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Civil litigation, insurance defense, insurance coverage and appellate attorney providing legal services to individuals, businesses and insurers in Michigan.  Litigation practice includes contract disputes, negligence actions, construction defect cases, insurance contract disputes, and trust litigation.  Appellate practice experience includes conditional land use, real estate tax assessments, contract disputes, premises liability, products liability, auto negligence and property damage disputes.



Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 55%
    32 years
  2. Appeals: 15%
    34 years
  3. Contracts: 10%
  4. Insurance: 10%
    32 years
  5. Business: 10%
    11 years

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Sondee Racine & Doren PLC

310 West Front Street Suite 300
Traverse City, MI, 49684


MIActive And In Good Standing198208/04/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
American Jurisprudence Book Award, EvidenceDetroit College of Law1982
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member, Litigation, Insurance and Appellate LawyerSondee, Racine & Doren, PLC2005 - Present
Managing Attorney, Traverse City, MI Staff Counsel OfficeHarleysville Lake States Insurance Company1997 - 2005
Shareholder, Litigation and Appeals AttorneyHarvey, Kruse, Westen & Milan, P.C.1985 - 1997
Research Attorney, Prehearing DivisionMichigan Court of Appeals1982 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of MichiganMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
Michigan Defense Trial CounselMemberN/A
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar AssociationPresident2005 - 2006
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar AssociationTreasurer2002 - 2003
State Bar of Michigan (Court Liaison/Rules Committee)Member1995 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Alyas v Illinois Employer Insurance of WausauSummary disposition affirmed
Gregory v Cincinnati, IncCourt of Appeals decision affirmed
MI Mut Ins Co v West MI Building Co, IncSummary disposition affirmed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Michigan Lawyers Weekly'Hyten'-ed awareness, Remedies are available for policy based on application containing misrepresentation2012
GTLA Bar Association NewsletterChecklist for Filing a Claim of Appeal from the Circuit Court to the Michigan Court of Appeals in a Civil Action2010
Michigan Defense Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 4,"Gregory v. Cincinnati, Inc. Revisited: A Product Manufacturer's Post-Manufacture Duties Following Tort Reform1996
Detroit College Law ReviewCivil Presumptions in Michigan: Dissipating the Cloud of Confusion Which Surrounds Rebuttable Presumptions1982
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Detroit College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
James Madison College at Michigan State UniversityJustice, Morality/Constitutional Democracy Policy ProblemsBA - Bachelor of Arts1979