FIRM: Toering Law Firm PLLC: When Your Business, Your Career, or Your Reputation Is at Stake
YOUR CONCERN: It seems like your world is crashing down: You and your family, your business, or your professional practice is in peril. You need an attorney. What should you look for? Let me suggest seven things: excellence, experience, integrity, reputation, wise advice, zealous representation, and a commitment to understand your objectives and to work to achieve them in a way that respects your budget.
PRACTICE: My practice includes three main areas:
* Commercial litigation (including shareholder litigation)
* Insurance litigation
* Sensitive corporate matters (shareholder buyouts, internal investigations).
In addition, I am available to mediate business disputes.
APPROACH TO BUSINESS DISPUTES: At some point, every business and every business owner will have to confront a delicate situation--a dispute with a partner, a lawsuit by a vendor, or troubling problems with a client or customer. Although each case is unique, my recommendation is typically to confront the problem, resolve it quickly and economically, and move on. If it's litigation, I typically suggest a two-fist approach: a sword in one hand and an olive branch in the other.
CLIENTS: Most of my clients are individuals, small business owners, or small businesses, although I have represented Fortune 500 companies. As local counsel, I have represented financial institutions and insurers (insurance subrogation, insurance coverage, title insurance). Over the years, I have served as local counsel to attorneys in Boston, Philadelphia area, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
EXPERIENCE: Before opening my own firm, I practiced as in-house counsel for General Motors Corporation and later as a partner at Bowman and Brooke LLP (a national litigation firm that represents large companies in complex litigation) and as a founding member of Grassi & Toering, PLC. I serve as the Vice Chair of the Council for the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, where I chair the Commercial Litigation Committee and the Small Business Forum. (I have been elected to Super Lawyers in Michigan since 2012.) Also, I serve as a volunteer director of the Christian Legal Aid of Southeast Michigan. My professional interests include business courts and alternative dispute resolution for family businesses. Also, I have taught business planning for closely-held businesses at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.