Gregory D. Hanley
As Managing Partner and the leader of the Firm's litigation practice, Greg Hanley applies over 21 years of complex commercial litigation experience to the problems of the Firm's clients.
Greg has tried many cases, and has experience in a wide range of substantive areas, including antitrust, banking, construction, securities, contracts, accounting and legal malpractice, insurance, real estate, corporate and business law. He also is actively involved in the Firm's real estate tax appeals practice.
Greg is no stranger to either side of the courtroom, having defended large corporations in many matters and also represented many business client plaintiffs, often on a contingent fee basis. Greg's current cases include a constitutional challenge to tourist taxes being used by the State of Arizona to finance a new stadium for the Arizona Cardinals, a constitutional challenge to the City of Detroit's imposition of a $4+ million annual "solid waste inspection fee" upon commercial property owners in the City, and a contract case for a major “Tier One” automotive supplier arising out of termination of a component parts supply agreement.
Greg has had much recent success representing commercial plaintiffs. In September 2010, Greg obtained a declaratory judgment vindicating his client’s royalty interest in the revenues associated with the operation of a deep-injection liquid waste disposal facility. In September 2006, after a two week trial in federal court in Oregon, Greg obtained a judgment on a jury verdict (including interest and attorney fees) in excess of $1.6 million in a product warranty case, and settled a hotly-contested partnership dispute (after a successful trip to the Michigan Supreme Court), resulting in our client receiving $1 million. In early 2007, Greg procured an order of specific performance on behalf of Kmart compelling an Illinois landlord to sell a certain store location to Kmart pursuant to an option provision in Kmart's lease. His recent successes on the defense side include obtaining dismissal of a federal securities class action against a public software company and obtaining dismissal of a federal antitrust suit brought by the National Hockey League Players Association against the Ontario Hockey League and its member teams. In 2007 and 2008, Greg acted as Michigan counsel to CompUSA, Inc., handling various real estate litigation matters arising out of its liquidation process.
Greg also has an active appeals practice, and, among other successes, recently obtained from the Michigan Supreme Court two peremptory reversals of decisions of the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Greg cut his teeth and matured as an attorney in two large corporate law firms. Prior to the establishment of Kickham Hanley in 1999, Greg was a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, in Detroit , Michigan . Before his tenure at the Honigman firm, Mr. Hanley was an attorney in the Chicago office of Mayer Brown LLP, one of the world’s largest law firms.
Greg is proud to possess two degrees from Wayne State University . He is a 1989 magna cum laude graduate of the Wayne Law School , where he was a member of the Wayne Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received his B.A. magna cum laude in Economics from Wayne in 1986, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
He is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Illinois