Matt W. Zeigler*

Matt W. Zeigler

*Of Counsel

Call (248) 643-9530 for an Appointment with Matt

Areas of Practice

Commercial and Corporate Litigation; Contracts; Corporation, Limited Liability Company and Partnership Formation; Member, Partner and Shareholder matters; Buy-Sell Agreements, Business Sales and Purchases; Real Estate, Commercial and Residential; Retirement 401(k), 403(b), Pension, Profit Sharing and Money Purchase Plans and Planning, Cafeteria Plans, Other Employee Benefits, ERISA; NLRB, FLSA, MERC, Labor, Employee Relations, Employee Termination Matters; Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Administration, and Probate Matters, and Probate Litigation.

Matt W. Zeigler is a Detroit area native.

Court Admissions

1976: admitted to State Bar of Michigan and all Michigan Courts;
1976: admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan;
1979: admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court;
1979: admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit;
1991: admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan;
1992: admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit;
1996: admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court;
2007: admitted to practice, pro hac vice, before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern Dist of New York.

Military Duty

Active Duty, United States Army, 1967-1970, Honorable Discharge; 1969-1970: Republic of Vietnam; 23rd Admin Company; Chu Lai, RVN.


Michigan State University; University of Maryland, Far East Division; Eastern Michigan University, Bachelor of Science, 1972; University Of Detroit School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1975.

Bar Memberships

State Bar of Michigan, since 1976; Sections of Business and Corporate Law; Employment and Labor Law; Probate and Estate Planning; and Taxation.

Probate and Estate Planning Certificate

Matt W. Zeigler holds a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate planning issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan; 2007.


Matt has made presentations before many different groups, including the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA), the Small Practitioners Group of the MACPA; the Independent Accountants Association of Michigan (IAAM); the Michigan Grocers Association; and he has conducted estate planning and employee benefit seminars both privately for clients, and publicly in connection with various groups for years, including the Troy Public Library.


Matt has been an active member in the Troy Rotary Club from 1988 through 2005, serving on the Board of Directors, and as President (1994-1995) and was a founding member of the Troy Rotary Foundation and its Pot O’ Gold fund raiser for many years. In 1995, Matt received the coveted Paul Harris award for distinguished service from his fellow Rotarians. Matt also served as a member of the Troy Historical Commission for the year 1993-1994.

Published and Reported Case Studies

Diederich Agency v. Holbrook et al., Oakland County Case # 08-089497-CK[Mich] (Representing the Defendant)

Ashcraft’s Market, Inc. v UFCW, Local 586; 246 NLRB 471, 102 LRRM 1592 (1979). (Representing the Employer.)

Great Day, Inc. v. UFCW Local 20; 248 NLRB 527, 103 LRRM 1451 (1980). (Representing the Employer.)

Authored Publications


Nuts and Bolts of the Restatement TRA 1986 Process, Vol. 69, No. 11, November, 1990;


Section 89 Internal Revenue Code – Tax On Employee Fringe Benefits, Vol. 15, Issue No.1, First Quarter, 1989;

News On Section 89, Vol. 15, No. 3, Third Quarter, 1989;


Delay Announced for Sec. 89 – But No Repeal, Vol. 43, No. 6, June, 1989;

Retirement Plan IRS Compliance, Vol. 44, No. 1, January, 1990;

Congress Expands COBRA Coverage, Vol. 44, No. 2, February, 1990;

Retirement Plans – New Minimum Coverage, Vol. 44, No. 4, April 1990;

Retirement Plans and Nondiscrimination, Vol. 44, No. 6, June, 1990;

New Minimum Rules for Retirement Plans, l Vol. 44, No. 8, August, 1990;

Americans with Disabilities Act, Vol. 44, No. 10, October 1990;

O.B.R.A. 1990 Employee Tax Matters and Planning for 1991, Vol. 44, No. 12, December, 1990;

Premium Only Cafeteria Plans, Vol. 45, No. 2, February 1991;

New Living Will for Health Care, Vol. 45, No. 4, April, 1991;

Employment Separation Agreements, Vol. 45, No. 6, June 1991;

Employer Social Security Contributions in Retirement Planning, Vol. 45, No 8, August, 1991;

Education Assistance Programs, Vol. 45, No. 10, October, 1991;

Child Care Assistance, Vol. 45, No. 12, December, 1991;


Personnel Notes Column

Age-Weighted Profit Sharing Plans, Vol. 46, No. 2, April, 1992;

Americans with Disabilities Act: Preparing Job Descriptions, Vol. 46, No. 4, April, 1992;

Preparing For ADA: The Battle Between Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship, Vol. 46, No. 6, June, 1992;

Preparing For ADA: Interviewing Job Applicants, Vol. 46, No. 8, August, 1992;

AIDS in the Workplace, Vol. 46, No. 10, October, 1992;

New Withholding: Tax On Pension Payments, Vol. 46, No. 12, December, 1992;

1993 Retirement Plan Action, Vol. 47, No. 4, April, 1993;

An Opportunity To Educate Your Employees, Vol. 47, No. 6, June, 1993;

Michigan’s New Inheritance Tax, Vol. 47, No. 10, October, 1993;

New Pension Withholding Reporting, Vol. 48, No. 2, February, 1994;

Ask the Lawyer, Vol. 48, No. 6, June, 1994;

Health Care Reform Dies: Premium Only Cafeteria Plans Alive & Well, Vol. 48, No. 10, October, 1994;

Medical Care Savings Accounts, A New Employee Benefit, Vol. 49, No. 2, February, 1995;

Starting June 1, 1997, Employers Must Give Notice on Group Health Plans, Vol. 51, No. 5, May, 1997;

Compliance Pains with Your HIP(AA), Vol. 51, No. 6, June, 1997;

What You Need To Know About The Federal New-Hire Reporting Requirements, Vol. 51, No. 9, September, 1997;

Section 89 Rules Update, Vol. 43, No. 4, April, 1989;

Retirement Plans and 1999 Extended Reliance Period, Vol. 47, No. 4, April, 1993;


Money Watch Column

Taxes On Employee Benefits – Section 89 of New Tax Code, Vol. 42, No. 12, December, 1988;

New Tax On Benefits – Part Two, Vol. 43, No. 1, January, 1989;

Special Articles


Does A Will Avoid Probate When Your Spouse Dies?, Vol. 50, No. 2, February, 1996;

Oral Instructions to Remove Life Sustaining Medical Treatments Are Not Effective, Vol. 49, No. 12, December, 1995;

Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program For Late Filers and Non-Filers, Vol. 49, No. 8, August, 1995;

Changes to COBRA Contribution Coverage Start New Year, Vol. 50, No. 12, December, 1996;

Payroll Deduction IRA, Vol. 53, No. 11, November, 1999.

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