ACCL Membership Directory

Phillip G. Alber

  • Partner
  • Lipson Neilson, P.C.
  • 20902 Mack Ave.
  • Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan 48236


  • Undergraduate: B.A. Economics University of Michigan 1971
  • Law School: J.D. Wayne State University 1974

Career History

  1. Harvey, Kruse & Westen, Detroit, MI 1975-1985
  2. Mager, Monahan, Donaldson & Alber,  Detroit, MI 1985-1990
  3. Mager, Mercer Scott & Alber,  Troy, MI 1990-2000
  4. Alber Crafton, Troy, MI 2001-2016
  5. Alber Frank,  Troy, MI 2016-2019
  6. Lipson Neilson,  Grosse Pointe, MI 2020-present

Professional Activities

  1. State Bar of Michigan 1975-present, Representative Assembly 1979-81
  2. National Bond Claim Association 1989-present, Program Chair 1990-2010
  3. American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law 1985-present
  4. Detroit Bar Association 1975-2020
  5. Oakland County Bar Association 2010-2019  Member, ADR Committee
  6. Macomb County Bar Association 2010-present, Case Evaluator – Complex Commercial Cases
  7. American Bar Association, Public Contracts Law Section 1985-2010
  8. American Arbitration Association 2006-2012  Arbitrator in Construction Cases

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  1. The Use of ERISA to Recover Amounts Paid to Fringe Benefit Funds, Author, Northeast Fidelity Surety Claims Conference, September, 2020.
  2. Proportionality in Discovery Under Amended Federal Rule Civil Procedure 26(b)(1), Author, Northeast Fidelity Surety Claims Conference, September 2018.
  3. Is There Insurance Coverage for Performance Bond Claims?, Author, Northeast Fidelity Surety Claims Conference, September, 2017.
  4. Breach, Default, Termination, and Other Contract Provisions: The Need to Connect the Dots in a Performance Bond Claim, Author, Northeast Fidelity Surety Claim Conference, September 2015.
  5. Digging Through the Rubble – The Prosecution and Defense of Claims After the Contractors Business Fails, Author, Northeast Fidelity Surety Claims Conference, September 2014.
  6. Legal, Practical and Ethical Considerations when Sitting for a Deposition as a Corporate Designee, Author, Northeast Fidelity Surety Claims Conference, September 2013.
  7. Electronically Stored Information – Drinking from a Fire Hose, Author, Northeast Fidelity Surety Claims Conference, September 2011.
  8. Doing Battle with the IRS Over Contract Funds – Who Wins… The Surety or the Government?, Co-author with Omar J. Harb and Nicole A. Schleben, Eastern Bond Claims Conference, May 2009.
  9. Claims and Defenses Asserted by Principals or Indemnitors Against the Surety, Co-author with Lee McGraw Brewer and Bogda M. B. Clarke, Law of the Performance Bonds, 2nd Edition, Chapter 10, Page 513, American Bar Association, 2009.
  10. Performance Bond Manual, Chapter on the Law of Michigan, Co-author with Omar J. Harb, Page 297, American Bar Association, 2006.
  11. Discharge of the Surety By Release of the Principal, Author, Fidelity Surety Law Committee, American Bar Association, January 2005.
  12. The Effect on the Surety of a Default Judgment Against Its Principal, Author, Eastern Bond Claim Association, May 2001.
  13. Delay Claims in Michigan, Author, Michigan Bar Journal, 76, No. 6, 1997.
  14. CD-Roms To Gigabytes: Electronic Media Discovery, Author, Annual Meeting of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, American Bar Association, August 1993.
  15. Making Sense out of Performance and Payment Bonds, Author, Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 71, No. 10, October 1992.
  16. Does the Typical Unfair Settlement Practices Act Create Private Rights for Litigants Against Sureties, Author, Bond Claims Seminar, September 1989.

Court Admissions

  1. State of Michigan April 4, 1975
  2. United States District Court, Eastern District, Michigan April 30, 1975
  3. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals September 21, 1978
  4. United States District Court, Western District, Michigan May 19, 1982
  5. United States District Court, Arizona October 10, 1990
  6. United States District Court, Minnesota July 8, 2004
  7. Federal Court of Claims October 25, 2006
  8. Supreme Court of Ohio December 15, 2016
  9. United States District Court, Northern District, Ohio January 30, 2018

Community Activities

  1. Detroit Area Construction Association, 2012-2020
  2. Michigan Center for Civic Education, 2010-present, Judge for National High School Mock Trial Competition.
  3. Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe, 2020-present
  4. The Hundred Club of Detroit, 1982-present

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