Julie Lyons Kosovec

Location: Birmingham, Michigan
Phone: 248-971-1717
Fax: 248-971-1801
Email: kosovec@bwst-law.com

Julie Kosovec is a seasoned attorney who concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation. Her areas of litigation expertise include: shareholder, employment, construction and real estate disputes. Prior to joining Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco, Ms. Kosovec was a shareholder at Hyman Lippitt, P.C.


Ms. Kosovec's recent accomplishments include


• Participated on trial team in an unfair competition and business tort case which obtained a $300M judgment - the largest state court verdict in history
• Participated in a multi-million dollar antitrust litigation which resulted in client obtaining a $500M settlement

• Successfully defended against multi-million dollar veil piercing claim

• Obtained dismissal of multi-million dollar legal malpractice/breach of fiduciary duty claim
• Successfully defended emergency motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction proceedings for Tier 1 automotive supplier which resulted in extremely favorable settlement
• Obtained dismissal of $10M adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court
• Successfully litigated an adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court which prevented a debtor from discharging client's judgment
• Performed as lead counsel in commercial arbitration resulting in $1.2M arbitration award for automobile parts supplier
• Won summary judgment on behalf of a national provider of security defense services in a case seeking $10M in contract and tortious interference damages
• Successfully defended numerous employment law claims on behalf of various corporations
• Successfully defended licensed professionals in multiple administrative hearings before the Michigan Dept. of Labor and Growth which resulted in dismissals of all claims
• Obtained emergency injunctive relief against competing business enterprise which resulted in successful settlement in corporate client's favor
• Successfully counciled employees and employers regarding a wide variety of employment and human resource matters.
• Successfully defended employers in multiple administrative hearings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affaris, and the Michigan Unemployement Insurance Agency


Bar Admissions


• Michigan
• U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
• U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
• U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio


Education, Professional Associations and Awards


• Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan (J.D. cum laude 1995)
• Michigan State University (B.A.With Honors 1992) Major: Employment Relations
• Recipient, Silver Key Academic Excellence Award, 1994

• Member, Oakland Bar Association
• Member, Womens Lawyers Association of Michigan, Oakland County Chapter
• Member, Oakland County Chapter of American Inns of Court
• Member, Master, Oakland County Chapter of American Inns of Court
• Member, Barrister Emeritus, Oakland County Chapter of American Inns of Court
• Member, Commercial Litigation Committee
• Member, Oakland County Circuit Court Case Evaluation Committee
• Member, State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Committee, District I
• Member, Employment and Litigation Section of the State Bar of Michigan

• Listed in “Top Women Attorneys in Michigan,” Hour Detroit (2014, 2015, 2016)

• Listed as a "Best Lawyer" in Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers in America (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
• Listed in "Best Attorneys in Michigan" (2013, 2015)
• Listed as a "Top Lawyer in Michigan," New York Times (2013)
• Listed as a "Top Attorney in Michigan" in Business Litigation, Crain's Detroit Business (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
• Listed as a "Top Lawyer," dBusiness and Hour Magazine (2010, 2013, 2015, 2016)
• Listed as a "Super Lawyer" in Commercial Litigation, Michigan Super Lawyers (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
• "AV" Peer-Review Rated, identifying the highest rating available for legal abilities and ethics, Martindale Hubbell (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
• Member, Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (2012, 2013)

• Captain, Oakland County Bench-Bar Conference, Civil Section (2015)
• Invitee, Oakland County Bench-Bar Conference (2013)


Representative Cases


Adell Broadcasting v Apex Media Sales, 269 Mich App 6; 708 NW2d 778 (2005)
Bazinau v Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, 233 Mich App 743; 593 NW2d 219 (1999)


Past Employment Positions


• Shareholder, Hyman Lippitt, P.C.


Areas of Practice


• Complex Commercial Litigation
• Shareholder
• Employment
• Construction
• Real Estate Disputes