An attorney by profession, a commercial pilot by training, and an operational intelligence officer by trade, Raoul is a graduate of the University of Toronto, BA (hons.), 1989, and Thomas M. Cooley Law School, JD, Cum Laude, 2003. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 2004 and has more than sixteen years of experience as a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs in tort litigation.
Prior to founding the firm, Raoul served as a deputy sheriff, a law clerk for the criminal division of the Department of Justice, Office of the United States Attorney, and an intelligence officer for the operations department of a civilian intelligence agency for which he investigated espionage, sabotage, terrorism, and organized crime.
Raoul served as a consultant for a British think tank based in Nairobi, for which he monitored the conduct, performance, and leadership of regional law enforcement departments in Somalia, researched human trafficking, and performed a comprehensive survey of the security sector in Somaliland.
With experience identifying and countering corruption in law enforcement, and prosecuting fraud, corruption, waste, and abuse, Raoul was retained to prosecute sexual assault cases by a firm that represented one-third of the survivors in the nationally-publicized Larry Nassar sexual assault litigation, where he assisted with their recovery of a five hundred million dollar settlement from Michigan State University in 2018.
Having worked at all three levels of government, and in many countries, Raoul understands the realities of employment in a politicized environment. He believes in the right of individuals to report wrongdoing without retaliation because when done properly whistleblowing strengthens democracy.
Raoul’s advocacy for injured clients has recently made new case law, in a published decision from the Michigan Court of Appeals which can be found: here.
Watch Raoul argue the case via Zoom at oral argument in the Michigan Court of Appeals: here.