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Peter B. Kupelian



151 S. Old Woodward
Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009
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J.D., University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1980
B.A., with High Honors, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1977
State Bar Licenses
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
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Peter B. Kupelian


Peter Kupelian counsels companies and executives in business matters including healthcare, insurance and employment, through litigation and appeals in state and federal courts as well as before government agencies.

He regularly represents his clients in high stakes disputes including counseling and defending class actions and other multiple party and complex matters. For health care clients, Peter represents medical practices, physicians and health care providers, counselling individuals and entities regarding business, regulatory and employment issues. He also represents these clients before administrative agencies including providing counsel on the Certificate of Need program before the Michigan Department of Community Health and has handled administrative appeals up through the state court system.

Peter works closely with his clients to determine the appropriate course of action in a complex and regulatory filled environment prior to any dispute arising or litigation being initiated, counselling businesses and individuals regarding legal, fiduciary and ethical obligations to best assure compliance and to evaluate and minimize risk.

He advises insurers in mass tort coverage litigation, environmental matters, policy rescission actions in a variety of contexts (including life insurance) and matters involving complex disputes between excess and primary insurers and has participated in ground breaking federal and state court decisions upholding the rights of insurance companies.

In addition, Peter defends and counsels companies in a wide variety of employment-related matters, including disputes over breach of agreements and wrongful discharge, discrimination and compliance with various federal and state statutes (e.g., ADA) as well restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements and internal employment investigations.  He also counsels clients on day-to-day employment issues, including drafting and interpreting employment manuals and contracts with particular experience with executive employment agreements.

As an arbitrator and mediator, through court appointments and otherwise, his experience includes complex commercial, shareholder and partnership disputes, contract and medical-related matters.  He often writes, lectures and provides training regarding alternative dispute resolution methodologies and issues. 

Representative Cases:

  • Dutton-Lainson Co. v. Continental Insurance Co. and Northern Insurance Company of New York, 778 N.W.2d 433 (Neb. 2010)
  • United Food and Commercial Workers AFL-CIO, Local No. 880 v. National Labor Relations Board, 74 F.3d 292 (D.C. Cir. 1996)
  • Shpargel v. Stage & Co., 914 F.Supp. 1468 (E.D. Mich. 1996)
  • Employers Ins. of Wausau v. Petroleum Specialties, Inc., 69 F.3d 98 (6th Cir. 1995)
  • Aetna Casualty & Surety Co. v. Dow Chemical Co., 883 F.Supp. 1101 (E.D. Mich. 1995)
  • U.S.A. v. Cordova Chemical, 759 F.Supp. 1269 (W.D. Mich 1991)
  • West Bay Exploration v A.I.G., 915 F.2d 1030 (6th Cir. 1990)
  • Vhalantones v. Zurich American, 750 F.Supp. 248 (E.D. Mich. 1990)
  • Pawlak v. Redox, 182 Mich. App. 758 (Mich. App. 1990)
  • Fireman’s Fund v. Ex-Cell-O, 720 F.Supp. 597 (E.D. Mich. 1989)
  • Admiral Merchants v. Mich. Dept. of Labor, 149 Mich. App. 344 (Mich. App. 1986)
  • Advance Watch Co. Ltd. v. Kemper Natl. Life Ins. Co., 878 F.Supp. 1034 (E.D. Mich. 1995)
  • Commodity Futures Trading Comm v. First National Monetary Corp., 565 F.Supp 30 (D.C. Ill. 1983) 
Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Labor and Employment (2019 & 2021)
Top Lawyers in the Midwest 2021, American Registry
Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2020)
State Bar of Michigan
Defense Research Institute
American Arbitration Association
American Health Lawyers Association
Armenian-American Bar Association
The Fellows of Michigan State Bar Foundation
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Formation of and counsel to medical professional corporations.
Represented physician parties in corporate split-ups.