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Nathan “Nate” Peplinski is a partner in the Harvey Kruse Troy Office. He has practiced at every level of the American court system from local district courts, to several arguments before the Michigan Supreme Court, to a briefing to the United States Supreme Court. Nate has a focus on appellate law, having started his career in the Court of Appeals Prehearing Division and has served several terms as the Senior Clerk to Justice Marilyn Kelly. Nate has also handled numerous insurance coverage cases covering a variety of insurance coverage issues and high exposure construction accident cases involving the common work area doctrine defense.

Nate is an avid music lover and enjoys attending numerous concerts each year. Nate also enjoys world travel and fine dining experiences. Nate was raised in North Branch, Michigan and currently lives in Clawson, Michigan.

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Practice
  • Construction Liability
  • Insurance Defense
  • No-Fault First Party Automobile Liability
  • Transportation Litigation 
  • Trial Practice


  • Wayne State University Law School
    J.D., cum laude, Order of Coif, 2003
  • Quincy University
    B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 2000
  • North Branch High School
    Summa cum laude, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan (2004)
  • Eastern District of Michigan (2007)
  • Western District of Michigan (2016)
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (2010)
  • United States Supreme Court (2011)


  • Partner/Shareholder at Harvey Kruse, P.C. (2014—present)
  • 2007—2014 – Associate at Harvey Kruse, P.C. (2014—2017)
  • Senior Legal Clerk to Justice Marilyn Kelly of the Michigan Supreme Court (2004—2007)
  • Research Attorney, Prehearing Division, Michigan Court of Appeals (2003—2004)
  • 2001—2003 – Head Legal Intern, Michigan Department of Attorney General, Children and Youth Services Division (2001—2003 and promoted to Head Legal Intern in 2002)
  • Wayne State University Disability Law Clinic (2003)


  • State Bar of Michigan Appellate Section
  • State Bar of Michigan Negligence Section
  • Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Detroit Athletic Club

Honors & Awards

  • “Super Lawyer Rising Star” 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Order of Coif Wayne State University Law School (Top 10% of graduating class) 2003
  • Bonaventure Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Quincy University, 2000
  • Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society 1996—2000
  • Dean’s List, Quincy University 1996—2000

Publications and Speeches

  • “Adjusting The Closed Head Injury Case” by Michael F. Schmidt, James Sukkar, Barry B. Sutton, Jason R. Mathers, and Nathan Peplinski
  • “Extra-Contractual Claims Against Insurers by Michael F. Schmidt and Nathan Peplinski
  • “Liability For Construction Accidents In Michigan” by Michael F. Schmidt and Nathan Peplinski
  • “Misrepresentations In Applications For Insurance” by Michael F. Schmidt and Nathan Peplinski
  • “Ordinary Negligence vs Professional Negligence” by Michael F. Schmidt and Nathan Peplinski
  • “Summary Of Michigan Wrongful Death And Survival Action Laws” by Michael F. Schmidt, Denise P. Hickey and Nathan Peplinski
  • “Synopsis Of Premises Law” by Michael F. Schmidt and Nathan Peplinski
  • “Tort Reform Brochure” by Michael F. Schmidt and Nathan Peplinski

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