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Education

Boston University School of Law, J.D., 2001

University of Michigan, 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court
    - Eastern District of Michigan
    - Western District of Michigan

Overview

Jennifer Bruening has nearly two decades’ experience in litigation and has spent more than 15 years defending insurance companies and their insureds.

Her civil litigation practice includes professional licensing, defense of civil rights claims, police misconduct, and first- and third-party automobile liability.

She also has an expertise in motion and appellate briefing and has secured victories in the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Federal Courts on a variety of cases.

Jennifer's experience in a wide variety of insurance defense matters includes: 

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Tort Liability
  • General Liability
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Professional Licensing
  • First and Third-Party Automobile Liability
  • Dram Shop Liability

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Experience

Experience

Notable cases:

  • Mattic v Laethem Pontiac: drafted Application for Leave to appeal regarding the sudden emergency doctrine after the trial court denied summary disposition.  In lieu of granting leave to appeal, the Court issued a peremptory order reversing the trial court and grating summary disposition in the insured’s favor.
  • Melki v Bower: Drafted Brief on Appeal that successfully defended the trial court’s grant of summary disposition in First Amendment case involving public figures.
  • Morris v Adams: Successfully secured dismissal of police officer from excessive force lawsuit on Motion for Summary Judgment.  Drafted and successfully defended the dismissal on appeal in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Pelichet v Stern et al: Drafted Motion to Dismiss based on the pleadings and secured early dismissal of physician in complex civil rights claim alleging violations of 42 U.S.C 1983 involving numerous parties and which involved principles of absolute and quasi-judicial immunity.
  • Porter v D&F Retail, Inc.: drafted an Application for Leave to appeal on a premises liability action involving a slip and fall inside a gas station.  In lieu of granting leave to appeal, the Court issued a peremptory order reversing the trial court and grating summary disposition in the insured’s favor.
  • Thomas v GM & Grand: drafted an Application for Leave to appeal on a premises liability action involving a trip and fall in a gas station parking lot.  In lieu of granting leave to appeal, the Court issued a peremptory order reversing the trial court and grating summary disposition in the insured’s favor.
  • Hahn v Big Five Entertainment: Secured summary disposition and sanctions for the filing of a frivolous lawsuit, which was successfully briefed and defended on appeal.
  • O’Laughlin v Thirteen01 Restaurant, Inc.:  Obtained reversal of the trial court’s denial of summary disposition in a liability case in which it was claimed the defendant’s agent assaulted, battered, and used excessive force against the plaintiff. 
  • Basacchi v Simon Land: Drafted and argued an Application for Leave to appeal in a premises liability action involving an injury in the insured’s parking lot. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s denial of summary disposition and dismissed the matter in favor of the insured.
  • Butler v Gold Mountain: Drafted and argued an Application for Leave to appeal in a premises liability action involving a slip and fall on ice outside a convenience store. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s denial of summary disposition and dismissed the matter in favor of the insured.
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