John K. Kline
My law firm focuses on serious auto accident cases and complicated divorces / custody / spousal support cases. The firm's auto accident cases usually involve life-changing and debilitating injuries where insurance companies refuse to pay even when the insurance contracts and law requires just compensation. Kline Legal Group is devoted to providing individualized litigation strategies designed to win cases and bring about exceptional results.
My law firm focuses on helping clients present the best organized and most truthful case to the Judge or Jury. In my 15 years of practicing, I have often heard Judges say how frustrated they are with cases that turn into "he said" versus "she said" arguments where the "truth" in not readily apparent. The goal of Kline Legal Group, PLC is to quickly get to the heart of the case by uncovering as much evidence as possible, organizing that evidence, and honing it down to make a complete and credible presentation for the Judge or Jury. The entire staff at Kline Legal Group knows that "details matter" and being well prepared often wins the case for our clients.
The cases that I take to Court often involve very strong emotional content. I am very sensitive to the stress that my clients are under and use my best efforts to calmly confront the issues so that my client's stressors are quickly and efficiently diminished. I strongly believe that alternative dispute resolutions like mediation are great tools and often help to settle cases; however, I also strongly believe there are some individuals and corporations that are incapable of being reasonable and are only interested in bullying people so they get "their way." These types of "bully situations" require a law firm that is ready, willing, and experienced in taking the case to the Judge or Jury. Opposing attorneys and Judges know that I have a wealth of trial experience and that I present a well organized and powerful case at trial. Often times this base of trial experience and reputation is a great tool for bringing about quick and positive resolutions.
I have strong relationships with a diverse group of experts who I rely upon as expert witnesses and consultants for mediation and trial purposes. I have a group of accountants that I utilize for business valuations and wage-loss calculations. I also have several private investigators, vocational rehab experts, and accident investigators that I have used successfully at trial. I am married to a University of Michigan trained physician and often consult her on child health and education issues as well as injury analysis and rehabilitation possibilities. I also know and have used multiple physician experts that provide convincing expert testimony regarding a victim's injuries.
I have also successfully appealed several cases to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Most recently I took a business valuation / spousal support case to the Court of Appeals and the Court deemed the issues presented as adding important legal findings to Michigan case-law and it was selected for publication. This Court of Appeals opinion can be found at: http://publicdocs.courts.mi.gov:81/OPINIONS/FINAL/COA/20120920_C297427_43_297427.OPN.PDF
I graduated from Wayne State University Law School and went to Kalamazoo College for my undergraduate degree. After law school, I have taken a 40 hour class for becoming a certified mediator and have participated in mediations and arbitrations throughout Michigan. I have also earned the Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Family Law Certificate. Additionally, I have been admitted in all State of Michigan Courts, U.S. Federal District and 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. I have litigated cases in the Detroit U.S. Bankruptcy Courts contesting debt discharges for drunk drivers who have caused injury accidents. I also have experience in legal research and writing for a legal brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2009, I was voted by my peers as a Michigan "Super Lawyer."
I currently serve in the following community volunteer roles: Trustee for the Ann Arbor First United Methodist Church, Board member and Officer for the Kenyan Urithi Educational Fund, Board Member for Washtenaw Junior Football and Cheer, Ann Arbor Recreation and Education Basketball Coach, and Mission and Youth Counselor for Methodist Youth Fellowship.
Areas of Practice
- Auto Accident Law
- Family Law
- Dog Bites - Plaintiff
- Insurance Law
- Motor Vehicle Negligence
- Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
- Real Estate Law & Construction Liens
- 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Certified Legal Specialties
- Trained Mediator in Michigan
- Family Law, ICLE Family Law Certificate Program, 2008
- Michigan, 1995
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1995
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1997
- Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
- J.D. - 1995
- Law Review: Wayne State University Law Review, Assistant Editor, 1994 - 1995
- Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan
- B.A. - 1986
- Major: Biology
Honors and Awards
- Michigan Super Lawyers, 2009
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Ann Arbor First United Methodist Church, Trustee, January 1, 2005 - Present
- Kenyan Urithi Education Fund, Board Member, January 1, 2008 - Present
- Ann Arbor Recreation & Education, Youth Basketball Coach, January 1, 2006 - Present
- Washtenaw Junior Football League, Director, July 1, 2010 - Present
Past Employment Positions
- Smith Kline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, Medical Center Sales, 1987 - 1992