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Robert E. Murkowski





Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2009

Eastern Michigan University, B.S. 2006

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Eastern District of Michigan

Western District of Michigan

Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Robert E. Murkowski is an experienced business attorney and trial lawyer, specializing in corporate litigation and complex business disputes.

With nearly a decade of litigation experience, Robert has represented large and small companies and individuals, in business, corporate, intellectual property, trade secret, antitrust, UCC, real estate, class action, probate/trust, mass tort, contract, construction, securities, non-compete/NDA, sales commission or sales representative, appeals, creditor rights, insolvency, insurance coverage, professional liability, director and officer liability, personal injury, criminal defense, and product liability matters, in both federal and state courts and arbitrations.

As a member of the firm’s Automotive Group, and a co-leader for its Automotive Supply Chain Litigation Section, Robert regularly represents Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and tiered automotive suppliers in negotiating and litigating supplier contract disputes, stop-ship cases, Michigan Sales Representative Act claims, warranty or indemnification claims, delayed or non-delivery of parts, resourcing, insolvencies, pricing and tooling disputes, terms and conditions, and other issues involving the UCC. Robert currently serves as counsel to the Original Equipment Supplier Association (OESA) Young Leadership Council.   

Robert is also a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation Section and has extensive experience in defending securities brokers and financial advisors against claims by customers before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as well as financial institutions in SEC enforcement actions, and other criminal or regulatory investigations. Robert is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, and has litigated a variety of patent, trademark, and trade secret disputes. In addition, Robert also specializes in corporate disputes involving minority shareholder or member oppression, derivative claims, Special Litigation Committees, director and officer liability, fiduciary duties, and corporate control.   

Robert has been recognized as a rising star in business litigation, and is frequently retained as local counsel by leading international law firms. Most recently, he was honored with the Up & Coming Lawyers Award by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2015. Robert is also active in state and federal bar associations, holding leadership positions with Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association (DMBA) and the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (MDTC).

Prior to joining Miller Canfield, Robert worked in the United States Attorney’s Office in Detroit, and was a judicial intern for the Honorable Arthur J. Tarnow of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Representative Matters


Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up and Coming Lawyer Award for 2015

Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Business Litigation 2013-present

Wayne State University Law School, cum laude; Wayne Law Review, Managing Editor; National Competition Mock Trial Team, Captain; Bronze Key Award Recipient; Gold Key Award Recipient; Faculty Annual Award Recipient; Board of Governors Scholarship

Eastern Michigan University, cum laude; EMU Honors College; Presidential Scholar; Student Government Student Body President; Pi Sigma Alpha, President

Eastern Michigan University, Outstanding 2011 Young Alumnus Award

Federal District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Pro Bono Honoree, 2012-present

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Young Lawyers Division, Vice-chair

Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Young Lawyers Section, Chair

State Bar of Michigan, Antitrust, Franchising & Trade Regulation Section; Business Law Section

Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Barristers Board, Board member

Polish American Legal Society (PALS)

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Cowdens Syndrome Foundation

Greenfield Village Historic Baseball Team

Eastern Michigan University Alumni Association, Board of Directors

Greenfield Village Young Professionals


Contributor, 2013 Annual Broker Dealer Survey, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

"What You Need to Know About the Newly Proposed Federal Trade Secret Legislation," ABA Newsletter, Intellectual Property and Internet Law, 2013

"DOJ Warns of Widening Probe in Automotive Industry," Miller Canfield e-alert, March 6, 2013

"The PMPA Landscape After Mac's Shell: A Survey of Significant PMPA Decisions in 2011," (co-author Amy M. Johnston), ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2012

Annual Survey of Michigan Law, Professional Responsibility, 56 Wayne L. Rev. 507 (2010)