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Miller Canfield Attorney Moderates ABA Section of Litigation Panel

April 12, 2007

Todd A. Holleman, a principal in the Detroit office of the law firm of Miller Canfield, recently moderated a panel discussion hosted by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation on “Punitive Damages after Philip Morris USA v. Williams.” The panel discussed the case that has been called one of the most important Supreme Court decisions of this term and included two of the attorneys who argued it before the Supreme Court.

In Philip Morris USA v. Williams, the Supreme Court vacated a $79.5 million punitive damage award and held that it violated due process for a jury to award punitive damages in part because of harm to individuals who were not parties to the suit.

At Miller Canfield, Holleman focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation matters. He specializes in appellate practice and securities litigation and arbitration, commercial contract disputes, construction litigation and equipment leasing litigation.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, State Bar of Ohio and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. He is active on the Appellate Practice Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation.

He is a volunteer host for the Selfridge Air National Guard Museum and is active in various ministries at Brightmoor Christian Church in Novi, Michigan.

He received his law degree, summa cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School, and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude in Marketing, from Grand Valley State University.

Miller Canfield was established in Detroit in 1852 and employs more than 800 in offices in Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, New York, Canada and Poland.