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: 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...


Explico Webinar: “An Exploration Into The World of Staged Collisions and Fraudulent Claims”

Join MDTC and Explico for an exciting webinar! Register below for free today. "An Exploration Into The World of Staged Collision and Fraudulent Claims" Speakers: Joseph Neal, P.E., Explico Charles Funk, PH.D., P.E., Explico Moderator: John Hohmeier, Scarfone &...

Virtual Winter Meeting 2020

This year's Winter Meeting will be taking place virtually and in three parts. Click here to read the full agenda! Register below. Dates and Times: Part 1: October 2, 2020 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Watch recording here   Part 2: November 6, 2020 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m....
Legal Excellence Awards 2020

MDTC’s Fourth Annual Legal Excellence Awards

This event was held on August 20th, 2020 virtually on Zoom. To watch the event, please click below!

Vendor Sponsors

Legal Copy Services

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ASG Investigations

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Fortz Legal Support

Full Service Litigation Support & Court Reporting Firm

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.

Our Sponsors

Dawda Mann

Achieving Results, Exceding Expectations 

Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti & Sherbrook

Deep industry expertise.
Personalized service.

Foster Swift Collins & Smith

Over 100 Years of Service and Legal Excellance

Hewson & Van Hellemont

Hewson & Van Hellemont, P.C. always has incorporated the passion and drive for litigation in every case we are given the honor of litigating.

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

Helping our clients overcome challenges and take advantage of opportunities.

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Office: (517) 627-3745

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