Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
  • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Parker School Certification of Achievement in International and Foreign Law; Alona E. Evans Award for Best Brief (Worldwide)
  • Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Submission Editor; Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition (2001)
Williams College, B.A.
  • Philosophy and International Relations
  • cum laude


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Jason Abel is an experienced trial lawyer, representing individuals and public and private companies in a wide variety of complex litigation before juries, judges, and arbitrators throughout the United States. 

  • Represents a range of clients, from Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies to closely-held businesses, startups, and individual entrepreneurs
  • Successfully resolves high-stakes commercial litigation and arbitration, employing creative strategies to help minimize expense while maximizing results
  • Advises manufacturers and suppliers in various industries, including automotive and alternative energy, on contract disputes and high-stakes, emergency litigation involving injunctive relief to defuse supply disruptions and stop-ship threats
  • Represents property owners, developers and lenders in a variety of complex commercial real estate litigation matters, including condemnation and judicial foreclosure actions and disputes regarding breaches of purchase and sale obligations, rights of first refusal, easements, and lease and development agreements.


Representative Matters

  • Secured a bench trial victory on behalf of a financial services provider in a lawsuit filed by a former car dealer that alleged breach of various lending agreements and sought damages of more than $21 million
  • Secured a bench trial dismissal of $14.5 million claim for fraud and negligence in complex real estate dispute
  • Won a multi-million dollar bench trial dismissal at close of plaintiffs’ case for claim for agency liability
  • Obtained jury verdict of 1.8 million in favor of commercial tenant evicted from property in violation of lease
  • Successfully negotiated the resolution of shareholder disputes regarding several multi-million dollar business enterprises 
  • Served as lead counsel on numerous jury and bench trials in Oakland County Circuit Court, Wayne County Circuit Court, and federal and state courts across the nation
  • Achieved favorable judgments in numerous property disputes on behalf of various financial institutions
  • Obtained dismissal of international federal contract dispute involving automotive industry suppliers
  • Advised public company focused on alternative energy on various intellectual property matters and pre-litigation and litigation strategy
  • Negotiated pre-answer dismissal of multistate dispute over corporate management and shareholders' rights

Prior Experience

  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Associate, 2001-2007



  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2018
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2017-2021
    • Recognized as a Rising Star, 2009-2016
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Family Law
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • "Certificate of Appreciation" recognizing pro bono service

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of New York
  • American Inns of Court, Oakland County Chapter
  • Leadership Detroit
    • Graduate, Class 2010
  • Bloomfield Hills Youth Soccer League (Coach, 2010-present)
  • First Lego League (Coach, 2014-present)


Assists Holocaust survivors in obtaining reparations from the German government

Assisted charter schools as volunteer general counsel

Academic Appointments

  • University of Michigan Law School, Child Custody & Support Jurisdiction, Guest Lecturer, 2013
  • University of Detroit Mercy Law School, A Background on the E-Discovery Rules, Guest Lecturer, 2012
  • University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Federal Civil Procedure – Case Resolution, Guest Lecturer, 2011

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