Practice Areas

Corporate Services

Our Corporate law services cover the day-to-day needs of hundreds of regional and national businesses, including OEMs and tier one automotive suppliers, high volume market makers in the steel industry, health care providers, professional service groups, manufacturers, vendors, distributors and retailers. We specialize in assisting new entrepreneurs to structurally create the most advantageous business format, as well as business planning. Our transactional work ranges from routine commercial contracts to creating financing arrangements, real estate, licensing, shareholder buy-sell agreements, limited liability company operating agreements, partnership agreements, contract collection and business development for both small and large corporations. We also represent both buyers and sellers in business asset and stock transactions

Commercial & Business Litigation

The firm handles complex and routine commercial and business litigation, including shareholder disputes, real estate matters, securities, distribution, franchise, employment and contract disputes and intellectual property matters. We often, upon request, act as local counsel on behalf of out state law firms litigating in the federal and state courts.

Health Care Law

We offer extensive experience in healthcare law, ranging from corporate transactions, statutory and regulatory compliance for physician services, including inpatient hospitalist care and office practice formation and operation. Reimbursement audit issues initiated by insurance and government authorities, and medical staff and licensing issues are routinely addressed. Our primary focus is on the needs of the physician practitioner from the standpoint of business counsel, health law regulatory compliance and asset protection. We are also a recognized authority in the emerging field of hospitalist care and act as local counsel for the nation’s largest publically traded organization offering nationwide hospitalist care.

Business Technology

We have built a strong reputation in the technology world by working closely with high-tech companies from inception through various stages of growth. We will structure the client’s contractual relationships with distributors and licensees to insure that the client’s intellectual property rights to know-how, ideas and technology are protected. Our litigation team prosecutes our clients’ right to protection of technology in state or federal court. Our services include drafting of software licenses and development contracts, preparation of domestic and international hardware and software distribution agreements, protection of copyrights, patient and trade secrets and development of Internet product distribution contracts. We have successfully assisted in development of technology joint ventures, e-commerce startups, as well as the purchase and sale of software companies.

Franchising, Licensing, Distributorships and Network Marketing

The Firm engages in an extensive franchise and distributorship law practice, including creating complete franchise programs, multi-level marketing programs, registration with state agencies and the drafting of distributorships and licensing contracts. We serve as counsel to both large and small franchise companies and multi-level marketing companies distributing their products and services through a representative and distributorship basis. We are experienced in advising and assisting clients to comply with all federal and state franchising, business opportunities and distributorship laws and regulations. Our expertise involves not only drafting, developing and registering franchise and distribution programs, but we have over 25 years of experience in litigating and arbitrating disputes in these areas as well. David Steinberg is a well recognized national authority in this field who regularly contributes to major publications and publicly lectures in the franchise and licensing fields.

Real Estate and Construction

The Firm has extensive experience in representing developers, contractors, lenders and investors with respect to the purchase, sale, construction, financing and operation of commercial and residential projects throughout the United States. As counsel to several mall and residential apartment developers, we are experienced in negotiating, drafting, litigating and arbitrating commercial and landlord/tenant issues. Our representation includes not only negotiation and preparation of necessary real estate purchase and sale documents, but also the representation of developers before local zoning boards, government agencies and lending institutions. We have also represented numerous clients for loan workouts, foreclosure actions, construction design claim prosecution and defense, as well as construction lien claim representation for lenders, owners and contractors.

Collection Matters

We are experienced in representing clients in the prosecution and defense of civil commercial cases in the state and federal courts. Our attorneys serve as trial counsel in commercial disputes involving contracts, employment law matters, insurance claims, intellectual property, business torts including non-competition, real estate, construction, defamation actions, anti-trust issues and bad debt collection. We are frequently requested by our clients to assist them in either initiating or defending collection actions in these fields.

Appellate Litigation

The Firm has extensive experience in virtually all areas of appellate litigation. In addition to direct representation of our clients during the appeals process, our firm provides consultation services to trial counsel concerning dispositive motions, major evidentiary issues, post judgment motions, and preservation of issues for appellate review.

Financial Crisis Management

We provide Financial Crisis Management to individuals and businesses facing financial difficulty. On the business side, we adopt strategies to allow the business to survive through various techniques, including surrender/buy back arrangements, Chapter 11 protection, collection defense and creditor negotiation. On the personal side, we utilize loan modifications, debt resolution and Chapters 7 and 13 of the Bankruptcy code as tools to work through successful strategies.

Taxpayer Representation

We are recognized as Michigan’s leading and most experienced firm in representation of individuals and business entities delinquent in personal or business Federal or State tax obligations. We are very experienced in IRS Offers in Compromise, as well as in the pursuit of informal negotiated settlements with State taxing authorities. We routinely are able to save our our clients thousands dollars in penalties and interest. The Firm’s attorneys regularly practice before the U.S. Tax Court and State of Michigan Tax Tribunal. We regularly represent clients before state and federal tax collection authorities to develop a tax reduction payment plan that enables our clients to meet their obligations (including payment of Trust Fund and personal liability issues), while precluding the seizure of assets.

Bankruptcy

Our Firm is one of the largest filers of Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 consumer bankruptcies in the State of Michigan. Through a Chapter 13 proceeding, individuals can restructure their debt by paying unsecured creditors as little as 10% of the debt owed, as well as reducing secured debt payments, such as car or furniture loans. This process will also stop foreclosure of homes, as well as repossession of vehicles and garnishment of wages. In addition, through a Chapter 7 proceeding, debt can be eliminated in those cases where consumers have insufficient funds (such as credit cards, hospitals, etc.) after payment of monthly necessities (ie., rent, groceries, utilities, etc.).

Thav Gross is also one of the premier law firms handling Small Business Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the State of Michigan. Our bankruptcy practice specializes in helping the successful reorganization of the small to medium sized business in need of the benefits of Chapter 11 on a cost efficient basis. Because of our diversified client base, the Firm has extensive experience in all aspects of a corporate bankruptcy, including tax debt resolution, drafting and confirming plans of reorganization, contesting valuations, asset acquisition and sales, and all forms of bankruptcy litigation including dischargeability issues.

In addition, we are not only able to assist Debtors, but creditors, as well, to insure their rights are protected and that the plan of reorganization in a Chapter 11 proceeding maximizes their benefits.

Estate Planning, Administration and Asset Protection

We work with our clients to develop and implement planning techniques and strategies for generational succession and protection of wealth and assets. Through various tools such as Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, Family Limited Liability Companies, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts a comprehensive plan is tailored to achieve the personal financial goals of each client. In conjunction with our corporate practice, buy-sell agreements are often prepared for our business clients to insure orderly succession of ownership and compensation to the estate of the deceased or withdrawing shareholder or partner

Family Law

We provide counsel in family law issues ranging from the inception of the marital relationship through divorce and post divorce controversies, including, the preparation of pre -nuptial agreements, divorce, child custody disputes, child support and parenting time disputes, spousal support (alimony), the division of retirement benefits (QDRO’s and EDRO’s), modification of judgment and other post-judgment relief, paternity actions, and personal protection orders.

Personal Injury

Our clients rely upon us when they have a problem or sustain an injury. We have a network established over our 25 plus year history of the finest personal injury attorneys, specializing in medical malpractice, automobile accidents, products liability, and all phases of personal injury.

Employment Law and Employee Benefits

The Firm has extensive experience in advising and representing business entities with respect to all facets of state and federal employment law, civil rights law, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, the Michigan Elliott-Larson Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), American with Disabilities Act (ADEA), Age Discrimination Act (ADA), OSHA, and MI-OSHA. In addition to employment contract negotiation, drafting, and litigation, we also advise our clients with respect to sexual harassment and age discrimination investigations and advice, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, preparation of employee manuals, employment application forms and employment policies, as well as assistance in preparation of affirmation action plans in employment. We routinely provide counsel in employee benefit, executive compensation, and ERISA matters. Our broad capabilities and solid experience allow us to create workable plans and provide implementation strategies. We prosecute and defend employers in disputes arising out of employee benefits, executive compensation, or other ERISA issues.