Brendan S. Ruehle


Contact Number:

(810) 227-3103




Brighton, MI



As the son of an engineer and a teacher, a legal career was not an obvious choice. At the end of the day, though, it was my parents who led me there. Their passion for helping others in their church and community inspired me to find a path where I could do the same. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State’s James Madison College, I continued at Michigan State’s College of Law. There I pushed myself to learn all that I could through Law Review and national moot court competitions. During law school I worked as a law clerk for Cooper and Riesterer and never looked back. I loved that Cooper and Riesterer provided the chance to help real people. Whether assisting individuals with personal real estate matters or helping businesses avoid hurdles to achieve success, I knew this firm was somewhere I could truly make a difference.

As a practicing attorney, I am committed to serving others by providing top-notch legal representation with grace and professionalism. As a law clerk at Cooper & Riesterer, I got a jump start on efficiently resolving issues. As a young attorney, I push myself to grow my knowledge of business, real estate and litigation. If I do run into uncharted territory, my colleagues at Cooper & Riesterer are always ready to guide and assist. I know legal issues can be stressful for clients. My participation in several moot court competitions has helped me to remain calm when under fire. My highest priority is to make my clients feel at ease by guiding them through what can be a confusing and intimidating process. I pride myself on truly caring for my clients and working diligently to make sure they know their issues will be well taken care of. That’s why I am here.

I love my life in Michigan and all that it has to offer. I was raised here and plan to raise my family here. I’m a sport’s guy and love both watching and participating. My favorite teams to watch are the Spartans and the Lions. When not watching, I get outside as often as I can. It doesn’t matter if it’s hitting Northern Michigan’s slopes in the winter, golfing, boating, and swimming in the summer, or taking a nature walk any time of the year. There is so much to do and appreciate here in Michigan, Work and serving others is important, but so is family, and finding balance. When I make the time to appreciate and enjoy the many opportunities in my life, I find that I am happy, healthy and energized. And that makes me better able to help others.


Commercial and Residential Real estate Law

Business and Real Estate Litigation

Business and Commercial Law


Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., Summa Cum Laude

Michigan State University, James Madison College, B.A


State Bar of Michigan


  • Select Council Member
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Real Property Law Section
    • Co-Chairperson of the Section’s Annual Summer Conference, 2021-2022
    • Member of Section’s Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Antitrust, Franchising & Trade Regulation Section
  • Business Law Section
  • Master Lawyer Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Livingston County Bar Association
  • American Arbitration Association, Certified Commercial Arbitrator
  • ICLE Certified Mediator
  • Court Appointed Arbitrator, Mediator, & Land Commissioner
  • Home Builders Association of Livingston County
  • Livingston County Association of Realtors ®, Affiliate Member



Contributing Author of the Book Chapter, Structuring the Contractual Relationship, Fundamentals of International Franchising, ABA, 2001


Co-Chair, “Roadblocks and Pivots” – State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section, 2021 Annual Summer Conference, July 21-23, 2021
“Winds of Change – Surviving Ethical Traps and Legal Missteps Created by Evolving Technology” – Real Property Law Section, 2020 Winter Conference, March 14, 2020
“CYA with your CPA and Attorney – Employment and Tax Law for Realtors” – Livingston County Association of Realtors ®, January and February 2019, February 2020
“Navigating the Rapids: Understanding the Nuances of Water Rights in Michigan” – State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section, Homeward Bound Series, December 6, 2018
“Build Your Dream Home Without Divorce, Destitution, or Despair” – Livingston County Association of Realtors ®, September 2018
“Estate Planning Essentials” – UMW, May 2018
“Water Law” – Livingston County Association of Realtors ®, June 2017
“Vacant Land and Construction Issues”– Livingston County Association of Realtors ®, 2017
“The Ins and Outs of New Construction” – Livingston County Association of Realtors ®, October 2014
Adjunct Professor teaching Business Ethics and Legal Issues, Cleary University, 2007-2010
“Construction Liens & Sworn Statements – Essentials of Best Practices” – Various Locations, 2004-2006
International Franchise, ABA, Forum on Franchising, Presenter, 1999-2000


Managing Editor, Editorial Board, Michigan State Law Review

Team Member of Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition and Hunton Andrews Kurth National Moot Court Competition

Peer Mentor for Michigan State University College of Law’s Academic Success Program

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Commercial & Residential Real Estate
  • Business & Real Estate Litigation
  • Franchise Law
  • Estate Planning