John Mucha III


Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
248.642-3999 p

John Mucha III is a Member of Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of land use planning and general civil litigation, including commercial, construction, real property, tort and non-compete matters.

Mr. Mucha has considerable experience representing businesses and property owners in a broad range of general business litigation, including breach of contract disputes and claims involving the sale and leasing of real property. He has also litigated and successfully resolved land contamination matters as well as cases involving personal injury, property damage and other torts. Mr. Mucha has assisted both employers and executives with confidentiality and non-compete issues including the drafting of agreements and the resolution of disputes. His expertise encompasses all phases of the litigation process from initial pleading and discovery stages to trials, appeals and the negotiation of settlements.

With respect to land use, zoning and planning matters, Mr. Mucha has successfully guided owners, developers and retailers through the applicable governmental approval processes. He has also successfully litigated land use disputes in both administrative hearings and in court.

Mr. Mucha has also successfully argued cases before the Michigan Court of Appeals and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Michigan. Mr. Mucha has served as the Chair of the State Bar of Michigan Litigation Section, which has over 1,900 members, and he currently serves as an elected representative to the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and has been recognized as a top Michigan lawyer by both DBusiness magazine and SuperLawyers.

Mr. Mucha earned his JD from the University of Michigan in 1987, where he received an award for writing and advocacy and was Contributing Editor to the Michigan Journal of Law Reform. He also earned a Masters of Public Policy degree in 1979 and a B.A., with distinction, in 1977 from the University of Michigan. Mr. Mucha is a frequent contributor to legal journals and publications and is also an active member of Rotary International, having served as the President of the Birmingham (Michigan) Rotary Club.


  • The University of Michigan Law School Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1987 J.D. Law Review: University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform Contributing Editor
  • University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, 1979 Master of Public Policy Studies
  • University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and Arts, 1977 B.A. Honors: With Distinction.


  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1987
U.S. District Court
Eastern District of Michigan, 1987


State Bar of Michigan
Labor & Employment Law, Real Property, Negligence Law Sections

State Bar of Michigan
Litigation Section
Past Chair

Oakland County Bar Association

American Bar Association
Litigation, Labor & Employment Law, Construction, Tort & Insurance Practice Sections

Birmingham (MI) Rotary Club Member
President, 2004
Vice President, Endowment Fund

State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly (6th Circuit), 2010-2014

Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
Secretary – Board of Directors

Defense Research Institute

Construction Association of Michigan

International Council of Shopping Centers

Henry Ford Hospice Council of Advisors

Classes/Seminars Taught

Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2014, “Deposition Techniques and Skills”
Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2000, “The Name of the Game is Damages”
National Business Institute, 2013, “Business Contracts A to Z”
National Business Institute, 2009, “Update on New Developments in Application of Rules of Evidence”
National Business Institute, 2008, “Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law”
University of Michigan Law School, 2014, Professional Responsibility Trainer
University of Michigan Law School, Moot Court Judge


Understanding Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreements, State Bar of Michigan, “The Litigation Journal”, Fall 2015

Competition Issues: Non-Compete Agreements, Confidentiality, Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property
White Paper, February, 2013

“What Happens if You Break Non-Competes“, Physicians’ Weekly, July 28, 2015
“The Litigation Newsletter” (Contributing Author), State Bar of Michigan, 2001-present;
“Business Opportunities in the United States (Contributing Author with R. Cushman and L. Soares, Eds.), Business One/Irwin, 1992

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