Cynthia M. FilipovichCynthia Filipovich Clark Hill
Cynthia M. Filipovich
Cynthia M. Filipovich is chair of the Appellate Practice at Clark Hill. She specializes in appellate practice with an emphasis on federal courts of appeals nationwide. Her practice also includes trial litigation, including complex commercial litigation, and products liability disputes. Cynthia has been selected by her peers as a dBusiness magazine Top Lawyer in Appellate Practice and has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer in Appellate Practice since 2013.
Prior to entering private practice at Clark Hill, Cynthia served for more than five years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Eric L. Clay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Walter Shapero of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and to the Honorable Maureen Pulte Reilly of the Michigan Court of Appeals. In addition, Cynthia served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Patricia J. Boyle of the Michigan Supreme Court. She was an adjunct legal writing professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Cynthia has represented large commercial entities at the trial court level and on appeal in complex cases involving international automotive litigation, forklift products liability, asbestos litigation, international products liability, banking and mortgage disputes, and intellectual property matters. She has extensive experience involving constitutional matters including Section 1983 claims, first amendment free speech and establishment clause challenges, due process rights, and fourth amendment search and seizure challenges. Cynthia’s appellate representation also includes raising a significant matter of first impression before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit involving subject matter jurisdiction of the federal appellate courts.
Cynthia also has represented individual parties in a variety of matters. One such case involved real property and riparian rights in which Cynthia was successful in having an adverse ruling reversed on appeal thereby preserving the status of the client’s waterfront property.
Cynthia is a registered pharmacist and was director of pharmacy services at a local hospital for several years before entering law school at the University of Detroit Mercy where she earned her Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, in 1994. Cynthia was named the school’s Outstanding Female Law Graduate by the National Association of Women Lawyers, and was the recipient of the Julia Darlow Award from the Michigan Lawyers Association. She was a member of the Justice Frank Murphy Honor Society for Academic Achievement and a member of the St. Thomas More Society. Also while in law school, Cynthia was a two-year member of Law Review where she served as Executive Editor.
Cynthia currently serves as the Co-Chair of Clark Hill BOLD - Detroit, the firm's strategy to promote women within the firm, the legal profession, and the business community.
Publications and Presentations:
- "For Whom the Court Rule Tolls", Defense Research Institute, Certworthy (2011)
- "Inadvertent Disclosure of Information That is Subject to a Claim of Privilege or Protection as Trial Prep Material", Lorman Presentations (May, 2009)
- "Inadmissibility of Governmental Highest Possible Use Evidence in a Partial Takings Case: A Departure from Constitutional Just Compensation", Univ. Det. Mercy Law Review (Vol. 70)
Representative Litigation and Appellate Matters:
- Chrysler Group, LLC U.S. District Court E.D. Michigan Representing Chrysler Group in nationwide dealership dispute in the aftermath of bankruptcy
- PNC Bank, N.A. U.S. District Court E.D. Michigan Representing PNC Bank in multi-million contract dispute
- STERIS Corporation U.S. District Court E.D. Michigan Representing STERIS in products liability matter
- Crown Equipment Corporation U.S. District Court E.D. California.; E.D. Michigan; State Circuit Courts Representing Crown Equipment in products liability matters
- DaimlerChrysler Corporation U.S. District Court S.D. New York; E.D. Michigan; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court Representing DaimlerChrysler in several different multi-million dollar commercial disputes
- Clear Channel Entertainment, Inc. Michigan State Court Representing Clear Channel in defense of premises liability claims
- Thyssenkrupp Budd Company U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Representing Thyssenkrupp in defense of appeal
- Basic Coatings, Inc. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Representing Basic Coatings in defense and dismissal of appeal
- HealthCall of Detroit, Inc. E.D. Michigan; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Representing HealthCall on claims involving insurance disputes including an issue of first impression in the 6th Circuit
- Michigan Manufacturers Association U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Representing MMA as amicus curiae for Whirlpool Corporation
- Police and Fire Retirement System of the City of DetroitMichigan Court of Appeals Representing PFRS on several matters on appeal as both appellant and appellee
- Barnard Manufacturing Company Michigan Court of Appeals Representing Barnard Manufacturing in defense of appeal
- Janet Hope Keiser Michigan Court of Appeals Representing individual in reversal of case involving riparian rights