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About me

My legal concentration is in appellate and commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. 

Before joining Lippitt O’Keefe, I served as a law clerk intern for the Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. I later served as a law clerk for the Honorable Marilyn J. Kelly, Chief Justice, Michigan Supreme Court, 1999 to 2000, and then in 2000, I served as a pre-hearing attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals.

In 2010, I was appointed to serve through 2012 on the Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions.

In addition to my love of the law, I also play music.  I have been playing the piano for over 30 years and I have been playing professionally since I was 14 years old.  In 2002, I won third prize in a Jerry Lee Lewis sound alike competition in Memphis, TN and I love to play ragtime and boogie-woogie piano.



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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 75%
    17 years
  2. Litigation: 20%
    4 years
  3. General Practice: 5%
    4 years


Payment types:

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Contact info

Lippitt O'Keefe PLLC

370 E Maple Rd Fl 3
Birmingham, MI, 48009


MIActive And In Good Standing199905/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerMichigan Super Lawyers2014
Rising Star for Appellate LitigationMichigan Super Lawyers2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLippitt O'Keefe Gornbein, PLLC2011 - Present
PartnerHyman Lippitt, PC2000 - 2011
Pre-Hearing AttorneyMichigan Court Of Appeals Prehearing Division2000 - 2000
Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. Marilyn KellyMichigan Supreme Court1999 - 2000
Law ClerkState Appellate Defender Office Criminal Defense Resource Center1998 - 1999
Judicial Intern to Hon. Richard SuhrheinrichUnited States Court Of Appeals, 6th Circuit1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Michigan Model Civil Jury Instructions CommitteeCommittee Member2010 - Present
The Scribes Journal of Legal WritingLife Member2006 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionN/A2000 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rubenstein v Pelle Pelle, IncSettled
Unibar Maintenance Services, Inc v Saigh et alThe trial court final order was affirmed for my client.
In re Watermain Break LitigationSettled
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarBusiness Contracts A to Z, "Breach of Contract"2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Western Connecticut State UniversityMarketingBBA1993
Adelphi UniversityBusiness AdministrationN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Practical LawAppellate Law and Music2014
2014 Fathers ConferenceCo-Parenting without Conflict2014
Business Contracts A to ZNegotiation Strategies2013
Business Contracts A to ZBreach of Contract2013
Business Contracts A to ZEssential Legal Elements2013
Symposium--Look at the Law DayClerking at the Michigan Supreme Court1999