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James E. Tompert

Of Counsel
Detroit, Michigan

T: 248-924-1021

Practice Areas
  • University of Michigan
  • Law School, J.D., 1981

  • Duke University, B.A., 1976
Bar Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Virginia

  • United States Supreme Court

  • United States Courts of Appeals:
  • Second, Fourth, District of
  • Columbia, and Federal Circuits

  • United States District Courts:
  • District of Columbia, District of
  • Maryland, Eastern District of
  • Virginia, Southern District of New
  • York and Eastern District of
  • Michigan

  • United States Court of Federal
  • Claims
  • Spanish

Mr. Tompert represents clients in complex commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution.  He has extensive trial and appellate experience in federal and state courts across the country.

Mr. Tompert has over 30-years experience representing banks, mortgage companies and other financial institutions. He also represents businesses, insurers and individuals in the areas of business torts, insurance defense, directors and officers liability, contract disputes, bankruptcy litigation, shareholder derivative actions, civil RICO, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, commercial collection, foreclosure, real estate disputes, professional negligence, securities fraud, franchise disputes, and personal injury.

After practicing most of his career in the Washington area, Mr. Tompert is now based in Michigan, where he serves clients in the Midwest. Mr. Tompert is listed among Michigan Top Lawyers.

Representative Cases

  • Representing insurer in subrogation against Big-4 and regional accounting firms for breach of contract, malpractice, and fraud in government-related audits of national non-profit: Hanover Ins. Co. v. PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, et al. (Pa. 2015)

  • Successfully represented PNC Bank in obtaining summary judgment at trial and affirmance on appeal, dismissing $5m case arising from wire and account activity related to distressed real estate investment scheme: Ivanhoe Investment Partners, LP, et al, v. PNC Bank, N.A., et al. (Md. App. 2015)

  • Phillips Realty Management, LLC v. PNC Bank, N.A. (D. Md. 2013): represented PNC in obtaining early dismissal of $1.5m UCC check fraud suit

  • Represented biotech firm in obtaining settlement of trade secret and patent litigation against Chinese manufacturer and related U.S. entities: BiotechPharma, LLC v. W.H.P.M., Inc. et al. (E.D. Va. 2012)

  • Represented Northern Trust in suit to recover $16 million loan loss: Northern Trust Bank, FSB v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (E.D. Va. 2011)

  • Defended Travelers in complex $18 million loan loss investigations and multidistrict coverage litigation under financial institution bond: United Bankshares, Inc., et al. v. St. Paul Mercury Ins. Co., et al. (S.D. W.Va.); St. Paul Mercury Ins. Co. v. United Bank (E.D. Va. 2010)

Prior Related Experience

  • Represented community bank in successful defense of UCC claim by title company: Custom Title, Inc. v. EagleBank, Inc. (D.C. 2008)

  • Obtained dismissal of $2.5 million claim against guarantor for breach of commercial guaranty: Citicapital Commercial Corp. v. Smyth (Md. 2007)

  • Represented medical practice in constructive eviction suit arising out of asbestos contamination: Neurology Svcs, Inc. v. Fairfax Medical PWH, LLC, et al.¸ 67 Va. Cir. 1 (Va. 2005)

  • Represented beneficial owner of office building in action for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud, jury award of compensatory and punitive damages upheld on appeal: Ginsberg v. McIntire, 348 Md. 526 (Md. 1998)

  • Represented British conglomerate in suit for negligent misrepresentation against Big-8 accounting firm: Scottish Heritable Trust, PLC v. Peat Marwick Main & Co., 81 F.3d 606 (5th Cir. Tex. 1996)

  • Defended officer and director of failed nation bank against alleged securities violations, obtaining summary judgment dismissing case: SEC v. Coleman, 1993 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21506 (D.D.C. 1993)

  • Obtained dismissal of suit for breach of distributorship agreement, restraint of trade, and unfair trade practices: Jacri, Inc. v. Caswell-Massey Co., Ltd., 1989 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16067 (W.D.N. Car. 1989)

  • Represented bank in suit to enforce promissory note, trial award upheld on appeal:  Boyle v. American Sec. Bank, 531 A.2d 1258 (D.C. 1987)

Selected Professional Awards and Associations

Who’s Who in American Law
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association of the Eastern District of Michigan
Oakland County Bar Association

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act: The Most Sweeping Financial Reform Since the Great Depression, 2011

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