John A. Kruse

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AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Product liability
Indemnity
Employment
General liability
Premises liability
Construction
Automobile negligence
Toxic torts
Environmental
Superfund
Contracts
Trade secret
Medical malpractice
Hospital liability
Drug liability
EDUCATION:
University of Detroit School of Law (J.D. cum laude, 1952)
University of Detroit (B.S., Accounting and Economics, 1950)
BAR ADMISSIONS:
State Bar of Michigan (1952)
United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court, Western District of Michigan
United States District court, Alaska
EMPLOYMENT:
Associate Attorney at Alexander, Cholette, Buchanan, Perkins & Conklin (1952-1961)
Partner at Alexander, Buchanan & Conklin (1961-1969)
Founding partner at Harvey, Kruse & Westen (1969)
President at Harvey Kruse (1976 –1986)
Continue as full-time employee of Harvey Kruse, P.C., practicing in both trial and appellate areas.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:
Martindale Hubbell rated AV
Who’s Who in the World
Who’s Who in America
Who’s Who in American Law
Who’s Who in the Midwest
The Best Lawyers in America
University of Detroit Law Alumni Association
1989 Outstanding Alumnus Award
Neuromuscular Institute – Humanitarian Award 1988
EXPERIENCE:
Many of the appellate decisions in Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Supreme Court and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals bear his name as counsel for the successful defendant.
Since the firm’s founding in 1969, has been assisted by the lawyers in our firm and helped train them to become outstanding trial lawyers. The favorable results in litigation over many years would not have been possible with out the help of these young men and women.
REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS:
Chemical Products: Amoco, Ashland, Detrex, Shell, and Mobay
Drug Products: Ciba-Geigy, S.J. Tutag, Rowell Laboratories, Moore, and Olin Automobiles: Ford Motor
Cranes: Harnischfeger, FMC, Koehring, Manitowac, and Bucyrus Erie
Conveyors: Link-Belt
Lawn Mowers: Snapper, AMF and Kut-Kwic
Fork Lifts: Clark Equipment
Power Presses: Press Brakes, Minster Press, Federal Press, and U.S. Industries
Tires and Wheels: B.F. Goodrich, and Ford Motor
Milling Machines: Stuart Bolling Company
Pneumatic Cylinder: Miller Fluid Power Company
Hospitals: Crit endon, Martin Plan, and Providence
Farm Equipment: Textron, New Idea, and Allied
Controls: Allen Bradley and Clark Controller
Contractors: Barton-Malow, Turner Construction, and Greenfield Construction Company
Employment: Stroh Brewery, and Hilton Hotels
Toxic Tort and Environmental: Detrex Chemical Products
Insurance Companies: Insurance Company of North America (CIGNA), Liberty Mutual, Employers of Wausau, Travelers, Lumbermans Mutual, Farmers, Farm Bureau, Aetna, Amerisure, Catholic Mutual, Cuna Mutual, and many others
Municipalities: Allen Park and Van Buren Township
MEMBER:
State Bar Association of Michigan
Negligence Section – Past Chairman
American Bar Association
International Association of Defense Counsel
Product Liability Advisory Council
Association of Defense Trial Counsel (Director, 1966 – 1967)
American Judicature Society
American Bar Endowment
Fellow Michigan State Bar Endowment
Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference – Life Member
University of Detroit President’s Cabinet (past member of Executive Committee)
Ave Maria College, Trustee
Michigan Catholic Radio, Co-founder
Gabriel Richard Historical Society, Past Member Board of Directors
MILITARY SERVICE:
United States Navy (World War II, 1944 – 1946)
First in class, Signal School, Armed Guard School
Philippine Liberation Ribbon
Pacific Theatre Ribbon
Good Conduct Ribbon
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