Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1995
Kalamazoo College, B.A. 1992
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals
- Sixth Circuit
All Michigan Courts
A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Gerry is an experienced trial lawyer knowledgeable in complex business, criminal, and family law litigation.
He is well versed in business litigation as well as regulatory enforcement and white collar criminal defense.
His business litigation and arbitration experience includes successful representation of public and private companies and individuals in a variety of complex matters, including unlawful and unfair business practices, strike suits, non-competes, shareholder oppression, breach of contract, malpractice and fraud cases.
His family law experience includes resolving the divorces of numerous high-net-worth individuals including several cases tried to verdict. He also handles internal investigations on behalf of companies and their audit committees.
Gerry has tried nearly 200 jury trials to verdict. His non jury trial experience includes bench trials, administrative proceedings and a number of facilitations before retired judges. He has handled customs enforcement matters, alcohol regulatory investigations and immigration enforcement matters.
Prior to joining Miller Canfield in 2005, he was an assistant Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney. As a prosecutor, he tried difficult, high profile cases, including homicide, fraud, racketeering, child abuse, domestic violence and juvenile delinquency. He regularly appears as a legal analyst for WXYZ Channel 7 in Detroit.
Representative Criminal Cases
Gerry’s white collar defense practice includes representing witnesses and targets in federal and state criminal investigations and prosecutions, including healthcare fraud, securities fraud, bank fraud, racketeering, money laundering, environmental crimes, assault, homicide, criminal sexual conduct, larceny and embezzlement, including:
People v MD, (Eaton County Circuit Court) secured a jury verdict of acquittal for an attorney accused of identity theft
United States v H.A. (E.D. Michigan) secured an acquittal of an attorney charged with conspiracy and controlled substance offenses
United States v KW (E.D. Michigan) secured a jury verdict of acquittal on federal firearms charge
People v S.M (Oakland County Circuit Court) secured jury verdict of acquittal for client charged with aggravated resisting and obstructing a police officer
People v J.K. (Oakland County Circuit Court) secured jury verdict of acquittal for client charged with home invasion first degree and armed robbery
People v T.R. (Oakland County Circuit Court) secured dismissal of computer/internet sexual solicitation charge after successful Fourth Amendment challenge
United States v H.S. (E.D. Michigan) member of trial team that secured a jury verdict of acquittal for a Federal Agent accused of conspiracy, perjury and obstruction of justice in the first terrorism trial after September 11, 2001
United States v N.M. (Oakland County Circuit Court, 46th District Court) secured dismissal for client charged with false pretenses in a racketeering conspiracy case during preliminary examination
People v T.B. (Macomb County Circuit Court) secured dismissal of all charges for client charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct first degree
Representative Civil Cases
Kozma v Chelsea Lumber, et al. (Washtenaw County Circuit Court) secured a jury verdict of no cause of action in a civil fraud case
R.M. v M (Oakland County Family Court) secured an extremely favorable verdict upholding a prenuptial agreement in a divorce trial
In addition to the trials identified above, Gerry has been able to secure numerous favorable settlements and plea agreements for clients in federal, state and local courts.
Reported and Published Decisions
Cole v Ladbroke Racing Michigan, 241 Mich.App. 1 (2000)
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
Wayne State University Law School, cum laude
Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: General Practice 2013-present
Michigan Super Lawyers, General Litigation 2011-present; 2014 Top 100 Lawyers; 2014 Top 50 Consumer Lawyers; Rising Star 2008-2009
DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, White-Collar Criminal Defense 2011-present
The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2012-present
American Bar Foundation, Fellow
Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow
State Bar of Michigan, Professional Standards Division Character & Fitness Committee
Oakland County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2008-present; Secretary, 2014-2015
OCBA Committee, Chair, 2008
OCBA Youth Law Committee, Chair, 2006
Oakland County Bar Association Inns of Court, Board of Directors, 2002-2005
Oakland County Circuit Court Criminal Assignment Committee, 2006-2008
National Drug Court Institute, United States Department of Justice, Adult Drug Court Planning Initiative Training Series, 2001
National College of District Attorneys Forensic Evidence Course, 2000
National College of District Attorneys Career Prosecutor Course, 1997
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Visiting Professor, "Evidence"
Oakland County Police Academy, Instructor, "Civil Law and Court Functions/Courtroom Testimony," (instructed classes biannually in the areas of civil and criminal procedure, preparation of students for testimony in a jury setting), 1997-2005
Oakland County Bar Association, Instructor, "Introduction to Practice: Conduct of Trials" (instructed new attorneys in the trial process as conducted in Oakland County), 2001-present
"Your Child is 18. What Now?" Birmingham/Bloomfield Families in Action, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, March 12, 2015
"Parole & Commutation Issues," Practical Law Show, Bloomfield Cablevision (Channel 15), September 6-11, 2011
"e-Discovery: No Longer an Option - It's a Rule So Now What?," (Moderator), Oakland County Bar Association, September 2, 2009
"Hiring Foreign Nationals: What You Need To Know," Miller Canfield, Southfield, Michigan, May 12, 2009
"So Your Child is 18 – What Now?" U of D Jesuit High School, October 2006, March 2008; Marian High School, November 2006, February 2009; Troy Community Coalition, April 2007; Rochester/Auburn Hills Community Coalition, May 2007; International Academy, March 2006, March 2008, January 2009; West Bloomfield Community Coalition, March 2008; Waterford Coalition for Youth, June 2008
"Health Care Fraud," (Co-author Irene Bruce Hathaway), Laches, Oakland County Bar Association, February 2013
"Cooperation: The Key To Early Parole Eligibility in Major Controlled Substance Offense Sentencing," Oakland County Bar Association, 2001
"Presenting Scientific Issues in the Opening Statement," For the Defense, 1997
"A Rose Is Not A Rose: Misuse of Environmental Statutes and Common Law Theories in Private-Party Litigation," Defense Research Institute, 1993