Litigator, Judge, and Immigration Attorney Announce the Formation of Detroit Law Firm


(Detroit, MI)–January 6, 2010–Three of Detroit’s most well respected lawyers have joined forces as nationally renowned trial attorney Lawrence Charfoos announced the formation of a boutique law firm with former Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Judge William Giovan and prominent immigration lawyer Robert Birach.

The new firm, Charfoos, Giovan, and Birach L.L.P., is located in downtown Detroit’s Penobscot Building and specializes in complex business litigation, highly selective tort litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and immigration law.

“Recognizing the economic challenges facing business and legal markets, we offer exceptional legal representation at a substantially lower cost structure to companies and individuals seeking prompt and favorable resolutions to their contested matters,” said Lawrence Charfoos.

“With the experience of William Giovan, a highly respected former Judge, our firm and clients will greatly benefit by his insight and counsel. In addition, Robert Birach’s expertise will allow the firm to meet the increased demand for highly effective immigration representation,” said Charfoos.

All three attorneys have impressive credentials and are among the top in their field.

Recognized as one of the leading trial attorneys in the country, Lawrence Charfoos, inducted into the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Inner Circle of Advocates, specializes in handling complex business litigation from pretrial work through appeal and highly selective tort litigation.

As the first Michigan attorney to obtain a million dollar verdict, Charfoos later carved a niche handling minority shareholder oppression claims while taking on complex business disputes.

When he retired as Chief Judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court in January of 2009, William Giovan completed a remarkable 33 year career on Michigan’s largest and busiest court where he presided over hundreds of civil and criminal cases after being appointed by Governor William Milliken in 1976. In his 39 years on the bench Giovan served on every court level from the municipal courts to the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Giovan is retained as a facilitator, mediator, and arbitrator in his alternative dispute resolution practice for cases ranging from divorce and personal injury to complex commercial litigation.

Robert Birach is considered one of the top immigration attorneys in the country. He represents individuals and families facing issues with the U.S. immigration process including visa petitions and extensions, naturalization, administrative appeals and political asylum. He also counsels and represents businesses on immigration matters including non-immigrant visas for temporary workers, adjustment of status and regulatory compliance issues.

For more information on the firm, go to or call 313-964-1234.

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