As a shareholder of Zausmer, Kaufman, August & Caldwell, Gary K. August serves many high profile clients in cases involving construction law, general litigation, securities litigation and insurance coverage. Mr. August is recognized by his clients and peers for his tireless work ethic, and his knowledgeable and creative approach to the litigation process. Graduating cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Mr. August served as associate editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and won Northwestern's Julius H. Minor Moot Court Competition.
Aggressively recruited out of law school, Mr. August chose to return home to practice in Michigan at Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn until 1996 when he joined ZKAC. In his role at ZKAC, Mr. August has been able to fulfill his ambition of creating his own sophisticated litigation practice within a smaller firm, which could better deliver the personalized services his clients sought. Mr. August aggressively recruits young lawyers from the nation's finest law schools to join the firm's already impressive roster of attorneys. As a result, Mr. August has not only established himself as one of Michigan's most highly-regarded litigators, but has also built ZKAC as a law firm which is recognized for its intellectual depth, and ability to handle the most complicated legal matters.
Some of Mr. August's accomplishments include acting as lead litigation counsel in some of the largest construction projects in southeast Michigan, including Northwest Airlines' construction of the $1.2 billion Edward H. McNamara Terminal/Northwest World Gateway at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Mr. August also serves as Chairperson of the Residential Builders' and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors' Board and has been a Member since his 2007 appointment by Michigan's Governor.
Mr. August has received many honors and recognitions including being named in Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer in construction litigation every year since the honor was created in 2006, listed in DBusiness Top Lawyers, awarded Martindale-Hubbell's AV (highest) Peer Review Rating, and being selected as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Leaders in the Law 2011. Mr. August also obtained the largest or verdict or settlment as reported to Michigan Lawyers' Weekly in the State of Michigan in 2010 for his work for the City of Dearborn on its combined sewer overflow project.
Through personal service and results, Mr. August has developed a practice with the ability to meet the needs of the largest corporation or the smallest individual client.
Licensed since 1993
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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1993||03/27/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|super lawyer -- Construction Litigation||Michigan Super Lawyers||2013|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Michigan Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Super Lawyer -- Construction Litigation||Michigan Super Lawyer||2012|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Leaders in the Law 2011||Michigan Lawyers Weekly||2011|
|AV (Highest) Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|Michigan Super Lawyer -- Construction LItigation||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Top Lawyer 2010||dbusiness||2009|
|Michigan Super Lawyer -- Construction Litigation||Michigan Super Lawyers||2009|
|Michigan Super Lawyer -- Construction Litigation||Michigan Super Lawyers||2008|
|Michigan Super Lawyer -- Construction Litigation||Michigan Super Lawyers||2007|
|Michigan Super Lawyer -- Construction Litigation||Michigan Super Lawyers||2006|
|William Jennings Bryant Award Winner (Best Argument Final Round)||Northwestern University School of Law -- Northwestern's Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition||1992|
|Lowden-Wigmore Prize||Northwestern University School of Law -- Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition||1992|
|Phi Kappa Phi||Michigan State University||1989|
|Board Member (Current Chairperson)||State of Michigan's Residential Builders' and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors' Board||2007 - Present|
|Shareholder||Zausmer, Kaufman, August & Caldwell, P.C.||1996 - Present|
|Associate||Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn||1993 - 1996|
|Summer Associate||Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn||1992 - 1992|
|Part Time Law Clerk||Wayne County Circuit Court -- Chief Judge Richard Kaufman; Circuit Judge Helene White||1991 - 1991|
|Legislative Intern||United States Senator Carl Levin||1989 - 1989|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Michigan State Bar Foundation||Fellow||2007 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1993 - Present|
|Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association||Member||1993 - Present|
|Northwestern University Law Review||Associate Note & Comment Editor||1991 - 1993|
|Michigan State University -- Phi Alpha Theta||President||1988 - 1989|
|Michigan Bar Journal||Contractual Terms That Impact Future Litigation, Issues Pertaining to their Validity||2004|
|Detroiter||Maximizing Your Legal Budget||2003|
|Michigan Lawyers Weekly||Teeth 'Pulled' From The Offer of Judgment Rule||1997|
|Northwestern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Michigan State University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|Construction Law||Construction Defects; Litigation: Allegations Defenses and Proving Your Case||2013|
|Michigan Municipal League Annual Meeting||Winning Construction Law Strategies||2011|