Firm History

About the Firm

Mantese Honigman, PC has established a national reputation as a leader in complex business disputes, including shareholder/LLC member disputes, corporate fiduciary litigation, and contract disputes. With offices in Michigan, Manhattan, and Missouri, Mantese Honigman, PC prevails in high-stakes cases across the country. When the stakes are high, clients across the country call Mantese Honigman, PC to handle complex business litigation matters.

A Team Defined by Excellence

Gerard V. Mantese, the firm’s CEO, has spent decades leading teams of highly skilled attorneys to victory in complex litigation. He argued the only two shareholder and member oppression cases been decided by the Michigan Supreme Court, thereby establishing important rulings cited in hundreds of cases and other publications. See Madugula v Taub, 496 Mich. 685 (2014), (oppression action is equitable, empowering the trial court with wide latitude in resolving shareholder disputes); and Frank v Linkner, 894 N.W.2d 574 (2017) (MCL 450.4515 is a statute of limitations, not of repose; oppressed LLC members may be able to sue even before incurring financial harm; members may toll the statute if there is fraudulent concealment of relevant facts). In September 2017, the State Bar of Michigan awarded Mantese its top honor – the Roberts P. Hudson Award – for service to the profession and for his effective legal work. 

David Honigman, a former Michigan State Senator and Representative, spent over a decade in the Michigan Legislature developing a reputation as a popular and highly effective advocate and coalition-builder. Honigman authored more legislation than any other legislator during his tenure, and has been recognized as a Leader in the Law for his tenacity and brilliant advocacy.

MH’s other attorneys bring critical legal experience, scholarship and courtroom wins to the table.

Douglas Toering, a former Chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, was instrumental in the development of Michigan’s Business Courts.  Widely recognized and respected by his peers, Toering chairs the Business Courts Committee and Commercial Litigation Committee for the Business Law Section and authors a regular column in the Michigan Business Law Journal, “Touring the Business Courts.”  At its annual meeting in September 2021, the Business Law Section conferred its annual Stephen H. Schulman Outstanding Business Lawyer Award on Doug.

Theresamarie Mantese is Chair of the firm’s Health Law Department, and is a recognized expert who has authored a broad array of publications on issues facing health care professionals. 

Ian Williamson, one of the firm’s primary business litigators, serves on the Council for the State Bar of Michigan’s Business Law Section and is an officer of the Business Law Section.  He has been instrumental in securing some of Michigan’s largest reported verdicts and settlements in business disputes during his career.

Ken Chadwell heads the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense Team. He has a unique insider’s view of criminal investigations and prosecutions after serving for three decades with the United States Department of Justice and trying scores of federal criminal cases before juries in federal court.  

Fatima Bolyea is a tenacious business litigator who is skillful beyond her years.  In addition to her experience handling both litigation and arbitrations, she publishes numerous articles each year, is currently the Chair-Elect for the State Bar of Michigan’s Litigation Section and serves on various State Bar business law committees.

Each of the firm’s associates and senior attorneys was chosen for his or her scholastic excellence and dedication, and each brings talent, enthusiasm and demonstrated abilities to your case. 

Various independent rating and ranking companies, including Super Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, and Best Lawyers have repeatedly recognized Mantese Honigman’s superb team.