Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Inc.

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Who We Are

MDTC is an association of the leading lawyers in the State of Michigan dedicated to representing individuals and corporations in civil litigation. As the State’s premier organization of civil litigators, the impact of MDTC Members is felt through its Amicus Briefs, often filed by express invitation of the Supreme Court, through its far reaching and well respected Quarterly publication and through its timely and well received seminars. Membership in MDTC also provides exceptional opportunities for networking with fellow lawyers, but also with potential clients and members of the judiciary.

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Webinar: Conducting Remote Depositions

Presenters:Shaun Fitzpatrick Bio Collin RitsemaBioOverview: Held on Friday, May 15th, 2020 This webinar is about how to successfully conduct remote depositions when all participants are at separate locations. The video covers the following topics: An overview of video...

Webinar: Electronically Stored Information and Michigan’s New Discovery Rules

Presenters: Shaun Fitzpatrick Bio Ian Williamson Bio Overview: Held Thursday, May 22nd, 2020. This webinar was in regards to Electronically Stored Information and Michigan's New Discovery Rules. This video covers the following: SECTION I: Preservation - MCR...

Webinar: Adapting Your Business Development During COVID-19

Presenters:Jim StaplesBioDavid H. Freeman, J.D.BioOverview: Held Thursday, May 26th, 2020. Lawyers have suddenly been thrust into a world where many commonly used techniques for business development are not available, such as client visits, in-house presentations,...

Judicial Spotlight

Judicial Spotlight: Christopher P. Yates, 17th Circuit Court

Christopher P. Yates What has been the most difficult decision you have had to make as a judge?Whenever my heart pulls me in one direction but my brain pulls me in the other direction, I have to remind myself that I am essentially an umpire charged with calling a...

Judicial Spotlight: Patricia P. Fresard, 3rd Circuit Court Civil Division

Patricia P. Fresard What has been your most memorable case (in practice and/or as a judge)? My most memorable case as an attorney was the successful prosecution of John Lomnicki. Mr. Lomnicki is a pedophile who had prevailed in deceit to the extent that he...

Qiana Denise Lillard, 3rd Circuit Court Criminal Division

Qiana Denise Lillard What has been your most memorable case (in practice and/or as a judge)? My most memorable is case is my very first jury trial. It was an insurance fraud case involving a vehicle rated for personal use that was actually being used for...


Meet the Judges 2024

Save the Date!   Justices of the Supreme Court, and the Judges of the Court of Appeals, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne County Circuit Courts, and Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Livingston District Courts, and U.S....

Annual Meeting & Summer Conference 2024

Save the Date!Thursday, June 13 - Friday, June 14, 2024 Location:  The H Hotel Address: 111 W Main St, Midland, MI 48640

Legal Excellence Awards 2024

Please join us for an MDTC event, where the recipients will be presented their awards and have an opportunity to network with other attendees and the recipients during the happy hour! Judges/Justice are free to attend! Register here! Thursday, March 21, 2024 Price:...

Vendor Sponsors

Legal Copy Services

At Legal Copy Services (LCS), there is no limit to the value we provide our clients.

Subrosa Investigations, LLC.

Subrosa Investigations is a full-service private investigative agency that offers superior intelligence collection and analysis, practiced with integrity, discretion and professionalism.

Exponent, Inc

For over 50 years we have provided engineering, scientific, environmental and health consulting services to corporations, insurance carriers, government agencies, law firms and individuals.

DigiStream Investigations, Inc.

DigiStream® was established in 2001 by William Aaronson as a firm focused solely on surveillance. Inspired to create a new standard of private investigations, DigiStream® made its mark on the industry by delivering high quality video evidence to insurance and risk professionals and being the first firm to offer Next Day Video©.

Firm Sponsors

Kitch Attorneys & Counselors, PC.

Although Kitch began as a medical malpractice defense firm, and continues to be recognized as one of the premier defense firms in the industry, it is today a full-service firm. The firm now covers such diverse areas as government regulation and litigation, estate planning, corporate, criminal investigations and prosecutions, commercial real estate, commercial litigation and employment law. While many firms have grown primarily through mergers and acquisitions, the Kitch firm has experienced all of its growth to date through its focus on strong client partnerships, leadership in the practice of law, and successful business practices. 

Dawda Mann Mulcahy & Sadler PLC

As globalization makes the business world a smaller place, we strive to meet the national and global needs of our clients. In an effort to meet those needs we use a wide range of internal and external resources, including in-house attorneys that speak Spanish, German and French. Additionally, we are fluent in the complex language of business.

Novara Tesija & Catenacci PLLC

We are committed to providing clients not only with excellent representation, but also unparalleled customer service. We believe our longstanding client relationships are made possible by our mastery of the law and our understanding of clients’ business operations and objectives.

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Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

For more than 100 years, Foster Swift Collins & Smith has provided outstanding client service and legal excellence. Our firm delivers comprehensive services for businesses, organizations, municipalities, families and individuals across Michigan, the nation and beyond.

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Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

Whether it’s navigating a lawsuit, growing your business, or protecting your personal assets, our attorneys are committed to best understanding your particular needs while keeping you informed along the way. Our specialized practice areas provide the most qualified counsel for a full range of legal matters.

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Hewson & Van Hellemont PC

Hewson and Van Hellemont, P.C., ranked one of Michigan’s Largest Law Firms by Crain’s Detroit and named a Top Workplace in 2018 is committed to diversity in the work environment and in the legal profession. We believe our wide range of experience and perspective will best service clients and provide for the richest possible work experience. Hewson & Van Hellemont, P.C. always has incorporated the passion and drive for litigation in every case we are given the honor of litigating.

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Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

Warner’s culture, values and approach are refreshingly different and effective, making us the right fit for both our clients and our colleagues.

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Zausmer, P.C.

As one of Michigan’s fastest growing and most respected law firms, Zausmer has earned a reputation for resolving complicated legal matters with a creative and pragmatic approach.

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