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Paul Kittinger has been with the firm since 2009 and he concentrates his practice in civil and commercial litigation.  He represents the firm’s clients in product liability, construction and personal injury disputes.  Mr. Kittinger has obtained summary disposition/judgment and voluntary dismissals without payment in scores of cases.  He has completed one trial, representing the defendants in a two week trade secret jury trial in Wayne County Circuit Court.  He volunteers as a mediator at The Resolution Center, which serves residents of Macomb and St. Clair Counties.

During law school Mr. Kittinger served as a law clerk for Liberty Mutual. In this capacity he assisted in all stages of litigation for automobile negligence, premises liability, workers’ compensation, and products liability cases.  For one semester, he interned for U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn where he assisted in the research and drafting of opinions and orders in complex civil matters and provided trial support in a multi-week patent infringement trial.

Mr. Kittinger gained experience as a research intern in the U.S. Attorney’s Office while an undergraduate. His responsibilities included working with federal agents in corruption and counter-terrorism investigations and trials.

Mr. Kittinger grew up in Farmington Hills and worked for the family business, Kil’s Tae Kwon Do.

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2008.
    • The Journal of Law and Society, Symposium Editor, 2007-2008
    • Moot Court, 2006-2008
    • David Adamany Endowed Constitutional Law Scholar Award (Book Award)
    • Law School Leadership Fellowship/Lombard Fellowship (Academic Scholarship)
    • Bronze Key Award Recipient for Academic Excellence
    • Third Place Appellate Brief Award
    • International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, 2015
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), B.A. Philosophy and Sociology, 2005.
    • Selected as the Waldron Scholar (2005)
    • University Honors Recipient (Five-time honoree for Outstanding Academic Achievement)

Admitted to the Bar

  • State Bar of Michigan, 2009
  • State Bar of Illinois, 2008
  • U.S. District Court of Michigan, Eastern District: 2010
  • U.S. District Court of Michigan, Western District: 2011

Accomplishments

  • Distinguished Brief Award, Thomas M. Cooley Law Review (June, 2014)

Reported Cases

  • Mindykowski v CWB Property Management, Inc and Alpena Hotels, LLC, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Michigan Court of Appeals, decided March 10, 2015 (Docket No. 315753).
  • Sholberg v Truman, 496 Mich. 1; 852 NW2d 89 (2014).
  • Burkard v Westfield, unpublished per curiam opinion of the Michigan Court of Appeals, decided July 2, 2013 (Docket No. 311611).
  • Edington v Sobie Company, Inc, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Michigan Court of Appeals, decided April 9, 2013 (Docket No. 303876).
  • American University of Antigua College of Medicine v Steven Woodward,
  • 837 F Supp 2d 686 (ED Mich 2011), aff’d in an unpublished opinion per curiam of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, issued March 15, 2013 (Docket Nos. 12-1128/1584/1585/1738).
  • Citizens Ins Co of Am v Prof’l temperature Heating & Air Conditioning, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Michigan Court of Appeals, decided October 25, 2012 (Docket No 300524).

Sample Successful Results

  • 2015 Court of Appeals reverses denial of summary disposition in a Dramshop/negligence action, and remands for entry of dismissal order.
  • 2014 Summary Disposition affirmed by Michigan Supreme Court on a fatality and claims of negligence and nuisance.   An independent case evaluation panel had valued the plaintiff’s case at $750,000.00.   The brief on file in the Michigan Supreme Court received the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review’s Distinguished Brief Award.
  • 2013 Obtained summary disposition in favor of heating and cooling contractor on multi-million dollar fire loss at an apartment complex for seniors in West Bloomfield. The alleged cause of the fire was heat from an allegedly improperly serviced boiler at the complex. The West Bloomfield Fire Department testified it was the largest fire fought in the department’s history. A panel of three independent evaluators had assessed the plaintiffs’ claim at $4,000,000.00. The circuit denied our motion for summary disposition, but the Court of Appeals reversed the Circuit Court and the Michigan Supreme Court denied leave to appeal.
  • 2013 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirms summary judgment for client in defamation/trademark infringement matter.

Publications

  • Dram Shop Compendium, Michigan, Primerus Defense Institute, 2013
  • The Journal of Law and Society,  Symposium Editor, 2007 to 2008
  • “Patient Power: Over-the-Counter Drugs,”
  • Brief Analysis 524, National Center for Policy Analysis, 2005.

Personal

  • Born in Detroit, Michigan