Kyle P. Konwinski Associate
Trial and Appellate Law Experience
Kyle's practice is primarily focused on commercial litigation. Prior to Varnum, he clerked for the Honorable Gordon J. Quist of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, which gave him invaluable experience regarding federal trial and appellate court matters. Kyle's experience includes representing a wide array of property developers involved in litigation regarding zoning and other related matters, defending entities (such as a university or police departments) charged with Fourth Amendment violations for illegal search and seizure, representing personal injury victims, and defending businesses in breach of contract or products liability actions.
Kyle also has significant experience in the environmental and land use area. He has conducted contested case hearings, pursued appeals of permit denials, and has had statutes preventing development declared unconstitutional.
He also plays an important role on the trial team which has recovered millions of dollars for companies throughout the state that were victims of ERISA violations by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
- Represented over 100 companies in lawsuits against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for charging hidden fees in violation of ERISA.
- Obtained summary disposition in favor of a wind energy developer seeking to develop a $120 million wind turbine farm. The ruling struck down ordinances with which the developer would have had to comply. He represented the wind-energy developer on appeal, and obtained a complete affirmance by the Michigan Court of Appeals.
- Successfully represented four municipalities (in regards to their water treatment plants) on an appeal from an administrative agency's adverse decision, and obtained a complete reversal.
- Successfully represented several developers of high-end properties on Lake Michigan in the face of challenges to their special use permits, clearing the way for the developments to begin.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of four police officers being sued for Fourth Amendment violations after conducting a search and seizure of the plaintiff's apartment.
- Represented several police officers in variety of illegal search and seizure allegations and use of excessive force allegations, all with successful outcomes.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of an international marketer and distributor of agricultural products and chemicals, who had been sued for breach of contract, breach of warranties, and negligence arising out of the use of its products.
- Successfully represented or worked on behalf of several different plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of personal injury disputes.
- Assisted a non-profit organization in preparing for a "bet the company" arbitration. The parties eventually settled in a very favorable outcome for the client allowing the organization to continue its operations.
- Defended a large manufacturer in several product liability lawsuits.
- Has served as local counsel for actions pending in the Western District of Michigan.
University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., magna cum laude, 2011
B.A., cum laude, Business and Economics 2006
- Federal Bar Association, Young Lawyers' Section
- State Bar of Michigan
- Grand Rapids Bar Association, Young Lawyers' Section
- State of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Habitat for Humanity Young Professionals of Kent County, former Board Member
- Kalamazoo College alumni, host for quarterly regional alumni gathering