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Adam T. Ratliff

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  • Detroit

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    f. +1.313.263.6855


Adam Ratliff is a trial and appellate litigator focusing on complex and high-stakes matters. Adam represents clients at all stages of business and contractual disputes – from pre-litigation strategy through trial or arbitration, and on appeal. As a member of Warner’s Automotive Industry Group, Adam has particular experience in the automotive supply chain, where he represents suppliers in all types of supply chain disputes, including successfully obtaining and defending against emergency injunctions.

Adam also specializes in appeals as a member of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice. He has successful appellate experience before state and federal courts, including as a member of a team before the U.S. Supreme Court. Adam draws on his appellate expertise to counsel clients from the very beginning of a case on the long-term opportunities and risks.



  • 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
  • Detroit Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association


  • 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

  • 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, 926 N.W.2d 1 (Mich. Ct. App. 2018): Won reversal of trial court’s grant of summary disposition

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers® Detroit Appellate Practice and Criminal Defense: White-Collar "Ones to Watch" List, 2021-22


One Court of Justice Blog

Ahead of the Curve Auto Supplier Blog


Community Affiliations

  • Life Remodeled Business Advisory Board (2021)

Speaking Engagements

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