Attorney Jonathan B. Koch

Jonathan B. Koch

jonathan.koch@ceflawyers.com
P: 248-663-7722
F: 248-663-7723
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Jonathan’s practice focuses on appellate litigation, and also includes trial-level brief writing, especially at the summary disposition stage. He has represented clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including professional malpractice (particularly legal malpractice), premises liability, auto liability (both first and third party), and general liability. Before joining the firm, Jonathan served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable David F. Viviano on the Michigan Supreme Court.

While in law school, Jonathan interned with the Solicitor General of Michigan and Judge Stephen J. Murphy, III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He also worked to exonerate wrongfully-convicted individuals as a student attorney with the Michigan Innocence Clinic.


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Appellate


EDUCATION

University of Michigan Law School
(J.D. cum laude, 2015)

Andrews University
(B.A. magna cum laude, 2012)


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan


ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS

Notes Editor, Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review

Symposium Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Federalist Society
Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
State Bar of Michigan
—–– Appellate Practice Section
—–– Litigation Practice Section
—–– Negligence Practice Section
Washtenaw County Bar Association
—–– Federal Practice Section (Co-chair)


PROMINENT OUTCOMES

Farris v McKaig, ___ Mich App ___; ___ NW2d ___ (2018) (Docket No. 337366)—obtained published opinion affirming the trial court’s decision to grant summary disposition for defendant. The court held that lawyer-guardians ad litem are absolutely immune from civil liability under MCL 691.1407(6) when acting in their role as a lawyer-guardian ad litem.

Smith v K. Cole, Inc., unpublished order of the Court of Appeals, issued Sep. 28, 2017 (Docket No. 338518)—obtained order peremptorily reversing the trial court and ordering summary disposition for defendant. The court concluded that the open-and-obvious doctrine barred plaintiff’s premises liability claim.

Penny v Schultz, unpublished opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued July 11, 2017 (Docket No. 331641)—obtained opinion reversing the trial court and ordering summary disposition for defendant in multi-million dollar premises-liability case. The court concluded that the open-and-obvious doctrine barred plaintiff’s premises-liability claim and that defendant lacked possession and control over the premises.

Aldridge v AG Lining, Inc., unpublished order of the Court of Appeals, issued Feb. 23, 2017 (Docket No. 335710)—obtained order peremptorily reversing the trial court and ordering summary disposition for defendant. The court concluded that the open-and-obvious doctrine barred plaintiff’s premises liability claim and that she failed to state a claim of public/private nuisance.


PUBLICATIONS

REITs v. Private Equity Real Estate,” Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review (October 20, 2013)

Another Look at JPMorgan’s $13.1 Billion Settlement,” Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review Blog (November 2, 2013)