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Cullen McKinney has been practicing law for nearly 20 years. In 2009, he became a Founding Partner at Tanoury, Nauts, McKinney & Garbarino, PLLC, a Detroit-based law firm that handles general negligence cases and focuses on health and medical malpractice law. Mr. McKinney trained at the University of Detroit Law School, where he earned a position on the Law Review and participated in Moot Court. He was also an intern for former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Patricia Boyle. He completed his Juris Doctor in 1993.Early in his career, Cullen McKinney published an article entitled, “Home Office Deductions and I.R.C. Section 280a: Did Commissioner v. Soliman Really Clear Up the Meaning of ‘Principal Place of Business?’” The article is a review of professionals’ rights to claim home office use as tax deductions. Mr. McKinney’s more recent efforts to support legal professionals include preparing and giving presentations for clients and colleagues. He has presented on the value of electronic medical record-keeping and on the negative results of the increase in and continuing practice of defensive medicine.In 2008, listed Cullen McKinney as a “Rising Star,” in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a legal professional. Mr. McKinney is approved trial counsel for Vanguard Health in Detroit (formerly Detroit Medical Center) and has defended the institution and its staff from malpractice claims. His recent successes in the courtroom have been written about in Michigan Lawyers Weekly. In his spare time, Mr. McKinney enjoys coaching the local youth flag-football league and playing golf.

Work experience

Aug 2009Present

Founding Partner



Jan 1990Jan 1993


University of Detroit Law School
Jan 1987Jan 1991


Michigan State University