- J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2000, summa cum laude
- B.A., Cornerstone University, 1997, with highest honor
Sal Pirrotta began practicing law in 2000. Mr. Pirrotta is a commercial litigator. He represents a wide range of business entities and owners, executives, medical professionals, attorneys and law firms, agricultural growers and suppliers, and individuals.
Mr. Pirrotta provides clients with guidance and counsel on bet-the-company litigation, responses to claims, and procedural compliance advice. He represents companies and individuals pre-suit and at the trial and appellate levels, as well as for matters related to governmental regulatory and licensing issues. He practices primarily in the U.S. District Courts and state courts throughout Michigan. Mr. Pirrotta’s experience with complex commercial litigation is strengthened by excellent working relationships with state and federal governmental agencies and departments. His commercial litigation experiences includes representing large companies (such as Tier One automotive suppliers), midsize companies (such as marine transportation and construction companies), and small companies (such as owners of small farms, retail locations, restaurants, and taverns). That commercial experience extends to the shareholders and owners of large, midsize, and small companies, including shareholder disputes.
Mr. Pirrotta’s practice includes professional liability work (malpractice defense) for professionals, including attorneys and law firms and business-to-business services that have been sued by former clients and others. He regularly counsels attorneys regarding issues involving conflicts of interest and the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Licensing and Regulatory
Mr. Pirrotta represents companies and individuals in a variety of licensing and regulatory matters. That representation includes assisting in the defense of federal investigations; Michigan Liquor Control Commission licensing matters, investigations, and complaints; and professional licensing investigations and complaints.
Agriculture and Farms
Mr. Pirrotta represents agribusiness companies and owners, from wholesalers, farms, to storefronts. That representation includes providing PACA counseling and litigation services to growers, suppliers, and sellers of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as representing farms and nurseries related to claims for crop damage (such as from defective fertilizer).
Mr. Pirrotta handles Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation matters. He represents businesses, employers, retirement and welfare plans, third-party claim administrators, hospitals, individuals, and others in connection with claims for benefits, breaches of fiduciary duties, and other disputes arising under ERISA.
Mr. Pirrotta litigates on behalf of medical providers seeking insurance reimbursement on patient accounts. He pursues wrongful denials of hospital claims by third-party payers, including no-fault carriers, health insurance plans, government plans, and governmental entities. His practice involves counseling and advising health-system clients about reimbursement issues for all varieties of medical claims.
Professional Activities, Affiliations and Honors
Mr. Pirrotta’s professional activities and affiliations include, but are not limited to:
- Member, National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- Fellow, American Bar Association
- Recognized as a 2024 Best Lawyers for Commercial Litigation.
- Fellow, Michigan Bar Association
- Fellow, Justice Foundation of West Michigan
- Chair, Grand Rapids Bar Association Litigation Section
- Past President, Gerald Ford Chapter of American Inns of Court
- Past Chair, Pipeline Development Committee of the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative
- Past Chair, Grand Rapids Bar Association Minority Clerkship Committee