edriker@bsdd.com

Eugene Driker

Specialties

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Eugene is a founding member of BSD&D. His areas of specialization are complex business litigation and corporate and business counseling. He has served as lead or co-lead trial counsel in numerous business cases, including the representation of one of the state's largest utilities in a $500 million fraud and breach of contract action brought by a major industrial firm. That industrial firm has now itself become a client of BSD&D. Mr. Driker has represented such clients as Automobile Club of Michigan, Avis Rent-A-Car, Buffalo Bills, Inc., CMS Energy, the W.A. Dart family, DTE Energy, The Dow Chemical Company, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Enterprises, LLC and Textron, Inc. in contract, tort, securities antitrust and other business disputes. He has represented numerous lawyers and law firms, including several of the largest in the state, in professional liability, disciplinary and partnership dissolution matters. He has also represented the State of Michigan and the City of Detroit in complex litigation matters. Mr. Driker has significant experience in alternate dispute resolution, both as an advocate and as an arbitrator/mediator. He has often been called upon by other trial lawyers and judges to serve as a special mediator in complicated business matters.

Honors Membership Awards

  • Admitted: State Bar of Michigan
  • Admitted: United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits
  • Admitted: Supreme Court of the United States; United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Described in Chambers USA Guide as "Michigan's preeminent business litigator"
  • Described as Michigan's top litigator in Super Lawyers magazine (September 2006)
  • Recipient, American Jewish Committee Learned Hand Award, 1993
  • Recipient, Wayne State University Law School Distinguished Alumni Award, 1978
  • President, Wayne State University Law Alumni Association, 1968-1969
  • Chairman, Wayne State University Law School Campaign for the 21st Century, 1998 to 2001
  • Chairman, Wayne State University Law School Fund, 1970-1973
  • Chairman, Anthony Wayne Society, Wayne State University, 1979-1981
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Wayne State University Law School, 1969 to 2002, Chairman, 1969-1970, 1995-1997
  • Chairman, Anthony Wayne Society, Wayne State University, 1979-1981
  • Member, American Arbitration Association Large Complex Case Tribunal
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan Special Committee on Expansion of Under-Represented Groups in the Law, 1991 to 1994
  • Supreme Court Appointee, State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, 1980-1983
  • Chairman, Antitrust Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, 1971-1972
  • Chairman, Bar Journal Committee, State Bar of Michigan, 1970-1973
  • Member, Michigan Supreme Court Special Committee on Class Actions, 1980-1983
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan Committee on United States Courts and Special Committee to Revise Local Rules of the United States District Court, 1974-1982
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan Committee on Legal Education, 1970-1973
  • Member, Board of Directors, Law Library Microform Consortium, 1977-1980
  • Commercial Disputes Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Lecturer on antitrust law, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State Bar of Michigan and other continuing education groups
  • Member, Board of Governors, Wayne State University, 2003 to date (Chair, 2007 and 2008)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, 1991 - 2003
  • Member, Board of Directors, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1991 - 1995
  • Member, Board of Governors, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, 1992 - 1998
  • Member, Board of Directors, Wayne State University Foundation, 2000 to date (Chair 2009-2010)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Wayne State University, Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, 1989 to date
  • Chairman, Advisory Board, Detroit Chapter, American Jewish Committee, 1991 to date
  • Member, United Way Community Services, 1991 - 2001
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Yiddish Book Center, 1999 to date (Vice Chair 2010)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Jewish Vocational Service, 1983 - 1992, Vice President, 1989 - 1992, President, 1992 - 1995
  • Member, Board of Governors, B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundations of Metropolitan Detroit, 1990 - 1993
  • Member, City of Detroit Board of Police Commissioners, 1979-1983
  • Commissioner and Treasurer, City of Detroit Building Authority, 1973-1979
  • Member, Joint Art Commission, Detroit Receiving Hospital-WSU Health Care Institute, 1975 to 1979
  • Member, Temple Emanu-El (Trustee, 1974-1975)

Education

  • B.S. (Mathematics), Wayne State University, 1959
  • J.D., Wayne State University Law School, 1961, Doctor of Laws (Hon.), 2001
  • L.L.M., The George Washington University Law School, 1962