Panel discussion on new Michigan Business Court system


The Michigan Irish American Chamber of Commerce will host a panel discussion for lawyers and business owners on the new Michigan Business Court system on Sept. 5 from 5:50-8:30 p.m. at the University of Detroit Law School Atrium, 651 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit.

This is a free event co-sponsored by the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers and the University of Detroit Mercy and will include a panel of Business Court Judges from the Tri-County area. Light refreshments will be served and the cut off for reservations is Tuesday, September 3.

The participants in the panel discussion will be Business Court Judges appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court in their respective counties. The panel will include Circuit Court Judge John Foster from Macomb County, Judge Archie Brown from Washtenaw Country, Judge Michael LeBeau from Monroe County and Judges Daniel Ryan, Jeanne Stempien and Brian Sullivan from Wayne County. Judge Daniel Ryan will moderate the event.

“Business courts are intended to provide a case management structure that facilitates more timely, effective, and predictable resolution of complex business cases,” said  Ryan. “Specialized dockets improve the efficiency of the courts, which benefits all litigants.”

Effective October 17, 2012, Public Act 333 requires circuit courts with three or more judges to create a specialized business court docket. Any case that has a business or commercial dispute as defined in the act, whether in the initial pleading or added later, must be placed on the business docket, even if the case also contains non-business claims. Courts with less than three circuit judges may, but are not required to, have a business court.

“This special panel discussion is open to the public but we only have a capacity of 100 seats so all RSVP’s must be made by Tuesday, Sept. 3,” said David O’Connor, founder and president of the Michigan Irish American Chamber of Commerce. “This presentation is important for both businesses and attorneys to attend to understand the new business courts and how they work.”

For more information and interviews with David O’Connor or Judge Daniel Ryan, please call 231/590-0003 or visit