Stefan Herpel




Clients. Before joining ADAMS|STIRLING, Stefan worked as a litigation partner in a large Detroit law firm, and later as a litigation partner at a U.S. Virgin Islands firm, where he represented corporations such as Marriott International, Ritz-Carlton, Wyndham Worldwide, and American Airlines.

Trial Attorney. As a trial attorney, Stefan handled boundary disputes, eminent domain, easements, partition actions, defamation (for national media clients), products liability, and securities fraud (class action defense).

Supreme Court. In addition to trial court experience, Stefan argued cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Sixth Circuits, and the Michigan appellate courts. He also briefed and argued Bennis v. Michigan 516 U.S. 442 (1996) before the U.S Supreme Court. The case is included in The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions (Kermit Hall, ed., 1999), which describes the 440 most important cases in the Supreme Court’s history.

Media Appearances. Stefan's media appearances include Rivera Live (former MSNBC legal talk show); Burden of Proof (former CNN legal program); America and the Courts (C-Span); and All Things Considered (National Public Radio).


Toward A Constitutional Kleptocracy: Civil Forfeiture in America, 96 Mich. L. Rev. 910 (1998)
Applying Anti-Dumping Law to Perishable Agricultural Goods, 80 Mich. L. Rev. 524 (1982)
Book Review of Vicious Circles: The Mafia in the Marketplace, 79 Mich. L. Rev. 925 (1981)
Justice Forfeited, Justice Reclaimed, Liberty (October 1993)
U.S. v One Assortment of 89 Firearms, REASON, (May 1990)

Bar Memberships
Virgin Islands
Third and Sixth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeal
U.S. Supreme Court

Juris Doctorate, Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI, where he served as senior editor of Law Review.
Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.


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