Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Inc.

Promoting Excellence in Civil Litigation

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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Joe Engle Portrait

New Executive Director begins work at Land Conservancy of West Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan (Jul. 26, 2016) – The Land Conservancy of West Michigan is excited to introduce Joe Engel as its new Executive Director. An attorney by training and vocation, Joe has been involved in numerous environmental and conservation...

Amicus News – Nexteer Automotive Corp v Mando America Corp

The Michigan Defense Trial Counsel has filed an amicus brief in support of the defendant’s application for leave to appeal in Nexteer Automotive Corp v Mando America Corp. The issue in Nexteer is whether a party can waive a contractual right to arbitrate...

Technology Corner: Eventbrite – Registration Made Simple

Author: Kyle PlattAttending an event can be a great experience, but registration can get complicated at times. Finding the form online or in an email, printing it, filling it out, writing a check, finding an envelope, putting a stamp on it ... and the list...

Judicial Spotlight

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...
Judge Chris Murray

Christopher M. Murray, Michigan Court of Appeals

Christopher M. Murray What has been your most memorable case (in practice and/or as a judge)? Wayne County v Hathcock, as I wrote a concurring opinion pointing out the deficiencies in the Supreme Court’s Poletown case (eminent domain). The Supreme Court...


23rd Annual Open Golf Tournament

Golf-Packet-2019Register on EventbriteThe 23rd Annual Open Golf Tournament is on Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Mystic Creek Golf Club and Banquet Center in Milford, Michigan. Bring a Client, a Judge, or a Guest! (...Judges attend for free!)September...

Winter Conference 2019

Registration FormRegister on EventbriteAny questions?...call MDTC at (517) 627-3745. Dates: Fri, November 8, 2019 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM Location:Sheraton Detroit Novi HotelRegistration Type:Online Address:21111 Haggerty RoadNovi, MI 48375 Get...
Legal Excellence Awards 2020

MDTC’s Fourth Annual Legal Excellence Awards

The evening will include: A Strolling Dinner An Open Bar The presentations of 6 esteemed Legal Awards, (Excellence in Defense Award, Judicial Award, the Golden Gavel Young Lawyer Award, John P. Jacobs Appellate Advocacy Award, and Respected Advocate...

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