Our Members

our members jim wilson

James D. Wilson

Member

Direct: (313) 983-1234

Overview

Jim practices in the areas of insurance coverage, commercial litigation, contract litigation, and commercial transactional law.  He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law.  Wilson earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.  He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1988, has participated in several American Bar Association committees and workshops, and is a frequent speaker at insurance coverage events, including before the Reinsurance Committee of Lloyd’s, London, RIMS, and insurance coverage conferences.

Services
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Litigation
  • Contract Development
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Agents and Broker
  • Insurance Coverage
    • Aviation
    • Business Interruption and Time Element
    • Casualty
    • Commercial Crime
    • Cyber
    • Directors and Officers
    • Environmental and Toxic Tort Liability
    • Food Contamination and Recall
    • Products Liability
    • Professional Liability
    • Property
Education
  • University of Michigan, B.A., Political Science, 1977
  • University of Detroit School of Law, J.D., 1987
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Michigan, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1992
Career Highlights
  • $1.7 million recovery for manufacturer accused of slogan and trade dress infringements;
  • $1.2 million recovery for policyholder under computer fraud portion of commercial crime policy;
  • $44 million recovery for pharmaceutical company relating to product liability claims;
  • $300 million recovery for toxic tort claims against food product manufacturer;
  • $2.3 million recovery for trucking company in asbestos claim;
  • $4.6 million recovery for manufacturer arising from claimed copyright infringements;
  • $2.7 million recovery for business interruption claim resulting from furnace explosion;
  • $125 million recovery for time element loss sustained by auto manufacturer;
  • $3.6 million recovery for policyholder against insurance broker; and
  • $20 million recovery for insurance broker against former employees for breach of employment agreements.
Awards
  • Lawyers of Distinction, 2018
  •  Martindale-Hubbell
    • AV Preeminent rating, 1992 to present
    • Judicial AV Preeminent, 2015 to present
  • Super Lawyers, 2011 to present
Affiliations
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Detroit Economic Club
  • Greater Detroit Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Risk & Insurance Management Society
Community Involvement
  • American Cancer Society
  • Forgotten Harvest
  • Livonia Patriots Baseball
  • St. Patrick Church
  • St. Patrick School
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association
Former Employment
  • Plunkett Cooney, Shareholder, 1987 to 2004
  • Auto Club of Michigan, Claim Representative, 1978 to 1987
our members doug young

Douglas Young

Member

Direct: (313) 983-1235 

Overview

Doug practices in the areas of insurance coverage, commercial litigation and insurance agency regulatory law. He is a 1990 cum laude graduate of the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University College of Law). Doug earned his undergraduate degree in 1984 from Wayne State University. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1990 and the Illinois Bar in 1991. Doug has been a speaker at numerous insurance-related programs, including the Michigan Association of Insurance Agents’ (MAIA) Annual Convention, RIMS Annual Meeting, and the State Bar of Michigan Insurance and Indemnity Section Annual Meeting. He is a past board member of the State Bar of Michigan Insurance and Indemnity Section. Doug is also a past President of the Michigan Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).

Services
  • ADR Facilitator and Mediator in Insurance Coverage Disputes

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Facilitation / Mediation)

  • Business Litigation

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Insurance Agents and Broker Liability

  • Insurance Coverage

    • Automobile Liability 
    • Builder’s Risk
    • Business Interruption
    • Commercial Automobile 
    • Commercial Crime
    • Commercial General Liability
    • Cyber Risk
    • Directors and Officers
    • Employment Practices Liability
    • Excess / Umbrella Liability
    • Food Contamination (E. Coli, Listeria and Hepatitis A)
    • Marine
    • Pollution
    • Product Liability
    • Professional Liability
    • Property
    • Workers’ Compensation
Education
  • Wayne State University, Criminal Justice, B.S., 1984
  • Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1990
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Michigan, 1990
  • Illinois, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals:
    • Sixth Circuit
    • Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts:
    • Michigan, Eastern District
    • Michigan, Western District
    • Illinois, Northern District 
    • Ohio, Northern District
    • Ohio, Southern District
    • Kentucky, Eastern District
    • Indiana, Northern District
Career Highlights
  • 2016 - $9.5 Million settlement for client in a Builder’s Risk (Construction) insurance claim
  • 2015 - $7.25 Million trial verdict for client in commercial contract litigation
  • 2012 - $5.0 Million pre-trial settlement for client in Professional Liability insurance coverage litigation 
  • Numerous successful resolutions of insurance claims and litigation 
Awards
  • Super Lawyers, 2012 to present
  • DBusiness Top Lawyer, 2016 to present
Affiliations
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Illinois
  • American Bar Association
  • Michigan Association of Insurance Agents
  • Risk & Insurance Management Society
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Michigan, Past President
Community Involvement
  • Salvation Army
  • Dollars for Scholars
  • The Rainbow Connection
Former Employment
  • Meadowbrook Insurance Group; Vice President and Assistant General Counsel; 1994 – 2004
  • Plunkett & Cooney, P.C.; Associate; 1990 – 1994
our members mike costello

Michael G. Costello

Member

Direct: (313) 983-1240 

Overview

Mike practices in the areas of insurance coverage, corporate governance and regulatory compliance, commercial agreements and litigation, mergers and acquisitions, employment, error and omission disputes, reinsurance and insurance regulatory law. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Mike earned his undergraduate degree in 1982 from Marquette University. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1985. Mike has been a speaker at numerous corporate governance, and employment, as well as insurance-related programs relating to the Association of Corporate Counsel, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, and the Insurance Institute of Michigan.  He is a past board member of the Association of Corporate Counsel (Michigan Chapter) and the Insurance Institute of Michigan.

Services
  • ADR Facilitator and Mediator in Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Facilitation / Mediation)
  • Confidentiality & Non-Competition Agreements
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Compliance & Litigation
  • Reinsurance 
  • Agent and Broker Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage 
    • Automobile Liability 
    • Construction
    • Commercial Crime
    • Commercial General Liability
    • Cyber Risk
    • Directors and Officers
    • Employment Practices Liability
    • Excess / Umbrella Liability
    • Health Care  
    • Pollution
    • Product Liability
    • Professional Liability
    • Property
    • Workers’ Compensation
  • Insurance Regulatory Consulting for Insurance Companies/Agents
Education
  • Marquette University, B.A., 1982
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., 1985
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Michigan, 1985
  • U.S. District Courts:
    • Michigan Eastern District
Career Highlights
  • Managed the legal department of a public company, and successfully defended two shareholder class actions & SEC inquiries, coverage and bad faith litigation across the United States, reinsurance disputes and employment and commercial litigation
  • Led the Company’s legal department through thirteen acquisitions, two public company mergers and several insurance agency acquisitions
  • Filed and successfully appeared before Insurance Departments for several Form A filings and hearings, as well as Form D filings
  • Served as the Compliance Officer for an insurance holding company system, and assisted with responding to consumer regulatory complaints
  • Managed former public company’s human resources, claims and internal audit departments
  • Led the purchase of the company’s healthcare, automobile, umbrella, liability, property, cyber, employment, errors & omissions, directors & officer’s insurance     
Awards
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Leader in the Law, 2008
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Time & Talent, 2012
Affiliations
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Michigan, Past President & Director
  • ACC Foundation, Michigan Chapter, Past President & Director
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Alumni Association, Past President & Director
  • Dean’s Advisory Board, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (2016 - Present)
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation, Past Director
  • Insurance Institute of Michigan, Past Director & Executive Committee Member
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Insurance LLM Program (2012-Present)
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (Past Member)
  • Evan’s Scholar Committee, Oakland Hills Country Club (2016 – Present)
Community Involvement
  • St Hugo of the Hills (PTO)
  • Coach, USA Eagles ’91 Hockey Team
  • University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Assistant Coach
  • Mike and Linda Costello Fund, Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan
  • ACC Foundation(Michigan), Past President & Director
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Alumni Association, Past President & Director
  • Oakland County Bar Foundation (Past Director)
  • Evan’s Scholar Committee, Oakland Hills Country Club
  • Cranbrook Chase Homeowners Association, Director
Former Employment
  • Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Inc. Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary (2015- 2016)  
  • Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Inc. Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary (1996-2015)
  • Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Inc. (Assistant General Counsel (1993-1996)
  • Plunkett Cooney, Shareholder (1990-1993)
  • Plunkett Cooney, Associate (1985-1990)