Education

University of Detroit Mercy, J.D.
Michigan State University, B.A.
  • with honors

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Overview

Brandon Wilson is a partner in Honigman’s Litigation Department. He focuses on automotive, real estate, construction, business, and class action litigation. Brandon regularly advises and defends municipalities, companies and financial institutions in consumer class action litigation and collective actions involving wage and hour claims.

Brandon has considerable experience in defending bankruptcy preference claims, pursuing claims for non-dischargeability of debts, and representing court appointed receivers in the recovery of fraudulent transfers, operation of going business concerns, and liquidation and administration of real and personal property. In addition, he serves as counsel to maritime providers in admiralty litigation throughout the United States.

Experience

Representative Matters

Class Action Experience

  • Represented defendant credit union in a putative consumer class action lawsuit where the plaintiff alleged that her credit union breached its own account agreement and violated the Electronic Funds Transfer Act by charging overdrafts when the plaintiff's ledger balance was positive. The plaintiff claimed class damages in excess of $30MM. The court granted our motion to dismiss the plaintiff's complaint in its entirety.
  • Represented federal credit union in a putative consumer class action lawsuit where the plaintiff alleged that her credit union breached its own account agreement and state consumer laws by charging overdraft and NSF fees on debit card and ACH transactions. The court granted our motion to dismiss the plaintiff's complaint in its entirety.
  • Represented defendant municipality in a class action lawsuit alleging that the city's water and sewer rates were unreasonable, and that illegal taxes violated the Michigan Constitution. The class alleged it was entitled to recover damages in excess of $10MM. Many other cities chose to settle copy-cat claims for millions of dollars, but we did not. The court granted our Motion for Summary Disposition and dismissed the case in its entirety.
  • Represented telecommunications service provider in federal putative class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act which resulted in a voluntary dismissal by the plaintiff.

Real Estate and Construction Litigation Experience

  • Represented defendant property owner in an action for specific performance of a purchase agreement for the sale of 22 acres of property. After a four-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of no cause on the plaintiff's complaint.
  • Represented general contractor in litigation in which a subcontractor alleged that it was improperly terminated from a commercial construction project and was entitled to lost profits. The court granted our motion for summary disposition, and the court of appeals affirmed.
  • Represented custom home builder in lien foreclosure action. The court conducted a bench trial and granted judgment in our favor. The court of appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision and granted our request for an award of attorney fees under the Michigan Construction Lien Act.

Other Commercial Experience

  • Represented credit union in federal lawsuit alleging violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act which resulted in a voluntary dismissal by the plaintiff.
  • Represented plaintiff sales representative in federal action for unpaid sales commissions owed by the defendant automotive supplier, resulting in a multimillion-dollar settlement in favor of our client.
  • Represented plaintiff inventor in federal litigation against a multinational housewares company for infringement of the plaintiff's common law trademark. The court granted summary judgment in our client's favor on liability and determined that our client owned the mark, that the defendant infringed the mark, and that defendant's infringement was willful, resulting in a multimillion-dollar settlement for our client.
  • Represented a multi-national performing rights organization in a federal interpleader lawsuit involving more than $20MM in royalty payments.
  • Represented defendant entity and its individual owners in litigation alleging that the defendants converted property and breached fiduciary duties to the plaintiff, in connection with the plaintiff's purchase of assets of the parties' former company from a court appointed receiver. The court granted our motion to dismiss the case in its entirety on res judicata and estoppel grounds.
  • Represented plaintiff mortgage servicer in a dispute with its software provider. The plaintiff held a license to use the defendant's mortgage servicing software, which the plaintiff relied on to service thousands of residential mortgage accounts. The defendant software provider threatened to terminate our client's access to its mortgage servicing software on New Year's Day unless our client paid tens of thousands of dollars in fictitious charges. The court granted our motion for a temporary restraining order and later entered a permanent injunction which prohibited the defendant from terminating access to the software.
  • Represented employer and individual officers in federal litigation alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Court granted our motion for summary judgment which was affirmed on appeal by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Recognition

Awards

Michigan Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2018-2019

"To Be or Not To Be: Exclusivity of State Bankruptcy—Specific Exemption Statutes." American Bankruptcy Institute Committee News, January 2011.

"The Sword and The Shield: Section 541 and Debtor's LLC Membership As Property of Estate." American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, February 2014.

"LLC 1-2-3: The Debtor's Membership Interest as Property of the Estate." Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Vol. 23, No. 6, 2014.

Professional & Community Involvement

Turnaround Management Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

Oakland County Bar Foundation, Fellow

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