Brian M. Saxe
Brian represents clients in a variety of practice areas, with a special emphasis on business litigation. He approaches all cases with intensity, thoroughness, and a determination to obtain the best possible results for his clients. Brian has a keen understanding of the nuances involved in complex business cases, and he has quickly distinguished himself as a leading business attorney in the area.
His business litigation efforts have resulted in numerous million and multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients, which have repeatedly ranked among the highest recoveries in the state of Michigan. In 2015, Brian obtained the #1 largest settlement reported in the state, in a complex business dispute involving tens of millions of dollars. In recent years, Brian has secured 4 of the top 25 largest settlements reported in the state, with each case ranking among the top 5 business litigation recoveries each year. Other of his litigation recoveries have repeatedly ranked among the state's top 50.
Brian has been named a Top Lawyer in Corporate Law by DBusiness Magazine, an exclusive distinction based entirely on the reviews of his attorney peers. He has repeatedly been named a Rising Star in Business Litigation by Michigan Super Lawyers. Brian has given various presentations on shareholder litigation and business break-up issues for the State Bar of Michigan’s Business Law Section, and he has contributed to several articles published in the area of business litigation. In 2013, Brian co-wrote the briefs in the first ever shareholder oppression case to be decided by the Michigan Supreme Court.
Brian also has successfully litigated class action cases around the nation, obtaining groundbreaking judgments and settlements on behalf of children with autism challenging the denial of health care benefits. Two such settlements ranked among the year's top 5 class action recoveries reported in Michigan. Brian also secured a property damage settlement for a class of homeowners that ranked among the year's top 5 class action recoveries reported in the state.
Prior to embarking on his career as a litigator, Brian gained invaluable experience within the judiciary by working as full-time law clerk to the chief judge of the Ingham County Circuit Court. Further, while in law school, Brian completed internships at the Michigan Supreme Court, the Oakland County Circuit Court, and Legal Services of South Central Michigan.
Brian graduated in the top 5% of his class, summa cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 2006. While in law school, Brian served as Senior Articles Editor of the Michigan State Law Review, and played a role in helping to advance the law journal's standing in the legal community. Brian received Jurisprudence Achievement Awards for earning the highest grades in Research, Writing & Advocacy I; Research, Writing & Advocacy II; and Contract Drafting. Also while in law school, Brian authored a law review article entitled, “When a Rigid Textualism Fails: Damages for ADA Employment Retaliation,” which is now cited in the leading legal treatise on statutory interpretation. Brian also served as a student representative on the law school's faculty appointments committee.
Brian received his undergraduate degree in 2002 from James Madison College at Michigan State University, where he was a member of the student-faculty anti-discrimination judicial board.