William D. Gilbride Jr. / Shareholder
William D. Gilbride Jr. is an accomplished business attorney, and shareholder in the firm, who has built a solid reputation resolving disputes before they reach a courtroom. He also is a seasoned litigator who has tried many cases in state and federal courts over business, contract, real estate and other matters.
Mr. Gilbride provides expert counsel regarding contracts, business and corporate law, real estate law, dispute avoidance and resolution, non-compete agreements, business torts, and zoning and land use law. He also handles patent, trademark and trade secret litigation.
Mr. Gilbride joined Abbott Nicholson as a partner in 1989. He is a former managing partner of the firm and currently serves on its board of directors.
He was admitted to the Michigan bar and the federal bar for the U.S. District Court-Eastern District of Michigan in 1984, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. Tax Court in 1986.
In addition to his extensive experience in jury and bench trials, Mr. Gilbride conducted arbitrations, mediations and facilitations with the American Arbitration Association and using private arbitrators/facilitators. He has trial experience in a broad range of business, contract and real estate disputes, including:
- Breach of contract actions
- Sales disputes and sales representation
- Business torts
- Medical and peer review matters
- Land contract foreclosures and forfeitures and creditor rights
- Claims against cities and townships arising out of land use disputes and development
- Break-ups of professional organizations and business entities
Mr. Gilbride also served as general business and legal counsel for many for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in such matters as mergers, acquisitions, work-outs, and stock, asset and share exchange transactions. He has served as secretary and general counsel for two non-public corporate clients with more than 100 shareholders each. This experience is invaluable to larger, privately held organizations requiring counsel in handling the many issues affecting closely held corporations and minority shareholder rights.
His law degree is from the University of Detroit and bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Gilbride is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. He also is an SCAO Supreme Court approved civil mediator and was inducted as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) based on his extensive trial experience.
Mr. Gilbride lives in Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., and is married with three adult daughters.