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Kevin J. Stoops

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Kevin Stoops is an experienced trial attorney who appears frequently in Michigan state courts and federal courts across the United States, representing clients in complex business litigation spanning the automobile and other industries. He has vast experience and a track record of successful outcomes in complex, high-dollar matters involving trade secret, business tort, intellectual property, executive employment, and class action claims.

Through a practical and honest approach, Kevin has established a reputation for providing individual clients as well as multi-national businesses with the cost-effective representation that is so in demand in today’s economy (often at the expense of "large law firm" competitors).  His use of unique, custom-tailored alternative fee arrangements and contingency fee structures help clients to limit their legal expenditures while getting excellent litigation representation and personal responsiveness.

Kevin went into law because he enjoys the intellectual challenge posed by an ever evolving legal landscape. Since becoming a lawyer, he's learned just how important his work is to every one of his clients. "It's not often that you find a profession where the outcome of your work can – and often does – have a profound impact on the life of your client and his or her family."

Kevin has three children – Kevin Jr., Donavin, and Dominick – and he coaches their sports teams, although to his chagrin, his coaching efforts do not often have a profound impact on the final outcome of the games.

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2004
    • Moot Court Team
    • Law Review
  • Michigan State University, Bachelor of Science, 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Pro hac vice admission: U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia; U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Areas of Practice

  • May 2012, $1,100,000 settlement: Kevin Stoops served as lead counsel in a complex commercial litigation case that involved claims (including breach of contract, fraud, and violation of the Michigan Sales Representative Commission Act) by his clients against a former joint venture partner. By guiding the plaintiffs through termination of their joint venture agreement and gaining a comprehensive understanding of thousands of pages of financial statements, sales reports, and other documents related to the joint venture's financial performance (which provided the ability to compile extensive damage modeling supported by key sales documents maintained by the plaintiffs over the parties' nearly 7 year business relationship), Mr. Stoops was able to obtain a very favorable settlement for his clients at the onset of litigation and prior to engaging in any discovery.
  • February 2012: $2.5 Million settlement. Andrew Kochanowski and Kevin Stoops assisted their client to obtain a $2.5 Million settlement in a complex business litigation dispute involving joint venture contract and trademark infringement claims, which was pending in the United States District Court of the District of Colorado.
  • June 2011: $800,000 settlement. Kevin Stoops served as lead counsel in a complex litigation arbitration pending in Chicago, Illinois, that involved claims of oppression, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty by a former shareholder against a multi-million dollar business involved in the medical insurance industry.
  • June 2011: Obtained summary judgment in favor of a client, a senior executive in the medical industry, on client’s claim of breach of employment contract.
  • January 2011: $367,000 settlement. Successfully obtained a $367,000 settlement for the conservator of a minor child in a complex probate litigation matter involving claims of conversion and breach of fiduciary duty against the personal representatives of decedent’s estate.
  • .July 2010: Holbrook et al v GenTek, Inc. 2010 WL 2697126. Obtained summary judgment in favor of four clients, former executives in the automotive industry, on claim that the former employer breached their executive bonus agreement.
  • March 2009: $3.1 Million Breach of Contract Verdict. Kevin Stoops assisted Andrew Kochanowski win a breach of contract and patent infringement verdict for the Michigan inventor of an aluminum baseball bat safety testing machine.
  • October 2007: Schmitt v. Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - Successful in defeating defendant's motion for summary judgment on behalf of client in a gender discrimination and retaliation action.
  • July 2006: Auvenshine v. Troy School District, 2006 WL 2070055. - Successful in granting plaintiff's motion for entry of judgment and denying defendant's request to reduce damages based on alleged unconditional offer of reinstatement.
  • June 2006: Thomas et al v. U.S. Security Association, Inc. 2006 WL 1627542. Successful in defeating defendant's motion for summary judgement on behalf of three plaintiffs in this discrimination and retaliation action.
  • April 2006: $2.4 million Employment Discrimination Verdict. Kevin Stoops assisted Joe Golden win a Title VII and Elliot-Larsen national origin discrimination verdict for a public school teacher in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
    • State Bar of Michigan
      • Council Member, Litigation Section
      • Member, Michigan Attorney Discipline Board Hearing Panel
    • American Bar Association
    • Oakland County Bar Association
    • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
      • Board of Directors (2013 to present)
      • Barristers Board of Directors (2009-2013)
    • National Employment Lawyers Association
    • American Association for Justice
    • Case Evaluator, Oakland County Circuit Court

    After Kevin Stoops successfully defended the client against a lawsuit involving trade secret and breach of non-competition agreement claims, the client wrote:

    Thank for all you did in my case, Kevin. You did a great job.

    After Kevin Stoops obtained a seven figure settlement on behalf of his clients in a complex commercial litigation case involving various claims including breach of contract and violation of the Michigan Sales Representative Commission Act, the clients stated:

    Thank you very much for your time and effort on our case. We feel you went above and beyond expectations. Our business is very complex with the different manufacturers we deal with and the rebate programs associated with them, and we feel the time, effort and your timeliness in understanding the different aspects of our case helped us with a reasonable resolution. We hope we will not have to have assistance in litigation again, but if we do, we will certainly want you to be the counsel helping us and we would certainly be happy to refer you to anyone that may need legal counsel.

    In a case where Kevin Stoops successfully defended his client against allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of a non-competition agreement, the client stated:

    My wife and I really appreciate all your help. You did a wonderful job with our lawsuit and you actually genuinely tried to help us again. WOW! - you truly have left a great impression on us.

    After the successful handling of a matter by Dan Swanson and Kevin Stoops, the client indicated:

    Going through this process was a totally new experience for me, but the way you and your firm conducted it was certainly reassuring. Please extend my gratitude to all the people involved.

    Executive employment contract case handled by Dan Swanson and Kevin Stoops:

    I want to thank the both of you for the hard work you put in to our case. For me it was the first time I had ever been involved in litigation against anybody, was not sure what to expect and was worried about the out come. Throughout the process you both demonstrated understanding for the emotional roller coaster your clients were going through, keeping us on track until the conclusion of the case. Your advice and guidance were spot on... once again, thank you.

    Honors/Awards

    • Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Up & Coming Lawyers" - 2013
    • Super Lawyers Rising Star (Michigan) – 2010 to present
      • AV Preeminent Lawyer – Peer Review Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 (Martindale-Hubbell)

      Seminars/Lectures

      • "40 Tips You Didn't Learn in Law School," Thomas M. Cooley Law School/Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers, November 2012
      • Art of Networking Program, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, February 2012
      • Inaugural Mentoring in Motion Program (Co-Chair), Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, November 2011
      • Speed Mock Interview Program, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, September 2011
      • “Summer Associates: Preparing for a Successful Summer,” University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, April 2011
      • Pathway to Success Panel Discussion, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, June 2010
      • Labor and Employment Law Panel, Wayne State University Law School, March 2010