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Homayune A. Ghaussi

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Biography

Homayune Ghaussi is dually focused in supply chain litigation and commercial contract negotiation. He represents clients in complex litigation and commercial disputes, including through jury trials and arbitration hearings. Homayune also counsels automotive, manufacturing and raw material suppliers throughout the United States and Europe on a variety of contracts. He thrives on providing clients with unique solutions to obstacles and creating strategies to achieve business goals efficiently, whether in litigation or contract negotiations. His proactive approach and ability to focus on the most important matters make him a valuable resource in and out of the courtroom. An executive at a Tier 1 automotive supplier, who regularly retains Homayune to better understand the potential legal ramifications of its customer contracts, said his advice was invaluable. “It allowed us to proactively address issues with our customer that we would have missed had we not had his guidance. I would retain Homayune as legal counsel in a heartbeat. I highly recommend him to others looking for legal support that is proactive and client focused.” 

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School J.D. 2001 magna cum laude
  • Wayne State University B.S. 1997

Admitted

  • 2001, Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. Supreme Court in 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan in 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit in 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in 2002

Clerk Experience

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Honorable Patrick J. Duggan 09/01/01 - 08/01/03

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Litigation Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
    Inn of Court

Languages

  • Farsi
  • Persian

Experience

  • Has served as lead trial counsel on jury trials and arbitration hearings
  • Oversaw contract negotiations and drafting for nine-figure expansion projects for raw materials supplier
  • Defended international auto supplier in breach of warranty matter, obtaining a favorable settlement prior to extensive litigation
  • Defended major regional bank in several suits filed to challenge prior foreclosures, obtaining summary dismissal or very favorable settlements in each case
  • Defended technology design company against claims of trade secret misappropriation pertaining to automotive universal garage door opener technology
  • Obtained summary disposition for an employer in a race discrimination claim based on a limitations clause in an employment contract; affirmed on appeal by the Michigan Court of Appeals
  • Obtained reversal of summary disposition by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in a securities contract matter
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in an employment discrimination case, obtaining dismissal of the complaint by summary judgment. Tafelski v. Novartis Pharms., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22847
  • Represented an insurance settlements company in dispute over an individual’s sale of life insurance policies, obtaining dismissal of the complaint through an initial dismissal motion. Harahan v. FairMarket Life Settlements Corp., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82248
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in a products liability matter, obtaining dismissal of the complaint through an initial dismissal motion. Griffus v. Novartis Pharms. Corp., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63420
  • Represented a local disposal facility in an environmental license challenge, resulting in denial of challenger's injunction motion and award of payment from surety bond. Sunoco Partners Mktg. & Terminals L.P. v. United States EPA, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2817
  • Represented an international precision instruments manufacturer in arbitration of a software development matter, obtaining a favorable settlement through facilitation
  • Represented a large chemical company in a commercial utilities case, obtaining dismissal of the complaint by summary judgment
  • Represented a national automotive promotions company in a personal injury action, efficiently obtaining a very favorable settlement through facilitation

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2015-Present
  • Named a Top Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law by DBusiness, 2015-2017, 2019
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers, 2011-2012, 2015-Present
  • Named "Up and Coming Lawyer for 2010" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2009-2010
  • Order of the Coif
  • Executive Articles Editor, Wayne Law Review (2000-2001)
  • Assistant Editor, Wayne Law Review  (1999-2000)

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Leadership

Civic Affiliations

  • Friends of the Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan
    Board Member (2014-Present)

Community Affiliations

  • Leadership Oakland, Class XIX
  • Leadership Oakland Board of Directors (2012-2016)
    Justice Committee, Member
    Diversity Committee, Member

Speaking Engagements

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