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Patrick G. Seyferth

Founding Partner

(248) 822-7802

Related Services

Advanced Technologies

Business and Commercial

Class Actions

Product Liability

Securities / Finance

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1992

Michigan State University, B.S., 1987

Judicial Clerkships

Judge Robert Cleland, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1992-1994

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

Michigan Court of Appeals

Patrick G. Seyferth is a founding Partner of Bush Seyferth & Paige PLLC “BSP,” a law firm of business-minded trial attorneys with a proven track-record of defending Fortune 500 clients in complex and high-exposure cases throughout the United States. Patrick represents a wide range of clients in a variety of industries including: FordDirect, PulteGroup, Mercedes-Benz USA, General Motors, Volkswagen Group of America, Textile Management Associates, and Hyundai Motor Company.

For the past 23 years, Patrick has successfully handled high-exposure product liability cases, commercial litigation, and class actions. Patrick has first-chaired catastrophic cases in 23 states and has tried cases to verdict in Michigan, Tennessee, Arizona, and New York. He frequently presents on topics including trial skills, social media, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, and other emerging technologies.

  • Selected as an arbitrator in multi-million dollar commercial dispute concerning alleged violations of non-compete provision negotiated in connection with the sale of business.
  • Defeated class certification, obtained a with-prejudice dismissal of the named plaintiffs’ claims, and resulted in an award of over $670,000 in fees and costs.
  • Defeated class certification in a putative class involving over 1 million vehicles, with potential damages exceeding $1 billion dollars. The Sixth Circuit upheld the denial of class certification on appeal.
  • Managed, organized, and defended a major automotive manufacturer in more than a dozen high-profile arbitrations that were executed during a three-month period of time.
  • Argued on behalf of an Amicus Curiae brief in the Michigan Supreme Court on behalf of a major automotive manufacturer on the issue of whether privity is required to maintain a claim for breach of implied warranty seeking economic damages under Michigan’s Uniform Commercial Code.

Before co-founding BSP in 2003, Patrick was an equity partner at Feeney Kellett Wienner & Bush. He served as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Robert H. Cleland for two years after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, in 1992.

Honors & Awards

America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, 2018

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

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

Michigan Super Lawyers, Top 100, 2011-2017

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Leader In The Law, 2011

U.S.D.C. Eastern District of Michigan, Certificate of Appreciation, Merit Selection Panel, 2011

U.S. News Best Lawyers ®, 2010-present

DBusiness Top Lawyers, 2008-present

Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-present

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rating


Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Member

American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Defense Research Institute, Member

Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan, Sustaining Member

Federalist Society, Member 

Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Member

Oakland County Bar Association, Member

Oakland County Bar Foundation, Fellow

Product Liability Advisory Council, Member

Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Life Member

State Bar of Michigan, Member

U.S.D.C. Eastern District of Michigan – eFiling Committee, Appointed Member

Presentations

Product Liability Advisory Council, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

Network of Trial Law Firms, 2018

Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, 2017

Defense Research Institute Strictly Automotive, 2013, 2015, 2017

North American International Auto Show – AutoMobili-D, 2017

University of Michigan UMTRI Program, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017

Privacy + Security Forum, 2016

International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy. Security. Risk., 2016

Association of Corporate Counsel Michigan Chapter, 2015, 2016

72nd Judicial Conference of the Sixth Circuit, April 2012

Crain’s In-House Summit, April 2012

71st Judicial Conference of the Sixth Circuit, June 2011

Federal Bar Association, April 2010

Featured speaker at Investiture Ceremony of Federal Judge Raymond Kethledge, Oath Administered by Justice Anthony Kennedy, University of Michigan, September 2008


Publications

“Avoiding the Blind Spots: Evidentiary Issues, Exhibits, Experts, and Trial Strategies,” DRI For the Defense, Published Winter 2018

“Privacy, Cybersecurity, and the Connected Car,” DRI In-House Defense Quarterly, Published Spring 2015

“Lawsuits Involving Component Suppliers,” DRI In-House Defense Quarterly, Published Spring 2012

“Trial Strategies: Humanizing the Corporate Defendant,” DRI In-House Defense Quarterly, Published Winter 2010

For the Community

Patrick leads the BSP Charities Annual Golf and Tennis Classic which, to date, has donated in excess of $300,000 to charities throughout the metro-Detroit area. Patrick also serves on the Advisory Board for New Day Foundation for Families, a local non-profit that provides resources to families affected by cancer.

Patrick also leads the firm’s pro-bono efforts and has gained positive results for individuals and families in need.


For Fun

Patrick resides in Rochester, Michigan with his wife Sandi and their five children. His interests include coaching, reading, movies and squash.

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