Timothy Young


Equity Partner
Livonia Office
P 734.261.2400
F 734.261.4510
tyoung@cmda-law.com

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  Related Practice Areas
Insurance Coverage, Analysis and Litigation
Municipal Law
Utility Law
Subrogation


  Related Industry Groups
Insurance
Municipalities
Utilities


Summary of Experience
Timothy Young joined the Firm in 1985 as an associate in our Livonia office. He was made Partner in 1989 and has been an Equity Partner of the Firm since 1993. He preceded Joe Seward as the Managing Partner of the Firm for a period of seven years.

Prior to joining CMDA, Tim was the manager of in-house counsel for an insurance company, which is where he learned all about insurance companies from the inside, how they operate and how to successfully represent them.

Tim loves the law and is devoted to obtaining the best possible outcome for his client. He explains, “Being a lawyer, I am fortunate to develop so many business relationships that, over time, develop into friendships. The law is not static and it is certainly not boring. Many of my cases are like watching a movie or reading a book involving a mystery thriller. As the case begins and as it develops, I have to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together in order to tell our story of what happened and why. We live through our own thrilling drama in these cases.”

He has been complimented a number of times for the creativity and strategy that he brings to his clients. Tim has been further complimented for not only recommending new and different strategies to obtain the best result, but for also delivering the favorable result of those strategies. He concentrates his practice on utility law, commercial litigation, municipal law, insurance coverage disputes and insurance defense litigation. Over the course of his career, Tim has handled more than 35 jury trials in both State and Federal courts.

Tim has extensive experience in successfully negotiating and preparing contracts with cable companies, school districts, utilities, wireless telecommunications providers and municipalities. He has served as the lead trial attorney in litigation involving unique issues regarding the transmission and delivery of electricity. In addition, he has been extremely successful in winning contract disputes for his clients resulting in favorable awards involving millions of dollars. He has developed a specialized expertise in the complicated law of indemnity.

With his “open door” policy, Tim is a mentor at the Firm to his fellow partners and also to associate attorneys. He has boundless energy for his clients, the Firm and his family. He enjoys all sporting activities especially playing golf, racquetball and fitness workouts at the Detroit Athletic Club where he is a member.

He can be reached at (734) 261-2400 or tyoung@cmdalaw.com.

Education

Juris Doctor
Detroit College of Law

Bachelor of Arts
Marquette University
Major: Philosophy

Honors

Selected as a Top Lawyer in Insurance Law by DBusiness magazine, 2014

Representative Cases

Strategy:

In Cooksey v City of Detroit and CMDA’s client, Plaintiff’s attorney filed a wrongful death claim as a result of an electrocution. Discovery confirmed that the electrical equipment at fault was owned by the City of Detroit, not CMDA’s client. It was obvious that the City’s attempt to transfer blame to CMDA’s client would significantly increase the exposure for both Defendants and the cost of litigation, especially since Plaintiff’s attorney was Geoffrey Fieger.

CMDA’s Tim Young and his client devised the strategy to negotiate a settlement with Plaintiff’s counsel for both Defendants, notify the City of this intent, and invite the City to participate, which they predictably declined. A reasonable settlement was obtained, and Mr. Young ought recovery from the City for the full amount of the settlement plus costs and interest. The strategy worked to perfection with summary judgment entered in favor of CMDA’s client for the full amount of the settlement. Statutory interest adds $1 million to the recovery in favor of the CMDA client.

Indemnification:

In Fields v a CMDA client, a child was electrocuted when he contacted a fallen electrical wire while walking in the woods. Discovery revealed that the electrical conductor came down as a result of the contractor trimming trees which resulted in a large tree limb falling on and damaging the client's electrical conductor.

CMDA and Tim Young proved these facts and won summary judgment against the contractor, resulting in complete indemnification for settlement of the wrongful death claim in the amount of $2,250,000 plus costs, interest and attorney fees in the amount of $675,000.


Commercial Litigation:

In Concord v Comcast, CMDA’s client sought an accounting of funds collected by Comcast and reimbursement of sums due as a result of revenue sharing contracts between the two parties involving multiple apartment complexes. In a Court Order that CMDA’s clients were entitled to the accounting which then led to settlement of the claim in favor of CMDA’s client through alternative dispute resolution.

Commercial Dispute:

Professional Underwriters, Inc. sued CMDA’s client for termination of professional underwriters services selling professional liability insurance policies for an insurance program managed by by the client. Professional Underwriters alleged claims of unfair trade practices, anti-trust violations, and claims of conspiracy and tortious interference with a business relationship since Professional Underwriters’ former employee, Jeffrey Sternick, left the employment of Professional Underwriters after having been unfairly treated, and was established as an agent to sell professional underwriter policies for the client.

Utilizing an aggressive strategy through discovery depositions and motion practice, CMDA and Tim Young were able to show that all of Professional Underwriters’ claims were without merit resulting in a complete dismissal by orders granting summary judgment.

In CMDA Client v The Used Car Factory, Tim Young represented the Plaintiffs to obtain recovery for uninsured motorists benefits, no-fault personal insurance protection (PIP) benefits, and workers’ compensation insurance benefits payable to Eugene Bunt as a result of a motor vehicle accident with Michael Klecha. CMDA asserted that the vehicle operated by Michael Klecha was, in fact, owned by Defendant, The Used Car Factory, since the Defendant failed to comply with the statutory requirements for transferring title to the vehicle. CMDA successfully obtained full recovery for its client based upon the doctrine of equitable subrogation in establishing new law in the Michigan Supreme Court.

Additional Jurisdictions and Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Memberships and Associations

Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
Defense Research Institute
State Bar of Michigan
Association of Defense Counsel

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