Stephen Willison is the firm’s lead trial litigator and managing shareholder. His cases have taken him across the country and have been featured on news programs in Grand Rapids, Detroit and Chicago. Since his first days out of law school, Mr. Willison has been involved in large disputes and complex trials. While his success rate in arson and fraud trials approaches 90%, he has also accomplished hundreds of dismissals, withdrawn claims and “zero settlements.” Some of his cases have even resulted in criminal convictions. Mr. Willison’s defense work has also involve products liability, premises liability and complicated warranty and contract disputes. In 2013 he was awarded “Arson Investigator of the Year” by the Michigan Arson Prevention committee for his role in catching and convicting a landlord turned arsonist.
However, he cannot be classified simply as a “defense attorney.” Mr. Willison has also helped numerous clients enforce contract provisions and has aggressively pursued the rights of both individuals and corporations who have been wronged by someone else’s actions. He has tried or settled numerous insurance subrogation actions, enforced contracts and succeeded in other areas of commercial litigation. In addition, Mr. Willison has considerable experience on the issue of carbon monoxide induced brain injuries braking new ground in the awareness of the dangers of CO.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Willison is a sought after public speaker for classes, seminars and gatherings on legal topics, fire and fraud investigations, political issues as well as more personal matters of faith, ethics and morality. He has been a Featured Speaker at National Conferences, a Guest Lecturer at his Law School, an instructor for the Michigan State Police, and has provided training to corporations, insurance companies and associations. Mr. Willison is also the author of book chapters on the litigation process and testifying as an expert witness.
Mr. Willison received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1990. While there he played saxophone in the Michigan Marching Band and was able to perform in two Rose Bowls. In 1995 he graduated from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is licensed to practice in the state of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan and the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Willison has also been admitted pro hoc vice in Colorado and Ohio and has helped investigate cases in several other states.
When he is not working, Mr. Willison enjoys spending time with his wife and nine children. They are both very active members in their church, and community.