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Brian E. Etzel

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Brian specializes in business litigation, with extensive experience representing and counseling individuals and privately held companies in shareholder and corporate governance disputes, often involving shareholder oppression, shareholder derivative rights, business valuations, buy-sell agreements, and employment and non-compete issues. Brian has also represented landowners and real estate developers in a variety of land use contexts, including zoning, eminent domain, construction litigation and property tax appeals.

For more than 20 years, Brian has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout Michigan, as well as bankruptcy courts, administrative tribunals, and arbitration. Brian has been honored by his peers through his inclusion on the list of Michigan Super Lawyers each year since 2013. Several of his successful case results over the years have been featured on the annual list of top settlements and verdicts published in Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • German American Chamber of Commerce – Michigan Chapter

Community/Civic Activities

  • Executive Board, Charlotte’s Wings

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Michigan Political Leadership Program (2007)
  • Michigan Super Lawyers (2013 to present)
  • Michigan Super Lawyers – Rising Stars (2008)


  • State of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

News & Insights

Articles & Publications

  • “The Money’s Gone! Prosecuting ERISA Fiduciary Liability Claims: A Road Map for Bankruptcy Trustees,” American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal, Summer 2010

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  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1995
    • Member, University of Detroit Mercy Law Review
  • Hope College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government, 1991
    • 4-year letter winner, Hope College Football (all-conference selection, 1989-90)
    • Washington Honors Semester 1990