Commercial and Business Law

In the frenetic whirlwind that epitomizes today's commercial litigation, our business clients need lawyers who will respond quickly to satisfy their individual legal needs. Complex commercial litigation typically requires the ability to manage vast storehouses of documents. Secrest Wardle has committed the resources necessary to ensure the Commercial Practice Group's technological readiness.  This state-of-the-art expertise has enabled the Commercial Practice Group to defend high-exposure claims involving multiple claimants, complex legal issues, and literally millions of pages of material.


The Commercial Practice Group is ready to respond to situations ranging from business organization to lawsuit avoidance.  Yet, when necessary, the litigation skills of this specialty practice group allow it to prevail in even the most difficult cases.


The Commercial Practice Group's attorneys represent commercial and business clients in state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitration forums.  We have litigated business and commercial disputes involving:


  • Commissions
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Partnership and LLC issues
  • Property tax assessments
  • Real estate
  • Securities
  • Shareholder derivative matters
  • The Consumer Protection Act
  • The Uniform Commercial Code
  • Warranties


The Commercial Practice Group is committed to solving our clients' business disputes in the most efficient and cost-effective manner through litigation avoidance, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, arbitration and trial. Recently, we resolved a $7 million lawsuit alleging a breach of a contract for $26,000, after only one meeting between counsel and the parties.


Controlling client costs is a primary objective at Secrest Wardle, which we accomplish through competitive rates, early evaluation, and the planning and execution of a strategy designed to produce the most beneficial result for our client in the shortest possible time period. 


Our experience in and out of the courtroom provides us with the insight to prepare clear and concise agreements that protect our clients and avoid litigation. We have prepared contracts for construction contractors, builders, developers, landlords, employers, purchasers, suppliers and vendors in a wide array of industries.


Group Chair
  Truex, Bruce A.
Senior Partner

Group Members
Masters, Mark F.
Senior Partner

Randazzo, Anthony A.
Executive Partner

Consolo, Matthew J.

Grimske, Justin A.

Malone, Elizabeth M.

Vander Veer, C. Grant

Washburn, Kevin M.

Recent Publications
Secrest Wardle Welcomes Partner Kevin M. Washburn to Troy Location
In The News 01/23/2018

Court of Appeals Considers Causation Under The Dramshop Act, Finds That Premeditated Murder Is Not A Foreseeable Result Of Allegedly Unlawful Sale Of Alcohol
In The Margin 06/02/2015

Summer Resort Association May Select Perpetual Term of Existence
In The Margin 10/29/2014

Anthony Randazzo Name 2013 Up & Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Press Release 11/12/2013

Secrest Wardle's 2011 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Press Release 09/26/2011

Litigation Successes
Breach of Contract

Result Date: 08/10/2011

Contracts (Commercial Lease)
Singh v Town & County, et al.
Result Date: 12/09/2008

Breach of Contract
McCrone v King
Result Date: 05/05/2008

Commercial/Investor Dispute
Wilner v Bloomfield Investments, et al
Result Date: 02/03/2008

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2015


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Amusement and Leisure


Commercial and Business Law

Uniform Commercial Code


Drug and Medical Device


Environmental and Toxic Tort

Family Law

General Negligence

Governmental Litigation

Insurance Coverage

Intellectual Property / Advertising Injury

Malpractice / Professional Liability

Motor Vehicle Litigation


Premises Liability

Product Liability

Property, Fire and Casualty

Real Estate

Trucking/Commercial Vehicle Litigation



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Phone: (248) 851-9500
Fax:(248) 538-1223


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