Stephen McKenney

Stephen McKenney

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Birmingham, MI

Altior Law, P.C.
 | 401 South Old Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: 248-594-5252
Fax: 248-792-2838
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (70%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Appellate (10%)

    About Stephen McKenney

    Admitted: 2003, Michigan

    Professional Webpage:

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • OCBA Circuit Court Committee Member , 2018
    • District Court Case Evaluator (Oakland County), 2018
    • Member - Oakland County Bar Association
    • Member - American Inns of Court, 2017
    • District Court Case Evaluator, 2017
    • OCBA - Business Court Committee Member, 2018
    • Member State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness District Committee, 2018
    • Member - Litigation Section, State Bar of Michigan
    • Member - American Inns of Court - OCBA Chapter, 2016
    • District Court Case Evaluator, 2015
    • American Inns of Court - OCBA Inn - Barrister, 2018
    • Oakland County Circuit Court Discovery Master, 2018
    • Member - Business Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
    • Member - American Inns of Court - OCBA Chapter, 2015
    • Member State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness District Committee, 2017

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • President - Christ, Our Light Catholic Church Parish Council (2010-2014)
    • Obtained judgment for elderly woman who paid contractor $2,500 and contractor never performed work., 2013

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • May 2017, Issue Number 598, Pages 9-13., Co-Author, Mediation in Lieu of Case Evaluation, Oakland County Bar Association, 2017


    • $450,000 settlement on behalf of plaitniff in minority shareholder oppression claim, 2014
    • Obtained preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 against the City of Detroit holding that a city ordinance was facially invalid because it violated protections granted by the 4th Amendment.  Obtained statutory attorney fees based on success of injunctive relief., 2016
    • Settled tax appeal on behalf of commercial property owner, which reduced true cash value assessment of parcels by over $2-million and netted over $100,000 in tax refunds for client, 2015
    • Obtained $870,000 judgment in favor of leder against commercial borrower, 2012
    • Obtained judgment on behalf of independent contractor against former contractual partner invalidating non-compelte based on contractual partner's first material breach of contract, 2013
    • Obtained partial reversal from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit of dismissal of plaintiffs' claims on motion for summary judgment.  Following partial reversal, the claims settled.  Part of the claim (which was affirmed on appeal) included an award of statutory attorney fees., 2017
    • Obtained summary judgment in favor of borrower on lender's claim of default under loan agreement; obtained summary judgment in favor of borrower on counter-claim for release of escrow money from lender, 2014
    • Obtained summary judgment for landlord in commercial tenant matter awarding landlord all back rent sought, contractual interest and contractual attorney fees, 2017
    • Obtained receiever on behalf of lender to liquidate collateral on $600,000 defaulted loan, 2013
    • Co-lead trial counsel on 2.5-day jury trial in Oakland County Circuit Court , 2018
    • $4-million judgment in favor of lender in breach of loan agreement claim, 2011
    • Obtained summary judgment in favor of client who was plaintiff-landlord in action for unpaid rent on a commercial lease.  In the bench trial of the damages issues, client obtained back rent, damages for repairs made, and contractual attorney fees., 2018
    • Settled claim on behalf of accounting firm client for past due audit fees, 2014
    • Settled lawsuit obtaining specific performance of land contract on behalf of plaintiff, 2014
    • Defended company in dispute with subcontractor that resulted in one-day arbitration.  Award was favorable to client, included recovery on counterclaim, and minimal recovery on claimant's claim against respondent., 2017


    • Negotiated $1.9-million refinance for commercial office building, 2015
    • Negotiated $2.55-million refinance for commercial office building, 2015
    • Negotiated $2.9-million refinance of commercial office property loan., 2016
    • Negotiated lease extension on behalf of commercial landlord, including resolution of past dispute over property maintenance and improvement issues, 2014
    • Negotiated $3-million refinance for commercial office building, 2015
    • Negotiated on behalf of lender assignment of $4-million loan agreement to third party buyer, 2013
    • Negotiated lease extension on behalf of landlord-client for major chain retaurant-tenant, which resolved existing disputes between landlord and tenant, 2013
    • Negotiated sale of residential rental property on behalf of owner, 2015
    • Obtained reversal on appeal of $100,000 judgment entered against client in trial court., 2015

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Trial counsel for plaitniffs in five-day bench trial on $10-million fraud claim, 2013
    • Represented Receiver in reorganization and sale of fast food franchise as going concern, 2012
    • Revised existing standard contract for Remodeler's Council of the Home Builders Association of Southeast Michigan for use by members to reflect changes in law and business concerns of members, 2014
    • Lead trial counsel for respondent in probate bench trial to specifically enforce codicil to will, 2012
    • Trial counsel for petitioners in probate bench trial to reform deed given by trustee, 2014
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    Office Location for Stephen McKenney

    401 South Old Woodward Avenue
    Birmingham, MI 48009

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    Last Updated: 4/28/2020

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