Our Team > Thomas G. Cardelli

Tom Cardelli is a board certified civil trial lawyer, in accordance with the ABA approved National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). He has completed over 150 jury trials. Mr. Cardelli has also earned the designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional from the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) in a course hosted at Columbia Law School.

Mr. Cardelli holds an AV® rating and Preeminent Lawyer designation from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers® since 2007, and Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit by Detroit Business Magazine.

Mr. Cardelli is active with volunteer work with Cristo Rey, Boys and Girls Club of Oakland and Macomb Counties, and is presently on the Board of Directors for OUR Credit Union.


  • Michigan State University, B.A. Philosophy
  • Detroit College of Law, J.D.
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Runner-Up

Admitted to the Bar

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Ohio


  • Founding member of present firm in 1991.
  • Several of the firm’s clients have been clients for over 30 years.
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Preeminent Lawyer designation by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) – American Bar Association approved.
  • Civil Litigation Certificate.
  • Selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are selected.
  • 50 Fittest CEOs over 50 in Southeast Michigan.

Reported Cases

  • Sonbay v. Zadeh,116 Mich App 659 (1982)
  • McMiddleton v. Otis Elevator Company,424 Mich 862; 377 NW2d 821 (Mich, 12/18/85)
  • Glavin v. Baker Material Handling Corporation,132 Mich App 318; 347 NW2d 222 (Mich App, 2/21/84)
  • Childress v. Gresen Manufacturing Company,888 F2d 45 (6th Cir MI, 1989), Prod. Liab. Rep. (CCH) p. 12, 290
  • Hartsfield v. Otis Elevator Company,986 F. Supp 449 (E.D. Mich. 1997)
  • Clark Bros. Sales Company v Dana Corp,777 F. Supp 2d 837 (E.D. Mi. 1999)
  • Telescan v. Pacaar115 F. Supp 772 (2000)
  • Shawl v. Spence Brothers2008 Mich. App. Lexis 1706 (2008)
  • Romain v. Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance Company754 N.W.2d 257 (Mich. 2008)

Practice Focus

  • Complex civil trials; personal injury, product liability; employment; commercial, Auto and Truck Litigation.
  • Litigated hundreds of matters for Elevator companies in Michigan and Ohio. Life Member of the Elevator/Escalator Safety Foundation.


“Product Liability Relief for Component Part Manufacturers”
69 Michigan Bar Journal 812, May 1990 and 32 For The Defense 20, May, 1990
Co-Authors Thomas G. Cardelli and Cheryl A. Cardelli

“Liability of Component Part Manufacturers for Design Defects in Completed Products”
2 Products Liability Law Journal 64, March 1990
Co-Authors Thomas G. Cardelli and Cheryl A. Cardelli

“Beware the ‘Send’ Button: Offer, Acceptance and the ‘Knockout Rule’ in Electronic Contract Negotiation”
Primerus XPress International Society of Primerus Law Firms Corporate Client e-Newsletter, October 2015
Co-Authors Thomas G. Cardelli, Christopher J. Doyle, Vani C. Gujuluva and Jennifer M. Paine



American Bar Association; State Bar of Michigan; Italian-American Bar Association; Oakland County Bar Association; Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Wayne County Mediation Tribunal Association; Defense Research Institute; International Society of Primerus Law Firms (Primerus); National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys.

Outside Interests

  • Marathon running, skiing, and golf