Michael K. Molitor


B.A., with honors, University of Michigan 1991 
J.D., cum laude, Wayne State University Law School 1994

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"There are very few areas in law that are truly difficult. This means that there's nothing in law school that you can't master with enough patience, study, and practice."

Professor Michael Molitor teaches Business Organizations, Secured Transactions, Securities Regulation, and Wills, Estates and Trusts.

Previously, Professor Molitor was an attorney with the Grand Rapids, Mich., law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd L.L.P. from 1994 to 2004. While in private practice, he focused on business and securities law, counseling a variety of clients including publicly traded corporations, closely held corporations, and controlling shareholders. He has also served as a legal intern in the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office and as a student attorney in The Free Legal Aid Clinic., Inc., of Detroit.

In law school, he was a member of the Order of the Coif; served as assistant editor, then editor-in-chief, of The Wayne Law Review ; won American Jurisprudence Awards in Constitutional Law II, Conflicts of Law, and Civil Procedure; and was the recipient of the Bronze Key Award.

He has been published in The Wayne Law Review, Michigan Contract Law, and The Michigan Business Law Journal.


Articles (Law Reviews and Law Journals)

  • Michael Molitor and Bruce Haffey, Shareholders’ Ability to Contractually Eliminate Oppression: The Uncertain Meaning of the Last Sentence of the Shareholder Oppression Statute, 40 Mich. Bus. L.J. 24 (2020).
  • Michael K. Molitor, Fiduciary Duties of Officers and Managers: Some Open Questions Under Michigan Law, Mich. Bus. L.J. (Spring 2018).
  • Michael K. Molitor, Business Associations, 60 Wayne L. Rev. 837 (2015).
  • Michael K. Molitor, Business Associations, 56 Wayne L. Rev. 933 (2010).
  • Michael K. Molitor, The Crucial Role of the Nominating Committee: Re-Inventing Nominating Committees in the Aftermath of Shareholder Access to the Proxy, 11 U.C. Davis Bus. L.J. 97 (2010).
  • Michael K. Molitor, Business Associations, 56 Wayne L. Rev. 131 (2010).
  • Michael K. Molitor, Business Associations, 55 Wayne L. Rev. 81 (2009).
  • Michael K. Molitor, Eat Your Vegetables (Or At Least Understand Why You Should): Can Better Warning and Education of Prospective Minority Owners Reduce Oppression in Closely Held Businesses?, 15 Fordham J. Corp. & Fin. Law 491 (2009).
  • Michael K. Molitor, Business Associations, 54 Wayne L. Rev. 27 (2008).
  • Michael K. Molitor, Business Associations, 53 Wayne L. Rev. 113 (2007).
  • Michael K. Molitor, Will More Sunlight Fade the Pink Sheets? Increasing Public Information About Non-Reporting Issuers with Quoted Securities, 39 Ind. L. Rev. 309 (2006).
  • Daniel Gravelyn, Kevin G. Dougherty, Melvin G. Moseley, Jr., Shaun M. Murphy, & Michael K. Molitor, Criminal Procedure: Annual Survey of Michigan Law, 42 Wayne L. Rev. 627 (1996).
  • Michael K. Molitor, Employment and Labor Law: Annual Survey of Michigan Law, 41 Wayne L. Rev. 763 (1995).
  • Michael K. Molitor, Note, The Battered Child Syndrome as Self-Defense Evidence in Parricide Cases, 40 Wayne L. Rev. 237 (1993).

Books and Chapters in Books

  • Molitor, Michael K (with Frank C. Aiello). Secured Transactions: Statutes, Problems, and Cases (Vandeplas 2018).
  • Michael K. Molitor, Business Organizations: Statutes, Problems, and Cases, 2d ed. (Vandeplas 2016). 
  • Michael K. Molitor, “Performance, Conditions, Breach, and Excused Nonperformance,” in Michigan Contract Law, 2d ed., edited by John R. Trentacosta, 339-420 (Inst. of Continuing Legal Educ. 2013).
  • Molitor, Michael K. “Performance, Breach and Excused Nonperformance,” in Michigan Contract Law, edited  by John R. Trentacosta, 12-1 - 12-58 (Inst. of Continuing Legal Educ. Supp. 2008).
  • Michael K. Molitor, Business Organizations: Statutes, Problems and Cases (Vandeplas 2011).
  • Molitor, Michael K. “Performance, Breach and Excused Nonperformance,” in Michigan Contract Law, edited  by John R. Trentacosta, 12-1 - 12-56 (Inst. of Continuing Legal Educ. Supp. 2005).
  • Molitor, Michael K. "Performance, Breach and Excused Nonperformance," in Michigan Contract Law, edited by John R. Trentacosta, 12-1 - 12-71 (Inst. of Continuing Legal Edu. 1998).

Short Works

  • Hugh H. Makens & Michael Molitor, "Due Diligence In Private Placements – Checklists,"  in Regulation D Offerings and Private Placements, 491-506 (ALI-ABA 2008). 
  • Hugh H. Makens & Michael Molitor, "Due Diligence In Private Placements – Checklists," in Regulation D Offerings and Private Placements, 161-176 (ALI-ABA 2007).
  • Michael K. Molitor, Mending SOX: Is Some Relief from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act Coming for Smaller Public Companies?, 26 Mich. Bus. L. J. Spring 2006 at 42. 
  • Michael K. Molitor, Some Planning Ideas to Resolve Deadlocks in Closely Held Corporations, 22 Mich. Bus. L. J. Spring 2002 at 14. 


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