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Dennis was born and raised in Michigan and has no plans to ever leave. He is married with four adult children all of whom live in Michigan, and he is a huge MSU fan.

Dennis has only had one employer since 1973– Harvey Kruse, P.C. He has a keen interest in machinery, with experience to match and training from some of the best mechanical and electrical engineers you can find, and he has probably tried more cases to verdict than any attorney in Michigan and plans to try many more.

Areas of Practice

  • Product Liability
  • Trial Practice
  • Construction Liability
  • Fire Damage Litigation
  • General Negligence Litigation

Education

  • Henry Ford Community College (1967)
  • Western Michigan University
    B.S., cum laude, 1969
  • University of Grenoble — French Language Studies (1969)
  • Wayne State University School of Law
    J.D., cum laude, 1973

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan (1973)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (1973)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan (1993)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin (2004)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1984)
  • United States Supreme Court (2000)

Employment

  • Harvey Kruse, P.C. (1973—present)

Organizations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Detroit Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • The Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell rating: A/V® Preeminent Rating – 20 years
  • Martindale Hubbell rating: A/V® Preeminent Judicial Edition – 2016 & 2017
  • “Super Lawyer” 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Michigan Super Lawyer List 2019
  • America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators 2018
  • Leading Product Liability Litigator of the Year, Michigan 2018
  • Leading Lawyers Product Liability Defense Law 2018
  • Top Lawyer 2012, 2014
  • DBusiness Detroit Top Lawyers 2007, 2010
  • Detroit’s Best Lawyers 2012
  • Who’s Who of World Class Professionals 2010 
  • Stanford’s Who’s Who 2010 
  • Crain’s Top Business Lawyers 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America 2007 thru 2018
  • President of Student Body at Henry Ford Community College

Representative Matters

Dennis has a vast amount of experience with mechanical and electrical engineering from working on and trying cases involving the following areas and products:

  • Product design
  • Circuit design
  • Sequence of Operation
  • CAD
  • Mechanical and electrical bill of materials
  • Prototypes
  • PPAP
  • Release for Production procedures
  • Quality control
  • QC audits
  • Life testing
  • Commissioning
  • Failure analysis
  • Engineering drawings
  • Stacking Tolerances
  • Electrical Schematics
  • One line drawings
  • Ladder logic
  • Circuit protection
  • Motor protection 
  • Welded Contacts
  • Fuses
  • Motors
  • Drives – AC and DC
  • Gear reducers
  • Bearings
  • Motor Starters
  • Relays
  • Timers
  • Sensors
  • Switches
  • Positive stops
  • Overtravel
  • Pushbuttons
  • Footswitches
  • Counterbalances
  • Transformers
  • Phase Angle Regulating transformers
  • Schnabel car transport
  • Accelerators
  • Power presses
  • Underdrive presses
  • Coining presses
  • Press Brakes
  • Shears
  • Conveyors
  • Hoists 
  • Elevators
  • Manuals
  • Warnings
  • Warranty 
  • ANSI
  • IEEE
  • ISO 
  • ASTM
  • NEMA

 

He has also handled many cases on appeal involving the principles and products listed above. Here are some of them identified by name and docket number:

Michael Gregory v Cincinnati

Michigan Court of Appeals

Docket # 198382

Michael Gregory v Cincinnati

Michigan Court of Appeals

Docket #135587

Aaron Gregory v Cincinnati

Michigan Court of Appeals

Docket # 171722

Michael Gregory v Cincinnati Michigan Supreme Court
Docket #98284

Tadeusz Hejnar v Cincinnati

Michigan Court of Appeals

Docket # 187730

Robbie John v Cincinnati

Michigan Court of Appeals

Docket #163808

Hesekiah Reeves v Cincinnati

Michigan Court of Appeals

Docket #142550

James Rhodes v Cincinnati

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Docket # 85-1185

Laura Hollister v Dayton Hudson

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals 

Docket #98-1660

Robert Keller v Clearing Corp.

Michigan Court of Appeals

Docket #237964

Amanda Mesaros v Centimark

Michigan Court of Appeals

Docket #225548

Marvin Meyers v Clearing Corp.

Michigan Court of Appeals

Docket # 154217

Robert Needham v Roho

USDC Eastern District of Michigan

Docket # 04-10149

Randy Peck v Bridgeport Machines

U.S Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Docket #99-2024

Kimberly Powell v Anderson Hickey

Michigan Court of Appeals

Docket # 179325

Emile Rihani v Greeley & Hansen

Michigan Court of Appeals

Docket # 256921

Walter Sandusky v Rockwell 

Michigan Court of Appeals

Docket # 257698

Mary Wingard v Nutro Corp.

Michigan Court of Appeals

Docket # 262893

Edward Auger v ABB

USDC Eastern District of Michigan

Docket # 98-CV- 75343- DT

Eldec Industrial v Knopf

Michigan Court of Appeals

Docket #300234

James Cobb v Schwing America

USDC Eastern District of Michigan

Docket #04-72136

 

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