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Phillip M. Shane





Michigan State University College of Law, J.D. 2008

Western Michigan University, B.A. 2005

Bar Admissions

Phillip Shane is a principal of the firm and a member of its Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. Phil's practice focuses primarily on automotive product liability matters, as well as regulatory investigations and compliance procedures involving the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). He represents vehicle manufacturers and major automotive suppliers and coordinates nationwide discovery efforts in cases involving design and manufacturing defect allegations, as well as other tort claims. 

Phil also counsels clients about automotive safety defect investigations, recall decision-making processes, recall execution, and Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act reporting. He has experience helping clients to navigate compliance with government consent orders and deal with oversight from government-appointed independent monitors.

Phil is also a respected authority in the area of eDiscovery and legal technology. He provides clients with legal and practical advice and support on a wide range of issues associated with the identification, preservation, collection, review and analysis, and production of electronically-stored information (ESI). In this capacity, Phil has a wealth of diverse experience on matters including complex commercial litigation, antitrust litigation and pre-merger investigations, white collar criminal defense, intellectual property disputes, labor and employment actions, and internal investigations. Phil draws on these experiences and his intuition and uses cutting-edge technology-assisted review (TAR) tools to analyze clients' data, identify important information, and arm his clients and colleagues with valuable insights. Phil also stays abreast of the ever-evolving federal and state rules and requirements concerning eDiscovery and frequently negotiates ESI protocols and handles eDiscovery-related motions.

Phil is a member of The Sedona Conference Working Groups on Electronic Document Retention and Production and Data Security and Privacy Liability. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Chapter of the Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) and holds the CEDS certificate. Phil has written articles and spoken at events about eDiscovery topics regularly.

Phil has been named a Michigan Super Lawyers "Rising Star" and a "Top Lawyer" by DBusiness Magazine.


State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2021-present

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyer, Information Management & Discovery Law, 2020-present

Michigan Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2018

Western Michigan University, cum laude, Medallion Scholarship Participant; Walter & Virginia Newhouse Scholar; Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Societies Inductee

Professional Activities

Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists

Detroit Relativity User Group Steering Committee

International Legal Technology Association

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, Board of Directors, 2013–2016

U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots, Winter 2010 Volunteer


"E-discovery Preservation, Pitfalls & Practices," Macomb County Bar Association, January 26, 2015, Mount Clemens, Michigan 

"Current and Future e-Discovery Trends and Opportunities" (Co-presenter), Michigan State University College of Law, November 18, 2013

"Fresh Approaches to Cost Control" (Co-presenter), State Bar of Michigan Paralegal Section Annual Day of Education, May 3, 2013, Lansing, Michigan

"Records Management, Preservation and Security," Branch County Human Resources Council, April 18, 2012, Coldwater, Michigan

"E-Discovery 2012 Case Updates + Best Practices," Kalamazoo County Bar Association, March 14, 2012, Kalamazoo, Michigan


"Non-Parties and the Duty to Preserve Evidence," (Co-author), The Litigation Newsletter, Summer 2013

"E-Discovery Cost-Shifting," (Co-author), Stout Risius Ross Journal, Spring 2013

"Recovery of E-Discovery Costs Under 28 U.S.C. §1920(4)," (Co-author), Michigan Defense Quarterly, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Inc., October 2012

"Email Missteps To Avoid: 'Reply To All' & 'Auto-Complete,'" (Co-author), Michigan Defense Quarterly, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Inc., July 2012

"Data Security, E-Discovery And Corporate Boards," (Co-author), The Corporate Board Magazine, July/August 2012