Mr. Wais concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, business & corporate law, and employment law.

He received a B.A. in 1986 from the University of Michigan and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School in 1991. While in law school, he was a member of the Order of the Coif and an Associate Editor for the Wayne Law Review from 1989 to 1991. Mr. Wais works with clients to find the most cost effective resolution to disputes and then aggressively pursues litigation where necessary always keeping open the potential for an amicable resolution while being certain that the case is prepared for trial. He has tried many cases through verdict in both state and federal courts as well as before the American Arbitration Association and has argued numerous appeals in both the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio. He also works with corporate clients and individuals to assist them in all aspects of their business and other endeavors including employment issues, contract negotiation, purchase and sale agreements and other corporate and business matters.

  • Practice Areas

  • Education

    • Wayne State University Law School, 1991
      • J.D., magna cum laude
    • University of Michigan, 1986
      • B.A.
  • Admissions

    • Michigan, 1991
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1994
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1991
  • Professional Accomplishments

    • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Memberships

    • American Bar Association
  • Representative Matters

    • Representation of beneficiary of a life insurance policy - Obtained summary judgment in client’s favor in excess of $9,000,000, included defeating each attempt by the insurance company to void the insurance policy for inter alia, alleged fraud, misrepresentation, lack of an insurable interest and failure to provide all documents required to make a claim under the policy. Judgment included statutory penalty interest at 12% as Court rejected insurance company’s efforts to avoid penalty interest.
    • Representation of bank - Obtained summary disposition in bank’s favor of a $1,000,000 claim against the bank where the bank sold publicly traded stock that was held as collateral for a defaulted loan in a private bulk sale at approximately $1,000,000 less than the publicly traded stock price. Representation included argument before the Michigan Court of Appeals where the summary disposition was upheld.
    • Representation of company - Obtained jury verdict after a 4-day trial of over $1,300,000 plus case evaluation sanctions. Company alleged that it asked its insurance agent to insure it in the amount necessary to be able to rebuild its building and replace its inventory in the event of a total loss. The over $1,300,000 jury verdict represented the amount over and above the amounts of the insurance that was actually provided. Representation included argument before the Michigan Court of Appeals where the jury verdict was upheld.
    • Representation of investor - Obtained settlement of over $1,100,000 from broker and security company involving complex tax “investment.”
    • Representation of company - Obtained jury verdict after a 4-day trial of over $997,000 including interest for fire loss damages that were denied by the insurance company. The verdict was obtained after successfully negotiating payment of over $1,500,000 for items that the insurance company eventually agreed to pay and after winning summary judgment of another $230,000 that the insurance company refused to pay. Representation included argument before the Michigan Court of Appeals where the jury verdict was upheld.
    • Representation of partners - Obtained arbitration award after 2-day American Arbitration Association hearing that effectively dismissed million dollar claims of the son of the former 50% owner of the business and terminated son’s management of the business in favor of his partners.
    • Representation of company - Obtained $3,875,000 arbitration award after a 12-day arbitration from a three person American Arbitration Association panel in favor of company against a large publicly traded company that improperly pulled business away from our client and brought it in-house. The verdict was obtained despite the panel knowing that, on the first day of arbitration, our client would have accepted a settlement of less than $2,900,000.
    • Representation of minority partner - After defeating summary dismissal attempts, obtained settlement whereby majority partner forfeited 40% of his interest in a real estate partnership to minority partner, causing client to become majority partner of partnership whose real estate holdings were worth in excess of $8,000,000 at the time of the settlement.
    • Representation of sales representative - Obtained $1,100,000 jury verdict after a 10-day trial for unpaid commissions where the defendant rejected a $250,000 offer on the day the complaint was filed. Representation included argument before the Michigan Court of Appeals where the jury verdict was upheld.
    • Representation of land owners/developers - Obtained settlement of over $4,500,000 in dispute with lender, after taking over the case when client’s case had been dismissed for failure to state a claim in its second amended complaint filed by another law firm. Settled after avoiding dismissal of third amended complaint.
  • Accolades

Michael F. Wais

450 West Fourth Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067-2557
Office: (248) 723-0361
Cell: (313) 530-1118
Fax: (248) 645-1568