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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.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    23 years
  2. Construction: 40%
    23 years
  3. Insurance: 10%
    23 years

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Contact info

Zausmer, Kaufman, August & Caldwell, PC

31700 Middlebelt Road
Suite 150
Farmington Hills, MI, 48334-2301


MIActive And In Good Standing199305/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
super lawyer -- Construction LitigationMichigan Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Michigan Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super Lawyer -- Construction LitigationMichigan Super Lawyer2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Leaders in the Law 2011Michigan Lawyers Weekly2011
AV (Highest) RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Michigan Super Lawyer -- Construction LItigationSuper Lawyers2010
Top Lawyer 2010dbusiness2009
Michigan Super Lawyer -- Construction LitigationMichigan Super Lawyers2009
Michigan Super Lawyer -- Construction LitigationMichigan Super Lawyers2008
Michigan Super Lawyer -- Construction LitigationMichigan Super Lawyers2007
Michigan Super Lawyer -- Construction LitigationMichigan Super Lawyers2006
William Jennings Bryant Award Winner (Best Argument Final Round)Northwestern University School of Law -- Northwestern's Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition1992
Lowden-Wigmore PrizeNorthwestern University School of Law -- Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition1992
Phi Kappa PhiMichigan State University1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Board Member (Current Chairperson)State of Michigan's Residential Builders' and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors' Board2007 - Present
ShareholderZausmer, Kaufman, August & Caldwell, P.C.1996 - Present
AssociateHonigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn1993 - 1996
Summer AssociateHonigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn1992 - 1992
Part Time Law ClerkWayne County Circuit Court -- Chief Judge Richard Kaufman; Circuit Judge Helene White1991 - 1991
Legislative InternUnited States Senator Carl Levin1989 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Michigan State Bar FoundationFellow2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Detroit Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Northwestern University Law ReviewAssociate Note & Comment Editor1991 - 1993
Michigan State University -- Phi Alpha ThetaPresident1988 - 1989
Publication nameTitleDate
Michigan Bar JournalContractual Terms That Impact Future Litigation, Issues Pertaining to their Validity2004
DetroiterMaximizing Your Legal Budget2003
Michigan Lawyers WeeklyTeeth 'Pulled' From The Offer of Judgment Rule1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Michigan State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Construction LawConstruction Defects; Litigation: Allegations Defenses and Proving Your Case2013
Michigan Municipal League Annual MeetingWinning Construction Law Strategies2011