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Todd A. Holleman

Chicago Co-Resident Director




Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1999

Grand Valley State University, B.B.A. 1990

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • Third Circuit
  • Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Northern District of Illinois

Todd  Holleman has a broad base of litigation and appellate practice experience in state and federal courts. He has the ability to isolate issues that get the court’s attention and make concise and persuasive arguments that a court finds convincing.

Todd has specific expertise in defending retail securities brokers and brokerage firms against claims by customers in arbitration held before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). He also has expertise in defending against and pursuing claims by brokerage firms related to the violation of noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements.

Todd also has extensive experience in representing commercial entities and business in defending against and pursuing claims related to complex business contracts, including supply agreements governed by the Uniform Commercial Code; defending against and pursing claims for the payment of sales commissions, and defending against and pursuing claims arising from shareholder derivative actions or corporate control and governance disputes.

Representative Matters

Todd defended a brokerage firm along with two of its brokers against claims made by a disgruntled investor. After months of having the case pending and a three-day arbitration, he prevailed on their behalf and obtained an order from the arbitrator dismissing the claims and vindicating the clients who had done nothing wrong and had suffered through months of having been wrongfully accused.

Todd’s case files also include:

Representing general contractors against claims by subcontractors for payment from a defunct owner or from other defunct subcontractors and representing general contractors making claims against payment and performance or surety bonds.

Defending against claims of bankruptcy trustees against officers and directors of the bankrupt company, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and fraud.

Finally, Todd has substantial experience in working to enforce payment obligations under equipment leases and enforcing both foreign and domestic judgments in Michigan and Ohio.


American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow

BTI Client Service All-Star Team, 2013

Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation 2013-present

Michigan Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2008

Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation 2013-present

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Named one of five "2004 Up and Coming Lawyers"

Clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly 1999-2000

Intern for Honorable Lawrence P. Zatkoff, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Wayne State University Law School, summa cum laude
Assistant Editor, Wayne Law Review, 1998-99

Grand Valley State University, magna cum laude

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, 1999-present; Social Media Committee, Co-Chair 2013-present, Appellate Practice Committee, Co-Chair 2007-2010; Programming Subcommittee, Co-Chair; 2004 Outstanding Subcommittee Chair; Securities Litigation Committee; Advance Planning Leadership Committee 2010-2013

Federal Bar Association, 2008-present

State Bar of Michigan, 1999-present

State Bar of Ohio, 2005-present

State Bar of Illinois, 2012-present

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, 2005-present; Inns of Court 2012

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

North Farmington West Bloomfield Little League, Coach, 2005

Volunteer Host, Selfridge Air National Guard Museum, 2003-2007

Grand Valley State University Alumni Association, Vice-president, Metro Detroit Chapter, 1998-99


"Understanding Your Options for Raising Capital in Michigan", Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), August 2015

"Michigan Arbitration Act," Michigan Defense Trial Council 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference, Detroit, Mich., May 15, 2014

"Win-Win Michigan: SEC Whistleblower Program," (Video, with Matthew Allen), Crain's Detroit Business, July 2013

"Off Wall Street: Pre-IPO Investing and the Future of Private Placement Trading," Michigan State University College of Law Journal of Business and Securities Law program, Lansing, Mich., February 15, 20131

"Litigating a Memorandum of Understanding/Letter of Intent," (Panelist), The Pitfalls of Cross Border Joint Ventures Transaction and Litigation Risks, Union of International Advocates, Park City, UT, March 1, 2010

"May It Please The Court: Oral Advocacy Do's and Don'ts," Moderator, Litigation Section, 2009 American Bar Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, April, 2009

"Understanding the Legal Process," National Association of Credit Management's Credit Congress and Exposition, Las Vegas, NV, June 2007

"Punitive Damages after Philip Morris USA v. Williams," Program Moderator, Litigation Section, 2007 American Bar Association Annual Conference, March 2007

"What the Movies Teach about Appellate Advocacy," Panelist,  American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, August 6, 2006

"Report from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) 2007 Seminar, Miller Canfield Before the Bell Breakfast Forum for Registered Representatives, April 26, 2007

"Marbury v. Madison II--The President's Power to Detain and Prosecute Prisoners in the War on Terrorism," Chairperson, American Bar Association, 2004 annual meeting

"Chat Rooms and Instant Messaging," Miller Canfield Before the Bell Breakfast Forum for Registered Representatives, November 11, 2004

"Internet Resources for Registered Representatives," Miller Canfield Before the Bell Breakfast Forum for Registered Representatives, May 13, 2004

"Current Developments on Sarbanes-Oxley," Miller Canfield Before the Bell Breakfast Forum for Registered Representatives, February 12, 2004

"Sarbanes-Oxley: If the Sox Don't Fit, You Must Acquit!," Miller Canfield Before the Bell Breakfast Forum for Registered Representatives, August 14, 2003


"To appeal or to settle? That is the question." Hot Points, Summer 2008

"Cases on Appeal Present New Opportunities to Settle," Midwest In-House, March 2008

"Settlement of Cases on Appeal," ABA Section of Litigation Appellate Practice Journal, Winter 2008