Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Parker School Certification of Achievement in International and Foreign Law; Alona E. Evans Award for Best Brief (Worldwide)
  • Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Submission Editor; Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition (2001)
Williams College, B.A.
  • Philosophy and International Relations
  • cum laude

Prior Employment

  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Associate, 2001-2007

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

Oakland County Bar Association

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

State Bar of New York

American Inns of Court, Oakland County Chapter

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Mr. Abel is an experienced trial lawyer, representing individuals and public and private companies in a wide variety of complex litigation before juries, judges and arbitrators throughout the United States. 

  • Commercial Litigation/Arbitration: High-stakes commercial and corporate litigation and arbitration, including representing lenders, brokers, public companies, and shareholders in bet-the-company cases
  • Domestic/Family Law Disputes: Non-routine matrimonial and divorce matters with specific experience representing high net-worth clients and resolving international (expatriate) disputes and cases involving the valuation of complex assets, such as intellectual property
  • Intellectual Property Litigation: Defends and obtains injunctive and other relief for clients in trademark, copyright and patent litigation in federal courts across the nation


  • Secured a bench trial victory on behalf of a financial services provider in a lawsuit filed by a former car dealer that alleged breach of various lending agreements and sought damages of more than $21 million
  • Secured a bench trial dismissal of $14.5 million claim for fraud and negligence
  • Won a multi-million dollar bench trial dismissal at close of plaintiffs’ case for claim for agency liability
  • Obtained jury verdict, including attorneys’ fees, in 36th District Court action
  • Served as lead counsel on numerous jury and bench trials in Oakland County Circuit Court, Wayne County Circuit Court, and federal and state courts across the nation
  • Negotiated and advised clients regarding prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Achieved favorable judgments in numerous property disputes on behalf of various financial institutions
  • Obtained dismissal of international federal contract dispute involving automotive industry suppliers
  • Advised public company focused on alternative energy on various intellectual property matters and pre-litigation and litigation strategy
  • Negotiated pre-answer dismissal of multistate dispute over corporate management and shareholders' rights


Leadership Detroit

  • Graduate, Class 2010

Boy Scouts of America

  • Den Leader (Pack 1039)

Bloomfield Hills Youth Soccer League

Pro Bono

  • Assists Holocaust survivors in obtaining reparations from the German government
  • Assisted charter schools as volunteer general counsel

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Seminars & Events


  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Recognized as a Rising Star, 2009-2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • "Certificate of Appreciation" recognizing pro bono service

Academic Appointments

  • University of Michigan Law School, Child Custody & Support Jurisdiction, Guest Lecturer, 2013
  • University of Detroit Mercy Law School, A Background on the E-Discovery Rules, Guest Lecturer, 2012
  • University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Federal Civil Procedure – Case Resolution, Guest Lecturer, 2011