Legal: Detroit College of Law
Juris Doctor Cum Laude received February, 1979
Detroit College of Law Review Associate Editor - published
Detroit College of Law Moot Court - top ten oralist
Graduated in top quartile of class
Undergraduate: Detroit Institute of Technology, Detroit, Michigan
B.A. degree awarded August, 1976; English/Communications
Degree Summa Cum Laude
St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Degree in Business Administration awarded May, 1973
Lupo & Koczkur, P.C., Detroit, Michigan
January, 1993 - Present. Senior partner in a law firm specializing in defense litigation. My practice is concentrated in complex, high exposure cases involving products liability, fire & property damage, premises liability, insurance issues, sports & equine law and financial/transactional/mortgage related issues.
Harvey, Kruse, Westen & Milan, P.C., Troy, Michigan
November, 1979 - December, 1992. Partner since December, 1985. Practice was concentrated in the defense of major product liability, toxic tort/environmental and premises liability litigation and construction accident litigation, as well as in declaratory actions relating to insurance coverage issues underlying these types of litigation.
Michigan Court of Appeals, Detroit, Michigan
January, 1979 - November, 1979. Prehearing attorney and clerk to Judge Vincent Brennan. My duties included intensive research and writing in all areas of the law.
Michigan Tax Tribunal, Detroit, Michigan May, 1979 - January, 1979. Clerk to Administrative Judge William E. Koney. My duties included intensive research and writing in the area of ad valorem tax appeals in a trial court setting.
State Bar of Michigan since 1979
State Bar of Ohio
Detroit Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Association Environmental Law Committee (1993- 1996)
Midwest Environmental Claims Association (MECA)
Midwest Environmental Trial Attorneys Association (METLA) (Secretary and Treasurer, 1994 & 1995)
Defense Research Institute
Wayne County Mediator
Co-Author: "Defending Natural Resources Damages Claims:
Minimizing the Liability of Responsible Parties", 281 University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, Vol. 70:281, 1993.
I presented my paper,Damages to Natural Resources:
Quantifying the Unknown, at the Law & Science Institute's Environmental Law Seminar in Chicago, April, 1992.
I presented my paper,The Private Environmental Litigant:
Using Recent Statutes to Resolve Old Disputes, at the Law & Science Institute's Environmental Law Seminar in New Orleans, April, 1991.
Author: "Francis v INS:
A Lien on Discretionary Relief", 893 Detroit College of Law Review, 1977.
I have tried to a conclusion and won brain damage, quadriplegia and death cases in Wayne County Circuit Court and amputation cases in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, among many other successful trials.