A seasoned product liability and commercial litigation attorney, John R. Prew has successfully represented numerous clients in circuit courts throughout Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District and Western District of Michigan, and the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Mr. Prew has served as national product liability counsel for several clients in litigation throughout the United States. His defense of large automotive component part suppliers on a national level has allowed him to help shape the trends in product liability throughout the United States. Mr. Prew is a pioneer in defending component part suppliers in product liability suits. He has also acted as national product liability counsel for Summit Treestands, LLC, and Gorilla, Inc., defending them in cases filed throughout the United States and with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Other hunting product manufacturers and crane and press manufacturers have also benefitted from Mr. Prew’s product liability expertise and experience in their defense. He has been admitted pro hac vice to handle cases in other states, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
With an additional specialty in commercial litigation, Mr. Prew has served several clients in commercial disputes, including within the automotive field. He has successfully defended companies in commercial business and construction disputes alleging breach of contract, intentional interference with business relations, breach of warranty, misrepresentation, and insurance coverage disputes.
Additionally, Mr. Prew has defended numerous entities involved in the commercial trucking sector, including United Parcel Service Inc. and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Prew served as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps, attained the rank of Major, and served as Review Officer for the Commanding General, Third Marine Aircraft Wing, and Commanding General, Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California. During his service, he
- Acted as a prosecutor handling special and general courts-martial, trying numerous jury and bench trials involving offenses including, but not limited to, conspiracy, aggravated assault, larceny, drug importation, drug use, and distribution, and check and credit card fraud. Received the Navy Achievement Medal for successfully prosecuting a complex criminal conspiracy to commit check fraud.
- Acted as the presiding officer in numerous Article 32 hearings that equate with grand jury proceedings. Attended the U.S. Attorney General’s Trial Advocacy Course.
- Served as the Staff Judge Advocate and Officer in Charge of the Joint Law Center at Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin, California, providing counsel to the station commander and tenant squadrons in all legal matters.
- Acted as a Special Assistant, United States Attorney, prosecuting cases in the Central District of California Federal District Court involving civilian offenses while on board Marine Corps Air Stations El Toro and Tustin.
- Served as the Staff Judge Advocate for Marines at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan, while in the Marine Corp Reserves.
John R. Prew graduated in 1985 from Michigan State University, James Madison College, and graduated cum laude from Detroit College of Law in 1988. In 1989, he graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps Basic School (honor graduate) and the Naval Justice School. Then he commenced service in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate serving as a Review Officer, Prosecutor, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Staff Judge Advocate obtaining the rank of Major. Commendations include the Navy Achievement Medal as a prosecutor. After leaving the service in 1992, Mr. Prew worked as an associate attorney at Bigler, Berry, Johnston, Stykiel and Hunt, P.C., and Dawson & Clark, P.C., until beginning his career at Harvey Kruse, P.C., in 2000.
Mr. Prew has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 19 years and has one child. His hobbies include snow skiing, water skiing, bowling, softball, swimming, competitive weight lifting, martial arts, running (one marathon), and golf.
Areas of Practice
- Product Liability
- Construction Liability
- Premises Liability
- Transportation Litigation
- Commercial and Business Disputes
- Detroit College of Law, J.D., cum laude,1988
- Michigan State University, James Madison College, B.A., 1985
- S. Marine Corps Basic School, Honor Graduate, 1989
- Naval Justice School, 1989
- State Bar of Michigan (1988)
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (1988)
- U.S. Military Court of Appeals (1989)
- U.S. District Court Colorado (2004)
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan (2006)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2007)
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois (2011)
- U.S. Supreme Court (2011)
- Harvey Kruse, P.C., Managing Partner (2011-Present)
- Harvey Kruse, P.C., Shareholder (2004-2011)
- Harvey Kruse, P.C., Associate Attorney (2000-2003)
- Dawson & Clark, Associate Attorney (1995-2000)
- Bigler, Berry, Johnston, Sztykiel & Hunt, P.C., Associate Attorney (1992-1995)
- U.S.M.C.; Judge Advocate 1989-1992
- Detroit College of Law, Law Review, 1986—1988
- Oakland County Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
- State Bar of Michigan
Honors & Awards
- Martindale Hubbell rating: A/V®
- Van Syckle v Ford Motor Company – defense verdict Wayne County, Michigan in a rear impact automobile negligence case.
- Smith v Ford Motor Company – defense verdict Wayne County, Michigan in a wrongful death product liability case.
- Williams v Ford Motor Company, 1997 WL 33350573 (Mich. App.1997), rev. 457 Mich. 888 (1998).
- Amanto v Summit Treestands, LLC and Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc., – defense verdict in a tree stand product liability case.