JACKLYN PASQUALE PALETTA
Farmington Hills, MI
Jacklyn Pasquale Paletta focuses her practice on a variety of insurance defense matters, and specializes in defending Michigan No-Fault, PIP, and BI claims for multiple auto accident carriers. She has successfully tried cases to verdict in both district and circuit courts in Michigan. Jacklyn is also developing her practice in employment law, and is a dedicated member of the firm’s employment practice group. She has defended municipalities against claims of wrongful termination and discrimination, and has also defended school boards and board members against claims of defamation, libel, and slander.
Jacklyn is extremely knowledgeable in the billing practices and methodologies of medical providers, and has become exceptionally familiar with the bill review processes of many of the companies that decide what and how to pay medical bills for insureds involved in auto accidents for the auto insurance companies. It is due to this knowledge that Jacklyn has been successful in motion practice, as well as at trial exploiting the arbitrary pricing scheme providers have implemented.
Jacklyn has effectively obtained awards for attorney fees in cases brought by providers involving fraudulent claims. She has also negotiated settlement agreements where the providers ultimately reimbursed the auto insurance carrier for overpayment of medical bills when she exposed that the bills were not supported by the medical records.
Prior to joining Kopka Pinkus Dolin, Jacklyn handled family and criminal law, in addition to other general liability claims. It was during this time that she handled cases involving child custody, personal protection orders, divorce, and post-divorce matters. She also worked with the NICB and county prosecutors’ offices on cases involving insurance fraud, including theft and arson. Throughout her time with the prosecutor’s office, she was involved in the prosecution of cases concerning assault and battery, as well as sexual abuse. She worked closely wit¬h law enforcement, victims and families of victims in prosecuting these sensitive and emotional claims.
In 2017, Jacklyn was selected as one of America’s Top Lawyers: America’s Top Lawyers* are a component of the American Law Society. This group is comprised of peer reviewed lawyers that consistently demonstrate excellence, passion, and clarity, throughout their career. No more than five percent of the American Law Society’s Lawyers are accepted into this elite group. The selection process for America’s Top Lawyer’s is based on recognition and professional achievement. The American Law Society team also takes pride in vetting candidates through a variety of criteria that includes evaluating information from the public domain.
TRIAL AND CASE HIGHLIGHTS
One of Jacklyn’s trial victories appeared in Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The jury trial was a first-party case, involving a medical provider demanding payments from an auto no-fault carrier. The plaintiff claimed that, despite markups, bills for medical treatments rendered should be paid in full, because no-fault carriers do not have a contract that provides for a discounted rate. The defense focused on the arbitrary nature of the charges, and the claim that payments were made for the reasonable charges where proof of fact and amount of the loss were present. After two hours of deliberations, the jury ended the six-day trial with a no-cause-of-action verdict.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
MEMBERSHIPS AND ACCOLADES
America’s Top Lawyers (2017)
State Bar of Michigan
Genesee County Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Association
American Law Society
Farm Bureau Insurance
ProSight Specialty Insurance
University of Toledo College of Law, J.D.
Wayne State University Law School, M.A.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University, B.A.