A partner in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Michael D. Weaver is one of Plunkett Cooney’s most accomplished trial attorneys with approximately 65 cases tried to verdict.

Mr. Weaver represents an array of commercial clients directly and through their insurance providers. His litigation practice includes such areas of product liability, general liability, insurance law, labor and employment law, Title IX claims, premises liability, motor vehicle liability, civil rights and commercial litigation.

Mr. Weaver is a sought after speaker on his areas of expertise, including trial practice, mitigating risk in business and techniques for managing high exposure and high profile litigation.

Class Action Experience

  • Successfully represented national restaurant chain in class action under the Fair Labor Standards Act involving a group of tip-credit employees from restaurants in southeast Michigan who sued because they were not paid during training and facility cleaning time
  • Defeated certification of the class in a race discrimination case brought against a nursing home/long-term care facility located in southeast Michigan by a group of the facility’s certified nursing assistants. The remaining case was then tried to a no cause.

Trial Experience

Representative list of trials in the areas of employment liability, product liability, premises liability, automobile negligence and civil rights:

  • K2 Retail Construction Services, Inc. v. Jerome Masakowski – Oakland County Circuit Court

  • Chaudhary v. JDS Pump N Go – Oakland County Circuit Court

  • Pack v. JJ Development, Inc. - Oakland County Circuit Court

  • HRT v. City of Detroit - U.S. District Court

  • Harkrader v. B&M – Wayne County Circuit Court

  • Jacob Daniel, Inc. v. ROAK – 44th District Court

  • Chavez v. Waterford Schools, U.S. District Court
  • Bellisimo v. Kennedy & Co, Wayne County Circuit Court
  • Burgess v. Burgess, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Moceri v. Moceri, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Ferierra v. Ferierra, Wayne County Circuit Court
  • Sandbaggers v. Gallagher; Macomb County Circuit Court
  • Jackson v. Bullfrogs, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Vance v. Trainor, Wayne County Circuit Court
  • Darrow v. Potterville, 56th Circuit Court - Eaton County
  • Diaz v. Inkster, U.S. District Court
  • Neville v. Illumini, 43rd District Court
  • People v. Lee, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Shelby Town Center v. Gorman’s, Macomb County Circuit Court
  • Gailbraith v. Croswell, 24th Circuit Court - Sanilac County
  • Garden Fresh v. Buddies, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • G.L. Associates v. Mariners Landing, 41 District Court
  • Vancompernolle v. Eugene Welding, 31st Circuit Court – St. Clair County
  • Kesner v. Olympia Aviation (On Appeal), U.S. District Court
  • Jenkins v. Meijer (98-Co2243-GC), 4th Circuit Court – Jackson County
  • Bredesen v. Musicians Union, U.S. District Court
  • Stickney v. Oakland County, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Wytral v. Harlo Printing, Wayne County Circuit Court
  • Decade Graphics v. Didde Web, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Saputo v. Oakland Township, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Wickland-Burgess v. YMCA, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Forrester v. Alan Ford, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Fugget v. McCarty, 47th District Court
  • Flowers v. Kent, 67-3 District Court
  • Karasinski v. Rochester, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Zwadeh v. Costa, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • McCormick v. Kroger, 16th District Court
  • Rossette v. Sharrard, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Harajili v. Michigan Millers, Wayne County Circuit Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Oakland County Bar Association (Negligence Committee)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Alternative Dispute Resolution and Employment Sections)
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Community Involvement

  • Adjunct Professor of Paralegal Studies, Oakland University (2019-2022)

Publications and Lectures

  • Arm Chair Critic's View of Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Meeting (Subject: Employment Law)
  • "Circumstantial Evidence and Speculation After Skinner, " LACHES, Oakland County Bar Association



  • Michigan State University College of Law, cum laude, J.D., 1990
  • Arizona State University, B.S., 1986


  • Michigan, 1990
  • Arizona, 2010


Honors & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation / Labor and Employment Litigation / Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2023 - 2024
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating-AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Michigan Super Lawyer in Employment Litigation Defense, Michigan Super Lawyers, 2009-2011, 2013 - 2018
  • Go To Lawyer for Negligence Law honoree, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2023
  • Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation / Products Liability Defense Law, Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2015 - 2021
  • Samuel and Rose Helper Award for Oral Advocacy
  • William P. Finch Book Award
  • Edwin H. and Theresa Oehmke Award


Speaking Engagements