CJLCHRISTOPHER J. LENHARDT
Associate
Farmington Hills, MI
P: 248.324.2620
F: 248.324.2610
cjlenhardt@kopkalaw.com

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Christopher J. Lenhardt focuses his practice on defending clients in a variety of civil litigation matters, including the representation of insurance carriers and corporations in cases involving auto negligence, fraud, premises liability, first-party insurance, general liability, and insurance coverage disputes. Chris is also a highly experienced workers’ compensation attorney, handling insurance coverage, and employment matters, representing employers, insurance companies, transportation companies, and self-insureds throughout the State of Michigan.

Chris has expanded his experience in fraud investigation, including utilization of examinations under oath, surveillance, as well as analysis of financial, telephone, and prescription records. He has successfully defended fire, theft, and auto claims based on fraud, including a recent auto case where his team uncovered over four years of significant back treatment and use of opiate pain prescriptions that the claimant failed to disclose for alleged accident-related injuries.

Chris has represented large corporations and financial institutions, securing favorable litigation outcomes throughout all phases of the default servicing and foreclosure processes; which includes resolving legal description, encroachment, lien priority, and other title issues in order to assist clients in marketing and selling foreclosed properties. In addition, Chris has handled boundary disputes, quiet title actions, as well as statutory/common law slander of title actions for commercial clients. His extensive experience in real estate transactions extends to the resolution of pre-litigated disputes through collaboration with buyers, sellers, agents and title companies.

Chris is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. As a student, he served as an intern at the State of Michigan 50th District Court. Chris was a National Runner-up in the McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, and a Quarterfinalist and award winner for Best Brief in the NYU Immigration Law Moot Court Competition.

Chris currently lives with his wife and young daughter in Royal Oak, Michigan. He enjoys playing indoor soccer and is an avid golfer. Chris is a dedicated fan of all things Michigan State.

ADMISSIONS

Michigan
Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

PUBLICATIONS

Comment, Michigan’s Workplace Enforcement Law: Encroachment on Traditional Federal Power or Effective Socioeconomic Policy?, 86 U. DET. MERCY L. REV. 245 (Winter 2009)

HONORS AND ACTIVITIES

  • University of Detroit Mercy Law Review – Senior Member
  • McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition – National Runner-Up
  • NYU Immigration Law Moot Court Competition – Quarterfinalist
  • Book Award – Civil Rights Litigation, Private Sector Labor Law, Remedies

EDUCATION

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D. cum laude
Michigan State University, B.A.