H. Joel Newman

Top rated business litigation attorney in Birmingham, Michigan

H. Joel Newman, PLLC
H. Joel Newman
H. Joel Newman, PLLC

Practice Areas: Business litigation, Closely held business, Business & corporate; view more

Licensed in Michigan since: 1985

Education: The University of Michigan Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022

H. Joel Newman, PLLC

370 East Maple, 3rd Floor
Birmingham, MI 48009 Visit website


H. Joel Newman is the founder and principal of H. Joel Newman, PLLC, in Birmingham, Michigan. The firm practices business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on business fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, shareholder oppression, shareholders' disputes, non-compete litigation, partnership, and LLC litigation, family business litigation, zoning, business tort claims and contested wills. H. Joel Newman PLLC, practices in all courts throughout Michigan, including the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District and Western District of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

Joel was a Founding Shareholder of the Michigan law firm, Hyman Lippitt, PC, in 1991. During a career that spans 30 years, he has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements representing plaintiffs and has successfully defended numerous clients against multi-million dollar claims.

Mr. Newman is a member of the American Constitution Society, the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation and a Life Charter Fellow in the Oakland County Bar Association. He has also been honored as a Top Business Lawyer and Top Business Litigation Lawyer by DBusiness Magazine, rated AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell and has published multiple works on business litigation and shareholder rights issues.

H. Joel Newman strives to work efficiently on the client's behalf, to maximize value.



*AV Preeminent and Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business litigation, Closely held business, Business/corporate

Focus areas

Trade secret, Non-compete agreements, Limited liability companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter s corporations

  • 60% Business litigation
  • 30% Closely held business
  • 10% Business/corporate

First Admitted: 1985, Michigan

Professional Webpage: https://www.hjoelnewman.com

White Papers:
  • Please see my profile and my web page: www.hjoelnewman.com for numerous verdicts and settlements.
  • Life Charter Fellow, Oakland County Bar Foundation
  • Shareholder LawsuitsJoel successfully defended the 51% owner of what was once the largest private road builder in the world when he was sued for shareholder oppression, breaches of fiduciary duties and fraud. After numerous depositions and motions, our client bought the Plaintiff’s stock at a large discount and the case was dismissed.
  • Business Litigation A plant manager and former vice-president of a “big three” automobile manufacturer was terminated after a management shake-up. We started suit for breach of employment contract and after completion of discovery successfully negotiated a $1,000,000 settlement in his behalf.
  • SHAREHOLDER LITIGATION CASE:Shareholder Lawsuits In this contingency fee LLC member oppression litigation, Joel represented a Plaintiff minority member who had invested his life savings and mortgaged his home to invest in an automotive business. The case was referred to Joel by another attorney, who had spent a year trying to settle the matter, only a week before the statutes of limitation would have run. We filed a multi-count lawsuit alleging minority member oppression, breaches of fiduciary duties, conversion, breach of contract and other counts. We pursued discovery and quickly discovered numerous discrepancies in the LLC’s books and records, including a second set of books. The case settled several months after we became involved for 15 times the amount offered to the prior attorney. The client says we saved his economic future, including his family home.  
  • Business Litigation/Shareholder LitigationIn the first reported lawsuit under Michigan's Shareholder Oppression Statue, MCL 450.1889, the President and 50 percent shareholder of a multi-million dollar national enterprise retained Joel and one of his former partners Norman Lippitt, to defend a shareholder oppression lawsuit brought by his siblings seeking over $200 million in damages and other relief for alleged usurpation of corporate opportunities, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. After several years of pre-trial maneuvering and interlocutory appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court, the case went to trial. Shortly before trial plaintiffs hired a nationally known trial firm with billions of dollars of verdicts in its portfolio. After a jury trial lasting 11 weeks, the case was settled. While the results are confidential, our client believed we achieved a very favorable result.
  • BREACH OF CONTRACT CASE:Business Litigation Joel was lead trial counsel representing several related corporations in this shareholder oppression litigation. Plaintiffs’ Complaint alleged shareholder oppression, fraud, breaches of fiduciary duties, usurpation of corporate opportunities and self-dealing. Plaintiffs sought almost $100 million in damages. The Plaintiffs’ case was eviscerated in their cross examinations. At the close of Plaintiffs’ proofs, the case settled. Plaintiffs gave up all damage claims, Joel’s clients waived their right to attorneys’ fees from the Plaintiffs, and the case was dismissed with prejudice. 
  • Shareholder LitigationA very successful Bloomfield Hills dentist brought in a young man to eventually buy his practice. The young dentist's mother, a former large firm trial lawyer, allegedly serving as the company attorney, drew up documents which in the fine print, gave her son 100% ownership before any payment was due. When our client asked the young dentist to leave he was told it was him that should leave. Our client's original counsel was overwhelmed when the attorney/mother filed ten separate administrative and civil actions claiming shareholder oppression, breaches of fiduciary duties, conversion and fraud against our client. We tried two of the lawsuits successfully. The others were dismissed.
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Pro Bono work is considered on a case by case basis
  • Martindale Hubbel AV, DBusiness Top Attorney 2010, 2013
  • Life Charter Fellow, Oakland County Bar Foundation
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1981
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Michigan, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1988
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1987
  • Member, Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1989
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan, Business Law and Real Property Sections
  • American Constitution Society, Litigation Section
Educational Background:
  • Wayne State University, Labor Studies, With Highest Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
Representative Clients:
  • Joel has represented numerous corporate clients in litigation, including Ford Motor Co., CenTra Inc., Holloway Sand and Gravel, Eaton Steel, Dart Energy Corp., Dart Properties, Black Beauty Sticks, Atlas Trucking, PSA Essentials, Becker Ventures, Gardner White Furniture, JM Olson Construction, Nichols and Vann Media Group, The Word Network and many more.
Industry Groups:
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical
  • Real Estate
  • Service Industries

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Joel Newman is an extremely smart and tenacious lawyer. He is a master at taking an extremely effective deposition and he truly cares for each of his clients.”

“Joel is clearly one of the best complex litigation and trial lawyers I know. He almost always wins.”

“Exceptional knowledge of the Business Corporations Act and Limited Liability Company Act. Great trial lawyer.”

“Joel was a mentor to me when I first started my career. He is an excellent lawyer with incredible writing and trial skills.”

“Joel gets outstanding results, is dedicated and hard working, and is very personable.”

Office location for H. Joel Newman

370 East Maple, 3rd Floor
Birmingham, MI 48009

Phone: 248-723-1238


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022

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