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Robert S. Zawideh

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Since becoming an attorney in 1990, Robert Zawideh's practice has taken him before Michigan's trial and appellate courts, including the Michigan Supreme Court, as well as before federal district and circuit courts, state courts and arbitration panels across the United States. He has been admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan, Ohio, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Utah and Washington, D.C.
Robert Zawideh obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1990 and in 1987 obtained his Bachelors Degree in Justice, Morality and Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University. During law school, Robert Zawideh served as a legal intern for the Hon. George Woods of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. Prior to law school, Mr. Zawideh interned for the late Hon. G. Mennen Williams, former Governor of Michigan and Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. Mr. Zawideh is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is an attorney for The Kemp Klein Law Firm. Some of his more notable cases include:

- Successfully litigating and trying to verdict multiple probate and trust disputes involving estates worth in excess of $40 million.

- Obtaining an approximately $2,200,000.00 arbitration award against The Thomas Kinkade Company and it’s former CEO, then successfully defending that award before the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

- First attorney in the nation to obtain a jury verdict on behalf of a franchisee against a certain wireless retailer and two of it's principals for failure to disclose material risks inherent in the wireless retail industry.

- Wiping out almost $200,000 of a client's debt without filing for bankruptcy.

Specialties: Trust litigation, probate and decedent's estate litigation, guardianships, conservatorships, and franchise litigation.


Practice areas


  1. Probate: 80%
  2. Litigation: 10%
  3. Franchising: 10%



Hourly ($300-335/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • James P. Frederick

    Mr. Zawideh and I practice in some of the same areas of law. As such, I have had the opportunity to review many of his answers to Avvo questions. His answers are invariably helpful, legally astute and demonstrate not only a solid understanding of the law but also a willingness to help. Mr. Zawideh is an excellent resource for the Avvo community and I am happy to endorse him and his services. James Frederick


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Contact info

201 W Big Beaver Road
Suite 600
Troy, MI, 48084


MIActive And In Good Standing199011/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Law Firms in Michigan: Litigation - Trusts & Estates.U.S. News & World Report2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Kemp Law Firm2010 - Present
Managing AttorneyNational Litigation Firm2006 - 2010
AttorneyCheli & Lyshak2003 - 2004
Corporate AttorneyKotz Sangster2001 - 2003
PartnerZawideh & Sesi1991 - 2001
Commercial Litigation AttorneyGault, Davison, Bowers, Hill, Parker & McAra1990 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oakland County Bar FoundationFellow2013 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsAdmitted2008 - Present
State Bar of MichiganAdmitted to Practice1990 - Present
United States District Court, Eastern District of MichiganAdmitted1990 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of Notre DameEvidence and International Business LawCertificate - Summer Law Programme, London, England1989
Michigan State UniversityJustice, Morality and Constitutional DemocracyBA - Bachelor of Arts1987