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Amanda Narvaes

Amanda P. Narvaes, a Partner, joined Drew Cooper & Anding in 2011. Ms. Narvaes is a civil litigator in the areas of complex commercial litigation, lender liability, copyright litigation, and consumer protection. She graduated cum laude from Carleton College with a bachelor’s degree in history. She earned her law degree at WMU-Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating magna cum laude, and received Cooley’s Distinguished Student Award. Ms. Narvaes represents clients before Michigan trial courts across the state and in the Michigan Court of Appeals, and before the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. Narvaes has been a guest speaker in Ron Foster’s “Litigation for Paralegals” class. Ms. Narvaes discusses differences between Federal civil discovery rules and Michigan civil discovery rules.

Were You Just Served with Garnishment Paperwork in Michigan?

What is garnishment, anyway? Garnishment is a way that judgment creditors can legally recover money awarded to them by a court. The most common type of garnishment is wage garnishment. Wage garnishment occurs only after ...

Fraud and Misrepresentation

At some point nearly everyone has been on the wrong end of a bad deal. But how do we know if we were the victim of fraud? How do we protect ourselves? What is Fraud? ...

Damages for Conversion Vary Under Michigan Law

Pursuing Litigation for Civil Theft “Conversion” is a civil cause of action that is similar to the criminal cause of action for “theft.” Conversion claims are filed in civil court as a means of recovering ...

Protect Yourself Before Purchasing a New or Used Car

Unfortunately, buying a car can be a stressful experience. Consumers may feel overmatched when negotiating with experienced dealership salesman. We all know that saying, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. ...

How Charging Orders Might Protect You From Your Co-Owner’s Personal Debts

Asset protection can be a major challenge when personal and business worlds collide. What if, for instance, your business partner is found liable to pay a judgment arising from personal debt? If your business entity ...

Student Loan Collections

Thousands of college graduates—out of school for ten years or more—have recently been sued by a student loan company previously unknown to them. Most of these graduates are completely surprised when they are served with ...

Michigan’s No-Fault Auto Insurance Revisited

Michigan’s no-fault automobile insurance system was designed in 1973 to guarantee a certain level of benefits to persons injured in car accidents, ensure timely payment of those benefits, and reduce administrative and legal costs. Requirements ...

Arbitration for all: The Diminishing Ability to File Consumer Class Action Lawsuits

Arbitration Clauses In 2016, DCA published an article on arbitration clauses, which are found in almost every modern contract. The use of such clauses increased dramatically after two Supreme Court decisions, one in 2011, and ...

Can a Consumer Fix a Bad Credit Report?

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) is a federal law that regulates credit reporting agencies. The FCRA compels these agencies to ensure that their reporting results in a fair and accurate summary of a consumer's ...

Could Your Business Waive Its Right to Arbitrate by Participating in Litigation?

Arbitration clauses, which require parties to settle disputes through mediation (instead of through the courts) are common in many different types of contracts, including business contracts. But what happens when one business sues another—despite the ...