Steven M. Ribiat

Location: Birmingham, Michigan
Phone: 248-971-1718
Fax: 248-971-1801

Steven Ribiat concentrates his practice in business litigation and arbitration for corporate clients and has extensive experience in: shareholder and contract disputes; professional liability and disciplinary proceedings; intra-entity disputes; foreclosures and workouts; and financial services and securities matters. Prior to joining Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco, Mr. Ribiat was a shareholder and Board of Director member at Butzel Long.


Recent Experience Includes

• Obtained a $1.1 million settlement for an industrial property owner that suffered trespass damages arising from soil collapse caused by adjoining property owner
• Successfully defended and obtained dismissal of fraud and minority oppression claims brought against majority member of a limited liability company
• Obtained a $625,000 arbitration award in favor of client in a matter involving defendant's fraud and tortious interference with the client's contractual relationship with a third party

• Obtained $17M judgment in international financial institution case
• Counseled advisors to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles of England’s Royal Family concerning claims brought against the Royal Family
• Obtained a $9M arbitration award for a corporation on its malpractice claims against its former actuary
• Obtained dismissal of Plaintiff’s RICO and fraud claims in a putative class action arising out of an employer’s handling of its worker’s compensation claims
• Obtained summary judgment in multiple-defendant mortgage fraud case
• Successfully represented clients in Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission investigations
• Obtained favorable ruling and summary judgment in favor of one of the nation’s largest title insurance companies in a significant mortgage fraud case involving novel agency principles
• Obtained summary judgment in favor of a Real Estate Investment Trust on claims brought by former executive alleging breach of contract and other allegations
• Obtained dismissal of a securities fraud lawsuit against former director of a failed financial institution


Bar Admissions


• Michigan 1991
• U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan 1991
• U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan 1991
• U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit 1992


Education, Professional Associations and Awards


• Wayne State University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
1991); Wayne Law Review, Managing Editor, 1990 - 1991
• Oxford University, Sommerville College Summer Program 1989
• University of Michigan (B.A.1988)

• Member, State Bar of Michigan's Professional Ethics Committee 2005 to 2010
• Appointment, State Bar of Michigan’s Task Force on Attorney-Client Privilege
• Federal Bar Association
• Oakland Bar Association
• Best Lawyers in America,Commercial Litigation 2010 - present
• Michigan Super Lawyer, Business Litigation 2010 - present
• Business Top Lawyer, Business Litigation


Past Employment Positions


• Shareholder and Board of Director Member, Butzel Long


Pro Bono Activities


• Detroit Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyers Program from 1992 - present


Published Works


• Title: Applying Section 7 of the Clayton Act to Hospital Mergers: An Analytical Framework, 37 Wayne Law Review 211


Areas of Practice


• Business Litigation
• Arbitration


Litigation Percentage


• 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation