Michael D. Wade

Of Counsel

Grand Rapids Office
(616) 742-5500
mwade@garanlucow.com

Martindale Hubbell AV Rating

EDUCATION:

  • B.A., Philosphy,  Kalamazoo College, 1965
  • M.B.A., Western Michigan University, 1972
  • J.D., University of Toledo, 1974

PUBLICATIONS:

  • The Michigan Law of Damages (ICLE 1978)
  • The Michigan Rules of Evidence, A Practice Manual (ICLE 1978) (with Douglas Hillman and Richard Baxter)
  • Civil Procedures During Trial (ICLE 1981)
  • Michigan Courtroom Evidence (ICLE 1985) (with Dennis Kolenda)
  • Standing Under the Williams Act, 5 U. Tol. L. Rev. (1974), Note
  • Mental Health Law, 6 U. Tol. R. Rev. 314 (1974), Bibliography
  • The Widow Remarries-Who Should Know? 10 Inter. Soc’y of Barr. Q 346 (1975) (with Douglas Hillman)
  • Nontaxability of Jury Verdicts: Should the Jury Be Told? 11 Inter. Soc’y of Barr. Q 221 (No. 3, 1976) (with Douglas Hillman)
  • The Right To Refuse Treatment: Mental Patients and the Law, 1976 Detroit College of Law Review 53
  • Standard of Care for Physicians: The Michigan Statute, 57 Mich. Bar J 923 (Nov. 1978)
  • Comparative Negligence-Some Unanswered Questions, 59 Mich Bar J 232 (May 1979) (with Robert Hammond)
  • The Michigan Law of Punitive Damages, in the Best of ICLE (ICLE 1980)
  • Basic Michigan Evidence, in Michigan Basic Practice Handbook (ICLE 1981-95)
  • The Law of Medical Practice in Michigan: A Review, 61 Mich Bar J. 452 (June, 1982)
  • Book Review: The Law of Medical Practice in Michigan, 82 Michigan Medicine 324 (May 1983)
  • Some Thoughts on Comparative Negligence, 2 Western Mich. Chapter-FBA Newsletter 6 (No. 3, Nov. 1983) (with John Eardley)
  • An Ethical Obligation To Be Courteous? 11 Newsletter of the Grand Rapids Bar Association 3 (#1, Jan 1988)
  • Exemplary Damages, in Stockmeyer, Michigan Law of Damages (2d ed. 1989)
  • Note-Taking by Jurors, 32 For The Defense 12 (July 1990)
  • Jury Instructions in the Jury Room? 33 For The Defense 28 (April, 1991)
  • Should Michigan Rule of Evidence 703 Be Revised? 70 Mich. Bar J. 572 (June 1991)
  • An Ethical Obligation To Be Courteous? 18 Newsletter of the Grand Rapids Bar Association 3 (#3, March 1995) (reprint)
  • An Update on Courtesy, 18 Newsletter of the Grand Rapids Bar Association 8 (#5, May 1995)
  • The Judge As A Witness, 74 Mich B.J. 906 (Sept. 1995)
  • Note-Taking By Jurors, reprinted in Defense Practice Notebook (DRI 1996)
  • Sources of Civility, 14 Michigan Defense Quarterly 5 (#3, Summer 1997)
  • The Making of Effective Trial Lawyers: The Hillman Advocacy Program,4 The Thomas M. Cooley J. of Prac. and Clin. Law 161 (June 2001)
  • Duly Noted: The Good and Bad of Jurors Writing It All Down, 22 Mich. L. W. 1100 (July 28, 2008) (with Sarah Walburn)
  • Rule 35 Neuropsychological Exams – Should Third Persons Attend? 25 Michigan Defense Quarterly 22 (April 2009)
  • Should Jurors Ask Questions? 23 Verdict – Journal of the Trial Practice Committee of the Section of Litigation of the ABA 15 (#2, Spring 2009) (with Sarah Walburn)
  • An Updated Primer to Michigan Class Actions, 88 Mich. B. J. (Nov 2009) (with Sarah Walburn)

PRESENTATIONS, COURSES, MISCELLANEOUS:

  • 1978 Moderator for ICLE course, The Michigan Rules of Evidence
  • 1979 Preparation of course material and outline for ICLE course, Proving Pain and Suffering
  • 1980 Preparation of course material and outline for ICLE course, Effective Use of Real and Demonstrative Evidence to Prove Damages
  • 1980 Preparation of course material and outline for ICLE course, Proving  Damages in Special Cases
  • 1981 Preparation of course material and outline for ICLE course, Use of Experts to Prove Damages
  • 1981 Preparation of course material and outline for ICLE course, Suing the Government
  • 1982 Speaker at Upper Peninsular Bar Meetings, Defending Medical Malpractice Cases
  • 1983 Speaker for videotape of ICLE course on Evidence
  • 1983 Speaker at Grand Rapids Adjuster’s Association on topic: Recent Developments in the Law
  • 1984 Moderator for ICLE course, The Michigan Rules of Evidence
  • 1984 Speaker for audio-tape of ICLE course, What Damages Can I Recover?
  • 1984 Certificate of Commendation from Grand Rapids Bar Association Pro Bono Program
  • 1985 Speaker at Kalamazoo Adjustor’s Association on Recent Developments in Comparative Negligence
  • 1986 Instructor, Cooley Law School, course on Trial Techniques
  • 1987 Preparation of course material and outline for ICLE course, Michigan Evidence Law
  • 1987 Speaker at Grand Rapids Adjustor’s Association on Negotiation Techniques
  • 1987 Instructor, Cooley Law School, teaching Advanced Trial Techniques
  • 1987 Speaker on Post Trial Practice for Seminars, Inc. to legal secretaries and paralegals
  • 1989 Speaker at meeting of Michigan Academy of Family Practitioners
  • 1990 Completion of Parts II, III & V of CPCU
  • 1990 Instructor, Cooley Law School, teaching Advanced Trial Techniques
  • 1992 Speaker, Grand Rapids Adjustors Association on Mediation
  • 1992 Faculty, Hillman Advocacy Program, Trial Skills Workshop, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • 1993 Faculty, Hillman Advocacy Program, Trial Skills Workshop, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • 1994 Faculty, Hillman Advocacy Program, Trial Skills Workshop, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • 1995 Member, Citizens Panel for Recommending Reappointment of Magistrate Judges
  • 1995 Completion of Mediation Training Conducted by CPR Institute For Dispute Resolution
  • 1995 Certified as Facilitative Mediator By U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • 1996 Faculty, Hillman Advocacy Program, Trial Skills Workshop, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • 1996 Completed 40 hour Training Program With Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan As Facilitative Mediator
  • 1996 Moderator, Bench-Bar Conference, U.S. District Court Planning Committee
  • 1996 Planning Committee, Hillman Advocacy Program
  • 1997 Faculty, Hillman Advocacy Program, Trial Skills Workshop, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • 1997 Moderator, ICLE Program, Jury Persuasion
  • 1997 Planning Committee, Hillman Advocacy Program
  • 1998 Moderator, Bench – Bar Conference, U.S. District Court Planning Committee
  • 1998 Faculty, Hillman Advocacy Program, Trial Skills Workshop, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • 1998 Planning Committee, Hillman Advocacy Program
  • 1999 Election to Inns of Court
  • 1999 Planning Committee, Hillman Advocacy Program
  • 2000 Participation in Inns of Court
  • 2000 Faculty, Hillman Advocacy Program, Trial Skills Workshop
  • 2000 Planning Committee, Hillman Advocacy Program
  • 2001 Faculty, Hillman Advocacy Program, Trial Skills Workshop
  • 2001 Planning Committee, Hillman Advocacy Program
  • 2001 Participation in Inns of Court
  • 2001 Executive Committee of Federal Bar Association (W. District of Michigan)
  • 2002 Treasurer of Federal Bar Association (W. District of Michigan)
  • 2003 Treasurer of Federal Bar Association (W. District of Michigan)
  • 2004 Executive Committee of Federal Bar Association (W. District of Michigan)
  • 2005 Executive Committee of Federal Bar Association (W. District of Michigan)
  • 2006 Executive Committee of Federal Bar Association (W. District of Michigan)
  • 2006 Election to Super Lawyers
  • 2007 Executive Committee of Federal Bar Association (W. District of Michigan)
  • 2007 Election to Super Lawyers
  • 2007 Election to Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008 Election to Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008 Election to Super Lawyers
  • 2009 Election to Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010 Election to Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011 Election to Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012 Election to Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013 Election to Best Lawyers in America

PAST PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS/ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Admitted to all State and Federal Courts in Michigan
  • Admitted to United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted to U.S. Claims Court
  • Member of mediation panel for Kent County, MI
  • Member of mediation panel for Ottawa County, MI
  • Member of facilitator panel for U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) for 20 years
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Michigan State Bar Association
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel

MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT CASES BRIEFED AND/OR ARGUED:

  • Kerksta v Department of State Highways, 398 Mich 103 (1976)
  • Mathis v Interstate Motor Freight System,  408 Mich 164 (1980)
  • O’Brien v Hazelet & Erdal, 410 Mich (1980)
  • Vaselenak v Smith, 414 Mich 567 (1982)
  • Gibson v Bronson Methodist Hospital, 445 Mich 331 (1994)
  • Daoud v DeLeau, 455 Mich 181 (1997)

COURT OF APPEALS CASES BRIEFED AND/OR ARGUED:

  • Kerkstra v State Highway Department, 60 Mich App 761 (1975)
  • Kass v H.B. Shane & Co., Inc., 71 Mich App 101 (1976)
  • Hastings Mutual v Crayden Homes Corp., 73 Mich App 699 (1977)
  • Johnson v Chrysler Corp., 74 Mich App 532 (1977)
  • Holbrook v Koehring Co., 75 Mich App 592 (1977)
  • Cryderman v Soo Line Railroad Co., 78 Mich App 465 (1977)
  • Oole v Oosting, 82 Mich App 291 (1978)
  • Watson v Aquinas College, 83 Mich App 192 (19778)
  • Blanchard v Monical Machinery Co., 84 Mich App 279 (1978)
  • Ottenwess v Hawkeye Security Ins. Co., 84 Mich App 292 (1978)
  • Bartrand v Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Co., 87 Mich App 466 (1978)
  • Shinabarger v Citizens Mutual Ins. Co., 90 Mich App 307 (1979)
  • Koopman v Logan, 93 Mich App 252 (1979)
  • Bitiminous Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v Royal Exchange, Ct. App. #44039, 6/19/80
  • Ketten v Clark Equipment Co., Ct. App. #78-5140, 7/3/80
  • Berwald v Kasal, 102 Mich App 269 (1980)
  • Hawkeye-Security Ins. Co. v Harneschfeger Corp., 102 Mich App 190 (1980)
  • Evans v Frank, Ct. App. #45825, 12/18/80
  • Liberty Mutual Ins. Co. v Allied Truck Equipment Co., 103 Mich App. 33 (1981)
  • Trine v Foam Craft, Inc., Ct. App. #46056, 3/12/81
  • Coates v Michigan Mutual Ins. Co., Ct. App. #52780, 4/9/81
  • Spayde v Advanced Foam Systems, Inc., 124 Mich App 454 (1981)
  • VanDyke v DAIIE, Ct. App. #53872, 6/24/81
  • Austhof v General Aluminum Products Co., Ct. App. #48317, 4/26/82
  • Mulvihill v American Annuity Life Ins. Co., 121 Mich App 192 (1982)
  • Walker v Pool, Ct. App. #59184, 12/14/82
  • Galbreath Mortgage Co. v Key Heights-Lowell Inc., Ct. App. #63925, 10/3/83
  • DAIIE v Parmelee, 135 Mich 567 (1984)
  • Schnepp v Branch, Ct. App. #73231, 8/16/84
  • Beaver v Aetna Life Ins. Co., Ct. App. #77766, 5/28/85
  • Hinkelman v Kalamazoo College, Ct. App. #81284, 1/21/87
  • Garzelloni v Victor, Ct. App. #89104, 12/7/88
  • Rinard v Biczak, Ct. App. #101702, 6/5/89
  • Barnes v Maternowski, Ct. App. #100909, 6/29/89
  • Heshelman v Lombardi, 183 Mich App 72 (1990)
  • Spencer v Butler, Ct. App. #121618, 5/22/91
  • Jones v Michiana Walk-In Clinic, Ct. App. #119440, 8/12/91
  • Faultersack v Uddoh, Ct. App. #130540, 1/23/92
  • Gibson v Bronson Methodist Hospital, 197 Mich App 67 (1992)
  • Marcelletti v Bathani, 198 Mich App 655 (1993)
  • Petty v The Upjohn Co., Ct. App. #159867, 1/19/95
  • Daoud v Deleau, Ct. App. #171562, 5/19/95
  • Daniels v Racette, Ct. App. #192790, 5/13/97