Profile in Brief ...


By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

As a young child, Brandon Buck once dreamed of becoming a Formula One race car driver — instead, he has driven his law career on the fast track to success.

A shareholder at Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller in Southfield,

Buck practices in the areas of real estate, mortgage, and title litigation, as well as franchise litigation, creditors’ rights, and bankruptcy. His clients include major banks and financial services companies.

Litigating is intense and challenging.

“I like interacting with tough, intelligent judges and being forced to think on my feet,” he says. “I recently litigated one of the largest construction lien disputes in Michigan and I am currently litigating an interesting issue in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals involving the assignment of a mortgage from the FDIC.”

Buck joined the firm’s Real Property and Mortgage Dispute Resolution Group in 2010.

“Everyone is impacted by real estate law and it is a practical, useful and enduring area of the law,” he says. 

He is proud to be a member of Maddin Hauser, one of a few select firms in the country to have significant, hands-on experience in advising clients on newly implemented Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulations.

Also in 2010, Buck joined Gary Remer and Rebecca Turner in the firm’s Franchise Group, spearheaded by Stuart Bordman. The following year, the group began representing three start-up franchisors and a retailer who planned to franchise after completing a name change. The Franchise Group also represents a company that operates several hotels as the franchisee of a number of international hotel systems.

“Franchise law is exciting because it allows me the opportunity to work with small businesses, interesting new business concepts, and cutting edge products,” Buck says. “It is extremely rewarding to assist clients with creative ideas that will ultimately be franchised and expanded to different markets.”

When the need arises, Buck handles franchise litigation for the group — something that requires particular knowledge, training, and experience because there are many unique legal aspects in the franchisor/franchisee relationship, he notes.

“For example, many states have specific laws governing franchises which address such issues as how a franchise agreement may be terminated and whether and to what extent non-compete clauses may be enforced.”

Drawn to a legal career by the opportunity to learn about clients’ businesses and diverse legal issues, Buck earned his undergraduate degree in psychology, with honors, from Wayne State University, and his J.D. with honors from Wayne Law, where he received a board of Governors Scholarship for Academic Excellence and placed first in the law school’s Moot Court brief writing competition. He then joined Maddin Hauser as an associate.

A Cleveland native, Buck and his wife Michelle — an occupational therapist at Henry Ford Health System — live in Commerce Township with their 5-year-old twin sons, Carson and Cooper.

In his leisure time, he enjoys mountain biking on Michigan’s vast trail system and has assisted the Michigan Mountain Biking Association with legal issues, served as Assistant Director of Advocacy on a team that was the face of the MMBA in Lansing and assisted in expanding trail access.