Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
  • cum laude; Order of the Coif
  • Michigan Law Review, Associate Editor
Boston University, M.S.
  • Business Administration
United States Naval Academy, B.S.
  • History
  • with honors and merit

Prior Employment

  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Associate, 2006-2012
  • United States Marine Corps, Captain, 1997-2002

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Michigan

Overview
Experience
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Honors

Overview

Jeff is a partner in the Litigation department who focuses on representing private equity firms and international manufacturers in commercial disputes. He has served as trial counsel in bench and jury trials and arbitral proceedings that have gone to verdict and has won multimillion-dollar judgments and achieved favorable settlements at all stages of litigation. Prior to joining Honigman, Jeff worked at a prominent national law firm where he represented global chemical and energy companies in litigation stemming from refinery fires and well failures, as well as commercial disputes arising from joint ventures and mergers gone awry. He is a former Marine Corps officer.

  • Represents private equity firms and their portfolio companies in litigation typically involving allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract
  • Represents international manufacturers in commercial disputes with their suppliers, distributors, customers, and competitors

Experience

Private Equity Litigation

  • Served as lead counsel for private equity portfolio company in $15 million indemnification action related to settlement of nationwide class action alleging statutory violations: won motion to dismiss third party complaint in C.D. Cal. and then successfully resolved claims
  • Obtained dismissal of breach of fiduciary duty, gross negligence and federal securities fraud claims via successive dispositive motions while representing defendant private equity firm and its principals in a $10 million lawsuit in S.D. Tex.
  • Served as lead counsel for private equity portfolio company in unfair competition litigation with competitor: took over defense from another firm and then won modification of preliminary injunction and achieved favorable settlement via aggressive prosecution of affirmative defenses and counterclaim
  • Conducted internal investigation for private equity firm following the discovery of a multi-year accounting fraud by its portfolio company’s CFO; negotiated settlement with national accounting firm on related accounting malpractice and gross negligence claims
  • Conducted internal investigation for private equity portfolio company following a terminated employee’s allegations of fraudulent credit card transactions and harassment; developed plan for corrective action and dissuaded the former employee from pursuing claims

Manufacturing Litigation

  • Won $5.8 million judgment, plus attorney’s fees, in E.D. Va. as lead counsel representing plaintiff manufacturer in breach of contract dispute arising out of a U.S. Navy shipbuilding program
  • Served as lead litigation counsel representing OEM in bankruptcy litigation in D. Mass. against former supplier: hotly contested adversary proceeding involved cross claims of fraud and breach of contract and settled favorably following successful depositions of supplier’s financial consultants
  • Served as lead counsel for diesel engine manufacturer in a breach of contract dispute with its former fastener supplier and resolved claims at mediation for far less than projected defense costs
  • Represented defendant Tier 3 automotive supplier in $5 million breach of contract and breach of warranty dispute in E.D. Mich. involving allegations of defective fuel tank components. Case resolved at mediation with no recall
  • Represented Tier 1 automotive supplier in post-bankruptcy dispute in E.D. Mich. regarding pension benefits. Won motion to transfer dispute to bankruptcy court which led to favorable settlement
  • Led all e-discovery efforts in an enterprise valuation dispute arising out of the bankruptcy of a Tier 1 automotive supplier; supervised 50 attorneys during a three-month document collection and review effort regarding complex financial and production planning issues

Other Significant Commercial Litigation

  • Led successful defense of a national distributor in a $15 million trademark infringement action in E.D. Mich. via aggressive prosecution of affirmative defenses: defeated plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction twice; won discovery sanctions, and then secured release of all claims on extremely favorable terms
  • Led successful defense of nationwide restaurant chain in class action litigation alleging false advertising and negligence: won dismissal of all claims via successive motions to dismiss
  • Won summary judgment in Illinois state court on breach of fiduciary duty claims asserted by client plaintiff marketing firm against its former president for illicit competition
  • Secured early and cost-effective resolution of claims through aggressive defense and discovery posture for defendant software developer in a $5 million breach of contract and breach of warranty dispute
  • Won motion to strike opposing expert and obtained total defense verdict following arbitral hearing while serving as trial counsel for online travel agency defendant in $10 million breach of contract dispute
  • Obtained favorable settlement following bench trial in Illinois state court while representing nonprofit hospital in a breach of contract action against a former consultant
  • Represented German furniture manufacturer in a $10 million breach of contract dispute against its U.S. distributor; filed successful declaratory judgment action in S.D.N.Y. and won dismissal of ICC arbitration following victory on opponent’s interlocutory appeal to Second Circuit
  • Served as counsel for a chemical manufacturer in a breach of contract and tort action in Louisiana state court arising out of the failure of natural gas storage caverns; developed fact and expert case regarding welding, metallurgy, and well-logging issues; client achieved a highly favorable settlement on its counterclaims following summary judgment

News & Resources

News

Honors

  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2017
    • Recognized as a Rising Star, 2014-2016