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MacWilliams Law PC

This is  not a traditional business law firm. After 15 years in high-profile traditional firms, in 2017, Sara MacWilliams started this firm to provide focused, stellar service to a select group of clients. Removing the infrastructure of a traditional firm and limiting the clients we work with allows us to deliver more solutions at lower prices, providing greater satisfaction all around. Since launching the firm, Sara has enjoyed a string of successful business disputes, high profile litigations, commercial real estate transactions and outside counsel work. Our 2020 success includes resolution of a complex business fraud case for millions of dollars; resolution of a shareholder oppression case for just under $1 million, and resolution of partnership dispute that resulted in our client taking sole ownership of the business. Other 2020 successes include successful completion of a estate sale of distressed commercial property which was approved for financing and closed in 30 days, and resolution of a two-year complex landlord-tenant dispute. 

Sara is consistently rated one of the top female attorneys in Michigan and employs a team of sharp, similarly dedicated staff. 

We represent a select roster of businesses and investors looking for focused, high-quality legal solutions crafted to their individual business and real estate needs. We often team up with co-counsel in order to provide a custom-designed team. 

 

Looking for help? Call us. If we're the right fit for you, we'd love to meet. 248.432.1586

 

PRACTICE

AREAS

Business Law

 

The firm routinely litigates and advises clients about disputes involving business relationships, real estate matters, contracts, business torts, healthcare business issues; trade secrets, non-compete agreements, and related disputes.

Complex Commercial and
Class Action Litigation
With extensive experience litigating multi-million dollar claims, both on the plaintiff and defense side, Ms. MacWilliams frequently litigates complex business matters.  She has considerable trial experience in federal and state courts as well as arbitration. 
Real Estate 
Extensive experience in commercial real estate issues that matter to businesses and business people, including management, contract review, leasing, transactions, loans, investing, and construction matters.  
Negotiation Support
After years of litigation, we have learned how to spot the early warning signs and work with business people to avoid a costly (in money and time) dispute that ends with no one really happy. Negotiation is not for everyone, but in the right cases, an early intervention can save the business and bring the best result for all parties. 
General Counsel Services 
Many small to mid-sized businesses utilize the firm for general counsel services. Honest advice for all legal concerns and immediate help finding the right specialists. 

Fully licensed to practice in the following jurisdictions:

  • All Michigan state courts

  • All Oregon state courts 

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan

  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan

  • United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • United States Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

  • United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana

We also work on real estate and business transactions with sophisticated clients all over the United States. Sara MacWilliams has appeared in courts throughout the United States and routinely achieves pro hac vice admission in additional jurisdictions.

 

Don't Take Our Word For It - Reviews of our work

Sara MacWilliams is consistently rated one of the top female attorneys in Michigan. 

Super Lawyers: Rising Star, 2010 - 2012; Super Lawyer, 2013 - 2020 

As seen in Hour Detroit Magazine: Top 50 women attorneys in Michigan since 2017

Avvo: Top rated attorney 

"The change upward for Ms. MacWilliams is recognition by this Court of an outstanding legal mind...For instance, defense made a lengthy motion for directed verdict, and without a note, she successfully refuted all the claims made with assurance and aplomb" Judge Edward Avadenka, Oakland County Circuit Court Case No. 08-093506-CZ, in his ruling awarding over $1 million in attorney fees to Ms. MacWilliams' clients.

 
Sara K. MacWilliams

Ms. MacWilliams is deeply involved in every matter we accept and enjoys meeting with clients at our private offices in Bloomfield Hills or at clients' offices. 

 

The firm routinely co-counsels with other law firms as needed, both to combine specialized expertise and serve as local counsel. 

We provide flexible billing arrangements for meritorious cases.

 

 

 

Legal Community Involvement 

  • Case Evaluator for Oakland County Circuit and District Courts

  • Member, Oakland County Bar Association

  • Barrister, Serving as Oakland County Inns of Court

  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan

  • Member and Speaker, Women Lawyers Association

  • Member and Author, Oakland County Real Estate Law Committee 

  • Nominated and accepted for membership in Fellows of the Michigan State Bar, July 2017

Publications:

Choices...Choices...Choices, How To Pick A Receiver, co-authored with Anissa Hudy (February 16, 2018) 

Court-Appointed Receivers, What You Need To Know, co-authored with Anissa Hudy (February 9, 2018) 

Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education How-To Kit, 2017

 

Court-Appointed Receivers, Clarification of Powers (Michigan Business Law Journal, Fall 2016)

Recovering Attorney Fees and Costs: What You Need To Know  (Michigan Bar Journal, September 2014)

"The Executive's Testimony," Hot Topics in Litigation, published by ExecSense on Amazon, 2015.

 

 

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