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Timothy M. Lessing

Litigation Attorney at West Bloomfield, MI

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    35%
    Not just a litigator, a true Trial Attorney with over twenty years of experience and countless trials. The bulk of Mr. Lessing's trial work is often at the request of other attorneys/law firms who hire him to handle the trial itself on their behalf

    25 years

  2. Mediation
    35%
    The Facilitation/Mediation process can help resolve disputes without going to court. In a Facilitation/Mediation, a neutral third party (facilitator/mediator) meets with the parties and works towards a resolution of the dispute and/or settlement.

    25 years

  3. Arbitration
    15%
    When parties wish to settle a dispute outside of court, they select an attorney arbitrator (or panel of three) who act as a quasi-jury to give the parties finality to the dispute. The process is significantly faster and less costly than litigation.

    25 years

  4. Personal injury
    10%

    25 years

  5. Criminal defense
    5%

    25 years

As the proverbial "lawyer for lawyers", Tim Lessing specializes in being retained by other law firms and lawyers to handle the jury trial when all other attempts at settlement have failed. While it is a common misconception that all lawyers are also "trial lawyers", a very small percentage of lawyers are true trial lawyers with any significant experience standing in front of a jury. Over nearly twenty-five years in the legal industry, his practice has been devoted almost exclusively to trial/litigation practice in both civil and criminal law. With countless trials over the course of his career (nearly every one ending in victory), Mr. Lessing has earned the reputation as a ferocious advocate for his clients at both the trial and appellate levels. He has been repeatedly recognized as a Top 100 Lawyer by the American Society of Legal Advocates and a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Lessing is also a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Membership can only be accomplished by an unsolicited invitation initiated by ABOTA, a peer review of trial experience and qualifications, approval of ABOTA members in the State of Michigan, and then approval of ABOTA members at the national level. Out of nearly 45,000 lawyers in the State of Michigan, there are currently less than approximately 150 lawyers who have been accepted as members of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Mr. Lessing is a member of the bar in the following jurisdictions: State Bar of Michigan, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

While completing his Law Degree at Michigan State University, Mr. Lessing served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Rudy J. Nichols in the 6th Circuit Court for approximately three years and previously earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at Illinois State University. 

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Posted by Michael | September 12, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Tim is methodical in his preparation and precise in his detail!
Tim Lessing is the epitome of preparation and precision in all that he has accomplished in his multi-faceted legal career. I've know him for many years as a fellow attorney, and as an individual who has used him as a Facilitator to resolve cases big and small. From his days of being a court clerk, to his advocacy for his clients as an associate attorney, and even now in utilizing his analytical skills as a facilitator and in the courtroom, Tim Lessing is an attorney with the skills that many others will attempt to hone throughout their entire career, but all of which Tim has at his disposal now, as he zealously advocates for his clients, and ardently pursues a resolution when he is serving as a facilitator. I've personally used Tim to resolve tough, tough cases and I can unabashedly tell you the case would not have have resolved in his absence - his critical thinking and ability to think outside the box was indispensable. Keep up the fantastic work, Tim!
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2012
Hardest working attorney in Michigan
Tim works tirelessly. You'd think he lives at his office. His inspiring work ethic got me a great settlement.
Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2012
Fabulous and super fast.
Tim and The Michigan Legal Team are fabulous. Tim got me super fast compensation from my insurance company.
Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2012
Exceptionally Competent
Tim is extremely detailed on the minute points of law. His firm handled my case from beginning to end, helping me with every step of the process.

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Work Experience

  • Principal Member
  • Lessing Legal, PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner
  • Freedman, Lessing, Kutinsky & Freedman, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2017
  • Senior Trial Associate
  • Ward, Anderson, Porritt & Bryant, PLC
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Hirt, MacArthur & Ruggirello, PC
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Associate
  • May Simpson & Strote
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Honorable Rudy J. Nichols, 6th Judicial Circuit Court, Michigan
  • 1995 - 1998
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Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Illinois State University
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 1995

Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2018
  • Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • No-Fault Institute
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Litigation Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Lessing is a true professional. He is quick witted, funny, extremely intelligent and able to connect with judges and juries. He has a keen eye for detail, tireless work ethic and tremendous experience. I totally endorse his work."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tim is an exceptional attorney. It is not often you find colleagues who are as passionate and dedicated as Tim, both to his clients and to the practice of law in general. His zealous advocacy is only matched by his knowledge and skill, and he brings the entire legal profession up by his continuous pursuit of excellence."