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William L. Kiriazis

William L. Kiriazis

Shareholder

Phone: (248) 312-2800
Direct Phone: (248) 312-2905
Fax: (248) 879-0042
Email: wkiriazis@vgpclaw.com

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WILLIAM L. KIRIAZIS represents design professionals including architects, engineers and land surveyors in all aspects of their work from contract preparation to problem solving to litigation. He also represents owners, contractors and vendors in construction related matters.

In addition to construction law, Bill also has expertise in aviation litigation. He has been involved in a number of major air crash lawsuits including Northwest Flight 255 and Comair Flight 3272. He has experience in handling mass tort claims, complex lawsuits and federal court multi-district litigation.

Bill has handled a wide range of cases for a diverse group of clients from individuals to large multi-national corporations. He has tried many cases in the Michigan courts and the United States District courts. He is also an active participant in Alternative Dispute Resolution and serves as a mediator and arbitrator. In addition to handling a full trial docket, Bill is currently a co-Managing Shareholder of the firm as well as its Secretary and General Counsel. Bill previously served the firm as its President from 1997 to 2017.


Education

University of Michigan, B.A., with distinction, Political Science and History,1977

Wayne State University School of Law, J.D. 1981


Licenses

State Bar of Michigan 1981

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan 1981

United States District Court, Western District of Michigan 1992

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit 1993


Honors and Awards

“AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell Peer Review, the highest rating given

"Super Lawyer", State of Michigan, Construction Litigation, every year from the inception of the program

"Top Lawyer", dbusiness Magazine


RECENT SUCCESSES AND NEWSWORTHY EVENTS


April 6, 2018

William L. Kiriazis and Adam K. Gordon obtain summary disposition in $10 million construction case

Metro Hospital v Premier Caulking, Inc.

Bill Kiriazis and Adam Gordon successfully defended a $10 million construction lawsuit by obtaining a summary disposition from Judge Christopher P. Yates in Kent County Circuit Court. Our client, Premier Caulking, Inc., completed certain construction work on the hospital construction project in 2008 which included interior and exterior window caulking. According to Plaintiff’s Complaint, subsequent to completion of the construction project, the windows began to leak causing substantial damage to the building itself as well as contents within the building. Suit was filed by Metro Hospital in March 2017 against Premier Caulking, Inc. and four other parties. Plaintiff alleged gross negligence, breach of implied warranty, fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of third party beneficiary, silent fraud and fraudulent concealment and civil conspiracy. On April 6, 2018, in a lengthy and well-reasoned Opinion and Order, Judge Yates granted summary disposition as to four of the five Defendants including Premier Caulking, Inc., on the basis that the claims were time-barred by the applicable statutes of limitation for each claim and the Statute of Repose, MCL 600.5839.


February 5, 2018

Fritz v Millennia Housing Management, Ltd.

William Kiriazis received a summary disposition from Judge James Maceroni in a case pending in the Macomb County Circuit Court. Bill represented a landlord and management company who were sued by a resident after having been allegedly sexually assaulted by another resident in an elevator of the apartment building. In a written Opinion citing Bailey v Schaaf, 494 Mich 595 (2013), Judge Maceroni ruled that the defendant landlord and management company owed no duty to plaintiff to anticipate and prevent the criminal acts of a third party and that the defendants’ duty was limited to “reasonably expediting the involvement of the police.”