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Terry Milne Osgood

senior counsel

Terry Milne Osgood

Professional Experience

Terry Milne Osgood’s practice is devoted to complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on fraud, breach of contract, and business tort claims. She is a talented legal researcher and an expert writer who has led numerous appeals in state and federal cases across the country. Drawing on her background in Linguistics, her studies in numerous languages, and her fascination with semantics, she writes in a persuasive, precise and demonstrably effective style. She subscribes to the view attributed to Albert Einstein: “If you cannot explain it simply, you do not understand it well enough.” Her favorite professional activities are drafting complex trial and appellate briefs, and crafting jury instructions and verdict forms for trial.

Ms. Osgood was born in Missouri but grew up in Canada, completing her undergraduate degree in Saskatchewan. She moved to Missouri to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, where she served as a research assistant to four different professors, and as an intern with Pasco M. Bowman, II, United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated in 1987, ranked first in her class. She clerked for United States District Judge D. Brook Bartlett (W.D. Mo.) for two years before moving to Michigan in 1989 to work with a large Detroit firm. After her children were born, she clerked for a Michigan Court of Appeals judge for three years, before joining a boutique law firm specializing in business trials, where she practiced for 18 years. She joined the firm in 2016.

The following published cases are illustrative of Ms. Osgood’s practice:

  • In re Mardigian Estate, 312 Mich App 553; 879 NW2d 313 (2015)
  • Park West Galleries, Inc. v. Hochman, 692 F.3d 539 (6th Cir. 2012)
  • Miltimore Sales, Inc. v. International Rectifier, Inc., 412 F.3d 685 (6th Cir. 2005)
  • MCA Financial Corp. v. Grant Thornton, L.L.P., 263 Mich. App. 152; 687 N.W.2d 850 (2004)
  • Riley v. Ameritech Corp., Inc., 147 F.Supp.2d 762 (E.D. MI 2001)
  • Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. v. OPPCO, L.L.C., 219 F.3d 547 (6th Cir. 2000)
  • Marrero v. McDonnell Douglas Capital Corp., 200 Mich. App. 438; 505 N.W.2d 275 (1993)
  • Great Lakes Heating, Cooling, Refrigeration & Sheet Metal Corp. v. Troy School Distr., 197 Mich. App. 312; 494 N.W.863 (1992)

Ms. Osgood and her husband, Hal, live in Southfield. They have three adult sons who live in the metro Detroit area. 

Publications and Presentations

Education

  • J.D. (with distinction), University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, 1987
    • Graduation rank: #1 of 127
    • Articles Editor, UMKC Law Review
    • West book award for the highest grade in 10 different classes
  • B.A. (with distinction) (Linguistics), University of Saskatchewan, 1981
    • Studied French, German, Greek, and Hebrew

Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Missouri (inactive)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second 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, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri (inactive) 

Awards and Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating, 5.0 AV® Preeminent™ (highest rating for legal ability and ethics) (2002 – present)
  • Michigan Super Lawyer, Appellate Law (2014 – present)
  • Named to 2017 Leading Women in Michigan Law – Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Recognized by dBusiness Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Commercial Litigation (2010, 2020)