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Elisa J. Lintemuth Associate

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Education

Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude

Michigan State Law Review, Senior Managing Editor 

Denison University, B.A., summa cum laude

Language

Elisa J. Lintemuth’s practice focuses on litigation, with an emphasis on employment litigation, commercial litigation, consumer finance litigation, and appeals. Ms. Lintemuth is experienced in successfully resolving disputes in both state and federal courts. In addition, Ms. Lintemuth regularly advises and trains employers regarding their obligations under state and federal employment laws.

Experience

  • Advising employers on compliance with state and federal employment statutes and regulations including the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA).
  • Successfully defending employers in discrimination and wrongful discharge actions in both state and federal courts, and in administrative charges before the EEOC and Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
  • Defense of ERISA insurance coverage claims.
  • Successfully defending claims against some of the nation's largest financial institutions under state and federal laws, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Michigan's foreclosure by advertisement statute, and the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).
  • Representing taxpayers in tax disputes with the Michigan Department of Treasury before the Tax Tribunal, Court of Claims, Michigan Court of Appeals, and Michigan Supreme Court.
  • Successfully representing an employer in multiple levels of an unemployment appeal.
  • Achieving favorable results in cases involving fraud and other business torts.
  • James v. Munson Med. Ctr., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34278 (W.D. Mich. 2016). Obtained order granting summary judgment in favor of employer in case alleging violations of the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Allen v. WalMart Stores, Inc., 22 F. Supp. 3d 722 (E.D. Mich. 2014), affirmed by 602 Fed. Appx. 617 (6th Cir. 2015).  Obtained favorable decision dismissing employee’s claims under the Family Medical Leave Act. 
  • Farnsworth v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, No. 13-2157, 2014 WL 2743508 (6th Cir. 2014), affirming 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108164 (E.D. Mich. 2013).  Successfully defended claims for breach of contract, fraud, and a challenge under the foreclosure by advertisement statute at both the district court and on appeal to the Sixth Circuit, including defending against a motion to remand and a motion for a temporary restraining order.
  • Burmania v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co, No. 12-cv-1244, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 175530 (W.D. Mich. Dec. 12, 2013). Obtained favorable decision in case challenging discretionary clause in long-term disability policy and received order affirming Hartford's denial of benefits.  
  • Brooks v. Oakland Univ., No. 13-10701, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 167855 (E.D. Mich. 2013).  Obtained order dismissing Plaintiff’s discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act and Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.
  • Michigan Production Machining, Inc. v. Dep't of Treasury, No. 312224, 2013 WL 5989669  (Mich. App. Nov. 12, 2013). The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the Tax Tribunal's grant of summary disposition in favor of taxpayer in dispute regarding tax due under the Single Business Tax Act.
  • McLaughlin v. Chase Home Finance LLC, No 12-1578, 2013 WL 1003465 (6th Cir. Mar. 14, 2013), affirming 2012 WL 995284 (E.D. Mich. Mar. 23, 2012). Successfully defended claims challenging the validity of MERS mortgages, the requirement to pay transfer taxes, and the ability of the bank to foreclose at both the district court and on appeal to Sixth Circuit. 
  • Majors v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co., No. 10-cv-14504, 2012 WL 5820437 (E.D. Mich. June 6, 2012). Obtained decision affirming Hartford's denial of benefits and dismissing Plaintiff's breach of fiduciary duty claim.
  • U.S. Motors v. General Motors Europe, No. 29901 (Mich. App. Jan. 17, 2012 and Mar. 13, 2012), No. 145002 (Mich. S. Ct. Oct. 4, 2012). Successfully defended GM Europe’s interests through all levels of appeal in case alleging breach of contract.
  • Pars Ice Cream Company, Inc. v. Dep't of Treasury,  No. 305148, 2012 WL 3322630 (Mich. App. Aug. 14, 2012). Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the Tax Tribunal's grant of summary disposition in favor of taxpayer in dispute regarding sales tax.
  • Braverman Properties, LLC v. Boston Pizza Restaurants, LP, No. 10-cv-941, 2011 WL 2551189 (W.D. Mich. 2011). Successfully enforced arbitration provision incorporated into parties' agreement.

Blog Posts

Memberships & Involvement

  • American Inns of Court, Gerald R. Ford Chapter
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Federal Bar Association

Community/Civic Activities

  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Great Gardens Party Committee Member
  • The Connection at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Steering Committee Member

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star for Business Litigation and Employment Litigation, 2014-Present

Jurisprudence Achievement Awards in Civil Procedure II, Torts II, Business Enterprises, and Employment Law

Denison University, French Department Fellow

Michigan State University College of Law, Dean Charles H. King Scholar