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John D. Pirich

Leader, Appellate Advocacy Practice Group


University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D.
University of Michigan, B.A.

Prior Employment

  • Department of Attorney General, State of Michigan, Assistant Attorney General, 1973-1976

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

Ingham County Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan 

American Judicature Society

State of Michigan

  • Board of Ethics
    • Chair, 2012-present
    • Member, 2000-2011
  • Michigan Civil Service Commission, Member, 1992
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Mr. Pirich represents clients in insurance negotiations and coverage disputes, environmental permitting, compliance and administrative requirements and in commercial litigation. He was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan for three years and was a member of a large regional law firm before joining Honigman. Mr. Pirich is an extremely experienced litigator, regularly arguing cases in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate level.

  • Clients range from individuals to major publicly traded corporations
  • Regularly handles administrative matters, specializing in gaming, liquor, election and insurance issues before the various state regulatory boards and, as necessary, in court
  • Represents manufacturers, trade associations, wholesalers and retailers in the alcoholic beverage industry in a myriad of regulatory, enforcement and litigation proceedings
  • Regularly appears before the liquor control commission and gaming control board with respect to regulatory and legal issues associated with such activities


Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University

  • Board Member
  • Past President

Sparrow Hospital Foundation

  • Vice Chair, 2010-present
  • Member, 1999-2009

Michigan State United Way, Board Member

Michigan Chamber of Commerce

  • Past President, 2001-2007

St. Thomas Aquinas/St. John Student Parish, Parish Council Member

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Press Releases


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2015
    • Named 2015 Lansing Litigation - Environmental "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Named 2014 Lansing Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Named 2013 Lansing Corporate "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Named 2012 Lansing Government Relations "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated  
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007-2014

Academic Appointments

  •  Michigan State University School of Law, Faculty
    • Trial Advocacy Institute, Director, 2000-present