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Gregory D. Hanley

As Managing Partner and the leader of the Firm's litigation practice, Greg Hanley applies over 26 years of complex commercial litigation experience to the problems of the Firm's clients.

Greg has tried many cases, and has experience in a wide range of substantive areas, including antitrust, banking, construction, securities, contracts, accounting and legal malpractice, insurance, real estate, corporate and business law.  He has acted as class counsel in numerous certified class actions.  He also is actively involved in the Firm's real estate tax appeals practice.
 
Greg is no stranger to either side of the courtroom, having defended large corporations in many matters and also represented many business and consumer plaintiffs, often on a contingent fee basis.  Greg's current cases include a certified class action on behalf of national and local rental car companies challenging certain tourist taxes being used by the State of Arizona to finance a new stadium for the Arizona Cardinals, class actions challenging certain stormwater management charges imposed by the cities of Detroit, Dearborn, and Oak Park, and class actions challenging the water and/or sewer rates imposed by Brighton Township, Waterford Township, Westland and Taylor.
 
Greg has had much recent success representing commercial and other plaintiffs. In June 2017, the Oakland County Circuit Court approved a $2 million settlement in a class action against the City of Royal Oak challenging certain stormwater management charges imposed upon the City’s water and sewer customers.  In December 2016, the Wayne County Circuit Court approved a $5 million settlement in a class action against the City of Detroit which alleged that the City was overcharging for private fire line service.  In April 2015, the Oakland County Circuit Court approved a $4.2 million settlement in a class action Greg handled against the City of Ferndale which challenged that city’s stormwater management charges.  Greg settled a similar case against the City of Birmingham in early 2016, with the Court approving a $2.8 million settlement.  In June 2014, the Arizona Tax Court ruled that the tourist taxes imposed by the State of Arizona to finance the Arizona Cardinals’ stadium were unconstitutional, a ruling which Greg believes ultimately will require Arizona to refund in excess of $100 million to the rental car companies.  In a class action settlement with Oakland Township approved by the Oakland County Circuit Court in October 2014, Greg recovered in excess of $2.8 million for a class of persons and entities who paid certain "water fees" to that Township between 1998 and 2013.  In February 2012, Greg settled a Headlee Amendment class action against the City of Detroit which challenged certain solid waste inspection fees imposed by the City on commercial property owners, resulting in a class recovery of $4.2 million.  In September 2010, Greg obtained a declaratory judgment vindicating his client’s royalty interest in the revenues associated with the operation of a deep-injection liquid waste disposal facility.  In September 2006, after a two week trial in federal court in Oregon, Greg obtained a judgment on a jury verdict (including interest and attorney fees) in excess of $1.6 million in a product warranty case, and settled a hotly-contested partnership dispute (after a successful trip to the Michigan Supreme Court), resulting in our client receiving $1 million.  In early 2007, Greg procured an order of specific performance on behalf of Kmart compelling an Illinois landlord to sell a certain store location to Kmart pursuant to an option provision in Kmart's lease.  In the last ten years, Greg has achieved many additional multi-million dollar settlements, but confidentiality agreements insisted upon by defendants in those cases preclude us from specifically describing those results or further crowing about those achievements.
 
Greg’s successes on the defense side include obtaining a judgment of no-cause of action after a lengthy bench trial in a contract case for a "Tier One" auto supplier, obtaining the dismissal of a federal securities class action against a public software company and obtaining dismissal of a federal antitrust suit brought by the National Hockey League Players Association against the Ontario Hockey League and its member teams.  In 2007 and 2008, Greg acted as Michigan counsel to CompUSA, Inc., handling various real estate litigation matters arising out of its liquidation process.
 
Greg also has an active appeals practice, and, among other successes, has obtained from the Michigan Supreme Court two peremptory reversals of decisions of the Michigan Court of Appeals.
 
Greg cut his teeth and matured as an attorney in two large corporate law firms.  Prior to the establishment of Kickham Hanley in 1999, Greg was a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, in Detroit, Michigan.  Before his tenure at the Honigman firm, Mr. Hanley was an attorney in the Chicago office of Mayer Brown LLP, one of the world’s largest law firms.
 
Greg is proud to possess two degrees from Wayne State University .  He is a 1989 magna cum laude graduate of the Wayne Law School , where he was a member of the Wayne Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.  He received his B.A. magna cum laude in Economics from Wayne in 1986, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
 

 

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