Super Lawyers – Recognizing the Top Attorneys in the Country


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Super Lawyers

A graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Cullen McKinney serves as founding partner at Tanoury, Nauts, McKinney & Garbarino, PLLC. Over the course of a law career spanning more than two decades, Cullen McKinney has earned recognition from organizations and services such as Super Lawyers.

A lawyer rating service focused on more than 70 practice areas, Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding attorneys who have earned the respect of their peers for attaining high levels of professional achievement. Each year, the organization selects the nation’s top attorneys for inclusion in its annual Super Lawyers list, which appears in Super Lawyers Magazine as well as local newspapers and other regional publications.

Super Lawyers’ selection process starts with creating a candidate pool based on formal nominations from lawyers in each state. Super Lawyers then vets each nominee by conducting independent research that examines the nominees in 12 specific areas, including experience, verdict history, honors and awards, community service, and scholarly work.

The attorneys who make it past the research phase are then evaluated by peers in their practice areas before making it to the final selection process. As a final step before publishing, Super Lawyers examines each candidate’s professional history to ensure that they have not been the subject of any disciplinary proceedings. Nationwide, only 5 percent of all attorneys in each state are selected for the annual Super Lawyers list.


Legal Requirements for Proving Negligence Cases


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Cullen McKinney

Designated a Rising Star in the Detroit legal scene, attorney Cullen McKinney is a founding partner of Tanoury Nauts McKinney & Garbarino, where he focuses on medical malpractice. Cullen McKinney often deals with issues of negligence in his litigation.

The concept of negligence has five parts, each of which must be established to obtain a possible conviction:

– Duty. Ordinarily a judge will determine if a person is obligated to provide safe conditions, based on the expectation of a reasonable person. For example, someone unloading a truck in a public area could reasonably be expected to not injure a passerby with a falling object.

Breach of duty. The jury must determine if the accused violated these expectations of acting safely.

Cause in fact. This is also known as but-for causation. The prosecuting attorney must prove that but for the accused’s actions, an accident or injury would not have occurred.

Proximate cause. This describes what a person is and is not responsible for. Proximate cause cannot be proven if the defendant did not know or could not anticipate the possible results of his or her actions.

Damages. The prosecution must prove that actual harm, usually in the form of injury to a person or damage to property, resulted from the inaction of the accused. Simply establishing negligence is not sufficient.

TNMG Law – Civil-Litigation Defense Practice in Metropolitan Detroit


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Cullen McKinney earned a BA in political science from Michigan State University before obtaining a JD from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Since 2009, Cullen McKinney has drawn on his education to serve as a founding partner at Tanoury, Nauts, McKinney & Garbarino, PLLC.

From offices in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, Michigan, Tanoury, Nauts, McKinney & Garbarino, PLLC (TNMG Law), represents clients in matters of complex civil litigation. Comprised of a team of attorneys with over 150 years of collective relevant experience, the firm focuses specifically on providing defense in the areas of product liability, insurance, and legal and medical malpractice.

TNMG Law serves both individuals and businesses, and prides itself on its personalized, aggressive approach to trial and appellate defense. The firm involves clients in all aspects of the legal process, and its attorneys commit themselves to acquiring a comprehensive understanding of each case and consistently staying abreast of important developments in their respective fields.

TNMG Law practices throughout lower Michigan, including in Detroit. To learn more about the firm, which over the years has tried a number of high-profile and multimillion-dollar cases, please visit

Keeping Online Profiles Updated is Important for Attorneys


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Cullen McKinney

Based in Michigan, Cullen McKinney is a founding partner of Tanoury, Nauts, McKinney & Garbarino, PLLC, a firm that specializes in representing medical professionals and hospitals. As a practicing attorney, Cullen McKinney is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

The State Bar of Michigan gives tips to lawyers and firms about how to best manage their online presence. In a recent article, the organization pointed to the “About” page and its importance as the second-most visited page. It is critical, especially for individual attorneys, to update this page on a regular basis.

The most prominent information should be your name, title with the firm, and how to contact you, accompanied by a professional headshot. Then provide a lay description of the services offered, being sure to update them regularly if you expand into new practice areas. Don’t be afraid to briefly depart from professional content and talk about hobbies or other personality traits you might be able to link to your work as a reason you are successful. Finally, as you make changes, make sure all this information is up-to-date in the state bar association’s member directory.