Lawyers. The recognitions, by attorney, are:

Sharon S. Almonrode

  • Top 5: 2016 Michigan Consumer Super Lawyer
  • Top 25: 2016 Women Consumer Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Top 50: 2016 Women Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Top 50: 2016 Michigan Consumer Super Lawyer
  • Top 100: 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer

Powell Miller*

  • Top 5: 2016 Michigan Business Super Lawyers
  • Top 10: 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer
  • Top 50: 2016 Michigan Business Super Lawyer
  • Top 100: 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer

Marc L. Newman*

  • Top 50: 2016 Michigan Business Super Lawyer
  • Top 100: 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer

Kevin F. O’Shea

  • Top 100: 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer

Martha J. Olijnyk

  • Top 25: 2016 Women Michigan Business Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Top 50: 2016 Women Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Top 50: 2016 Michigan Business Super Lawyer
  • Top 100: 2016 Michigan Super Lawyer

*Attorney has been named in Super Lawyers for 10+ years.

October 5th, 2016

DBusiness, Detroit’s Premier Business Journal, has recognized Sharon S. Almonrode, Richard L. (Tony) Braun II, E. Powell Miller, and Marc L. Newman as Top Lawyers for 2016. 

October 2nd, 2016

The Miller Law Firm is proud to announce that five of its attorneys have been included in The Best Lawyers® in America for 2017. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and a highly respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. Recognition in Best Lawyers® is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

 Powell Miller is recognized in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Securities Litigation. He has been named in Best Lawyers® since 2006.

 

Marc L. Newman is named in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation, marking his fifth consecutive year of being recognized in Best Lawyers®.

 

Richard L. (Tony) Braun, II is recognized in the areas of Product Liability Litigation for Plaintiffs in Best Lawyers®. This is Mr. Braun’s fourth consecutive selection for this honor.

 

Kevin F. O’Shea is honored in Best Lawyers® for the practice of Commercial Litigation.

 

Lawrence J. Murphy is named in Best Lawyers® for Commercial Litigation. He has received this recognition since 2011.

September 27th, 2016

Fourteen Miller Law Firm attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list for 2016. Super Lawyers is a highly regarded rating service of outstanding attorneys based upon independent research and peer review. The Miller Law Firm attorneys recognized on this year’s lists include:

 

Super Lawyers:

Sharon S. Almonrode

Richard L. (Tony) Braun, II

Brian E. Etzel

Christopher D. Kaye

Ann L. Miller

Powell Miller

Lawrence J. Murphy

Marc L. Newman

Kevin F. O’Shea

Martha J. Olijnyk

David B. Viar

 

Rising Stars:

Devon P. Allard

Ryan Jarnagian

Lauren G. Northrop

September 15th, 2016

Dan Gilbert and Stephen Ross donate a combined $10 million to Wayne State University’s Law School. Both Ross and Gilbert were inducted into the Miller Family Wayne Law Alumni Wall of Fame. Click here to read more.

September 15th, 2016

Wayne State University Law School unveils the Miller Family Wayne Alumni Wall of Fame. This is the highest award presented by Wayne State University Law School. Click here to see this years inductees.

August 18th, 2016

The Miller Law Firm is excited to welcome Lawrence J. Murphy as a Partner to the firm. Over the past several years Mr. Murphy has regularly been featured in Michigan Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and DBusiness, Top Lawyers. Mr. Murphy has extensive litigation experience in a wide spectrum of business and commercial matters.

July 26th, 2016

E. Powell Miller has been featured in Crain’s Detroit Business as 1 of 14 lead attorneys driving the big verdicts, major settlements and interesting litigation around the state. Read more here.

May 24th, 2016

Shannon C. King has joined the firm as an associate.  Ms. King received her J.D., cum laude, from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2015.

March 21st, 2016

March 21, 2016 – The Miller Law Firm is pleased to announce that Mahde Abdallah has joined the firm as an associate.  Mahde is a 2015 graduate of Wayne State University Law School where he received the Order of the Coif award.

January 1st, 2016

The Miller Law Firm is pleased to announce that Emily Hughes has been elected Partner with the firm.  Ms. Hughes joined the Firm in 2007 and concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, including breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, shareholder oppression, fraudulent transfer claims, and ERISA litigation.

March 20th, 2015

The Miller Law Firm is pleased to welcome the addition of Andrew M. Gonyea to the Firm. Mr. Gonyea is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School. During law school, he completed a judicial internship with the Hon. George Caram Steeh, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  Prior to law school, Mr. Gonyea worked in Washington, D.C. as a communications professional. He also completed a press internship with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.

March 2nd, 2015

 The Miller Family, E. Powell Miller and Ann L. Miller of The Miller Law Firm and their father, Bruce A. Miller of Miller Cohen, PLC, will be honored as distinguished alumni of Wayne State University Law School at this year’s annual Treasure of Detroit Gala on April 25, 2015 at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  Since its inception in 1998, the Treasure of Detroit has been Wayne Law’s premiere event for honoring those who have made a lasting contribution to the practice of law, as well as to the growth and success of the Law School.

February 24th, 2015

E. Powell Miller was a guest speaker at a luncheon for the Lansing Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants. The topic was “Judgment Matters When Writing E-Mails Using Government Resources.”

January 8th, 2015

The Miller Law Firm obtained summary judgment on liability on behalf of a certified class of retirees against the Henkel Corporation in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.  The claim was brought under the civil enforcement provisions of ERISA.  The Court found that Henkel breached the plan documents when it failed to properly and timely deduct FICA taxes at the time of retirement, depriving the retirees of the benefit of the Internal Revenue Code’s “Special Timing” and “Nonduplication Rules” and subjecting them to taxes that they would not have had to pay but for the error.  This resulted in a reduction in benefits for the retirees.   See Davidson v. Henkel Corp., No. 12-cv-14103.

December 31st, 2014

Ryan Jarnagin was elected to the Board of Directors for The Auburn Hills Community Foundation with a term ending December 31, 2016. The organization awards grants to non-profit groups, schools, and local units of government. The Foundation’s areas of focus include senior citizens, veterans and active duty military, children, healthy living initiatives, and environmental issues.

December 17th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm is proud to announce the promotion of Chris D. Kaye to Partner. Mr. Kaye joined the Firm in 2009. He was recently a critical member of the litigation team working on the class action which settled against Wells Fargo Bank this year.

November 6th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm is pleased to announce a $975 million settlement in the case of In Re American International Group, Inc. 2008 Securities Litigation, Master File No. 08-CV-4772-LTS-DCF (United States District Court, Southern District of New York) in which the Firm serves as a Lead Counsel.Click here for more information.

October 24th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm obtained an Agreed Order of Judgment against The Valspar Corporation related to its Guardsman Furniture Protection Plans Division in the Eastern District of Michigan. Sweeping reformation to the Service Procedures in the Plans will benefit eight million consumers across the country. See Briede v. The Valspar Corporation, No. 12-cv- 13406.

September 26th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm, P.C. won certification of a class of retirees in an action against the Henkel Corporation in which it is alleged that Henkel improperly administered the top hat retirement plan, resulting in a significant reduction of retirement benefits to the class.  The case is pending in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.  See Davidson v Henkel Corp., Henkel Corp., No. 12-cv-14103.

September 5th, 2014

E. Powell Miller was honored by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine with the feature cover story for its 2014 annual edition. Titled “The Natural,” the reporter further described Mr. Miller as: “Litigator E. Powell Miller loves the national pastime and has one of his own: winning multimillion-dollar cases.” The article goes on to proclaim that: “The Miller Law Firm has become a go-to firm in the Detroit area for auto supply chain disputes and shareholder rights cases.” Click here to read the full article.

September 4th, 2014

Eighteen attorneys at The Miller Law Firm have been named to Michigan Super Lawyers for 2014. For the sixth consecutive year, E. Powell Miller has been named to the exclusive Super Lawyers Top 10 list and Marc Newman, Martha J. Olijnyk, Richard L. (Tony) Braun, II, Kevin F. O’Shea, Sharon Almonrode have been named to the Top 100 Super Lawyers list. Martha J. Olijnyk and Sharon Almonrode are recognized as part of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan. The following attorneys are also recognized as Michigan Super Lawyers for 2014: Jayson E. Blake, Brian Etzel, Christopher D. Kaye, Ann L. Miller, Adam T. Schnatz, David B. Viar and Melissa D. Wojnar-Raycraft. And, these attorneys have been named as Rising Stars for 2014: Devon P. Allard, Emily E. Hughes, Ryan Jarnagin, and Lauren Northrop.

September 3rd, 2014

 Kevin F. O’Shea has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Third Path Institute, a national nonprofit organization that assists individuals, families, and organizations in finding new ways to support an integrated approach to work and life. Third Path officials recently took part in the first-ever National Summit on Working Fathers held at the White House on June 9, 2014. Find out more about Third Path at www.thirdpath.org.

August 18th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm, P.C. is pleased to announce that the United States District Court, District of Minnesota granted final approval of a $62.5 million settlement in a class action against Wells Fargo Bank on behalf of participants in the Bank’s securities lending program. The total settlement amount is among the largest recoveries achieved in a securities lending class action stemming from the 2008 financial crisis. The settlement was literally achieved on the courthouse steps the weekend before a jury trial was scheduled to commence. E. Powell Miller stated that, “Wells Fargo had prevailed on a similar case just last year, but we were not about to back down. This settlement represents an outstanding result for the pensions and other investors. Our success was only possible after years of hard -fought litigation and intense trial preparation.” The settlement proceeds will be shared by a class of approximately 100 pension funds, corporations, insurance companies and others who participated in Wells Fargo Bank’s securities lending program from January 1, 2006 to present. The City of Farmington Hills Employees Retirement System v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Civil No. 10-4372 DWF/JJG. Click here for more information.

July 27th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm succeeded in earning two of the top five Class Action Settlement rankings in the Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly ’s annual survey of “Million-Dollar Verdicts & Settlements 2013.” The firms’ securities fraud class-action lawsuit, In Re: Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd. Securities Litigation in the Eastern District of Michigan, settled for $2,975,000. And, the firm’s class action relating to the sale of TechTeam Global Inc. to Stefanini International Holdings Ltd. and its subsidiary, Platinum Merger Sub Inc., In Re TechTeam Global Inc. Shareholder Litigation in Oakland County Circuit Court, settled for $1,775,000.

June 26th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm is a proud sponsor of the fifth annual Danielle Karmanos’ Work It Out Motor City Bike Ride taking place on Belle Isle, July 19, 2014. Funds raised benefit the Danielle Karmanos’ Work It Out (DKWIO) campaign, which is a non-profit organization that works to promote a healthy lifestyle for children across Southeast Michigan. To learn more click here.

June 25th, 2014

One of the Miller Law Firms antitrust class action lawsuits has been featured in the Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Verdicts and Settlements column. In the case of In re: Refrigerant Compressors Antitrust Litigation, the plaintiffs, represented by the Miller Law Firm, alleged a conspiracy where several compressor manufactures engaged in anti-competitive practices which resulted in members of the class paying higher prices than they otherwise would. After an extensive investigation and years of litigation the Miller Law Firm reached separate settlement agreements with the defendants, resulting in a settlement award of $30 million. Click here to read the full article.

June 17th, 2014

E. Powell Miller joined the University of Michigan’s head basketball coach, John Beilein and other industry professionals to speak at the “BLB&G Seminar on Litigation and Michigan’s Pension Funds” in Ann Arbor. The seminar explored the changing regulatory and legal landscapes affecting pension fund holdings as well as instructed listeners of the best practices for protecting their funds’ portfolios. Mr. Miller focused his presentation on the perspectives of the shareholder litigation process. To learn more click here.

June 5th, 2014

The Miller Law Firm has successfully settled a class action lawsuit against Well Fargo Bank N.A.’s securities lending program. Representing nearly 100 institutional investors, the Miller Law Firm argued that the bank mischaracterized its securities lending program as being safe, but instead placed significant amounts of cash collateral in high-risk investments such as structured investment vehicles which resulted in significant losses for investors. Both parties are awaiting preliminary approval of the settlement in the amount of $62.5 million.

April 7th, 2014

E. Powell Miller is lead counsel in a jury trial scheduled to start April 14, 2014 against Wells Fargo Bank involving its securities lending program. There have been two prior jury trials on this issue, one in which the jury ruled in favor of the plaintiff and one in favor of Wells Fargo. In the later trial, although the jury ruled in favor of Wells Fargo Bank, Judge Donovan Frank ruled that had he not been bound by the jury’s findings, he would have found that Wells Fargo breached its fiduciary duty. A copy of the opinion can be found here.