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Theresa A. Munaco Associate

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D.

University of Michigan, B.S.

Theresa Munaco is an associate in Dykema's Detroit office. Her practice focuses on business and commercial litigation in the areas of contract disputes, automotive dealer and supplier disputes, healthcare disputes, financial services litigation, insurance litigation, and intra-entity business disputes including fiduciary duty claims, shareholder oppression, and derivative suits. Ms. Munaco also has worked on products liability and toxic tort litigation, consumer warranty claims, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”) cost recovery and contribution claims, and class actions brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). 

Ms. Munaco maintains a strong commitment to pro bono practice and has represented clients in several areas including immigration, legal name changes, Section 1983 Civil Rights claims, record expungements, and estate planning.

While in law school, Ms. Munaco served as an Associate Editor and Membership Coordinator for the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law and as the Mentorship Chair of the Women Law Students Association. Ms. Munaco also worked as a student attorney for the Michigan Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, the Michigan Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, and the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Clinic, where she served as a student supervisor and teaching assistant.

Experience

  • Drafted successful motion for stay in TCPA case pending the Supreme Court’s decision on case with possible dispositive effect
  • Removed lawsuit alleging violations of the UCC from Michigan state court to federal court; researched and drafted successful motion to dismiss
  • Provided trial preparation support for high stakes products liability matter; drafted Daubert motions and motions in limine
  • Drafted and served written discovery requests in various matters
  • Assisted with planning pro bono remote estate planning clinic for first responders during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Won a significant money judgment for an inmate in the custody of the Michigan Department of Corrections following trial involving several violations of the prisoner’s civil rights; successfully argued multiple motions in limine in front of magistrate judge
  • Contributed to amicus brief filed by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan and the Innocence Project in the Michigan Supreme Court focused on the status of eyewitness identification research and ways to prevent misidentification in criminal cases

Memberships & Involvement

  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association