Michael is a senior associate in Smith Haughey’s Litigation Practice Group. He focuses his practice on professional liability defense, commercial litigation, insurance defense, products liability, and no-fault law, practicing extensively in both state and federal courts. As an attorney in Smith Haughey’s Grand Rapids office, Michael takes a proactive, results-oriented approach to litigation in order to obtain positive results for his clients. Michael regularly conducts depositions of parties, fact witnesses, and expert witnesses, and has successfully drafted and argued multiple dispositive motions. In his role as a professional liability defense attorney, Michael has successfully defended attorneys, accountants, architects, engineers, land surveyors, and professional trustees faced with claims of professional negligence. He has also represented attorneys in contempt proceedings and before the Attorney Grievance Commission. Additionally, Michael also regularly handles appellate matters for clients in the Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Supreme Court, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Michael lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and daughter. Outside of the office, Michael enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, homebrewing, and spending time with his family and friends. Legal Malpractice Defense: Michael was the lead associate in a legal malpractice action in which the plaintiff sought $9,000,000.00 in damages. The trial court granted defendant’s motion for summary disposition and awarded over $40,000 in attorney fees to the defendant. That decision was later affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals. Legal Malpractice Defense: Michael was the lead associate in a legal malpractice case in federal court arising out of commercial litigation in which the plaintiff sought seven figures in damages. The trial court granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment and dismissed the case. Professional Liability Defense: Michael was the lead associate in a professional liability lawsuit against a professional trustee, alleging negligence in the administration of a trust. The trial court granted the trustee’s motion for summary disposition, dismissing plaintiff’s claims and awarding the trustee all of its attorney fees.
Michael D. Wiese