Missouri Office:
2123 Marconi Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 656-6927

New York Office:
1180 Avenue of the Americas Suite 1920
New York, NY 10036
(212) 401-4008

Michigan Office:
1361 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
(248) 457-9200


Gerard V. Mantese

Gerard V. Mantese

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Gerard V. Mantese is a partner at the firm and 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 has donated thousands of hours helping the vulnerable and the needy, including tenants being evicted from their homes, children with autism spectrum disorder needing ABA therapy but being denied by their insurers; battered spouses; and the mentally challenged who need Medicaid services.  

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.

Awards and Recognitions:

Mr. Mantese has a long record of outstanding performance:

  • Received the Roberts P. Hudson Award from the State Bar of Michigan
  • 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.

Quick Facts

Practice Areas:

  • Litigation
    • 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


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

Authored Articles

Mr. Mantese has also authored several articles: