Disputes & Litigation

Disputes & Litigation

From account collection to unfair competition, our lawyers handle it all

On television, courtroom lawyers neatly wrap up lawsuits in the span of a one-hour episode. In the real world, commercial disputes with customers, suppliers, competitors or employees rarely follow such an orderly process. At The Penning Group, we bring a balanced combination of legal expertise and business common sense to our clients' problems. We explore every avenue for delivering verdicts, judgments or settlements that bolster or protect the client’s bottom line.

Account Collection

Services Offered:
We collect outstanding receivables for our clients through negotiation and, when necessary, litigation.

Unlike “collection firms” that act much like collection agencies, The Penning Group assures direct attorney involvement and oversight in debt collection cases. Through long-standing relationships with major corporations like Sysco Food Services of Detroit, LLC, The Penning Group has successfully handled thousands of collections matters.

Business Disputes and Litigation

Services Offered: We work with clients to find the most comprehensive and cost-effective solutions to business disputes. Where appropriate, we seek to negotiate and enforce win-win solutions for our clients and those they do business with. And, when necessary, we develop and implement aggressive trial strategies to protect our clients' legal rights and business interests through the legal system.

At heart, our lawyers are business people. We analyze each dispute carefully to understand the legal options and the business ramifications. In courtrooms across the state and across the nation, The Penning Group attorneys deliver results. When those results are challenged on appeal, we prevail nine times out of ten.


Services Offered: We represent both contractors and property owners in commercial and residential construction disputes, including proceedings under Michigan’s Construction Lien Act.

The Penning Group enjoys relationships with several national lien firms who engage us to file and enforce construction liens in Michigan.

Contract Disputes

Services Offered: We find effective resolutions to contract disputes between our business clients and third parties. Where the other party will not entertain reasonable, joint solutions, we bring and/or defend lawsuits to enforce contract terms on a state and national level.

We work with supplier contracts, personal service contracts, verbal and written contracts, software and technology contracts, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, and everything in between.

Insurance Coverage Disputes

Services Offered: We pressure your insurance carrier to honor its obligations to you if you have been denied coverage under your policy.

We are unique in the fact that we have experience representing insured parties, insurance carriers, and insurance agents. We have served as general counsel to the National Association of Professional Allstate Agents for nearly ten years.

Landlord/Tenant Disputes

Services Offered: We act to enforce rights for payment of rent or possession of property on behalf of landlords. We act to protect the rights of commercial tenants if landlords fail to live up to their lease obligations.

We handle dozens of landlord/tenant disputes for business clients every year.

Sales Representative Contracts

Services Offered: We develop clear agreements with your sales force that minimize the chance of any dispute once you part ways, and we provide experienced representation when disputes do arise.

We have litigated millions of dollars in disputed commissions over the past ten years, covering topics ranging from auto parts to holographic images.

Unfair Competition

Services Offered:
We seek quick remedies when competitors engage in business practices that cross the line – whether they involve violations of a non-compete agreement, the misappropriation of proprietary information, or tampering with customers.

Our attorneys have both initiated and defended claims of this kind in state and federal courts across the country for clients such as Toshiba Business Solutions-Michigan, Masters Green and Chemco Products.