Rabih Hamawi

Attorney & Counselor

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From the very first meeting to the resolution of your case, you can trust Rabih Hamawi to be professional, respectful, prompt, and relentless.
 

Mr. Hamawi has extensive expertise in insurance coverage, business negotiations, and commercial litigation. He focuses his practice on representing businessowners, homeowners, property owners, and other insurance policyholders in fire, property damage, and insurance-coverage disputes with insurance companies and in errors-and-omissions cases against insurance agents. He has successfully litigated hundreds of cases against insurance companies and insurance agents, and recovered millions of dollars for his clients. He has also litigated cases against residential and commercial builders, restoration companies, and fire repair contractors.

Mr. Hamawi has litigated cases against towing and storage companies for charging consumers unreasonable and excessive towing and storage costs, and for wrongfully determining vehicles to be abandoned. He has also litigated cases involving breach of commercial lease agreements, commercial real estate transactions, commercial purchase agreements, and sales commissions agreements.

Mr. Hamawi has represented insurance agents, financial advisors, stockbrokers, and public insurance adjusters in regulatory or other disciplinary actions initiated by governmental agencies.
 

Mr. Hamawi holds licenses in Property, Casualty, Life, Accident, and Health insurance. He is a Licensed multiple lines Property and Casualty, Life, Accident, and Health Insurance Counselor (LIC). He earned the prestigious Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®), Certified Insurance Consultant (CIC), and Certified Risk Manager (CRM) designations. He previously served as a managing principal for an insurance and financial services agency, where he managed two offices and built a multi-million-dollar book of business.
 

While in law school, Mr. Hamawi interned for the Honorable John Corbett O’Meara, Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He also interned for the United States Department of Justice in the United States Attorney’s Office in Detroit.
 

While in law school, Mr. Hamawi also served on the Cooley Law Review Board of Editors as a Symposium Editor, where he received the Law Review Board Award for the most significant contributions to the Law Review Board during his tenure. He also served on the Moot Court and Mock Trial Executive Boards, and was a member of Cooley’s National Trial Team. Upon graduation, he received the Student Leadership Achievement Award for his outstanding participation in a leadership role during law school. He is bilingual and fluent in Arabic.
 

Mr. Hamawi has also taught as an adjunct professor teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Personal and Corporate Finance, Risk Management, and Insurance and Financial Planning at the University of Phoenix, Davenport University, and Southern New Hampshire University.

Education

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, magna cum laude, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

  • Master’s in Finance with a concentration in financial and insurance planning, Walsh College

  • Bachelor of Laws with high honors, Lebanese University, Faculty of Law

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan

Professional Associations & Activities

  • Chair Elect of the Insurance and Indemnity Law Section, State Bar of Michigan

  • Vice-Chair of the Property Insurance Law Committee, American Bar Association

  • Executive Board member of the Michigan Association of Justice

  • Inns of Court, Oakland County Bar Association

  • Inns of Court, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

  • Board member of the ICLE New Lawyers Advisory Board

  • The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors

  • The Society of Certified Risk Managers

  • The Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters

Awards

Mr. Hamawi has been named to the Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in insurance law in 2017, 2018, and 2019, 2020, and 2021, an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of exceptional young attorneys in Michigan who have demonstrated excellence in their areas of expertise. Mr. Hamawi was also selected to the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Class of 2020 Up & Coming Lawyers, which is dedicated to saluting Michigan lawyers who have established a name for themselves by displaying the ambition, drive and accomplishments that set them apart among their peers — in their first 10 years in practice.