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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 at Miller Canfield and a member of the Firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution group. He provides clients with legal and practical advice and support on a wide range of issues.

In the automotive sector, Phil advises vehicle manufacturers and suppliers about automotive product liability matters, regulatory investigations and compliance procedures involving the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) Act reporting. He coordinates nationwide discovery efforts in cases involving design and manufacturing defect allegations, as well as other tort claims. Phil also has experience helping clients navigate compliance with government consent orders and deal with oversight from government-appointed independent monitors.

Phil has a wealth of diverse experience in other areas, including complex commercial litigation, antitrust litigation and pre-merger investigations, regulatory matters, intellectual property disputes, labor and employment actions, and internal investigations and white-collar criminal defense.

Phil is also a leader in the eDiscovery and legal technology arena, assisting clients on a wide range of issues associated with identification, preservation, collection, review and analysis, production, and governance of electronically stored information (ESI). He draws on his experiences and intuition, using technology-assisted review (TAR) tools to analyze clients' data, identify important information, and arm his clients and colleagues with valuable insights. Phil also stays informed about the ever-evolving federal and state rules and requirements for eDiscovery, and he frequently negotiates ESI protocols and handles eDiscovery-related motions. Phil has been 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 been recognized as 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

Leadership Oakland, LOXXXIV Cornerstone Program Class

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