J. Adam Behrendt represents a variety of businesses in their day-to-day disputes. He focuses on finding pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to problems both large and small.
These matters often concern commercial law and contract disputes, land use, and affairs concerning shareholder and minority owner oppression. Adam has significant experience in assisting financial institutions in virtually all aspects of their business including litigation surrounding insolvency, loan workout and receivership matters, and issues regarding vendor management.
Adam also actively represents several international media companies in the outdoor advertising and cable industries related to zoning, land use, First Amendment rights, and other aspects of constitutional law. He has handled copyright and trademark infringement matters, successfully representing a global fast-food restaurant company in a trademark infringement action and defeating an international competitor's preliminary injunction motion.
He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2012 for Banking and Finance Litigation, he was listed as a "Top Lawyer" in 2016 by Metro Detroit business magazine, DBusiness, and he was listed in Michigan Super Lawyers in 2008.
Adam is active in the management of the firm, serving as a member of the Business Continuity Planning Committee, the Finance Committee, the Insurance, Loss Prevention and Conflicts Committee, and the Technology Committee.
Honors, Awards, and Recognition
- The Best Lawyers in America® 2012-2018, Litigation - Banking and Finance
- DBusiness Magazine "Top Lawyers" 2013-2017
- Michigan Super Lawyers, 2008
- Co-Author, The Use of Bifurcation and Direct Testimony Witness Statements in International Commercial Arbitration Proceedings, 20 JOURNAL OF INT'L ARBITRATION 295-305 (2003).
Sixth Circuit Rules that Bank Did Not Violate Equal Credit Opportunity Act in National Origin Discrimination CaseRepresented a bank at the federal trial and appellate court levels after a naturalized U.S. citizen from Iraq alleged that the lender had violated the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, 15 U.S.C. §1691, et seq., by discriminating against him on the basis of national origin when it refused to refinance a loan for a second time. 16630 Southfield Ltd. Partnership v. Flagstar Bank, F.S.B., 727 F.3d 502 (6th Cir. 2013).
Sixth Circuit Holds that High-Speed Internet Customers of Cable Provider Cannot Sue Company for Violating Cable Privacy LawsRepresented a cable company in a privacy dispute before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which held that the provider's high-speed internet customers cannot sue the company for privacy violations under the Cable Communications Policy Act ("the Cable Act"), 47 U.S.C. § 551, because broadband internet access is not "cable service." Klimas v. Comcast Cable Communications, Inc., No. 03-2012, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 24366 (6th Cir. Sept. 28, 2006).
Trial Court Holds that Property Dispute over Media Company's Use of a Billboard on Property Is a Lease and Not a LicenseRepresented a billboard media group in a property dispute where the landlord framed a decades-long rent payment dispute as a licensing issue than a leasing issue in attempts to gain greater payments, but the court found that the relationship was a landlord-tenant relationship and not a licensor-licensee one. Cecil v. Viacom Outdoor Group, Inc., No. 05-71805, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19361 (E.D. Mich. Sept. 8, 2005).
Federal Trial Court Finds Amount-in-Controversy Requirement Not Satisfied in Consumer Class Action LawsuitDefended a cable internet service provider in a consumer class action lawsuit filed in federal district court where the trial court found that the plaintiff did not satisfy the amount-in-controversy requirement needed for diversity jurisdiction. Mentzel v. Comcast Cable Communications, 222 F. Supp. 2d 923 (E.D. Mich. 2002).
National Fast-Food Restaurant Loses Attempt to Obtain Preliminary Injunction Against Competitor in Trademark Infringement ActionRepresented an American global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants against the world's largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants in a trademark infringement action related to its "Big Kid's Meal" mark, and successfully defeating plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction to have defendant cease its "Big Kid's Meal" campaign. McDonald’s Corp. v. Burger King Corp., 87 F. Supp. 2d 722 (E.D. Mich. 1999).
- 08/15/201746 Bodman PLC Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America List
- 07/26/2017Bodman PLC and Susan M. Kornfield Recognized for Trademark Law Excellence by Managing Intellectual Property
- 02/24/2017J. Adam Behrendt Joins Bodman Executive Committee
- 11/17/201627 Bodman Attorneys named “Top Lawyers 2017” by DBusiness Magazine
- 08/16/201642 Bodman Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers in America List
- University of Illinois Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
- Michigan State University, B.A., with high honor
- State Bar of Michigan
- Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA)