Mr. Louisell concentrates his practice in the automotive manufacturing sector and independent automotive sales and engineering firms, providing general counsel and advice with respect to corporate/commercial needs, governmental affairs and international trade.

In addition, Mr. Louisell is a commercial litigator pursuing as well as defending commercial claims primarily in the automotive sector. His experience extends as well to dispute resolution as a certified mediator in the State of Michigan as well as his extensive experience with Arbitration both in the U.S. and in Europe.

Mr. Louisell has been representing and advising automotive suppliers and their sales and engineering representatives since his departure as a White House Appointee with the Reagan Administration in 1983. These activities have resulted in the establishment of European automotive suppliers locating in North American ultimately manufacturing and selling product to U.S. and non-U.S. OEMs and Tier I suppliers. The depth of his automotive manufacturing experience coupled with the necessary practice areas offered by Howard & Howard, allows for seamless, effective and efficient integration for non-U.S. automotive manufacturers to ship their product or locate manufacturing facilities to penetrate the North American automotive market.

Mr. Louisell received a B.A. in 1971 from Wayne State University and a J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law in 1974. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, in 1975. He was also admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1977 and the U.S. District Court, District of Pennsylvania, in 1992.

Mr. Louisell is a member of the Detroit and American Bar Associations. He is also an investigator of the Grievance Commission for the State Bar of Michigan and a member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • Michigan State University College of Law, 1974
      • J.D.
    • Wayne State University, 1971
      • B.A.
  • Admissions

    • Michigan, 1975
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1977
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1975
    • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1992
  • Professional Accomplishments

    • AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
    • dbusiness Top Lawyers, 2010
  • Memberships

    • Detroit Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
    • Grievance Commission for the State Bar of Michigan Investigator
  • Representative Matters

    • M&C Corporation v. Erwin Behr GmbH & Co. KG 87 F.3d 844 (6th Cir. 1996)
    • M&C Corporation v. Erwin Behr GmbH & Co. KG 143 F.3d 1033 (6th Cir. 1998)
    • M&C Corporation v. Erwin Behr GmbH & Co. KG 326 F.3d 772 (6th Cir. 2003)
    • M&C Corporation v. Erwin Behr GmbH & Co. KG 411 F.3d 749 (6th Cir. 2005)
    • Judgments and Awards Pursuant to Claims Made Under MCLA 600.2961
    • 1994 - M&C Erwin Behr GmbH & Co., KG. International Court of Conciliation/Arbitration Hearings conducted in London, England under the auspice of the ICC, Paris, France. 1994 Award in excess of $5,000,000, U.S.
    • 2000 - MLW v Guardian Industries Multi-million dollar Settlement (record sealed)
    • 2002 - Reputable Group v Old Line Plastics Jury Award $12.8 million - 4th largest Jury Verdict in Michigan in 2002
    • 2003 - Linsell v Applied Handling Jury Award $1.5 Million
    • Sales Engineering, Inc. v Collins & Aikman Plastics, et al Judgment $4.2 million
    • 2005 - Seager Consultants, Inc. v Insite Industries, Inc. Arbitration Award $569,775.40
    • 2006 - M&C Corn. v Erwin Behr GmbH & Co. and Behr Industries Corporation Arbitration Award $5.9 Million
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John C. Louisell

450 West Fourth Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067-2557
Office: (248) 723-0363
Cell: (313) 715-4447
Fax: (248) 645-1568