- Intellectual Property
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2009
Eastern Michigan University, B.S. 2006
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.
Persuaded federal court to dismiss multi-million dollar product liability claim for lack of personal jurisdiction over foreign corporation.
Persuaded federal court to dismiss RICO/fraud action based upon allegations of improper billing, persuaded arbitrator to dismiss claims.
Persuaded trial court to grant motion for summary disposition for lack of personal jurisdiction over out-of-state trustees to personal trust.
Persuaded trial court to grant motion for summary disposition for failure to state a claim for alleged violation of Michigan’s Bullard-Plawecki Employee Right-to-Know Act.
Persuaded trial court to deny plaintiff’s request for temporary restraining order for alleged misappropriation of trade secrets.
Obtained denial of plaintiff’s request for temporary restraining order in stop-shipment lawsuit seeking injunction for continued shipment of goods
Obtained dismissal of RICO claims and displacement of state court common law claims based on Michigan Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
Represented City of Detroit in investigation and civil litigation relating to alleged criminal enterprise, persuaded court to permit City of Detroit to intervene and rule that municipality’s tort claims against Defendants belonged to the City of Detroit, and obtained eight-figure settlement on behalf of the City of Detroit.
Persuaded federal court to dismiss Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA) claims and obtained summary judgment in state court on breach of contract counterclaim.
Successfully obtained injunction preventing disclosure of confidential information in violation of non-disclosure agreement.
Defended third-tier automotive supplier in stop-shipment lawsuit seeking injunction for continued shipment of goods, successfully persuaded court to deny preliminary injunction and obtained favorable settlement.
Successfully represented large automotive supplier and obtained order denying issuance of injunction for supply of automotive parts.
Successfully represented large automotive supplier in multi-million dollar competitiveness dispute.
Represented public school district in its lawsuit seeking to recover millions of dollars of funds which the school district paid to various vendor defendants that did not have authorized contracts. Assisted in successfully securing eight-figure settlement for the district and multi-million dollar judgments.
Represented major financial firm and obtained injunction preventing disclosure and solicitation of firm's clients.
Represented securities firm in trustee dispute, argued, and obtained dismissal of $1M claim.
Represented oil and gas franchisor and obtained dismissal of franchisee's claims (breach of contract and Petroleum Marketing Practices Act claims).
Represented municipality and assisted in obtaining dismissal of multi-million dollar equal protection and due process violation claims challenging application of ordinances.
Briefed and argued federal habeas corpus petition.
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
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)