Federal Court Litigation

We help businesses achieve successful results in complex, high-stakes federal litigation.

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP recognizes that litigation in federal court demands capabilities different from those required in state court. We draw on our experience as well as our deep substantive and technical knowledge to efficiently pursue success in litigation involving significant financial stakes or complex federal law issues. We are well-versed in the judicial mindset: while several members of our team are former law clerks to district judges, many others regularly interact with federal judges at seminar presentations and on local bar committees.

Our lawyers regularly appear before the U.S. district courts of Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina, and we have pursued federal issues and established new law in both district court and the circuit courts of appeal. We have frequently represented clients in high-stakes business disputes and cases resulting in published opinions in connection with a wide range of federal laws.

Our Clients

  • Fortune 1000 companies
  • Mid-market and family businesses
  • Corporate officers
  • Individuals
  • Companies with industry-specific litigation needs, from construction to health care
  • Manufacturers and distributors of commercial and consumer products
  • Medical, legal, and financial professionals

Our Services

  • Representation of clients before the U.S. district courts of Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and South Carolina, as well as the circuit courts of appeal
  • Litigation involving Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Bankruptcy Code, the Lanham Act, and the Copyright Act
  • Claims involving federal laws, including the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, the Robinson-Patman Act, the 1933 and 1934 Securities Acts, the Federal Rehabilitation Act, The Family Medical Leave Act, the Social Security Act, and the Civil Rights Act
  • Constitutional claims arising under the Bill of Rights, including the First Amendment
  • Motor and rail carrier claims arising under federal statutes and regulations

News Releases

10.03.2018James R. Carnes Inducted as Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers
06.28.2018Duane A. Daiker Appointed to the Florida Bar's Appellate Practice Certification Standing Committee
04.30.2018H. Michael Bowers and J. Bennett Crites, III Selected to 2018 South Carolina Super Lawyers®
01.19.2018Wagoner and Walinski Co-Author Article on Ohio’s Modern Court Amendment
10.31.2017Shumaker Broker-Dealer Team Wins $3 Million Defamation Award
07.26.2017Christian Staples Named Honoree for the 2017 North Carolina Leaders in the Law Awards
07.11.2017Walmart Ordered to Pay $1.69 Million In Attorneys' Fees In "Exceptional" Trademark Case
06.15.2017Kevin Braig Named Speaker at NCLGS Summer Meeting
06.09.2017Rebecca E. Shope Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Toledo “Woman of the Year"
05.31.2017Unoccupied Nanna’s Coffee Shop on Freedom Drive to Become Charlotte’s First Drive-Thru-Only Coffee Shop
03.09.2017Raydal Hospitality Announces Newest Sabor Latin Street Grill Location
01.26.2017Peter R. Silverman Inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
01.09.2017Shumaker Attorneys Named Business North Carolina's 2017 "Legal Elite"
12.13.2016Axelrod Presents at 33rd Annual American Bar Association Tax Conference
11.16.2016Shumaker Earns National and Regional Rankings from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017
11.10.2016Lisa M Hoffman Honored at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 2016 STANDOUT Awards Banquet
09.07.2016Robert H. Eddy Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
08.10.2016Tivoli Homes of Sarasota Prevails in Copyright Infringement Lawsuit against Medallion Homes Gulf Coast
11.12.2015Christina Davidson Trimmer Joins Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
09.22.2014Rebecca E. Shope Appointed to Advisory Group for U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
06.26.2014Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Announces Significant Addition to the Firm
08.23.2012Shumaker Attorney Mark Wagoner Wins Landmark Victory in Beer Distributorship Case

Blogs

03.28.2018Texas completed fourth execution on 2018
03.28.2018Latest update on battles over criminal justice reform inside the Trump Administration
03.28.2018"Recidivism Among Federal Offenders Receiving Retroactive Sentence Reductions: The 2011 Fair Sentencing Act Guideline Amendment"
03.28.2018"What If Prosecutors Wanted to Keep People Out of Prison?"
03.27.2018Ohio Gov. Kasich commutes yet another death sentence
03.27.2018"The War on Drugs Breeds Crafty Traffickers"
03.27.2018SCOTUS day for considering rules for prison sentence modification based on changed guidelines
03.27.2018"The Scale of Misdemeanor Justice"
03.27.2018After botched effort last month, Alabama agrees not to try again to execute Doyle Lee Hamm
03.26.2018High-profile New Jersey case highlights many challenges of sentencing drunk drivers who kill (and appellate review of sentences)
03.26.2018"Deviancy, Disability, and Dependency: The Forgotten History of Eugenics and Mass Incarceration"
03.25.2018"Prison Crime and the Economics of Incarceration"
03.23.2018Interesting (and important?) new polling data on the death penalty
03.23.2018En banc Sixth Circuit rejects, with some dubitante, effort to extend Sixth Amendment right to counsel to preindictment plea negotiations
03.23.2018Brennen Center releases new report: "Criminal Justice: An Election Agenda for Candidates, Activists, and Legislators"
03.23.2018New spending bill includes a lot more money for Justice Department to fight drug war even harder
11.09.2017"The Unsung Role That Ordinary Citizens Played in the Great Crime Decline"
11.09.2017Florida and Texas carry out executions on same night
11.08.2017"An Overdose Death Is Not Murder: Why Drug-Induced Homicide Laws Are Counterproductive and Inhumane"
11.08.2017Another notable set of Election Day results for the criminal justice reform movement
11.08.2017House members reintroduce the Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act
11.07.2017A number of executions in a number of states generating a number of notable stories and commentary
11.07.2017Prez Trump promises "crime will be gone" if Virginians elect the right governor
11.07.2017"Criminal Justice and the Mattering of Lives"
11.07.2017Interesting account of "Five myths about white collar crime"
11.06.2017Ohio legislator claims condemned inmates "don't like" her bill to abolish death penalty
11.06.2017Spotlighting challenges facing federal prosecutors in capital pursuit of Sayfullo Saipov
11.06.2017Two notable summary reversals from SCOTUS after circuits failed, yet again, to properly follow AEDPA
11.06.2017NAAUSA and six other law enforcement groups write to Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, per the attached letter.
11.05.2017Seeking experiences and thoughts on Marsy's Law, especially from prosecutors, as Ohio prepares to vote
11.05.2017In praise of an extraordinary new resource, "Reforming Criminal Justice"

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Events and Presentations

02.13.20182018 Cyber Security Symposium:  "Data Breach: Expert Advice on Mitigating the Consequences and Protecting the Brand"
01.30.2018Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
10.25.2017Evaluative-Qualitative Mediation as an Alternative to Traditional Mediation
09.14.2017Presenter, "Ethical Issues in Suretyship: Staying Out of Jeopardy," Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey
04.20-21/2017Co-Presenter: “E-Discovery Nuts and Bolts and Trends for Sureties and Their Counsel,” 28th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Nashville, TN
12.08.2016"The Next Wave: The Government’s Focus on US Investments to Evade Foreign Taxes," American Bar Association Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and the Sixth Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy
09.02.2012"Masters in Trial - Direct Examination of Experts"


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