Michael Stefani earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, cum laude; a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan, cum laude; and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Wayne State University. After obtaining his Juris Doctorate, he served as a Special Agent with the FBI for three years. Mike credits his years with the FBI for his appreciation of the importance of knowing the facts and for his ability to investigate those facts. Because most law schools understandably emphasize the law in resolving problems, lawyers often concentrate almost entirely on the legal issues of a transaction or dispute, overlooking the importance of facts involved. Mike attributes his success in negotiations and litigation to investigating and knowing the facts better than the opposition.
Over the course of his nearly 40 years of practice, Mike has helped clients with a myriad of business-related issues involving contract law, employment law, tax law, and real estate law. He has helped clients form new businesses, purchase existing businesses, sell their businesses, and reorganize their businesses with mergers, spin-offs, and joint ventures. He has handled purchases and sales from as little as $20,000 to as large as $95 million. Whether the transaction is small or large, Mike Stefani gives each client the best service he is capable of delivering. He knows that the purchase of a small business for $20,000 by a new entrepreneur may be just as important to that new businessperson as the purchase of a large business for millions of dollars is to the well-established business buyer.
One of the most rewarding aspects of practicing business law for Mr. Stefani is the opportunity to work with business owners over an extended period of time, assisting them with a variety of everyday legal problems, such as purchasing real estate for a new plant or office, negotiating supply and sales contracts, and assisting with the resolution of a wide variety of personnel issues. Representing a client on a continuing basis allows the lawyer to know the unique aspects of that client's business and family situation so that the lawyer can better serve the client with the everyday legal problems as well as the more unique opportunities such as business planning, succession planning, and estate planning.
In addition to his business law practice, Mr. Stefani has developed a unique niche in the area of whistleblower litigation. He developed this subspecialty as a result of his law enforcement background that includes, in addition to the FBI, experience as a Detroit Police narcotics officer and Police Chief of a small Oakland County community. This law enforcement background has proven invaluable in representing whistleblowers.
Writing & Teaching:
Lectured at CLE Seminars for Lawyers & Accountants Guest Speaker at Rotary Groups, Paralegal Groups, Michigan Council of Private Investigators, Macomb County Police Academy, Oakland Police Academy, Detroit Police Academy & Numerous Law Enforcement Agencies
Several Articles on Taxation in Bar Journals & Business Publications A Monograph on Incorporating Law Firms A Monograph on Laws of Arrest, Search & Seizure, Interrogations & Line-Ups
Society of Former Agents of the FBI Michigan Bar Association Oakland Bar Association Stryker Bar Association Michigan Association for Justice Detroit Police Lieutenants & Sergeants Association
Honors and Awards:
Named a Michigan Super Lawyer by Law & Politics — 2006, 2007 & 2008 Named Lawyer of the Year by Michigan Lawyers Weekly — 2007 Recipient of Top Cop Award in White House Ceremony — 1999 Recipient of Detroit Police Department Medal of Valor & Wound Medal — 1997
All Michigan State Courts U.S. District Court — Eastern District of Michigan U.S. District Court — Western District of Michigan U.S. District Court — Southern District of Florida U.S. District Court — Eastern District of Virginia U.S. Tax Court U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
Brady G. Stefani
Brady Stefani earned a Bachelor of Science degree in written communication, with a minor in criminology, from Eastern Michigan University in 1992. He received a Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law in 1996. Before joining Stefani & Stefani, Brady worked as an investigator for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and as an attorney for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, where he represented the State in involuntary commitment hearings. He is a member of both the Massachusetts and Michigan bars and is admitted to practice in all Michigan State Courts and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
As a principle of Stefani & Stefani, Brady Stefani spends the majority of his time representing small to medium-size businesses with drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts. He also handles formation and representation of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and other entities. In addition, Mr. Stefani represents individuals with estate planning and probate services and represents both businesses and individuals in connection with a variety of real estate matters, including drafting and negotiating leases, buying and selling real estate, management of real estate, and real estate financing. Although not the focal point of his practice, Mr. Stefani has significant experience in the areas of litigation, including personal injury and employment litigation.
State Bar of Michigan, 1996 Massachusetts Bar Association, 1996 United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan
Memberships & Affiliations:
Member of the Oakland Country Bar Association
Bruce M. Komisar, Of Counsel
Bruce Komisar has more than 20 years of experience representing individuals and small to medium-size businesses with a wide variety of needs, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, real estate matters, the formation of business entities, business planning, business tax issues, management challenges, and document preparation and review — including sales contracts, leases, shareholder agreements, employment agreements, compensation plans, joint venture agreements, supply contracts, succession planning for family businesses, dispute resolutions, and others. Bruce Komisar also regularly represents landlords and tenants in commercial and industrial real estate transactions, such as lease negotiation and preparing and reviewing leases and evictions.
Mr. Komisar is a 1981 graduate of Michigan State University, and he received his Juris Doctorate degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1985. For the better part of two decades, he has been involved in all aspects of his own family's business. It is partly this hands-on experience that allows him to meet the needs of his clients and to bring something extra to the table when addressing problems for those clients. Mr. Komisar's experience as a lawyer and businessperson help him relate to his clients and they to him, which facilitates communication and creates an overall better result for the client.
Areas of Practice:
Business and Commercial Law Real Estate Law Finance
State Bar of Michigan, 1985 U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1985
Matthew S. Slazinski, Of Counsel
Matt Slazinski is a cum laude graduate of Central Michigan University. He was in the top quarter of the 1994 graduating class of the University of Detroit Mercy Law School where he was a senior staff member of the Law Review. Matt Slazinski garnered a wide range of experience during his first few years in practice working for a general practice law firm where he drafted various contracts and other legal documents, handled residential and commercial real estate transactions, and assisted in various phases of trial work, including brief writing, conducting discovery, negotiating settlements, arguing motions and trying cases.
As Mr. Slazinski gained experience, he began narrowing the focus of his practice, primarily in the areas of business and commercial matters, real estate matters, and construction law. He has extensive experience in these areas of the law, having successfully handled transactional operational litigation. From the experience he has gained in litigating contracts, he has learned to draft clear, unambiguous agreements, which are easily understood by the parties and which help to avoid disputes and misunderstandings. His experience in representing and counseling clients in their day-to-day business and real estate and construction activities has enabled Mr. Slazinski to obtain good results for clients involved in litigation in these areas of the law.
His clients include Fortune 500 Companies, medium-size businesses, small family businesses, and individuals. One of the advantages that Mr. Slazinski's clients enjoy is the personal care and individual attention that he gives each of them. He listens carefully to his clients' needs and does his utmost to see to it that those needs are met. In short, he is the kind of lawyer most clients want; he is a skilled problem-solver who relates and communicates well with his clients.
Organizations & Affiliations:
Michigan Bar Association Oakland County Bar Association Macomb County Bar Association Circuit Court and District Court Case Evaluator — Oakland County Board of Directors-American Subcontractors Association (Michigan Chapter)
Corporate Counsel to American Subcontractors Association (Michigan Chapter) Board of Directors-Central Michigan University Alumni Association Phi Kappa Phi (Honor Society) Sigma Iota Epsilon (Business Society) Licensed Michigan Residential Builder The Advocates Society (Polish-American Bar Association)
All Michigan State Courts U.S. District Court — Eastern District of Michigan