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 at 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. In addition to his work at Collins Einhorn, Trent is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Law School for the 2018-19 academic year.
Deremo v. TWC & Associates, Inc., unpublished opinion per curiam of the Michigan Court of Appeals (Docket No. 305810, August 30, 2012): Obtained opinion affirming summary disposition in favor of defendant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Bailey v. Nyloncraft, Inc., unpublished opinion of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Docket No. 11-14199, August 28, 2012): Obtained an opinion precluding expert testimony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Zarembski v Bedrock Management Services, LLC, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Michigan Court of Appeals (Docket No. 324795, March 10, 2016): Obtained opinion affirming summary disposition in favor of defendant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In re Chaban, unpublished opinion of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Docket No. 2:14-cv-14559, August 25, 2015): Obtained an opinion affirming order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.
679637 Ontario Ltd. v. Alpine Sign and Printer Supply, Inc., 758 Fed. Appx. 485 (6th Cir. 2019): Obtained opinion affirming summary judgment in client’s favor. The court held that the plaintiff failed to provide timely notice of the alleged defect. Consequently, the plaintiff could not pursue an implied-warranty claim under Uniform Commercial Code.
Bertram, Inc. v. Citizens Ins. Co. of Am., 657 Fed. Appx. 477 (6th Cir. 2016): Obtained opinion affirming summary judgment in client’s favor. The court held that the defendant-insurer was not required to defend the plaintiff in the underlying lawsuit. It also determined that the underlying lawsuit concerned neither disparagement nor trade-dress infringement.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
The Argument Clinic, Michigan Bar Journal (March 2020)Co-Author of Appellate Practice Report featured in each issue of Michigan Defense Quarterly (2011-present)
Co-Author of Appellate Practice Report featured in each issue of Michigan Defense Quarterly (2011-present)
Five Ways to Get to the Point, Res Ipsa Loquitur, Volume 48 No. 1 (January/February 2019)
Much Ado About Denney, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (a three-part series addressing economic damages in wrongful-death cases) (Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, 2019)
How to Mend a Broken ‘Harts’, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (April 14, 2015)
Consumers who conclude that they’re underinsured often blame their insurance agents. They file lawsuits in which they blame their insurance agents for failing to advise them to, for example, purchase a policy for their boat or purchase a more comprehensive policy for their car. The central question in these lawsuits concerns the scope of insurance…
Malpractice defendants often find themselves with a lot of company. When a transaction seems to go awry, aggrieved plaintiffs may sue every professional involved—accountants, lawyers, consultants, and their respective firms. With multiple defendants, there’s a possibility that the court will issue multiple orders resolving the plaintiff’s claims. For example, the court might grant summary disposition…
Ordinarily, a Michigan attorney who is disciplined in another state or federal jurisdiction will face discipline in Michigan, too. Michigan attorneys also have a duty to report discipline in other state or federal jurisdictions. But what happens when the other jurisdiction imposing discipline is a tribal court—a judicial body of one of America’s sovereign tribes?…
Attorneys David Anderson, Trent Collier, and Fawzeih Daher obtained dismissal of an appeal for lack of jurisdiction on behalf of our client (a national financial services firm) and 12 other defendants in a case involving allegations of improper accounting. The plaintiff filed suit against 13 defendants in the Probate Court. One by one, the Probate…
Attorneys David Anderson and Trent Collier obtained summary disposition on behalf of a wholesale surplus lines insurance broker in Oakland County Circuit Court. Plaintiff claimed that the broker negligently failed to procure a commercial auto insurance policy for him after the insurer denied coverage. In its 14-page opinion, the Court found that Anderson and Collier…
Attorneys Trent Collier and Jonathan Koch have authored an article for the January/February edition of Res Ipsa Loquitur titled “Five Ways to Get to the Point.” The article talks about 5 steps you should follow to make your legal briefs as readable and persuasive as possible. https://ceflawyersdev.site/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/January-February-2019.pdf
David Anderson and Trent Collier successfully defended a supplier in a multi-million-dollar lawsuit under the Uniform Commercial Code. The plaintiff sold tarpaulins for semi-trucks and used the supplier’s laminate to coat the tarpaulins. The plaintiff claimed that the laminate didn’t work and sought millions of dollars in damages. David and Trent obtained an order granting…
Plaintiff brought suit in federal court alleging $9 million in damages due to an alleged product defect. Attorneys David C. Anderson, Trent B. Collier and Eric M. Kociba defended the case, obtained summary judgment in their client’s favor, and persuaded the Court to dismiss the case. The Court’s 18-page opinion may be found at https://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/michigan/miedce/2:2016cv12866/313165/66.
Attorneys Richard A. Joslin and Trent B. Collier Obtain Summary Disposition for Law Firm – In the case of Reese v Attorney, the plaintiff’s decedent was involved in an automobile accident and retained the defendant law firm to represent her. Because the decedent did not have a primary care physician, the firm provided her with…
David C. Anderson and Trent B. Collier successfully defended a Texas insurance agency, obtaining a published opinion from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that rejected the plaintiff’s attempt to expand insurance-agent liability under Michigan law. The plaintiff represented the estate of a man who died from injuries he sustained when a bounce house at…
Trent Collier‘s article How Much Are You Worth? Value-of-Life Testimony and Its Evidentiary Challenges appears in the Summer 2013 Negligence Law Section Newsletter and is scheduled for publication in an upcoming issue of Claims Management Magazine. The article discusses expert testimony on “hedonic damages,” where some economists claim to measure the monetary value of human…
Collins Einhorn welcomes Trent B. Collier to the Firm. Trent’s practice focuses on federal and state appeals, primarily in defending medical and legal malpractice actions, insurance claims, and general commercial lawsuits. He has represented clients from a wide variety of industries, including major insurance companies, automotive suppliers, and some of the nation’s largest financial institutions….