GENERAL CIVIL LITIGATION
Mr. DeLuca has represented clients in connection with a wide array of matters relating to business issues, contract disputes, lawsuits involving the purchase and sale of real property, employment issues, shareholder disputes, and other disputes that arise among business owners. Throughout his career, Mr. DeLuca has successfully taken on large firms and major corporations on behalf of businesses and individuals.
Mr. DeLuca has extensive experience representing individuals in divorce and child custody matters. During law school, Mr. DeLuca was a member of the acclaimed Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. Through this program, Mr. DeLuca won his first jury trial, terminating the parental rights of an abusive father. Mr. DeLuca prides himself on resolving family law matters quickly, effectively, and inexpensively.
COPYRIGHT AND TRADEMARK LITIGATION
Mr. DeLuca has significant experience and expertise in the areas of copyright and trademark litigation. Some of his accomplishments include obtaining a favorable settlement in a trademark infringement action brought against two major entertainment corporations and a major broadcasting company on behalf of a recording artist, and taking a case of first impression concerning the scope of authorship in sound recordings to trial against a Grammy Award winning artist.
Prior to law school, Mr. DeLuca worked in the music industry for seven years. He has significant experience negotiating and drafting contracts relating to all aspects of the music business. His clients include recording artists, producers, and songwriters. Mr. DeLuca also provides advice on performing rights society affiliation, proper entity formation, and copyright and trademark registration.
Mr. DeLuca routinely serves as liaison counsel in class action securities cases in federal and state courts in the State of Michigan.
- An opinion and order in the defendant’s favor after a two day evidentiary hearing against a major car manufacturer and the former Attorney General for the State of Michigan;
- A published opinion in the Michigan Court of Appeals on behalf of the defendants in Brooks Williamson and Associates, Inc. v Mayflower Construction, 308 Mich App 18, 863 NW2d 333 (2014) (holding that where it is shown that a party subject to default did not receive notice of his opponent’s intent to request a default judgment, the requirement that that party must also show a meritorious defense to set aside the default judgment constitutes a denial of the constitutional right to due process);
- Obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order and subsequent Preliminary Injunction on behalf of the plaintiff against one of its former employees;
- Obtaining just under policy limits for the plaintiff following a favorable case evaluation award in an action involving a motorcycle accident;
- Obtaining a favorable settlement as liaison counsel in a class action where, on behalf of the class, it was alleged that the directors of a bank had breached their fiduciary duties to its shareholders in connection with a merger with another bank.