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Larry J. Saylor

Senior Counsel




University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1976

Ohio State University, M.C.R.P.

Miami University, Ohio, A.B. 1970

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Courts of Appeals

  • District of Columbia Circuit
  • Sixth Circuit
  • Seventh Circuit
  • Tenth Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan
  • District of Columbia
  • Northern District of Illinois

Larry Saylor litigates complex business disputes in state and federal courts throughout the country, and in domestic and international arbitration. 

He handles antitrust, trade secret, consumer protection, franchising, and dealer law matters, including class actions, injunctions, and appeals. He has resolved highly technical matters involving computer software, auto parts, pharmaceuticals, health care, and product design. Larry also counsels clients on antitrust, franchising and dealer law issues, and acts as an arbitrator and mediator. 

Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, Larry is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for litigation, antitrust, appeals, commercial litigation, and intellectual property litigation, and was named a "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in 2015.  Larry served as chair of the Antitrust, Franchising, and Trade Regulation Section of the State Bar of Michigan and as an adjunct professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he taught a course on franchising and dealer law.

Before joining the firm, Larry was Law Clerk to The Honorable George E. MacKinnon, United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. 

Representative Matters


Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Antitrust Law, 2005-present; Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, and Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2013-present

Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2007-present

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Antitrust Litigation & Appellate Law, 2020-present

State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2021

Thomas M. Cooley Law Review Distinguished Michigan Supreme Court Brief Award, 2014

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow

Who's Who in America

Who's Who in American Law

University of Michigan Law School; magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

Michigan Law Review, Articles Editor

Miami University, cum laude

Ohio State University, with Distinction

Professional Activities

American Arbitration Association Panel of Neutrals, Arbitrator (Commercial, Large Complex Case, Franchising and Appellate Panels)

State Bar of Michigan, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; Litigation Section; Appellate Practice Section; Antitrust, Franchising and Trade Regulation Section, Chair, 1994-1995; Vice-chair, 1993-1994; Secretary, 1992-1993; Treasurer, 1991-1992; Council Member, 1987-1991

American Bar Association, Antitrust Section; Forum on Franchising; Litigation Section; Dispute Resolution Section

District of Columbia Bar Association

International Franchise Association

Wayne County Mediation Tribunal Association, case evaluator

Oakland County Circuit Court, case evaluator

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Local Rules Committee, 1998-2001

Federal Bar Association, Detroit Chapter

Detroit Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

City of Grosse Pointe, Urban Forestry Commission

Pleasantview Township Planning Commission, Member and Secretary

Hidden Hamlet Homeowners' Association, Director

Leadership Detroit XI


University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2011-2013, taught course on franchising and dealer law


United States Air Force, 1970-72, Administrative Officer


"Comparing International and Domestic Arbitration: Tips for advocates, clients and arbitrators," Moderator, State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, February 20, 2024

"Evidence in Arbitration," Panelist, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan Annual Conference, September 30, 2023

"Pro Se: Managing Cases with Self-Represented Parties," Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan Annual Conference, October 1, 2022

"Writing, Protecting and Correcting an Arbitration Award," Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan Annual Conference, October 1, 2022

"Best Practices in Non-Administered Arbitrations," Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan webinar, March 10, 2022

Moderator, Michigan Appellate Bench Bar Conference, 2010, 2013 & 2016

Overview of Franchising Law, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Franchising Conference, 2012 

Compelling Arbitration and Enforcing Awards Under the New York Convention, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section, 2011

International Arbitration, Automation Alley, 2007

Antitrust Compliance, National Association for Credit Management, 2006 and 1999

Getting Your Opponent's Attention Before Trial: Creative Ways to Seize the Moment, American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section (teleconference), 2004

Drafting Sales Representative Agreements, State Bar of Michigan and Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1998

The Price Is Right, Antitrust Developments Affecting Negotiations Between Providers and Payors, State Bar of Michigan and Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1997

Dealer, Franchise and Sales Representative Termination, Michigan State Bar Association and Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1993

Dispute Resolution for Franchise Claims, American Arbitration Association, Michigan Region, 1993

Distributing Your Products and the Antitrust Laws, American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers Association, 1993



Michigan Civil Procedure Before Trial (Co-Author), West Publishing, 2003 (3 vol. treatise)

Litigating the Commercial Case (Co-Author), Michigan Inst. for Continuing Legal Ed., 1992

Journals & Periodicals

"Supreme Court Limits Federal Court Jurisdiction Under the Federal Arbitration Act," The Michigan Dispute Resolution Journal, Summer 2022

"Supreme Court Rejects Prejudice Requirement for Waiver of Arbitration Agreement," The Michigan Dispute Resolution Journal, Summer 2022

"Motions in Limine," Michigan Bar Journal, Jan. 2017

"Unpublished Opinions in the Michigan Court of Appeals," Michigan Appellate Practice Journal, Spring 2013

"New Developments in Cross Appeals - A Potential Trap for the Unwary Appellate Lawyer," Michigan Appellate Practice Journal, Winter 2015

"Commentary: The 'Big 3' of Chinese international arbitration," (Co-Author), Michigan Lawyers Weekly, October 5, 2012

"Compelling Arbitration and Enforcing Awards under the New York Convention in U.S. Courts," Michigan International Lawyer, Spring 2012

"High Court Considers Future of Class Arbitration," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, February 8, 2011

"Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, September 17, 2010

“Michigan Sales Representative Statute” (Co-Author), Michigan Bar Association, 1994

"Are You Violating Antitrust Laws," Michigan Hospitals, Michigan Hospital Association, 1992 

"Antitrust Issues in Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures," International Legal Strategy, 1992 (in Japanese) 

"Dealer Termination Litigation," Michigan Bar Journal, 1987

“Annual Survey of the Law: Civil Procedure” (Co-Author), Wayne Law Review, Wayne State University, 1984

“Condemnation Blight” (Note), Michigan Law Review, University of Michigan, 1975