Attorneys and Staff

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Education
  • University of Michigan, B.A. Psychology, 2001
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D. 2004
Professional Associations
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
Admitted to Practice
  • Michigan State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Tara S. Cannatella

Managing Partner

tcannatella@mhutchlaw.com

Tara S. Cannatella began working for the firm as a law clerk in November of 2002, became an associate attorney in November of 2004 and was named partner in August 2011. Since that time, she has litigated several trials and traffic matters and has successfully settled or won dismissals in many more cases.

She won a “no cause of action” jury verdict in a one-half million dollar property loss case and through pre-trial motions, was able to reduce a potential jury verdict by more than 70% in another product liability case. Tara has also obtained multiple nuisance-type settlements and court dismissals in premises liability cases.

Tara is also a presenter of several seminars for insurance adjusters on Michigan No-Fault Claims, how eyewitnesses and jurors process information, and how to use thematic litigation when settlement negotiations fail.

In her spare time, Tara enjoys softball, bowling, and spending time with her husband and three sons.

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Education
  • Eastern Michigan University, B.S. Business Administration 1974
  • University of Detroit School of Law, J.D. 1977
Professional Associations
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Oakland County Defense Case Evaluator
  • Wayne County Defense Case Evaluator
  • American Bar Association
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Fellows of Michigan State Bar Foundation
Admitted to Practice
  • State of Michigan
  • State of Ohio (currently on inactive status)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Michael J. Hutchinson

Senior Partner

mhutchinson@mhutchlaw.com

Mike founded the firm in 1992. Since then he has established an impressive record winning and settling cases involving life and death issues. Mike’s trial experience includes auto negligence, commercial vehicle litigation, construction accidents, premises liability, products liability, public utility liability and subrogation. This is why larger corporate and insurance clients turn to Mike to defend their interests and their public image in emotionally charged cases.

From 1998 to 2008 Mike served as the resident agent of Schneider National, Inc., one of the Nation’s largest trucking companies. The firm currently handles all of their personal injury, property damage and cargo claims in the State of Michigan.

Mike founded Professional Claims Management Systems in June of 2005 and successfully bid on the outsourcing of a Fortune 500 company’s general liability, workers’ compensation and asbestos litigation. PCMS provided state-of-the-art claims management services to this Fortune 500 company and its various subsidiaries, advice and counsel on general liability issues and supervision to outside counsel.

Mike has completed over 90 jury trials. One factor in many of those successes in court, and equally important in his most effective negotiations or mediated settlements, is the strategic use of a very intensive form of focus group research applied to presentations out of court, as well as in trial. Mike has successfully used focus groups in more than a dozen cases in recent years.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys working out at the gym with friend and competing in triathlons and open water swims. As a member of a 3-man relay team, he has been swimming Lake St. Clair for charity for the last 8 years to raise awareness and money for the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis.

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Education
  • Michigan State, B.A. Economics, 2012
  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D. 2015
Admitted to Practice
  • State of Michigan

Dennis W. Klimek

Associate Attorney

dklimek@mhutchlaw.com

Dennis W. Klimek joined Hutchinson Cannatella, P.C. in August of 2018. In law school, he was a member of the Moot Court program and chancellor of the Student Trial Advocacy Program. He also took on the role as a law clerk at a prominent criminal defense firm, and worked in probate and estate planning.

Since passing the bar, Dennis has focused on the growing and prevalent Michigan no-fault litigation, as well as cases involving premise liability and negligence. Since joining the firm, Dennis continues to manage his busy docket of first and third party auto claims as well as expanding into commercial trucking defense, premises liability claims, public utility litigation and subrogation.

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Education
  • University of Windsor, Political Science, 2011
  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D. 2015
Admitted to Practice
  • State of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Lynn M. Rehman-Barton

Associate Attorney

lbarton@mhutchlaw.com

Lynn M. Rehman-Barton joined Hutchinson Cannatella, P.C. in January of 2020. Prior to attending law school Lynn gained more than 10 years of experience working in Quality Assurance Management for a Fortune 500 company. Upon graduating law school, Lynn worked as Corporate Counsel for the City of Detroit Law Department, where she oversaw a wide array of Auto-Negligence Claims.

She then went onto serve as In-House counsel overseeing a docket of more than 130 first and third-party cases at a prominent Insurance Company. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, listening to records and playing guitar.

Support Staff

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Education
  • University of Michigan, B.A. Political Science, 2016

Sean E. Broderick

Office Manager

sbroderick@mhutchlaw.com

Sean Broderick joined Hutchinson Cannatella, P.C. in May of 2016. He is the center of the firm’s communication and handles much of the behind the scenes functions and day to day operations for the office. His organizational skills and extreme discipline are applicable to office management and promoting attorney efficiency. Sean specializes in background research, investigation and analysis, and even provides IT support to his coworkers within the office. When he’s not in the office, you can find Sean running, swinging kettlebells, golfing, listening to podcasts, and smoking some elite cut of meat.

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Education
  • University of Michigan, B.A. Political Science, 2015

Patrick D. McTighe

Legal Administrator

pmctighe@mhutchlaw.com

Patrick McTighe joined Hutchinson Cannatella, P.C. in July of 2016. Since then, he has served as the backbone of day to day administrative functions. His mindset plays a crucial role in the the firm’s maintenance of an ever-expanding docket. The in house standup comedian, Patrick is always on point for a one-liner. In his free time he enjoys hitting the links, talking baseball and listening to music. An avid Creed fan, Pat awaits the day that Scott Stapp returns to the band like Jesus Christ on the third day.

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Education
  • Henry Ford College, A.A.S Business Adinistration

Samantha Moore

Legal Administrator

smoore@mhutchlaw.com

Samantha Moore joined Hutchinson Cannatella, P.C in October of 2019 as a Legal Administrator. Sammi has proven to be a crucial addition to mitigating the busy workflow the firm has experienced. The attention to detail and sound review skillset demonstrated in her work product took the weight off of each attorney and staff member’s crowded schedules. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, fiancé and her beloved pup, Dex.

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