- Energy and Environmental
- Intellectual Property
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Wayne State University Law School, J.D. 2006
University of Michigan, B.A. 2003
U.S. Court of Appeals
- Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court
- Eastern District of Michigan
- Western District of Michigan
- Northern District of Illinois
- Northern District of Ohio
Michael C. Simoni is an experienced business attorney specializing in sophisticated commercial and intellectual property litigation, with focuses in high tech industries as well as the energy and oil and gas sectors.
With a decade of litigation experience, Michael focuses on providing comprehensive analyses of difficult legal and business issues, and strives to advance the most appropriate course of action for various clients in complex commercial cases. He has represented large and small clients in business, trademark, patent, trade secret, copyright, antitrust, environmental, UCC, petroleum marketing, mass tort, contract, securities, and product liability matters. Michael’s practice reaches beyond Michigan, having represented clients throughout the United States in both state and federal court.
Prior to joining Miller Canfield, Michael clerked for the Honorable Lawrence P. Zatkoff of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. His clerkship experience provides a unique insight into the judicial decision making process that allows Michael to effectively and efficiently advocate for his clients. Michael has also developed an expertise in the admissibility of expert testimony at trial, and has authored and responded to numerous Daubert challenges in state and federal court.
Michael has been recognized as a rising star in business and intellectual property litigation, and is frequently retained as local counsel by leading international law firms for his expertise and relationships with the federal judiciary in Michigan.
Michael has extensive experience in a variety of intellectual property, commercial, oil and gas, and class action litigation in both state and federal court as noted below
Managed large scale document collection and review in claims of fraud, breach of contract and unjust enrichment by package carriers against billion-dollar package-delivery company and successfully obtained partial summary judgment against multiple plaintiffs on statute of limitations grounds.
Defended broker and brokerage firm against claims of securities fraud, misrepresentation, churning investment accounts, breach of fiduciary duties and breach of contract, and obtained a judgment of no cause of action following full arbitration hearing.
Successfully obtained court order directing Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to expunge investors’ meritless claims from public records of securities brokers.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of Indian corporation on claims of breach of contract involving purchase of large industrial presses.
Represented investors in claim for securities fraud against the manager of a limited liability company and defeated the defendants’ motion to dismiss and motion for summary judgment.
Represented Michigan corporation and successfully obtained reversal of trial court order regarding personal jurisdiction over foreign corporation in sales commission dispute.
Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of leading automotive repair shop on claims of trademark infringement.
Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of leading maker of electronic-paint-thickness gauges on claims of trademark infringement and false advertising.
Successfully defended against customer’s motion to dismiss client’s breach-of-contract claims involving supply of specially designed and manufactured tires and wheels.
Represented single mother against automobile financing company and obtained judgment of dismissal on financing company’s breach-of-contract claim and favorable monetary settlement of client’s counter-claims for fraud and unjust enrichment.
Represented credit card debtor in dispute with debt-collection company and obtained favorable settlement of dispute for less than ten percent of alleged debt.
Won dismissal of breach of contract claim on behalf of secured creditor on claims of wrongful repossession.
Won dismissal of sex and disability discrimination claims against nationwide gas station/convenience store chain.
Obtained dismissal for Michigan’s largest public energy company in overriding royalty dispute concerning allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, alter ego, fraudulent drainage and lack of unitization of a gas field.
Represented major marketing services company in billion dollar dispute with monopolist involving complex anticompetitive schemes and product tie-ins.
Obtained dismissal for major oil company in business dispute involving tortious interference with business expectancies.
Represented major oil company in putative class action concerning nuisance and negligence allegations arising from an explosion at a refinery.
Successfully prosecuted multi-million dollar claims of large petroleum company for breach of contract, warehouseman’s liability and account stated arising from asphalt storage tank failure.
Represented major oil company in multimillion dollar dispute with former branded distributor involving cross-hauling, the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, and obligations arising from the distributor’s bankruptcy.
Represented principal developer of one of Michigan’s largest brownfield redevelopments in dispute with former contractor concerning trade secrets relating to water filtration technology.
Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star, Business and Intellectual Property Litigation, 2013-15
Wayne State University Law School, magna cum laude; Wayne Law Review, Senior Note & Comment Editor/Assistant Editor; Dean's Scholar; Order of the Coif; Silver Key Certificate
American Bar Association, Securities Litigation Committee, Programming Subcommittee co-chair 2011-13; Appellate Practice Committee, Membership and Diversity Subcommittee chairperson 2009-2011; Intellectual Property Litigation Committee
Federal Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
Macomb County Bar Association
Michigan Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
Catholic Lawyers Society
Italian American Bar Association of Michigan
Civic, Cultural & Social Activities
Old Newsboys’ Goodfellows Fund of Detroit, Board of Directors
University of Michigan Alumni Association
"The Confusion Continues over Key Word Confusion," (Co-author A. Michael Palizzi), American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, Landslide, September/October 2012
"Tuning Up the Motor City: The Viability of Restructuring Detroit's Oppressive Property Tax System within the Boundaries of Michigan's Constitution," 51 Wayne L. Rev. 1309 (2005)