Steve Tomkowiak

Steve Tomkowiak

Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Civil Rights
  • Michigan
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Approximately 28 years of experience specializing as a trial attorney in fair housing and mortgage lending discrimination cases under federal and state protected class categories. Obtained federal court jury verdicts of $130,000 and $700,000 in fair housing discrimination cases.

Trains attorneys, civil rights investigators, and private and public housing providers on fair housing and civil rights. Has spoken at various seminars nationwide, including HUD policy conferences. Approved as a fair housing trainer by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Served for fourteen years as an instructor with HUD’s National Fair Housing Training Academy, drafting and revising courses and advanced courses on fair housing for public sector attorneys; fair housing for private sector attorneys; litigation of fair housing cases; lending discrimination and predatory lending; conciliation; and fair housing testing.

Currently serves as Executive Director of the Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit.

Practice Area
  • Civil Rights
Additional Practice Area
  • Fair Housing, Fair Lending and Public Accommodation
  • Not Currently Accepting Clients
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
6th Circuit
US District Court - District of Colorado
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Executive Director
Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit
- Current
The Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit is a non-profit enforcement agency, engaged in fair housing outreach and education, complaint intake and investigation, and enforcement proceedings in the Metropolitan Detroit area. The FHC serves the counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb, comprising approximately forty percent of Michigan’s population.
Law Office of Steve Tomkowiak
Representative litigation includes: -Mortgage lending discrimination. See, e.g., Edwards v. Flagstar Bank, FSB, 109 F. Supp. 2d 691 (E.D. Mich. 2000)(lead counsel in $700,000 federal jury verdict in residential mortgage lending discrimination case under the FHA and Sections 1981 & 1982); Edwards v. Flagstar Bank, FSB, 295 F.3d 565 & 297 F.3d 431 (6th Cir. 2002)(awarded rare 50% attorney fee enhancement award based on outstanding legal representation on behalf of borrowers in difficult case against lender), cert. denied, 537 U.S. 1227 (2003); Stevenson v. Towne Mortgage Company, Fair Housing-Fair Lending Reporter Rptr. (PH)16,129 (E.D. Mich. 1996)(lead counsel in $130,000 federal jury verdict in residential mortgage lending discrimination case under the FHA, along with award of $54,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs against lender); Williams v. Mortgage Plus, Inc., Case No. 2:99-cv-76241 (E.D. Mich.)(E.D. Mich. 2001)($75,000 consent judgment in residential mortgage lending discrimination case under the ECOA). -Foreclosure defense. See, e.g., U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Smith, Case No. 10-C-5015 (35th Dist. Ct. Dec. 15, 2010)(order cancelling Sheriff's deed, vacating foreclosure by advertisement proceedings and dismissing complaint); CitiMortgage, Inc. v. Thomas, No. 2008-092109-CK (6th Cir. Ct. Feb. 23, 2009)(dismissal of deficiency claim of over $40,000 for amount owing on second mortgage following foreclosure of first mortgage).
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Judicial Clerk to the Honorable George E. Woods
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Wayne State University
J.D. (1986) | Law
Honors: Order of the Coif
Activities: Managing Editor, Wayne Law Review
Wayne State University
M.A. (1982) | Education
Central Michigan University
Fair Housing Attorney Appreciation Award
Fair Housing Center of Metropolitan Detroit
Professional Associations
Michigan State Bar # 40042
Christian Legal Society
Dove Academy of Detroit Public Charter School
President, Board of Directors
Articles & Publications
Michigan Foreclosure Laws and Procedures: A Consumer Advocate's Guide
Mortgage Lending Discrimination & Predatory Lending
Using Testing Evidence in Mortgage Lending Discrimination Cases
Litigating Fair Housing Cases
Speaking Engagements
Fair Housing Updates and Conciliation, Palm Beach County Fair Housing Summit, Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity
Creative Conciliation for the Benefit of the Public, Omaha Nebraska FHAP Conference, Omaha, NE
Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission
Legal Updates – Fair Lending and Predatory Lending, Quad Cities Fair Housing Symposium, Davenport, Iowa
Davenport Civil Rights Division
Fair Housing Claims in Summary Proceedings, Michigan Poverty Law Program, Okemos, Michigan
Michigan Poverty Law Program
Tips and Techniques for Effective Intake and Conciliation, 2016 FHAP Training Conference, Kansas City, Kansas
Missouri Commission on Human Rights
The Violence Against Women Act, Seminar for Landlords, Owners, and Property Managers, Lawrence, Kansas
Lawrence Human Relations Commission & Human Relations Department
Fair Lending: How to Investigate Lending Complaints, 2008 National Fair Housing Policy Conference, Atlanta, Georgia
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Predatory Lending: Cleaning Up the Mess, Fair Housing Conference, Chicago, Illinois
The John Marshall Law School
Factors for Identifying Mortgage Lending Discrimination, Tampa Bay Fair Housing Consortium, Tampa Bay, Florida
Pinellas County Office of Human Rights
Fair Housing – Recent Developments, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
Wayne State University Law School
Investigating Lending Discrimination Cases, 2016 Indiana Fair Housing Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC)
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Contact & Map
220 Bagley, Suite 1020
Detroit, MI, USA
Toll-Free: (313) 963-1274
Cell: (248) 787-1000
Fax: (313) 963-4817