John C. Cusmano


John C. Cusmano


John C. Cusmano

John Cusmano is a talented and experienced litigator in business litigation, premises liability, general liability, and civil rights issues.

His diverse experience reflects a proven track record in analyzing complex legal matters, assessing risk, and resolving disputes. He is also regarded as an appellate expert.

John began his legal career with the Michigan Court of Appeals Research Division before serving as a Law Clerk for both Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan and Justice Brian Zahra. He conducted detailed legal research, preparing research reports for both civil and criminal appeals prior to oral argument, wrote proposed opinions, concurrences, and dissents, and reviewed applications for leave to appeal and cases scheduled for conference consideration.

Before coming to Zausmer, John worked for a civil litigation firm specializing in insurance coverage, administrative, and municipal law. He secured many successful outcomes for his clients, including a dismissal on summary disposition of a defamation and tortious interference matter for a business client where claimed damages exceeded $1 million.

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Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • State of Michigan
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan


Wayne State University College of Law
Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2008

  • Survey Editor, Wayne Law Review
  • Dean’s Scholarship Recipient
  • Lombard Fellowship

University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Psychology, with distinction, 2005

Professional Groups

  • State Bar of Michigan,
    Administrative & Regulatory Law, Appellate, and Insurance & Indemnity Law Sections
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section,
    Vice-Chair of the Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star – 2023