Phillip G. Alber | 248-282-8100 | E-mail | Download vCard | Licensed in MI and OH
Fidelity & Surety Law, Construction Law, Commercial Litigation, and ADR

Phillip G. Alber is an AV Peer Review Rated attorney.

Phillip G. Alber is a founding shareholder of the firm. His practice concentrates primarily in the areas of Fidelity and Surety Law, construction disputes, commercial disputes, and ADR. He frequently writes and lectures on surety and construction issues.


  • State of Michigan
  • State of Ohio
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Western District of Michigan
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Northern District of Indiana
  • District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • Contract Surety Law
  • Fidelity Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial Disputes
  • ADR


  • University of Michigan, B.A., Cum Laude, Economics, 1971
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., Cum Laude, 1974
  • Mediation Training (40 hours of training, to be listed as approved mediator for Michigan courts)


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Ohio
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum Committee on Construction Law
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
      • Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
        • Past Vice Chair
    • Dispute Resolution Section
  • Surety Association of Michigan
  • National Bond Claims Association
    • Past Program Chairperson
  • Surety Association of Michigan
  • Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Association
  • Case Evaluator, Macomb County Circuit Court Mediation Tribunal
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association


  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Peer Review Rated attorney (by peer nomination)
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007-2016
  • Who's Who in American Law, 6th to 15th Editions
  • Who's Who in America, 56th to 62nd Editions
  • Who's Who in the World, 21st to 26th Editions
  • Who's Who in Finance and Industry, 33rd to 36th Editions


  • "Making Sense Out of Performance And Payment Bonds"
  • "Delay Claims in Michigan"
  • "Second Tier Claimant's Notice Requirements Under Michigan's Bond Statute"
  • "Does The Typical Unfair Settlement Practice Act Create Private Rights For Litigants Against Sureties"
  • "CD-ROMS to Gigabytes: Electronic Media Discovery"
  • "The Effect on the Surety of a Default Judgment Against the Principal"
  • "Project Update 1995: Illustrative Provisions of a General Indemnity Agreement Taken In Connection With Contract Surety Bonds"
  • "The Surety Indemnity Agreement- Law & Practice"
  • "Negotiating Skills and Claims Handling"
  • "The Discharge of the Surety by Release of the Principal"
  • "Rights and Remedies by Principals or Indemnitors Against the Surety"
  • "Legal, Practical and Ethical Considerations When Sitting for a Deposition as a Corporate Designee"
  • "Digging through the Rubble - the Prosecution and Defense of Claims after the Contractor's Business Fails"
  • "Breach, Default, Termination and other Contract Provisions: The Need to Connect the Dots in a Performance Bond Claim"
  • "The Devil is in the Detail - Differences in General Indemnity Agreements and What They Mean to your Customers"

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