Terry Milne Osgood
Terry Milne Osgood is a talented legal researcher and an expert writer who has led numerous appeals in state and federal cases across the country. Drawing on her state and federal judicial clerkships, her background in Linguistics, her studies in numerous languages and her fascination with semantics, she writes in a persuasive, precise and demonstrably effective style. She subscribes to the view attributed to Albert Einstein: “If you cannot explain it simply, you do not understand it well enough.” Her favorite professional activities are drafting complex trial and appellate briefs, and crafting jury instructions and verdict forms for trial.
Ms. Osgood was born in Missouri but grew up in Canada and earned a B.A. with distinction in 1981, from the University of Saskatchewan. She received her J.D. in 1987 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where she graduated first in her class. In the 30 years since, she has clerked for trial and appellate judges and practiced commercial litigation with an emphasis on fraud, breach of contract and business tort claims. She is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Missouri, and is admitted to the following federal courts: United States Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd, 6th, 8th, 9th and Federal Circuits, Western District of Missouri, Eastern District of Michigan. The following cases are illustrative of Ms. Osgood’s practice:
In re Mardigian Estate, 312 Mich App 553; 879 NW2d 313 (2015); Park West Galleries, Inc. v. Hochman, 692 F.3d 539 (6th Cir. 2012); Miltimore Sales, Inc. v. International Rectifier, Inc., 412 F.3d 685 (6th Cir. 2005); MCA Financial Corp. v. Grant Thornton, L.L.P., 263 Mich. App. 152; 687 N.W.2d 850 (2004); Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. v. OPPCO, L.L.C., 219 F.3d 547 (6th Cir. 2000); Marrero v. McDonnell Douglas Capital Corp., 200 Mich. App. 438; 505 N.W.2d 275 (1993); Great Lakes Heating, Cooling, Refrigeration & Sheet Metal Corp. v. Troy School Distr., 197 Mich. App. 312; 494 N.W.863 (1992).
Since 2002, Ms. Osgood has held the top ranking of “AV” for legal ability and professional ethics, by Martindale-Hubbell, an attorney rating agency. She was recognized by dBusiness as a Top Lawyer in the area of Commercial Litigation for 2010, and she has been recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyer in Appellate Law in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Ms. Osgood and her husband, Hal, live in Southfield and have three adult sons who live in the metro Detroit area.
Eight Things Michigan Litigators Should Address When Retained as Local Counsel, MI Bar Journal 2014