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Joseph  Aviv

Partner
Office Co-Managing Partner, Bloomfield Hills
Leader, Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation; Matrimonial and Family Law; and Trusts and Estates Litigation Practice Groups

Education

Boston University School of Law, J.D.
  • cum laude
Brandeis University, A.B.
  • cum laude

Prior Employment

  • Miro Weiner & Kramer, P.C., Shareholder and Head of Litigation, 1981-2004
  • Smith, Miro, Hirsch and Brody, Associate, 1979-1981
  • County of Westchester, State of New York, Assistant District Attorney, 1975-1979

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

Oakland County Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

  • Fellow, 2001-present
  • Michigan Chapter
    • President, 2015-present
    • Vice President, 2013

American Inns of Court, Oakland County Chapter

  • Master, 2006-present
Overview
Experience
News & Resources
Honors

Overview

Mr. Aviv focuses his practice on complex corporate, securities and class action litigation, constitutional law, non-routine matrimonial and divorce matters involving the valuation of family businesses, and trusts and estates litigation.

  • Receives high praise from many peer and client ranking publications (see Honors). The well-regarded publication Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business lists Mr. Aviv as a top litigator since 2005 and states:
    • In 2016, "Joseph Aviv maintains 'an excellent reputation as a trial lawyer and litigator' in this sphere, gaining particular recognition for the diversity of his practice, which encompasses family law litigation surrounding trusts and estates, and securities class actions."
    • In 2015, "Joseph Aviv demonstrates 'attention to detail' and 'puts forth an excellent written product,' note admiring sources. He often advises high net worth individuals and families on a variety of areas, including their businesses, trusts and estates, and related litigation."
    • In 2014, “Joe Aviv is a ‘very able litigator’ who is praised for his expertise in areas such as corporate and securities litigation. He also has special expertise in matrimonial and family law, and sources say “you always want to have him on your side in a battle.’”
    • In 2013, "Joe Aviv is highly regarded. He is known for handling securities, class action and corporate governance."
    • In 2012, "Joe Aviv is 'exacting in his analysis, articulate and persuasive,' according to clients. He concentrates on securities and class action cases, as well as bet-the-company matters."
    • In 2011, "Joe Aviv is "considered a ‘highly talented litigator’ who advises on complex matrimonial, probate and federal tax matters.”
  • Teaches family law at the University of Michigan Law School as an adjunct professor

Experience

Corporate Litigation Cases
  • Glancy v. Taubman Ctrs., Inc., 373 F.3d 656 (6th Cir. 2004); takeover, class action
  • Simon Property Group, Inc. v. Taubman Ctrs., 261 F. Supp. 2d 919 (E.D. Mich. 2003); hostile takeover litigation
  • Mount Elliott Cemetery Ass'n v. City of Troy, 171 F.3d 398 (6th Cir. 1999); religious freedom
  • Southwest Comty. Resources, Inc. v. Simon Property Group, LP, 108 F. Supp. 2d 1239 (D.N.M. 2000); free speech
  • New Jersey Coalition Against War in the Middle East v. J.M.B. Realty Corp., 138 N.J. 326, 650 A.2d 757 (1994), cert. denied, Short Hills Assocs. v. New Jersey Coalition Against War in the Middle East, 516 U.S. 812 (1995); free speech
  • Woodland v. Michigan Citizens Lobby, 423 Mich. 188, 378 N.W.2d 337 (1985); free speech
  • Cologne v. Westfarms Assocs., 192 Conn. 48, 469 A.2d 1201 (1984); free speech
Matrimonial Matters
  • Achieved successful settlements of substantial property cases involving complex valuation issues
  • Successfully represented clients in marital fraud cases
  • Acted as mediator in non-routine divorce case mediations
  • Acted as expert in divorce cases

News & Resources

News

Press Releases

Publications

Seminars & Events

Honors

  • Featured in Michigan Super Lawyers cover story "Tell Aviv," 2009
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005-2016
    • Recognized as a Top Lawyer in the Litigation/General Commercial field in Michigan
    • Chambers states:
      • 2016 – "maintains 'an excellent reputation as a trial lawyer and litigator' in this sphere, gaining particular recognition for the diversity of his practice, which encompasses family law litigation surrounding trusts and estates, and securities class actions."
      • 2015 – "demonstrates 'attention to detail' and 'puts forth an excellent written product,' note admiring sources. He often advises high net worth individuals and families on a variety of areas, including their businesses, trusts and estates, and related litigation."
      • 2014 – “is a 'very able litigator' who is praised for his expertise in areas such as corporate and securities litigation. He also has special expertise in matrimonial and family law, and sources say 'you always want to have him on your side in a battle.'”
      • 2013 – "highly regarded. He is known for handling securities, class action and corporate governance."
      • 2012 – "'exacting in his analysis, articulate and persuasive,' according to clients. He concentrates on securities and class action cases, as well as bet-the-company matters."
      • 2011 – "considered a ‘highly talented litigator’ who advises on complex matrimonial, probate and federal tax matters.” 
      • 2010 – "highlighted as 'the complete package – he is a perfect gentleman and an astute attorney.' He guides clients through complex securities and class action litigation, and is considered one of the state's premier divorce lawyers. In recent times, he has acted for a number of officers and directors of companies in connection with alleged violations of fiduciary duties."
      • 2009 – "widely admired as Michigan's leading attorney for 'especially high-end divorce work.' He is also acclaimed for his class action capabilities and his work relating to company directors and officers in breach-of-agreement disputes."
      • 2007 – "‘a leading, customer service-oriented professional,' who combines a complex litigation practice with expertise in family law and divorce matters. His large cases of late include an ongoing international securities fraud class action, defending the issuers, affiliates and officers in a matter involving a Michigan-based company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Other matters have included work in the areas of real estate and domestic fraud."
      • 2006 – "a towering figure in the field of corporate litigation, where he focuses on stockholder disputes, often of closely held corporations, and issues regarding alleged fraudulent practices."
      • 2005 – "Clients described him as simply one of the smartest people I have ever met."
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2017, in the practice areas of:
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Family Law
    • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Litigation - Securities
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated 
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2016
    • Third top point getter for 2010
    • Recognized as one of the:
      • Top 5 Michigan Business Super Lawyers, 2015
      • Top 10 Michigan Super Lawyers, 2008-2016
      • Top 50 Michigan Business Super Lawyers, 2013-2016
      • Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers for 2006-2016
  • The Lawdragon
    • Recognized as one of the top 500 Litigators in the United States, 2006 
      • Lawdragon, 2006, adds "A top securities litigator, he also determines companies' dollar values when execs divorce their spouses."
    • Recognized as a finalist for 2010
    • Recognized as a 10th Anniversary Lawdragon Honoree

  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2003 Lawyer of the Year (for "handling one of the most complicated and publicized corporate cases in Michigan history")
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, recognized as one of 30 Leaders in the Law, 2013

Academic Appointments

  • University of Michigan, Adjunct Professor, Family Law