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C Thomas Ludden

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3910 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

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Practice Areas

  • Appellate Law
  • Professional Liability
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate Law & Litigation

C. Thomas Ludden is a Partner with the Lipson Neilson law firm where he specializes in appellate law, commercial litigation, and professional liability. He also brings to his practice extensive insurance coverage and appellate experience.

Mr. Ludden has defended over 100 law firms and lawyers during his career, while also handling a broad range of commercial disputes, including representing both landlords and tenants in commercial lease and other contractual disputes, software developers in intellectual property matters and both private and public corporations in environmental litigation.

Mr. Ludden’s primary goal is the prompt and cost-effective resolution of disputes for clients. In reaching the best possible result for his clients, he has employed a variety of dispute resolution methods, including facilitation and mediation in order to settle disputes before significant costs are incurred.

The head of the firm’s Appellate Law Practice group, Mr. Ludden regularly argues before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Michigan Court of Appeals and has also appeared in the United States and Michigan Supreme Courts.

He has been counsel of record in published decisions resolving issues related to due process, medical and legal malpractice, defamation, class action certification, judicial ethics, the priority of interests in real property, estate planning and the statute of limitations. Mr. Ludden also has extensive trial experience in federal district courts.

Mr. Ludden has successfully tried a significant number of cases in both federal and state court and in private arbitrations.

Mr. Ludden is a member of the American Bar Association, the Michigan Bar Association and the Oakland County Bar Association, he has served on the board of the Michigan chapter of the Federalist Society since 1998.

Michigan Supreme Court Re-Appoints Lipson Neilson Partner C. Thomas Ludden to Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions

December 6, 2018 – The Michigan Supreme Court has re-appointed attorney C. Thomas Ludden to a second consecutive three-year term on the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions. The Committee is composed of attorneys and judges whose duty is to ensure that the Model Civil Jury Instructions are concise, understandable, conversational, unslanted, and not argumentative.

The Committee has authority to amend or repeal existing instructions and, when appropriate, adopt new instructions, although the instructions do not have the force and effect of a court rule. This appointment will expire on December 31, 2021.

Mr. Ludden has authored articles published by the Federalist Society, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, the Oakland County Legal News and the Detroit Legal News.

Independent Insurance Agents: Order Takers or Fiduciaries?
Article co-written by C. Thomas Ludden, litigation Partner at the Lipson Neilson law firm, and James R. Redeker, claims manager in the Insurance Agent’s E&O Program at SwissRe Corporate Solutions; December 2016.

“Asked and Answered – Selection of Michigan Supreme Court Judges” – Detroit Legal News, May 17, 2012.

Recent History of the Michigan Supreme Court” – Michigan Chapter of the Federalist Society Magazine, October 2010.

  • University of Michigan, M.B.A.
  • University of Michigan, J.D.
  • Dickinson College, B.A. Latin, Greek and Economics Honors: cum laude
  • Michigan
  • The Michigan Supreme Court has re-appointed attorney C. Thomas Ludden to a second consecutive three-year term on the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions. This appointment will expire on December 31, 2021.

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