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Kenneth Neuman

Published February 26, 2015 by

Neuman Anderson P.C.

Meet Bloomfield Township resident and attorney Kenneth Neuman. A lifelong Detroiter and graduate of Michigan State University (B.A. in accounting) and the Wayne State University School of Law, Neuman is also a registered Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He spent several years practicing with one of the “big eight” accounting firms prior to beginning his legal career.

“I was lucky to work at a law firm early on that allowed me to dabble in commercial litigation,” he says. “This exposure — coupled with my accounting background — enabled me to shift my focus from a corporate tax attorney to a business law trial attorney. I’ve been practicing law for over 28 years now with a focus on litigating corporate, real estate and construction, accounting and forensic issues, and contract disputes.”

Neuman is a founding partner and president of his own law practice, Neuman Anderson P.C. in Birmingham, which he describes as a boutique commercial litigation firm.

“It’s no secret that business litigation can be very expensive,” he says. “A benefit of a firm like ours is the ability to deliver great service at a lower price. That’s our advantage over the larger firms.”

Industry changes: Over the past 20 years or so, technology has completely transformed my profession, as it has most others. Nowadays, lawyers and clients communicate substantially via email and less by phone. I get about 200 emails a day and spend only about one to two hours per day on the phone. In the past, it was closer to four or five hours. And now, we accumulate discovery records in electronic format as opposed to piles of paper stacked on top of my desk. That’s a lot of saved trees!

Professionally speaking: I have a passion for advocacy and ethics, and I hold myself and my partners to a very high standard in terms of the work we turn out — both the written word and the oral advocacy skills we bring to court. We have a reputation built on integrity and quality, and I’m proud of that. Our greatest obligation is to maintain the highest standards of truthfulness and integrity, while at the same time zealously advocating for our clients.

Proudest career accomplishment: For the past eight years, I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the best team of business law trial lawyers that I could imagine working with. I’m extremely proud to be working alongside my colleagues at Neuman Anderson.

Career thoughts: Because we are in the business of solving complicated business disputes, our clients are almost always facing a major legal battle. It’s up to us to solve their problems and do so in a cost-efficient manner. A lot of our work comes from referrals from other attorneys and law firms, and that is a product of our reputation — it’s one based on the results that we’ve delivered over the years. And every day it’s up to us to strive to maintain that.

Passion for: I’ve always loved sports, and I’ve played competitive tennis and basketball for most of my life. I don’t have the knees to slam dunk a basketball anymore, but I’ve taken up golf and that’s another great outlet. This passion is something I enjoy sharing with my 13-year-old son. He’s doing great in school and is a fantastic athlete.

Life in Bloomfield Township: My wife, Lisa, and I couldn’t be happier with our son’s school. The Bloomfield Hills school system has been exceptional, and we’re impressed with the caliber of the faculty and administration. As far as our everyday lives, we live on a canal connected to an all-sports lake and it’s unbelievable! We don’t have to drive up north and spend hours on I-75 if we want to go to the lake. Now, we just open the backdoor and step outside.

Favorite place: Our home. I like being on our boat with my wife and son, fishing and just hanging out. There is a trail nearby that we use for cycling or taking our dog for long walks. The geography in this area is very beautiful, and we feel lucky to be in this community.

Perfect day: I’d start the day off with some early morning tennis, followed by an afternoon on the boat with my family and an evening round of golf, and end it with dinner and a glass of red wine. It doesn’t get much better than that!

What most people don’t know about me: I’m very passionate about politics. People think they know my political leanings, but I’m a true independent. I’m very progressive on social issues but have voted for candidates from both parties in every election. There has to be a middle ground, and I don’t know what concerns me more — the radical left or the radical right! Honestly, they both scare the heck out of
me. NS

— Interviewed by Matthew Totsky

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