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Adam T. Ratliff

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  • Southfield

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Adam Ratliff is a trial and appellate litigator.  He focuses on complex matters, which includes guiding clients through business and contractual disputes, and defending clients from white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions.  Adam also represents his clients on appeal, with successful appellate experience before state and federal courts, including as a member of a team before the U.S. Supreme Court.



  • Vanderbilt University Law School J.D. 2015
  • Michigan State University B.A. 2012


  • 2015, Michigan


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association


Commercial Litigation

  • Represent several large automotive suppliers in a variety of supply-chain disputes

  • Both successfully obtained and defended against injunctive relief on behalf of automotive clients in supply-chain litigation

  • Represented manufacturing client in arbitration, obtaining an award equal to 100% of client’s claim

  • Member of multiple Warner teams defending against class actions

  • Member of Warner team representing a publically owned utility in a large-scale condemnation project

White-Collar Criminal Defense & Compliance

  • Member of Warner defense team in an upcoming federal health care fraud trial with forfeiture claims exceeding $100 million

  • Represented environmental remediation company in federal fraud investigation; no charges were ever brought against the client


  • Lee v. United States, 137 S.Ct. 1958 (2017): Member of the WNJ team that earned victory before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case about a defendant’s right to make an informed plea decision when facing deportation as a possible penalty

  • Leapers, Inc. v. SMTS, LLC, 879 F.3d 731 (6th Cir. 2018): Obtained unanimous reversal of trial court decision that had found client’s product design functional and thus ineligible for trade dress protection

  • Hetterscheidt v. Aleris Specification Alloys, Inc., Case No. 16-2417 (6th Cir. 2017): Successfully defended the lower court’s grant of summary judgment to client in a case concerning the intentional fraud exception to Michigan’s Worker’s Disability Compensation Act

  • Magley v. M & W Incorporated, --- N.W.2d --- (Mich. Ct. App. 2018): Won reversal of trial court’s grant of summary disposition

Honors & Awards

  • Named on the Best Lawyers' 2021 Southfield Appellate Practice "Ones to Watch" List


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