“There’s a classic risk-return tradeoff. You can’t go nuts about every potential risk or you’d never leave your porch. But . . . when you see a client who is biting off a huge potential risk, we have a duty at least a flag it, make them aware of it, and say, ‘You can sign it, but this is what you are getting into.’”

-Dan Sharkey

Episode Outline

00:19 – Introduction

01:14 – Dan Sharkey’s trial experience as a JAG attorney

02:25 – More about Dan and his law practice

04:32 – Auto supply chain litigation

06:49 – Thoughts on the supply chain crisis

11:24 – The value a seasoned litigator can add at the contract stage

13:02 – The Bilstein case

23:02 – Thoughts on contract negotiation

27:36 – Dan’s advice for setting the table for a dispute

30:51 – Where to find Dan Sharkey online


About Dan Sharkey

Daniel N. Sharkey, a cofounder and member of Brooks Wilkins Sharkey & Turco PLLC, concentrates his practice in business and supply-chain contracts and litigation. He has significant experience in litigation issues such as construction, class actions, environment, franchises and dealerships, intellectual property, creditors, and sales representatives. He has tried more than 60 cases in U.S. District, bankruptcy, military, and state courts, and in private arbitrations. Dan was previously a shareholder at Butzel Long and a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 3rd Infantry Division, where he served as a trial counsel and special assistant U.S. attorney. Dan is President of the Federal Bar Association’s Eastern District of Michigan chapter and is former chair of the Michigan State Bar’s commercial litigation committee. Dan is also Adjunct Visiting Professor, Michigan State School of Supply Chain Management. Dan has been ranked by Super Lawyers as a top 10 lawyer in Michigan.

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