Michael J. Sullivan

09/22/2019
Michael J. Sullivan
Attorney

Michael J. Sullivan

Attorney

Michael J. Sullivan

Summary

Mike puts his more than 35 years of litigation experience to work for his clients every day. He has spent his entire career at Collins Einhorn, joining the firm the day after graduating from law school in May of 1983. In that time, he has become an accomplished professional and product liability litigator, and recently completed ten years as President of the firm. In the professional liability arena, he has represented attorneys, accountants, physicians, architects, engineers, real estate appraisers, real estate brokers, and title agents. Mike also has substantial experience in product liability litigation, representing door and tool manufacturers, as well as makers of consumer goods and recreational products. Mike also maintains an active general litigation practice, including insurance disputes, and personal injury defense. Mike has a successful track record as a trial lawyer, including literally hundreds of defense outcomes and verdicts on behalf of his clients.

Mike’s expertise has been recognized by his peers. On seven occasions, Mike has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the Detroit area Lawyer of the Year in Legal Malpractice Law and Professional Malpractice Law. Also, on five occasions, Mike has been listed as one of the top 100 Super Lawyers in the State of Michigan. Michigan Lawyers Weekly also honored Mike as a Leader in the Law in 2013.

Long active in service to the profession, Mike is a past president of both the Oakland County Bar Association (2007-2008), and the Oakland County Bar Foundation, (2009-2010). He is also a past chair (2017-2018) of the Negligence Section of the State Bar of Michigan. His service to the profession is not limited to the state of Michigan. Mike is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), and for several years was the chair of the organization’s annual Professional Liability Roundtable. In 2019, Mike’s service to the Bar and the profession earned him recognition as the recipient of the Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award. Most recently, Mike’s dedication to his clients earned the firm’s recognition as the Liberty Mutual Insurance “Outside Counsel of the Year Award.” 

Practice Areas
Professional Liability
Product Liability
General Civil Litigation

Credentials

Education
  • University of Detroit School of Law (J.D. 1983)
  • University of Notre Dame (B.A. 1980)
Admissions
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
Professional Activities
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Negligence Section (Chairman)
  • Oakland County Bar Association
    • Past Director; Past Officer; Past President (2007-2008)
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation (Board of Directors)
    • Past President (2009-2010)
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Professional Liability Committee
  • Court appointed facilitator and mediator
Accomplishments
  • Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award Recipient
  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” (Metro Detroit)
    • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants (2012, 2014, 2018)
    • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2011, 2013, 2017,2020)
  • Best Lawyers of America®
    • Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants (2010-2021)
    • Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants (2010-2021)
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2018-2021)
  • Super Lawyers™
    • Professional Liability (2006-2019)
    • Top 50 Michigan Business (2018)
    • Top 100 Michigan (2009-2011, 2018,2019)
  • DBusiness® Top Lawyer
    • Professional Malpractice Law (2011-2013, 2015-2018, 2020)
    • Legal Malpractice Law (2011-2013, 2015, 2018, 2020)
    • Professional Liability (2010)
    • Product Liability (2020)
  • “Leaders in the Law” Award, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (2013)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated (5.0 out of 5.0)
  • Served as neutral arbitrator for the National Association of Security Dealers
Publications & Speaking Engagements

Legal Malpractice Report, Michigan Defense Quarterly (January 2010-Present)

Twenty-Three Collins Einhorn Farrell PC Attorneys Recognized by 2020 Super Lawyers®

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is proud to announce that 15 of its attorneys have been named to the 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers list, and an additional 8 attorneys were named to the 2020 Michigan Rising Stars list. Additionally, Melissa Graves was named to the Top 50: 2020 Women Michigan Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, a…

Michael J. Sullivan Awarded the Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award

Southfield, Mich.,May 2, 2019 – Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is proud to announce that shareholder/past president Michael J. Sullivan will receive the 2019 Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award. Since its inception in 2009, the State Bar of Michigan’s Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership Award is presented to a recognized local or affinity bar association,…

Michael J. Sullivan Named the Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Detroit for the Fifth Time

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC President Michael J. Sullivan has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2017 Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” in Metro Detroit. This is the fifth time Sullivan has been designated as a “Lawyer of the Year.” He has been recognized as such in the field of Professional Malpractice law in 2011, 2013, and 2017, in addition to having been named the “Lawyer of the Year” in the field of Legal Malpractice Law in 2012 and 2014. Sullivan is also one of eleven attorneys within the firm who have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017. This also marks the seventh year in a row that a Collins Einhorn lawyer has been named the “Lawyer of the Year” in the fields of either Professional Malpractice Law or Legal Malpractice Law. Sullivan has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for the past eight consecutive years.

11 Collins Einhorn Farrell PC Attorneys Named to 2015 Best Lawyers in America List

Collins Einhorn Farrell PC is pleased to announce that 11 attorneys have been named to the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America©. For over three decades, Best Lawyers® has been considered the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers has since partnered with U.S. News®, the leading rankings publication in the U.S., to rank…

Michael Sullivan to moderate panel on “managing the tripartite relationship”

Michael Sullivan will serve as the program chair and moderator of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Professional Liability Roundtable scheduled for May 16, 2013 at New York University Law School in New York City. The theme of this year’s roundtable will be “Managing the Tripartite Relationship.” Presenters will include lawyers and claims professionals…

Michael Sullivan honored as one of Michigan’s 2013 Leaders in the Law

On March 21, 2013, Collins Einhorn attorney Michael Sullivan was honored as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2013 Leaders in the Law. According to Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law are selected based on characteristics such as: (1) “Being passionate and active on behalf of clients, the legal community and the community at large;”…

Slank and Sullivan Selected as Lawyers of the Year

Collins Einhorn is proud to announce that our colleagues Noreen L. Slank and Michael J. Sullivan were selected as “Lawyers of the Year” for 2013 by Best Lawyers in America. Noreen received the honor of Best Lawyers’ 2013 Detroit Appellate Practice “Lawyer of the Year.”

Michael Sullivan Wins Summary Disposition Motion in Oakland County Circuit Court

Mike Sullivan recently obtained summary disposition on behalf of his lawyer client in the Oakland County Circuit Court. The claim arose out of divorce litigation, wherein the Plaintiff contended that he was given improper advice regarding his rights in arbitration, and ultimately was dissatisfied with the manner in which the arbitration was conducted. Mike filed…

CEFU Attorneys Sullivan and Anderson Obtain Summary Disposition in Legal Malpractice Case

Mike Sullivan and David Anderson recently obtained summary disposition on behalf of their law firm client arising out of a probate estate. After engaging in self dealing activities vis-à-vis her family trust, (Plaintiff and her husband had loaned trust assets to themselves in order to pay off a substantial mortgage on their home, and them…

Sullivan Obtains Summary Disposition on Behalf of Lawyer Client

Mike Sullivan recently obtained summary disposition on behalf of his lawyer client who was sued for malicious prosecution, abuse of process, and intentional infliction of emotional distress in connection with activities under taken in attempting to collect against a Judgment debtor. In what was seen as an effort to avoid collection of the debt, the…

Sullivan Obtains Summary Disposition in Legal Malpractice Suit

Mike Sullivan recently obtained summary disposition on behalf of his lawyer client who was sued arising out of actions he undertook as an arbitrator. Mike asserted arbitral immunity as a defense, and defeated plaintiff’s contention that they were suing the lawyer defendant not for actions taken as an arbitrator (which they characterized as decisional acts),…

Insurance Journal features article by Michael Sullivan and Monika Sullivan

On November 15, 2010 Insurance Journal- National Region featured an article by CEFU lawyers Michael Sullivan and Monika Sullivan “Sore Losers Don’t Always Win.” The article focuses on the unsuccessful bidder in a business opportunity using litigation as a vehicle to validate their claims of “foul play.”

Hebert, Lujan, Slank and Sullivan Listed in dbusiness as Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit 2011

CEFU attorneys Deborah Hebert (Appeals), Deborah Lujan (Professional Liability), Noreen Slank (Appeals), and Michael Sullivan (Legal Malpractice and Professional Malpractice), were listed in the November/December 2010 issue of dbusiness as “Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit for 2011.” More than 15,000 private attorneys in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston Counties were polled in a peer…

Attorneys Michael Sullivan and Monika Sullivan Obtain Summary Disposition in Calhoun County

Mike Sullivan and Monika Sullivan obtained summary disposition on behalf of their lawyer client in the Calhoun County in a claim arising out of a criminal prosecution. Plaintiff brought suit alleging that the lawyer’s negligence prevented him from having an opportunity to challenge on appeal his decision to withdraw his plea. The trial court granted…

May 2010 – Michael Sullivan to Serve as Moderator of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Professional Liabiltiy Roundtable

Michael Sullivan will serve as the moderator of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Professional Liability Roundtable in Chicago on May 20, 2010. Among the topics that will be covered will be liability pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the implications of the new Medicare and Medicaid reporting rules on Professional Liability…

Michael Sullivan participates in Liability and Coverage Issues Conference

Michael Sullivan participated in the “Risk-Spotting in the New Law Firm Landscape: Liability and Coverage Issues” for the Fall 2009 ABA national Legal Malpractice Conference held in Chicago on September 23-25, 2009. With an increasing number of lawyers on the move during the recent economic crisis, and with alternative employment arrangements becoming more prominent, new…

Sullivan Elected President of the Oakland County Bar Foundation

Michael Sullivan has been elected president of the Oakland County Bar Foundation for the July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010 term. The Foundation acts as the charitable arm of the Oakland County Bar Association; it’s mission is to serve the citizens of Oakland County and the legal profession through the funding of programs that foster the…

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