Phillip J. DeRosier - Dickinson Wright PLLC

Phillip J. DeRosier

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

Mr. DeRosier is an appellate attorney specializing in state and federal civil appeals, zoning appeals, and bankruptcy appeals.  He has represented businesses and individuals in the Michigan Supreme Court, Michigan Court of Appeals, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the 1st and 6th Circuits. Those appeals involved a wide range of complex matters, from commercial contracts to insurance to construction.

Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, Mr. DeRosier served as a law clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. 

Mr. DeRosier is a past Chair of the Governing Council of the Michigan Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section, and is the Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.

Michigan State UniversityBA 1993Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolJ.D. 1996
State Bar of Michigan, Appellate Practice SectionMichigan Defense Trial CounselDetroit Metropolitan Bar AssociationMichigan Appellate Bench Bar Conference Foundation

Case History

Pipefitters Local 636 et al. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan — Successfully represented a health insurer in an interlocutory appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in which the Sixth Circuit reversed the district court’s order certifying a class of multiemployer health and welfare benefits funds alleging violations of ERISA and Michigan law.
Henry v. The Dow Chemical Company — Represented an industry-leading chemical company in a matter of first impression before the Michigan Supreme Court, obtaining an opinion establishing the standards in Michigan for certifying class actions.
Ross v. Blue Care Network — Represented a health insurer in the Michigan Supreme Court, obtaining an opinion affirming the Michigan Insurance Commissioner’s decision to uphold a denial of coverage for unauthorized medical services.
In re Certified Question from the 14th District Court of Appeals of Texas (Miller v. Ford Motor Co) — Prevailed in the Michigan Supreme Court for a premises owner in a case of first impression finding no duty to protect against “take home” asbestos exposure. As a result, a $9.5 million judgment was overturned.
In re Complaint of Rovas Against SBC Michigan — Represented a telecommunications provider in obtaining an opinion from the Michigan Supreme Court overturning a fine imposed by the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Office Location

500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 4000
Detroit, MI 48226-3425
United States

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice