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Practice Areas: Estate and Trust Litigation, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Robert Zawideh is an attorney and shareholder in The Kemp Klein Law Firm, of which he has been a member since 2010.  Currently the head of Kemp Klein’s Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Zawideh primarily represents interested persons in high net worth trust and estate disputes.  This body of work is part of a 29-year history of successfully resolving complex litigation and business matters on behalf of individuals, businesses and municipalities. In addition to trust and estate litigation, Mr. Zawideh’s experience includes representing businesses and families involved in complex business and commercial litigation, employment 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 appeared in state and federal, trial or appellate courts in Michigan, Ohio, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Utah and Washington, D.C.

Mr. Zawideh was featured in the 2020 Michigan Edition of Leading Lawyers Magazine in the article, “Trust and Estate Lawyer Strives to Make a Lasting Difference.” He has been designated a “Leading Lawyer” in Civil Appellate Law, Commercial Litigation and Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law for the years 2018 to the present (a distinction granted to the top 1% of attorneys in Michigan). Mr. Zawideh is “AV” rated as “Preeminent”, the highest peer review rating for attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell, which recognizes lawyers for strong legal ability and high ethical standards. He was also selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the field of Litigation – Trusts and Estates (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of SC).

Probate and Trust Litigation: As a skilled and experienced trial and litigation attorney, Mr. Zawideh has successfully guided his clients through extremely difficult financial and emotional issues that are inherent in probate litigation involving 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:
Undue Influence: Rebutting the Need for the Presumption, Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 39, Summer 2002, No. 3
Taking Your Chances: Michigan Supreme Court Asks Kemp Klein to Submit Brief of Your Right to Look Before You Leap; Commentator, Fall 2019
Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission: SCOTUS Rules it’s About the Cake, Not the Customer; Commentator, Summer 2018
Drafting and Litigating In Terrorem Clauses: A Map Through the Minefield, Laches, Oakland County Bar Association, February 2018
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:
Zawideh Successfully Defends Trustee Against Claims of Fraud
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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