Diligently advocating for clients in various practice areas with an emphasis on business disputes and transactions
Brian Saxe, owner and founder of Saxe Law Firm, PLLC, represents individuals and businesses in a variety of practice areas, with a special emphasis on business and commercial disputes and transactions. He approaches all matters with intensity, diligence, and a determination to obtain the best possible results for his clients.
Brian expertly handles business matters, including those involving shareholder, member, and partner disputes; buy-outs, damages, and dissolution; business torts, including breaches of duty, oppression, fraud, conversion, and diversion of opportunities; breaches of contract; employment; real estate; and any variety of commercial matter arising from business operations. He also handles a variety of corporate and commercial transactions, including the formation, maintenance, and transfer of business interests.
Brian has a keen understanding of the nuances involved in business and commercial matters, and he has distinguished himself as a leading business attorney in the area.
Brian has been at the forefront of important legal developments in the area of shareholder and member oppression under MCL 450.1489 and MCL 450.4515. He co-wrote the briefs and helped litigate the first ever shareholder oppression case to reach the Michigan Supreme Court, resulting in a groundbreaking decision further defining the contours and application of the Michigan shareholder oppression statute. Madugula v. Taub (Michigan Supreme Court, July 15, 2014). He also worked on another seminal case ultimately decided by the Michigan Supreme Court concerning the state's shareholder and member oppression statutes. Frank v. Linkner (Michigan Supreme Court, May 15, 2017). He has litigated various other noteworthy business cases in the trial and appellate courts.
Brian's business litigation efforts have resulted in numerous million and multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients, which have repeatedly ranked among the highest recoveries in the state of Michigan. He obtained the #1 largest settlement reported in Michigan in 2015, in a complex business dispute involving tens of millions of dollars. In recent years, he secured 4 of the top 25 largest settlements reported in the state, with each case ranking among the top 5 business litigation recoveries each year. Other of his litigation recoveries have ranked repeatedly among the state's top 50.
Brian has been named a Top Lawyer in Corporate Law by DBusiness Magazine, an exclusive distinction based entirely on the reviews of his attorney peers. He has also repeatedly been named a Rising Star in Business Litigation by Michigan Super Lawyers.
Brian has delivered noteworthy presentations on business litigation and business breakup issues for the State Bar of Michigan's Business Law Section, and he has contributed to several journal articles published in the area of business litigation. He has long been a member of the Commercial Litigation Committee of the State Bar of Michigan's Business Law Section.
In addition to his expertise in business matters, Brian has successfully litigated various class action cases around the nation, obtaining groundbreaking judgments and settlements on behalf of children with autism, challenging the denial of insurance coverage for behavioral therapy. Two such settlements ranked among the year's top 5 class action recoveries reported in the state of Michigan.
Brian also successfully litigated a large-scale, trespass-nuisance class action case, involving damage to thousands of residential properties, securing a settlement on behalf of homeowners that ranked among the year's top 5 class action recoveries reported in the state of Michigan.
Clerkships and Internships
Prior to entering private practice, Brian gained invaluable experience as a judicial law clerk working closely with judges and staff at the trial court and state supreme court levels, as a legal intern working with low-income clients, and as a research assistant to a law professor.
Specifically, Brian served as judicial law clerk to the chief judge of the Ingham County Circuit Court, where he researched and wrote proposed opinions in various civil cases, state agency appeals, and criminal matters, managed the progression and docketing of cases, directed courtroom procedure, and was the liaison to juries during trials and deliberations.
Before then, Brian served as judicial intern to a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, the state's highest court, where he wrote proposed orders ruling on various applications for leave to appeal and performed research for opinions issued by the high court.
And, before then, Brian served as judicial intern to a judge of the Oakland County Circuit Court, where he researched, analyzed, and wrote proposed opinions in various cases.
Brian also served as a legal intern at Legal Services of South Central Michigan, where he assisted clients in divorce, child support, eviction, public benefits, and consumer disputes.
Lastly, Brian served as research assistant to a law professor at Michigan State University College of Law, where he researched and edited scholarly articles on issues concerning direct democracy, legislation, and administrative law.
Brian graduated from law school in the top 4% of his class, summa cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law.
In law school, he received Jurisprudence Achievement Awards for earning the highest class grades in Research, Writing & Advocacy I; Research, Writing & Advocacy II; and Contract Drafting.
Also in law school, Brian was elected to serve as Senior Articles Editor of the Michigan State Law Review. In this position, he played a vital role in significantly advancing the journal's standing in the legal and academic community.
In addition, while in law school, Brian wrote an article entitled, "When a Rigid Textualism Fails: Damages for ADA Employment Retaliation," which was independently selected for publication in the Michigan State Law Review and which has since, over the years, been cited in various court opinions and in the leading legal treatise on statutory interpretation.
Brian also served as a student representative on the law school's Faculty Appointments Committee, where he assisted in the review and selection of new faculty members.
Prior to attending law school, Brian received his bachelor's degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University, where he focused his studies on political science. While an undergraduate student, he was appointed to serve as a student member of the university's Anti-Discrimination Judicial Board.