Kory Steen is a litigator who focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation matters.  He has significant experience litigating cases involving contractual disputes, especially cases involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.  He also has experience handling high-stakes litigation matters involving cryptocurrencies, securities fraud, RICO violations, and patent and trademark infringement. 

Kory assists in representing clients at various stages of litigation and leverages his background in business to provide clients with wholistic litigation advice.  Kory is often called upon to act as local counsel in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan because of his federal clerkship experiences in that court. 



Representative Matters

  • Represented various business entities and company executives in non-compete and non-solicitation actions
  • Defeated dispositive motions filed by defendants in a securities fraud case involving the sale of cryptocurrencies
  • Successfully struck expert testimony in two multimillion-dollar patent litigations
  • Successfully litigated the dismissal of an international non-compete dispute from the United States on grounds on improper venue and forum non conveniens
  • Litigated a case as lead counsel involving a property dispute wherein the result obtained was no liability whatsoever to the client

Prior Experience

  • Dickinson Wright PLLC, Associate Attorney
  • Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, Associate Attorney


  • The Hon. Avern L. Cohn, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Law Clerk, 2018-2019
  • The Hon. Marianne O. Battani, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Judicial Extern, 2016

Academic Appointments

University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan Adjunct Professor, September 2023–Present; 2018-2019






The Best Lawyers in America, 2024

  • Recognized in the area of:
    • Commercial Litigation

Michigan Super Lawyers

  • Recognized as a Rising Star, 2023

News & Insights


Kory Steen, The Jurisdictional Issues of the “Look Through” Approach and Arbitrators Violating Securities SRO Regulations, 95 U. DET. MERCY L. REV. 457 (2017).

Kory Steen, AGC Practice Pointers: Charging Interest on Outstanding Attorney’s Fees, 96 MICH. B.J., June 2017, at 79.

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