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With regard to the Mondellis' appeal, we conclude that the district court abused its discretion in excluding the testimony of Drs. Pour and King. This exclusion of evidence was prejudicial error. The district court did not abuse its discretion in refusing to allow joinder of the claims of the Mondelli family.

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Brian E. Jorde

Brian Jorde

Brian E. Jorde brings extensive business experience in real estate development, and personal entrepreneurship, to Domina Law Group pc llo practice. Mr. Jorde is active in the firm's Michigan and Nebraska practices.

Mr. Jorde was raised in Wayne and Omaha, NE. His undergraduate degree in Philosophy is from Vanderbilt University, and his law school education was at Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI.

He worked for several years in complex commercial real estate areas. His work included notable projects, including negotiations for sale of property now used at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock AR. Other major projects included acquisitions complimentary to the Ambassador Bridge, providing the official NAFTA connection between the U S and Canada. He is also involved in environmental issues affecting real estate, and successfully completed a rare orphan oil well cleanup project in Michigan without costs to his clients.

Mr. Jorde also worked for nearly two (2) years in logistics and transportation with a major trucking firm. He negotiated contracts, and arranged transport for truckload, and less than truckload (LTL) cargo movements from Canada to Mexico and all across the United States. He spent a year in the real estate business in Western Australia, too.

Mr. Jorde’s pre-law school work also included time with Domina Law Group pc llo as a paraprofessional working in the trial practice section. He provided courtroom support for a jury case lasting more than three (3) months in Oakland County, MI, and several other cases of significant complexity. Jorde was present in Court when David Domina presented closing argument to a federal jury that returned a $1.3 billion verdict for the firm’s clients.

“Brian’s business experience and entrepreneurial efforts add depth to our practice and is an asset to our clients,” Dave Domina said. "Jorde shares our view that lawyers have not been focused, as they must be, at business solutions, including aggressive risk-sharing fee arrangements, to be of service to clients who need our skills”.

Mr. Jorde said he is “confident that sound legal strategy and solid business thinking are compatible. Together, they can help small businesses grow, and mid-sized ones survive.” Jorde thinks “our country needs thousands of entrepreneurs, not a half dozen multinational corporations. I will be honored to help people make dreams realities, and help families to flourish and family business goals to come true.”

Areas of Practice:

  • Trial Practice
  • Complex Litigation
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Personal Injury & Products Liability for Plaintiffs
  • Real Estate Transactions and Litigation
  • Agriculture Law-Litigation
  • Trucking Collisions; Catastrophic Truck Injuries
  • Will and Trust Dispute Trials

    Trial Experience:

    Mr. Jorde has tried cases to verdict and judgment to juries and to the bench in State and Federal Courts.
    Some of Mr. Jorde’s trial experience includes the following types of cases:

    • 1st Amendment – Free Speech
    • Bankruptcy Adversary Proceeding – Fraudulent Transfers
    • Breach of Contract
    • Commercial Vehicle & Pedestrian Accidents
    • Condemnation
    • Constitutional Challenges
    • Conversion
    • Criminal
    • Crop Loss – Herbicide Damage
    • Estate & Trust Administration Disputes
    • Invasion of Privacy
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Motor Vehicle - Pedestrian Accidents
    • Nuisance – Noise
    • Property & Land Disputes
    • Will Contest - Undue Influence
    • Wrongful Death Proceed Distribution Dispute

    Upcoming Trials:

    • Closely Held Business Dissolution
    • Legal Malpractice
    • Breach of Contract (2)
    • Family Business Dispute
    • Trust Administration Dispute
    • Copyright Infringement
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Bad Faith Denial Insurance Claim
    • Constitutional Challenge

    Bar Admissions:

    • Nebraska
    • Iowa
    • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska
    • U.S. Southern District of Iowa
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Nebraska
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
    • Michigan
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court of Colorado
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


    • Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
    • Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
    • College International de Cannes, France

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