I am a trial attorney. I prosecute and defend business disputes.

Stephen Dunn has significant business litigation experience, including business ownership oppression litigation, employment litigation, sales representative commission disputes, and supplier-focused automotive litigation. Mr. Dunn also serves as outside general counsel to numerous businesses and business owners and advises corporate executives and boards on a wide variety of matters.

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Services

Business Litigation

In courtrooms, agencies, and tribunals across the country, we pursue our clients’ interests–both cost-effectively and with positive results.

Credentials

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, 2005
    • J.D.
  • LeMoyne College, 2002
    • B.A., magna cum laude

Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Association of the United States Army
  • Boys and Girls Club of South Oakland County
    • Board of Trustees
  • Oakland County Bar Association

Admissions

  • Michigan, 2005
  • Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2009
  • U.S. Army Trial Judiciary, Second Judicial Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2007

Professional Achievements

  • Michigan Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2009-2019
  • Michigan Leading Lawyers, 2019-2020
  • dbusiness, "Top Lawyers," 2013-2014; 2017; 2020
  • Crain's Detroit Business, "40 Under 40," 2014
  • Brooks Patterson's Oakland County Elite, "40 Under 40," 2013
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, "Up & Coming Lawyers," 2010
  • "Fraud, Forbearance and Bankruptcy: Proving Fraud and Obtaining a Judgment of Non-Dischargeability in Bankruptcy Court Based on Forbearance Alone." Michigan Banker Magazine, Vol. 22, No. 7, July 2010.
  • "SBM Attorney on Active Duty In The Army." Michigan Bar Journal, August 2008.
  • "Corporate Takeover Legislation and the Myth of Shareholder Ownership." Michigan Defense Quarterly, Volume 21, No. 1, July 2004.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Lead jury trial counsel in Oakland County Circuit Business Court and obtained favorable verdict for the defendant in a breach of contract action concerning an alleged $1.2MM machine purchase agreement.

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  • Lead counsel for a general contractor in a contentious dispute brought by a subcontractor in the Macomb County Circuit Business Court concerning the construction of a new senior assisted living facility. Achieved summary disposition of all of the plaintiff subcontractor’s claims, which was affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals.

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  • Summary judgment granted in favor of logistics provider client on all claims brought in federal court by two former employees who alleged wage & hour and unpaid overtime, which was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 

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  • Represented a large commercial builder client in a breach of contract case regarding its construction of a $23MM senior living facility on property that the builder had repurposed from its prior uses as a church and school. Successfully resolved all claims in the case and concluded the dispute with a sale of the property to a private equity group that resulted in a substantial profit.

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  • Obtained complete dismissal of all claims in a federal court action in favor of our client, a California company, who had purchased royalty rights from a well-known musician whose estate later brought claims seeking rescission of the contract.

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  • Obtained offensive summary disposition and judgment in the amount of $2.714MM on behalf of our internet service provider client against the client’s former employee who breached the terms of a written non-compete agreement.

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  • Successfully obtained a $1.6MM judgment for a financial services provider client on its breach of contract counterclaim after two years of litigation in Ohio state court against a publicly traded plaintiff company that had initiated the lawsuit. The plaintiff was seeking to collect the remaining $1MM it claimed was due on a $20MM stock purchase agreement. The plaintiff received nothing on its claim, and our client obtained $1.6MM on its counterclaim.

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  • Obtained $2.614MM in post-termination payments for a commissioned sales representative client who was terminated by his employer, who was an automotive components supplier.

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  • Obtained $1.7MM and $1.2MM for two different individual shareholder clients, both of whom had been frozen out by the majority shareholders of their respective companies.

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  • Served as trial counsel on behalf of a Tier I automotive supplier in a five-week federal court jury trial that resulted in a jury verdict of over $2MM net in favor of our client on its breach of contract counterclaim.

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