ONE BILLION RECOVERED
IN VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS
Welcome to Mantese Honigman
Mantese Honigman, PC is relentless in the pursuit of justice. We concentrate our practice in six major areas:
- Business litigation. This includes lawsuits, arbitration, and appeals arising from disputes involving corporations, LLCs, and partnerships; claims for breach of fiduciary duties and breach of contract; company breakups and business divorces; trade secret litigation; and real estate disputes.
- Business transactional matters. This includes negotiating and drafting shareholder and operating agreements, employment agreements, restrictive covenants, sale and transfer agreements, and similar contracts or agreements relating to all manner of corporations, LLCs, and partnerships.
- Real estate matters. We have extensive experience in real estate litigation and real estate transactions.
- Health care law and licensing issues. This includes peer review and licensing / credentialing disputes, as well as negotiation and litigation of disputes relating to joining, leaving, dividing, and dissolving health care practices.
- White collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations. This includes representation of individuals and corporations in the defense of financial crimes, government investigations, grand jury investigations, negotiated resolutions and federal jury trials.
- Class actions. We participate as both lead counsel and co-counsel in selected class actions.
Through our passion, hard work, and dedication to our clients, we have recovered more than $1 Billion for our clients while defending other clientele against baseless lawsuits.
Litigation – Recent Achievements
Our team routinely secures substantial settlements and trial victories. Some of our recent achievements include the following:
$35.4 Million Arbitration Award Obtained – September 2021
In this case, MH represented two shareholders who sued to assert their rights under a shareholders’ agreement that allowed them to redeem their shares in the company upon resignation. The remaining shareholder refused to honor the agreement and argued that it was ambiguous. With the parties too far apart to settle, MH attorney Gerard Mantese and colleagues tried the case in a four-day arbitration hearing and prevailed, securing an award of $35.4 Million for MH’s clients.
$40 Million Recovery – July 2021
This recovery arose out of a dispute involving a family real estate empire. MH’s client alleged that the brother in control of the company was engaging in oppressive conduct by, among other things, over-charging for services. After participating in both mediation and arbitration, MH attorneys Gerard Mantese, Douglas Toering and Terry Osgood secured a recovery of over $40 Million in cash and real property.
$9.6 Million Lawsuit Dismissed – August 2021
While MH often represents plaintiffs in business litigation matters, MH attorneys also leverage their knowledge of corporate and fiduciary relationships to provide skillful and detailed legal defense. In this case, MH represented the founder, majority shareholder and President of a multi-national construction company after he was sued individually for $9.6 Million by a former joint venture participant. Litigating in U.S. District Courts in Tennessee, Michigan, and Delaware, MH attorney Ian Williamson and colleagues methodically demolished each of the plaintiff’s claims and secured dismissal with prejudice of the complaint, with MH’s client paying nothing.
$9.2 Million Settlement – October 2021
This shareholder class action litigated in Nevada involved a large-scale redemption of shares in which the defendant corporation short-changed numerous shareholders. MH attorneys Gerard Mantese, Douglas Toering and Kenneth Chadwell secured a $9.2 Million settlement that provided a full recovery to all affected plaintiffs.
Twin $11 Million Settlements – 2020
MH attorneys Gerard Mantese, Ian Williamson, Douglas Toering and Emily Fields secured the top two business litigation settlements reported by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly for the year 2020, at remarkably similar figures – $11.1 Million and $11.25 Million. Both cases involved shareholder disputes arising out of control groups’ refusal to issue dividends or otherwise allow non-controlling shareholders to financially benefit from their ownership interests in the respective companies. While the businesses involved were in completely different industries, the oppressive behavior underlying these actions was characteristic of many abusive situations in which non-controlling shareholders are frozen out and ignored.
$6 Million Recovered in Trade Secrets Case – 2020
In a trade secrets case, MH attorneys Gerard Mantese, Douglas Toering and colleagues recovered $6 Million in a case where MH’s client alleged that former employees misappropriated company trade secrets.
$12.35 Million Recovered in Shareholder / Member Dispute – 2018
This case involved multiple business entities, both corporations and limited liability companies, all of which were operated in an oppressive manner by the controlling owners. After MH attorney Gerard Mantese and colleagues filed suit and embarked on an aggressive campaign of discovery, depositions and motion practice, the defendants tendered cash and property totaling $12.35 Million to resolve the case.
Multiple Mediations Yield $23 Million Settlement – 2018
MH attorneys Gerard Mantese, Douglas Toering and colleagues handled this shareholder dispute involving allegations of oppressive conduct and breaches of fiduciary duty, including through the control group’s usurpation of corporate opportunities. After proceeding on a dual track interspersing aggressive litigation with a series of mediations, the MH team secured a settlement of $23 Million for MH’s client.
$97 Million Settlement in Hospitality Conglomerate Breakup – 2018
This case involved a complicated network of more than 50 different hospitality-focused entities. MH attorneys Gerard Mantese and Ian Williamson represented a major shareholder and partner in the enterprise who alleged that the defendant had frozen him out and engaged in various forms of fiduciary misconduct. After defeating the defendant’s dispositive motion and participating in a series of highly contentious mediation sessions, MH’s client obtained total ownership and control of a constellation of hospitality entities and real property with a combined net equity of $97 Million. This was the largest business law recovery in 2018, as reported by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
An Experienced and Accomplished Team
- With offices in the Detroit area, St. Louis, and New York City, we are available to practice throughout the country.
One or more of our lawyers are admitted to practice in the following jurisdictions:
- New York
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
- United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
- United States Immigration Court
Mantese Honigman, PC.
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Mantese Honigman, PC Opens an Office in Grand Rapids, MI
Mantese Honigman, PC Settles Oppression and Contract Claims Case for $9.5 Million
Mantese Honigman, PC is Proud to have Five Attorneys Recognized in the 2024 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America® and The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America
Mantese Honigman, PC Attorneys Named 2023 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by Michigan Super Lawyers
Kathryn Eisenstein Named One of the 2023 Influential Women of Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Mantese Honigman, PC Wins Housing Discrimination Appeal Against Facebook
Gerard Mantese Elected Co-Chair of the LLC and Partnerships Committee of the Business Law Section of the Michigan State Bar
Mantese Honigman, PC Opens a New Law Office Location in St. Louis, MO
Ian Williamson Named One of Michigan’s Go To Business Law Lawyers by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Precedential Litigation Secures Home Ownership and Declaratory Relief to Combat Housing Abuses
Mantese Honigman, PC Office Manager Recognized as an Unsung Legal Hero by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Mantese Honigman, PC Attorneys Recognized Among DBusiness Magazine’s Top Lawyers for 2023
Ian Williamson Named a Leader in the Law 2022 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Ian Williamson Elected Treasurer of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan
Mantese Honigman, PC Settles Shareholder Oppression Suit for $8.2 Million
Mantese Honigman, PC Attorneys Named 2022 Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine
9th Circuit Judge Open to Reviving Facebook Housing Bias Suit
Douglas Toering Receives the 2022 Professionalism Award from the Oakland County Bar Association
Douglas Toering Named One of Michigan’s Go To Business Law Lawyers by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Mantese Honigman, PC Opens A New Office In New York City
Mantese Honigman, PC Attorneys and Co-Counsel Secure $9.2 Million Settlement
Mantese Honigman, PC Obtains Court Order Preserving Environment Treasure
Mantese Honigman, PC Obtains $450,000 Cash Buyout
Mantese Honigman, PC Legal Assistant Recognized as an Unsung Hero by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Mantese Honigman, PC Attorneys Recognized Among DBusiness Magazine’s Top Lawyers for 2022
Mantese Honigman, PC Attorney Gerard Mantese and Colleagues Obtain $35.4 Million Arbitration Award in Contentious Shareholder Dispute
Mantese Honigman, PC Attorneys Gerard Mantese, Terry Osgood, and Douglas Toering Secure $40 Million Recovery in Real Estate Empire Dispute
Mantese Honigman, PC Partners on the Move
Ian Williamson Elected Secretary of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan
Mantese Honigman, PC – 2021 Fall Business Law Newsletter
Mantese Honigman, PC Settles Breach of Contract Claim for $3.3 Million
Mantese Honigman, PC Attorneys Named Among 2021 Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine; Gerard Mantese Again Named to its Top 100 Rated Michigan Attorneys
Mantese Honigman, PC Attorney Douglas Toering Receives the Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award
Gerard Mantese Fights Abusive Housing Practices
Gerard Mantese Named One of Michigan’s 2020 Go To Lawyers in Business Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Mantese Honigman, PC Takes Top 2 Spots in 2020 Million-Dollar Verdicts & Settlements Listed in Michigan Lawyers Weekly