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mark-Zausmer
Mark J. Zausmer
Shareholder

Phone: (248) 851-4111

Fax: (248) 254-4925

Through a combination of legal and business skills and an unwavering commitment to his clients, Mark Zausmer has become one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the State of Michigan in the areas of commercial litigation, eminent domain, receivership law, and commercial development.

His work as Managing Shareholder has turned Zausmer, August & Caldwell into one of the most highly regarded litigation firms in Michigan.

In the courtroom, Mark has successfully tried and resolved a number of high-stakes, groundbreaking cases, such as his handling of a $14.9 million settlement on behalf of a client whose property was the target of an eminent domain taking by the U.S. government – the largest settlement in Michigan in 2002 as reported by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  His arguments in two eminent domain cases before the Michigan Supreme Court forged new law regarding acquisition of private property for public purposes.

Mark has also gained prominence for navigating financially distressed businesses through liquidation, rehabilitation, and receivership.  He has been appointed as Receiver and Conservator to troubled businesses by the Governor, the Insurance Commissioner, the Attorney General, and the Cemetery Commissioner.  He had a leading role in several troubled companies in which the State exercised its regulatory authority, such as The Wellness Plan, OmniCare, and most notably, a collection of 28 cemeteries across the state.  In the cemetery matter, the prior owner misappropriated more than $60 million in trust funds, but after Mark instituted a number of measures to avoid financial collapse, recover assets, and restore solvency and profitability, the trust funds were replenished and the business was eventually sold and transitioned to a new owner.  He also serves as counsel to Cadillac Insurance Company for one of the largest and most complex insurance company receiverships in Michigan history.

Mark’s influence has also been felt in the region’s economic growth.  As counsel for the City of Detroit in the development of the Fox Theater District and the Cobo Hall expansion projects, he has been at the forefront of the revitalization of downtown Detroit.  Mark has also represented Detroit and Wayne County in other important economic development projects in the region including the Chrysler Jefferson Assembly Plant, Tiger Stadium, Detroit City Airport, Pinnacle Aeropark, and Veterans Administration Hospital projects.  His work has made a substantial impact on future growth in Southeastern Michigan.  His participation in resolving budget disputes between the Wayne County Sheriff and the Wayne County Executive have also placed him at the forefront of important political issues in our region.

Despite his many victories and accomplishments, Mark is most proud of the law firm he has built.  By assembling a team of talented and credentialed attorneys and fostering a culture of hard work, innovative thinking, and entrepreneurism, Zausmer, August & Caldwell has become the go-to firm for companies, municipalities, and individuals in need of first-class legal representation.  For Mark, lists, rankings, and industry accolades are meaningless compared to the business and personal relationships he and his colleagues have cultivated with their clients and the deep trust that those clients place in the firm.

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School,
    Juris Doctor, 1980
  • University of Michigan,
    Bachelor of Arts in History, with honors, 1977
    Varsity Tennis Team

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Groups

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Litigation, Master Lawyers, Negligence Law, and Real Property Law Sections
    Eminent Domain Subcommittee
    Task Force for Amendments to Uniform Condemnation Procedures Act
    Attorney Grievance Committee (1990-94)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Receivership Counsel, Michigan Insurance Commissioner (1990 to present)
  • Member, Michigan Residential Builders Board (2006-08)
  • Board of Directors, Michigan Auto Insurance Placement Facility (2004-06)
  • Michigan Judicial Candidate Review Committee (appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, 2003)

Volunteer, Charitable & Community Organizations

  • Board of Directors, City Year Detroit
  • Past President, Detroit Tennis & Squash Club

Publications

  • “Focus on The Problem For Effective Dispute Resolution,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly, July 13, 1998
  • Michigan Uniform Condemnation Procedures Act (Principal Draftsman), 1988

Presentations

  • Numerous lectures, speeches, and talks for the Insurance Institute of Michigan, International Right of Way Conference, Wayne State University Law School, and other organizations regarding various litigation practice issues

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers (Michigan) – 2006 to present
  • Best Lawyers in America – 2007 to present
  • AV Preeminent Lawyer – Peer Review Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 (Martindale Hubbell)
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly Top Settlement for 2002 ($14.9 Million)