jrnJERRY R. NEWMAN
Senior Attorney
Farmington Hills, MI
P: 248.324.2620
F: 248.324.2610
jrnewman@kopkalaw.com
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Jerry Newman has extensive experience in civil litigation with specialty areas of workers’ compensation defense and subrogation. Jerry also defends employers in matters involving employment discrimination, civil rights and wrongful termination. Jerry is one of two attorneys selected by a Fortune 500 worldwide restaurant chain to defend its workers’ compensation cases in Michigan.
In 2011, Jerry tried four workers’ compensation cases to conclusion and won each of them. Two of the cases are detailed below. He was a Senior Trial Attorney in the Texas and Michigan Staff Counsel Offices of a major national insurance company prior to joining the Farmington Hills office of Kopka Pinkus Dolin. He was the leader in subrogation recoveries nationally throughout his career in the Staff Counsel system. While practicing in Houston, he was involved with a case which ended the sexual discrimination for membership in the Cadet Corps at Texas A & M University. He was also involved in the case of Abrams v. Baylor College of Medicine, which dealt with religious discrimination in rotation assignments of doctors.

Jerry has conducted seminars for legal and claims professionals on Michigan Workers’ Compensation law and investigations, as well as subrogation procedures and investigations.
TRIAL AND CASE HIGHLIGHTS

§ In Salloum v. Connor’s Family Restaurant, the plaintiff alleged he injured his back as a result of an unwitnessed and unreported slip in the restaurant’s walk in cooler. His treating doctor’s records had no history of a work-related incident or injury. The treater also testified that four months after the alleged incident, the patient reported his back no longer bothered him. Medical records from previous medical providers showed a long history of treatment for back problems and complaints. During his trial testimony, plaintiff gave many responses which caused the Magistrate to seriously question his credibility. All benefits were denied.

§ In Thommen v G & L Construction, the plaintiff suffered a serious crush injury to his foot in 1984. He continued to work for many different employers who were added to the case by the employer where the incident occurred. There was no showing of either a new injury or aggravation of the underlying condition while working for our client. As a result, our motion to dismiss was granted in the Magistrate’s Order and Opinion.

MEMBERSHIPS
State Bar of Michigan (Workers Compensation Section)
Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors, Turnberry Park Home Owners Association

ADMISSIONS
Michigan
Texas (inactive status)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

EDUCATION
South Texas College of Law, J.D.
University of Rochester, B.A.

PUBLICATIONS
Changes to Michigan’s Workers’ Compensation Act“, KPD Legal Advisory (January 9, 2012)
“Help! I’ve Fallen at Work in Michigan and I Can’t Collect Benefits”
, KPD Legal Advisory, (March 28, 2011)

PUBLISHED OPINIONS
Dowd-List v Hagler Bailly, 2006 Appellate Commission Order No.: 112
Khalil v Oil Exchange C, Inc., 2007 Appellate Commission Order No.: 200
Khalil v Oil Exchange C, Inc., 2009 Appellate Commission Order No.: 25
Little v. Kappen Tree Service, 2012 Appellate Commission Order No.: 104 *Opinion upheld by an unpublished Order of the Michigan Court of Appeals, leave to appeal denied by the Michigan Supreme Court

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Member of the Board of Directors of Turnberry Park Homeowners Association