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Joseph G. Vernon

Detroit Resident Director




University of Windsor School of Law, LL.B., 2005

University of Detroit Mercy Law School, J.D., 2005

Wilfrid Laurier University, BBA 2002

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Michigan

Court of Appeal for Ontario

Joseph G. Vernon is an experienced business lawyer and commercial litigator, who has represented clients in a variety of industries in arbitration proceedings and state and federal courts across the country. He specializes in complex commercial and intellectual property litigation, and he has served as lead counsel in a number of significant breach of contract, intellectual property trade secret, shareholder oppression, and automotive supplier disputes.

Joe has also conducted a number of internal investigations, and he serves as general litigation counsel for several of his clients and is frequently consulted on key strategic initiatives, which is a testament to his commitment to understanding his clients’ needs, objectives, and the industries in which they operate.

Vernon is deeply involved in the community as well. He serves on the Young Leaders Board for the Detroit Economic Club, and as a mentor in its Career Readiness Academy. He also serves on the Board of Mariners Inn, a rehabilitation and homeless shelter. He is a co-chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Rules and Civil Practice Committee, and he is a proud member of Leadership Detroit Class XXXVII. He previously served as an adjunct professor at Detroit Mercy Law School, where he taught an advanced legal writing and oral advocacy course for several years.

Joe is best known for his tireless work ethic, his attention to detail, his excellent oral and written advocacy skills, and his ability to connect in the courtroom.

Representative Matters


Crain's Detroit Business, 40 Under 40, 2018

Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star Business Litigation 2009-present

University of Windsor Faculty of Law/University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, Recent Alumnus Award of Excellence 2008

University of Windsor Faculty of Law
Golden Lancer Award
Lancers Varsity Football

Wilfrid Laurier University
Honours Business
Golden Hawks Varsity Football

St. Michael's College School
Honours Society
Kerry Blues Football Team Captain

Footsteps Scholarship presented by Michael "Pinball" Clemons, 1998

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries

Federal Bar Association, Rules and Civil Practice Committee

State Bar of Michigan, Arts Communications Entertainment and Sports (ACES) Section

Sports Lawyers Association

Law Society of Upper Canada

Ontario Bar Association

Detroit Regional Chamber's Leadership Detroit, Class XXXVII

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan Transition Team, Ethics Committee Co-Chair 2013-2014

Big Brothers of Windsor & Essex County, Board of Directors 2007-2008

Lancers Touchdown Club, President 2006-2010


University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Visiting Professor, Advanced Legal Theory and Analysis


"Contracts 101: Know What You Are Getting and Getting What You Want," Techstars Detroit Startup Week, June 2018, Detroit, Michigan

"Enforcing Foreign Judgments in Ontario and Michigan," Bridging the Detroit River: Emerging Issues in Defending Civil Litigation, Canadian Defence Lawyers and Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, March 2015, Windsor, Ontario 

"Valuing Your Commercial Contract Case," Institute of Continuing Legal Education Webinar, July 2014, Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Player Representation and Team Management," Windsor Law Sports & Entertainment Conference, March 2013, Windsor, Ontario

"The Art of Negotiation," Windsor Law Sports & Entertainment Conference, February 2015, Windsor, Ontario

"Doing Business in Canada," Automation Alley, April 2009, Troy, Michigan

"Contract Law: Ensuring That You Get What You Want From Your Relationships With Key Stakeholders," International Black Expo, May 2007, Detroit, Michigan