Mark Rossman, Esq.
“If the courtroom is a battlefield, Troy attorney Mark C. Rossman doesn’t mind affixing his helmet, strapping on his boots and grabbing a bayonet. . . [and] no matter what he handles, Rossman knows the human factor always comes first.”
This has proven true both inside and outside of the courtroom, as Mark’s defense of another was recently featured in local media outlets for stepping into the middle of a violent and life-threatening road rage incident during the morning commute on February 11, 2020. Mark’s, and his firm’s, willingness, and, in fact, eagerness, to engage their opponents in the courtroom – or out on the street, as the case may be – is precisely what so many times motivates our adversaries to consider more “peaceful” alternatives, which, of course, so often represent the best outcomes for everyone involved . . . But when the words “mutual resolution” are not on the table, Mark and his team are ready to affix and take up the proverbial helmets and bayonets and go to work.
In 2022, Mark was named a “Go To Lawyer” for business law by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly. The award is given to lawyers “who are experienced and enjoy a record of success, with many cases and/or transactions that give testimony to the quality advice he or she can give,” and who “can think creatively and identify all options for a client.” On April 26, 2022, he was interviewed on Fox2 News as a legal expert on election law.
He achieved a class action settlement against a home builder on behalf of 40 homeowners for construction defects. He sued Waste Management for noxious odors, forcing the garbage empire to settle for over $18 million in cash and remediation measures. That same year, he and his former law partner secured a $1.275 million jury verdict in Federal Court for breach of an email contract. Still, in the first decade of his practice, Mark co-wrote a brief in the United States Supreme Court with the renowned practitioner, David Frederick, Esq., and won, securing a unanimous decision from the High Court which teed up a substantial settlement in an Arkansas class action against Big Tobacco. In addition to filing Supreme Court Briefs that year, Mark displayed his early penchant for managing a diversity of practice, cross-examining a cold-blooded murderer in the Oakland County Jailhouse, as reported by the Detroit News, which experience inspired his award-winning 2015 short story, The Last Bullet. In 2012, Mark was part of a litigation team that secured the largest business law settlement reported in the State of Michigan on behalf of a minority shareholder – $13,000,000. He also procured the 13th largest recovery in a shareholder case of $4.59 million and represented a Judge in a lawsuit to secure insurance benefits for an autistic child. He also challenged government overreach, suing the State of Michigan Department of Treasury in a class action for violation of the 4th Amendment, forcing an internal policy change against warrantless searches and seizures of assets.
He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in dozens of oppression cases involving wide-ranging forms of relief, including corporate dissolution, buy-outs, and damages ranging from the tens of thousands to tens of millions of dollars.
In 2015, he formed Rossman, P.C., where he and his team represent both the Davids and the Goliaths of the business world and beyond. Mark’s client base is indeed varied, including individuals being oppressed or marginalized in business relationships and who require some muscle in order to level the playing field, such as, perhaps, a minority shareholder who is being choked out of the business by the controlling majority; or close corporations and privately held businesses of varying net worth and value ranging from a fledgling start-up to well-established businesses with substantial value and a strong need for corporate governance, litigation avoidance protection, succession planning, crisis management, or partnership separation.
Mark has not only recovered tens of millions of dollars for his clients but, just as importantly, he has also protected his clients from loss when under attack through corporate planning, crisis strategies and litigation defense. Mark’s versatility and abilities in very multifaceted areas of law are unparalleled, as recognized by his peers. He has been voted a DBusiness Top Lawyer five times in the fields of business transactions and litigation, and also family law – Commercial Law (2016), Family Law (2018), Commercial Litigation (2019-2020) and Business Law (2021). He is the only lawyer in the State of Michigan to have ever received this election in both the family and business law categories. He has been named in Super Lawyers continuously since 2009, being voted into the prestigious Top 100 list in 2020. Early in his career, he was named an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
Now, entering his third decade of practice, Mark has become one of the preeminent practitioners and authorities in the area of fiduciary breach and corporate oppression actions. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in dozens of oppression cases involving wide ranging forms of relief, including corporate dissolution, buy-outs, and damages ranging from the tens of thousands to tens of millions of dollars. Mark has handled these matters in trial courts around the state and all the way up to the Michigan Supreme Court. He co-wrote the briefs in the first shareholder oppression case to reach the Michigan Supreme Court. Madugula v. Taub (Michigan Supreme Court, July 15, 2014). Mark wrote briefs in the Court of Appeals for a matter that ultimately was decided by the Michigan Supreme Court in a seminal decision concerning statute of limitations and accrual dates under both of Michigan’s oppression statutes. Frank v. Linkner (Michigan Supreme Court, May 15, 2017). Mark also secured a groundbreaking decision in the Michigan Court of Appeals in a member oppression case, reversing the trial court’s ruling and ordering that a judgment be entered in favor of the firm’s client on his member oppression and other claims. Castle v. Shoham (Michigan Court of Appeals, August 7, 2018), which case Mark tried on remand with H. Joel Newman, Esq. at the start of the pandemic in what is believed to be the first trial by Zoom conducted by a business court during the 2020 quarantine.
Mark has written extensively on the subject of legal duties, rights, and obligations in the context of shareholding, partnership, and other corporate relationships. The Michigan Bar Journal published his writings on the fiduciary obligations inherent in reinsurance contracts, fiduciary duty and the partnership component, and corporate oppression. Mark is a Chair of the Privately Held Business Forum, a committee of the State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section.
Mark has structured the following types of transactions:
- All manner of corporate governance
- The formation of privately-held businesses.
- Shareholder and member operating agreements
- Partnership arrangements
- Commercial real estate transactions
- Stock purchase agreements
- Asset purchase agreements
- Automotive supplier agreements
- Sales representative and employment agreements
- Non-compete and non-solicit agreements
From 2018-2022, Mark hosted and presented at the State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section Annual Symposium, in both Detroit and Grand Rapids. Each year, Mark and the firm devote a substantial amount of time to this very prestigious program, which features the top practitioners and academics in the field of business law. Here is a link to the firm’s Symposia Archives, where you will find the videos and program materials as archived by the State Bar of Michigan: click here.
Mark presented at the American Bar Association 2022 Spring Meeting in Atlanta on the topic of Business Divorces with a presentation entitled Corporate Oppression – At Least There Are No Kids Involved.
– Mark Rossman, Oakland County Legal News, 1/19/2021
Some of Mark’s recent representative engagements include the following:
- Fiduciary partners in separation, corporate oppression and dissolution actions
- General Counsel of Caballo Bravo, a digital media platform serving Latino and Native American market
- Foreign consulting company in successfully defending business tort claims
- Bankruptcy creditor/adversarial proceeding plaintiff in $3,000,000 settlement
- Insured sued by AAA Insurance for fraud (no cause jury verdict + all attorney fees awarded)
- Holders of six-seven figure commercial judgments in collections and seizure
- Troy commercial furniture business in sale of stock
- Terminated executives in severance and cash-out negotiations
- Sales representative in unpaid commissions actions
- Sellers in sale of hospital to Veterans Administration in Saginaw
- Commercial lender in trial resulting in a $1 million judgment
- Medical doctor in contested peer review action
- Sellers of real estate easement and leases to cellular telephone company
- Both husbands and wives in high asset divorce matters
Some of Mark’s litigation experience includes:
- Member and shareholder oppression disputes
- Partnership and fiduciary duty actions
- Business breach of contract and tort cases
- Real estate disputes
- Medical practitioner peer review
- Lender liability cases (bank side)
- Commercial judicial foreclosures
- Complex commercial collections and debtor investigation
- Automotive supplier disputes
- Construction defect cases
- Class actions
- Environmental remediation litigation
- Bankruptcy matters (creditor side)
- Probate disputes
- Family law and child custody matters