Adam T. Schnatz

Adam T. Schnatz

Auburn Hills, Michigan

As an attorney at McAlpine, PC, Adam T. Schnatz represents clients in Auburn Hills, the Detroit area, and throughout Southeastern Michigan and the Midwest. He focuses his practice on construction claims and litigation, such as issues involving high-rise projects, stadiums and bridges.

In 2000, Mr. Schnatz received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Michigan. He then earned a Juris Doctor in 2005 from Michigan State University College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as chief editor of the school's Journal of Medicine and Law.

Each phase of a construction project is critical to the success of the overall endeavor. Similarly, every part of the legal process is important to securing a positive outcome for a client With that in mind, Mr. Schnatz is committed to thorough, aggressive representation during each step of a case, from pretrial motions to negotiations to litigation. As a skilled trial attorney, he is not afraid to take on complex cases or large adversaries

Having represented clients such as developers, contractors and owners, Mr. Schnatz has a comprehensive view of construction issues. He takes the time to review the details of a case and gather his client's input. Then, relying on his legal knowledge and extensive resources, he builds a compelling case in support of his client's goals. Mr. Schnatz knows what to look for in contracts and how to dissect an opponent's argument. Dedicated to his clients' growth and success, he helps people take advantage of opportunities, and identify and overcome challenges.

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Areas of Practice

  • 50% Construction Litigation
  • 20% Commercial Litigation
  • 10% Insurance Defense
  • 20% Business Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2008
  • Indiana, 2006
  • Illinois, 2005
  • District of Columbia, 2007


  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2005
    • Law Review: Michigan State University Law Review, Chief Editor, 2004 - 2005
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • B.A. - 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Michigan Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2011 - 2012
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2015

Past Employment Positions

  • The Miller Law Firm, Senior Associate, 2009 - 2015
  • Urgo & Nugent, Ltd., Associate Attorney, 2006 - 2008