Education

American University Washington College of Law, J.D.
  • cum laude
  • Administrative Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A.
  • Politics & Government and Pre-Law
  • magna cum laude

Prior Employment

  • Squire Sanders (US) LLP, Associate, Washington, D.C. 2006-2009 and 2010-2012

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Clerkships

  • Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Washington, D.C., 2009-2010

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

  • Young Lawyers Section
  • Litigation Section
  • Appellate Practice Section

The Michigan State University College of Law American Inn of Court, 2014-present

Overview
Experience
Community
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Honors

Overview

Mr. Blair is a litigation attorney with experience representing a wide variety of clients in both federal and state courts (trial and appellate), as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings.  His broad range of litigation experience includes contract disputes, business torts, injunction proceedings, class action defense, election law, and high-stakes complex commercial litigation and appeals.

  • Represents public and private companies, as well as individuals and partnerships, in several industries, including automotive, pharmaceuticals, health care, insurance, financial services, real estate and securities
  • Experience in employee benefits litigation in both ERISA and non-ERISA cases
  • Represents diverse clientele, including beer and wine importers, distributors, casinos, bars, restaurants, hotels and theaters in matters pertaining to state regulation of liquor licensing such as buying, transferring or selling liquor licenses within Michigan
  • Possesses substantial experience in various aspects of litigation—from pre-filing investigations through post-trial motions and appeals—including discovery and e-discovery, depositions, and significant motions practice
  • Provides strategic solutions for clients with needs in the legislative, regulatory, compliance and administrative arenas

Experience

  • Drafted numerous appellate briefs in federal and state courts
  • Successfully defended ERISA administrator in numerous cases involving claims for short- and long-term disability benefits
  • Obtained equitable/injunctive relief following a two-day bench trial in a high-stakes, “bet-the-company” dispute
  • Assisted clients responding to inquiries/investigations by federal and state agencies
  • Assisted in successfully defending candidates against ballot-access challenges; advised clients regarding initiative/referendum challenges and election-law/campaign-finance compliance issues

Community

East Lansing Educational Foundation

  • Board of Directors, 2015-present

Spartan Child Development Center

  • Board of Directors, 2013-present

Pro Bono

  • Drafted a successful motion in limine for a pro bono client whose death sentence was overturned by the United States Supreme Court

Honors

  • Michigan Super Lawyers, Recognized as a Rising Star, 2015 and 2016