Professional PerformanceWe Focus Our Role So That You Can Focus on Yours
Thomas, DeGrood & Witenoff, PC, represents professional clients in metro Detroit, Southeastern and lower Michigan who require close, consistent legal support for strong business performance. Our firm works primarily to provide business law and insurance law services to small to mid-sized businesses and sole practitioners that want the benefits of in-house counsel: -Life insurance companies -Disability insurance companies -ERISA -Independent insurance agents -Real estate brokers -Engineers and engineering firms -Architects and architecture firms -Physicians and medical practices -Attorneys and law firms -Accountants and financial advisors -Claims against financial and securities industry -Sports and entertainment -Municipal liability -Manufacturing and product liability -Wrongful termination We also provide appellate lawyer services for clients who need legal help on the State or Supreme Court levels in administrative, regulatory, or disciplinary proceedings. Affording Excellence in Professional Practices Thomas, DeGrood & Witenoff, PC, wants the professional practices we touch-both yours and ours-to be excellent. We believe in surpassing expectations so that our business and insurance clients can focus on keeping their professional promises, too. Our attorneys practice our firm's core values so that metro Detroit, Southeastern and lower Michigan's business community stays strong: -We believe legal counsel should be an affordable item in a business budget. -We believe open communication generates effective, unique legal strategies. -We believe creative legal thinking adds value to your business. Thomas, DeGrood & Witenoff, PC, is a nominated member of the Council on Litigation Management, an alliance of law firms, insurance companies, and risk managers that promotes ethical billing for excellent business services.
400 Galleria Officentre, Suite 550
Southfield MI 48034
Insurance Law for Insurers
Caring for the Companies that Care for People Thomas, DeGrood & Witenoff, PC, helps insurance companies keep their commitments to help others. Our firm understands the unique position the insurance company maintains in order to be able to support people and the things they hold dear under all different circumstances. Our attorneys work with insurance companies and insurers to provide general-counsel business-law support, but, also, to help when legal challenges arise: -Insurance defense -Bad-faith defense -Coverage opinions -Declaratory judgments -Subpoenas -Depositions -Examinations under oath -Claims investigations -State intervention -Employee benefits and ERISA Our offices want to support insurance companies and professionals who need to protect their businesses. Positioned for Security in an Unsure World Thomas, DeGrood & Witenoff, PC, understands the risks insurers cover-not everything is guaranteed in this world, and the right kind of help often makes the difference between disaster and new opportunities. We know the insurance industry well and we are uniquely positioned to provide its legal services: -Creative analysis -Aggressive technique -Diligent and prompt reporting Fully compliant with Insurance Industry billing systems Our firm is a nominated member of the Council of Litigation Management, an alliance of law firms, insurance companies, and risk managers who believe in providing ethical billing for excellent services.
Keeping Professional Practice Focused in Metro Detroit
Thomas, DeGrood & Witenoff, PC, focuses the majority of our practice on supporting small- to medium-sized professional businesses and insurance companies in Southeastern Michigan that require close, consistent legal counsel at an affordable price. We believe our general counsel services provide all the benefits to our clients that in-house counsel provides to large corporations: -Timely, effective management of business filings -Incorporations and status changes -Labor law compliance -Facility leasing and property negotiations -Contract negotiation and review -Supply chain negotiation -Risk management -Asset protection Our attorneys work hard to develop trusting business relationships that make room for open communication and creative solutions for your legal needs. Commercial Litigation for Michigan Businesses Thomas, DeGrood & Witenoff, PC, assists general-counsel and new clients in all aspects of commercial litigation: -Contract disputes -Third-party claims -Insurance claims -Breach of contract -Unfair trade or practices -Malpractice claims Our role is always to help professionals stay on track with work. If legal challenges present an obstacle for your business, our firm wants to help you reach a desirable solution. We believe that hard work in the career you choose is an important pursuit. We want you to focus on your professional practice with the same vigor and passion that we focus on ours.
The law office of Thomas, DeGrood & Witenoff, PC will represent your Personal Injury legal matters.
Caring for the Companies that Care for People
Mr. DeGrood defines his practices by integrating his clients into the legal aspects of a case. He believes educating his clients in a relaxed, methodical way supports the communication required to develop outstanding results as often as possible.
Admitted: 1982, Michigan; Michigan District and Circuit Courts, Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Supreme Court, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
Law School: Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1982
College: University of Michigan, B.S., 1976
Member: American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Litigation; Tort and Insurance Practice; International Law; Science and Technology); State Bar of Michigan; American Arbitration Association Biography: Circuit Court Case Evaluator. Independent ADR Facilitator.
Reported Cases: Benejam v. Detroit Tigers, 246 Mich App 645 (2001).
Born: Detroit, Michigan, July 21, 1954
Detroit College of Law
Juris Doctorate ,
Mr. Thomas is gratified to help professionals. He believes the essence of his role as a business attorney is to support people's abilities to perform the professional roles they choose.
Admitted: 1981, Michigan; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Law School: University of Detroit, J.D., cum laude, 1980
College: Michigan State University, B.A., 1977
Member: Oakland County and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Michigan; Association of Defense Trial Counsel.
Born: Detroit, Michigan, November 18, 1955
University of Detroit
Juris Doctorate ,
Admitted: 1978, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; 1998, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; 2001, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
Law School: DePaul University (J.D., 1978; LL.M., Health Law, 1999)
College: Southern Illinois University, B.A., History, with honors, 1975
Member: Oakland County Bar Association; State Bar of Michigan.
Born: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, October 4, 1953
Juris Doctorate ,
Mr. Witenoff devotes as much time and energy to each matter as is necessary to reach a favorable outcome. He stays in close contact with clients in order to develop trust and foster creative thinking about solutions.
Admitted: 1979, Michigan; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Law School: Michigan State University Detroit College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1979
College: Wayne State University, B.A., 1974
Member: Defense Research Institute (Member, Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Section). Reported
Cases: Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company v. James Addie, 982 F Supp 1269 (1997); Moody v. Pulte Homes, 423 Mich 150 (1985).
Born: Detroit, Michigan, September 5, 1951
Michigan State University Detroit College of Law
Juris Doctorate ,
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