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John S. Gilliam

Phone: (248) 254-4986

Fax: (248) 254-4987

As an associate in the firm’s Insurance Defense group, John Gilliam makes the law work for our clients in every case he defends.

Each matter is distinct, posing new challenges that require him to thoroughly investigate the facts and carefully assess the comparative strengths and weaknesses. John especially enjoys crafting and delivering effective arguments, whether on paper or in court.

After earning his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his law degree from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, John gained broad experience in several fields of law before finding his niche in civil litigation. During his time with two esteemed civil defense firms in Louisville, Kentucky, he honed his discovery, research, and writing skills and defended a variety of automobile and property & casualty claims. He is proud of his track record of successful dispositive motions that short-circuited numerous lawsuits against the clients he represented.

John is excited to bring those same skills and abilities to Zausmer, August & Caldwell, joining the firm in February 2017 after relocating to his wife’s home state to take part in the renaissance of Detroit.


  • University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law,
    Juris Doctor, 2011
  • Research Assistant to Commercial Law Chair
  • Duke University,
    Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 2006
  • Minor in History
  • President, Delta Sigma Phi
  • Greek Judicial Board
  • Outside Operations Manager, Duke University Golf Club

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky

Professional Groups

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Arts, Communications, Entertainment & Sports; Insurance & Indemnity Law; Negligence Law; and Young Lawyers Sections
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association