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Litigation Attorney

Kyle’s practice is commercial litigation. He has represented clients in a wide array of litigation, including trials, administrative trials and on appeal. He has unique experience in environmental/land-use litigation and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation. Kyle has recovered millions of dollars for companies throughout the state that were victims of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's ERISA violations.

As for the environmental and land use area, Kyle has trial and appellate experience with contested case hearings in the Michigan Administrative Hearing System, along with significant state court litigation experience (including having statutes preventing a $120 million development declared unconstitutional). His litigation experience has involved numerous parts of Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, including Part 17 (Michigan Environmental Protection Act), Part 31 (Water Resources Protection), Part 201 (Environmental Remediation), and Part 353 (Sand Dune Protection & Management). Kyle's cases have also involved an in-depth understanding of federal laws, such as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act - aka Superfund (CERCLA) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Kyle has also successfully litigated numerous cases involving Michigan's Zoning Enabling Act.

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 trial and appellate court matters.

Experience

Experience

Represented over 150 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, with the Supreme Court declining to review the case.

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 regarding their NPDES Part 31 permits.

Successfully represented several developers of high-end properties on Lake Michigan in the face of challenges to their special use permits and challenges to Sand Dune Protection & Management Part 353 permits from the Michigan DEQ. 

In numerous cases, obtained summary judgment in favor of police officers being sued for alleged Constitutional violations (such as illegal search and seizure or unlawful use of excessive force).  For each case appealed, he obtained complete affirmance, once arguing before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In numerous cases, obtained judgment in favor of an international marketer and distributor of agricultural products and chemicals, arising out of allegations that the products distributed were faulty. 

Successfully represented or worked on behalf of several different plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of personal injury disputes.

Assisted a nonprofit 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.

Has participated in more than 50 mediations for different clients.

Has served as local counsel for actions pending in the Western District of Michigan.

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

Federal Bar Association, Young Lawyers’ Section

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Young Lawyers’ Section

Kalamazoo College, alumni host for quarterly regional alumni gathering

State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

Entrepreneurs' Organization, sponsor liaison for Varnum

Habitat for Humanity Young Professionals of Kent County, past Board member

News & Publications

Publications

Clerkships

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Honorable Gordon J. Quist

Education

University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., magna cum laude, 2011

Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, Michigan
B.A. Business and Economics, cum laude, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
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