David Binkley has been practicing law for more than 40 years with an emphasis on business and commercial litigation. David represents a vast array of individuals and corporations, both as plaintiffs and defendants, involving a wide range of corporate matters including shareholder oppression claims, contract disputes, franchise litigation and professional liability claims. His goal-driven practice is equipped toward meticulously understand his clients’ needs and providing strategic counsel from start to finish.
David’s substantial experience in both federal and state courts has enabled him to handle many complex litigation and arbitration matters most recently successfully defending a $30M Fair Labor Standards Act claim and representing business owners in Errors and Omissions claims against negligent insurance providers.
David is uniquely equipped to handle the needs of business owners as he is the founder of two technology companies in Southeast Michigan and California.
David Binkley is uniquely qualified to work with clients during negotiation and resolution of complex business transactions. In 2001, he co-founded and acted as general counsel for a start-up IT company focused on automobile parking solutions. That company emerged from its humble beginnings at the Somerset Mall in Troy, Michigan to being acquired by a publicly traded company for $20,000,000.
As general counsel to STA Management (Southfield, Michigan) David Binkley has been in charge of the sale of 70 Domino’s franchises including management of all due diligence, document preparation and review. He has bought and sold dozens of shopping centers and businesses, has negotiated and completed the buy-out of shareholders, negotiated with creditors while protecting the client’s assets from potential problems. David possesses the capacity to see issues in these deals that might not be obvious to other lawyers lacking litigation experience in complex business deals. David has both.
From 1991-2000 David Binkley acted as a player agent for some big names on the PGA and LPGA tour. Following his meeting (and caddying for) Paul Azinger in a Skins Game, David began his relationship with Hurricane Sports owned by Paul Azinger and others. From there, David began an exclusive player/agent relationship with LPGA Hall of Famer, Meg Mallon. During his time with Meg, David negotiated multiple sponsorship and endorsement agreements including Mazda, Bridgestone and IZOD. (*He also played Augusta. 3 times)
Making decisions in business transactions requires an experienced lawyer capable of overseeing a deal to a successful conclusion. David Binkley possesses that experience.
"Having worked with many attorneys on business issues and family law - both in and out of the state - I can definitively say that David Binkley is the best of the best. Not only is he respected by other attorneys because of decades of relentless advocacy for his clients, but he thrives in the arena of complex litigation; with easier matters being dispensed with swiftly. David sweats the small details that other attorneys seem to miss altogether. No games, no nonsense, just superior representation. Period. David has a soft spot for his client's distress and suffering which motivates him to be highly responsive and effective. He explains and then implements his clever strategies so that the client feels like they have a bit of control during an often unsettling event. His faith, a sharp and decisive mind, clever wit, biting sense of humor, humility, and strong physical presence drive David's creative approach to unearth winning solutions. Lots of attorneys have slick rhetoric, blast us with media advertising, or may have been referred to by your great aunt's long lost cousin, but this man gets the job done under the most difficult circumstances. David's the real deal . . . and I highly recommend him."
Saving the Company
"Our company hired David Binkley in the middle of a very messy shareholder dispute. Our previous counsel told us to settle but without giving us a good reason to do so. Mr. Binkley asked the one question no one else asked us "what do you want the company to look like in 1-3 years?" and then he tailored a strategy to get us exactly there. Being informed is key to trusting your attorney and Mr. Binkley was excellent at keeping us not only informed, but discussing strategies to achieve our objectives. I've come to rely on him for all of our other work."
"David Binkley was my outside counsel for 3 years before I convinced him to become general counsel to our parent company and its 100 subsidiaries. In that 10 year period his success rate was 99% (he lost one case in 10 years) but his commitment to our companies was always 100%. He is a trusted advisor, brilliant in the courtroom and a skilled tactician. I haven't used outside counsel for anything since he joined us. My highest recommendation!"
"I respect lawyers who take hard cases, and this is a very hard case. I don’t know how you could have done it any better, Mr. Binkley"