I represented a website owner who published information about Ford Motor Co. on his website, in the Eastern District of Michigan and in the Sixth Circuit. The case was the first case to apply the Prior Restraint Doctrine to the internet. We prevailed in the district court, and the plaintiff ultimately withdrew its Sixth Circuit appeal.
I represented a State prisoner on federal habeas review. On appeal, I was able to secure a reversal of the denial of my client's habeas petition, and he received a conditional writ of habeas corpus on remand. He was freed from prison.
I represented the Center for Equal Opportunity, the Michigan Civil Rights Institute, and the Independent Women's Forum in a lawsuit involving the University of Michigan's admissions practices, as amici in the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
I represented Donnie Johnson, a prisoner on death row, on federal habeas appeal. We lost, 2-1, in the Sixth Circuit. Donnie was executed in 2019.
I represented the defendant at trial and on appeal in the Tenth Circuit. The case was a federal diversity-jurisdiction contract action. After prevailing on summary judgment, we lost on appeal. On remand, the parties settled during trial.
I secured a reversal of Mr. Davis' federal sentence in the Sixth Circuit, on Mr. Davis' first appeal. After re-sentencing, I lost the defendant's second appeal in the Sixth Circuit, but secured vacatur by the U.S. Supreme Court. Following remand to the Sixth Circuit, the defendant's non-custodial sentence was affirmed. This case helped establish the standard of review in the Sixth Circuit for federal sentencing, post-Gall.
I represented a labor-union pension fund, which was deprived of pension-fund earnings by its fund manager, iShares Trust. We lost the appeal under the remedy limitations of ERISA. Partially as a result of the lawsuit, the Securities Exchange Commission reduced the compensation paid to the fund-management industry from short-sales lending.
I represented a Tennessee prisoner on federal habeas review in the Sixth Circuit. Sentenced to life in prison for a crime committed when she was 16, I was able to secure a Certified Question to the Tennessee Supreme Court on her behalf. After the case returned to the Sixth Circuit, the Governor of the State of Tennessee pardoned Ms. Brown, mooting the appeal.
I represent a State prisoner on federal habeas review. I secured a vacatur of the district court's denial of Mr. White's habeas petition in the Sixth Circuit, and the case is on petition at the U.S. Supreme Court. The State of Ohio filed a petition for writ of certiorari, and I filed a conditional cross-petition in response.
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