Gerard V. Mantese

Gerard V. Mantese founded the firm after leaving as a senior partner from one of the largest law firms in Detroit. He is one of the top trial attorneys in the State of Michigan, having recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients. Every year, his verdicts and settlements rank among the top recoveries in the State of Michigan. He consistently obtains the most and largest business law verdicts and settlements in the State of Michigan.

In January 2016, Lawyers Weekly reported that five of his recoveries were among the top recoveries in the State, including the #1 settlement in a shareholder case and the second largest class action in the amount of $58 Million.  In January of 2014, Lawyers Weekly reported that five of his recoveries were in the million and multi-million dollar range. In January 2013, Lawyers Weekly again reported that Mr. Mantese secured several multi-million dollar recoveries, including the #1 settlement ($13 Million) of a shareholder dispute, obtained on the 5th day of trial.

Mr. Mantese works tirelessly and cost effectively for his clients. He brings a penetrating analysis and a tenacious and bold approach to every case. He is recognized as an outstanding business attorney and was retained to argue the first shareholder oppression case ever taken on appeal by the Michigan Supreme Court. He argued this case, Madugula v. Taub, in the high court on December 10, 2013. Mr. Mantese has also briefed and prevailed on cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Mantese handles all aspects of litigation, including business law cases, real estate, trade secrets and non-compete issues, patent infringement, fiduciary duty, and probate litigation. Mr. Mantese also handles all aspects of health care for health care professionals.

Mr. Mantese has a long record of outstanding performance:

  • Graduated first in his law school class, summa cum laude, from St. Louis University School of Law.

  • Received Champion of Justice Award from the State Bar of Michigan.

  • Named in Best Lawyers in America and named Super Lawyer over the last decade 

  • Earned the highest rating, AV for legal ability and ethics as set forth in Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Included in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice area of Commercial Litigation.

  • Named Leader in the Law, by Lawyers Weekly.

  • Selected to lecture to newly formed business law court judges.

  • Selected, Distinguished Alumnus by University of Missouri, Political Science Department.

  • Selected, Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, by The Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Michigan.

Mr. Mantese has taught pre-trial procedure and trial practice at Wayne State University of Law and University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He has served on numerous panels of the Attorney Discipline Board. He has been appointed a case evaluator with Oakland County Circuit Court, Wayne County Circuit Court and Macomb County Circuit Court.

Mr. Mantese has also authored several articles:

Michigan Business Courts and Oppression - A Review of How Michigan Business Courts Have Treated Oppression Issues Since Madugula v. TaubMichigan Bar Journal, January 2017

Navigating the World of Fiduciary Duty Within the Corporate Context, Missouri Bar Journal, September-October 2016

Can't We All Just Get Along?  Fiduciary Duties in the Corporate and LLC Context, The Michigan Business Law Journal, Spring 2016

The Michigan Supreme Court Speaks Madugula v. Taub and Shareholder Oppression, Michigan Bar Journal, November 2014

Fiduciary Duty in Business Litigation, Michigan Bar Journal, August 2014

Shareholder Oppression, Fiduciary Duty, and Partnership Litigation in Closely Held Companies, Stout Risius Ross, 2014

Trial Practice, Michigan Bar Journal, January 2013

Shareholder and Corporate Oppression Actions, Michigan Bar Journal, February 2012

Reinsurance Contracts, Michigan Bar Journal, May 2007

Minority Shareholder Oppression, Michigan Bar Journal, August 2005

Letters of Intent, Michigan Bar Journal, November 2000

Still Keeping the Faith: The Duty of Good Faith Revisited, Michigan Bar Journal, November 1997.

The Effective Use Of Experts During Discovery And Trial, Michigan Bar Journal, August 1996.


J.D., summa cum laude (first in class), St. Louis University School of Law

B.A., summa cum laude (perfect 4.0/4.0 GPA), University of Missouri-St. Louis



  • Commercial and Business

  • Corporate and Shareholder

  • Construction and Real Estate

  • U.S. Supreme Court Practice

  • Class Actions

  • Patent and Intellectual Property Litigation

Health Care
Appellate Practice
Corporate and Transactional

  • Entity Formation and Maintenance

  • Employment and Regulatory Compliance

  • Contract Drafting and Review

  • Sales and Acquisitions


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