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Brian T. Lang

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Biography

Brian Lang welcomes the opportunity to resolve any complex dispute.  He focuses his practice on real estate and commercial litigation, and has successfully represented domestic and international clients as lead counsel in trial, arbitrations, negotiations and mediations. He regularly appears in matters pending in Michigan’s Circuit Courts and its administrative agencies as well as Federal Court. He also served on the firm's Management Committee.
 
Brian formed and chairs the firm’s Real Estate Litigation Practice Group which includes 20 attorneys across the firm’s 8 offices.  His own real estate litigation practice extends to disputes regarding: administrative appeals including MDEQ proceedings; adverse possession; architect negligence; boundary lines; commercial tenants and leases; condemnation; construction disputes; construction liens; cottage and lakefront owner issues; easements; historical designations and uses; partition; quiet title; receiverships and trustee disputes involving real property; riparian rights, marinas and docks; restrictive covenants; and zoning.
 
Brian’s commercial litigation practice extends to disputes concerning breach of commercial contracts related to the supply of products and services, supply chain, business break-ups, shareholder and member oppression, buy-sells, earn outs, non-competes and fraud. His practice has often involved matters concerning cross border parties and issues.  Brian has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, Africa and Central America, which informs his understanding of different cultures and doing business abroad.

Education

  • Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University 1999 with honors
  • Hillsdale College 1995 cum laude
  • St. Louis University Graduate PhD work in Cognitive Psychology

Admitted

  • 2001, Michigan
  • 1999, Ohio

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan Member, Litigation Section, Real Estate Section, International Law Section
  • American Bar Association Member, International Law Section
  • Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan
  • Muskegon County Bar Association, Former President
  • Ottawa County Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio Bar Association

Experience

Real Estate Litigation
  • Obtained early dismissal for commercial land owner of municipal condemnation action due to municipality’s failure to comply with Michigan’s Uniform Condemnation Procedures Act
  • Won substantial attorney fee award following dismissal in a lease dispute regarding commercial tenant’s attempted exercise of an option to purchase
  • Secured favorable judgment after trial recognizing unsigned trust amendment granting real property to client as effective under Michigan’s amended Estate and Protected Individuals Code
  • Won dismissal of action by neighbor seeking tear down of three story parking garage claiming violations of local zoning
  • Represented bond insurer in advocating for its substantial financial interests in action by local municipal water supply’s breach of contract suit against neighboring municipalities
  • Secured award of interest in real property for descendants following trial over disputed title
  • Negotiated complex settlement in marina dispute involving surrounding land owners’ multiple administrative appeals and Circuit Court actions
General Commercial Litigation
  • Successfully represented OEM in litigation in Western District of Michigan, recovering equipment worth more than $300 million
  • Obtained favorable judgment after trial for industrial distributor in breach of warranty case against principals of computer consulting company
  • Represented the Muskegon Museum of Art as it transitioned from public school ownership to a private foundation
  • Successfully represented trustees of multimillion dollar foundation who sought to break apart foundation to relieve internal strife
International Dispute Resolution
  • Successfully represented Illinois company in litigation in the District Court of Vermont, securing payment from 3M Gulf in the United Arab Emirates for concrete product
  • Managed litigation in England for Tier 1 Michigan supplier in litigation against supplier of defective electronic parts resulting in OEM’s recall
  • Represented Michigan company in suit against president of its Korean subsidiary for using subsidiary and taking its business for the benefit of a competitor
  • Secured favorable settlement for Michigan manufacturer of conveyor belts, terminating supply agreement with a German supplier

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2018-19
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2017-Present
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Managing Editor, Ohio State Law Journal, 1998-99
  • Order of the Coif
     

Publications

Ahead of the Curve Auto Supplier Blog

Leadership

Community Affiliations

  • Muskegon Museum of Art Board of Trustees, Chair of Personnel Committee and Member of Collections Committee

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