Trent B. Collier
Trent’s practice focuses on civil appeals, professional-liability defense, and commercial litigation. He is well-versed in bankruptcy law, and is a great resource when the firm’s clients must defend adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court. Before joining Collins Einhorn, Trent was a partner at another major Detroit-area law firm. He also served as a judicial clerk for Hon. Robert P. Young, Jr. on the Michigan Supreme Court. He is a frequent author, writing on areas including appellate practice, judicial philosophy, evidentiary issues, constitutional matters, and developments in insolvency law. Trent has successfully defended clients in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts, and at both the trial and appellate levels.
Co-chair, Appellate Practice Committee, Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter
Co-chair, Federal Practice Section of the Washtenaw County Bar Association
Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
Member, Appellate Practice Section, State Bar of Michigan
Deremo v. TWC & Associates, Inc., unpublished opinion per curiam of the Michigan Court of Appeals (Docket No. 305810, August 30, 2012): Obtained opinion affirming summary disposition in favor of defendant insurance agency. The court held that the agency did not breach its duties to the insured.
Johnson v. Doodson Insurance Brokerage, LLC, 793 F.3d 674 (6th Cir. 2015): Obtained an opinion affirming summary judgment in favor of defendant insurance agency. The court held that the plaintiff could not pursue a negligence or contract claim against another entity’s insurance broker.
Bailey v. Nyloncraft, Inc., unpublished opinion of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Docket No. 11-14199, August 28, 2012): Obtained an opinion precluding expert testimony from the plaintiff’s damages expert. The court held that the proposed expert’s economic theories were unreliable.
Lieberman v. American Osteopathic Association, 620 Fed. Appx. 470 (6th Cir. 2015): Obtained an opinion affirming summary judgment in favor of defendant associations. The court held that the associations’ testing processes were not “arbitrary and capricious” and that their grandfathering rules did not violate common-law standards of due process.
Zarembski v Bedrock Management Services, LLC, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Michigan Court of Appeals (Docket No. 324795, March 10, 2016): Obtained opinion affirming summary disposition in favor of defendant landlord. The court held that the landlord did not have a duty to prevent criminal attack against plaintiff.
In re Chaban, unpublished opinion of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Docket No. 2:14-cv-14559, August 25, 2015): Obtained an opinion affirming order granting summary disposition in favor of defendant, a state-court judge. The district court held that the judge did not violate the automatic stay when she ordered sanctions against a debtor.
Micco Construction Co. v. Brunett (In re Brunett), 394 B.R. 425 (Bankr. E.D. Mich. 2008): Obtained an opinion in favor of plaintiff in an adversary proceeding. The bankruptcy court held that the debtor was precluded from challenging a state-court default judgment that the plaintiff obtained against the debtor before the debtor filed for bankruptcy.
PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Co-Author of Appellate Practice Report featured in each issue of Michigan Defense Quarterly (2011-present)
How to Mend a Broken ‘Harts’, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (April 14, 2015)
Broken ‘Harts’, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (February 12, 2015)
Presented at the MICPA Anti-Fraud Issues and Business Valuation Conference (May 21, 2014)
How Much Are You Worth? Value-of-life testimony and its evidentiary challenges, Claims Management (November 25, 2013)
A Primer for Non-Specialists on Litigating in Chapter 11, in Inside the Minds: Creditors’ Rights in Chapter 11 Cases, 2011 ed. (Aspatore, 2011)
Understanding the Overrulings: A Response to Robert Sedler, 56 Wayne Law Review 1761 (with Phillip J. DeRosier) (2011)
Chief Restructuring Officer: A Role Not For the Faint of Heart, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (with Allison R. Bach) (August 24, 2009)
The Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Appeals, 87 Michigan Bar Journal 30 (with Phillip J. DeRosier) (July 2008)
The Strange Life and Troubled Times of Deepening Insolvency, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (with Allison R. Bach) (December 10, 2007)
Contributor, Introducing Evidence at Trial (Third Edition, 2007), Hon. David M. Lawson, Kathleen A. Lang, Ronald S. Longhofer, editors
Note: Revenue Bonds and Religious Education: The Constitutionality of Conduit Financing Involving Pervasively Sectarian Institutions, 100 Michigan Law Review 1108 (2003)
Trent is a member of the Harvard Club of Eastern Michigan and a coach for Ann Arbor’s Community High School Mock Trial Team.