Mark J. Zausmer

Managing Shareholder

Mark J. Zausmer

Managing Shareholder

Mark J. Zausmer

Through a combination of legal and business skills and an unwavering commitment to his clients, Mark Zausmer has become one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in Michigan.

His work as founder and Managing Shareholder has turned Zausmer, P.C. into one of the most highly regarded litigation firms in Michigan. In the courtroom, Mark has successfully tried and resolved a number of high-stakes, groundbreaking cases, such as his handling of a $14.9 million settlement on behalf of a client whose property was the target of an eminent domain taking by the U.S. government – the largest settlement in Michigan in 2002 as reported by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. His arguments in two eminent domain cases before the Michigan Supreme Court forged new law regarding acquisition of private property for public purposes.

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Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

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


Wayne State University Law School
Juris Doctor, 1980


University of Michigan
Bachelor of Arts in History, with honors, 1977

  • Member, Varsity Tennis Team

Professional Groups

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Litigation, Master Lawyers, Negligence Law, Real Property Law Sections
    • Eminent Domain Subcommittee
  • State Bar Attorney Grievance Committee, 1990-94
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Michigan Residential Builders Board, 2006-08
  • Michigan Auto Insurance Placement Facility Board of Directors, 2004-06
  • Michigan Judicial Candidate Review Committee (appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, 2003)
  • Receivership Counsel, Michigan Insurance Commissioner, 1990-Present
  • Task Force for Amendments to Uniform Condemnation Procedures Act


  • Focus on The Problem For Effective Dispute Resolution
    Michigan Lawyers Weekly, July 13, 1998
  • Michigan Uniform Condemnation Procedures Act (Principal Draftsman), 1988


  • Numerous lectures, speeches, and talks for the Insurance Institute of Michigan, International Right of Way Conference, Wayne State University Law School, and other organizations regarding various litigation practice issues.

In the Community

  • City Year Detroit, Board Chair, 2015 – 2022; Board of Directors, 2013 – Present
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Board of Directors, 2022 – Present
  • Jewish News, Board of Directors, 2021
  • Math Corps, Board of Directors, 2018 – Present
  • Ocean Reef Club Audit Committee, 2022 – Present
  • Detroit Tennis & Squash Club, Member and Past President
  • Recovery Incorporated (National Mental Health Organization), Past Board Member
  • Wayne County Jail Outreach Ministry, Board Member, 2021
  • Wayne State University Law School, Guest Lecturer

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America – 2007 – Present
  • Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Nonprofit Board Member, 2021
  • Super Lawyers (Michigan) – 2006 – Present
  • AV Preeminent Lawyer, Peer Review Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 (Martindale Hubbell)
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Top Settlement for 2002 ($14.9 Million)
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Hall of Fame Class of 2019