Sciara, Anthony M.

Profile & Practice Areas

Anthony M. Sciara is an accomplished commercial lawyer with twelve years of litigation experience. He has represented large corporations, mid-sized businesses, small companies, and individuals in various commercial disputes.

Having tried nearly 30 cases to verdict, completed over 50 alternative dispute resolution proceedings, and taken/defended countless depositions, Anthony has successfully represented his clients in Michigan, Illinois, and throughout the country. According to one county’s jury verdict reporter, during one yearly reporting period, Anthony tried the second most cases of any attorney in the state.

Anthony has represented clients in all phases of litigation for a variety of commercial disputes involving issues/actions, which include but are not limited to: contracts, leases, insurance, reinsurance, construction, fraud, employment, negligence, defamation, easements, federal privacy statutes, and emergency proceedings.

An experienced appellate attorney, Anthony served for five years as an Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. He has briefed and argued a substantial number of critical and dispositive motions and litigated approximately 20 appeals.

Anthony is licensed to practice in Michigan, Illinois, and various federal courts throughout the country.

Trial Courts

• Represented a nationally operating demolition subcontractor in three contemporaneous actions for insurance coverage and damages against two insurance companies (MO/IL), a large national insurance broker (IL), and an unincorporated association of insurers managing an assigned claims pool (IN), which all arose from the denial of coverage for an eventual $35,000,000 judgment

• Represented a regional landscape management company in the defense of an arbitration claim by a Berkshire-Hathaway affiliated underwriter for the alleged breach of a reinsurance participation agreement

• Represented a Florida based nationally operating travel-agent support company in the defense of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act claim

• Represented a California based prepaid card provider in a breach of contract action by a Michigan based authorized Disney vacation planner claiming in excess of $9,000,000

• Represented a nationally operating demolition subcontractor in breach of contract actions against two sub-subcontractors arising out of demolition projects on bridges in Texas and Kansas and a two story high-rise building in Illinois

• Represented regional semi-truck trailer dealership in a dispute arising from fraudulent representations made in connection with the purchase of a competitor’s business

• Represented a nationally operating demolition subcontractor in a Mechanic’s Lien dispute arising from demolition work performed on an AT&T cellular tower

• Represented a nationally operating demolition subcontractor in a dispute arising from the breach of an output agreement by a scrap steel purchaser

• Represented a nationally operating demolition subcontractor in a dispute arising from the breach of a demolition and abatement contract with a local housing authority

• Represented a regional stone and masonry contractor in a Construction Lien dispute arising from a newly built residential project

• Represented a liquidator/receiver in a dispute relating to the dissolution of a partnership controlling real property valued at over $10,000,000

• Represented a twelve-location restaurant franchise in defending against four contemporaneous employment claims in separate forums by the EEOC and former employees

• Represented a twelve-location restaurant franchise in defending against a breach of contract claim by a Texas alternative energy supplier

• Represented a plastic surgery practice in the defense of a putative class action alleging the wrongful breach of a preferred provider organization agreement

• Represented a plastic surgery practice in the defense of a putative class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act; and, the medical practice’s related offensive efforts to obtain insurance coverage through both professional and commercial liability insurers

• Represented the trustee of a confirmed Chapter 11 plan of reorganization in pursuing three breach of contract claims against customers of the debtor for failing to tender payment to the debtor in exchange for the provision of medical equipment and technicians

• Represented a restaurant in defending against an eviction action and counterclaiming against the landlord for fraud and specific performance of a purchase and sale agreement

• Represented a restaurant in defending against a federal trademark infringement claim commenced by a California based competitor

• Represented a nationally operating demolition subcontractor in seeking emergency injunctive relief against a former employee who absconded with company information and violated a non-compete agreement

• Represented a substantial interest holder in litigation concerning ownership and control of a multi-million-dollar adult entertainment club development

• Represented a manufacturer of commercial industrial lighting in the arbitration of a breach of contract claim against a customer

• Represented a retailer of teacup and toy breed puppies in an action against protesters seeking emergency injunctive relief and damages for defamation and violation of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act

• Represented a national alternative retail electric supplier in a breach of contract action against a customer

• Represented a Tennessee based environmental consulting company in a Consumer Fraud action against an Illinois based international management consulting company

• Represented a law firm in a counterclaim for breach of lease and negligence against its landlord and building security company arising from the tragic and sudden shooting of multiple employees by a former client of a tenant

• Represented one member of a joint venture accused of fraud in connection with the procurement and consignment of Syrian furniture

• Represented a real estate investor in a breach of contract dispute with a commercial real estate broker alleging the existence of an exclusive listing agreement

• Represented a franchise of a national maid service company in the defense of a claim by the EEOC for violating the ADA

Appellate Courts

• Represented a real estate holding company in a Petition for Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States contending the Illinois Supreme Court’s reversal of twenty-five years of intermediate appellate court precedent was a judicial taking

• Represented the beneficiaries of an estate valued in excess of $1,000,000 contending they were necessary parties to a proceeding terminating their interests and arguing that the Financial Exploitation Statute does not preclude children of an exploiter from inheriting

• Represented an appellant law firm contending that substantial compliance with Rule of Professional Responsibility 1.5 renders a referral fee agreement enforceable; and, in any event, the appellee’s deceptive conduct created a cause of action for breach of fiduciary duty

• Represented an appellant commercial real estate investor contending that the trial court’s inclusion of Supreme Court Rule 304(a) language into an otherwise non-final order did not extinguish the validity of a lien

• Represented the appellee in a petition for leave to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court contending that a commercial real estate broker’s contract was an exclusive listing agreement that was void for failing to satisfy statutory requirements

• Represented the appellant in the appeal of a quiet title and ejectment action contending that standing was a non-waiveable component of subject matter jurisdiction; and that the plaintiff’s transfer of title to a land trust removed standing

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star (Michigan and Illinois), Business Litigation, 2012-2016

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan Trucking Association