Detroit attorney joins Grand Rapids office

Thomas J. Vitale, a Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C. attorney from Detroit, has joined their office in Grand Rapids as co-group leader. Vitale has extensive trial and appellate experience as a litigator, representing clients in both state and federal courts. His commercial focus is primarily on construction, banking, manufacturing and real estate.

Richard A. Glaser, managing partner of the Grand Rapids office, views Vitale’s presence in Kotz Sangster’s West Michigan office to be critical to the firm’s regional growth.

“Tom’s entrepreneurial attitude is an ideal fit for West Michigan business. He understands the clients’ needs and responds with sound advice and winning strategies. His diverse commercial skill set will also support our Southwest Michigan offices in Niles, Buchanan, St. Joseph and South Haven.”

Having received an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law, Vitale was an associate editor for the Michigan State Law Review. In his practice, he represents banks and other financial service providers with banking litigation, as well as national and local construction companies, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in construction and real estate disputes. He has handled claims in arbitration, mediation and civil litigation involving non-competition agreements, business tort claims, disputes under the UCC, automotive supply chain disputes, tooling disputes and commercial collections.

Vitale is an active member of the community. He is a graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit Class. In addition, he has participated in The Salvation Army Outdoors Program, the Starting With One scholarship, and the Brother Rice Alumni Association where he served as President for the past year. 

“I am looking forward to building Kotz Sangster’s practice here in Grand Rapids and engaging with community organizations to address local challenges. My wife, Carlie, and I are delighted to have the opportunity to be here in Grand Rapids.”

Sean P. McNally, a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors, anticipates Tom’s skill set to have great synergy with the West Michigan market. 

“Being born and raised in Grand Rapids, I strongly believe Tom’s skill set and community commitment will help us in our continued success in West Michigan.  Tom is a proven problem solver who knows how to add value to entrepreneurial business by taking practical approaches to complex problems.”

Founded in 1978, Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C. is a firm of more than 35 attorneys with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Niles, Buchanan, St. Joseph and South Haven.  The firm is powered by its commitment to provide superior client service with consistently favorable results, in an environment of continuous professional growth.  Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C. is a member of Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW), a global association of over 100 independent law firms located in 180 major commercial centers in 60 countries throughout the world. 

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