Michael M. Wachsberg received his undergraduate degree in economics from Michigan State University in 1973. He graduated with his juris doctor from Michigan State University (formerly Detroit College of Law) in 1978. He joined the State Bar of Michigan and began practicing the same year.
Mr. Wachsberg has been a practicing defense litigator since 1978. Throughout his career he has handled and tried all aspects of civil litigation, including the representation of individuals, companies, and municipal clients, defending them against all types of civil claims.
Over the years, he developed particular expertise in representing contractors, subcontractors, and owners in all aspects of civil litigation. He successfully argued a seminal “common work area” case in the Michigan Supreme Court (Ormsby v Capital Welding, et al), which established the criteria for “common work area” claims.
He has extensive experience in representing municipal entities and their employees in all types of legal matters including policing, excessive force, zoning, premises, and constitutional issues. He has litigated these claims in both the state and federal court systems.
He also takes great pride in representing individuals and companies in cases dealing with all aspects of auto claims (PIP, 3rd party, UM/UIM), premises claims, mold claims, dram shop, etc. He is also involved in providing insurance coverage opinions, as well as litigating those issues.
Recognition of his experience and trial skills have resulted in his selection as an arbitrator, facilitator, special mediator, and circuit court mediator in a number of jurisdictions.
Mr Wachsberg is admitted to practice in both the state and federal court systems in Michigan. He has also argued cases in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Michigan appellate courts (Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court). He serves as a member of the Negligence, Construction Law, and Municipal sections of the State Bar of Michigan. In addition, he is an active member of the Association of Defense Trial Counsel.