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I graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Arts in 1987. While at MSU I was a member of the varsity golf team. Immediately upon graduation, I entered law school at Thomas M. Cooley in Lansing, Michigan. I also began employment at the firm of Abood, Abood and Rheaume. Although the standard graduation path from Cooley was 9 semesters, I accelerated and graduated in 7 while also maintaining a high GPA; graduating with cum laude status in the top 5 of my class. Upon graduation, I was offered a prestigious position to clerk for Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Cavangah, where I was employed for approximately 2 years. After finishing my clerkship with the Supreme Court, I returned to the law firm of Abood, Abood & Rheume where I worked for 5 years. In 1997, I decided to open my own firm (the Abood Law Firm), and in 1998 other family members joined my firm including F. Joseph Abood (brother) and Fredric S. Abood (Father).
Although most lawyers today specialize in one or two areas of practice, I have been fortunate enough to have clients that have requested my services in a wide area of practice. I have acted as Lead Counsel in real estate transactions exceeding $20,000,000. I was Lead Counsel on one of the more complicated Brownfield Credit Real Estate developments in the state. Admittedly, I am most noted for the number of high profile criminal defense cases, including cases that have drawn the attention of the national media. Such cases include defending Drew Peterson out of the state of Illinois for approximately 2 years (Nov 2007 to April 2010). My representation of Drew Peterson included having the court enter an Order requiring the State to return his property that was seized after several search warrants were issued, and the court dismissing a gun charge against him. In addition, I was one of three attorneys that represented Drew Peterson during an evidentiary hearing from January 19, 2010 to February 19, 2010 in which I crossed the most witnesses and successfully helped suppress 10 of the 15 hearsay statements. I also represented Lisa Holland who was charged with Open Murder in the death of her 7 year old adopted son. The case was covered state wide including national media. In May of 2009, a former Ingham County Judge was charged with OWI. The Abood Law Firm filed a Motion to Suppress and the case was dismissed.
I have extensive experience in commercial litigation including non competes, claims of tortious interference, wrongful death, wrongful discharge and personal injury cases. In 2009, I obtained a verdict of approximately $450,000 plus interest against a bonding company that bonded a general contractor which subsequently failed to pay my client for services rendered. I recently obtained a verdict for a major real estate company when its client failed to pay a commission earned by my client. I have been asked to speak at Cooley Law School and Michigan State University Law School on a number of occasions based on the high profile cases that I have handled.
If you have a case that is going to court, you should consider contacting the Abood Law Firm.