Matthew J. Turchyn

Attorney

“I am a creative, strategic, and result-oriented advocate for my clients.”

-Attorney Matthew Turchyn

I have a wide-ranging litigation practice with an emphasis on business and appellate matters. Regardless of the type of case or the scale of the problem, I start by looking at the big picture and identifying an efficient and effective path to my client’s objective. I am not afraid to use strategies or make arguments that are outside of the box if they serve my client’s goals. I understand what is important to judges, arbitrators, and other decisionmakers, and I work hard to present my clients’ perspectives in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner.

I regularly represent clients, including businesses, their owners, and their officers, in matters involving breaches of contracts, ownership disputes, minority-shareholder oppression claims, trade secrets, intellectual property, noncompete agreements, and employment issues. I also represent broker dealers and investment advisors in litigation, FINRA arbitration proceedings, and regulatory actions. I serve as local counsel to national and multinational corporations in sophisticated litigation in Michigan state and federal courts.

Additionally, I have successfully represented numerous clients in appeals in state and federal courts. I have pursued and defended appeals involving diverse issues from business disputes to domestic-relations cases to medical-malpractice actions. Whatever the case may be, my goal is always to reach an optimal result based on pragmatic and efficient representation.

Education

Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, MI, 2012

Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Michigan, 2012
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2015
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2013

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Securities Litigation
General Litigation
Appeals

Honors & Awards

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up & Coming Lawyer, Class of 2018
Super Lawyers, Michigan Rising Star, 2015–2018
DBusiness, 2018 Top Lawyer – Commercial Litigation

Examples of Excellence

  • Successfully defended an investment advisor in a federal injunction proceeding brought by his former employer, ultimately leading to the resolution of all claims against him.
  • Obtained full pre-discovery dismissal of allegations of copying brought against an artist by a competitor and subsequently persuaded the court to order the competitor reimburse my client for all of his attorney fees incurred in the action.
  • Defended the majority members of an LLC that owns a shopping mall against oppression claims brought by a minority member and negotiating the purchase of the minority member’s interest.
  • Represented the seller of a pharmacy in obtaining a judgment in excess of $1 million, plus reimbursement of attorney fees, against the purchaser where the purchaser breached numerous obligations under the purchase agreement by, among other things, using the pharmacy as part of a Medicare fraud scheme.
  • Persuaded the Michigan Court of Appeals to reverse a trial-court order assessing conversion treble damages and attorney fees against a national mortgage-servicing entity in a dispute over an insurance check.
  • Negotiated the reduction of a fine imposed by the State of Michigan against an insurance agent in a regulatory action alleging the unlicensed sale of unregistered securities to less than ten percent of the amount originally assessed.
  • Obtained the expungement of frivolous claims brought against an investment advisor from that advisor’s record over objections by the advisor’s former client.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of a condominium owner requiring that her association complete significant repairs to her unit after the association delayed in responding to repeated maintenance request and changed its bylaws to avoid completing the maintenance.
  • Obtained numerous judgments correcting title defects on behalf of several national lending institutions and title insurance companies.
  • Obtained numerous successful appellate results affirming favorable rulings on dispositive motions for Hertz Schram clients.

Professional Affiliations & Credentials

  • Representative for the 6th Judicial Circuit, State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly
  • Fellow, Oakland County Bar Foundation
  • Associate, American Inns of Court, Oakland County Bar Association Chapter
  • Senior Managing Editor, Michigan State Law Review
  • Author, It Looks like a Sale; It Quacks like a Sale… But It’s Not? An Argument for the Application of the Duck Test in a Digital First Sale Doctrine, 5 J. BUS. ENTREPRENEURSHIP & L. 31 (2011)
  • Rank Leader, Michigan Marching Band

Awards and Accolades