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Overview

Overview

George Sumnik is a trial attorney in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group, working closely with our Real Estate and Construction & Development practice groups.  George represents parties in state and federal courts throughout the United States in a wide variety of complex business matters.

George’s work includes plat modification, receiverships, distressed properties, quiet title actions, adverse possession, and preservation of real estate assets, working closely with borrowers, receivers, and lenders. He is actively involved in projects involving the restoration of the City of Detroit – from lofts and smaller buildings to large commercial buildings – as well as in other communities that are redeveloping in southeastern Michigan. He is also an expert on the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA).

Working closely with attorneys in our other practice groups allows George to provide sophisticated solutions with a multi-disciplinary approach to his clients. His clients engage his services early in their dispute process, allowing him the greatest opportunity to determine their advantages in the conflict, as well as any underlying issues that require attention. George works tirelessly to assist his clients in achieving their business goals in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner possible with strategic and creative legal options to achieve those goals. Thinking outside of the box is one of his greatest strengths, as is his diverse expertise in various areas of law.

Education & Admissions

Education & Admissions

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
    J.D., cum laude
    Order of the Coif
  • Oakland University
    Masters of Art
  • Oakland University
    Bachelor’s degree with departmental honors
  • Attended Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland
    Fulbright Scholar

 Bar Admission

  • Michigan

Languages

  • Fluent in Russian
  • Fluent in Polish

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Affiliations

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Fulbright Alumni Association