Business Courts: Past, Present, and Future


– Photo by John Meiu

The State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section’s Commercial Litigation Committee and the Small Business Forum presented “Business Courts: Past, Present, Future” on Thursday, March 29, at Columbia Center in Troy.

Taking part in the program were (left to right) Dan Sharkey of Brooks, Wilkins, Sharkey, & Turco PLLC; Macomb County Circuit Court Judge John Foster, speaker; Oakland County Circuit Court Administrator Kevin Oeffner; Diane Akers of Bodman PLC; Doug Toering of Toering Law Firm PLLC, moderator; Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren, speaker; Kent County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Yates, speaker; and Michael F. Gadola with the Office of the Governor-Legal Division, speaker.

The program provided insight into Macomb County Circuit Court’s Specialized Business Docket, effective November 2011; how Kent County Circuit Court launched its own business docket; and what Oakland County Circuit Court has planned.

An update on what’s happening with business court legislation in Lansing was also provided.