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 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.

Mr. Walters successfully defended a publicly-traded company as lead counsel in a $10 million international automotive supplier termination and transition dispute. He litigates various automotive industry cases and regularly counsels clients concerning automotive supply chain disruptions, tooling transfers, and lien claims.

Mr. Walters defeated a $59 million contract claim by securing an outright dismissal for Howard & Howard's Fortune 50 client after seven years of litigation.

Mr. Walters obtained a nearly $30 million recovery for an NFL stadium in a highly publicized dispute with an 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. He also obtained dismissal of a related class action lawsuit 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).

Mr. Walters secured a $5 million jury verdict for a physician group based on a verbal promise concerning a hospital emergency room service contract.

Mr. Walters received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy. While in law school, Mr. Walters served as an Associate Editor and Managing Editor of the University of Detroit Law Review.

Mr. Walters was admitted to the Michigan Bar and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan in 1994. Since then, he has also been specially admitted to practice in matters pending in various other states.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

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

    • Michigan, 1994
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1994
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1994
  • Professional Accomplishments

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

    • State Bar of Michigan Sections on Litigation, Intellectual Property and Business
    • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Representative Matters

    • Hunt Construction Group, Inc. v. Construction Services, Inc., 375 F. Supp. 2d 612 (E.D. Mich. June 30, 2005) (defeated summary judgment motion against prime contractor client and obtained dismissal by summary judgment on all of subcontractor's counterclaims seeking $13 million in purported damages for breach of contract, delays and acceleration, extra work items, and "equitable adjustment" and "total cost" claims).
    • Johnson Controls, Inc. v. Hunt Construction Group, Inc., 2004 W.L. 3323608 (E.D. Mich. Aug. 13, 2004) (obtained dismissal by summary judgment for prime contractor client on claims by subcontractor alleging $4 million in damages for purported extra work items, delay and acceleration claims, and failure to coordinate and schedule subcontractors).
    • Johnson Controls, Inc. v. Hunt Construction Group, Inc., 2004 W.L. 3323606 (E.D. Mich. Oct. 27, 2004) (obtained offensive summary judgment for prime contractor client on counterclaim asserting subcontractor's liability for contractual prevailing party attorney fees and costs, following dismissal of subcontractor's claims).
    • Otis Elevator Co. v. Hunt Construction Group, Inc., 2005 W.L. 1348742 (E.D. Mich. June 3, 2005) (obtained dismissal by summary judgment for prime contractor client in $1.2 million case by another prime contractor alleging negligence, third party beneficiary, and equitable contract claims).
    • Collavino International Contractors, Inc. v. Huber, Hunt & Nichols, Inc., Wayne County Circuit Court Case No. 2001-113927-CK (obtained pretrial dismissal for prime contractor client on $12 million in alleged claims by concrete subcontractor concerning extra work items and scheduling and coordination complaints)
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Thomas H. Walters

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