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Thomas M. Schehr

Thomas M. Schehr



  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Business & Commercial
  • Financial Services Litigation – Consumer

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ABA Group

Michigan, U.S.A.


Thomas M. Schehr is the Director of Dykema’s Financial Industry Group. He represents clients in complex litigation, including financial services, shareholder, contract, real estate, trade secret, and health care disputes.

Mr. Schehr has a strong track record at the trial and appellate levels of federal and state courts and in arbitration. He has successfully handled significant cases for the financial services industry, including Residential Funding Co., LLC v. Saurman, 490 Mich. 909 (2011), where the Michigan Supreme Court reversed a Court of Appeals decision holding that tens of thousands of foreclosures by advertisement conducted by Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. were void ab initio, and Conlin v. Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., 714 F.3d 355 (6th Cir. 2013), where the Sixth Circuit affirmed dismissal of claims of robo-signing and fraud and upheld a contested foreclosure. He has obtained million-dollar judgments following jury trials in business litigation involving shareholder claims; an award of $13 million in an international arbitration involving a contract dispute (result is public record); successful results in health care disputes, including administrative proceedings and medical staff matters; and successful defense judgments following trials in trade secret, real estate, and contract disputes.

Mr. Schehr has served in a number of leadership roles. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Financial Institutions Committee and as Co-Chair of the American Bar Foundation’s Fellows program in Michigan. He is a Past President of the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He has served as a court-appointed discovery master in federal cases, as a court-appointed expert for discovery issues in state court, and is a Certified Commercial Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He also served for seven years as one of Dykema’s Litigation Practice Group Leaders before becoming Director of Dykema’s Financial Industry Group, which includes over 100 lawyers across all offices of the Firm. He has been recognized by several publications for outstanding legal practice, including The Best Lawyers in America© and Michigan Super Lawyers®, among others. Before joining Dykema, Mr. Schehr served as a law clerk to the Honorable Avern Cohn, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan (1997-99).

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1997


Wayne State University, J.D., cum laude
  • Order of the Coif
Michigan State University, B.A.
Areas of Practice

Business & Commercial | Consumer Financial Services | Financial Services Litigation | Financial Services Litigation – Commercial | Financial Services Litigation – Consumer | Health Care | Litigation

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • The Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan appointed Mr. Schehr to the Court's Local Rules Advisory Committee for a three-year term through 2009.
  • Co-Chair of Rules and Civil Practice Committee, Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

  • An Analysis of a Corporate Director's Duty to Ferret Out Wrongdoing: Have the Federal Sentencing Guidelines Effectively Overruled Graham v. Allis Chalmers?,, 42 Wayne L. Rev. 1617
  • Commercial Transactions and Contracts,, 1999 Annual Survey of Michigan Law, 45 Wayne L. Rev. 517
  • Commercial Transactions,, 2000 Annual Survey of Michigan Law, 46 Wayne L. Rev. 547
  • Corporations,, 2001 Annual Survey of Michigan Law, 47 Wayne L. Rev. 481
  • Business Associations,, 2004 Annual Survey of Michigan Law, 50 Wayne L. Rev. 341
  • Business Associations,, 2005 Annual Survey of Michigan Law, 51 Wayne L. Rev. 571

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