Michael G. Latiff

Member; Board of Directors;
Detroit
P: 248.220.1351
mlatiff@mcdonaldhopkins.com

Michael serves as co-chair of the firm's Business Litigation Practice and on the firm's Board of Directors. He also chairs the Professional Development Committee for the firm.

Michael has extensive experience as lead counsel in the litigation of significant commercial, business, automotive, construction, trade secret/non-compete, real property, OSHA/MIOSHA, and professional liability disputes. He has tried several jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts. In addition, he has represented clients in many arbitration disputes. 

His business litigation experience includes handling the defense of both public companies and privately held corporations.  Specifically he has expertise in representing clients in derivative actions, shareholder and oppression disputes, as well as the defense of Director and Officer claims against individual board members or officers. 

Further litigation experience includes recall liability, toxic tort and environmental litigation. Michael has handled the defense of product liability matters relating to personal, property damage and recall claims for a varied group of manufacturing operations in the automotive (plastic injection molding, presses, and rigging), aerospace, and medical device industries. He has also defended Fortune 500 companies relating to toxic tort claims, including lawsuits asserting cancer caused by exposure to Benzene and Ethylene Oxide. 

Additionally, Michael has represented the largest construction and road builder industry association in Michigan for over 15 years and has a national OSHA practice. He has assisted clients with counseling and handling appeals of Willful and Serious OSHA citations, typically involving serious injuries or deaths. He has tried several of these matters in the Administrative tribunals with great success. His expertise also includes national representation and defense of construction, manufacturing and health care clients who have been cited for multiple penalties and large fines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He is a frequent author and presenter on the legal issues related to workplace safety practices.

Michael earned a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1994. He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1991.

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