Brian A. Catrinar
Brian focuses his practice in the areas of insurance coverage, general liability and commercial litigation. He has a strong record of success representing clients in both state and federal courts on a wide variety of matters, including coverage disputes, contract enforcement, product and premises liability, fraud claims, actions involving the uniform commercial code and civil rights litigation. Brian also possesses significant appellate experience, which he has used to obtain successful results for clients in front of the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court.
Council Member, Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports Section, State Bar of Michigan
Member, Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Member, Oakland County Bar Association
Obtained summary disposition of a Plaintiff’s claims for negligence following a slip-and-fall incident on a floor mat. The Plaintiff alleged a claim for premises liability against the landowner, and a claim of negligence against the company that supplied the floor mat. The Court agreed that dismissal of the Plaintiff’s negligence claims was proper, as the mat company did not owe a legal duty to the Plaintiff. (Jan 2018)
Obtained summary disposition of a Plaintiff’s claims for premises liability and violation of MCL 554.139(1)(a). The Court dismissed the Plaintiff’s premises liability claims, agreeing that the black ice at issue was open and obvious. The Court also dismissed the Plaintiff’s statutory claims, finding that there was no question of fact as to whether the area in question was fit for its intended purpose. (Jan 2018)
Obtained a defense verdict in a Wayne County first-party no-fault case. After a seven-day jury trial, the jury returned a verdict of no cause of action, finding that plaintiff’s claim of accidental bodily injuries did not rise out of the automobile accident at issue. (Jan 2018)
Obtained summary disposition in novel no-fault priority dispute between the plaintiff’s personal auto insurer and the insurer of a city-sponsored transportation van. (Oct 2017)
Obtained summary disposition on behalf of a no-fault insurer for medical expenses arising out of a motor vehicle accident. Following the accident, Plaintiff’s health insurer (through an ERISA plan) reimbursed plaintiff’s healthcare providers at a reduced amount pursuant to their provider participation agreements, whereas plaintiff sought the remaining difference. The Court held that because the providers were not entitled to pursue the differential, Plaintiff had not “incurred” those amounts and was therefore not entitled to recover the differential. For more details, click here. (Aug 2017)
Won summary disposition in favor of a premises owner in a premises liability/loss of consortium action arising out of a trip and fall over a curb. With respect to the premise liability portion of the Plaintiffs’ claim, the Saginaw County Circuit Court agreed that the allegedly dangerous condition was open and obvious and therefore, no legal duty was owed. The Court also dismissed the loss of consortium portion of the Plaintiffs’ claim finding that it was derivative of the premises liability claim. (June 2017)
Obtained summary disposition of a Plaintiff’s claim for fraud and civil conspiracy in a First-Party Insurance Coverage Dispute. The Oakland County Circuit Court agreed that the Plaintiff could not meet the pleading requirements for a claim of fraud. The Court further agreed that the Plaintiff’s claim for conspiracy failed because he could not prove a separate, actionable tort. (June 2017)
Received summary disposition of the Plaintiff’s Third-Party Automobile Negligence claim in the Wayne County Circuit Court. The Court found, as a matter of law, that the Plaintiff was more than 50% at fault for the accident at issue and therefore, her claim was barred by MCL 500.3135(2)(b). (Mar 2017)
Successfully argued motion for summary disposition against medical providers. Medical Rehabilitation Physicians, Comprehensive Rx and Infiniti Labs (Reed) v Insurance Company. (Jan 2017)
Brian is an active volunteer for the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Foundation for Kids, a non-profit organization assisting children who are with Oakland County Foster Care system.