Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation
Richard Bisio is of counsel to the firm. He has litigated commercial disputes at all levels of the state and federal courts, administrative agencies and in arbitration. His cases involve contract, financing, real estate, partnership and corporate control disputes. He has represented lenders, borrowers, investors, developers and property managers in property disputes, including foreclosure, receivership and other litigation regarding troubled commercial, industrial and multi-family residential properties. He has experience with noncompetition agreements, trade secret disputes, property taxation, and products liability matters. Mr. Bisio has handled real property valuation, classification and special assessment appeals in the Michigan Tax Tribunal and appeals from tribunal decisions. He has served as a hearing referee in the small claims division of the tax tribunal, hearing and deciding valuation and exemption appeals.
He has appeared in administrative hearings before the Michigan Supreme Court to advocate rule changes and has drafted a number of proposals that the Court adopted through the years. The president of the State Bar appointed Mr. Bisio to the Appellate Delay Task Force in 2002, which examined ways of reducing delay in disposition of cases in the Michigan Court of Appeals. Since 1994 he has been the permanent reporter for the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the federal court in Detroit. In that capacity, he oversees the committee’s work in commenting on and proposing rule amendments and has been instrumental in an extensive revision of the local rules of that court. He is also a past member of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Advisory Committee and was instrumental in an extensive revision of that court’s rules.
Mr. Bisio recently completed three years of service on a special state bar committee to revise the civil discovery rules to make discovery less expensive and more efficient. The Michigan Supreme Court adopted the committee’s proposal, effecting a significant change in the management and expense of civil cases in Michigan. Mr. Bisio drafted large portions of the new rules.
Mr. Bisio has taught courses on civil procedure for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School. He maintains an “AV” peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest peer review rating for attorneys. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 in the fields of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Real Estate (Copyright 2021 by Woodward/White, Inc., of SC). He has also been listed as one of the top 5% of attorneys in Michigan by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine (2006-2012), published annually by Law & Politics. He has also been designated a “Leading Lawyer” in Commercial Litigation for the years 2014 to the present (a distinction granted to the top 1% of attorneys in Michigan).
J.D., Wayne State University, magna cum laude, 3rd in class, 1979
B.A. (mathematics), with honors, University of Michigan, 1970
Bar and Court Admissions:
State Bar of Michigan, 1979
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
Committee on Civil Procedure and Courts (Member since 1986, Chair 2002-2003);
Committee on the U.S. Courts (Member 1988-2007, Chair 2001-2002).
Oakland County Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Member, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter executive board from 1996 to 1999
Member of the planning committees for two federal bench-bar conferences.
Civil Procedure Before Trial; co-authored with Michigan Justice Maura D. Corrigan and Wayne Circuit Judge William J. Giovan (along with two other attorneys), published by West Group as part of their Michigan Practice Guide series. The two-volume treatise is a comprehensive reference for the civil trial preparation process.
Property tax classification appeals; Commentator, Summer 2011
Michigan seeking to reclassify industrial properties; Commentator, Winter 2010
“Record Subpoenas to Nonparties,” Michigan Bar Journal, January 1996
“Changes in Diversity Jurisdiction and Removal,” Michigan Bar Journal, October 1990
“Changes in Federal Diversity and Removal Jurisdiction,” Michigan Bar Journal, July 1989
“Federal Opinion Notes Column” in the Michigan Bar Journal (co-editor 1982-1991)
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