For many clients, litigation is a frightening and intimidating experience. Most clients do not understand pretrial procedure, motion practice, discovery or the length of time it takes to get a case to trial. When faced with the emotions and costs of litigation, clients need a seasoned and experienced trial attorney who has been in the courtroom before. They need someone who knows the judges and judicial staff and knows how the litigation process works – not someone who is a novice or learning the craft at the client’s expense.

Our attorneys pull from a broad base of experiences and have tried a wide variety of cases in both state and federal courts. We have successfully litigated everything from complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, Uniform Commercial Code disputes, bankruptcy and federal court cases, probate and trust disputes, divorce and personal injury to serious criminal cases.  Experience counts, and our attorneys have it.

We utilize computers, iPads, projectors and media technology to best present our clients’ cases. Using the latest in modern technology allows us to better organize and better present our clients’ cases effectively, persuasively and efficiently.

More importantly, we understand the costs of litigation: both emotional and financial.  We work closely with our clients to assess the true objectives of lawsuits and then work vigorously to achieve those goals and minimize the clutter and costs of unnecessary ancillary disputes.  While our “team” may not be large in terms of numbers, we are huge in experience and results.

Although resolution is always a goal, our ultimate goal is to serve our clients’ best interests. Therefore, if we cannot settle a dispute to our client’s advantage, we are willing to take the case to court. Furthermore, we are no strangers to appellate courts, having handled over 75 appeals in the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Typical kinds of cases we handle include:

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Contract Disputes
  • Individual Contract Disputes
  • Protection of Employer’s Proprietary Rights Including Covenants Not to Compete and Non-disclosure Agreements
  • Business Torts
  • Employee Misappropriation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Unfair Competition
  • Defective Goods and Products
  • Sale of Goods
  • Domestic Relations
  • Environmental
  • Appeals
  • Minority Stockholder Squeeze-out and Oppression
  • Real Estate
  • Construction Liens and Disputes
  • Boundary Line Disputes
  • Commercial Condominium Disputes
  • Commercial and Residential Landlord/Tenant
  • Easement Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Water Law and Riparian Rights
  • Criminal:  Misdemeanor and Felony
  • Driver’s License Restoration

We understand that litigation budgets are tight in today’s economy.  We work with our clients from day one to establish budgets and discuss alternative fee agreements, contingent fees, fixed fees, value billing and blended fee arrangements.

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Recent News

Scott Timmer Elected to Serve on Council
Posted on August 4, 2017
GGTM is proud to announce that our own J. Scott Timmer was elected by his peers to serve on the Council for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan at the Section’s annual meeting on July 21, 2017.  The Council term is three years. Scott has been an active member of the Real Property Law Section for a number of years. Scott served as a co-chair for the Section’s Summer Conference for 2015 and 2016. Scott currently chairs the Section’s “Homeward Bound” seminars and acts as the coordinator for the Section’s Residential Transactions and Finance... MORE
GGTM Law Celebrates Its 5-Year Anniversary
Posted on April 18, 2017
Today marks a significant milestone for GGTM.  We opened the doors on April 18, 2012 and have been going strong ever since.  Thanks to all our loyal clients, families and supporters who have made the Firm a success!... MORE
GGTM Welcomes Litigator Daniel R. Olson To Its Team
Posted on March 2, 2017
Daniel R. Olson has joined Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy (“GGTM”), adding strength and experience to the firm’s growing legal team. Dan brings the number of attorneys now practicing at GGTM to seven and also brings with him 15 years’ experience as a general litigator, having handled cases from the local district court to the U.S. Supreme Court. Dan’s unique background and experience are valuable assets to GGTM and its clients. After graduating summa cum laude from Michigan State University, Detroit College of Law, in 2002, Dan spent two years as a clerk for Justice Stephen J. Markman (now... MORE
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