Michael Olcese II, Novara, Tesija, Catenacci, McDonald, & Baas PLLC Photo


University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D., 2017

Michigan State University, B.A., 2014

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan 
  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court
    - Eastern District of Michigan


Michael Olcese focuses his practice in civil litigation, first and third-party no-fault claims general negligence, premises liability, insurance defense, municipal law, and labor and employment.

Every lawsuit has a different story and Michael provides a tailored approach for each lawsuit to ensure clients receive the best representation. He is aggressive, when needed, and strives to ensure his clients are informed of the strengths and weaknesses of the case throughout the course of litigation. His diligence and strategy has garnered a reputation for being an effective advocate as he has obtained numerous dismissals and favorable results for clients.

Michael also currently serves as an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. This course utilizes a realistic hypothetical fact pattern to provide students with a hands-on practical approach to the civil litigation process.

He is also a member of our Cannabis law team. 

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

Adjunct Law Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Board Member, Barristers’ Section of Detroit Bar Association

Council Member, State Bar of Michigan Litigation Section

Member, State Bar of Michigan Negligence Section

Member, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel 

News & Events



  • Served as co-second chair representing a hip-hop group and artist in a civil jury trial which arose out of concert at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. The plaintiff claimed the artist threw a full water bottle from the concert stage, in a fastball pitch manner, directly at the plaintiff. The plaintiff alleged claims of negligence, gross negligence, assault and battery, and was seeking damages in the amount of $500,000.00 for his alleged injuries. The jury returned a no cause verdict in favor of the hip-hop group and artist. Following, the court entered an order for case evaluation sanctions in the amount of $109,375.00 against the plaintiff. 

Awards & Recognition

Honors & Recognitions

Lawyer of Distinction in Civil Litigation, 2021

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
- Executive Director of Moot Court Board of Advocates
- Book Awards in Pre-Trial Litigation Law Firm Program, Advanced Advocacy, Health Law, Veterans Law Clinic, Health Care Negotiations, and Health Law Firm Program
- Service Award

Michigan State University
- Outstanding Senior Award
- Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity President 

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