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Richard E. Segal



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Practice Areas:

Real Estate; Litigation; Business; Contracts; Employment; General Civil; Landlord and Tenant Law; Arbitration; Appellate Practice; Commercial Law; Small Business Law; Commercial Real Estate; Estate Planning


Richard is a civil litigation and trial attorney with more than thirty years of experience arguing all aspects of business and commercial litigation of varying complexity in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as before the various administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals. He has represented clients in a broad spectrum of industries such as financial services, real estate, health care, manufacturing, communications, advertising, print and broadcast media, insurance, construction, and food and beverage manufacturing, among others.Richard represents a wide range of business clients, including public and private companies, professionals and individuals, many engaged in national and international business activities. His clients include out-of-state and international entities seeking local representation. He has handled numerous genres of business litigation, including shareholder, partner and limited liability company member disputes, Uniform Commercial Code disputes,unfair competition, trade name disputes and franchise litigation. Richard also focuses his practice in real estate matters. In the past decade, he has been extensively involved in all aspects of mortgage fraud litigation for several national lenders, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as the FDIC. He is also a licensed real estate broker.

Richard’s areas of expertise include an emphasis on construction litigation, including arbitration, and mediation of disputes on public and private works involving construction defects, professional liability of architects and engineers, latent and patent defects, extra work claims, changed conditions claims, delay claims, defective work claims, mechanic’s liens and stop notice claims, and surety bond claims.

In the employment field, Richard has represented both employers and employees in a multitude of different labor and employment matters, including claims of unlawful discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, breach of contract, defamation, violation of non-competition and trade secret agreements and Labor Code violations. He has successfully resolved statutory claims, such as FMLA, wage and hour claims and administrative complaints.

Prior to his current position as president of Richard E. Segal & Associates, which he has held for over 20 years, Richard was an associate attorney at a large Detroit-based national law firm, and then a partner in a suburban Detroit real estate and litigation boutique firm.


1981, Michigan; 1983, California; Arizona, 2010

Law School:

University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude, 1981


University of Michigan, B.A., with honors, 1977


Oakland County and American (Member, Section on Litigation) Bar Associations; State Bar of Michigan (Member, Real Property Section); State Bar of California.

Place of birth:

Chicago, Illinois