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

Trial attorney Robert Zawideh represents interested persons in high net worth trust and probate estate disputes. For over 28 years, Mr. Zawideh has successfully tried and resolved complex litigation and business matters on behalf of individuals, businesses and municipalities. Mr. Zawideh’s experience includes representing businesses 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 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.

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

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:
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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