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Eugene  Driker

PRACTICE AREAS

Litigation
Business Counseling
Bet The Company Litigation

EDUCATION

L.L.M., The George Washington University Law School, 1962

J.D., Wayne State University Law School, 1961, Doctor of Laws (Hon.), 2001

B.S. (Mathematics), Wayne State University, 1959
 

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Described in Chambers USA Guide as "Michigan's preeminent business litigator"
  • Described as Michigan's top litigator in Super Lawyers magazine 2006
  • Chair, National Advisory Committee, The Levin Center, Wayne State University Law School, 2015
  • Recipient, Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, Arts Advocacy Award, 2015
  • Recipient, Association of Fundraising Professionals’ George W. Romney Award for Volunteerism, 2014
  • Recipient, Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan, Julian Abele Cook, Jr. Bernard A. Friedman FBA Civility Award, 2014
  • Recipient, State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice Award, 2013
  • Recipient, State Bar of Michigan ADR Section Distinguished Service Award, 2012
  • Recipient, Metropolitan Detroit Bar Association Dennis M. Archer Public Service Award, 2008
  • Recipient, Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan, Wayne Hampton McCree, Jr. Award for the Advancement of Social Justice, 2005
  • Recipient, American Jewish Committee Learned Hand Award, 1993
  • Recipient, Wayne State University Law School Distinguished Alumni Award, 1978
  • Chairman, Wayne State University Law School Campaign for the 21st Century, 1998 to 2001
  • President, Wayne State University Law Alumni Association, 1968-1969
  • Chairman, Wayne State University Law School Fund, 1970-1973
  • Chairman, Anthony Wayne Society, Wayne State University, 1979-1981
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Wayne State University Law School, 1969 to 2002, Chairman, 1969-1970, 1995-1997
  • Chairman, Anthony Wayne Society, Wayne State University, 1979-1981
  • Member, American Arbitration Association Large Complex Case Tribunal
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan Special Committee on Expansion of Under-Represented Groups in the Law, 1991 to 1994
  • Supreme Court Appointee, State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, 1980-1983
  • Chairman, Antitrust Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, 1971-1972
  • Chairman, Bar Journal Committee, State Bar of Michigan, 1970-1973
  • Member, Michigan Supreme Court Special Committee on Class Actions, 1980-1983
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan Committee on United States Courts and Special Committee to Revise Local Rules of the United States District Court, 1974-1982
  • Commercial Disputes Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Lecturer on antitrust law, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State Bar of Michigan and other continuing education groups
 









     

Eugene Driker
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Tel: 313-596-9303
Fax: 313-965-2493
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Eugene specializies in complex business litigation, counseling to business and non-profits, and alternative dispute resolution.  He is widely considered to be one of the finest lawyers in Michigan.

He has served as lead or co-lead trial counsel in numerous business cases, including the representation of one of the state's largest utilities in a $500 million fraud and breach of contract action brought by a major industrial firm. That industrial firm itself then became a client of Barris, Sott, Denn and Driker.  Eugene has represented such clients as Automobile Club of Michigan, Avis Rent-A-Car, Buffalo Bills, Inc., CMS Energy, the W.A. Dart family, DTE Energy, The Dow Chemical Company, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Enterprises, LLC and Textron, Inc. in contract, tort, securities antitrust and other business disputes.

He has represented numerous lawyers and law firms, including several of the largest in the state, in professional liability, disciplinary and partnership dissolution matters. He has also represented the State of Michigan, the Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the City of Detroit in complex litigation matters. Eugene has significant experience in alternate dispute resolution, both as an advocate and as an arbitrator/mediator. He has often been called upon by other trial lawyers and judges to serve as a special mediator in complicated business matters.  Eugene was selected as one of the mediators in the City of Detroit bankruptcy, appointed by the Chief Judge of the United States District Court.  That mediation team (all of whom, except Eugene, were current or retired federal judges) successfully negotiated a consensual resolution in record time to the largest municipal bankruptcy in history.


PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC LEADERSHIP

  • Commissioner and Treasurer, City of Detroit Building Authority, 1973-1979
  • Member, Joint Art Commission, Detroit Receiving Hospital-WSU Health Care Institute, 1975 to 1979
  • Trustee, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, 2014 to date
  • Member, Board of Governors, Wayne State University, 2002 - 2014 (Chair, 2007 and 2008)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Wayne State University Foundation, 2000 to November 19, 2015 (Chair 2009 to November 19, 2015)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, 1991 - 2003
  • Member, Board of Directors, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1991 - 1995
  • Member, Board of Governors, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, 1992 - 1998
  • Member, Advisory Board, Wayne State University, Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, 1989 to date
  • Chairman, Advisory Board, Detroit Chapter, American Jewish Committee, 1991 to date
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Yiddish Book Center, 1999 to date (Chair,  2011 to date)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Jewish Vocational Service, 1983 - 1992, Vice President, 1989 - 1992, President, 1992 - 1995
  • Member, Board of Governors, B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations of Metropolitan Detroit, 1990 - 1993
  • Member, City of Detroit Board of Police Commissioners, 1979-1983
  • Member, United Way Community Services, 1991 - 2001
  • Member, Temple Emanu-El (Trustee, 1974-1975)

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

  • Community Communication v. Boulder - New Problems for Municipal Antitrust Liability, 61 Mich St Bar J 426 (1982)
  • Should Jurors Be Allowed To Take Notes During Trial? 45 Fed Lawyer No. 8, (September, 1998)
  • Litigation to Protect Trade Secrets From Former Employees Who Work for Competitors, State Bar of Michigan, Intellectual Property Law Section, Monograph, (March, 1998)
  • Book Review, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, 78 Michigan State Bar Journal, 326 (March, 1999)
  • Book Review, Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, Detroit Legal News

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Michigan
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts - Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan