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Howard & Howard Welcomes H. William Burdett, Jr. (Thursday, January 12, 2017)

Royal Oak, Michigan, January 12, 2017: Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that H. William Burdett, Jr. has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firm’s Royal Oak office.

Mr. Burdett concentrates his practice in commercial, probate, and free speech litigation in Michigan and across the country. He has tailored his practice to meet the needs of his diverse clientele. Be it private arbitration in Detroit, New York, Washington, D.C., or Chicago, high-stakes emergency injunctive actions to protect confidential trade secrets, or precedent-setting appellate cases, Mr. Burdett understands the impact of a strong litigation strategy in obtaining the best business results for his clients.

Mr. Burdett also recognizes that sometimes the best business result for his clients does not involve litigation at all. He has experience representing members in closely-held corporations in the negotiation and sale of their membership interests. He has also represented numerous developers on all aspects of projects throughout Detroit, and has advised his clients on standard business terms and conditions necessary to best protect their interests.

In the field of probate litigation, Mr. Burdett has represented both trustees and beneficiaries in contested trust actions for private estates valued in the tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions of dollars. He has also assisted trustees in the negotiation and disposition of complicated estates often requiring creative solutions and significant judicial oversight.

Mr. Burdett is also highly skilled in the area of defamation law in Michigan. He has been involved in every case developing the standards for anonymous online defamation lawsuits in the Michigan Court of Appeals. Mr. Burdett has represented defendants in state and federal constitutional lawsuits regarding defamation, and he has worked with national litigation teams to defend and uphold Constitutional freedoms.

Mr. Burdett received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2001 and his B.A. from Yale University in 1998. He is on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts and is the Chair of the Board for the Greening of Detroit. Mr. Burdett is licensed to practice in the State of Michigan and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Third and Federal Circuits. He is also admitted to the United States District Courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the Central District of Illinois, as well as the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners. The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California. Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax. Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.


  • Stacey M. Parzuchowski
    Marketing & Communications Manager
    Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC
    450 West Fourth Street, Royal Oak, MI 48067
    (248) 723-0412
    SParzuchowski@howardandhoward.com

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