Robert Zawideh
Direct Dial Number: 248.619.2599
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Practice Areas: Probate and Trust Litigation, Commercial and Construction Litigation, Franchise Law, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Robert Zawideh has been a member of Kemp Klein Law Firm since 2010, primarily representing interested persons in high net worth trust and estate disputes. This body of work is part of a 26 year history of successfully resolving complex litigation and business matters on behalf of individuals, businesses and municipalities. Mr. Zawideh’s experience includes representing business and families involved in estate and post-death disputes, complex business and commercial litigation, construction claims, franchise matters, real estate claims and contract disputes. Robert Zawideh’s litigation practice has taken him before Michigan’s trial and appellate courts, including the Michigan Supreme Court, as well as before federal courts, state courts and arbitration panels across the United States. He has been admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan, Ohio, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Utah and Washington, D.C. Mr. Zawideh has attained an “AV” peer review rating of “Preeminent” with Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest peer review rating for attorneys.

Probate and Trust Litigation: As a skilled and experienced litigator and trial attorney, Mr. Zawideh has successfully guided his clients through extremely difficult financial and emotional issues that are inherent in probate litigation. These cases involve will and trust contests, accounting disputes, as well as guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.

Commercial and Franchise Litigation: From simple breach of contract actions to complex franchise litigation, Mr. Zawideh has effectively represented his clients’ business interests before private arbitration panels, as well as trial and appellate courts in the metropolitan Detroit area and across the United States. Mr. Zawideh has argued and tried cases involving fraud, misrepresentation, construction law claims, breaches of noncompete agreements and violations of various state franchise investment laws at all levels of the judicial system.

Education:
J.D., Wayne State University Law School, 1990
B.A., James Madison College of Michigan State University, 1987
(Justice, Morality & Constitutional Democracy)

Bar and Court Admissions:
State Bar of Michigan, 1990
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships:
State Bar of Michigan
Oakland County Bar Association
Fellow, Oakland County Bar Foundation
Arab-American Bar Association

Articles:
Conflicts of Interest in Estate Planning and Litigation (Or “How Many Hats Are Too Many?”), Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 36, Winter 2016, No. 1
When the right court may be the wrong court; Commentator, Fall 2010

Success Stories:
May and Zawideh obtain $2.6 million settlement in probate matter
May, Zawideh and Nahhat obtain $1.9 million settlement in probate matter
Zawideh successfully defends franchisee from noncompete claim by franchisor
Buttiglieri and Zawideh successfully defend son’s inheritance
Zawideh Enforces Subcontractor’s Claim against General Contractor
Zawideh Wipes Out Almost $100,000 in Debt
Zawideh succeeds in getting over $240,000 released to client in construction case
Zawideh and Bisio Reinstate Guardianship and Conservatorship Petitions
Zawideh and Bisio defeat efforts to sanction their clients
Zawideh gets large collection case thrown out of court
May and Zawideh convince court to find defendant in contempt and default him for violating injunction


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