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Jill Wheaton Named “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

February 9, 2015

Jill M. Wheaton, Ann Arbor-based member in Dykema’s Litigation Department and Leader of the firm’s Appellate practice, was named one of 30 “Leaders in the Law” for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. A luncheon celebrating the honorees will be held March 26 at the Detroit Marriott Troy, where the publication will announce the 2015 “Leader of the Year.”

According to Michigan Lawyers Weekly, the 2015 Leaders are attorneys who are changing the law, expanding access to justice and improving the profession and their communities. Honorees were selected by the publication from dozens of nominations.

In her practice, Wheaton is involved in high-profile appellate work, commercial litigation, and products liability defense. In addition to handling or assisting in matters on appeal in which Dykema represented the client at the trial court level, she is often called on to enter the case for the first time on appeal for cases across the country. Wheaton has repeatedly obtained reversals of adverse decisions, or sustained favorable rulings.

Wheaton has handled many high profile cases. In the past four years alone, she has obtained review by, and favorable decisions from, the Michigan Supreme Court in—Sauerman v. Residential Funding; Kim v. JP Morgan Chase; LaFontaine v. Chrysler Group; and State of Michigan v. CVS Caremark, et al. She has represented Ford, General Motors and Chrysler in commercial and products liability appeals in Michigan, California, Missouri and Pennsylvania; and represents such client as Disney and Stryker Corporation in personal injury litigation.

Wheaton was the immediate past Chair of the State Bar of Michigan, Appellate Practice Section. Additionally, she serves on the Appellate Practice committees for the American Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute.

Wheaton has been recognized by many other publications and organizations. She was named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine in 2015, recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® each year from 2008-2014, named one of Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Michigan and Top Women Attorneys in Michigan, recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© from 2013-2015, and named a Michigan Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network in 2014.