John Sheets | Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, P.L.L.C. |
(313) 965-9725
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John  T. Sheets


Professional Liability Defense
Real Estate


Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Honors: cum laude
  • The Order of Barristers

Michigan State University


  • Rising Star, Michigan Super Lawyers
John T. Sheets
Tel: 313-596-9316
Fax: 313-965-2493
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Recognized as a rising star in business litigation, John is well regarded by clients for his high-quality work product, his practical and measured approach and advice, and his courtroom advocacy skills.  On the transactional side, John helps his real estate developer clients get their deals done in a practical and efficient manner.  

John’s practice focuses on business and commercial litigation and attorney malpractice defense, as well as the representation of developers regarding their real estate transactions.  

John’s business litigation practice covers a wide-variety of complex contractual disputes involving businesses and their key representatives across a number of industries.  John’s commercial cases have also involved issues related to real property, fraudulent transfer and conveyance, shareholder disputes, non-competition agreements, fraud, fiduciary duties and other business torts.   John also defends large law firms against claims of legal malpractice and has, on multiple occasions, successfully defended those claims in favor of the law firm.  

John regularly practices in the federal district and bankruptcy courts for the Eastern District of Michigan and the state circuit courts for Oakland and Wayne County.  John has also represented clients in the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  

In addition to his litigation practice, John also helps developers with their real estate projects.  This includes assisting them in obtaining financing from banks or private investors, forming and structuring entities tailored to the purpose and goals of each project, and drafting the necessary documents and agreements related to the project.     

John has also helped pro bono clients get access to justice.  He has successfully obtained expungements on behalf of his pro bono clients so that those individuals will no longer be prevented from obtaining gainful employment.  He also represented an individual in an action against a police officer involving the alleged illegal seizure of personal property and, after contentious litigation, achieved a settlement in which his client received the value of the property at issue.  

Prior to joining the firm, John attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio.  While at Case Western, he served as a judicial extern and clerk for the Honorable Eileen A. Gallagher of the Ohio Court of Appeals.  


•    Achieved a court-approved settlement on behalf of the bankruptcy trustee in a complex fraudulent transfer action against a cruise-ship art dealer and its owners and related art-dealing businesses.
•    Achieved a favorable case-evaluation award and settlement on behalf of the management company of a multi-specialty healthcare clinic in a contractual dispute against the clinic’s owner – a national healthcare conglomerate.  
•    Successful defense in the circuit court and on appeal of large law firm in case involving Drug Enforcement Agency-related advice (2017 Mich. App. Lexis 418, March 16, 2017).
•    Successfully dismissed claims of legal malpractice on behalf of a large law firm in a case involving complex real property and commercial bankruptcy issues (Wayne County Circuit Court, Docket No. 15-000236-CB).   
•    Successfully defended a religious institution, its board and spiritual leader by obtaining the reversal of the decision of the Michigan Court of Appeals in the Michigan Supreme Court in a highly contentious case concerning control of the congregation and real estate.  Chabad-Lubavitch of Michigan v. Schuchman, 2015 Mich Lexis 1185 (Mich 2015), cert. denied  2016 WL 500976, at *1 (U.S. May 23, 2016)


•    Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter
•    Urban Land Institute, Michigan
•    The Detroit Athletic Club, Intermediate Member


•    State of Michigan
•    United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
•    United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit