I am a difference maker, trial attorney, and trusted advisor. I create innovative solutions to complex problems.

Mr. Walters focuses on complex commercial litigation. He has substantial experience defending and prosecuting business litigation cases involving automotive supply controversies, real estate development and leasing, construction disputes, sales representative commission claims, computer software development and implementation failures, vendor terminations, shareholder disputes and business divorces, patent infringement claims, non-competition covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, and tortious interference and other business torts. Mr. Walters litigates various automotive industry cases and regularly counsels clients concerning automotive supply contracts, threatened supply chain disruptions, tooling transfers, and lien claims. He also has extensive experience representing municipal entities in prosecutions and a wide variety of civil matters, including the defense of fatal injury cases, sexual harassment claims, and employment law disputes.

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

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 1994
    • J.D., cum laude
  • Michigan State University, 1991
    • B.A.

Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Business Law Sections
  • Oakland County Bar Association

Admissions

  • Michigan, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1994

Professional Achievements

  • Michigan Leading Lawyers, 2015-2019
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2018

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Lead counsel in a five-week federal jury trial where we obtained a $2MM jury verdict in favor of our Tier I automotive client, the defendant in the case. Our client hired the plaintiff integrator to design, build, and install a complex automated robotic assembly line system using “free issue” robotic equipment that our client agreed to provide for the project. After encountering an array of difficulties, delays, and extra costs, the plaintiff blamed the project’s ultimate failure on the redeployed and antiquated robotic equipment that our client had provided for the system. After refusing to pay the plaintiff, our client faced a lawsuit seeking over $15MM in alleged economic damages.

  • Successfully defended a publicly traded company as lead counsel in a $10MM international automotive supplier termination and transition dispute.

  • Successfully defeated a $59MM contract claim by securing an outright dismissal for a Fortune 50 company after seven years of litigation.

  • Obtained nearly a $30MM recovery for an NFL stadium in a highly publicized dispute with a NFL franchise that threatened to abandon its lease and move to a new stadium. The case involved complicated and antiquated contracts, compounded by complex damage and mitigation issues due to the unique use and development potential of the stadium property. We also obtained dismissal of a related class action lawsuit brought by season ticket holders concerning stadium service fees. Percha v. Detroit Lions, Inc. and City of Pontiac, No. 240675 (Mich. Ct. Apps. Dec. 23, 2003).

  • Secured a $5MM jury verdict for a physician group based on a verbal promise concerning a hospital emergency room service contract.