Michael P. Donnelly

Michael P. Donnelly

Shareholder, President / Detroit


  • University of Detroit School of Law (J.D., 1991)
  • Michigan State University (B.A., 1988)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

Fraser Trebilcock President, Michael P. Donnelly is a seasoned trial attorney who represents a wide variety of clients in complex commercial litigation matters. Mike has represented auto dealers on a wide variety of issues including enforcement of a non-compete clause and trade secret litigation. 

Mike works primarily out of the FIrm's Detroit office and handles matters ranging from major insurance fraud to intellectual property disputes. He also represents companies and associations in antitrust and consumer protection matters. Mike splits his time between Lansing and Detroit as needed for clients and the Firm and is the Managing Partner of the Detroit office.

Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Chair, Litigation Section (2014-present)
    • Chair-Elect, Litigation Section (2013-2014)
    • Secretary (2012-2013)
    • Governing Council, Litigation Section (2010-present)
    • Treasurer, Litigation Section (2011-2012)
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Chairman, Pro Bono Committee (1991-1996)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Committee (1991-1996)
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit, Board of Directors (2009-2014)
  • Detroit Racquet Club, Executive Board (2011-present)
    • Vice President (2014-present)
    • Treasurer (2012-2014)
    • Secretary (2011-2012)
Honors & Distinctions
  • Achieved an AV Preeminent® peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011 BTI Client Service All-Star
  • Selected "Top Lawyers" in Detroit by dbusiness Magazine
  • Selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a "Michigan Super Lawyer" in Business Litigation (2014-2017)
  • Selected by Lawyers Weekly to the Leaders in the Law 2015
  • Recipient, Jerome Cavanagh Scholarship
  • Staff, Michigan Business Law Journal
  • American Inns of Court, Master, Detroit Chapter
  • Order of the Barristers
Publications & Presentations
  • Author, Michigan Chapter, ABA’s Consumer Protection Law Development, Second.
Testimonials & Client Matters
  • Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a $12 million private charitable foundation against parties challenging the trust that formed the foundation.
  • Won a six figure verdict in the Federal Court for the Western District of Michigan in favor of a Fortune 500 insurer regarding worker’s compensation insurance premiums
  • Obtained a directed verdict in Wayne County Circuit Court on behalf of a telecommunications provider against a former customer.
  • Succeeded in getting an ex parte temporary restraining order set aside and stopped the entry of a preliminary injunction in a covenant not to compete matter in Oakland County Circuit Court.