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Cheryl A. Bush

Founding Partner

(248) 822-7801

Related Services

Advanced Technologies

Business and Commercial

Class Actions

Product Liability

Securities / Finance

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1984

Wayne State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1981

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Michigan Supreme Court

Cheryl A. Bush has extensive first-chair trial experience and has obtained exceptionally positive results for her clients, including Fortune 500 companies, by winning 95.97% of her jury trials. She serves as National Counsel for a major automotive manufacturer, handling catastrophic air bag trials and coordinating discovery throughout the country. Her cases, which have spanned 30 states, often involve high-level nationwide media exposure.

Cheryl teaches regularly on trial advocacy, particularly in the area of automotive product liability. She is a Fellow in both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. She is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council and is engaged in the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms.

  • Won summary disposition in a multi-million dollar employment suit brought by an executive of a major automotive manufacturer and then successfully defended the win on appeal.
  • Secured settlement shortly before trial for pharmaceutical manufacturer.
  • Obtained numerous favorable settlements in high-exposure product liability actions across the country against a major automotive manufacturer, including cases involving alleged traumatic brain injury, paraplegia, and other serious alleged injuries.
  • Represented a major automotive manufacturer in wrongful death action and secured favorable settlement through strategic motions in limine.
  • Obtained no cause following one-week jury trial in case involving negligence allegations related to the death of a truck driver.
  • Obtained no cause following two-week jury trial in product-liability action relating to severe upper body injuries suffered in high-speed crash.
  • Obtained no cause following three-week jury trial in product liability action arising from accident in which eight-year-old was rendered a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic.
  • Obtained no cause following two-week trial involving closed head injuries and broken bones sustained teacher in accident in which vehicle went over a cliff.
  • Obtained no cause in highly publicized four-week trial involving seven-year-old child purportedly killed by passenger airbag in a 1995 minivan.
  • Obtained no cause following one-week trial in which a 17-year-old attempted to pass another car on a two-lane road.

Cheryl is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and received her Bachelor of Arts at Wayne State University while working as a waitress and working midnights at the United States Postal Service. Before co-founding BSP in 2003, Cheryl was an equity partner at Dykema Gossett and then Feeney Kellett Wienner & Bush.

Honors & Awards

Women Business Michigan Super Lawyers Top 25, 2018

Crain’s Detroit Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan, 2017

Corp! Diversity Business Leader, 2017

America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, 2017

America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for Michigan, 2017

Leading Lawyers, Member, 2014-present, Advisory Board Member, 2018

Leon Hubbard Community Service Award, 2015

Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star, 2015

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Women in the Law, 2014

Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2012-present

Michigan Super Lawyers, 2011-present

U.S. News Best Lawyers®, 2010-present

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Leader in the Law, 2010

DBusiness Top Lawyers, 2008-present

National Association of Women Business Owners, Breakthrough Award

Martindale Hubbel® AV Peer Review Rating


Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Member

American College of Trial Lawyers, Michigan Vice Chair, 2015-2016, Member of Jury Committee, 2016-2019

American Board of Trial Advocates, Faculty, Senior Life Fellow

Attorney Grievance Commission, Commissioner

Defense Research Institute, Member

Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Lecturer

International Society of Barristers, Fellow

National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Member

National Association of Women Business Owners, Member

Network of Trial Law Firms, Member of Board of Directors

Oakland County Bar Association, Nominating Committee, Member

Product Liability Advisory Council, Previous Vice Chair, Member

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, Member

Presentations

“Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing: Crisis Management and Providing the Support Your Client Needs” presented to The Network of Trial Law Firms, October 2018

“Putting a Face on the Company in Litigation: Successful Strategies for Maneuvering the Minefield of Employee Depositions” presented to the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, July 2018 Trials PAC Webinar

“The Top Ten Ways In-House Counsel Can Reduce the Risk in Trial” presented to the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, 2018 Business Meeting

“Win at Company Witness Depositions” presented to the Network of Trial Law Firms, August 2017

“Mass and Class: Practical Realties in Complex Litigation,” DRI 2017 Corporate Counsel Roundtable

“Challenging Experts? Tactics for Mastering Expert Examinations” presented to the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, 2016 Business Meeting

“Dare to be Different: A Case Study on Interactive and Off the Beaten Path CLE Sessions,” presented to the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, 2016 Business Meeting

“Internal Investigations and Corporate Compliance: Lessons Learned,” DRI 2016 Corporate Counsel Roundtable

“To Kill or Not To Kill The Trial Lawyer,” presented to the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, 2015 Annual Meeting

“Litigation in the Technology World,” presented to the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, 2010 Annual Meeting

“Ethical Issues Associated with Cost Cutting,” presented to the Product Liability Advisory Council, 2009 Annual Meeting


Publications

“Challenging Experts? Tactics for Mastering Expert Examinations” presented to the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, 2016 Business Meeting

“So, They Want to Take Your Client’s Deposition…,” Michigan Lawyers Weekly


For Fun

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird.  Seeing Atticus Finch stand up for what is right all told through the eyes of his young daughter is transforming.

Favorite Movie: My Cousin Vinny.  I can totally relate to Vinny.

Favorite Vacation: My home is my sanctuary

Guilty Pleasure: Real Housewives of NAME THE CITY

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